Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mrs. Watson - Cast On

I took a break from my Wonder Woman Wrap and cast on Mrs. Watson.  This is a kit that I bought from The Unique Sheep.  The pattern is reasonably well-written, but I had a hard time seeing what the final shape.  I knew that one my fellow Unique Sheep test knitters had test knit the pattern, so I looked through the finished projects until I found hers.  She had yarn usage figures as well as her needle size (the pattern called for a US 5, but this is a heavyish sport weight yarn).  I put together a spreadsheet for the pattern and caked up and weighed all of my skeins.  I've been keeping track of my yarn usage at each color switch and determined that I could add some repeats to make the shawl larger and use up as much of my yarn as possible.

I did 4 repeats of a modified Body Pattern 1 / Leaf Pattern 3 combination.  My modification was to keep the stitch count constant, so I only worked increases on the right side rows to compensate for the CDD.
Here is the yarn.  The colorway is Persian Shield.  I have worked through the first 4 skeins and will be starting skein 5 during the next Body Pattern section.  I work each of the mini skeins until I cannot work a complete row and then start the next skein.

Pattern:  Mrs. Watson by Martina Behm
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep kit in a heavy sport weight
Needle:  US 6 (4 mm)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bright & Bold - Finished!

I finished up my Bright & Bold shawl yesterday morning.  There is some cool color pooling going on in one of the skeins.  It shows up better in the blocking picture, although the colors are washed out because I had to use the flash.
The yarn is a light fingering, so it came out super drapy when knit on US 5 needles.  It gives the shawl an airy feel.
It is a nice size and will brighten up any outfit I wear it with.
As others have noted, it is a happy shawl.

Pattern:  Over the Moon by Vicki Mikulak
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar 2017
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Wonder Woman Wrap - Cast On

I finished up my Violet Valentine and my Bright & Bold shawl last week, so I figured it was okay to cast on a new project.  I have had this one in my library since the holiday season and had a spreadsheet already set up for it so all I had to do was wind the skeins.  The pattern is very well written and it was easy to expand out into my spreadsheet.  You have to use markers in this one, and I stuck a split marker on the right side so I wouldn't get confused.  You can see the W forming already.  I'm about to start with the yellow.

The yarn I picked for this project is Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk in Sunflower and Christmas Red, which I purchased at the Loopy Ewe last year.  It is a light fingering (437 yards/100 grams) and is 85% Merino Superwash Wool / 15% Mulberry Silk.  It is wonderful to work with.

Project:  Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning
Yarn:  Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Violet Valentine - Decreases Started

After a week of clouds and some rain we got hit by a crazy Nor'easter that brought a lot of wind - approaching hurricane strength - but no rain or snow.  Our power went out yesterday around 6:30 in the morning, while I was downstairs exercising.  Our local authority sent out an email alert warning of downed trees and power lines and to stay off the roads if at all possible - a request I was happy to comply with.  I live off of a tree-line two-lane road and there are only a few ways in or out, so I wasn't going to risk it.  Our power was out all day, finally coming back on just before 6:30 pm, right after we had eaten our cold supper and I had just lit a couple of candles to augment the LED lantern we were using.  I worked on this shawl most of the day, despite the fact that I really need my knitCompanion app on my iPad to stay on track, and my battery was getting low.  I also had a print out of the pattern, so I could refer to that as needed, and just use the app for keeping track of my progress and checking my stitch counts.  I had screwed up my stitch counts when I started the second eyelet section of the dark purple and had to tink back an entire repeat to fix it.  I used my Beam N Read task light when I needed the extra light - it hangs around my neck and has a yellow lens over the LEDs so they aren't quite as harsh.  We spent a fair bit of the day upstairs in our bedroom, which is a corner room with good light.  Thanks to the sun it also received some solar warming, so it was more comfortable than our living room.

Pattern:  Zarya by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Bright & Bold - Knit On Border Progress

I believe that I am approaching the half-way point of my knit-on border.  I worked mostly on this last week.  The colors are just so happy.  I like being able to finally show off the colors of the shawl itself.  It has been scrunched up on my needles since Christmas.  Kelly did a great job matching the light green color in the sixth skein with the border skein.

Pattern:  Over the Moon by Vicki Mikulak
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar 2017
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Saltwater Taffy Myndie - Finished!

I finished this up Tuesday.  I did a little improvising at the end.  My initial estimate of when to start working the mini-skeins was off, so I really started them too early.  It also turns out that my copy and paste was a little more enthusiastic than thoughtful, so I had to do some rejiggering at the end.  Instead of working Decrease Section 2 18 times I had to work it 21 times.  In this version I think I actually knit it 20 times.  The fact that I always switched colors at the end of a repeat meant that I had some leftovers of five of the six colors (the Saltwater Huckleberries came out almost perfectly).  I wanted to use those leftovers, and I had a pretty big stretch of gray at the end, so I updated my spreadsheet and used my updated yarn usage calculations to determine yarn usage for each repeat.  I weighed all of my leftovers and figured out where I could use each of my leftovers, which is how I got those stripes at the end.  I had the least amount of the Bananas and Key Lime so I used them at the very tip.  I hadn't quite worked all the kinks out of my spreadsheet when I did those last two repeats, so the decrease rate is a little too quick for the Key Lime, but I would have run out of yarn if I had done it per the pattern.
Pattern:  Myndie / Kallara mashup
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Saltwater Taffy Myndie - Four Skeins Done

Yesterday I made it through four of my six skeins, well almost.  I am one row shy on my fourth skein.  I am switching skeins at the beginning of a repeat, after the eyelet row.

The colors used so far are:
Saltwater Bananas
Saltwater Mangoes
Saltwater Key Lime
Saltwater Blueberries

Next up is Saltwater Huckleberries and then Saltwater Strawberries.

When I was switching between the Saltwater Mangoes and Key Lime I tried it in the middle of a repeat and decided it really didn't look as nice, so I ripped back.  I really like the colors of this one, they are cheerful and fun.

Pattern:  Myndie by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Rare Breed, Bright & Bold Advent Calendar 2018
Needles:  US 5 (3.75 mm)