Sunday, January 25, 2015

Primula Adiri

I had this yarn - Shalimar Yarns Haven in Damask - hanging out in a very nice knitting bag that I picked up at Bead & Button this past year (one of my few acquisitions this past year).
As I was finishing up my Iced Audrey Corvina I decided that I would knit up the yarn in this knitting bag next.  Although I had bought this yarn for the pattern Loden, at some point I got it into my head that I had actually bought it for the pattern Adiri.  I caked up a skein and consulted the pattern to knit a gauge swatch.  The pattern called for a US size 8 needle, which sent off alarm bells in my head, as the weight is DK.  I swatched with a US 6 and made gauge.
After I finished up my Iced Audrey Corvina and had it blocking I started setting up my project page for Adiri.  I like to make sure that the yarn I am using is in my stash so I went and checked and discovered that the yarn I had swatched with wasn't, but this yarn was.
And when I stashed it I had noted that it was for the pattern Adiri.  I then also noticed that I had 5 skeins of this color and 6 skeins of the Damask (in the first photo).  The Adiri pattern called for 5 skeins for the size that I was knitting, so obviously I had intended the Damask color for something else.  A quick search on Ravelry solved the mystery and I added the Damask color to my stash and noted that it was intended for Loden.  I went to my stash and pulled out the Primula color and discovered that I had also printed out the Adiri pattern and included it in the box with the yarn.  Sometimes I think ahead, and then I forgot that I did and do things over again.  I put the Damask skeins in the box that I pulled the Primula skeins out of and caked up a skein and cast on.  I've made it through the ribbing and have started the lace and cable pattern.
It doesn't want to lay flat, so I just let it do its thing.

Pattern:  Adiri by Julia Trice
Yarn:  Shalimar Yarns Haven in Primula
Needles:  US 6 (4.0 mm)




Monday, January 19, 2015

Iced Audrey Corvina - Body Done

I finished up the body, including the neck edge this morning.  I did some experimenting on this one.  I did short row shaping on the shoulders, as I always do, but I didn't do any wraps, I just turned.   I also didn't knit back across all of those short rows at the end, I figured the bind off would take care of that.  The holes where I turned are barely noticeable.  I think the next time I do this I will slip the first stitch when I turn.  When I did the neck edge I did not bind off the front neck stitches or the back neck stitches.  This resulted in my having to work across the front neck edge as I was picking up stitches for the edging so there is one more row of seed stitch there, but it is hardly noticeable and I like the fact that I could just continue with the live stitches.  Serendipitously, the central chevron panel lines up perfectly with the seed stitch.  I also started the front neck a little earlier than the pattern called for.  I didn't want a strict crew neck sweater, I like a more open neck line.

The name of this colorway is actually Icey Audrey, but for some reason I always want to call it Iced Audrey.

Pattern:  Corvina by Michele Wang
Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted in Icey Audrey
Needle:  US 6 (4.0 mm)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Iced Audrey Corvinia - Making Progress

Now that I am back at work I am back to being a monogamous knitter.  I have to keep track of so many things in my job that I find myself wanting to focus on a single project from start to finish when I am at home.  I am almost to the underarm and have just finished up my second skein of yarn.  For anything heavier than fingering I actually join the old skein to the new by unspinning the yarn and respining them together.
In this case there are 4 strands making up the yarn.  I unspin them in pairs, and then respin the ends together.  I do end up with 4 ends to weave in, but they are half the thickness of the original yarn so they disappear when you weave them in - I go along diagonals.  If you do it right you cannot detect it from the front and barely notice it in the back.

Pattern:  Corvina by Michele Wang
Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted in Iced Audrey
Needle:  US 6 (4.0 mm)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Iced Audrey Corvina

I got turned on to The Plucky Knitter when I knit my Honey Wheat Pullover.  I've been buying other Plucky kits but haven't knit any of them until now.  This yarn was waiting for me after I came back from visiting family over Christmas so I caked up a skein and swatched and cast on the Corvina sweater.  I haven't been working on it a great deal because I've been focusing on my Winter Dress but today I got a fair bit done.
I have modified the pattern to knit it in the round, cause that is just what I do.  And I'm going to knit the sleeves top down.  This is just before I started the Chevron Stitch pattern, a nice little knit/purl combo to break up the monotony.  There was no chart for it so I charted it up in Pattern Genius, which is an app that I'm beta testing and imported it into Knit Companion (they are by the same developer).  It took me a few minutes to remember that I had to reverse the stitches on the wrong side rows.  I charted it exactly as written first and just could not see the chevron pattern.  Then I realized what I had done and fixed the wrong side rows and there it was.

Pattern:  Corvina by Michele Wang
Yarn:  The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted in Iced Audrey
Needle:  US 6 (4.0 mm)

Winter Dress - Finished!

I finished this up on Monday and blocked it yesterday.  Somehow when I was knitting the Autumn Dress I completely missed directions on the armhole and neck edge - type and placement of the decreases and keeping the edge stitch in reverse stockinette.  This time I followed the directions and even did the crochet edging.  I'm always a little nervous about crochet edging.  With a knit edging I know the gauge and can figure out how many stitches to pick up, but I don't know the crochet gauge so I just have to wing it.  Now I have to find the right turtleneck, leggings and boots to go with it.

Project:  Alita Dress by Adrienne Larsen from Knitter's Magazine 116, Fall 2014
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Luxe in Winter Amethyst
Needles:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter Dress - 5 Skeins Done

I finished up Skein 2 this afternoon.  On my Autumn Dress I switched to skein 1 when I started working the front and back separately, but on this one I continued with skein 2 after the split, working front and back at the same time by working from both ends of the skein.  I've not done this very often, just because you have to be careful to avoid twisting, but with gradiant yarns in any kind of garment other than a shawl I think it is the easiest way to make sure that you are using it evenly without having to weigh it.

Project:  Alita Dress by Adrienne Larsen from Knitter's Magazine 116, Fall 2014
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Luxe in Winter Amethyst
Needles:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winter Dress - 3 & 4 Skeins Done

I finished up skein 4 mid-week, and finished up skein 3 this morning (which may seem strange until you remember that I started with skein 6, so I'm working backwards through the set).  I like the way that the striping changes depending upon how many stitches are in the rows.  This is a feature of all gradiance and striping yarns and there has been a lot of work lately on controlling that with careful pattern selection, but I have no desire to control anything and I like letting the yarn express itself.
Now I'm done with the lace.  The bodice tends to go pretty quickly.  I'm thinking of using one of the sets that I bought for Peter Pan for my Spring Dress.  The Tinkerbell colorway reminds me of Spring.  If I do, I will start with the green.

Project:  Alita Dress by Adrienne Larsen from Knitter's Magazine 116, Fall 2014
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Luxe in Winter Amethyst
Needles:  US 4 (3.5 mm)