Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Adventurous Wrap - Finished?

So, technically, the wrap is finished per the pattern, but I do believe that I'm going to knit another triangle - same colors, same fade.  If I reverse the color order I would have enough with what I have on hand.  If I want to keep the same color order I need more of 2 of the 6 skeins.  Adding a triangle will make it more wearable.

Pattern:  Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering - Magical Dye Pot F-series
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Craftvent 2017 - Day 12

The Day 12 drawer revealed a cute little notions pouch.  I don't think it will hold all the notions that I've received in the Craftvent calendar, but it is a nice little pouch.

I've also finally completed Sections 1 and 2 of the pattern, and am all set up to work Section 3 and 4.


Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar - Day 12

Day 12 completes the 6-skein Compassion Ombre set so I've peeled it off and set it aside with one of the neutral skeins that I bought.
I have several different patterns that I'm considering for these skeins - Rigoles, Willow, Dreambird, and Starburst.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar - Days 6 - 11

I have also been very neglectful of The Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar.  I did receive the neutral skeins that I ordered, so now I have the fun of searching for patterns.  I have some ideas, but haven't quite settled yet.  The colors (which are always better in real life) so far are:

1.  Sapphire
2.  Salt Water Blueberries
3.  Tart Heart
4.  Salt Water Strawberries
5.  Sun Porch
6.  Salt Water Bananas
7 - 11.  Compassion Ombre

Arctic Flow Capelet - Off the Blocking mats

What a difference blocking makes.  For comparison, here is the before blocking picture on my dress maker dummy.

Pattern:  Ocean Blue Collar by Eline Oftedal, modified to be a capelet
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Super Wool Aran in Arctic Flow and Cinder
Needle:  US 9 (5.5 mm)

Craftvent 2017 - Days 8-11

I've also been very neglectful of my Jimmy Beans Craftvent calendar.  I've been opening the drawers, but not much else.  The Day 8 drawer revealed the next color of yarn.  This is Dream in Color Smooshy and is for section 2 of the pattern, but I haven't finished section 1 yet, although I did work on it some yesterday after finishing my Adventurous Wrap.
The Day 9 drawer revealed two sets of stitch stoppers.  I've never used these before, but will have to try them out.
The Day 10 drawer revealed Washi tape, for marking your place on your printed out pattern.  I so rarely print patterns anymore now that I mostly work in knitCompanion.
The Day 11 drawer revealed the next mini-skein of yarn.  Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  I guess I need to get knitting on this pattern.




Adventurous Wrap - One Triangle Done

Actually, the entire shawl is done, finished up yesterday, and is currently blocking.  I've been bad about posting because all I've been doing for the past week is knitting this wrap.  Despite being garter stitch, it is strangely addictive - due to the color changes, I believe.  I finished up this triangle on Friday, and whipped out the second one in two days.  The entire wrap took me five days.  It helped that I was home from work most of last week with a wicked cold.

Pattern:  Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering - Magical Dye Pot F-series
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Craftvent 2017 - Day 6 & Day 7

The Day 6 drawer revealed an adorable row counter.  I bought the larger version of this row counter (it comes in red) when I first started knitting 17 years ago.  I was knitting on straight needles using inexpensive craft store yarn and I put the counter on one of my needles.  I prefer the Clover row counters these days, and have a lot of them.
The Day 7 drawer revealed a cute set of collapsible scissors.  One can never have too many sets of scissors, and this seems a very practical set.  Compact and functional.

Adventurous Wrap - Surfing the fade wave

I've started using the colors in the reverse order now, this will keep the fade going.  This is how I will be using my skeins:

F6 - C1, C11
F5 - C2, C10, C12
F3 - C3, C9, C13
F4 - C4, C8
F2 - C5, C7
F1 - C6

I'll work both triangles the same way.  I actually tried working it with a straight repeat of the skeins in the original order, but realized it just wasn't going to work - it was introducing a color step-function into my continuous fade wave - so I ripped back.

Pattern:  Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering - Magical Dye Pot F-series
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar Days 4 & 5

Here are the first 4 skeins all together, plus an adorable little snowflake that came with the day 4 box.  So far we have 2 solids and 2 speckles.
And Day 5, another solid in a very vibrant yellow.

Adventurous Wrap - Take Two

As you may recall, this past weekend my Advent Calendar yarn informed me that it wanted to be something else, probably several somethings else.  I may still get an option B wrap out of a dozen of the skeins, but I don't have the C1 yarn I need yet so I have been focusing on other projects and ogling all the progress pictures in the ADVENTurous KAL thread on Ravelry.  I found myself really wanting to do a fade, but I checked some of the kits that are available on line and none of them grabbed me.  Then, this morning, as I was making a cup of tea I heard a yarny whisper.  I turned and spied a neat little pyramid of yarn in my recent acquisitions to be stashed pile.  What's this? A 6-skein fade I had recently purchased from Zen Yarn Garden just because it struck a chord with no real project in mind other than, another Ambah perhaps.
When I get through the 6 colors I'll figure out what I want to do next, maybe work them over again in the same order, or in reverse order.  We'll see what the yarn tells me when I get there.

Pattern:  Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering - Magical Dye Pot F-series
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Arctic Flow - Finished!

Yesterday afternoon I picked this project back up after finishing up the mindless computer work that occupied me for most of the day.  I had begun to create group pages for all of The Unique Sheep Mystery Knit Alongs, and moving all the threads from the old groups to our main group.  I started that effort over a year ago and I finally finished it up yesterday in a massive push.  Once I got into the rhythm of it things went pretty quickly and it was just the right level of mindless for me yesterday.  Skein 5 of the Arctic Flow gradiance went quickly, all those stitches gobble up the yarn, and before I knew it I was working on skein 6.  My yarn usage estimate was pretty much spot on.  I had enough of the gradiance set to finish the lace pattern, but I had to use the contrast for the final rest row.
The I-cord bind off took me two hours.
I am really pleased with how this came out.  The Raspberry Blaze Capelet that I made had a circumference that was too big for the diameter, so it ruffled and I couldn't really block it the way lace should be blocked.  I love the way that one came out, but with the Aran weight yarn of this one I knew it really needed a good blocking to make it lay properly, and lo and behold, this one came out perfect.

Pattern:  Ocean Blue Collar by Eline Oftedal, modified to be a capelet
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Super Wool Aran in Arctic Flow and Cinder
Needle:  US 9 (5.5 mm)

Craftvent 2017 Days 4 & 5

Yesterday I didn't feel up to blogging.  I've been nursing a head cold and spent most of yesterday dong some mindless computer work at home.  I didn't even pick up my knitting until later in the afternoon.  The Day 4 drawer revealed a needle sizer - always a useful tool.  This one is from Addi.  I love Addi needles, and use them almost exclusively.  I have several click interchangeable sets, which work great, as long as you make sure you get a secure lock between the needle and the cable.
The Day 5 drawer revealed a set of stitch markers.  I don't often use stitch markers, but there are times that they are absolutely invaluable - such as when you're casting on lots and lots of stitches and don't want to lose count.  I've been putting these back into the drawers for safe keeping.  I may need another notions bag to put them all in.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Arctic Flow Capelet - Four Skeins Done

Skein 4 didn't take too long to work through, even if the rounds are getting pretty long.  The yarn usage seems to be pretty much on target, and I like the size.

Pattern:  Ocean Blue Collar by Eline Oftedal, modified to be a capelet
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Super Wool Aran in Arctic Flow and Cinder
Needle:  US 9 (5.5 mm)

Charivari Shrug - Finished!

I finished up my Charivari Shrug last weekend but got so wrapped up in the Advent Calendar stuff that I forgot to get a photo of it until today.  I haven't worn it yet, but did get a lot of use out of my Peacock Shrug last week.  They make a great coverup for those slightly chilly mornings.  I've also started working the stripes on my Gazania Shrug.  I took it with me on our shopping trip to town last Wednesday.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Tea Party Celadon - Skein 2 Done

I spent some time yesterday working on my Tea Party Celadon, finishing up skein 2 and starting skein 3.  It was nice to get back to a predictable project that I have planned out and simply have to execute.

Pattern:  Celadon by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep  Rare Breed and Sparkle
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Craftvent 2017 - Day 3

The Day 3 drawer revealed a 29.7 g ball of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in gray.  I had spent some time yesterday setting up the pattern so I could pull it into knitCompanion (typing the instructions into a spreadsheet and getting the stitch count figured out).  I only did the first two sections, which both use this color.  According to the printout color 2 doesn't appear until Day 8, so I have some time to get that part set up.
Here is my knitting progress so far.  I like the needles that came with the calendar.


Ambah Advent 2017 - Day 3

So remember how I said I was just going to take each Unique Sheep Advent Calendar box as it came for my Adventurous shawl?  Yeah, well, then I opened the Day 3 box.  The picture doesn't quite capture the color, it is more magenta, but regardless, it is a pretty hot pink/red and it was a bit too jarring against the light blue speckle from Day 2.  So I caved and opened up all of the boxes.  Gorgeous colors, but not quite sure they would work all together in a single shawl.  Without getting too much into details for those who want to maintain the surprise, there are six speckles, six solids, six ombre and six gradiance.  I went online yesterday and ordered three skeins of gray to go with my yarn and I plan on doing the Adventurous Shawl Option B with the six speckles and six solids.  I have a few ideas for the other 12 skeins, so stay tuned.  I also renewed my Ombre club membership, this time on the fingering weight base Kiri (last year I got the DK base) thinking I could use two sets to make an Option A Adventurous Wrap.


Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Bright & Bold Advent Calendar

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ambah Advent 2017 - Day 2

Here is my Day 2 Box - Salt Water Blueberries.
And here it is knit up.  I know that some folks opened all of their advent packages and re-ordered their skeins, but I am just going to trust The Unique Sheep and knit them in the order they came in.  I know it will be beautiful.

The really exciting development is that I sent Ambah the files that I had created for both options of this pattern and she has added them to the pattern on Ravelry - so everyone buying the pattern will have them.  The files contain line-by-line knitting instructions with the color changes and stitch counts.  I create them to pull into knitCompanion so I have completely stress free knitting.  I am so pleased that she took me up on my offer.

Pattern:  Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Advent Calendar
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm

Craftvent 2017 - Day 2

The Day 2 drawer of the Jimmy Beans Craftvent 2017 Calendar revealed a set of Knitter's Pride interchangeable needles with a 40" cable.  I've never used these needles before, and typically don't use wooden needles (I like my Addi Turbos), but I'm going to give this a try with this project, in the spirit of the Advent-ure.  Tomorrow I should have yarn so I can actually start knitting.  The pattern came as a printout, which spoils the surprise a little.  Last year they revealed the pattern as part of the Advent calendar.  They also provided it electronically, which I prefer.  I spent some time this morning creating a spreadsheet with the instructions and the stitch count for the color 1 sections so I can pull it into knitCompanion.

Arctic Flow Capelet - Three Skeins Done

I finished up the third skein on this past Thursday.  I put it on two 40" cables connected together to get this shot, but ordered a set of US 9 needles with a 60" cable to continue knitting with.  My 40" cable is getting pretty crowded.  It appears that the yarn usage on this pattern works out to the second repeat taking about twice as much as the first working of the chart, and the third repeat takes about three times as much as the first.  My skein 2 is a pretty dramatic difference compared to my skein 1.  I was worried that maybe I mixed up the order of the skeins when I frogged my first attempt, but looking back at my stash pictures and pictures of other sets in other stashes online, I think I just have a bit of a mutant.  I like the look, regardless.

Pattern:  Ocean Blue Collar by Eline Oftedal, modified to be a capelet
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Super Wool Aran in Arctic Flow and Cinder
Needle:  US 9 (5.5 mm)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ambah Advent 2017 - Day 1

I also bought a Unique Sheep Advent Calendar.  How could I not?  Twenty-four 20 gram skeins.  I bought the Bright & Bold color way.
I'm making the Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien, which calls for 25, 20-gram skeins for option A.  I'm using the speckle skein from my 10th Anniversary set for color 1, so my day 1 color is color 2.
The Day 1 color is Sapphire.  And here it is, knit up.

Pattern:  Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Advent Calendar
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm

Craftvent 2017 - Day 1

I bought another jimmy beans Craftvent Calendar this year.  I had fun with the one from last year.
The Day 1 drawer revealed a project bag, and a link to a private facebook group.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Arctic Flow Capelet - Two Skeins Done

I have just finished row 18 of my second repeat of the chart, and am almost done with skein 2 of the gradiance.  For the photo I have it on two 40" cables, connected, so I could spread it out.  So far, so good.

Pattern:  Ocean Blue Collar by Eline Oftedal, modified to be a capelet
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Super Wool Aran in Arctic Flow and Cinder
Needle:  US 9 (5.5 mm)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Arctic Flow Capelet - Take Two, One Skein Done

I had been working away on my Arctic Flow Capelet, getting towards the end of the second repeat of the chart when I could not longer deny the truth staring me in the face - it was going to be too big.  The number of stitches on my needle was verging upon the unmanageable.  I decided to confirm my conclusion by putting the stitches onto some waste yarn so I could lay it out and really assess the situation and determine a way forward.  I had barely gotten the stitches onto the waste yarn before I had decided that I was going to frog and start again.  Before I did that, however, I looked at the current size and determined how many repeats of the motif I really needed.  I settled on 6, which meant a cast on of 72 stitches, instead of the 108 called for in the original pattern.  I did take advantage of my previous work to calculate my yarn usage and put together a spreadsheet.  Based upon my yarn usage figures I could just do 3 repeats of the chart - the same as I did on my Raspberry Blaze Capelet - so long as I didn't want to cast on and bind off.  I went back to my stash and pulled out this skein of the same yarn base, figuring I could do a contrast I-cord cast on and bind off.
So now I've made it back through the first skein of the Arctic Flow gradiance and through the first repeat of the chart, with a little yarn to spare and I'm feeling much better about how this one is going to turn out.

Pattern:  Ocean Blue Collar by Eline Oftedal, modified to be a capelet
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Super Wool Aran in Arctic Flow and Cinder
Needle:  US 9 (5.5 mm)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tea Party Celadon - Skein 1

After I finished up my Turkey Trot Kallara I started working on my Tea Party Celadon.  I had created a spreadsheet for Celadon and realized that I had enough yarn in the Tea Party set to make Celadon instead of Kallara.
Pattern:  Celadon by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep  Rare Breed and Sparkle
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)
 
I have several more Ambah projects lined up.  After I finish this Celadon I'll make another one using the 10th Anniversary set.
But before I get to that project I'll be using the neutral speckle skein as my Color 1 for Ambah's Adventurous Wrap.  I ordered an Advent kit from The Unique Sheep, but it only has 24 colors and the design calls for 25.  Well, actually there are two versions of the design, the B version uses 12 contrast skeins and 600 yards of the main color, which tempted me to try to figure out how to do two shawls with my 24 skeins.  But I resisted.  I will have enough going on next month as it is.  Here is the Advent Kit.

I also recently purchased three of the Autumn Trio sets and the Santa Rosa set, and three of the four sets are earmarked for Ambah patterns.

This first one I'm going to use to make another Liken by Sivia Harding.  I love that shawl, as I've modified it to be a cape.
This set will become Xanthe, by Ambah O'Brien.  I'll use the speckle and the red for the stripes and the green for the lace.
This set I will split up.  I'll use the green and purple skeins for Marinna by Ambah O'Brien.
The gold skein I'll use for the pop skein with the Santa Rosa trio in another Bambara Wrap, also by Ambah O'Brien.