This is the second installment of a two-year catch-up on the knitting side of what I've been up to while absent from this blog ~
This time last year I was in the throes of knitting a series of fingerless mittens for friends. I finished each of three pairs in about three weeks, coincidentally using US3s. The first two pairs used the same pattern and the same yarn: Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe [Rav link] and Rowan Tapestry – a discontinued wool-soy single. The splitty factor of that yarn led me to modify the pattern on the second pair, keeping the twisted-rib faux-cable columns moving in a straight line rather than waves.
The third pair I knit in a silk-alpaca yarn as a valentine for a BFF who loves hearts. She was in the midst of some marital heartbreak, so I knitted her some handy love. I used the Semplice Mitts pattern, free from KnitPicks, and added the purled heart motif using a chart I found on Craft Passion. After I completed the first/left mitt, I decided to put two hearts on the right hand.
That's a Wrap
A funny thing happened when my fave LYS The Yarn Lounge closed its doors. My friend Frances and I stopped by to grab some last skeins and encountered a Californian who was visiting her son and daughter-in-law. Not only was she a most lovely woman, she was wearing an incredible cashmere wrap of ingenious short-row construction, which she kindly spread on the table for us to examine. She couldn't instantly recall the pattern source, but she thought it was free and listed on Ravelry, and she offered to email us the deets upon her return to the West Coast. A few weeks later she kept her word and sent the link to Misti Alpaca's Ruffle Cape in Garter.
I cast on 84 stitches instead of 72 to make it a little longer overall, and the Muench Bergamo knitted-ribbon yarn turned out to be perfect for this project. Keeping the ends from unraveling was a bit tricky, and I had to stitch some of them down in the finishing, but it's kept me super cozy on recent fall mornings in a chilly old house. I'm glad I never knitted that Salt Peanuts cardi from Spring 2004 Interweave Knits!
I made one more wrap last winter: Deborah Frank's Swerve, also featuring short rows. Brooks Farm Acero (left over from this cardigan) and Fleece Artist Suri Blue. I donated it to our middle-school auction, where it was purchased by a good friend.
And I reckon this cashmere cowl counts as a wrap. It's the Infinitude Scarf by Jeni Chase, made in two skeins of the Jade Sapphire cashmere the pattern calls for. Yet again I used Revelry to find the perfect pattern for my yarn.
My Favorite Pattern
If favorites are measured by repetition, memorization, variation – well, the Stay-On Baby Booties from Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas's Knitting for Baby must be mine. According to my Ravelry project page, I've knit at least 30 pairs. Definitely have that thing memorized! And I'm pretty sure my earliest recipients are teenagers now. During Wee C's 2013-14 school year, three of her teachers delivered their first-borns, followed closely by the librarian in fall of 2014 – that's four sets right there, and a friend of Little B got a second brother in that same stretch. In August my cousin and his wife began their family with boy-girl twins; I left this pair o'pairs in Florida when we visited them for spring break.
Still to come: KALs, WIPs, and Alabama Chanin – and other non-stitching topics!