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As part of the 3IG Sweater KAL, I will be sharing a series of posts about various things related to knitting sweaters.  Today’s topic is the Seamless Yoke Sweater, and Rilana has been kind enough to write a wonderful post all about this basic yet versatile construction method.

You can find her post here.  I highly recommend you check it out – it’s full of good information!

My first introduction to Three Irish Girls’s yarn was through the Yarn of the Month club (now available in two new incarnations – Stash Menagerie and Sock Yarnista).  One of my first shipments in this club was a beautiful, soft single ply yarn (Galenas Merino) in a cool and soothing colorway (Curran).

As soon as I saw it, I had visions of a gorgeous yoke sweater in a deep blue with Curran snowflakes across the yoke.  I went so far as to sketch out my design, determine what color blue would work for the background and figure out how much yarn I would need.  Unfortunately, I never progresssed past the planning stage, but that sweater still sticks in my mind.  Maybe some day I will get around to making it.

(If you were wondering, my skein of Curran turned into a drop stitch scarf. It’s just as soft and lovely as I expected:

See? Even the cat approves.)

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I made this little soaker sack last week to use up some Three Irish Girls Peregrine Merino that I had lying around.  The variegated color is Rhiannon, the green trim is Dolan.  This yarn is from when 3IG was still called Irish Baby Knits, so I think the colorway is a little bit different now.

It still needs the drawstring, but I’m making a little hat with the leftover yarn first and then whatever is still left after that I will use for the drawstring.

This thing is STURDY.  It’ll be bulletproof!

Here’s the start of the hat. Baby heads are tiny!

This is (quite unintentionally!) turning into the Summer of Socks!

I finally finished my Popsicle socks last week, and I wore them today. I love them. They fit really well.

You are probably sick of hearing about these, so I will just add one more photo

Wait, I lied. There’s one more.

Okay, that’s really it this time.

I went to the local Barnes & Noble Breaking Dawn release party on Friday night. (I am not linking to a website for the book because I can’t find one that isn’t full of spoilers, and this book is really easy to spoil.) While I was there, trying to avoid the hordes of screaming tweens, I cast on for my next pair of socks. These are using both yarn and pattern from the Knit Me Up Twilight sock club (fitting, no?) – but not ones that were meant to be together.  I’m using the newest yarn, “Volturi”, with the pattern from two months ago, “Entangled”.  I have done 60 stitches for these though I have always had to go down a lot of stitches before now, I was hoping the cable would pull them in more. I am not sure if this is going to work or not.

I made a fair amount of progress so far. The yarn is really pretty!

What kind of popsicles are pink and purple? Well, my awesome socks.

The Popsicle pattern by Nicole Hindes is unlike anything I would normally choose. It has BOBBLES. This seems to be a common thread among Sock Yarnista club members – this “OMG BOBBLES” feeling.  Many of us have never done bobbles before, or we have done them but didn’t care for them, or any number of other things.  But, most of us are going with the flow and knitting the pattern as specified, me included.

To my surprise, I have found that I adore these bobbles.  I had to modify them slightly so that it does not cause as much pain when I am knitting them (ktbl rather than ptbl), and at first it was slow going, but now I’ve got them down – just in time to be nearly finished.  The bobbles change to purls for the foot of the sock so the bumps don’t get in the way of shoes. I received my yarn on Wednesday and knit the ribbing. Thursday I knit about half of the bobble rounds and the other half last night. Today they are temporarily on hold while I study (and update my blog, of course) but I hope to get back to them tonight and tomorrow – I am nearly to the heel flap and gusset.

This

 

Became this – the beautiful ball of yarn, and the start of the socks after the ribbing and one bobble round (I am knitting these two-at-once on one not-quite-long-enough circular).

And now they are here (bad color – the sun is not out today).  Admit it, you love the bobbles too….

(Can you tell where I have an extra plain row between bobble rows?  Yeah, I forgot how to count – we were watching There Will Be Blood – but the beauty of two-at-once socks is that they are both wrong in the same way, so I left them that way :) )

Oh, and I also finished these socks – simple 2×2 rib in my own basic sock pattern, “Hoh Rainforest” yarn from the Knit Me Up Twilight Sock Club.  I am glad I left them shorter than normal, I ought to have done some decreases for the cuffs if they were going to be much taller.  I love the yarn on the cuffs, it doesn’t pool nearly as much as it did on the foot.  It is hard to take photographs of your own feet..

What do you think – did Carol get the colors right?  Here is a spiderweb and mossy tree in the Hoh Rainforest.

I finished a pair of shorties recently and finally got the photos uploaded. They are really cute if I do say so myself. I knit them without looking at patterns, just sorting it out as I went, and I am pleased with how they turned out.  They are Peace Fleece in a dark blue color. I forget how sensitive I am to Peace Fleece. I can’t touch my eyes at all after using it without washing my hands or they itch like crazy for days.

They have a pocket on one side and the drawstring is made of dark blue and grey Peace Fleece, braided together (one blue, one grey per strand).  It makes for a sturdy drawstring.  I still have not worked out how to precisely center the drawstring. I think I need to start with p2 instead of k2 on the ribbing for it to work properly.

 

 

I did a little bit different short row shaping than usual, I put some little short rows at the top back and then spaced out some wide ones over the rest of the rear. All in all there is about 1.5″ more height in the back than in the front. I think this will work out just fine.  The cuffs are seed stitch cuffs and the top of the pocket is 4 rows of garter stitch.

 

I used stitch markers from my Twilight stitch marker club (from VelvetHippo on Etsy); on the sides I used the little black beaded ones (representing Edward’s eyes when he hasn’t fed recently) and for the gusset increases I used some of the flowers from the Meadow set.  I love these markers. I have used some like this recently that are very flimsy; these are nice and sturdy and very pretty to boot :)

I finished the skirty last night! I tried a few different methods for the skirt before settling on this one, and I really like it. The ruffle is adorable, although it took forever to finish – doubling the number of stitches per row makes each row take a lot longer! The bind off probably took an hour or so, which is just crazy. But – it is really lovely!!

Underside of the skirty.

Close-up of the ruffle

This is a little blurry but I think it shows the ruffle nicely!

I’m working on a few things at the moment, all with the Three Irish Girls Carys BFL I got last week. I love this yarn. Sharon at 3IG helped me pick colors that coordinate well together, so I ended up with Maureen (pink/purple/brown) and Megan (pink), and Isla (green/purple/brown) and Isla Purple (uh.. purple). The Megan also works really well with the Nora on Springvale that I used for a baby sweater, and the Isla Purple goes passably well with the Maureen. Sharon gives excellent color advice and she is really great to work with!

Both projects are giving me problems, mostly because instead of using one pattern I am just putting together bits and pieces from lots of different ones. This post is very photo-heavy, although they are mostly all WIPs.
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I finished my first lace shawl today! I cast on for this on May 4th and I finished the bulk of the knitting on the 12th, so it went really fast. I spent a couple of days pondering what to do for the border before settling on using some red Palette from my stash to complete the border as specified in the pattern. I am amazed at how well this worked. The red is not an exact match to the yarn but you would never know it just by looking! Then after I finished knitting it sat for a couple of days before I took the time to weave in the ends. Now that it is finished I love it. It’s the perfect size to wrap around your shoulders without being too long and unwieldly.

The shawl is a gift for my good friend Nicola, who’s mother has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I hope that it will give her comfort through this very difficult time.

shawl
Notice the red border. The shawl still needs a good blocking but that will need to wait until I can spread it out in the office.


one edge

starting point/center back – I am pleased with my grafting job!

bottom point

close-up of the lace

How much yarn was left from the variegated – I love when this happens!

I finally finished my “quick socks”. For me, they were in fact quick, but not nearly as quick as some people can manage!

I finished the knitting last night and wove in the ends today. I’ll wear them to work tomorrow – we even have a casual day, so I’ll wear shoes that will show them off a bit more.

socks
I swear they are exactly even (I knit them two at once), even though they look crooked here. I tried a new stretchy cast off (bind off), which I found here, and I think I like it. It’s slightly stretchier even than the sewn bind off I usually use. It’s a little less neat looking but I think that will improve with practice.

You want more photos? Okay!
heels
The lighting is not great, and the flash highlights all of the little holes, but overall I am fairly proud of my heels (considering I did them without consulting any patterns). I did a little gussetry and then short rowed the heels.

cuff
I also added some 2×2 ribbing at the top of the cuff – in retrospect I could have just continued the pattern all the way up but I was kind of tired of it by then. The ribbing was a nice break :) You can kind of see at the side how the top is a little ruffly.

toes
And here are my beautiful toes. I am so in love with this yarn. I am not sure how much I have left, but it’s a fair amount. It might be fingerless mitts.

Lately, I have been working on finishing projects and knitting from stash.  This weekend, I seamed the Baby Surprise Jacket (finally!).  I had put it off because I wasn’t sure how to seam a side edge to a cast on edge but I am very pleased with my seams. Now I just need to find some buttons and decide what side to put them on.  The pattern suggests waiting until the baby is born and putting them on the “correct” side based on the baby’s sex, but I think I will just pick a side and put them on.  There is one side that is easier to button on someone else for a right handed person and I think I will go with that.

 Also this weekend, I finally finished my Vanilla Spice cardigan.  I am really pleased with it.  It needs washing, blocking and buttons. I think I am going to have a look on Etsy for some fabulous silver buttons. I originally wanted wooden ones but I think silver will complement the yarn better.

 Now, I am working on the second sock of the Edward’s Heart pair.  I should be getting the second shipment from the Knit Me Up sock club soon and I wanted to finish this sock first, but the wrist pain I have been having has slowed me down.

This weekend, I went away with a couple of friends to a fabulous cabin on the Hood Canal and worked on my knitting and spinning.  I have reached the point where I am ready to get more bobbins for my wheel so I can get serious about this spinning thing!

I’ll take photos one of these days when the weather cooperates :)

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