Baby Blanket!

I don’t have any new babies nearby, so this will go into storage for another day. It uses up the last of my Bernat Mix Baby yarn in color Coral.

The pattern is one I’ve used before, and lends itself well to this variegated yarn. Feathers and Fans motif is a popular and readily-available pattern. This version is published in Leisure Arts Our Best Knit Baby Afghans.

I realize I’ve not been uploading project info – Knitting is happening, but life keeps interfering with hobbies. In other news, we have kittens on the farm!

Two mother cats produced 10 kittens. They are about two months old by now, and into everything!

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Casting On – Bent’s Fort Cardigan

Bent’s Fort Cardigan is a bottom-up, one-piece (mostly) swing-style cardigan sweater. It has a stylish design, with honeycomb stitching as a lower border, sleeve cuffs and lapels, and a southwest mosaic design throughout the body. I recommend that you check out the photos at the link – this is really a stunning piece.

Yarn is Knit-Picks Gloss DK in color Black (70% Merino/30% silk) and Lunabud Buddy (75% Superwash Corriedale Wool and 25% Nylon) in color Gleba, knit with two strands at once. Lunabud a fiber artist who spins and dyes yarn. I picked this up in Southern Indiana at one of the few yarn events I’ve attended.

The multi-colored yarn looks completely different in the garment from on the hank.
  • Things I’m learning:
  • (1) Stitch markers are a must to keep track of where I am in the repeat (I drew lines on the chart at 10-stitch intervals to help with counting. – Interweave, are you listening? This would be very helpful for complicated charts.)
  • (2) I need to allow plenty of time to complete a row – at least 20 minutes, one way
  • (3) I need to have plenty of light to see what I’m doing. It’s challenging to knit with black! For Christmas, my husband gave me a rechargable LEDGLE LED lamp that hangs around my neck. I would not be able to knit this without direct lighting.

Stash Busting – Useful items

I have accumulated a collection of “Sugar ‘n Cream” cotton yarn over the years. I have used them for plastic canvas projects, but that’s been several years ago. I realized that I could be using this same yarn for knitting projects, but never really found something that interested me.

While Pinterest-sleuthing, I came across several patterns for “pan protectors.” I am also in the mood for something quick and easy. I have several glass baking dishes, and have both chipped and broken pieces when stacking them. As a measure of protection, I was using dish towels, but this is a much better solution.

An Almost Lost Washcloth, posted by Simply Notable, and available free through Ravelry was a great starting point. Easy to pick up, easy to memorize, quick to finish, and adaptable to different sizes.

One done – one started. Takes less than an evening for each one

Swatching – Bent’s Fort Cardigan

Catching up on my knitting magazines – I typically purchase “last year’s” set of magazines when they become available.  I was excited to see a whole issue dedicated to southwest patterns in the Summer 2018 issue of Interweave Knits.

Bent’s Fort Cardigan really caught my eye – another mosaic knit piece (it’s amazing how, once you become aware of a thing, you see it everywhere).

(image at left from Interweave Knits)

While the blue and yellow is interesting, and I liked the contrast, I really want to use up some of the specialty yarn I have in my stash.  I pulled out some likely options and started swatching – both to get used to the pattern, and to see how the colors would work together.

Black and multi-colored gold yarn (lower left)
Navy and multi-color blue yarn (too stripey) (upper right)
Navy and multi-color gold yarn (lower right)

I think I will go with the black and gold/multi option. While I like the navy, the multi-color blue yarn disrupts the pattern with a striped background, and I’m not crazy about the navy/gold combination. The pattern seems to be more distinct with the contrast of the black and the multi. Also, I wear black with everything, but rarely, navy.

Stay tuned!

Casting On – Suede Desert Poncho

This was the first “kit” I purchased as a new knitter, many years ago.  Lion Brand Suede had just come out (it is now long discontinued), and I really liked the poncho pattern.  I purchased the needles (before I discovered the Addi-Click system) and promptly decided it was too ambitious, so I put the whole thing away.

After completing the Palatki Wrap (see previous posts), I happened upon the yarn while cleaning out my stash. (Sometimes, a fun and relaxing Sunday afternoon activity is pulling out all of my yarn, reorganizing, and dreaming of what I could make – Like Pinterest in real life).  I looked up the pattern and read through it, and it seemed both very easy and somewhat like the Palatki wrap – using a combination of slipped stitches to achieve the pattern.

Yarn is Lion Brand Suede in colors Mocha, Coffee, and Ecru (discontinued).  Lion Brand recommends any yarn with a weight of 5 (bulky) as a substitute.  Needle size is 8.

Pattern is Desert Poncho, free from Lion Brand.

Here I go.  It’s fun and mindless knitting, and in honor of the somewhat throw-back pattern, I have been watching NightMan, a late-90’s, somewhat campy, superhero show (“Musician Johnny Domino gets superpowers after being struck by lightning” WCGW?)

I’m about a third-to-half through the project, and while it’s knitting up fairly nicely (the suede yarn tends to be grabby), I can tell that this could be a fairly heavy poncho.  Also, not sure I’m going to be (1) spending the time or (2) interested in the fringe.

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Completed – Palatki Wrap

I really enjoyed this project and the yarn.  The yarn is a very soft “Desert Bloom Yarn” available from Sedona Knit Wits  (see previous post for more info).

This was my first attempt at Mosaic Knitting (there are MANY posts about this technique – a quick Google search will provide both videos and blog posts). It was fast, enjoyable, and kept my interest – particularly, this southwest-style pattern.

I forgot that the yarn is a silk blend, and I was a bit aggressive in blocking.  The final product is still lovely and soft, but definitely without any give.

Blocking – Cable Embrace

I started this project in May 2016 (link to post).  while I really enjoyed the pattern and yarn, the project frequently was interrupted by other projects and priorities.  I think it languished for a year lacking only one sleeve.

Finally, perhaps prompted by the arctic weather the past few weeks, I pulled out the project, finished the sleeve, and am in the process of blocking and assembling.

The sweater is Cable Embrace, from Knit Picks.  This is a terrific, slightly-fitted cardigan sweater.  The chevron cables are a simple, but interesting, design element.  I modified the sleeves to echo the chevron design since I was put off a bit by the reverse-straight stitch sleeves in the pattern.

The yarn is also from Knit Picks – City Tweed DK in Brocade colorway.  I have been happy with the products from Knit Picks – good quality and good variety.

After blocking and assembly, the final phase is knitting the band around the neck and front and adding buttons.  The end is in sight.

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