Adapting Projects – Leafy Baby Blanket into Scarf

I really like the pattern, but did not want to make a baby blanket out of it.  Instead, I wanted to experiment with two skeins of Lion Brand Heartland (color 180 Kings Canyon), which is a very soft and light worsted weight yarn.

The adaptation was simply – just fewer repeats.  What you see in the photo is the second time through – the first time (first skein), had one fewer repeat, and it was too narrow for my liking.  This is much nicer, and will make a very soft and warm scarf.

Pattern is free on Ravelry:  Leafy Baby Blanket by Leyla Alieva.




Knitting Afghans in the Cold

Brrr – the weather is fully winter here in Indiana.  I’ve been working on an afghan for a loved one, and realized I don’t think I’ve posted anything about it.

Meet Exquisite, the cover project from Leisure Arts Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans.  I’ve made several afghans from this book, and enjoy it very much.  The projects are fairly easy, beautiful in design, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  What makes the project “quick” is that every project is designed to knit with two strands at a time.

In this case, I’m mixing it up a bit (not that you can tell), by using one strand of Encore Tweed by Plymouth Yarn in color 1363 Oatmeal, and one strand Encore Worsted by Plymouth Yarn in color 0240 Taupe.

In a way, this is a “stash-buster” project – Both yarns were originally purchased for projects that went other directions.  I did not have enough of either for an entire afghan, but plenty if I use one of each, and the results are quite nice.

I don’t think I’m half-way completed on this project, but it’s a good time of year to be working on afghans – keep warm and knit!



Pashimina Wrap

This is a beautiful wrap pattern from John Brinegar, available free on Ravelry.  Pashimina is a generous and drapey wrap that will work well with many styles.

The yarn is Artful Yarns Lustro in color 3903.  The yarn is discontinued, and I purchased it years ago for a sweater, but never liked how it swatched up for that purpose, so it languished in my stash.

The colors for this yarn are a three-ply of forest green and brown wrapped in a gold netting-style ply.   I wasn’t happy with how it worked up for a sweater, but I think I’m going to like the wrap.

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Trellis Leaf Stole (WIP)

This is Trellis Leaf Stole from the book Lace One-Skein Wonders book by Judith Durant (Editor) and one of the “One-Skein Wonders” books, of which I have several.

The yarn is a single-ply, cotton, hand-dyed yarn I found at the Richmond, Indiana yarn store, Ply Fiber Arts.  Unfortunately, I’ve mislaid the tag, so I can’t tell you about the artist.  This is, technically, a one-skein project, though the yarn is 800+ yards.

Ply Fiber Arts is located in downtown Richmond and is a terrific boutique-style yarn store.  The website photo is representative of the bright, spacious shop, with plenty of lovely specialty and premium yarns.  If you get over to Richmond, I recommend you stop for a visit.

Richmond, Indiana, is also the southern-most point of the Cardinal Greenway, which is a biking path from Richmond to Marion.  My friend B and I have enjoyed biking on that trail more than once (though we have never gone the full 60 miles from Richmond).

While I’m enjoying this project (the size 2 needles are a nice switch from the size 10 needles for other projects), I’m not as fond of the yarn as I hoped.  This is another example of yarn that looks better on the hank than it does knit up.  It’s a lovely color but the stripes are too narrow and busy.  I’m hoping that the finished project “blends” with whatever it’s worn with, and is not so distracting.

This is why I keep telling myself to skip the novelty yarns – they usually don’t work up as well as I imagine (or, I am not imaginative enough to work them up properly – either could be true).

Repose Afghan

Alas, no expected babies among my friends (or, perhaps more accurately, among children of my friends).  However, on a recent trip to Michaels for an unrelated reason, I took a pass through the yarn section (a “must-see” diversion from my path) and found this fun Bernat Mix Baby, in color White.

Two cool things about this yarn:  First – it’s a multi-fiber, meaning that it switches from several different types of fiber along a color palette.  This makes for a very interesting variegated piece.   Second – it is a “Big ball” variety – meaning it is a 1/2 pound of bulky weight yarn, which works up into a very nice baby blanket, and you don’t have to purchase dozens of yarn balls to make a respectably sized blanket.

As a bonus, the yarn is manufactured especially for babies and carries OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification for substances that might be found in normal dyes and fibers but might be harmful to babies or people with sensitivities.

The pattern is Repose from the Leisure Arts Book, Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans.  While, normally, this afghan would be knit with two strands of yarn held together, because this is a baby afghan, and because of the novelty yarn, I am adjusting the needle size, accordingly, and knitting with one strand.  It is working beautifully, and the afghan pattern complements the change in yarn.

I try to pass by novelty yarns, because I tend to be drawn to them (a sucker for the marketing, am I), but this is a terrific product and I am enjoying this project.

Hanami (Modified)

Posting has been sparse, lately, due to day-job workload.  However, knitting continues, and I currently favor endless rhythm and repetition to relax in the evenings.

This is Hanami, by Melani Gibbons, $6.00 on Ravelry.  The full pattern is intended to be more ethereal and transitions from the basket weave you see below to an effect of cherry blossoms blowing in the wind.  I chose to stick with the basket weave pattern, and the yarn is more suited for a warm wrap.

Yarn is KnitPicks Palette line, in color Camel Heather.  This intended as a gift for someone that favors darker monotones, but it’s also something I would gladly keep for myself.  The yarn is comfortable, and the wrap will be warm without being heavy.

I want to make this a generous size, so I’ll probably use all 8 balls (231 yds/50 g).  I’ll share the final blocked size.  The yarn balls you see are the last two, so I’ll probably complete this project before the end of tax season (which is how I measure goals in the spring).

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Note about using a tablet for the pattern – this particular pattern is printed “small” on the document – I would be frustrated if I had printed it to paper.  By using a tablet, I can zoom into the pattern, which makes it much easier to follow.

Everything old is new again

Or, “This Old Sock.”

There were these socks.  I knit them up for the boy-child, who never liked them and never wore them. After he moved out (he is a grown-up, now, and living on his own, but stops by from time to time), I found them in his room and confiscated them for my use.

Well, I decided that I didn’t really like them, either, and I was annoyed by the yarn pooling on the foot of the socks.  However, I couldn’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good (if ugly) socks, so I thought…. could I re-knit them?

So, here we have “Nutkin” sock, by Beth LaPensee, free on Ravelry.  I’ve had this pattern for a long time – it was first published in 2007.  Never made it, though.  Not sure why, but I think the turned cuff at the top had something to do with it.

I started at the toe of the old sock (since it was a top-down sock) and knit the new as I unraveled the old.  Worked very well, and I am very pleased with the result of the first sock.

Now that I’m working on the second sock, I wonder if there is some “off-ness” about the yarn, which caused the pooling (from a sock-yarn perspective).  It took several false starts before I could align the yarn in the second sock so that it did not pool.

Yarn:  I have no idea.  I am fairly sure that I knit this, the first time, before I had the blog, so it’s been a while ago, and I don’t have a record.  It’s good, solid sock yarn, so probably one of the common commercial brands.  It was washed several times before abandoned and then reclaimed.

Note on the “new” (top of picture) sock – although the colors you see in the heel and toe are throughout the yarn, because of the shorter rows, it is only distinct in the heel and toe – almost looks like one used a different yarn for contrast.

Shout out to Beth LaPensee for a good pattern – it’s easy to follow and memorize, and looks nice.  I changed her short-row heel for a German Short Row heel (check out the video by Knit Purl Hunter), which I discovered a while ago, and like because it is a lot easier than traditional short rows, and looks nicer.