#yarnlovechallenge wrap up

The #yarnlovechallenge was a photo-a-day project hosted by Mary Heather Browne and Christina B of Ravelry.


I loved seeing everyone’s choices for the prompts! I can’t keep up with these type of “challenges” every month, but it’s nice to have prompts every once in awhile to help me post more regularly.

FO Friday – Askews Me Sweater

imageI finished my Askews Me sweater over a month ago and I’ve finally gotten some decent pictures! I loved knitting this.

imageThe foreground yarns were reclaimed from thrift store sweaters. The taupe yarn is 100% merino, and I believe the blue is a wool/acrylic blend. The background yarn is Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool which is suprisingly soft.

imageI’m not entire sure it’s the best shape for me. I’m kind of bottom heavy so I tend to stick to tops that are more fitted, but this is so comfy and warm that I’ve decided not to care if it’s a bit of tent. And it’s great with skinny jeans and boots.

Good news: I’ve been able to knit with no pain! I’m able to get in several rows in the morning and evening. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to any marathon knitting sessions, but as long as I can do some knitting, I’m happy. I was going a bit bonkers!

imageMy dog, Layla, really wanted to help me with this photoshoot. I’ve given her the “look” command in the first photo. I have my phone camera set to snap a pic when I say, “cheese.” It’s better than a timer!

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FO Friday – Beekman Tavern

imageI am going to live in this sweater this winter! Beekman Tavern (designed by Thea Colman) is a fun, but not challenging knit. After a couple of rounds, I was able to easily read my knitting, making it a good tv-knitting project.

I recycled the yarn from a merino thrift store sweater (above right.) I wasn’t into the pale pink variegated colorway, so I over dyed it a grey/brown.

imageCheck out my Ravelry project page to find out how I modified this to fit my ginormo arms.

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Last Week Chez Play – Socks!

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I finally finished a pair of socks! Sprightly Socks has a very easy-to-memorize slipped stitch pattern which made KIPing easy. And I successfully turned my second Fish Lips Kiss Heel with only one holey gap while dragging this project to the bus stop everyday. They’re a little snug to get on and I wish I hadn’t gone down a needle size for the ribbing, but they fit! And they’re warm. The yarn is Darkwing Duck, dyed by Shameless Twist for the Tripping Yarn Balls Retro Toons club. I love how variegated yarn works with this pattern.

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We enjoyed our last night at the drive-in for this season. I was able to finish the cuff of my next sock project before it got dark. Shazbat is the free Mystery Sock pattern for this round of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sock Down. I highly recommend participating in SKA if you love knitting socks OR want to learn to knit socks. Each month’s Sock Down focuses on a different feature or skill such as colorwork, cables, lace, self-striping yarn, using leftovers. And there are prizes from lots of great dyers (like me!) This yarn is Gemini dyed by Tyrannosaurus Knits for the Tripping Yarn Balls Zodiac Club. Minty green like Doublemint gum (get it?)

FO Friday – Through the Loops MKAL

In June, Kirsten Kapur, the designer behind Through the Loops, hosted a shawl mystery knit-along. As soon as I saw that the design called for 500yd and that she used a gradient, I was in! I happened to have a Corrie Sock striping set second that needed a sample knit.

I loved knitting this shawl! The lace patterns flow into each other nicely from clue to clue, but they’re not so complicated that you can’t see where you go off track (which only happened a couple of times.) I initially wished I had only used half my red mini skein for the first clue, but I’ve grown to like the purple bind-off edge.

FO Friday – Mon Petit Pullover

P1080849Once upon a time, I spun 5oz of merino/silk top into 500+ yards of chain-plied, self-striping fingering/sport weight yarn. What to do? I am generally not a pastel person and I likely wouldn’t wear a shawl in these colors.

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Several months later, I had two minor seconds of Boundless Sock in The Grey and I knew they should be together! So I planned a pullover version of Mon Petit Gilet RayĆ©. I knit a goodly-sized swatch, did some maths and cast on. And it worked! It came out a tiny bit longer than planned, but I love it. I can throw it on with jeans or a skirt. It’s not fussy, but it’s together enough for vending events. I’m totally in love with it. You can read my notes (gauge, stitches cast on…etc) at my Ravelry project page!

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