All Wooled Up

Wooled Up

It was 29 degrees out at the bus stop this morning! I brought the wool basket down, gathered some of the recently finished knits and everyone bundled up against the cold. The newest item being worn was the Noro Scarf that I was working on a few days ago. I blocked it yesterday, and because my room gets super warm with the door closed at night, it was dry this morning!

More info about the Scarf for Jerry on Ravelry. When Jerry comes home today I’ll have to weigh the yarn to see how much was used. The yarn was a gift and already wound into balls, so I’m not sure of the exact yardage. If I had to guess it would be maybe 3 skeins?

Wooled Up

Jerry is also wearing his new Asheboro Hat.  The mittens are the Girdwood Mittens in Cascade 220 knit in the Big Kid size. Remember the Girdwood Mittens? The pattern comes in all sizes and would be a quick knit for Christmas gifts! Just sayin!

Wooled Up

If you’re wondering about the way he’s posing in this picture, he was being a robot. It has something to do with Looney Tunes I think.

And now for Maggie’s ensemble! She beats Jerry by one point because she is wearing a hand knit coat!

Wooled Up

The coat is the recently completed Tomten. Yesterday was a cold morning, too, so I put her Tomten out where she could see it and told her it was cold. I don’t want to force her to wear the knitting, but I want to make sure she remembers that it’s an option. And yesterday she chose to wear the knitted coat! I was so happy.

Wooled Up

Like Jerry, Maggie (doing robot moves) is also wearing Girdwood Mittens and her Asheboro Hat.  Her mittens are undocumented on the blog and Ravelry because they were a Girdwood prototype. She loves them, but the mittens are…imperfect. Luckily for us Maggie is like the honey badger. She don’t give a shit that her mittens don’t match.

The scarf that Maggie is wearing is a simple lengthwise garter stitch scarf knit with glorious Baby Alpaca Grande. On Raverly, it says I finished this almost exactly 2 years ago! Imagine that.

Wooled Up

So maybe Maggie is not technically all wooled up, but partially alpaca-ed up. Even better!

 

Study in Stripes

I finished my Stripe Study Shawl!

Stripe Study

It’s sitting on Maggie’s twin size bed, so you can see for yourself how big it is. I used almost two full skeins of the Beaverslide 2-ply Sport/Sock weight in the Hidden Lake (teal)  colorway, and nearly one full skein of the  Natural Buff. This yarn, I can’t even tell you. It’s the best yarn ever. You really just have to see for yourself. The fiber content is 80% fine wool and 20% fine kid mohair. It comes in 458 yd skeins for $14.50. Although the suggested needle size for this yarn is a size 2-3 needle, I used a size 8 for the Stripe Study Shawl, and the fabric is velvety soft, lofty, warm, and has beautiful drape. Do yourself a favor and order some Beaverslide for yourself. Learn more about Beaverslide Dry Goods here. They are not paying me, I just loooove the yarn.

Stripe Study

After I finished my shawl, I decided that it was high time to knit this year’s slippers. I started on Thursday night and by Friday afternoon I was wearing them! They were damp, but whatever. They were mostly dry.

fuzzy slippers

I used my favorite slipper pattern, Felt Clogs (AC-33) by Bev Galeskas, from Fiber Trends.  I have knit this pattern many, many times. It’s one of those patterns that is written perfectly, is very clear, and if you have your wits about you then you’ll be fine.  Unfortunately while knitting slipper number one I did not have my wits about me. I came to the last row of the instep shaping, had 4 extra stitches and should have been at the marker (I was not). I know from experience that it wasn’t the pattern’s error, it was mine. It’s easy to get lost in these patterns if you don’t keep track of your place. I was paying more attention to the television program I was watching than to the pattern I was knitting. But instead of unknitting, I decided that four stitches was not a big deal, went on to knit the cuff, and finished the slipper, four extra stitches and all.

I knit slipper number two without incident, felted them, and now can’t even tell which one has the error. Gosh, I love felting.

It’s a lovely cool morning here in North Carolina. I have my new shawl on my shoulders and my new slippers on my feet. It feels so good to be knitting again.

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Thanks to all your good luck vibes, I finished my Different Lines shawl! I bound off and blocked it last night, and it was dry this morning! Gotta love that shetland yarn. It softened up a little, but it’s still very woolly. I had some trouble figuring out how to wear the shawl, but I like it best if the bound off edge (the wide green stripe below) is nearest my neck. She’s an oddly shaped little sucker, for sure. You gotta knit one.

Oh! And Veera, the designer, just put all her patterns on sale for 30% off! And she has a beautiful new website! Go check it out, and if you have been meaning to buy this shawl pattern, the time is NOW people!

Different Lines

Different Lines

Different Lines

Different Lines

All the details are on my Ravelry project page here. I had so much fun with this pattern that this morning I started the other one, the ubiquitous Stripe Study. I’m already in love.

and I started another