Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Um, yeah.

IMG_0489 by kbshee
IMG_0489, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So, about five years ago I did the Great American Aran Afghan. All of it but the edging and the weaving in of ends (and man, there are ENDS on this).

I did knit the edging, but it was too short.

I decided to finish it anyway. It doesn't need the edging (there's a border of garter around each square) and I thought we could actually start using this (we meaning me).

So there you go.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Quick quick quick!

1. Happy Memorial Day!
2. Brr--after three weeks of summer weather here in Oregon, winter is back with a nasty rain (which is OK--we are SO SO SO dry here that we need the rain). But unexpected it is.
3. Did you ever find something you knit once and thought "I'd like another one of those" but then you cannot find the pattern anywhere? So you're vamping on it?
4. That is what this is:
5. Did I mention: Brr?
6. The Slanty Rainbow Cowl (see previous post) seems to be the favorite of the three I've put up lately. I'd love to see your FOs of your Slanties! Send them to me via Ravelry please or leave a comment with your blog name and I'll get in touch with how to send them to me.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Slanty Rainbow Cowl

IMG_0479 by kbshee
IMG_0479, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.
Got leftover sock yarn? Or mini skeins that aren't going to get Hexipuffed anytime soon? Here is a quick and easy cowl pattern (knit flat then joined) that highlights your beautiful leftovers!

35 yards (8 or 9 grams) of seven different colors of sock yarn (shown in the picture is a group of yarns I purchased from Yarntini a long time ago).

The scarf above has:
Color A: Pink
Color B: Dark Rose
Color C: Orange
Color D: Yellow
Color E: Green
Color F: Light blue
Color G: Dark blue

Needle sized 2

Gauge: 28 stitches=4 inches in diagonal stripe pattern. This is 28 stitches measured on the diagonal. See instructions for more details.

Slanty Stitch pattern:
Row 1 (rs), K1, kfb, k to last three stitches, k2tog, k
Row 2 (ws) Purl

Using either a long tail cast on (if you don't mind a seam) or a provisional cast on, cast on 35 stitches with Color A.

Here is the pattern with color changes, working in the slanty stitch:

Row 1+2: Color A
Row 3+4: Color B
Row 5+6: Color A
Row 7+8: Color B
Row 9+10: Color A
Row 11+12: Color B
(repeat 1-12 once)

Row 13+14: Color C
Row 15+ 16: Color B
Row 17+18: Color C
Row 19+20: Color B
Row 21+22: Color C
Row 23+24: Color B

(repeat 13-24 once)

Row 25+26: Color C
Row 27 +28: Color D
Row 29+30: Color C
Row 31+32: Color D
Row 33+34: Color C
Row 35+36: Color D

repeat 25-36 once)

Row 37+38: Color E
Row 39+40: Color D
Row 41+42: Color E
Row 43+44: Color D
Row 45+46: Color E
Row 47+48: Color D

(repeat 37-48 once)
Row 49-50 Color E
Row 51-52 Color F
Row 53-54 Color E
Row 55-56 Color F
Row 57-58 Color E
Row 59-60 Color F
(repeat 49-60 0nce)

Row 61-62: Color G
Row 63-64 Color F
Row 65-66: Color G
Row 67-68: Color F
Row 69-70: Color G
Row 71-72: Color F

Repeat 61-72 once

Row 73-74: Color G
Row 75-76: Color A
Row 77-78: Color G
Row 79-80: Color A
Row 81-82: Color G
Row 83-84: Color A

(repeat rows 73-84)

Then do one more repeat of the whole shebang.

Steam press to flatten out, weave in ends, and then join (either seam or do kitchener stitch from provisional cast on).

Measuring across (not on the diagonal), the cowl is about 3 3/4" wide and about 55" around, so you can wear it single or double. Please note that the width does not match the knitted gauge, since the stitch pattern will result in a fabric on the bias--a diagonal stitch that is quite fetching.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stripey Cowl

IMG_0477 by kbshee
IMG_0477, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.
OK, I love the internets COMPLETELY again because I figured out how to blog using FLICKR.

The Stripey Cowl grows--it is really a bright and cheerful little project that I"m enjoying working on.

Monday, May 20, 2013

KnitCrate prize!

I love the Internets.

So my dear Twinster posted on FB that KnitCrate was doing a give away, and I popped over to their page and the next thing you know---I won! It is a Hexipuff set which includes a lot of mini skeins, stuffing, and dpns, and the pattern (which I just noticed that I LOST MINE so hooray). I planned to restart the Hexipuff project now that there's a KAL on Ravelry's ITFF board so, yeah, I'm ready to go!

I hate the Internets.

Flick completely recreated their front page and while it is absolutely positively gorgeous, I can't figure out how to blog from there anymore. If you know, please let me know.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

TrouBLe Cowl

Here's a cowl knit almost entirely through the back loops to provide an interesting texture to the drop stitches. It is really no trouble at all! Knitting this way makes the drop stitch sections pop out a bit--it looks a bit different.

Yarn: Bulky ribbon yarn, I used a ball  of Crystal Palace Trio--55 yards. This yarn is very lightweight.
Needle: Size 15, 24" circular needle.

Cast on 48 stitches. Place marker and join for knitting in the round.

Round 1 + 2: Knit TBL.
Round 3: Knit TBL, wrapping yarn three times around needle for each stitch.
Round 4: Knit TBL, dropping extra wraps.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 twice, then repeat rounds 1+2 once more.
Bind off loosely.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Three Hour Summer Cowl

While straightening my stash, I found two balls of Rowan Cotton Braid and thought "hmm, wouldn't that make a cute summer cowl?" And even better, I knit it up in 3 hours!


Two balls Rowan Cotton Braid (it is discontinued, but I think any bulky summery yarn would work). I used one entire ball and just a bit of the second ball--I've included a section you can skip if you only have one ball.
Size 15 circular needle (24").


Cast on 50 stitches. Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. PM to show start of round.

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Knit, wrapping yarn around the needle three times.
Round 4: Knit, dropping extra wraps off the needle.
Round 5: Purl.
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: Purl.
Round 8: Knit, wrapping yarn around the needle twice.
Round 9: Knit, dropping wrap off the needle.
Round 10-12: repeat round 5-7
Round 13: *Knit 8, k2tog (repeat 4 more times).
Round 14: Purl
Round 15-21: repeat rounds 3-9.
Round 22: Purl
Round 23: Knit
Round 24: Purl
Bind off. Weave in ends. Pop on and wear happily!

If you only have one ball, eliminate the final wrapping section (rows 15-22).
I'm wearing mine unblocked at the moment.

Stripey Cowl

IMG_0456 by kbshee
IMG_0456, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've had these mini skeins of Yarntini in the stash for ever (even before the idea of mini skeins was ever popularized) and haven't known what to make with them---but I was inspired by a cowl pattern that creates stripes on the diagonal (and is then seamed) and I'm creating my own striping pattern. Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

More intersection

IMG_0451 by kbshee
IMG_0451, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I think there are six 'white' stripe secttons, so I'm getting close to the finish. Kind of loving this. However, adding six stitches to every RS means this is getting LONG! The last part won't go nearly as fast as the first part.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


IMG_0450 by kbshee
IMG_0450, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I spent a bit of time organizing my yarn wall today in my own super special organizational system. Here are the contents of these six sock yarn cubbies, going clockwise, starting with the top cubby on the left.

1. Sock yarn I have wound into balls because I really want to knit something with them right away but I don't know what, or sock yarn to wind into balls because I want to knit something but I don't know what.

2. Purple yarns. Um, a whole stuffed dbby of purple yarns.

3. Stripey yarns that make me happy and sing 'we are happy stripey yarns! Knit us".

4. Blue and green yarns. (To the right is 'my own personal sock yarn club'...a skein of yarn bagged with a pattern in order to facillitate knitting of stash. I did that, oh, four years ago.)

5. Yarns that would make suitable socks for Tim.

6. Red yarns, with a few purpley red yarns, and pink on the right hand side of the cubby.

So yep. There's a little tour of my head, um, yarn cubbies.

Saturday, May 04, 2013


IMG_0384 by kbshee
IMG_0384, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This will look better when it is blocked, and when there are more stripes. But it is a fun knit and I love the bright colors and how it is looking!

Thursday, May 02, 2013


IMG_0406 by kbshee
IMG_0406, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I am improvising this cowl, using Seleccion Privada and what I think is the basketweave stitch. I do love how it looks.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Blue Top

IMG_0365 by kbshee
IMG_0365, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It is a cotton top from the new issue of Twist Collective. The pattern name is Trigere, and I guess it is named after Pauline Trigere who I think was a fashion designer but what she has to do with the top, je ne seis quois. Does that mean I don't know?

The yarn is Elann Lara, a cotton that isn't too horrible to work with.