It is January so that means doing inventory! I wish I could say that doing inventory is a fun job but it is done! Now back to knitting...
Carol came in a few days ago to show me her finished Slow Curves by Joji Locatelli shawl! Isn't it gorgeous! The photo really doesn't do it justice at all. She knit it using Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light in Whisky Barrel, Penumbra, Rocky Mountain High Colorado and Mythical Beasts - a stunning choice of her favourite colours!
Slow Curves is a crescent shawl design that alternates wedges of solid colors with wedges of ‘faded’ or mixed yarns. With the use of short rows, these sections create curves that move like a pendulum. On one side of the shawl you will see 4 definite solid sections and on the other side you will see them all blended together. The result is this beautiful, big, optically intriguing shawl - Joji's is pictured below!
Fingering weight yarn in 4 colors is required and 4 mm (US 6) needles or the needles to get a gauge of 16 sts and 34 rows to 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch on US 6 (4 mm) needles, after blocking and stretching. The finished size is approximately 92” (230 cm) wide x 20” (50 cm) deep.
Dan Lee’s SupaFlyGuy hat with a double layer of stranded colourwork, simple fairisle on the inside and a funky motif on the outside! The layers are then folded in half along a purled ridge and knit together, creating a beautifully warm layer. The rest of the hat is knit in stockinette, with central double decreasing to the crown. Use your favourite hand dyed, variegated yarn with a solid contrast, or use a mix of coloured solid/semi-solid yarns in a fingering weight.
The pattern has instructions for knitting a hat to fit a 23” (58.5cm), 21” (53.5cm) or a 19” (48.25cm) head.
I came across another designer whose design's I hadn't seen before and love! amimonology has a few like Gothic Daruma above with its topdown, seamless and oversized styling with lots of visual interest that I happen to love! The sweater needs 1378 - 1526 yards (1260 - 1395 m) of sportv weight yarn and 3 mm (US 2.5) and 3.5 mm (US 4) needles or the needles to get a gauge of 23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with 3.5mm needles.
satokichi’s Gothic Daruma features a shortened length and with a roll neck as her modifications.
Amimonology’s Okno is an oversized summer top using 1050m/1148yards of fingering weight yarn and 3 mm (US 2.5) needles or needles to get a gauge of 26 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch. She knit this one with linen yarn.
amimonology’s Pectolite is another that is stranded and topdown! namimono (means knitting in Japanese) + logy = a study of knitting
WIP's and FO's
Unfortunately, I have not had a lot of knitting time but I am getting close to the finish line with my Fairy Lights socks!! I love the Bubblegum colour that I decided to use for my contrast colour especially since I definitely have enough left to make something more.
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
The current Knit-Alongs are the Knit Your Any Sweater KAL and the Knit Any Shawl KAL: As always there is also an everlasting knit-along to encourage and support you to knit your own project (any project, and join in anytime!) from January to April 30, 2019. Don't forget to post a pic to the finished object (FO) thread whenever you finish a project during the Knit-Along so that you will be included in the next draw!
Congratulations to Christina (Christinabouchard on Ravelry) for winning the December 31, 2018 draw!
Christina and her draw prize!
Debbie made these dolls for her granddaughters using Bergere de France Ideal
Off Marilyn’s needles and blocked is her The Weekender by Andrea Mowry
Kim loved finding this K and D (her initials) in her Advent Calendar!
Nadine has Sode by Hiroko Payne from Laine Magazine, Issue 8 on her needles! Very ambitious for a first cable project! She is using Kelbourne Woolens Scout.
Kate knit this lovely blanket to give her daughter for Christmas using Cascade + Peruvian Tones
Nicole knit this sock with her own personal sock pattern with West Yorkshire Spinner’s Candy Cane.
The First Cardigan class starts on Tuesday. We will use a simple pattern, the Gramps Cardigan by Tin Can Knits. This course takes knitters through all the techniques required to make a seamless sweater from the top down or the bottom up. We suggest knitters make a baby or child size first, so you can complete the project during the course. Four sessions starting Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29, and February 5 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Three people have registered with me calling two to remind them but I know there was one other person but I am sorry but I cannot remember in order to call with a reminder.
Other Classes are still up in the air...Sorry!!
Happy Friday, Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting!