My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

28.75 Inches Is a Whole Lotta Denim

I am knitting along on Filey, the sweater I am knitting from Rowan Denim yarn. Because a garment knit from denim yarn will shrink lengthwise (but not in width) one must knit all pieces of said garment longer to compensate for said shrinkage. Doing this in denim yarn is a bit of a study in masochism.

I ma making the size large, which necessitates knitting 28.75 inches in the body pattern before switching to the garter stripe pattern for the shoulders. I finally reached this point on Tuesday night.

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As I stopped to measure from time to time I was tempted to really stre-e-e-e-etch out the piece for measuring. But I didn’t because doing so would end ultimately in disappointment when I washed the sweater and ended up with a too-short garment.

I am now working on the garter ridges on the shoulders.

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So the end of the back is in sight.

And I will then turn around and make another piece just as long for the front.

Lucy is doing her imitation of a rug.

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Trillian

I am pleased to report that I have an F.O.: the Trillian wrap. Here it is draped across my office chair.

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I did a lot of knitting on this over the weekend. The only reason I finished it is because Laura started a Trillian and I couldn’t let her finish hers without finishing mine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I knit mine from one skein of Wollmeise in the “Im dunklen Wald” colorway, on a U.S. size 3 needle. I used most of the skein (and gave the tiny bit leftover to L-B to feed her hexi-puff addiction).

I have purchased a couple more Martina Behm patterns that work well with a single skein of Wollmeise sock yarn. There make great side projects to work on when I am tired of knitting with denim yarn at the end of the day. And it is a way to use some of my Wollmeise Wall of Shame. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Speaking of denim yarn, I did only a bit of knitting on Filey over the weekend and am still working on the back. The back should be done this weekend.

And I picked up my sock in progress for my commute to work. I turned the heel this morning:

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This is a not-quite-so-giant-as-the-last-giant-socks sock. But it’s still pretty big!

Vogue Knitting Giveaway

The winner of the Vogue Knitting book is Lynette, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway.

Lucy Sez

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“Meow.”

Giant Socks and Other Things

Here are the giant socks I finished a couple of days ago.

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These are knit from Trekking 6-ply in color # 1806, on U.S. size 2 (2.75mm) needles. They were made for size 14 wide male feet and used up almost every bit of the yarn.

I started another, not-quite-so-giant sock:

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Funky stripes, eh? The yarn is Online Supersocke 6-Ply Winter Color and is old — it’s been in my stash for a number of years, and I think a yarn distributor gave it to me. This is colorway #888. It’s another sport/dk weight sock yarn and I’m using my 2.75mm needles on it as well.

I am knitting along on Filey — see?

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I’ve not knit on Trillian since last weekend, but I plan to take it with me this weekend on our knitting retreat so it will likely get some love then.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get ready to go pick up the Knitgirllls at the airport. Later, from 4 – 7 pm-ish, we’ll all be at fibre space in Alexandria, VA. Hope to see some of you there!

There will likely be no blog post on Sunday since I’ll get home late-ish. But I’ll be back next Tuesday.

Lucy sez:

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“I’ll just stay here, okay?”

Forever In Vogue

I have here a review copy of the soon-to-be-released Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine.

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This is a “best of” collection that celebrates the 30 year history of the “new” Vogue Knitting magazine, which was launched in 1982. The book contains at my count 76 patterns from the past 30 years.

Vogue Knitting was originally started in the 1930s, and ceased publication in 1969. It started up again in 1982, and I have subscribed from the very first issue.

This book gives you a brief history of VK from its very beginnings to the present, with lots of great photos of those early covers. There’s lots of fascinating information about the designers, editors, and photographers who have worked with VK over the years.

And of course the patterns.Many of them I remember well, and a number of them I have knit.

The patterns are all from the 1980s through the present. Looking through the book was definitely a trip down memory lane. I made this design from the Spring/Summer 1983 issue:

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Here’s a lovely pattern from the 1990s I made, from the Spring/Summer 1996 issue:

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I’ve not made this Shirley Paden design from the Winter 2000/2001 issue, but isn’t it gorgeous?

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As I said, I counted 76 patterns total, all with complete instructions. While this would make a lovely coffee table book, it is much more than that.

The publisher, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. generously offered to send a copy of this gorgeous book to one of my readers. (I’m keeping my copy!)

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. At that time I’ll draw a name at random to win the book.

Progress

I ma knitting along on Filey and still enjoying the process. The pattern is written specifically for denim yarn that shrinks in length, so all pieces of the sweater are knitted longer to accommodate for this shrinkage.

I’ve finished the second giant sock of the pair I was knitting and am about to cast on a new pair of giant socks.

And I blocked my Thin Ice!

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This Week

I have some special guests arriving on Thursday . . . The Knitgirllls! They are coming to visit and accompany me on my annual knitting retreat with friends to the wilds of Virginia. But before we head out for that, we will be at fibre space in Alexandria Virginia on Thursday, November 3, from around 4:00pm to 7:00pm. If you are in the area, stop by to sit and knit with us!

Lucy Sez:

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“I’m resting up for when Leslie and Laura get here!”

 

Stormy

Yesterday was a strange day. Rain in October? Yes. Snow in October? Freaky! WE did not get enough snow to accumulate on the ground, but it was fun to see it snowing. Most of the day it looked like this:

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Wet, windy, and cold. A perfect day to stay inside and knit. So I did.

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This is the start of Alice Starmore’s “Filey,” from Fishermen’s Knits. As you can see, I made good my threat to start it. So far so good. The pattern is a 12-row repeat that is easily memorizable. I am using Rowan Denim in the “Tennessee” colorway. A bonus of using one of the lighter Denim shades? Not as much dye rubs off on your hands as the darker shades.

Knitting with DK-weight cotton is not the most enjoyable of pastimes, but this is not too bad. It is fairly comfortable to knit and I find I can work with it for fairly long stretches of time without tiring. The results look a little sloppy, but once the sweater is washed and shrunk, the stitches will tighten up and smooth out nicely.

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Giveaway Results

Congratulations to Joan in Wisconsin who has won the drawing for my copy of the Knit Simple Knitting Workshops book. Come back on Tuesday for another great book giveaway.

ETA: Joan in Wisconsin, my email to you bounced back — please use the “Contact Me” tab to send me your snail mail addy. Thanks!

Behold!

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“The Keeper of the Works in Progress.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Thin Ice shawl to block!