My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply, using 3.25mm needles.

Alert the Media: I Knit Something

January was an inauspicious month for me, knitting-wise. I started three good-sized projects, got at least one-third of the way through each one, and abandoned each one. Real-life nonsense has been interfering with knitting on a regular basis, and that is my excuse.

But look — I managed to crank out an FO before the end of the month!

This is a free pattern, January Hat by Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens. You may or may not know that Kelbourne Woolens last autumn resurrected Germantown worsted wool (you can read about it on their website here). Anyway, Kelbourne Woolens is releasing a new free hat pattern every month this year in celebration of this yarn.

I knit my January Hat with Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted because I had some left over after knitting my Throwback Cardi last year. It knit perfectly to gauge with the suggested needle size and I finished it just in time for the Polar Vortex.

Meanwhile, Loki has Super Bowl fever.

Can you feel the excitement?

When Will I Learn?

My 2019 knitting has had an inauspicious start.

Shortly before the new year, I started work on Big Love by ANKESTRiCK, using one of the suggested yarns — Ístex Léttlopi. After working on it on New Year’s Eve, I quickly realized that the resulting sweater would be far to warm for me, given the thickness of the knitted fabric at the suggested gauge. I started it over on New Year’s Day using Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted from my stash — it made a lighter weight fabric at the required gauge.

But this past week I abandoned the project, for a couple of reasons.

The entire thing is knit in one piece. Why, why, WHY do designers design such a large heavy garment in one piece? This is an aran weight jacket, for pete’s sake. Granted it is a very clever design with very clever shaping, and I liked the look of the finished product, but once I got past the armholes (it is knit from the top down) I found it unbearable to work on. Way too much “stuff” on the needle, way too much warmth, even for sitting and knitting in the winter.

The other reason for abandonment: I don’t like the texture stitch used to knit the body. It does not look good in the yarn I chose.

When I threw it down in disgust after knitting just three rows one night last week. I realized that finishing it would be a big chore, not a relaxing knit. So into the frog pond it went.

And I need to remind myself that when I search Ravelry for patterns for worsted or heavier yarn, be sure to refine the search by selecting “seamed” construction. Argh. Of course, in my opinion, every garment should be seamed (unless there is a darn good reason not to work with seams, like in the case of stranded colorwork) as the structure provided by seams makes it hand better.

To counter that sad experience, I’ll post a recent success:

This is my modified version of Svenson by Jared Flood. I did not blog about it because it was knitted in stealth as a holiday gift.

I did some pretty major modifications to the raglan sleeve shaping and the neckline. The original pattern had a weirdly wide neck that I knew the recipient would not like, and changing that necessitated changing the raglan shaping. I also shortened the sleeves quite a bit.

So you can imagine how relieved I was when the finished sweater fit the recipient perfectly!

It is knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the 12 Mg colorway.

Book Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway for my review copy of Gradient Style: Color-Shifting Techniques & Knitting Patterns. The winner of my copy is sewknit2 who has been emailed.

Loki

It’s snowing today. Here is how Loki deals with that.

Gradient Style

Happy New Year! What better way to kick off the new year than with a book review and giveaway?

This is Gradient Style: Color-Shifting Techniques & Knitting Patterns by Kerry Bogert (Editor), published last month by  Interweave. As you are no doubt well aware, gradients are a huge popular trend right now, so this is a very timely collection.

In addition to 19 patterns by various designers, there is a lot of good information on how to selecting and work different colored yarns into gradient effects. There are also tips to help avoid problems like such as color pooling and uneven striping when working with gradients.

You can take a look at the included patterns here on Ravelry.

My favorites:

Chevron Cowl, designed by Tian Connaughton. The yarn used for the sample is Freia Handpaints Ombré Sport – Gradient.

The Denim Stripes Cardigan designed by Kathryn Folkerth. This calls for Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift — traditional Shetland jumper weight (fingering) wool. I may have to knit this one!

And the Spring Colors Tee designed by Alyssa Cabrera. This is worked from Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet Mini Gradients — fingering weight wool. I happen to have a Plucky Knitter gradient set given to me by a friend (thanks Sharon!) for my birthday that will be perfect for this. I plan to lengthen the sleeves into long sleeves. And the set includes 5 skeins at 385 yards each, so I’ll have plenty for a matching hat.

Now, who would like to have my review copy of Gradient Style: Color-Shifting Techniques & Knitting Patterns?

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy, please leave a comment on this post and tell me which of the 19 patterns is your favorite. Leave your comment by 11:00am Eastern Time next Sunday January 13, 2019.

My Sock Pattern

Several of you asked what sock pattern I used tp knit the socks shown in my last blog post — that’s one of my free patterns: the Sportweight Gusset Heel Sock. There are a lot of free sock patterns on my free pattern page.

And Lastly

Loki sez:

Happy New Year!

More FOs

I’ve finished a few things since last Sunday.

First up:

This is the project I showed the const-on for last Sunday. This is Chezzetcook Inlet by Natasha Daurie, another design from Kate Davies’ book Milarrochy Heids.

I also whipped out this:

Cover Your Plans by Martina Behm, a knitting cover for my knitting planner, from a fingering weight wool that I’ve lost the label for.

And these:

Plain toe-up socks, knit from Opal Reiselust 6-ply in the Laos colorway.

And today I finished this:

The Forest Tam by Marie Wallin, knit from her own British Breeds yarn.

That’s it!

Tettegouche Set

I finished my Tettegouche Hat early last week:

As I mentioned in my last blog post, this is Tettegouche by Virginia Sattler-Reimer, a design from Milarrochy Heids. I used a natural colored Koigu KPM as the background color, and a Koigu KPPPM “Pencil Box Set” as the foreground color.

And I made the matching Tettegouche Mittens, with a twist:

I made them into fingerless mitts.

I knit these at a tighter gauge than the hat — the hat gauge was achieved with a U.S. 4 (3.5mm) needle. I used a U.S. 2 (2.75mm) for the mitts.

I started another design from Milarrochy Heids, this one using the Kate Davies Millarrochy Tweed yarn in the colors suggested in the pattern. Can you guess which hat this is?

Loki seems not to care.