My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Archives for January 2017

Twice As Nice

We are seeing double!

No, nothing wrong with your vision: I knit two of them. From the back:

These are Bohus cardigans for an 18″ doll: this pattern. I knit these using a gradient set of yarns for the colorwork — all shades of blue — and added some leftover tan yarn I had on hand. The gradient set for the colorwork and the off-white yarn for the body came from June Pryce Fiber Arts: “Plum Panda” Fingering: 3ply 60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon.

Here is one of the cardigans on a model:

I think it looks very nice on her! The sweater definitely looks better on the doll than laid out flat.

And once more, that back:

And Loki slept through the whole modeling session!

Dragons and Bohus for Dolls, Oh My!

I finished my Azure Dragon Cowl:

I did not even bother taking a photo of the knit side since the purl side is so far superior in appearance. Here’s a close-up of the purl side:

So very dragon scaly, right? I did do a fair amount of steam blocking upon completion because the knitted fabric off the needles was very three-dimensional — too much so. But after a copious application of steam, all scales laid down obediently and the results are fabulous. I wore the cowl on my commute in to work today and I pronounce it warm and snuggly!

This was an extremely enjoyable knit. It might look daunting, but is actually quite easy, once you get the hang of what you are doing. You have to pay attention to those decreases in the middle of each scale — they are centered double decreases. Each one is paired with a set of yarnovers, and how you knit into the yarnovers from the previous row is also very important so that the stitches all slant in the direction they need to. No need to worry about techniques, though. The pattern included detailed instructions for everything you need to know.


My new work in progress:


This is a doll sweater for an 18″ doll: this pattern. The colorwork is taken from the Bohus Blue Shimmer pattern. This is not a beginner project, as there is some relatively complex colorwork there (3 colors in one row), and unlike a full-size Bohus where you would knit in the round with a steek, this is knit flat, so you are working every other row on the purl side.

It is, however, great fun, and as you can see, I have finished the colorwork yoke. It is knit from the top down, and as you can see from the photo, I have put stitches on holders to be used to work the sleeves later and I am now knitting the body. The front bands are worked at the same time as the body of the sweater.

I purchased a gradient set of yarns for the colorwork — all shades of blue — and added some leftover tan yarn I had on hand. The gradient set for the colorwork and the off-white yarn for the body came from June Pryce Fiber Arts and it is her “Plum Panda” Fingering: 3ply 60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon. The dyeing is lovely and the yarn a dream to knit!

Speaking of dreaming . . .


Azure Dragon

I did finally get around to taking a photo of my Granito sweater. Here it is!

Recap: This is Granito designed by Joji Locatelli. I knit it from Wollmeise Blend in the Pistazie colorway, using a U.S. size 4 (3.5mm) needle. I did not make the pockets as I figured I did not need any more bulk at the hipline!

This pattern is worked from the top down and uses short rows to create the shoulder shaping. There is a lovely little slipped stitch detail on each side down the front and the back. It was an enjoyable knit and the resulting sweater has nice fit and drape. So my first FO of 2017 is a win-win!

And I am close to having a second FO for 2017, as I am nearing completion of my Azure Dragon (a cowl design by Jennifer Kirchenbauer).

The designer suggests not blocking the piece to maintain the three-dimensional dragon scales. I think I will steam-block mine very slightly to make the row of large scales in the middle of the cowl lie a little bit flatter. I’ll have a better idea of what I want to do once it is off the needles, which should be within a couple of days.

Loki is as usual eager to help.

He’s keeping track of the pattern chart for me!

First FO of 2017

I finished my Granito sweater on Monday.

And I haven’t taken a photo of it yet. So you have only my word that it is a fait accompli. But I would not lie to you and I will have a photo eventually.

I did start something new: Azure Dragon, a cowl pattern by Jennifer Kirchenbauer. I loved the look of scales as soon as I saw it, and went in search of a yarn colorway that was appropriately “dragon-y.” I ended up with the yarn she used — Malabrigo Rios. I am using the Hojas colorway:

Nice and dragon-y, I think. I have made a bit of progress:

That is the knit side. One of the nice things about this project is that it is reversible. Here is the purl side:

I think I like the purl side better than the knit side.

Things are really crazed at work so I am dead tired in the evenings, which results in not much knitting. But I’m doing a bit.

In solidarity, Loki is napping.

New Year, Old Project

Happy New Year!

I’ve spent the first week of the year knitting along on Granito.

But the end is in sight! I am almost done with the body and have just started knitting the bottom ribbing. I worked until I was almost out of yarn. I’ve reserved enough for 10 or so rounds of ribbing.

Meanwhile, Loki is doing his impression of a hermit crab.