Category: Knitting

Silver Bell Sweater Progress

I’m having a lot of fun knitting this Silver Bell Sweater (pattern found on Ravelry). It’s an oversized sweater that you would wear with a camisole under with a pair of nice jeans – perfect for the holidays at home. There’s 6″ of positive ease, so it should fit nice and large. I’m knitting it with an alpaca blend, and I know it will require some blocking, but I love the colour and I just love how it’s turning out so far. It is also a neat construction. You knit it from the bottom up, separating after the body to a front left / right panel and the back piece. The shoulders are joined with a 3 needle bind off which I still have to learn. I’m working on the second front piece now, then the back, then the sleeves, neck, and cuffs. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Advent Balls – Day One

I managed to craft the very first advent ball out of 24 – and my hands are in a lot of pain lately so I’m not sure if I can realistically keep up, but I sure want to. I have a secret silly dream of one day having an entire tree decorated with hand knit decorations.

Wurm Hat – Completed

I got some replacement needles, and finally finished off this hat for my very knit-worthy husband. The yarn is alpaca & merino, pattern is ‘wurm’ free on Ravelry. I love the brim on this hat, and it was a nice simple knit that I could do at night without needing to reference the pattern constantly.

For the Horde

I finally finished my World of Warcraft mittens, and I am so pleased with how they turned out. I knit them with wool & alpaca for extra warmth, and added a liner inside. It’s my first complicated piece of stranded work, and I was so enthralled with crafting them it inspired me to create more of my own designs.

More Socks

I knit another pair of socks on my circular sock knitting machine, but I’m still trying to get the hang of how to knit them (including the toe) and have them be the right size. These ones ended up too long in the toe, so I frogged them back and knit the toes by hand instead. Yarn is knitpicks hawthorne. Even with hand knitting the toe, these socks take no time at all to knit up and they turn out lovely. I’m hoping to get a few more pairs done for Christmas gifts.

Car Knitting

I started a sockhead cowl as a simple ‘in the car’ knit for all of the times we have a 6+ hour drive to do groceries (we try to go once every few months) and any other car drives we might have (even going to the next town over is an hour each way). I’m using a single ply yarn from knitpicks, hopefully it comes out nice and comfortable. I am not sure I’ll get it done this winter (it’s a lot of garter stitch), but I’d also like to knit two dickies for the kids (they are too young for scarves) to keep them warm when we play outside here in the North.

Broken Needles & Dropped Stitches

While working on my rainbow wurm hat for my husband, my shortie knitting needle from KnitPicks broke, and I ended up dropping a whole bunch of stitches. I don’t have a replacement needle right now, so I picked up the stitches as best I could with some DPN, and I’m waiting for some super glue to arrive so I can try to fix the needle myself. I could order an entire new set, but mail takes so long to get here these days that I’m afraid winter would be over before I could even finish the toque.

These things happen, but it was still incredibly frustrating. I decided to cast on a new cowl project in the meantime while I wait for the glue to arrive.

Sock Tubes Completed

These socks were probably one of my fastest knits ever thanks to using my circular sock knitting machine for most of it. I added the cuffs, toes, heels, and that’s it they were ready to go. I will certainly make more socks this way in the future, but I think I prefer using my sock knitting machine to create the heels, they seem to fit a bit better.

Clark Socks Completed

Off the needles and onto my feet – these socks are finally done. The pattern is Clark Socks from Ravelry, the yarn is Prairie Smoke. They look and feel great on my feet.

Trying my Hand at Pattern Design

I’m working out some ideas for a new mitten pattern I’d like to try. It mimics some colourwork mittens I found on Ravelry, but I’ve added the horde logo – I call them ‘For the Horde’ and I hope to knit them up in October.