Update – Reindeer Games, Sweet Fiber and some FOs

Living the dream

I’ve got a week off from work and have naturally spent it in a knitting frenzy.  In fact, I’ve spent so much time knitting that feel a little guilty (okay, not really) that I’ve neglected some other things I’m supposed to be doing.  For instance, my Sunday vacuuming and dusting didn’t get done until yesterday and, what’s more reprehensible, bookclub is tomorrow and I’ve only read the back cover of the book.

Here’s what’s been distracting me this week:

Reindeer Games

The Girl has been begging me for a Vintage Reindeer Cardigan (to match her Dad’s) and I’ve finally cast on using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky. The first picture illustrates what I love about colour-work, i.e. watching a motif appear, row by row.  In this case, reindeer footprints above the ribbing then two reindeer frolicking in the forest.  Then, the second picture shows what I absolutely LOATHE about colour-work, i.e. all the frickin’ tangle-y bobbins and countless ends to weave in. Sometimes it gets so convolutedly messy that I have to just put down the mangled mess and take a break.  🙂  The good news is that this bulky yarn knits up pretty quickly on 6.0 mm needles.

The back in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yargh!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More yarn! – Sweet Fiber Yarns

Yeah, yeah, I’m supposedly on a yarn diet (whatever!), but I really, really needed some of Sweet Fiber Yarn’s special Super Sweet Sock yarn (80% Merino, 20% nylon, 415 yds, $25) It’s an exclusive colourway created especially for Knit City 2012.  It’s also available in Cashmerino Worsted (80% Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 200 yds, $28).  Go immediately to the Knit Social Shop to order some.  While you’re there, check out their other special Knit City merch.

Super Sweet Sock Yarn, in Knit City 2012

Hats off!

As for Finished Objects, in addition to the Celestial Cowl mentioned in my previous post, I banged out a couple of hats for Christmas gifts.  The Husband works outdoors so I made him a cozy toque with Spud & Chloe Fine yarn in two manly shades of grey (insert joke here), Hippo and Sidewalk.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry, Susan B. Anderson’s Chili Pepper Hat. I looks great as a hipster slouch and also as a watch cap with the striped cuff turned up.

Chili Pepper Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, I whipped up a Felicity hat (another free pattern).  This more than slightly crappy picture doesn’t show how pretty this colour is.  This pattern is perfect for the rustic thick-and-thin Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica in Lime.

Felicity hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous ongoing WIPs

I’m continuing to work on my Cashmere Chili Pepper – holy doodle, is this Handmaiden Cashmere ever soft!  (Attention anyone who might be hoping this is a gift: sorry, this one’s mos def for me.)

Cashmere Chili Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well, I’m forging on with my Snowbird Cardigan. After completing the yoke, I’m now about a quarter of the way through the first sleeve, which I’m working on DPNs because I hate seaming with a passion (although not as much as I hate using bobbins).  Can’t wait to wear this.  It’s a quintessential cozy cardi.

Next – I love you Twist Collective!

Up next, I’ll weigh in on my favourites from the Winter 2012 issue of Twist Collective.  (There are so many that it needs a separate post!)

 

Terpander Socks and Vintage Reindeer Sweater

Look, Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ Terpander socks!

Terpander Socks

If you’ve read my recent review of Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting Master Class, you’ll know that my favourite pattern from that book is Terpander.  I’ve cast on those beautiful socks with the Trish Moon’s Indigo Moon 100% merino sock yarn in her new Goldfinch colour that I bought at her stall at the Harmony Arts Festival this summer.  Just look at these socks – the cables are simply delicious and the yellowy-green-yellow yarn is just gorgeous – it has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.


And looky here, a finished object! – Vintage Reindeer Sweater


As for finished objects, I (finally) finished DH’s Vintage Reindeer Sweater which I made from an original Mary Maxim 1950s pattern I found on eBay for $7.
I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky which was the most economical 100% wool yarn I could find that even came close the to required gauge.  The gauge didn’t match the pattern exactly so I did a little monkeying with needles and by knitting a size bigger than he usually wears but it still came out a little snug under the arms and across the chest.  After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I found redemption with TECHknitter and her ingenious gussets and now the sweater fits DH perfectly.  The knitting itself was pretty quick but I became a little bogged down by the incredibly time-sucking process of inserting the zipper.  (N.B. I used another tip from TECHknitter to prepare the zipper for insertion – see the Winter 2010 issue of Interweave Knitsfor a full explanation of the process.  It doesn’t make the process any quicker but it’s pretty easy, looks great and no actual sewing is required.  Win-win-win.  Bonus:  check out Eunny Jang explaining the process: