Man Sweater

My knit a long started doing a “Man Sweater” project back in November. The original pattern is Timberline by Brooklyn Tweed. We dubbed it “The Liam Sweater” named after the model in the photos who we call Liam. One women made this sweater for her husband. The KAL staff member made this sweater for herself. Another women decided on a totally different sweater. I showed my husband the Timberline and his response was “I will never wear that”. At first I was bummed because I was really excited to cable and make a whole sweater out of cables. But, I realized I would be more upset if my husband never wore it. So, I told him he could pick out his own sweater and the search began on Ravelry. We finally settled on Colonel Henley by Spud and Chloe.

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I got a great deal at Vogue Knitting Live on some Ella Rae Classic yarn that my mom found. When I first started this pattern I got beyond frustrated with making the shoulders work. I actually ripped it out and started over twice. I eventually contacted the designer on Ravelry and tried to figure out what I was doing wrong. We figured it out  and on the third try I got it right. It was a new technique to me on how to make the shoulders. The sweater went very smoothly after that. It was just a lot of work. Making a men’s sweater is much bigger then a women’s sweater.

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He has already worn it to work twice and to church to show it off a little. I’m very pleased with this sweater and my husband really loves it, that’s all that matters! Check out this project on Ravelry!

Left Shark

On Superbowl Sunday I watched the big game even though I did not care at all who won. I love football but I would rather cheer on my team (Chicago Bears). I basically watched the game for the halftime show. I’m also not in love with Katy Perry but I did really enjoy the halftime show, especially the dancing sharks, trees and beach balls. Apparently everyone else also loved these guys especially the left shark. Here’s a little article about how viral this shark got, Consider the Left Shark. I really was clueless to this phenomenon, I just thought they were cute. Then my long time friend tweeted “Did they make plush stuffed Katy Perry sharks yet, because I think I’m going to need one.” Her birthday is this week and I thought this was a perfect opportunity to try and recreate Katy Perry’s Left Shark. I really made it up as I went and tried to write it down as I knitted. I have some knowledge of toy construction making toys from MochiMochi Land. But, once he was done he was perfect. I gave it to her at her surprise birthday dinner and I can’t really describe her reaction other then, she loved him.

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The picture does not do him justice at all, he is way cuter in person. He’s about 2 inches of adorableness. I’m pretty proud of this little project and so glad it brought my friend happiness on her birthday!

A Little Selfish Knitting

I’ve been knitting a lot of gifts lately for Christmas and babies. As you can see in this post I got a lot of awesome presents from my family that needed to be made. First I needed some better gloves or mittens. I saw these Snowfling Mittens on Tanis Fiber Arts and I just had to make them! I’m not an expert in color work but I can make do and I thought these would be a perfect project to practice on. My in-laws had gotten me the kit and I picked out the colors that match my winter trench coat perfectly.

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The kit came with two Yellow Label DK Weight yarn (Charcoal and Natural) and one Purple Label Cashmere Sock yarn (Poppy). These colors were perfect and they also match the colors of my favorite NHL hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks!

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I worked on these everyday after work for a couple weeks because I was just so excited to wear them. The two layers of knitted fabric is a brilliant mitten design. It keeps your fingers extra warm and fits your hand so nicely. I especially like the cashmere lining. I wear rings daily and I’ve had issues in the past with knitted items getting stuck as I put them on past my hands. But this cashmere makes a nice tight fabric and my rings don’t get caught! I’m not sure if that was intentional in the design but it’s a great perk. Check this project out on Ravelry!

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For Christmas I bought myself a little present from the Pop Up shop at Knitche. I bought Rauma Finullgarn of Norway which was presented by The Yarn Guys. My KAL leader Amanda Davidson introduced me to this yarn and pattern.

IMG_3758At first I was very frustrated with the Quadrifurcus pattern. I was trying to obtain gauge and I was just no where near the measurements. I just kept staring at the pattern and was waiting for it to tell me what I was doing wrong. I put it down for a while and thought about it and then it just hit me. Looking back it was just stupidity on my part. The pattern calls for a gauge in a basket weave stitch. The only kind of basket weave stitch I know is like the image below:

BasketWeaveWhy I thought this was the basket weave stitch they were talking about, I have no idea. This stitch is not even in the pattern. I eventually figured out that they were talking about this basket weave stitch:

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Once I figured out what the pattern was actually talking about, it got much easier. You really have to pay attention as you knit it though, it’s easy to get lost in the stitches and miss something. The pattern is written out and made in to a chart. I finished the hat just in time for the 5th worst blizzard in Chicago’s history!

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I really love the colors I chose and how they over lap each other. I also love this “new” basket weave stitch. It looks complicated but is really very easy once you get the hang of it.

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Yesterday was the Monday after this big blizzard. Unfortunately, I still had work. But, I got to wear a lot of my hand knit items to work! My new Quadrifurcus, my striped cowl from a couple years ago and my Baldrun Sweater (Click links to check them out on Ravelry).

I hope all you knitters out there take time to make something for your self. I get a great sense of pride when I wear my own hand made stuff.