Finished Project: Knit Night Gloves

Well, I finished the first of the Knit Night Gloves back in February and I only just now got over Second Sock Syndrome (or Second Glove in this case) and finished the second. It turns out the cure was to finish one slipper and be so desperate to avoid doing the matching slipper that I would work on this long-dormant project.

I had one snag… I decided to stay up incredibly late last night to finish the glove, in spite of my migraine. So, there I sat at 3 a.m., pounding migraine, hurriedly finishing this glove while watching The White Queen. I have now learned that early morning hours plus a headache does not equal the best pattern reading. I took “repeat for rows 3-5” to be “repeat 5 times”. So, the second cuff turned out a couple rows longer than on the first glove. I think I’ve basically decided that I can live with the mistake because I honestly don’t want to tink back the entire bind off edge and two rows of stitches. Also, I made these gloves and the matching hat because I bought the yarn on a very special vacation to New Orleans and really wanted to use it up. I’m not much on wearing hats or gloves (especially fingerless ones), but the memories from that vacation make the yarn too precious to give away, so I will most likely end up keeping them and not actually wearing them. Basically what I’m saying is, it really doesn’t matter that they don’t match.

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Zarzamora and the pattern is Knit Night Gloves. 

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This picture doesn’t do the pretty color justice

DFW Fiber Fest Fun

This weekend is the DFW FIber Festival in Grapevine. It happened that I was off Friday and my Mom was able to sneak away from work for a few hours so we went. We stopped at Spring Creek Barbecue on the way (which was yum) and then set off to shopping! I didn’t get to do any classes because they filled up so early and I don’t get my work schedule enough in advance, but we still went to the vendor area.

My Mom is the type of knitter who likes to have a project in mind before buying yarn. She does have a meager yarn stash, but mostly she buys specifically to make a certain item. She especially likes to see an example item or maybe the picture of the pattern and then try to make something just like that. For example, she saw the red blanket I made for my grandmother and decided to make a similar red blanket. Although, once she realized the blanket was (nearly) all stockinette, she changed to a basketweave motif. But I digress. Since she is this type of knitter, going to a big room of yarn, without a pattern in mind, wasn’t really for her.

We did a big loop of the vendors, got some tea, and then went back to purchase. She ended up with only a little project bag from The Knitting Fairy, because it had cowboy boots on it. Now, please keep in mind, this is a woman who owns a quilt fabric shop (which has a ton of cowboy themed stuff) and could sew up a little drawstring pouch like this in about 2 minutes. But she saw the little bag and wanted it.

She bought me a bag at the same time because I was charmed by the little purple elephants. Purple being my favorite color and all. The bag is small, about the size for a sock project, but I’m planning to do some purple hats for Period of Purple Crying so they’ll easily fit in there.

Little Project Bag. Reminds me of Dumbo

Little Project Bag.
Reminds me of Dumbo  

Both bags were from That Semifero Grrl.

My mom also got a little tin of hand lotion, but other than that she resisted. She almost went back from some Malabrigo yarn she saw but changed her mind at the last minute.

I was not as strong.

I was doing good in not buying much for all of the vendors. There was yarn, bags, pottery, baskets, knitting accessories, and lots of fiber. I don’t spin, but all the soft, fluffy fiber made me want to take it up even more.

The we got to the last vendor we looked at. They had yarn from their own alpacas. There was a sample of a cool beaded scarf that I liked and decided I could make. It was pricey since it had the yarn, beads, and some notions and since the yarn was hand spun alpaca. Let me just say, I love alpaca. The yarn was such airy, spring colors. I couldn’t resist.

 

 

From the same booth, I picked up another kit of alpaca yarn that is for weaving an irish spring scarf. I have a loom that I’ve only made about two things on. They were pretty ugly. I’m hoping the kit will encourage me to get back on the loom and make a pretty, soft scarf. All the yarn is from Bluebonnet Hills Alpaca Ranch and the yarn and kits are sold by WC Mercantile. 

So you can see the yarn and beads for my scarf

So you can see the yarn and beads for my scarf

Irish Spring Scarf

Irish Spring Scarf

Kit for loom weaving

Kit for loom weaving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also just had to get some awesome Tenino yarn from Brooks Farm Yarn. It’s a mix of tencel and merino that is vaguely shiny and soft. I had heard of Brooks Farm doing trunk shows at The Knitting Fairy but I had never gone. I was so impressed by their wares that I will definitely go next time! I also picked up a scarf pattern to go along with the yarn. The photo doesn’t do the beautiful mauve color justice. I’m really excited to use it.

Tenino and scarf pattern

Tenino and scarf pattern

There was some other yarn from Brooks Farm that I really liked but didn’t get and now I’m regretting it. They haven’t posted it on their website so I don’t have an alternate way to get it.

I also pulled three paper grocery sacks of yarn to donate at the Fest that I accidentally left at home. Technically  one of the sacks is from takeout so it’s bigger that a grocery sack. It was a lot of yarn, but I decided to clear out my cheaper yarn (chair store type yarn) because I don’t think I’ll use it. Experience has taught me that using the best materials available makes for the best product.

I’m off tomorrow and it is the last day of the Fest so I am considering running back up there (Grapevine isn’t that far from Arlington, right?) to get the other skien of yarn from Brooks Farm and drop off my donations. I’m going to use donating a heap of yarn as my justification. That’s ok, right?

Plus, I could also check around about where to learn to spin.

Other plans for Sunday include possibly adding other piercing to each ear with my friend Emily (I’ve always wanted 3 lobe rings) and writing up a ethnographic research report and a grant proposal.

Another random note about Fiber Fest: it made me want to hang out with an alpaca. They’re fluffy, soft and have cute muppet faces.

Surprise Alpaca!

Thing for Green

I am currently working on a new hat. This one is an awesome pattern called Hollywood Boulevard by Alexandra Tinsley of Dull Roar. The yarn is Classy With Cashmere by Dream in Happy Forest. 

I picked the pattern because I love the star motif that is created by the decreases on the adorable little tam. The example was done in some Malabrigo and I wanted something with a similar hand dyed look. When I went shopping, I couldn’t find anything I really loved. I picked the Classy because it was hand dyed and had a nice rich green color. Now, I’m not a big fan of green but I figured I could give it to my friend Sara, who loves green. As it turns out, Sara never wears hats… Never fear! I’m sure I know someone who will love it.

Or maybe I’ll keep it for myself. As soon as I cast on, I started falling in love with this yarn. I haven’t even really made it far enough to see how the pattern will look, I just enjoy the soft, stretchy yarn. The green color is really growing on me. It’s just so lush and woodsy. The fact that it is called Happy Forest doesn’t hurt.

I was reading Matched by Ally Condie (a book I’ve heard very mixed reviews on, but I’m giving a shot) and when I set it down to go to sleep, albeit far too late for a work night, it hit me how green the cover of the book is and how green the hat is. I guess I’m in a green mood. Maybe its because St. Patrick’s is right around the corner.

Matched by Ally Condie and a new hat

Matched by Ally Condie and a new hat

Pay Day is Yarn Day

So I got paid and was off work today so I decided to go yarn shopping. My plan was to get yarn to make a witch pattern from the book Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards, and Fairies that I have.

I’m using the witch

I needed to get some flesh toned DK yarn and something for the dress- ideally purple. I ended up at Madtosh in Fort Worth and got some of the Tosh DK to use in Fawn (for the skin) and a purple for the clothing. I wanted to do more colors so that the different clothing items wouldn’t all be the same color, and I wanted a blond/brown for the hair, but at about $18 a skein, it wasn’t happening. Once I make it to that point, I can probably pick up some other DK yarn for hair and accents that costs less.

Then I needed some needles, but I had forgotten to bring the pattern book and I wasn’t sure which I needed, DPN or straight. So, I bought both, just in case. With all the needles I have at home, I didn’t have any smaller than a size 4.

Of course, I also picked up a few other yarns. I couldn’t resist the brilliant, bright colors of the SweetGeorgia sock yarn. I don’t even knit socks. I tried it once… It was going fine but I absolutely hated the tiny needles, tiny yarn, and tiny stitches. I have been feet, it would’ve taken me years to finish those. I might use this to experiment with the two-at-a-time socks. That, I might actually do.

The Scrumptious yarn was, exactly that, scrumptious. I couldn’t resist the silky, rich purple. I bought two skeins to give me more options for what to make with it.

The Manos del Uruguay called to me because it’s kind of different. It’ll probably end up as a Boho style hat like my Malabrigo did.

All in all, I spent far more than I planned. I told myself I would only spend that much if I found the colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze that I wanted to make a rainbow scarf. They didn’t have any, but I still managed to spend a ton.

I cast on the leg of the witch doll tonight, but I can tell this is going to be slow going. There’s a lot of little pieces and lots of making up. It only seems appropriate to make myself a little purple-garbed witch to match the blog. 🙂 However, I am also working on a hat right now that I’m really enjoying, so it will probably be my primary focus.

Finished Projects: New Orleans Hat

The New Orleans Hat

The New Orleans Hat

This is my New Orleans Hat that I recently finished. The pattern is the Knit Night Hat by Judy Marples made in Malabrigo Rios yarn. The color is Zarzamora which is Spanish for blackberry. Which is a fantastic color name for this. Have I mentioned purple is my favorite color?

I call it my New Orleans hat because I purchased the yarn from the Quarter Stitch in the French Quarter of New Orleans two years ago. It was my first ever fancy yarn purchase (meaning not from Joann’s or Michaels) and I didn’t even know how to knit at the time. I searched for crochet patterns for awhile to use with it, but in the end, I just left it still wrapped up in the store packaging (they wrap each skein in tissue paper and sprinkle it with little paper heart confetti). That is, until I found the pattern on Ravelry that was actually intended for that exact yarn. It was kismet.

I don’t think it photographs well but I am incredibly pleased with how it looks on and I can’t take a not-awkward photo of me in the hat. Now I just need to finish the second fingerless glove to match.

I really hope I’ll get to go back to NOLA soon and visit the Quarter Stitch again. It was such a charming shop. In fact, the Yarn Harlot herself even wrote a post about it. 

One Down

I finished one of my fingerless Knit Night Gloves. I’m not sure I understand the whole fingerless glove thing (aren’t your fingers what gets coldest?) but they match my hat.

Now I was considering casting on another project before I come back to do the second glove, mostly because I’m getting a sore spot on my hand where the double pointed needle hits, but it seems that’s not happening. Why, you ask? Well I went to screw the needles of my interchangeable set to the cord and… it stripped the threading. So it looks like I’ll be needing a new needle. In the meantime, since it appears that’s my only circular size 7 set, I’ll just have to find something else.

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My, aren’t we glove shaped

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I’ve been working on my first set of fingerless gloves. The pattern is Knit Night Gloves by Judy Marples. I recently made the matching Knit Night Hat in Malabrigo Rios yarn in the color Zarzamora (Spanish for blackberry, an apt color name). Since I had another skein I thought I would go ahead and do the gloves.

I’m still fairly inexperienced with double pointed needles (which is code for “I’ve only used them to knit half a sick that nearly drove me mad) and this reminded me that I’m not a fan of them. I always feel like there’s a needle poking my palm as I knit. Also, although I never had problems with laddering before, I certainly have with this project. The stockinette body of the glove is fine, but in the textured cuff there’s blaring areas of imperfection from where the needles joined. It’s driving me a bit crazy but I’ve decided to hope for better on the second glove.

Only 8 rows of stockinette and the knuckle cuff and I’m done.