Friday, April 11, 2014

FO Friday - Mixed Bag of Delicious

After what seems like forever, I have some FOs to share!

First up, I knit a wee Flax sweater from Tin Can Knits' The Simple Collection.  This is made from Malabrigo Rios in the Azules colorway.  I loved the knit, loved the yarn & loved the result - a happy baby in a hand-knit sweater!  The lighting in this photo makes the green seem a bit more obvious on the sleeves, but in real light, they are matched very well to the body of the sweater.  Best part ever?  I got a picture of the recipient wearing her sweater just a few days later, happily riding her rocking horse.  Sweater looks great, and even has some room for her to grow!

Here is my FO, pins still in, on my blocking squares. 

Next, I finished Ysolda Teague's Follow Your Arrow KAL.  I started the KAL with everyone else, but finished a bit later.  I have posted my combination of clues on my Ravelry project page. I loved working with this yarn and will definitely make more shawls in the future with this beautiful Briar Rose Fibers merino/tencel blend.  It feels great around my neck!

After a loosing a bit of steam on this little knit when I thought my needle was coming loose from the cable, I was able to finish my Gather, also by Tin Can Knits.  This yarn came from a new shop near me & features mostly local yarns.  This yarn is a blend of llama & silk, and while it shed quite a lot during knitting, it is soft & warm as an FO & offers much better stitch definition than my picture represents!

My last FO is a pair of vanilla socks from The Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock Pattern for #operationsockdrawer . I had a bit of ennui in March, after the challenges with my Follow Your Arrow & my stalled progress due to equipment failure on my Gather.  I decided that I needed a sock to cure my ills, and while I didn't get them done in time to wear them on St. Patrick's Day, they are still done in time for spring!  Yay!  Here is my half-way-there shot, which is still my favorite shot of these socks.  It's all artsy, with the handmade bag from Miss Fiber Fox on Etsy in the background. (P.S. - I love these bags!  I've been using them since Christmas & they are great!  Check them out - she has a sale going on right now!!)

Whew!  Having an FO or two around really helped my knitting mojo return - and the warmer, breezy spring weather has me craving shawls, scarves and lacy things!  So, I indulged in a bout of startitis and cast on/swatched for a few things.

I'm nearly through the increases on my Estuary shawl, by Tin Can Knits.  I'm knitting it out of Fibernymph Dye Works' Mercy base (50% Merino/50% Silk) in the colorway Northern Lights.  It's delicious & beautiful & a joy to work with. LOVE!

I have two full skeins & want to use as much as possible, so I took advantage of the pattern note about a swatch not being necessary, since 'correct gauge is not essential for this project, but may affect yardage').  While the pattern only calls for 600 yards, I have over 850 yards of this deliciousness and I want to use as much as possible!  I bought this yarn with this scarf in mind & I'm so happy with the result thus far.

I cast on with the recommended needle size.  I have taken the option to widen the shawl by doing two additional increase charts & will determine my halfway point based on my yarn usage & my whim at the moment when I finish the first ball.

I have swatched for the Bonny tank, again by Tin Can Knits [are you seeing a pattern here? I should start referring to 2014 as "The year I knit ALL the Tin Can Knits things".].  I have 3 skeins of Malabrigo Silkpaca lace weight & I think they would make a beautiful top that could be worn for casual or business equally well.  Now I just need to decide if I want to use a different needle size than called for.  My swatch is a little hole-y.  I have plenty of yardage, so now I'm on a mission for size 3 32" needles.

Next thing to be swatched for is the Celaeno Shawl by Romi Hill.  I've had a skein of Malabrigo Sock in Azules and matching beads in my stash for nearly 8 months.  It's time.

And I want an Annis shawl, and a Thistle wrap, and a Clapotis...  I'll start knitting sweaters again when we get closer to September.

Happy Friday!