A Knit Picks Yarn Haul

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Yes, I am finally sharing this yarn on the blog as promised in my third podcast episode. It had to wait til the holiday crazy was over but here it is. During Knit Picks annual yarn sale around Thanksgiving and my birthday I went a little crazy and walked away with some serious wool piggery. I have no regrets. Here’s what I got:

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

For Starters I got three sweater quantities of Knit Picks Stroll fingering. I ended up getting five skeins each of the Eucalyptus Tonal colorway, the Renaissance Hand Painted colorway, and the Sunny Afternoon Hand Painted colorway. At least one of these sweater quantities is destined to become the Featherweight by Hannah Fettig if not two.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

I also picked up three skeins of Knit Picks Palette in the Brown Sugar, Pennyroyal, and Bouquet Heather colorways. I am so in love with my Underwing Mitts (which I am wearing as I type this) that I had to snag some of the heavily discounted colorways that I love in the hopes to knit more mitts.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Besides yarn I picked up some needles. I knew I needed some additional interchangeable tips for my set and decided to wait until I ordered from Knit Picks so these were a must. I ended up picking up Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Tips in Majestic Wood in sizes US 5 (3.75mm) and US 4 (3.5mm). I also needed a fixed circular need so I got the Knit Picks Fixed Circular Needle in Radiant Wood in size US 3 (3.25mm) in a 32″ cord. I really wanted something in the new Radiant wood so I was happy this was available.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Finally I got a project bag with a promo they had going on. I love the kitten one I got ages ago in a similar promo so when I saw the ‘PHD’ bag I had to get it.

Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

Along with that I have one more item. I actually got this tote bag as a birthday gift from my fellow birthday buddy (we share the same birthday). She knows I love yarn and I squealed when I opened this. Truth be told this entire haul has been shoved in this tote until I could photograph it so now I can finally use it for projects! It’s perfect.

Wow, that’s a lot of wool piggery. It was so worth it. Excuse me while I go dream up all of the new sweater projects.

~Stay Inspired

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Fo: Sutures

FO Sutures: Wooly Mastadon

Yes, that’s right…I finally finished my Sutures Shawl! The truth is, this knit has been finished for a while now. It just took my forever to photograph it once it was complete. I had grand schemes of getting FO photos outside in fall but to no avail. It all came down to attempt to take some photos in our tiny apartment since it has been full on snow-storming here and the outdoors isn’t an option at the moment. This shawl is so large I just didn’t have a space to capture the true length and beauty of this pattern but alas, perhaps in spring I will get a chance to photograph the full length of it which is long than my wingspan.

FO Sutures: Wooly Mastadon

But with that you all want the stats. This is the pattern Sutures by Camille Descoteux. I knit it out of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Black Walnut and Esoteric colorways as well as Manos del Urugua Alegria in the Huarache colorway on US size 6 (4.00mm) needles. Truth be told I didn’t follow the gauge and went up a needle size so I did not have enough yarn to finish all the sections of this shawl. I probably cut out at least 4 sections and winged the last two that I did complete.

FO Sutures: Wooly Mastadon

At the end of the day I love this shawl. My goal was to complete a large shawl that I could wrap around myself for warmth, perhaps almost shlanket status. Although this isn’t an extremely wide shawl it’s wide enough and the length makes up for width in that you can wrap this around you many many times. Its cozy and despite my misgivings I do like the colors.

FO Sutures: Wooly Mastadon

So with that, another shawl is complete and I have no shawls on the needles. I need to remedy that…any suggestions?

~Stay Inspired

New Sweater Cast-on: Vistoire

Vistoire Cast-on: Wooly Mastadon

As many of you know I have been agonizing over a sweater cast-on for ages. I think I’ve done at least two blog posts trying to figure out what pattern to knit. We won’t mention how long I’ve been sitting on the sweater quantity of yarn waiting for the ‘best’ project to come along. Well, I finally bit the bullet and cast on and I am so excited to see what happens.

The pattern I cast on is Vistoire by Emily Ringelman. I actually won the pattern on a giveaway on her blog ages ago and never got around to casting it on. It only took me a year to decide perhaps since I chose this pattern to win to begin with perhaps that means I should knit it considering I like it a lot. With that and the knowledge that it’s silly to sit on a sweater quantity of yarn forever (I can always save up and buy another one…or three…check out my last podcast episode) I jumped in.

The yarn I’m using is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the Blackberry colorway on US size 5 (3.75mm) and US size 6 (4.00mm) needles. I haven’t gotten very far as you can see but I did manage to cast this on in 2018 which is a big deal as I promised myself I wouldn’t let this yarn languish another year. That counts, right? I think so.

With that, another project has started and I’m one step closer to meeting on of my goals in 2019.

~Stay Inspired

Christmas Gift Knitting FOs

Baby Knits: Wooly Mastadon

For many reasons this year I didn’t start my customary Christmas gift knitting in late summer. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to knit gifts for people until late November/early December. It was a somewhat daunting task but I also knew enough to keep my expectations low and my projects small. To my surprise I finished knitting my last Christmas gift a week before December 24th and my family’s celebration.

Baby Knits: Wooly Mastadon

For starters the first set of gifts was and wasn’t a Christmas gift. It was a set of baby items for my friend who was expecting and due on Christmas. I ended up knitting her 3 baby bibs in various types of cotton worsted weight yarn. I ended up using US size 6 (4mm) needles for the first one but went down a size to US 5 (3.75mm) for the other two. I used the pattern I-Love-Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway and it was a fun and easy knit. I also knit a baby hat (a formula I came up with years ago) in some stash Caron Simply Soft in US size 8 (5mm) needles. Good news is they were well received and I even mailed them off before baby came along.

Melissa's Scarf: Wooly Mastadon

The second project was a scarf for my Mother-in-Law. It was a requested gift and I decided to attempt to have it complete for Christmas. I succeeded getting it done in time and she likes the finished project. It is a simple garter stitch scarf with fringe. I knit it out of Loops and Threads Impeccable Solids in the Navy colorway in US size 8 (5mm) needles. It was a quick and easy knit.

Dad's Hat: Wooly Mastadon

For my Dad I decided to knit him another hat. Earlier in the year I knit him the Marled Rib Hat by Hannah Maier (my project page here) out of some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the Bramble Heather colorway…and never gave it to him. He tried it on and loved it and I held onto it intending to make another hat right away and it sat. Well, December rolled around and I decided to cast on the second hat in the Autumn Heather colorway. Both hats were knit on US size 3 (3.25mm) needles. It was such a simple knit and one I kept reaching for. Miraculously I knit this in time to be wrapped and Dad loves the hats! After probably 15 years of searching for the right pattern for Dad I found one he loves.

Dad's Hat: Wooly Mastadon

The final gift set I knit was for my Grandma. Unfortunately I wrapped them in my excitement of finishing them on time and never snapped a photo. None the less I knit her 3 simple dishcloths in a formula I have used for years and also 3 nylon scrubbies. She had been requesting the scrubbies and I had lots of leftover pre-cut tulle from several years ago when I originally crocheted them as gifts so I got to work. It was a hit and I know they’ll get lots of use (and even Dad requested some when he found out his favorite dish cloths in his kitchen were knit by me!).

It’s a long post but that’s okay. There is a lot more to come after this. In other news…2019? It’s almost here…and I don’t know if I’m ready or not. For whatever reason I feel like it will be a year of starting fresh, of building a life that both my husband and I love, and that there is so much hope. I pray that your new year is filled with blessings. Until then,

~Stay Inspired

FO: Underwing Mitts

Underwing Mitts: Wooly Mastadon

They’re done! They’re amazing! …And admittedly I finished the Underwing Mitts three weeks ago. These mitts simply flew off the needles and I must say I have a new found love of colorwork. When I completed these I eagerly saved the project to photograph in one of my favorite places, my Grandmother’s home on a lake in the woods. Of course all great ideas don’t always go to plan as I discovered. Not only did it snow and rain a bit too much to go outside, but my camera’s remote had decided to die completely. Alas, I managed to snap a few photos, perhaps not as epic as these mitts deserve, but I am still happy with the finished object.

Underwing Mitts: Wooly Mastadon

This pattern was written very well, simple yet detailed in all the right ways. Erica Heusser seems to have a knack for colorwork as this pattern is absolutely beautiful as are her other mitt patterns (which I may or may not have queued for future knits). For my pair I opted to skip the extra color via duplicate stitch and stay with my two color mitts. These were knit on size US 2 (2.75mm) circular needles in Knit Picks Palette in black and white.

Underwing Mitts: Wooly Mastadon

For me this became a popcorn knit. I was always wanting to knit one more row pushing my bed time aside leaving me with bleary eyed mornings at work just waiting to go home and knit on the mitts some more. They are quite warm and comfy and definitely a statement piece. I love the finished object and considering it is my first solid attempt at colorwork I couldn’t be happier with them!

Underwing Mitts: Wooly Mastadon

So what’s next? I am knitting some baby items for a friend and eagerly awaiting the Knit Picks yarn sale the end of this week…sweater quantity anyone? Sutures is almost complete (we’re to the blocking stage!). I need some new knits. We shall see what I cast on next.

~Stay Inspired

So Many Socks and Some Wool Piggery

Husband Socks: Wooly Mastadon

It has happened again. I finish one pair of socks and end up casting on two new pairs. To be honest I had no intention of casting on two pairs, just one: my husband’s socks. That in itself was an adventure.

For starters, these socks are a bit out of the norm for me. For the first time I’m knitting the toes, heels, and cuffs in a different color from the main body of the sock in an effort to stretch the yarn. The accent yarn is Premier Yarn Serenity Sock in Black. The rest of the sock is being knit out of Patons Kroy Socks in Turquoise Stripes. They are being knit on slightly larger sock needles, US size 1.5 (2.5mm) as opposed to my usual US 1 (2.25mm) needles. The biggest snag I hit was I originally cast these socks on with 72 stitches and that was way too loose. I cut the stitch count down to 68 stitches and I think we have found the formula for this pair and all future socks for my husband.

Mini Yarn Haul: Wooly Mastadon

I’ve also noticed I just don’t want to leave the house, especially on my days off as of late. In order to entice myself to run some errands on an extremely dreary day this past week I told myself upon completion I could visit our local yarn store which I haven’t visited in years. Of course, one does not simply walk into a yarn store and leave without yarn. No, I left with two skeins of sock yarn (Opal and Trekking) and my most exciting purchase: a pair of US size 0 (2.00mm) 9 inch circular needles. I am beyond excited about these needles as I have been wanting to attempt this method of sock knitting. I got a size down since most people say their gauge gets looser on 9 inch circs.

9" Circ Socks: Wooly Mastadon

Naturally, I couldn’t wait to cast on with these needles, I had to cast on now. Thus I pulled out a skein of stash sock yarn, ONline Supersocke 4-fach Street Color. It’s a German yarn that I think will wear quite well as it feels like an Opal or Regia. I must say there is a learning curve to these needles, which I expected and planned for. As of right now I’m not sure where I stand as to loving this method or just letting it fall to the wayside. I’ll knit this pair of socks on these needles to really reach my stride on them and decide after that. I like that I don’t have to fiddle with 4-5 dpns or magic loop method but it is fiddly handling the yarn with such tiny points on the circs. We shall see.

I think that’s it for now. I’m off to knit on my socks and my Underwing Mitts. Until next time…

~Stay Inspired

New Cast On: Underwing Mitts

Underwing Mitts: Wooly Mastadon

This past week I was digging through all of my hand-knits looking for my one elusive pair of hand mitts knit out of sock yarn years ago. My search ended up failing (who knows where they landed after the move this year!) and with that I knew I had to knit a new pair as we are heading full-steam ahead into fall and eventually winter! (Spoiler alert I did find the mitts at my Dads…oops.)

Underwing Mitts Cast On: Wooly Mastadon

This fall I have also been thinking about how I haven’t grown much as a knitter in recent years. I’ve been stagnant, only knitting what I know and not growing my skills. I decided to address two things that I want to learn and go ahead and gain the skills to tackle such projects. The two topics I want to tackle: colorwork (especially stranded) and brioche.

Thus, what was I supposed to do but immediately go on Ravelry and search for a mitt pattern that uses two color stranded colorwork. Truth be told I am horribly behind on podcasts (almost a year) but earlier that day I had been watching the Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast and Jaclyn was talking about her most recent FO, the Underwing Mitts by Erica Heusser…I was sold. I purchased the pattern, found the yarn, and boldly cast on.

Underwing Mitts: Wooly Mastadon

I must say I love it!!! Granted this is purposely only a two color project but it is so addicting and makes me want to find projects with more colors. My gauge is starting to even out and I have caught myself knitting far too late in the evening as I keep telling myself “just one more row.” Now I want to start all of the colorwork projects. I think I have found my newest knitting obsession and it feels so good to know I’m learning more about my craft again. With that, do you have any good colorwork pattern suggestions?

~Stay Inspired

FO: Yet Another Pair of Socks

Toe Up Socks: Wooly Mastadon

You may be getting sick of the finished socks posts by now, but socks are something I can knit on autopilot. I don’t have to think, and for most of the sock I don’t have to even look at my work. This means I can bring this kind of project with me everywhere and knit in the moments available. This time around I had the added pressure of my husband asking when I was ‘finally’ going to start knitting his socks. I knew if I didn’t finish these socks first they would get set aside and left for a long time so I decided it best to finish these first and did just that.

Toe Up Socks: Wooly Mastadon

These socks were knit just like all my socks in a vanilla toe-up afterthought heal recipe (with placed yarn). It’s my usual recipe, 64 stitches on US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles. The yarn is two skeins of Knit Picks Felici in the Steamer Trunk colorway, which I absolutely love! They are a perfect fall color and now that the weather is switching into full on fall mode, I will get a lot of wear out of these.

Well, I should go knit on my Sutures shawl (I’m so close to finishing it!) or maybe start my husbands socks. Whatever I chose Fall is officially here and with that cozy knitting time! As always…

~Stay Inspired

WIP Update: Sutures

Sutures WIP: Wooly Mastadon

It’s been a few weeks and it’s about time to check in with my current WIP (work in progress) Sutures. I cast this on in July and have been working on it on and off. I’m still not sure how this color combination will work out but I am enjoying the knit and am starting to like how the colors work out. Originally when I cast this on I was hoping to make a new record with the speed I knit a shawl but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Partially this is because I really want to cast on something else, and I’m torn between a large project like a sweater or a smaller project like a hat…or maybe both. I’ve been spending far too much time browsing Ravelry and my queue has grown quite a bit but I still haven’t settled on a project so perhaps this is a sign I should just finish this shawl first!

Sutures WIP: Wooly Mastadon

The other reason my knitting has been slow is because my husband and I have been getting rid of boxes as we organize our apartment (yes its tiny, and yes we have no excuse to not have this done yet except work). We finally have bookshelves up, can see the floor and I can see my yarn organized on a beautiful Ikea Kallax shelf that we purchased on our honeymoon. It feels so good to have our books on shelves and available to read at any time instead of in boxes and inaccessible.

Having an organized space makes me more than ready for fall. With school starting and Halloween and fall decor everywhere I’m really ready for the cooler, knit-friendly weather. We’ll see when that weather arrives but for now I’ll dream up my next project and a day when I can cuddle under an afghan while knitting, crocheting, or reading. Fall is almost here folks!

~Stay Inspired

New Cast-on: Sutures

Sutures Colors: Wooly Mastadon

Now that things have calmed down and my husband and I are slowly settling into as much of a routine as possible with our impossible work schedules, I am finally able to refocus on my creative projects. As you have noticed, that means I’m back and writing here, and hope to keep it that way! It also means I finished a few things (see my last post) and started a new project.

Colorful Yarn: Wooly Mastadon

This past week I realized just how much I miss and need my creative projects. They ground me, keep me calm, and give me something to think about instead of obsessing over work and the frustrations that life sometimes brings. Immediately I sat down scouring Ravelry for a nice big knitting project, preferably a shawl. I stumbled upon Sutures by Camille Descoteaux, fell in love, and purchased the pattern. Within the half hour I had my entire yarn stash of fingering weight yarn exploded in our bedroom much to the dismay of my husband. Slowly I picked a color palette, with his help, and was on my way. I wound my yarn the evening of 4th of July and was ready to cast on the next day.

Sutures: Wooly Mastadon

For this project (Rav project page here) I am using US size 6 needles (4.0 mm) and three skeins of yarn. Two skeins are Madelinetosh Tosh Merino light, in colorways Black Walnut and Esoteric. The third skein is Manos del Uruguay Alegria in the Huarache colorway. It is a different color combination for me, but for some reason I decided to go with it. If I decided it just isn’t right I can rip back and try again with something else but I feel this may just work out.

We’ll see how it goes but I am loving how this is knitting up thus far. It is a fun knit and I cannot wait to see how the piece slowly works up. I’ll share my thoughts and progress as I get farther into the pattern. Have you seen or knit this pattern before? Let me know!

~Stay Inspired