Archive for June, 2011

FOs: Handspun

I seem to be on a spinning jag lately. We’ll see how long this lasts, but for the moment at least, I’m considering joining the Tour de Fleece, so there may be lots more spinning to come.

Fiber Used: 100g Wool- Corriedale Finn Rambouillet Cross Sheep

Fiber Source: Spinners Hill while I was at Rhinebeck, this pass fall

Yardage: ~120 yards

Weight: thick and thin, from a fingering to a worsted in places

Fiber Used: 20g total of two unknown fibers, one felt like a wool (the brown ply), and the other like a silk (the green, yellow and brown ply).

Fiber Source: no idea, I think I got them as samples from somewhere

Yardage: 80 yards

Weight: overall a fingering weight, with some thicker spots and some thinner spots.

Fiber Used: 55g of what felt like merino with some metallic sparkle mixed in

Fiber Source: no idea

Yardage: 108 yards

Weight: DK-ish, with lots of thicker and thinner bits.

I’ve played with the look of the blog, and I think I’ll keep this layout around for a bit. If you have an opinion, let me know what you think.

And with that, to all a good-night.


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FO: Mirror World

As promised this weekend’s finished object, and tomorrow there will be handspun.
No buy now buttons, just some pretty pictures, and project stats.

Pattern: My own (pattern available soon-ish)
Yarn: Madelinetosh, Tosh Lace, colorway curiosity
Yardage: one 950 yard (868 meter) skein
Yarn Source: Knitty City
Needles: 2.75 mm 36″ circulars
Gauge: 6.5 sts/inch; 10 rows/inch

I’ll also be playing with the layout of the blog this weekend, so if things start moving and changing (possibly drastically), that’s what’s going on.

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Parterre Garden is now available for purchase as a download from the Sanguine Gryphon.

An old English parterre garden painted on string instead of canvas. Its overflowing beds of flowers and its twining, twisted paths depicted with lace and cables, rather than oils or pastels. A knit garden where skinny little cabled paths meander through, between and around beds stuffed full of lacy flowers. While two stick straight carriage lanes split one garden into three.

This shawl is worked in one piece, beginning at the back of the neck and worked down to the hem. The paired increases are used to create three quarters of a square, allowing the shawl to sit neatly upon your shoulders. Just before the bind-off, an eyelet row is worked, to ensure that a thorough blocking is possible.

The pattern calls for two m1 stitches in a row. To accomplish this, lift the bar between the stitches and knit. Repeat. It works best if both m1 stitches are worked in the same manner and careful attention is payed to maintaining an even tension.


Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon ‘Mithril’, 4 oz/750 yds, 100% merino wool, 2 skeins, shown in Madonna of the Lilies (Spring/Summer 2011 colourway)

Note: The sample shown was knit alternating skeins every other row.

Needles: US 3/3.25mm 40”/101 cm circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st, washed and blocked

Notions: Stitch Markers (4), Tapestry Needle, Spare DPN or Cable Needle

Finished Measurements: 27.5”/ 70 cm down center back 49”/ 125 cm along each side of hem

Skills Used: cable cast on, knitting and purling, 2 stitch cables, k2tog, k3tog, k2togtbl, k3togtbl, 2 m1s in a row, sk2p, slipping stitches, ssk, yo, decrease bind off, weaving in ends, blocking lace


Both charts and written stitch directions are included.

Note: as of June 24, 2011 one pdf page of the chart is slightly smaller than the other. One work around that has worked for some, but not for others, is to print the larger chart (pg 7 of the pattern) separately at 89% zoom.

(and because I’m not a fan of two pattern release posts in a row, please accept my promise of pictures, of at least one FO, and some handspun yarn this weekend, as an apology.)

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Mrs Peacock

Mrs. Peacock is now available for purchase as a download, for $6.00 either on Ravelry, or directly through the blog by clicking the buy now button.

Light as a feather, tough as a board, sticks and string combine to create a cascade of feathers falling down your back. Just a delicate touch, enough to complete any look and give you a reason to crow.

Knit in one piece from the top down, this shawl begins by casting on 11 stitches at the back of the neck and increasing eight stitches every other row to shape this shawl into a crescent. Finally, an eyelet-increase row is worked just before the bind off to ensure that a thorough blocking is possible.

Yarn: Madelinetosh ‘tosh lace,’ 950 yards (968 meters), 100% superwash merino, 1 skein, shown in ‘flashdance’

Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) 40 inch (101 cm) circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, 1 safety pin or row marker

Gauge: 6.5 sts/inch; 10 rows/inch (6.5 sts/2.5 cm; 10 rows/2.5 cm) in washed and blocked stockinette

Blocked Dimensions: 20.5 inches (52 cm) down the center back

Skills Used: reading charts, casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, k2tog, k2togtbl, sl 1-k2tog-psso, slipping stitches, ssk, yarn over, weaving in ends, blocking lace

Only charts are included in the pattern.

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One of my favorite things about finishing things up, knitting, shows, books, etc, is getting to start something new, and for the first time in a couple of months I’m finishing up projects without having another to immediately fill the void. But of course every void must be filled and so I’ve been casting on a whole host of knitting projects.

The fact that I’ve joined TheKnitGirllls stash dash is also helping rationalize the casting on spree, because after 4 shawls in 3 months (3 secret deadline shawls, plus Mrs. Peacock, between March, April, and May), I had basically nothing on the needles.

But lets start with projects you’ve already seen, shall we.

First up, the top down stocking cap has grown by about 2 hours worth of knitting (or about 10 inches), and is beginning to outgrow the DPNs it’s on.

The formerly Springy, now Somewhat Argyle Mitts, have been ripped out, redesigned, and recast on (even the cuff).

Of course I couldn’t go without a shawl (or two) on the needles.

This is tentatively being called Mirror World, and is out of Madelinetosh lace, colorway curiosity, on US size 2s, and is also a crescent shaped shawl.

Then, because Mirror World is a very “pay attention to me” pattern, I cast on a sideways shawl, currently without a name, knit out of some old handspun, on US size 9s. Since these pictures were taken I’ve added 3 or so more repeats.

And because why not. A skinny little scarf of 1×1 rib over 20 sts, on US 8 needles, out of half of a left over ball of  Schoppel Wolle Zauberball in their rainbow colorway.

I also picked up spinning again when my LYS started carrying some fiber. I now have half a pound of a green merino/silk blend, that I’m spindle spinning. So far I’m getting a lace weight-ish single, that I’ll two ply.

But wait there’s more.

In an earlier post I talked about having a skein of Madelinetosh on hold at my LYS. Well. I bought it.

I haven’t cast it on yet, so I’m counting that as a win.

But I have the pattern and yarn ready and waiting.

I also stumble onto a pattern for a mini alien  (pattern here), and about 20 minutes later the knitting was done.

Who knows how long it will take me to get around to finishing this little guy. But maybe next time he’ll have a couple friends and the beginnings of a mini alien army?

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