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Zuzu’s Petals

I’ve finished this project a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait for Mother’s Day to post it since it was a gift for my Mom. I saw this pattern right after it was released and knew I wanted to make one (or a dozen!) and the more finished projects I saw on ravelry, the more I wanted to knit it!

Pattern: Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Three Irish Girls McClellan DK in Buckingham

Modifications: The pattern calls for either sport or worsted weight. I used a DK weight and followed the directions for the sport weight. Other than that…no mods! It was a very quick and satisfying knit and I love the finished product…and thankfully, so does my Mom!

Is it a cowl or a shawl? Sort of both…you knit the “body” flat and then join to work in the round for the edging. You get the look of a shawlette but without having to keep adjusting it so it doesn’t fall off! It’s actually sort of genius.

The TIG McClellan was totally dreamy to knit with. The bamboo gives it a lovely sheen and amazing drape. I have another skein in a semi-solid purple which just might become a Zuzu’s Petals for me!

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Betiko Shawl for Mom

So…while  I did get many gifts done in time for the holidays (including a pair of cashmere mitts for my sister which I apparently never photographed!), I did not finish (okay, even start) gifts for my parents in time for Christmas. When my Mom was visiting over Thanksgiving, she pointed out a shawl pattern that she really liked while we were at Stash and also pointed out that she really liked the one on the cover of the pattern. I went digging through ravelry and found out that I actually had one skein of the yarn the shawl was made out of in the exact same color. Only problem was that the pattern called for at least 2 skeins. I quickly shot off an e-mail to the lovely Purl Diva to see if she happened to have any of that yarn in that color. And she did! Problem solved.

Pattern: Betiko by Lee Meredith (size large)

Yarn: Malabrigo Twist in Velvet Grapes

Modifications: This shawl pattern is a sort of “choose-your-own-adventure” recipe. I choose the large, worsted-weight size and followed the basic patterns for the garter-edged shawl. I shamelessly copied Lee Meredith’s version and my A=8 (the number of stitches of the top garter ridge) and the bottom edge was 6 stitches. The pattern has a TON of information in it, and definitely requires a read-through before starting. I’ll definitely make another one of these with one of the other edges or possibly even cables!

The finished large shawl is very generously sized and is super duper cozy!

The Malabrigo Twist was, of course, a joy to work with and blocked out beautifully. It’s supremely soft and squishy! I used about 2.5 skeins for the large size…the small can definitely be made with just 2 skeins.

While we were out doing the photos, Seth looked over into the garden and said, “Hey, we have broccoli.” I honestly thought he was kidding…we had a terrible time with our broccoli this summer and never got so much as one head of broccoli. We went over and looked, and lo and behold…a single head of broccoli:

Go figure…only 8 months to grow a tiny head of broccoli. 

Well…on that note, I have a handspun shawl to photograph and a very dirty dog that needs to be taken to the dog wash for a bath! I’ll be back this weekend with pictures of the finished handspun shawl!

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Two Finished HandKnits!

A small disclaimer to start: Self portraits are not my forte. My photographer/husband is headed to China tomorrow and hasn’t packed, so I made a feeble attempt at photographing myself in the backyard so he wouldn’t have to do it when he gets home from work.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s bring on the handknits!

Pattern: Sarai by Vanessa Smith 

Yarn: String Theory Caper Sock Yarn in colorway Tavikki, purchased from the lovely Purl Diva

Modifications: Not too many, I swear! First of all, I find that Caper Sock yarn is closer to a sport-weight than a true fingering-weight yarn, so that shawl turned out slightly larger than the pattern measurements. The pattern called for a bit more yarn than I had, so I was well aware I’d probably have to cut a few rows out towards the end. I think I ended up cutting out about 4 rows at the end, but the size is actually perfect. The pattern was well-written and gave 3 options for edging, which I thought was a nice touch.

This was my second time knitting a shawl with Caper Sock (a merino/cashmere/nylon blend), and it knits up so beautifully and is amazingly soft right out of the skein. And, it only gets softer after washing. It has beautiful drape knit up at a looser gauge, but handles the lace pattern really well.

Next up: A hat! Very appropriate for this spring time weather, no? You’re right…not really, but I have a small obsession wtih handknit hats. I decided to tackle fair isle knitting again after learning almost a year ago. Last summer I took a Stranded Colorwork class with the very talented Jared Flood. I’ve been reluctant to do another fair isle project since the first one took so long, but I knit up this hat in a day and the fair isle went much better this time!

Pattern: Meritursas by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Yarn: The Fibre Company Canopy Worsted in Quetzal and Wild Ginger

Baby Alpaca, Merino, Viscose Bamboo (50/30/20)

Modifications: I knit the ribbed brim on size 4 needles instead of size 5 needles. I’ve found that the brims of my hats quickly stretch out (especially the beret styles), and the high alpaca content was only going to make the brim more stretchy. I blocked the hat over a 10″ dinner plate as the pattern suggested, but found that it was much too large. I tossed the hat in the dryer when it was almost dry and it shrunk back up to the perfect size (about 8.5-9″ across when blocking).

This was my first time working with any yarn from The Fibre Comany, and it certainly won’t be the last. And not just because my mom brought me enough to make 6 hats when we met up in Vegas! I’m such a sucker for alpaca fibers, and the Canopy was a great blend. The bamboo gives it a nice sheen, and the alpaca and merino make it amazingly soft.

And just for good measure, how about a picture of the pup:

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Oh yarn and fiber, how I’ve missed you!

I didn’t knit a single stitch while we were on vacation, but I think I’ve more than made up for it over the last few days! I’ve finished a shawl, started and finished knitting a hat, and spun up a skein of yarn. Um, and started another hat….but I only have a half a dozen rows or so done on that one!

Wanna see a little bit? I don’t have good photos of shawl and hat yet, but I do have a little sneak peek of both of them:

More details to come when I have better pictures….but the yarn is String Theory Caper Sock (Merino/Cashmere/Nylon). 

Oh, how I love this hat. I decided to give stranded colorwork another shot, and Wow! I’m glad I did. This only took me a day to knit up. 

And now for the yarn….which is currently soaking in it’s bath and will hopefully be dry tomorrow so I can use it immediately.

Fiber: Superwash Merino dyed by Two if by Hand in colorway “Whiz Bangs”

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this color. Or colors, I suppose. It’s destined to be socks. At least that’s the plan for now!

And now a project that’s been done for quite some time, but that I forgot to take pictures of before it was sent off to it’s new home.

Pattern: Accidental Girly Mitts by craftyLis

Yarn: Jojoland Cashmere (4-ply)

Modifiacations: I used sport-weight yarn with size 4 needles instead of the dk-weight yarn the pattern called for. I made these for my Mom for her Birthday and finally took some pictures while we were on vacation. The pattern was easy and quick to knit and the result is lovely.

The Jojoland Cashmere has a lovely halo and is unbelievably soft.

I think that’s it for now! Hopefully I’ll have modeled pictures of the shawl and hat tomorrow!


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