I have been enjoying myself so much this week I haven’t had time to stop and tell you all about it. My classwork has slowed considerably since I am down to one class and next week is the last week of the Summer semester. So, I have been a knitting/sewing fool the past week and a half. Here are some things I learned how to do this week and some other things that I have either started or finished…
First up, I learned to do fair isle this week. I have only tried this on my own once (winging it) and it turned out nice, but this time I am working from someone else’s pattern and am actually going to produce a pair of socks to boot. The pattern is Elika, by Heatherly Walker. The yarn I am using is knitpicks essential and kroy socks. The pattern is bare bones and basically assumes you already know a lot about knitting socks. It also includes instructions for a short row heel, which I have learned that I DO NOT LIKE! The fair isle, on the other hand, is great!! I can see more fair isle in my future!
Next up is a pair of gloves/mittens. I have never made gloves or mittens before, so I figured I would make both at once and learn both at the same time. The pattern is easy enough, but contains errors. Actually, I expected better instructions in a pattern from Knitty.com, but free is free. The concept of the fingerless glove covered by a mitten cap is great! If you want to make a pair of these I suggest these notes as they helped me out tremendously! So, now I give you the left hand of a pair of Broad Street Mittens by Janis Cortese.
About a week or two ago the secret knit a long that I put together for the Atlanta Knitting Guild ended. I designed an original lace pattern for them to knit so they could enjoy the experience of a knit a long and have a pattern (free) to call their own. The KAL was done exactly like the Secret of the Stole KAL’s, but exclusively for the guild members only. Here is the resulting pattern. This pattern will be for sale as soon as we get the photos done this weekend. If you would like to be notified when the pattern is available please join the Nautical Knitter Designs Yahoo Group.
As if knitting wasn’t enough, I also did a bit of sewing this past weekend. This top is from a Butterick pattern (#4684) and apparently I am a smaller size in Butterick than in Simplicity. Who knew? So, this top came out a size or two too big for me. I do like the pattern though and the next one should fit just right. This one is being gifted, if it fits and she likes it …
The mail held some wonderful goodies this week as well. I received 3 new books on my newest interest, socks. Remember the socks that I just finished that were too short? Well, I traded them for some awesome hand dyed sock yarn which also came. Unfortunately, the US Postal Service has not delivered the socks to her yet and I fear that all that hard work may be lost. If so, I will have to do something to compensate for this lovely yarn she dyed for me. Snail mail stinks!
Well, if you made it this far in the post you deserve a treat, so for those who have been patiently waiting I can officially say that I have begun test knitting the Secret of the Stole IV! YAY! It is probably the coolest pattern I have done to date and I can’t wait to share it with you all. The yahoo group is not open yet, but you can join the Nautical Knitter Designs group to be notified when it is. Until then, here is a teaser:
There you have it, my last week or so in a blog post. I hope your week was just as productive. Until next time, Fair Winds