Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FO: Zoe Hat

It's been a cold and mostly blistery winter (again) in the northern Chicagoland area. Today is the first mild day in a while (40 degrees F), and we are enjoy it every bit!

It's been dark and gloomy the past couple of days, so I've been waiting to photograph this FO in some natural light, but had to compromise with what little daylight is coming through this overcast day.

I just feels like a pour-yourself-a-steamy-cup-of-tea-and-finish-the-ending-of-your-book (which I did) kind of day.

This hat is one that I picked out for our 1/1-2/1 2017 KAL on my "Knitting up a storm, the blog" facebook page group. I have posted a video on how to work these 2-st cables without the use of a cable needle. If you attempt this pattern, or any with tons of 2-st cables, be sure to check out that video. You'll have to be part of the group first to see the video.

I enjoyed this knit. The cables were not hard, the texture is interesting. However, the hat itself is not long or slouchy. It almost needs a little bit of blocking to get more ease. At least using the yarn I did, it's almost suited more for the head size of a pre-teen.

If you're looking for a more slouchy hat, you'll want to throw in several more rounds before decreasing and/or use thicker worsted weight yarn than suggested (like an aran weight). The brim of the hat just reaches my ears.

Pattern: Zoe Hat by Alexandra Davidoff
Yarn: about 1/2 skein of Malibrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in "Mint" (approx. 100 yds used)
Needles: US size 5 & 7 (9'' circular needles), and US 7 dpns
Modifications: the ribbing-- I made a 1x1 twisted rib instead of 2x2 standard ribbing
Casted on: 1/1/17      Completed: 1/15/17

I used a fur pompom. It seems to be the all rage now for knitted hats. Ironically enough, it's hard to find at a franchized craft store. I ended up finding this pompom from HobbyLobby on a keychain, since they did not sell fur pompoms in the knitting or sewing section (No luck also at JoAnn's). 

I removed the keychain part of the pompom and no one will be none the wiser. I just wished that I could have found a natural light brown pompom that would have matched this hat a little more. I think the contrast is a little too stark for me.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

FO: Antler Hat (Toque) #2

Last Thursday, I gifted my husband his very own Antler Hat (also refered as Anter Toque). I made his brother a silver one for Christmas, and he seemed to be eyeing it, so I decided to make the same pattern for him as well. I chose this color because he owns a pair of gloves that match pretty closely. This color really goes with everything.
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Charcoal Grey
Needles: Size US 6 and US 8 circular needles
Method: magic loop
Cast-on date: 1/1/17         Completed: 1/5/17
Modifications: 2.25'' ribbing and only 6 antlers before doing the decreases

While at the craft store, I decided to pick up a new set of cable needles. I own metal ones in various shapes, but I find that they are too slippery and long. Clover makes a set of plastic cable needles that are a bit shorter and with a square nook to hold the stitches. I found that they were a bit easier to work cables with, even though they were flimsier.
I tried all four needles, and found with this project, the medium white cable needle was the easiest to work with, and stitches didn't slip off. I just wish that the ends were a bit sharper.

My husband is very pleased with his gift. Now that it's done, I'm off knitting something from my pattern queue: the Zoe Hat. We are doing a KAL in my facebook group during this month. Join us!

Friday, January 06, 2017

FO: Flax Light #1 (4-6 yr old size)

The first of my Flax Light Sweaters for my 6 year old twins is done! This project took longer than I anticipated (especially with me also working ony my adult "Flax Light" sweater) Here's the first post about this sweater.

Pattern: Flax Light Sweater by Tincanknits
Size: 4-6 year old
Yarn: 4 skeins of Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn in the colorway "flax"
Needles: US 2 and US 5 circular needles (magic loop method)
Started:  August 19th 2016           Completed: December 30th 2016
Modifications: .5 inches longer on the arms. 

I haven't posted much about this project on this blog, so let me share some of the sweater's journey:
It was knit mostly during late summer and fall. I thought maybe I could finish it before Halloween. Whoops.
Acutally, most of it WAS finished by Halloween (you can see that it was still warm out), but I also wanted to have my pumpkin spice colored adult flax done in time for Halloween too. When that deadline passed, then it was for "Thanksgiving." That has passed too. EEK!
The sleeves only needed about 4 more inches to be completed! So, after working on my annual "Year in Review Post" around Christmastime, I realized how I have left a project that was nearly completed alone in a bin to languish. I was determined to complete it in time for the New Year...so I knit the rest of the sleeves around Christmastime. 

I decided to work the sleeve's two-at-a-time, like my socks, so they are the same length for sure. I may have been enjoying a few treats while knitting. :)
I love watching FOs soak in the tub, and seeing the yarn bloom as the bubbles dissipate. It's the little things in life, right?
I blocked out the sweater to be just an inch larger in the body. I am so pleased with the results. The sweater is absolutely beautiful. The texture on just the sleeves is very smart---it's just the right amount of detail in the right places, and so simple. Not busy, like some sweaters. I can't wait for my own sweater to be done!
The colorway for this yarn was gorgeous too! Since the name of this pattern has "flax" in it, I happend to stumble upon that color at the store and couldn't resist! 
Here's Sam modeling the sweater for you. Unfortunately, they think it's too scratchy, and I'll have to put a colored shirt on underneath. They don't care for it much, really though. It's a tragedy. Their opinion: it's scratchy and a boring color. *sigh* Next time, I'm going to use acyrillic for them!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Year in Review: 2016

Well, this year has come and gone, with the good and the bad.

This is the 5th year in a row that I have written a "Year in Review" post that shares my work for the entire year. My blogging has been irratic (and quite frankly, I post more regularily on our Facebook Group Page because it's faster), and I thought that I might not have a lot to show for the year, but I was surprised that the projects added up more than I originally thought.

No matter what 2017 brings, I hope you find happiness, fufullment, security, joy and love this coming New Year!

Let's start the show:

2016-- FOs (finished objects):


 2016--Other Crafting:

 2016-- Published KUAS Patterns (on Raverly):



2016--WIPs still on the needles:

Other "Year in Reviews" from this blog:

Monday, December 26, 2016

KUAS Podcast: Christmas 2016 Vlog

I decided to vlog about the couple of days leading up to Christmas this year. You'll see finished knitted objects, baking, my family, Christmassy things, and me desperately trying to finish my last knitted gift in time for Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful holiday this year, and enjoy the New Year.


Read my blog post about it HERE

 Read my blog post about it HERE

Read my blog post about it HERE

FO: French Press Slippers

Here's another Christmas gift that I knit very late in the game. This pattern has been on my queue for several years. I'm ashamed to admit that I was too cheap to purchase the $7 pattern, and I finally had to pinch myself a little bit and just pay for it, because these are beyond cute and make great gifts.

Pattern: French Press Slippers by Melynda Bernardi
Yarn: Paton's Classic Worsted Weight Wool
Needles: US 15
Size: 7/8
Started: 12/17/16
Completed: 12/18/16

If you knit these, make sure to label them similar to mine. They curl up and are hard to tell apart.

The knitting process is super quick. You can whip up both slippers in a day. It's the seaming and the felting process that is the most time-consuming. I haven't felted anything before in my high efficient top-loader machine, and I was having trouble getting it to agitate enough to felt, so I ended up doing them by hand. Yowzers.

You'll want to apply some paint (I used "puffy paint") if you don't sew suede to the bottom so that it can grip the floor. If you are already writing/drawing something, you might as well write some instructions?
I found the same large buttons as the pattern's at JoAnn Fabrics. This slipper benefits from a nice large button on the side.
I knit these for my MIL, who wears the same size shoes as me, and so it was easier to feel good passing them off since they fit me.

I have bought teal yarn and the same buttons for my own pair. I think I will make it in the beginning of the new year. For now, I have to make Joe's Antler Hat for his birthday January 5th.

FO: Antler Hat

Are you looking for a free hat pattern with simple cables that works up quickly? Look no further. I whipped up this bad boy in a few days, and it looks more complicated than what it is.
Pattern: Antler Hat (free pattern) by Tincanknits
Yarn: 1 skein Paton's Classic Worsted Weight Wool
Needles: US 6 and US 8 circular needles (magic loop method)
Modifications: 2.25 inch brim and only 6 antler cables before decreasing
Started: 12/18/16
Completed: 12/21/16
I made a cardboard cutout to open up the hat for presentation purposes as a gift. The cutout seemed to be the perfect size/shape, so I made an extra one for future photo sessions.
The cable pattern is pretty easy to memorize. The cables move further and further away from each other each time you have a cabled round. If my memory serves me correct, there's only 6 total rounds per rep.

Fo: Fisherman's Rib Hat

This is a simple hat pattern that is easily memorized, but can get you in the end if you don't mark down which round you have last completed, since the ribbing doesn't show you which round you just end with.

Pattern: Fisherman's Rib Hat (free pattern) by Christina Coutts
Yarn: 1 skein Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Chunky
Needles: US 6 and US 8
Started: 12/21/16
Completed: 1/24/16

A fisherman's rib is simply (in a multiple of 2 sts):
Rd 1: *k1below, p1* across the rd.
Rd 2: *k1, p1below* across the rd.

My modifications:
I started the brim of the hat on size US 6 needles and did regular 1x1 ribbing for 5 rds. Then I switched to the larger needles. I knit the fisherman's rib until the hat measured 7 inches, and then I did the hat decreases.

Here's a quick photo of the project. It's not my finest work, but it was completed in time for Christmas. It could have used a good blocking if I had the time.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Beacon Hill" in the making

What's better than sunlight knitting with festive nails and hot tea at your side?

I've been hard at work, working on a new pattern with a name inspired by a location in one of my favorite series, Beacon Hill. It's a historic place in Boston, but it just felt "right" for the name for this project. If you can name a pattern after a person, you can name a project after a place.

Side note: I just found out that they re-released this discontinued series on kindle! The first one is free--try it out! It's got 1880's a Boston setting, with an amateur sleuth and a "Ross and Rachel" unrequited romance theme. I highly recommend this read!

This is the original one, made from 100% baby llama. The stitch texture is a little lost in the smooth and hairy yarn, so I decided to start a teal sample that I also used for making a youtube tutorial on the invisible cast-on and stitch pattern used in this pattern.

The cast-on is the invisible cast-on method, as the beginning and end of the scarf will be sewn together like sock toes. 
I tweaked a "Little Tent" stitch pattern from my stitchionary, and also added a thick garter border. This project will become an infinity scarf, with a hat and mitten set made afterward. The mittens and hat will not only have these little tents, but more modifications so it's not a one-trick pony.

Doesn't red, teal, white and black go together incredibly well?
I NEVER paint my nails. Besides the fact that my thumb nails split on the sides and now directly down the middle, I work far too much with my hands as a mother, knitter and pianist to not make the paint chip immediately. However, because I was making a tutorial, I decided "what the heck?" and went for a festive red color in lue of the holiday season. The polish proably won't last long, but I'm having fun knitting, teaching and even typing with more feminine nails. :)

It's the little things in life...
I'm smitten.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Crazy BLACK FRIDAY weekend deal!

Quick, there's a *Crazy* Black Friday (weekend) sale going on! Grab any of my patterns for HALF OFF! PLUS, IF YOU BUY MORE THAN 3 patterns (from 11/25-11/27), I will GIFT your friend a pattern of your choice!* This deal lasts until Sunday night.

Use this coupon at the checkout: KUASblackfriday2016
*After purchasing more 3 or more patterns (11/25-11/27), Ravelry message or email me to let me know the email address (or Ravelry ID) of the friend of whom you'd like to receive the (1) gifted pattern.
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