Wednesday, July 08, 2020

FO: Forth of July Socks

Happy Independence Day, America!
What's more festive than holiday socks? 🙌 These socks are red, white and have a stranded colorwork motif! Did I do any of that labor? Nope!

When Cascade came out with this Independence "Heritage Prints," I knew they had to be 4th of July socks! I called them "American Socks" on my project page, but they can be French socks too. :)

American Socks

Method: top-down, short-row heel

  Needles: US 0 and US 1
1 skein = 437.0 yards (399.6 meters), 100 grams
52 Independence

I hope this post finds you well.  <3

FO: Wild Rabbit

Knitting this wild rabbit was fun. Claire Garland has other realistic looking knit animals that I look forward to tackling soon, specifically the a deer/fawn and cat. 

I found these animal eyes at Hobby Lobby, which makes the rabbit look even more realistic.

Project Notes:
Wild Rabbit by Claire Garland

US 6 - 4.0 mm

1.8 skeins = 255.6 yards (233.7 meters), 90 grams
1.8 skeins = 486.0 yards (444.4 meters), 180 grams
0.48 skeins = 129.6 yards (118.5 meters), 48 grams
1 skein = 135.0 yards (123.4 meters), 85 grams
Colorway130 Rose
Yarn Bee Tender Touch
1 skein = 135.0 yards (123.4 meters), 85 grams

It was really neat witnessing the clever construction of the animal while knitting it. Claire Garland really has created something special because she has an eye for detail.

I added whiskers using flexible beading wire. It wasn't in the instructions, but I felt like he/she needed some to look complete.

FO: the Weekender Sweater

Long time no see, dear readers!
A year ago I started the process of updating you on my knitting adventures, and then I seemed to have fallen off the internet. It's been so long that Blogger looks different, and I had trouble logging in! In fact, I don't even live in that house anymore, nor use that phone! Ha.

I feel it's better to be late than not here at all, so let's take a look at the Weekender sweater that I finished in March 2019.

Since I didn't bother to make a WIP post, here's a quick tour of the process:

I used a tubular cast-on/off, because it's stretchy and clean looking. I highly recommend doing this for any neckline and hem to give it a professional finish.

Project Notes

The Weekender, by Andrea Mowry  Needles:
US 7 - 4.5 mm & US 8 - 5.0 mm

Yarn Bee Chloe  4.3 skeins = 1161.0 yards (1061.6 meters), 430 grams

20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches  in US 8

I casted on for a size L instead of a M since I used US 6 needles and thinner yarn
CO 117sts with US 6. 1x2 rib for 2.5.'' Switch to US 8 needles for the body.
Days 1-2: tubular cast-on and completed bottom hem ribbing.
Days 3-13: body of sweater to 16.5’’.
Days 14-16: divided and knit the front bust section for 5.5’’, plus 1 row. Inserted a lifeline.
Day 17: worked W&T section and ribbing (US 6) for the front.
Days 18-19: worked on the back bust section for 5.5’’, plus 1 row.
Day 20: worked W&T section, and ribbing (US 6) for the front.
Day 21: finished ribbing, 3-needle BO, started sleeve #1
>>>Sleeve note: knit for 5.5’’ straight before starting the decreases. You will only get 9 total decreases. Knit 7 rows straight between decreases. After 9th decrease, the sleeve is 14.75’’ long.
Days 22-23: worked on sleeve #1
Day 24: worked sleeve 2’s ribbing and started sleeve #2.
Days 25-26: worked on sleeve #2.
Day 27: finished sleeve #2

I would definitely make this again, but in another type of yarn, such as something similar to Cascade 220.