It’s been awhile…

I know it’s not the new year, but I am going to make a resolution to post to my blog more often! :)

Since my last updates lots of stuff has happened, so I’m going to go through be topic.  :)

Beekeeper’s Quilt

I had posted a lot about the hexipuffs I was making, but I don’t think I ever shared the final result, so here you go:

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As you can see, I ended up making a hexipuff headboard! :D

Handspun Cold Mountain Shawl

I had posted about this when I had just started the knitting, but I never updated with the final result, which is squishy, warm, and beautiful.  Here is the result:

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Nooch Fiber

I am continuing to dye yarn for my etsy store, Nooch Fiber and it’s a ton of fun!  Here are some of my latest creations:

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Dyeing for our shop has been an extremely gratifying experience – it’s great to see people enjoying the yarn you’ve dyed and making beautiful finished objects!  If you want to see some of the great FOs people have made with my yarn, check out the Nooch Fiber ravelry group! :)

Other Crafting (knitting, weaving, spinning…)

And, since it’s been around a year since I’ve made any post with real substance, here are some of my favorite crafted things I’ve made recently with links to ravelry patterns when applicable:

Knitting:

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Handspun socks (no pattern).

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Stripe study shawl.

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Constantine hat.

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Zig zag baby blanket.

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Bridgewater shawl (excuse the blocking pic, haven’t had a chance to do this one justice with a nice photoshoot yet).

Weaving:

One of my more recent acquisitions is a 16″ Ashford rigid heddle loom.  Weaving is really fun, super quick, and has some really interesting results.  Here are some of my favorite FOs I’ve made (keep in mind, I’m only a beginner… :D)

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Handspun:

Last but not least, lots of handspun yarn, all from my Schacht Ladybug! (this is just a very small sample; I’ve done way too much to post here, haha)

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Okay, now I’m going to set a google calendar reminder to update my blog more often! :)

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Twice-Around Circular Scarf

About this pattern: This is a (very!) quick to knit circular scarf that is knit flat then seamed together.  Because it’s made with very bulky yarn, it’s good for gift knitting, especially if the gift-ee lives somewhere cold.  It can be worn three ways – wrapped once around the neck, wrapped twice around the neck, or wrapped twice covering the ears.  See below for other pictures!

Difficulty: Very easy and quick.

Size: About 5 feet long before joining – long enough to wrap twice around the neck.

Needles: size 13.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rasta (color: Soriano), 2 hanks (about 180 yards) or a super bulky yarn of your choice.

Gauge: 1″ = 2 stitches across, 3 stitches down in garter stitch.

Pattern:

Cast on 15.

Row 1: Knit all stitches.

Row 2: Knit all stitches.

Row 3: *K1, YO* repeat until last stitch, K1.

Row 4: *K1, drop the YO stitch* repeat until last stitch, K1.

Repeat rows 1-4 until the work measures about 5 feet.

End pattern on Row 2.  Bind off loosely, and use the tail to weave the two ends of the work together, creating a circle.  You may choose to twist the work beforehand – the scarf in the picture has been twisted once prior to connecting.

Weave in ends.

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YELLER – Scarf

About this pattern: I first decided I wanted to make a yellow scarf with a fringe when I saw a rendition of the “Florence Scarves” on ravelry.com that has a nice beachy look to it.  I really wanted the fringe-iness to be reflected throughout, so I designed a pattern based around fringe-like delicate dropped stitch stripes alternated with a more substantial stripe.  The inspiration for the diamonds in the more solid stripes came from some Navajo blankets I have been looking at.  Of the three hanks of yarn required for this scarf, one is entirely used for fringe – I really like the full effect it gave, but you can experiment with more or less if you want to change the look a little.

Difficulty: moderate.  Pattern requires knitting through the back loop.

Size: 6 feet with fringe, 5 feet without.

Needles: size 5.  I prefer to use circulars because the scarf can really grow horizontally on the needles when you’re wrapping the yarn for the dropped stitches, but longer straight needles should work as well.

Yarn: Alchemy Juniper (color: Michelle’s Marigold) 3 hanks (about 700 yards) OR 700 yards of a fingering weight yarn of your choice.

Gauge: 1″ = 7 stitches across and 6 stitches down in garter stitch.

Key:

K = knit

P = purl

K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

SSK = slip slip knit

KTBL = knit through the back loop

YO = yarn over

W2 = wrap yarn around needle twice

W6 = wrap yarn around needle 6 times

DW = drop wrapped stitches

Pattern:

Cast on 58 stitches loosely.

**Preparation for the fringe – you may choose to skip this if you do not want to put a fringe on this scarf**

Row 1: K all stitches

Row 2: *K1, YO, K2tog* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 3 and 4: K all stitches

You should now have 19 small holes in your work, which will be used for the fringe later.

**Begin scarf pattern**

DROPPED STITCH STRIPE:

Row 1: *K1, W2* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 2: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 3 and 4: K all stitches

Row 5: *K1, W6* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 6: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 7 and 8: K all stitches

Row 9: *K1, W2* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 10: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 11 and 12: K all stitches

NAVAJO DIAMOND STRIPE:

Row 1: K4, [K4, K2tog, YO, K2, YO, SSK, K4], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 2: K all stitches

Row 3: K4, [K3, K2tog, YO, K4, YO, SSK, K3], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 4: K all stitches

Row 5: K4, [K2, K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K1, YO, SSK, K2], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 6: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 7: K4, [K1, K2tog, YO, K8, YO, SSK, K1], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 8: K all stitches

Row 9: K4, [K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K1, YO, SSK], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 10: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 11: K4, [K2, YO, SSK, K6, K2tog, YO, K2], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 12: K all stitches

Row 13: K4, [K3, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, K3], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 14: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 15: K4, [K4, YO, SSK, K2, K2tog, YO, K4], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 16: K all stitches

Row 17: K4, [K5, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, K5], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 18: K all stitches

Alternate the stripes until you have 11 dropped stitch stripes and 10 Navajo diamond stripes OR until you have a scarf of the desired length.  Always finish the scarf with the end of a dropped stitch scarf.

**Preparation for the bottom fringe, you may skip this if you choose to not include a fringe**

Row 1: *K1, YO, K2tog* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 2: K all stitches

Bind off loosely.

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THE FRINGE

Create 380 20″ pieces of yarn for the fringe (or try a different size for a shorter/longer fringe).  This can be done easily by wrapping the yarn around a hardcover notebook longways.  Thread 10 pieces of yarn through each hole at the ends of the scarf, trying to keep the ends as even as possible.  The center of each piece of yarn should be in the hole and each fringe should be about 10″ long.  There should be 20 pieces of 10″ fringe per hole/knot.  Tie knots, allowing some space between the end of the scarf and the knots.  Trim any fringe pieces that seem too long.

ARTICHOKE – Scarf

About this pattern: this is a nice lace stitch scarf that is great for a beginner – remembering the pattern is very easy and the results look very nice!  It’s also substantial enough to be an appropriate scarf for winter if you live in a cold place.

Gauge: doesn’t really matter – experiment to get the width that you most like, then knit it until it’s long enough.

Needles: I used size 6, but use whichever needles give you the results that you like.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, about three balls (360 yards).

Pattern:

Loosely cast on 36 stitches (for a wider scarf, increase number of stitches by 4 to add an extra column of loops).

Row 1: K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 2: K3, *P1, YO, P1, K2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 3: K1, P2, *K3, P2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 4: K3, *P3, K2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 5: K1, P2, *K3, pass first stitch of stitches just worked over last 2, P2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Repeat rows 2-5 for pattern until scarf measures 7’ or desired length.

Bind off loosely.