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FO: My Own Best Friend Socks

My Own Best Friend 3In keeping with the idea of using all that sock yarn I own on actual socks, the sock-making binge continues.

Pattern:  Friendship Socks by Amy Palmer, from Interweave Holiday Gifts 2011

Yarn: Chelsea Sock by Nooch Fibers, colorway Arizona (caveat: that colorway name is a best guess based on the colorways that were available at the time; when I bought this yarn, the tag did not name the colorway; and, incidentally, it’s no longer available on the website, so we may never know)

Needles: Knitter’s Pride Karbonz, US 1 1/2 DPNs.  I bought these DPNs sometime last year, and they languished unused until I started knitting socks again.  Now I won’t use anything else.

My Own Best Friend 4Satisfaction with end product:  They’re gorgeous, they’re soft, and they fit.  I’m a little concerned that the cashmere content in the yarn may make them not quite durable enough for regular wear, but I can always use them as house socks.  I’m wearing them as I type this blog entry, and love how they feel on my feet.

The pattern itself was easy as pie; the lace pattern at the cuff is charted and easy to follow.  After that, it’s just straight stockinette all the way down, so this would make a good first sock pattern for a newbie.  The flap for the heel featured a somewhat different slip stitch pattern that I like much better than any other flap I’ve made — it looks kind of like a honeycomb, and that makes me smile.  I’ll be adapting future flap-and-gusset sock patterns to use this flap.

84df2-knit-your-library_2016This project is part of the Knit Your Library Challenge, although Snapdragon Crafts seems to have gone dark and hasn’t provided a link up recently.  Regardless, you can click that badge over there for more details.

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FO Friday: The Wildflower Cardigan

100_4655Hurray, it’s done! After all this time, it’s done!

Well, to be totally truthful, it was finished at the end of June.  But it wasn’t until  two weekends ago that spouse and I managed to coordinate our schedules for a photoshoot (my head is cut off in the photos because I hadn’t yet taken a shower that day and my hair was a mess;  spouse said “Either we take these pictures now or they don’t get done,” so we took the pictures); and then it wasn’t until this past weekend that I found the time to write this blog entry and schedule it for publication.

Pattern:  Wildflower Cardigan by Alana Dakos; available as a download or in the book, Coastal Knits.

Yarn:  Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold, colorway Acorn; roughly 8 1/2 skeins, totaling 1575 yards

Size: 43″ (bust measurement)

Needles: US 1, 2, and 3 — I used Hiya Hiya Sharps circulars.

Mods:  None, except adding a few more rows to make the button band wider and adding one more button.

Satisfaction with end product:  I love it.  It fits just right; it has the three-quarter sleeves that I love; it can be dressed up or dressed down.  Now I’m just waiting for the weather to turn so I can wear it.

You can click on the big pic up there to go to my Ravelry project page.  Here are some more pictures for your enjoyment.  Click each of the pictures to view it larger.

To knit this, you must be prepared to face endless endless endless stockinette. A lot of Alana Dakos’s designs are like that. Her cardigans tend to be very simple in structure, with one or two special design features (like the tiny pocket and the scalloped detail at the hem and sleeve edges on this one) that stand out against the acres of stockinette. The good thing is this makes her cardigans perfect for television knitting.

This post is part of the Knit Your Library Challenge. Click the badge to see what other folks participating in this challenge have done.

FO Friday Avantaknits Badge (2)Because I’m scheduling this entry ahead of time, I’m not linking with any other Finished Friday blogs. Feel free to link with this one, if you so desire!

FO Friday: Introducing the Ribby Striped Cowl

I wanted to make a cowl with a very specific yarn, one bought expressly for the purpose of making a cowl.  An extensive (although not exhaustive) survey of my library patterns and the free patterns available through Ravelry resulted in no matches for the cowl I had in mind in the yarn I wanted to use.

That’s it above:  Lana Grossa Linea Pura CashSilk, a smooth cushiony bulkyweight nylon/bamboo/cashmere/silk blend.  So what does a knitter do when she can’t find the pattern she wants?  She creates her own!

I wanted the cowl to be simply constructed with some texture, but not too much texture because the tubular construction and bulky weight of the yarn meant the stitches would be textural all on their own.  Plain and simple was best: ribbing and stripes.

Ribby Striped Cowl 1

Pattern:  Ribby Striped Cowl by yours truly (click here for the Ravelry project page)

Yarn:  Lana Grossa Linea Pura Cashsilk, 1 skein each Navy, Cream, Rust; 82 yards (75 meters) per skein

Needles: US 11, 36-inch circular

Size:  Approximately 38 inches in circumference, and 7 1/2 inches tall.

Satisfaction with end product: I’m pleased as punch with the way it turned out.  It’s cushiony and soft and lightweight, gentle and smooth against the skin.  The cowl is long and stretchy Ribby Striped Cowl 3enough to wrap twice around one’s head and neck if necessary, and it drapes well enough to wear as a decorative scarf as well as a neck-warmer.

I’ll get the pattern written up soon and make a decision on pricing.  I also have to figure out how to make a .pdf document available through WordPress or some other feature.  Note to self: check out Ravelry’s options for pattern delivery.

Ribby Striped Cowl 2In the meantime, here’s one more photo for your viewing pleasure.

All of the usual FO Friday link-ups seem to have fallen by the wayside, so we’ll start one here. Add your blog’s link below, and be sure to link back to this post so others can join in. If you want to be really cool, go check out a few linked blogs and add a comment or two. Crafty folk love feedback!

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1. Emily

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ETA:  Saturday morning I found another FO Friday to link with, so take a gander over there as well.  I look forward to seeing all your FOs linked up here and there!

(By the way, spouse was released from the hospital late Thursday afternoon, and so far seems to be doing very well.  Thank you, everyone who contacted me with words of support.  You are appreciated.)