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This is one of the few unisex/male patterns from Ysolda and I knew when I first saw it, I’d knit it for my husband. I made it for him for our two year wedding anniversary. I’m not currently able to work, so I feel guilty spending what is “his” hard-earned money on a gift for him. So nothing else to do but knit =) It also helps that he is the MOST knit-worthy person ever. He cherishes everything I make for him!

I chose Lion Brand Amazing in a variegated gray and variegated green (green is his favorite color). I really like how it turned out. The green really pops and the gray is soft enough not to create harsh geometric lines. And it’s very cozy, too! I decided not to make the matching fingerless gloves but I have enough yarn leftover that I could probably pull it off if I had wanted to.

The pattern went quickly but definitely was unique enough to keep my interest the whole time. Overall a great, quick knit!

Cairn Hat

I’ve been incredibly sick lately. Like weekly trips to the doctor, trips to the hospital, crazy testing type of sick. So needless to say, I got behind on my knitting. BUT I did finish my gifts for Mother’s Day and got some photos of them before handing them off to my mother and mother-in-law.

My mother-in-law’s shawlette is just lovely. It’s the beautiful yellow Golden Glow that Knit Picks *just* discontinued (why God why would you do that?) that I used to make the gloves for my bridesmaid, Bridgette. It is the perfect color of summer sunshine and it makes me happy just to look at it. My mother-in-law is the sweetest lady EVER and is dealing with MS and could use something to keep her smiling. I was just so pleased with how it turned out!

Gratitude Shawlette

Gratitude Shawlette back

Gratitude Shawlette close-up

 

 

My mom’s shawl was a different story (see previous post). Oh my god, I HATED every second of knitting this thing. I even cut the ribbing to 1″ instead of 2″ because I wanted to be done with the damn thing! That being said, it turned out awesome. I love it. The yarn is so soft and drapey and the perfect color and the lace with the TARDIS with the ribbing…it’s just wonderful together. But I will NEVER make this again!

Bigger On The Inside Shawl

Look how long this sucker is!

TARDIS!

I came across Kate Atherley’s Bigger On The Inside pretty much the day it went live on Knitty.com and I thought “WOW, this will be perfect for my Dr. Who obsessed mom for Mother’s Day”. Well, Mother’s Day has come and gone and I’m still working on the damn thing!

My first challenge was finding the right yarn, which was about the only thing that has gone well so far. I found some lovely Ella Rae fingering weight merino at Knitted Together in the perfect shade of blue.

Then I got it home and cast on to start the Time Vortex Lace portion. O.My.God. this pattern falls into that category of so simple that you can quickly memorize it but somehow the designer tweaks it just enough that you can’t just knit it. In this case, it was the addition of increases and decreases every fourth row. Instead of it being intuitive, I had to annoyingly glance at the chart each time to make sure I wasn’t messing anything up. I found this out after completing all 7 24-row repeats only to have lost 2 stitches somewhere along the line. Which meant frogging and starting over. UGH…so incredibly annoying.

Then, when I finally finished all of the lace, I needed to block the damn thing because it was curling so bad.

Time Vortex Lace pre-block

Look at all that curling!

Now I HATE blocking. I hate it when I have to do it when I’m all done knitting. Guess how much I wanted to have to block the thing before I could pick up stitches to continue knitting it? Yeah.

On the plus side, it did block out beautifully and I am happy for that. But now, I am to the point where I get to pick up stitches. I’m normally of the rare breed where I don’t mind picking up stitches, as long as the designer has put any thought into lining up the number of stitches being picked up with the number of rows there are. But lo and behold, this did NOT happen here. There are 401 rows and 311 stitches that need to be picked up. This means that I can’t just pick up a stitch every row or every other row but every 1.2 rows. Lovely.

So right now, it’s sitting on the bed next to me, stitches still waiting to be picked up. I will get this done in time to give to my mom on Thursday, but for right now, I think I need a drink.

I have some very close friends that do the 48 Hour Film Fest every year and this year they made an amazing movie for it. It’s called Oh Drama and it’s a hip-hopera and it’s awesome. I highly suggest YouTube-ing it. They won best of city, so they are trying to raise money to go to the national competition in New Mexico. They are doing a live performance of Oh Drama and having a silent auction. I was approached by one of my besties and asked if I could knit something to be auctioned off…and if it could be the Human Centipede hat. Well, of course, I said YES!

Alexandra Tinsley created this hat as a password reminder for Club Fuckery, an off-shoot of Regretsy. She has been super gracious to provide the charts she made for free on her blog, Crafty as Fuck. But I would have to come up with the actual hat pattern myself. I also created a chart for the words White Poison (the name of the label the 48 hour film was made under) for the other side.

White Poison Centipede Hat

White Poison Centipede Hat

White Poison Centipede Hat

White Poison Centipede Hat

 

Here’s what I did to create this awesome hat:

Materials: Caron Simply Soft in Red, White, and Black and size 7 needles

Cast on 100 stitches in Black and place marker to begin knitting in the round. Knit for 1 1/2″ in 2×2 rib.

Change to Red. Switch to stockinette stitch and m1 every 10 sts on first round. 110 sts total

Knit 2 rounds in stockinette.

Begin charts working chart stitches in white.

Knit 3 rounds in stockinette.

Begin crown decreases: *Knit 9, k2tog* around.

Knit 2 rounds

*Knit 8, k2tog* around.

Knit 2 rounds

*Knit 7, k2tog* around

Knit 1 round

*Knit 6, k2tog* around

Knit 1 round

*Knit 5, k2tog* around

Switch to white and knit 1 round

Switch to black and *knit 4, k2tog* around

*Knit 3, k2tog* around

*Knit 2, k2tog* around

*Knit 1, k2tog* around

*k2tog* around twice

Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts and secure.

Ta-da!!

 

 

My wedding came and went, and it was lovely. I was able to finish all of my gloves for the ladies in my wedding party and they all turned out fabulous!

Veyla Fingerless Gloves

Heather Perry's Veyla Fingerless Gloves

Hedgerow Mitts

Alyssa Aleman's Hedgerow Mitts

Beaded Fingerless Gloves

Sorral Vasquez's Beaded Fingerless Gloves

Twin Leaf Fingerless Gloves

Clare Stordahl's Twin Leaf Fingerless Gloves

Porphyria Fingerless Mitts

Alli Jacobson's Porphyria Fingerless Mitt

Yummy Mummy Wristwarmers

Bridgette Braswell's Yummy Mummy Wristwarmers

I also finished and wore my Eloping wedding garter.

Wedding Garter

Eloping Wedding Garter

As previously stated, I am making a pair of fingerless gloves for each of the beautiful women that are standing up with Aaron and I for our religious wedding ceremony. Two pairs have been finished:

Gloves

Fingerless Gloves for Sorral

 

Gloves

Fingerless Gloves for Alyssa

The pattern for Sorral’s is Fingerless Garter Mitts from One Skein. The pattern for Alyssa’s is Hedgerow Mitts which is an adaptation of the Hedgerow sock pattern.

I’m now working on Bridgette’s pair, but while getting about half-way through the first mitt, a friend of mine had a very unfortunate thing happen to her. She ended up giving birth at 24 weeks and her son was born weighing only a pound. He is doing well, as well as a preemie fighting for life can be but my friend and her husband devastated. It is the first child for both of them.

So now, all crafting has screeched to a stop so I can make a tiny pair of booties, a tiny hat, and snuggly blanket for little Atticus. The first bootie is done and I’m going to start on the hat right now.