2018 Knitting Resolutions!

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I did the instagram trend #makenine2018 to document which projects I’m really excited about for 2018! Originally I had 1 hat and 8 sweaters, but then told myself that’s too many sweaters! So I switched it up a bit.

  1. Fidra by Gudrun Johnston
  2. Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook
  3. Snowy Toes by Trin-Annelie
  4. Yoga Shawl by Andrea Mowry
  5. Spark Sweater by Amanda Lilley
  6. Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan
  7. Deep Woods Toque by Kiyomi Burgin
  8. Alanis by Elizabeth Smith
  9. Sturbridge Pullover by Pam Allen

My additional knitting resolutions are:

  • block things as soon as they’re finished instead of letting them sit in a bad for months (oops!)
  • document all WIPs (works in progress) & FOs (finished objects) on Ravelry
  • have only 3 projects going at a time
  • continue designing

 

Do you have any knitting resolutions for this year? Let me know!

Breathing Space

Along with my Almost There & Adirondack Pullover for my dad, I’m also knitting a third sweater right now. And let me tell you, I’m totally pumped about it. I’m done knitting things I don’t want to knit – I am the queen of my own knitting destiny and I like sweaters, so sweaters are what I will knit!

Anyway, I’ve admired this pattern for about two years and am finally knitting it! It’s called Breathing Space by Veera Valimaki, and it features some pretty interesting techniques, including short rows and asymmetrical stripes! That being said, it’s a pretty simple knit once you’re finished with those sections. I’m using Manos del Uruguay Alegria, my favorite yarn in the shop, in Teal and Atlantico. You can see my progress below!

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Almost There…

IMG_9831 As usual, I started my KAL early. This pattern is Almost There by Isabell Kraemer! She has such beautiful design and I have wanted to knit one for a while. Plus, I am really excited to be knitting a sweater just as the weather gets a little cooler! Today it’s 62 degrees in Pittsburgh, perfect knitting weather!!! I chose this pattern because I thought it would be a fun, not-so-difficult project. I’m using Queensland Collection Oxley (50% yak down & 50% merino wool) and Cascade Longwood Sport (100% merino wool). They are so damn soft, guys.

It is knit from the top down. At this point I have surpassed the short rows, which were super fun (they were German short rows – my favorite!) and I’m currently increasing for the sleeves, front, and back. I kept making mistakes on this increase section because the increases were every three rows, while the colors are switched every two rows. It was hard to keep track. But I’m on my way and hope to finish the top part soon!

New pattern: Sapphirine Splash

A new pattern is available on Ravelry today! Sapphirine Splash is worked flat in two pieces from the bottom up, then seamed at the sides and shoulders. It features an alternating pattern of garter stitch and rows of dropped stitches. I used Mirasol Pima Splash for the blue version, and Juniper Moon Farm Neve for the cream, both worsted chainette cotton yarns. The blue version is modeled by Melanie Smith and JUDY GREER, and the solid one is pictured on me! I hope you like it as much as I do! You can find the pattern here.

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Splash: A new design coming soon!

 

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This is the second time we have participated in the Steel Valley Yarn Crawl in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. It’s currently in full swing, and hilariously exciting to see how many other people are as obsessed with yarn as I am! I actually saw someone run one time. Now, I’m no runner, but I would absolutely run for yarn.

Each shop is responsible for an original pattern to hand out during the crawl, and I got to design one last year! It was Imbricated Solstice, and luckily people were really into it! This year, I designed a boxy top which looks really interesting but is actually a really easy knit. It features lots of garter, dropped stitches (kind of, they’re more like extra wraps that you then drop), and some short rows! This would be a great first garment for a dope knitter who is looking to break out of simple accessories!

So I knit the shop sample out of Mirasol Pima Splash, which comes in a lot of cool colors, but of course I chose blue because my name is Kylen and I love blue. It’s 100% Pima cotton, and it’s a really tight chainette yarn. But I’m also test-knitting my own pattern (mostly because I wanted to knit it again in my own size) out of Juniper Moon Farm Neve, which is a super soft, also chainette, yarn. After that, I might add a version with sleeves because I think it’d be awesome! So stay tuned, friends.

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Exploration Station!

GUYS. I have always admired Stephen West’s brilliant patterns but have never actually knit one! So now I must venture into becoming part of the Stephen West club. Exploration Station is the pattern I chose as the August knit-along at the shop. Of course I have already started it even though August isn’t for another four days. OOPS. The yarn I’m using is Color A: Lattes & Llamas Vacation Yarn in Angola; Color B: Stunning String Studio Stunning Superwash in Real Teal; Color C: Oink Pigments Oink Sock in Zoot Soot Riot; Color D: Lattes & Llamas Vacation Yarn in Baskerville. I have just finished Wedge 3 of the pattern. This pattern includes short rows, eyelets, an i-cord border, brioche, mosaic knitting (a slipped stitch pattern), and lace! You can see my progress below.

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Freeing My Fade – Part 2

A couple weeks ago  I showed you guys my progress on my Free Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry! Well, here it is finished! I used three colorways of Oink Sock from Oink Pigments – 40 grams of Zoot Soot Riot, 60 grams of Teal Appeal, and 85 grams of Spring Forward. Pictured here is my roommate Miriam modeling it in front of a mural in Millvale, PA  and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out! I even like the yellow! You can see my Ravelry project here.

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Finding My Fade

A couple of months ago I blogged about Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry and how choosing 7 colors was really difficult for me. Well, ladies and gents, I officially finished, blocked, and took photos of this beastly shawl. AND I LOVE IT. Below is me in all my Find Your Fade glory. I used yarns from Oink Pigments, Stunning String Studio, Shirsty Cat, Coop Knits, and an unidentified yarn from my stash. Hope you like it too! 🙂

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Freeing My Fade

The knit-along I chose for the shop this month is Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry. We had a Trunk Show in June with Helena from Oink Pigments – an independent dyeing company. So I carefully chose my three skeins and of course one of them was blue. Typical. I used Oink Sock in Zoot Soot Riot, Teal Appeal, and Spring Forward (which has yellow in it – really outside my comfort zone but I love it)!

This pattern is really simple and easy to follow – it consists of garter stitch, eyelets, slipped stitch edges, and a picot bind off. I love finding patterns that are good for knitters who want to tackle new projects, and this is a great first shawl pattern. You can see my ravelry project here. It’s currently on the blocking mats! Below are some in-progress photos, and stay tuned for the finished project photos!

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A new shawl project…

Ok so I’ve never knit with lace weight yarn before, and let me tell ya, it takes FOREVER. However, I am very much enjoying it because this yarn is so beautiful! It’s Manos del Uruguay Marina in the colorway Frozen. This skein has a whopping 874 yds! I’m working on a new design here – a shawl with a pretty dropped stitch look (except you actually double wrap the knit stitches and drop the extra on the next row). I’m hoping to continue with this stitch pattern for a while, but eventually switch it up and make a border on the other end that is knitted vertically instead of horizontally! It should be a fun design adventure!

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