Eweknit KAL 2016 - update

Well, none of us seemed to enjoy that super long i-cord cast on, but they sure did turn out pretty!  I think many of us struggled a bit for the first few rows but really got into the swing of things and started enjoying our brioche.  I was so happy to see the pictures popping up, and super impressed with some of you who have already finished.  Don't these look great!?

Here's Anne's cowl:

and Dianne's:

And some works in progress from the rest of us:

Eweknit's first KAL

It's April 1st, which means its time to cast on for our first Knit Along.  If you're just hearing about this, it's not too late to join.  The pattern we're using is Stephen West's Syncopation Adoration Cowl, which is a great project for people new to brioche knitting.  We will be sharing our progress on social media with #eweknitkal2016.  If you're not social media savvy, you can e-mail me pictures of your progress and I'll post for you!  I'll also be sharing progress pictures right here.

A couple notes for those of us using the Frabjous Fibers kits I put together:

  • Since this is sport weight instead of DK, we'll want to use smaller needles.  Use your own judgement here, but US size 7 will likely be too loose with this yarn.
  • Since we have 5 colors instead of 7, we'll have 5 stripes.  I've done the math with the yardage we're working with, and we should be getting 11 rows of each stripe (instead of 10).  Our cowl will be more petite than Stephen's.  We will have yarn leftover from our gradient kit, but I've calculated this row number to make sure we don't run out of our main color (because keep in mind that it's also used for the cast on and bind off.)  The leftovers could be great used as stripes in some gloves or a hat perhaps.

If you're using your own yarn, you can follow the pattern or make your own modifications.  Remember, we are not knitting machines, we are makers.  We own this.

The first thing you'll see when you look at this pattern is a very long i-cord cast on.  I've put together some instructional videos about making an i-cord and picking up the stitches, but also about the i-cord cast on, which could be used instead.  Choose "Tutorials" from the navigation above to see these videos and decide which method is better for you.  I've also included my tip about keeping track of how many stitches you've cast on, especially when you have quite a large number of stitches.

Let's get going, and the first assignment is to send me a picture of your completed i-cord cast on, letting me know which method you chose to use. 

 

 

Finished Object Friday

I noticed that I've gotten really behind on posting my completed projects on Ravelry, so i thought it might be a good idea to schedule regular times to update and post the projects here as well.  I'm going to plan on monthly updates, alternating between Finished Object Fridays and Work in Progress Wednesdays.  (I didn't end up doing this, but I still think it's a great idea and will plan to make an effort now that the blog is moved over to this new site - 5/25/16)

Exploration Station Shawl

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I used my new Knitter's Pride Blockers for this, and they're awesome. 

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For:                        Me

Yarn Used:           Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Colorways:           Pop Rocks (hot pink)

                             Cosmic Wonder Dust (white with speckles)

                             Raspberry Cordial (deep violet)

                             Maple Leaf (Green/Yellow)

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Wraptastic Shawl

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For:                        My grandmother

Yarn Used:           Anzula For Better or Worsted

Colorway:             Mulberry

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Annis Shawl

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For:                             Mom

Yarn Used:                Madelinetosh Tosh Sock

Colorway:                  Worn Denim

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Making Tracks Blanket

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For:                             My Father-in-Law and his wife

Yarn Used:                Lana Grossa Superlana

Colorway:                  10 (natural off-white)

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Burton Bear Cowl

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For:                             My niece

Yarn Used:                I lost my label!  It's bulky acrylic boucle

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Choo-choo toque

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For:                               My nephew

Yarn Used:                  Red Heart Soft and Bernat Satin

Colorways:                 Heather Grey and Loyal Blue

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Those are my finished objects since May. 

Exploration Station

I am finally going to make an exploration station! I say finally because I've been admiring everyone else's for well over a year. A coupon code shared by a friend was the unintended, but needed push that led to my purchase of the pattern. I'm very excited to get started on this and it seems like the nature of this pattern will really cater to my schizophrenic tendencies since it keeps changing colors and textures throughout. For those of you who don't know about this shawl, here's the pattern.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/exploration-station

I'm going to use the Madelinetosh Merino Light as it calls for and I'm really excited about my colors. I'm using the Pop Rocks I got during last year's yarn crawl, Cosmic Wonder Dust from Craftsy, and the last two colors I picked up today at Annie & Co., which are Raspberry Cordial and Maple Leaf. Check it out!

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This will be my first time using brioche, which is one of the few techniques I have literally no clue about at this point. 

I can't wait to get started and to wear this piece, especially since it's such a conversation starter. One of the girls working at Annie & Co. had just made one and showed me the lovely pictures on her phone. Another employee there advised me on the edge stitches. It's great how many people are familiar with this pattern, but yet no two shawls look too alike.  Here are a few of my favorites from Ravelry.  

Happy knitting!