What's on my needles?


Hecate Shawl

I can finally share one of my more recent FOs, the Hecate Shawl by Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops.  I was extremely eager to knit this as a test knit for Kirsten, and sure wasn't dissappointed when I did my first read through of the pattern.

Kirsten choose a 2 color combination of yarn, Louet Gems 100% Merino Wool fingering weight in brown, and Art Yarns Ultrameino4 100% Luxury Merino Wool in blue.  Both are gorgeous yarns that work great together both in color and in texture.  Louet Gems has a nice twist to the yarn, and holds great stitch definition.  Art Yarns Ultramerino4 is extremely soft and luxurious.

I had a great time knitting this pattern, truly enjoyed watching the shawl develop as I got closer to finishing.

Hecate shawl by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops - Photos by Kirsten Kapur

Hecate shawl by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops - Photos by Kirsten Kapur Hecate shawl by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops - Photos by Kirsten Kapur

Pattern: Hecate Shawl by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Brown, Louet Gems Super Fine Merino and Blue, Art Yarns Ultramerino4
Needles: US 7 (Addi Lace)
Started: August 15, 2011
Finished: August 22, 2011

Photos are courtesy of Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops.  I sent the finished shawl to her and she took these gorgeous pictures. 

Enjoy your week!



WIPs for Wednesday

Quick mid-week share, here's what's on my needles...

The Cerasifera shawl, started late last week.  I was indecisive over what color to use, so I choose to use both, striped.  I'm currently doing about 2 pattern repeats per color, so far I'm liking the way it's transitionning between the colors, definitely allowing the pattern to shine.  I just finished the 14 pattern repeats, total stitches right now at 198 stitches. 

Cerasifera shawl

I'm excited to get this one done, it may win me a prize!  This is for the Summer Shawl KAL hosted by Through The Loops designer Kirsten Kapur.  Such great shawls to choose from, I'd love to make them all, but I settled on this beauty.  I'm gearing to have this blocking this weekend.

In a bit of a smaller project, well the knitted item is small, the design isn't.  I'm making a hat for my brother, this is going to be a pretty large hat, allowing alot of room to show long thick hair into and hide.  Guess it's like a Rasta hat? Not sure. 

Giants Cap

It's the perfect project to get me into the mood for the holidays, and I'm loving it.  That time of year to start getting ready for all the fun.  I'm going to scratch the original pattern I drafted and go with another one.  This would be my 3rd attempt and getting the right pattern down for the type of hat and color changes.  It's going to be knit from the top down, ensures a good fit.

I have a few more knits on the needles, 2 for now, more to come later. 




Long awaited FO

After quite some time, I finallly finished the Karma Tank, from the Custom Knits book, I had started back in 2009.  Like many other WIPs that I get myself into, I had this one done, all that was left was the finishing, but I just put it away safely and let it hibernate for a couple of years. 

I wore this yesterday, perfect weather for it too.


Karma Tank Karma Tank

 Karma TankKarma Tank

 Karma TankKarma Tank

Pattern: Karma Tank by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Sundara Sock yarn "Brown Sugar Over Buttermilk"
Needles: US 7 (Addi Lace)
Started: June 2009
Finished: September 10, 2011

Mods: I made this a little longer and made the straps shorter.  For increases, did on the 2nd stitch instead of the 1st stitch.

Before I leave, cause my Sunday is a wee bit busy, I also finished my contribution for the 1st scarf in rotation for the Traveling Scarves #201 Speedy group on Ravlery.  This is Karalmurner's scarf, I used Malabrigos Rios Worsted, one a lone stripe of grey yarn.

Enjoy your week ahead! 


New Moon

I've been pretty active lately working on basic designs to really try and focus on designing.  I've started with simple designs, quick knits, that visually have a stylish impact.

I designed this new one "New Moon", specifically to be a choker style necklace.  I've never been one to wear accessories but lately I've been wearing them more and more.  I've also been on a streak, using up my stash yarn to create these too. 

New Moon Choker

New Moon Choker New Moon Choker

Using my stash yarn has been working out great, it's amazing how nice the designs have been knitting up.  This piece is knit in one piece, and I tried a bit of a twist on a known knitting method to create it.  I'm extremely satisfied with how this came out and am eager to create another one.  It literally takes a few hours from start to finish.  I have a few other variations to the design in mind, so I'm pretty excited to make another one.  I'm going to write up the pattern for this item and will post with the info soon if your interested in making one yourself. 

The name for it, was obvious, it really reminds me of the New Moon movie from the Twilight series, and if anyone knows me, you know I'm a major Twilight fan.  This now makes me want to design one for each other movie.

I also started another Traveling Scarf group, this theme is "Speedy"!  So I shall see my scarf back real soon.  I went with a different type of scarf, or rather a Moebius Scarf/Cowl.  I'm a bit nervous with how this will turn out but I'm going to take a gamble and send it off in the hopes that it will return and be awesome. 

TS#201 Speedy Group - Seedlet for RockyMoreno - Moeboius/Cowl

It doesn't look like much now, but I'm sure it'll look nice in the end.  Unit next post, enjoy the short work week!




A Couple Things

I picked up my hibernating February Baby Sweater the other day and finally bound it off.  I had originally started it last year intending to give it as a present to a close family friend-relative.  I say relative because they've been apart of our family for years now.  Back last year, I was pretty much done with the baby sweater, I had about 1 inch of garter stitch knitting left and then that was it, but I got distracted with some other project and it hibernated.

Alas, another baby came into the picture for our friends, so I checked on sweater and it's a match.  I finished the last of it, bound off, and blocked it!  Now it's so pretty, and yet, I never bought buttons for it?  Something tells me I did, but I've looked everywhere, and I can't find them.  So, I'll be button hunting sometime this week.  Here's a quick pick of the sweater, all nicely blocked waiting for buttons.

February Baby Sweater

Ooh, and I have a partial pick of super secret pattern I've knit.  That's all I can say about it.  It's gorgeous, love the color combos.  I'll do a full share when I get the go ahead to share. 

For now all you get is a sneak peek.

Secret Pattern

Happy Wednesday!