FO: Sonetto Shawl

I finished up my second Sonetto Shawl this past summer, hence that beautiful sun you see in the pictures. I shared some Sonetto Shawl progress shots back in March. I first knit the Sonetto pattern by Judy Marples a couple of winters ago for a Christmas present for my Mom. I simply love this shawl, it is so delicate and airy.

Sonetto Shawl by Judy Marples
Sonetto Shawl by Judy Marples

I used Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Fine yarn in Turquoise Mix. I had originally purchased this yarn to make a hat for my mother in-law, but changed my mind after realizing that this yarn is actually a bit scratchy. So yes, it is a bit scratchy around my neck, but either I am getting use to it or it is softening up.

Sonetto Shawl pattern by Judy Marples
Sonetto Shawl pattern by Judy Marples

You’ll notice that I am wearing the shawl a bit to the side. This is the first shawl I have ever worn and I kept feeling like it looked a bit like a bib when I wore it right in front. I have since changed my mind on this and am wearing it more straight on now. I’ve already gotten a lot of use out of this shawl, it keeps me warm at work and I love the added colour to my outfit.

Gradient Yarn – Winter Is Coming

I picked up this cake of yarn at the Manitoba Fibre Festival that was held on October 2 and 3 in Winnipeg. This yarn is from Hilo’s Magical Yarnorium. The colour way is Winter Is Coming. This is 100% BFL wool in fingering weight.

Hilori's Magical Yarnorium - Winter Is Coming
Hilori’s Magical Yarnorium – Winter Is Coming

Hilori kindly pointed me in the direction of a shawl pattern created for this specific yarn called Lace Shawl Strawberry and Cream by J. Schneider. This pattern is definitely a contender for this yarn, but I am also looking at creating a simple cowl with stockinette stitch to show off the gradation, something like the Ombre Cowl Hood. We’ll see what she becomes.

Waay Back – FO: Meditation Infinity Scarf

I know, everyone waited with baited breath to see my Maluka shawl in its completion. But I am hear today to say that it didn’t work out for us, and I blame it on short rows. Even though I had success with short rows previously, I just couldn’t seem to get them to work out in the Maluka pattern. So I abandon it and traded in for an infinity scarf/cowl deal-io.

Meditation Infinity Scarf
Meditation Infinity Scarf by Bea Schmidt.

This is the Meditation Infinity Scarf. I purchased this pattern back in November 2014, so this FO is about a year old now. I have worn it a few times, it keeps me warm at work. While I don’t have any pictures of it on me, it wraps around my neck comfortably three times.

Meditation Infinity Scarft
Meditation Infinity Scarf atop my cedar deck, a la dog scratches and all.

This is Blue Moon Fibre Arts Socks That Rock in Awesomesauce. This yarn would make a super-duper soft and form fitting pair of socks, but the high twist of this yarn made it too springy for this particular project. It was hard to block and curls on itself hiding the nice edging. I would certainly buy this yarn again for socks, the witty and lively colorways are irresistible.

WIP: Cascade Falls – Three’s a Charm

I have had the Cascade Falls sweater pattern in the works for, um lets see, many months now. Not because I have put it down and ignored it, but because I have had to re-do this puppy three times. In the previous two times I had gotten pretty dern far too. I will say that on my third go I noticed that in previous attempts I had made mistakes in the pattern and am happy that I have corrected them in round trois.

Cascade Falls sweater
Cascade Falls by Amanda Scheuzger

Oddly enough I haven’t shed any tears over the re-dos, this pattern is quite fun to knit, the cables break up the stockinette stitch to make it worth re-attempting. This pattern is also a bit of an experiment in the yarn department. I am using Caron Simply Soft, 100% acrylic in the bone colour way. I wanted to see how the acrylic yarn wears and also I think I paid just under $30 for 5 skeins.

Cascade Falls cable detail
Cascade Falls cable detail


Waay Back – FO: Foliage Cowl

Foliage Cowl
Foliage Cowl by Holla Knits

This finished object comes to you from the past, January-ish of 2014 to be inexact. This is the Foliage Cowl by Holla Knits, which appeared in their Holla Knits Accessories 2014 collection.

Guess what? Despite having knit it in January-ish of 2014, I haven’t even worn it yet. I took these pictures in the dead of summer this year. With winter just around the corner I hope this post reminds me that I have this cushy, leafy niceness in my drawer when the cold prison that is a Winnipeg winters finally sets in.

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, given the thickness of this yarn I wish I had completed one less leaf to have made it fit a bit snugger around my shoulders. The pattern was a super quick knit, a few evenings on the couch. It was fun to knit and is quite unique in my opinion. Thanks to My So- Called Handmade Life whose post I found this lovely pattern on.


Cuba Knitting

Sonetto shawl
Sonetto shawl

What is that? This is Sonetto Shawl by Judy Marples, what I ultimately ended up knitting while on vacation in Varadaro, Cuba. Although I don’t normally return to a pattern, this is my second go at Sonetto. I made a Sonnetto shawl for my Mom for Christmas a couple of years ago. For her, I went all out and ordered the Wollmeise 100% merino Superwash wool straight outta Germany. The yarn was gorgeous and the shawl is one of my favourite knits I’ve ever made. Sonneto was my first go at lace knitting and my first shawl.

I figured that I might make another Sonetto for myself one day, this time I am using Berroco Ultra Alpaca in the Turquoise Mix colour way. Hmm, and yes I can see the extreme colour shift between images, I took these in slightly different light. The colourway is most closely depicted in the middle photo.

Sonetto Shawl
Sonetto Shawl

I love all of the uniform bubbles you see in the lace section, of course once blocked these will expand and be flat, but I love the texture of the shawl as it is being knit up.

Sonetto detail
Sonetto detail

The mittens are also a work in progress that didn’t get any attention in Cuba. Currently, one done with a thumb that needs some more attention. It was hard to want to knit mittens when I was mostly relaxing on this beach and steadfastly putting out of my mind -30 in Winnipeg.

Varadero, Cuba
Varadero, Cuba

This was taken on the beach of the resort we were staying at. The vacation was truly relaxing mostly consisting of reading on the beach and knitting on balcony is breezy 30 degree weather.

Relaxin' in Cuba
Relaxin’ in Cuba

There Will be Mittens

Next week Shawn and I are going away to Cuba for a winter vacation! Neither of us have been to a warm place in the winter before and are very excited. Of course winter in Winnipeg (-40 two nights ago) is very, very cold, so it goes without saying that this will be a wonderful break in the cold.

I’ve been prepping the knitting I will bring along and it looks like right now it will be some basic mittens. I honestly don’t end up knitting much while on holiday, but I do really enjoy knitting en route as it helps me forget we are hurtling through the sky in a metal cylinder. I may also pack another project for the trip, a shawl perhaps, we’ll see.

These mittens are in KnitPicks discontinued line of sock yarn called Felici in Building Blocks.

Felici Mittens
Felici Mittens

Blue Sky Alpaca – I won? I won!

Back in December I won a giveaway hosted on Hunter Hammersen’s blog Violently Domestic. Hunter was featuring one of her new shawl patterns called Sinopia, published in her then forthcoming book Curls. I’ve entered many a giveaway on knitting blogs and this was the first time I won. A truly generous giveaway, I received two skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas – Alpaca Silk in the crabapple colourway. Also included was one of their Pretty Cheep project bags.

I am not certain just yet, but I feel compelled to knit my very own Sinopia with this beautifully soft, burnt red/orange yarn.

Blue Sky Alpacas
Blue Sky Alpacas – Alpaca Silk yarn & project bag

FO: Latissa

Its been a while, but not for a lack of knitting. My summer/fall knitting time was spent working on a couple of hats for my mother-in-law. I was so sure these were going to knit up quickly, but that wasn’t true for either item.

This slouchy hat pattern is called Latissa, it uses a bulky yarn, hence my thinking it would be quick. Ultimately I found the P3tog to be a bit tricky with the bulky yarn and it slowed me down. Regardless, I am very happy with the way it turned out. This one went to my mother-in-law, but I am so pleased with the results I am going to make one for myself.

Latissa hat pattern by Jenn Hustad
Yarn: Lion Brand’s Unique in Jewel colourway

I used Lion Brand’s Unique yarn in the Jewel colour way. Its a 100% acrylic yarn, and so so pretty.

The other hat I knit up was Oopsie Daisy Diagonal Hat, also knitt for my mother-in-law. I used a slightly thicker yarn for this hat than the pattern called for, so I reduced the cast on stitches, but it still turned out a little too big. Unfortunately, I just have one en process and slightly blurry pic to share. I wish I had taken one with it atop my head before gifting it :(

Oopsie Daisy Diagonal Hat
Oopsie Daisy Diagonal Hat by Gretchen Tracy

WIP: Maluka shawl

I’ve had the past week off work and have enjoyed passing the time (among other things) working on the Maluka shawl.

While I am super excited to see how it turns out a part of me is worrying that I won’t have enough yarn to finish. Unfortunately, I don’t even have a clue as to how much I might be off yarn length wise because the Maluka pattern doesn’t have a gauge indicated. To make things more complicated I also chose to knit it up in fingering 3 ply instead of fingering 4 ply, hmmm. While I like how it is looking I am wondering if I am knitting it too tight on size 3.5 mm needles.

At any rate, here is how she is turning out. My favourite designy part of this shawl is that criss-cross pattern up the right side, so pretty.

WIP: Maluka shawl
WIP: Maluka shawl
WIP: Maluka, faux cable detail
WIP: Maluka, faux cable detail