Pumpkin Spice Eiku

Yarn: Gnomeacres Scruffy Sock in the Pumpkin Spice Latte colorway
Needle: Size 4

My second Eiku. Just as simple and fun as the last time I made one. Again, the only modification I did was the increases around the spine: M1R & M1L instead of yarn overs. I’ve said it before, but I’m just not crazy about the holes YOs make around the center spine of a shawl. I’m super pleased with this one, much like the first. This is one of those 400-yard shawls that actually blocks out to an ok size. The curved ends of the shawl help it stay around your neck.

And can I brag on Gnomeacres? This yarn is so fun and festive! I have a few other skeins dyed by her, and I’ve been hoarding them like the little jewels they are. I definitely recommend giving her shop a look if you’ve never checked out her stuff.

While dyeing really isn’t my thing anymore, I have been pretty happy with the things I’ve spun from my hand-dye days. It honestly felt good to give away all my dyeing stuff. When you realize something just isn’t for you, and you release all that stuff from your life, it is almost like a cleanse, a healthy actualization. So for this finished yarn. I had about 8 ounces of superwash merino I’d dyed a semisolid green. I kept it pretty simple – 2 ply. I really am in a phase of doing 2 ply yarns! For awhile there I was chain plying everything.

Now what to spin next…?

Understory

I finally took time the other evening to get photos done of my finished Understory Cowl! I’m super happy with the finished result.

So details!

I used Plymouth Yarn Company Baby Alpaca Aire
Size 10 needle
269 yards total (it’s about an aran weight)

I don’t think I would change much if I knit this again. Maybe go down one needle size because 1) the alpaca doesn’t have much stitch definition, and 2) it can stretch and grow over time. I honestly think you could easily knit this cowl with worsted on 8’s without changing the pattern one bit!

It is not a charted pattern, but I simply printed some graph paper and drew myself a chart – piece of cake.

I think I may now be obsessed with the short cowl. For awhile there I was all about the long, double-looped cowl but I definitely am feeling the short cowl at the moment!

I thought I had shared all my WIPs in my last post… nope! I can’t seem to stop casting things on. That is what FALL does to me.

First, I am making another Darla hat! I love this hat so much. My first one ended up cute, but too short to turn up the brim as shown in the pattern. So this one I am knitting the same as the first, but lengthening by a couple inches. I’m using the always amazing Dragonfly Fibers Traveller DK in the Winter Woods colorway. This yarn has a lovely hand to it, and the color… sigh. It’s the perfect winter colorway, don’t you think?

Also on my needles are another pair of kiddo socks, this time for my oldest daughter. I’m using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel again (big surprise there) and some Regia sock she picked out for herself. Can I tell you, and maybe you know this yourself already… but it is so ridiculously fun to dig through your stash with your kids and watch them get excited about a yarn. It’s a knitter mom’s dream come true!

What patterns are you excited about knitting right now? Have you picked up any of the new fall knitting magazines? I’ve yet to make it to the bookstore to see what is new, but I am hoping to do so soon.

Have a wonderful week~

October Knits

Hi everyone. How are things? First I want to say thank you to everyone who left me birthday wishes on my last post. I can’t believe we are a week into October already. October is my favorite month, so I try not to let it slip by me too quickly! I have so many fall themed things I want to knit (or have already started), so time is of the essence!

Some new things on the needles: I started a new cowl: Understory by Breean Elyse Miller. I was just in the mood for a quick project, and an aran weight cowl on size 10 needles sounded divine! I used Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Aire for this cowl; it was like knitting with a big fluffy cloud. So light and soft. And warm. I wore this cowl (it is now finished – photos soon) to the pumpkin patch on a cool and windy morning and it was just the right amount of warmth I needed around my neck. Understory is also a freebie – sweet! I think you could easily make this with worsted, going down a couple needle sizes, and not have to mod anything about the pattern.

Next I knew I wanted to knit up this gorgeous skein of Gnomeacres Scruffy Gnome Sock in the Pumpkin Spice Latte colorway. I started making mitts with this last year and just wasn’t feeling it. I’ve started an Eiku with it and am super pleased with how it is turning out! I think it will be a fun pop of fall color to wear around my neck.

I am slowly stitching away on a new sweater. This is the Lightweight Pullover. I’ve always been a fan of Hannah Fettig and I seem to be unintentionally knitting my way through her Knitbot book. I had picked up a sweater’s worth of Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in the Wellies colorway last year during their orange/black Halloween sale (which I think is going on right now again!) and after imagining this yarn as a cozy, slightly loose-fitting turtleneck, I fell in love with the concept and cast on. The Stroll Tweed is so soft, and I’m hoping this sweater will be a wardrobe staple for the cooler months.

I wanted to share some good things I’ve stumbled upon.

This gorgeous shawl pattern called Burning Leaves Shawl by Melissa Burke. So pretty and I think I have just the colorway for this in my stash.

Chicken Boots Spooky Boots bag collection. On my wishlist is that bucket bag for sure!

Pumpkin pasta! I want to try it.

A new Etsy shop I’ve stumbled upon: Blarney Yarn, based in California. Her colorways are just my style.

That’s all for today! Are you doing any fall or Halloween themed knitting?

Birthday Shaelyn

Hello all! It is the first day of fall, a day I always look forward to every year. There are always so many fun things to do with friends and family during this season.

This past weekend I had my birthday – I am 29. It was fantastic. I received a fair amount of spoiling from friends and family – from gifts to just spending time with me, a coffee date or just hanging out. At work I even received a gift shop to my LYS! My husband came back into town and took me to lunch at my favorite italian restaurant and gifted me some yarn he had picked out for me! Some donegal tweeds and Koigu, which I am sure you will see soon. Looking forward to the year ahead, it is my last year of the 20′s, better make it count!

I finished something the day before the birthday – a new shawl. Shaelyn is quite the popular pattern on Ravelry, there are almost 2,500 projects! It is a great first shawl I think if you are a newer knitter. The lace is pretty straight forward and simple. I did an extra repeat of the chart for added size – glad I did. However, I did run out of yarn when it came for the last row and then the bind off row. I had to rummage in my stash for red leftovers – I don’t think it is noticeable unless you are really up close.

I knit this in a yarn from Alpenglow Yarns called Sporty Rambo.  I’m not sure if it is a yarn they are still producing, but I really enjoyed knitting with this Rambouillet yarn. Plus it is 100% a USA yarn, from fleece to finished yarn! I love that. Mark 2014 as the year I learned to love RED.

Other things I am working on:

1) A new spinning project. This is some superwash merino I dyed a LONG time ago, and I have 8 ounces of it. I’m a little over halfway through and am already imagining it as a shawl.

2) On September 1, I started Project Life. It has been a very long time since I’ve done scrapbooking, and this method REALLY is working for me. The layouts are super quick and simple and not stressful! Plus there is a focus on the small, day-to-day things that are special. I’m having so much fun with it!

3) I am obsessed with Lana Del Rey lately, and this CD is on constant rotation.

That’s all for today. Have a great week guys! I have some wee socks to share next!

Lopapeysa

From Wikipedia: “Lopapeysa or Icelandic sweater is an Icelandic style of sweater originating around or before the 1950s, at a time when imports had displaced older and more traditional Icelandic clothing and people began to search for new ways to utilize the plentiful native wool.”

Knitting a lopapeysa has always been on my knitting “bucket list.” I think I was drawn to the tradition of lopi sweaters, and the beautiful colorwork at the yoke. Knowing I would also have to do a steek (which I discussed in length here) had a certain appeal.

I picked Iðunn as my first lopapeysa because it seemed simpler and I’ve seen a lot of successful finished versions of this sweater. For me the pattern was okay. I feel like there was a stitch count error on my size. Also I made the size 36″, when probably I should have gone up to the next size, but I was afraid that I would be swimming in a 40″. Apparently I have underestimated the number of cookies I have eaten over the past month… because it’s pretty fitted!!

I did use the lopi wool the pattern calls for – it is warm, crazy lofty, and not super soft. But I always viewed this lopapeysa as more of a jacket than a sweater, and knew I would be layering underneath it.

Things I Love:
+ The colors I chose & colorwork
+ The look of the yarn
+ The completed steek
+ Knitting the entire sweater in the round
+ The pretty ribbing

Things I’m Not So Crazy About:
+ The snug fit
+ The yarn is a bit scratchy
+ The rolled neckline is not my favorite look
+ The buttons are a wee bit small for the buttonhole band
+ The sleeves could use another inch or so
+ The massive amount of finishing. There are 2 hand sewn in grosgrain ribbons in this cardigan down the fronts inside.

At the end of the day, I’m super happy I made this and will wear it proudly when  it gets super chilly!