Apparently my DH cannot have too many Husky hats:
malabrigo SOCK in Violeta Africana and Ochre
cast on enough stitches
2×2 ribbing for a while
stockinette for a while
decrease down to nuthin
striping along the way.
I needed to block my Catherine Lowe beanie
folded kitchen towels into quarters lengthwise and rolled them together to get the right diameter:
wrapped a ribbon around it:
shaped the crown by pushing the center up:
covered it in plastic wrap:
put the washed wet hat on top, and pinned it:
I’ve had this pattern for…
…since before it went out of print a few years ago.
I’ve had the yarn for…a while.
As well as the buttons. sheesh.
and I love this color. So much. Too much for just socks.
Shibui Sock in Midnight
Compare gauge and yardage:
Scottish Fleet_________Shibui Sock
100 g________________50 g
28-36 sts/ 4inches_____30 sts/4 inches
245 yds______________191 yds
Since the gauges were similar, I aimed for comparable yardage.
For the pattern requirement of 7 balls of Scottish Fleet I would need about 9 hanks of Shibui Sock:
7 skeins x 245 yds/skein (Fleet) = 1715 yds
1715 yds ÷ 191 yds/hank(Shibui) ~ 9 hanks
So, I bought 11 hanks of Shibui sock. Because that’s how I think.
I ended up using 8 hanks + 3.7g of Shibui Sock.
And now I have enough leftover yarn for socks and mittens
or mittens and a hat!
Pewter buttons from
Button Emporium & Ribbonry
Shortened overall about 1 inch.
For button band, pick-up 3 stitches every 4 rows, instead of pattern specific stitch number.
Dropped the front neckline about 1-1/2 inches; pattern is crewneck.
Added back neck shaping (white dashed curve) for a better fit; the pattern is straight across.
Skipped the picot cast on, too fiddly and frilly for me.
Fiddly cast on, I never could get the points to look consistent
Of course, I also omitted the additional picot trim around the front.
If I could just find some time.
Some LOT of time…
Meanwhile, I’ll just knit something Catherine Lowe designed with her beautiful yarn.
CL IV alpaca silk yarn in black violet -
one big ball of yarn for both the hat & cowl custom wound for my order!
This CL IV is 4 alpaca strands and 4 silk strands put together, not twisted together.
It knit up incredibly soft and springy.
Simple Couture 4.01 cowl
I love this skirt!Habu Textiles Kit A-84
It drapes and moves beautifully and feels fantastic.
The pattern calls for a drawstring at the waist, but I added a studded skinny belt instead.
The skirt is knit with two yarns held together; it comes on one cone of a-1 tsumugi silk and one cone of a-32 silk mohair, with no knots.
I would have LOST MY MIND if I had had to try to find and count the 47 decreases on each panel of this tweedy mohairy knit!
I ran a light colored thread through the edges before soaking so it would be easier to put in the blocking wires when it was all dark wet silk and mohair.
I made a template for the pieces to simplify blocking.
I used two blocking wires at the hem, one through the main fabric (two yarns held together) and a second wire through the mohair/silk single border.
Northcott fabric from Stash Quilt Shop
I had a great time at Madrona!
I always do!
addi Turbo Sock Rockets:
pictured L to R – regular addi Turbo, addi Sock Rockets, and Signature Stiletto needle tips
Classes I took:
Suitable Seams with Judy Pascale
She has great stuff to teach, is full of enthusiasm and really wants her students to learn; she takes the time to make sure everyone ‘gets it’. And she’s funny too.
We learned different seaming methods depending on the pattern stitch used for the knitting, how to make the most attractive seams.
So many seams I would have done differently if “I had known then what I know now”.
Yarn 101 with Clara Parkes
I hesitated to take this class, I have read Clara’s Yarn and Wool books and I have been knitting for over thirty years; I wasn’t sure I’d get my money’s worth out of the class.
Well, I am glad I took the class, I got a lot out of it, I can now better use her books as references. We received samples to touch and take home and I have better understanding of the fiber. Clara is bursting with wool and yarn knowledge, I enjoyed hearing everything she had to say.
Friday Evening Teacher’s Gallery and Presentation by Donna Druchunas on Native Alaskan lace knitting and the Oomingmak Cooperative was very interesting, both the adventure of her interest becoming research becoming a book and the stories of Alaskan lace knitting and quiviut.
History, Methods & Styles of Lace Knitting with Franklin Habit
Franklin brings a lot of information to his classes. I appreciate the depth of research and well edited presentation.
He also provided representative lace motif patterns to knit while he spoke and the class sailed by.
The Artful Ewe by Heidi LIMA-Baby Alpacka/Silk Hand-Dyed Yarn – Thank you Artful Ewe and Madrona!
I kept seeing these everywhere and finally broke down:
Slipped Stitch Studios Two Skein+ and Sock+ Project Bags
It’s always beautiful when Mount Rainier makes a showing.