Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kid Seta - Lacy Infinity Cowl

 I love red.  Or at least reds with blue undertones.  We finally got a red that I really liked in Kid Seta (Ruby) and I couldn't resist playing with it.  Fortunately one ball of Kid Seta goes quite a ways (300 yards of Lace weight mohair) and it can be worked on big needles.
Anyone that has spent any time with me knows that when I travel I always have at least 1 or 2 projects (OK, sometimes more like 4-8, plus yarn to swatch) with me to work on.  Kid Seta has been in my knitting bag twice this year and I really appreciate how light the project is (and that I can easily carry it in my purse). 
So, I was knitting while on a flight (and getting hopeful that I would be able to finish the project) when somehow the yarn got wrapped around some guy's foot as he passed my seat. As quickly as I could, I extricated myself from my seat (with my needles and project still in my hand) and chased after him, yelling, "Excuse me sir, please stop..." and finally caught up with him to explain that my yarn was wrapped around his foot.  Fortunately the yarn did not break and I was able to finish the cowl.

Materials

- 1 ball Kid Seta (61% Super Kid Mohair/35% Silk/4% Merino Wool – 300 yds/25 g) – shown in 37
- Size US 9 needle
- Yarn needle


Finished Measurement
 - Approximately 58" circumference and 8" long from Cast on edge

Pattern

Cast on 160 stitches.  Join in the round, be careful not to twist.  Place stitch marker.
Row 1 – [K2, YO, SSK]
Row 2 – [K2Tog, YO, K2]

Continue until reach desired length.  Bind off loosely and weave in ends.  Block lightly with steam.








Sunday, December 16, 2012

Easy Lacy Scarf - Pluscious

I love new yarns.  They have endless possibilities and lots of suggestions as to what they would like to become.  Pluscious is a fun machine washable yarn and 148 yards per 100 grams.  It is great for baby toys, blankets, pillows, and more.  I wanted to try something different and throw together a scarf out of one skein.  It is amazingly soft and would be a wonderful scarf or shawl for someone that is sensitive to wool.
Pluscious is similar is feel to Chenille, but it doesn't worm.  I found it easy on my hands and got a long scarf out of 1 skein.
Materials
  • 1 skein Pluscious (100% Polyester - 148 yd/100g ) - shown in color 02 (Open Seas)
  • US 10.5 Needles
  • Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 Together
Cast on 16 stitches



Row 1-4 K
Row 5-8 K1 [YO, K2tog]* K1 (repeat from * to last stitch)

Continue until reach desired length.
Bind of loosely.
Weave in ends with yarn needle.

*For a wrap - cast on 40 stitches and use 2 skeins.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Popcorn Scarf - Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints

 So, at the office we do Secret Santa.  Which means we have a drop dead date to have projects done by (aka deadline).  I'm actually doing pretty well this year - probably mostly because I decided to be realistic as to what I could actually accomplish before Christmas (we are not going to discuss the 4 other projects I am working on).  Last year I took on a rather large project (Feather and Fan wrap in Venezia Worsted) that ended up being taken from me on the flight from Peru back home. Fortunately I did get it back, but lost more than 8 hours of valuable knitting time (the flight attendant was obviously not a knitter - no knitter would actually risk ruining a project to use needles for anything besides knitting while they are occupied with yarn).
Anyway, I digress.  Sadly, Secret Santa is not so secret this year - at least for the person that I have (whom also has me).  I thought it would be fun to try a Popcorn Scarf in Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints.  I used 2 skeins, but could've easily added a third.  It is a very simple, but fun pattern - I have to say I like anything I can work on intermittently and not completely mess up.
Materials -
- 2-3 skeins Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints - 108 yds/100 g - 100% Baby Alpaca (hand painted)
- US 10.5 needles

Cast on 20
Knit 8, Wrap and Turn
Knit 8, Turn
Knit 6, 
Wrap and Turn
Knit 6, Turn
Knit 4, 
Wrap and Turn
Knit 4, Turn
Knit 20

Continue until reach desired length.
Weave in ends.