Terra Neckwarmer

Yet another test knit, this time a neck warmer design by Maja Jokanovic.

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Pattern: Terra Neck-Warmer
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, River Rock
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5 mm

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It was fast and fun, and came together fabulously with some very cheap yet gorgeous buttons.  Positioning and sewing buttons is not one of my favourite tasks in the world, but with a garter stitch button band, it was easy.  Just count 6 ridges between rows and you’re in the right spot.

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Maja was great to work with!  I’m very new at testing patterns for knitwear designers, and she made it an easy and pleasant experience.

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ZigZag Cowl Test Knit

This is a test knit I very recently completed for the lovely Faye, a very talented British knitter, designer and blogger.  The pattern will be available through Erika Knight at some point in the future.  There will be a link on Faye’s blog, Buttons and Beeswax, and on Ravelry when it is finally released.

It was a fun and easy project, but the result is a luxurious and warm cowl!

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Pattern: ZigZag Cowl*
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Straw-Gold
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5 mm

*I’ll update the link to the actual pattern page on Ravelry once it’s available.

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It’s a very versatile design and can be used as a hood, which is particularly useful for those of us who live in places where winter likes to make a very definite appearance!

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Faye has previously designed a matching hat which is already available for purchase.  You can see some great photos of it on her blog here: ZigZag Hat.

Thank you Faye for another great design, and for letting me test it out for you!

Insou How I Love You!

This hat is so vintagey, and was a pleasure to knit.  It’s knit flat and then seamed.  I was too lazy to figure out how to knit it in the round, though I know others have done so on Ravelry.

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Pattern: Insou
Yarn: Berroco Vintage, Breezeway 5194
Needles:
US 9 / 5.5 mm

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It was my first time using Berroco Vintage.  It’s so soft!  If I were to make this hat again (and I definitely might do just that), I’d probably go down a needle size since the hat grew quite a bit with wear.

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Shroom Slouchy

I knit this hat back in October and only just got around to photographing it (tisk tisk!).

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Pattern: Shroom Slouchy
Yarn: Cascade 220 *held double
Needles: US 13 / 9.0 mm

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I reduced the ribbing section by 1″, and did only 4 repeats of the puff rib pattern.

A very quick knit with some fun stitchwork!

Cabled Shoulder Shrug

Pattern: Shoulder Shrug
Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage, Grey
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm

Although this project quickly ushered me into a major case of redundancy, I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Where it’s 100% wool, it’s very helpful in dealing with our cold Canadian winter days.

I had knit it to the specified length, but then had to rip back quite a few inches once I realized it would wrap around me and then some.  I recommend knitting until it reaches around you comfortably – not too tight, not too loose.

I also didn’t knit the ribbed neck section as long as the pattern stated.  This meant only needing 3 skeins.

As to how you wear such a thing with a coat, I simply have it up off of my shoulders, basically wearing it as a cowl, with the bulk of it draped in the front.  It looks fine and is very protective against chilly weather!

It’s a fun pattern, even with having to rip back several inches after goofing up the cabling once or twice!

My New “Favourite Cardigan”

Although this design is called “Favourite Cardigan”, and it’s not technically my fav, I’m quite pleased with how this little number turned out.

I adore top down raglan sleeve knits!

I didn’t end up with the intended 3/4 length sleeves, even though I followed the pattern. I had a brain freeze and forgot to even check and see if I liked the length before I did the ribbing and bind off. Even so, I wasn’t displeased enough to change that!

I found some very cheap but very appropriate buttons at the local fabric store, and reinforced the buttonhole band with ribbon.

Pattern: Favourite Cardigan, out of “Custom Knits” by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, colour #2429
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Modifications: Made it full length as opposed to being cropped
Were I to make it again: The design is supposed to end up off the shoulders, but in no way does this happen if the pattern is followed as written. Next time I would cast on more stitches and start the body sooner.

Atlantic Fiber Festival Knit East ~ What fun!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying my favourite local knitter and good friend Kelly to Knit East here in New Brunswick. It was the first of many fiber festivals to come, organized by Cricket Cove. The location was the very lovely historical Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews-By-The-Sea.

The Algonquin

I had the honour of photographing a shawl swap organized by Kelly and her friend. Next time, I want in!

Shawl Swap

I didn’t get to participate in any of the classes since I registered a little too close to the festival weekend and didn’t have the funds. I did however get to enjoy the Yarn Harlot speaking on Saturday night. What a hoot she is! She had us laughing over and over again. She spoke about the benefits of knitting to the brain and your overall emotional well-being. Non-knitters have got to get in on this, they have no idea what benefits they’re missing out on. :)

I met some very talented, warm, funny, friendly fellow knitters and was thoroughly impressed with many of their personally designed garments.

Kelly, Jerrica, Me

Here are the goodies I came away with and their intended projects:

Bess by Handmaiden Fine Yarn ~ for my first shawl

100% Pima Cotton Flame by Americo Original ~ to make "Amiga" (Knitty Spring/Summer 2011 - click photo for pattern)

Eco + by Cascade Yarns ~ for Aidez cardigan (click photo for pattern)

Briggs & Little Heritage ~ for Shoulder Shrug by Patons (click photo for pattern)

My first Addis!!!! Actually bought these on our way home at Cricket Cove, Blacks Harbour.

I missed out on getting a copy of Cat's book at the festival, but thankfully the LYS on our route home had a copy

Can’t wait for the next Knit East, set to take place in 2013!