WIPs and Show News 10-25-13

Hooray, it’s Friday!

I hope you’ve had a good week.  It’s been another busy week at work for me, but I did manage to get some knitting done.  As usual, I have multiple WIPs going, and worked on two of them.  First is a new project for a class with Lorna Miser at Knitique in Elk Grove, CA.  The class is for her new pattern called the “Center of Attention Chevron” top, which will be available soon.

The front and back have a large chevron design, formed by bias triangles converging on a center column of stitches.  The front/back are attached with ribbed side panels, and the pattern includes options for short or long sleeves.  The top can be made with any yarn in any gauge, in both child and adult sizes up to a 56″ bust.  It’s very pretty!  Here is a picture of a baby version from Knitque’s website:

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The construction is unlike anything I have done before, and is fun to knit.  I took my sweater to my knitting group last night to show them the project.  I held up my sweater to show them, and noticed several puzzled looks from the ladies.  I looked at my “sweater” hanging down from my needles and figured out why they were confused – it looked like a bikini top for a well-endowed woman!  LOL.  Here is a picture:

Is it a bikini top, or a sweater?

Is it a bikini top, or a sweater?

Here’s a closer view that shows the colors better:

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I’m using Sonoma DK, in a new colorway called “Homecoming”.  It’s made with the same colors used for Aegean, Syrah, and Chipotle, and I really like this combination.  The color repeats are short, so it gives a nice variegated fabric.  The stitch pattern shows off the color changes well, too.  What do you think?

WIP number 2 is a pair of socks, made with Delta Sock in the “Dune” colorway.  I’ve had this ball in my stash for a while, and decided it needed to become a pair of plain vanilla socks.

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I casted on 72 stitches with a size 0 needle, and worked a 1×1 rib for 2 inches.  Then I worked 2 rows of plain stockinette, and decided I couldn’t do an entire pair of plain vanilla socks after all.  After trying out a few different stitch patterns, I settled on a 4×2 rib.  The fabric is dense, squishy, and very soft.  I can’t wait to slip this sock onto my foot because it feels so good!

I plan to do an afterthought heel for these socks, something I haven’t done before.  An afterthought heel is made by knitting in a piece of scrap yarn where the heel would begin, then leaving it there until the rest of the sock is done.  Once the sock is knitted, it looks like a tube with a contrasting stripe where the scrap yarn was placed.  Stitches are then picked up above and below the scrap yarn, then the piece of scrap yarn is removed, revealing a hole for the heel to cover.  The heel is worked in the round with decreases at each side to close it up.  It looks fun, and I am looking forward to trying it.  If you’re interested in learning more about afterthought heel construction, there are many videos on YouTube demonstrating this technique.  I found one from The Knit Girllls here, and found it very helpful.

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I’m excited to share with you that we will be a vendor at the Interweave Knit Lab in San Mateo, CA October 31 – November 3rd!  We will be in the middle of the vendor mall in booth 25.  Bernie is very busy dyeing up new yarn to bring to the show, including the new Homecoming colorway shown above in my sweater project.  If you’re going to be there for classes or shopping, please stop by our booth and say hello.  We’d love to meet you!

Have a great weekend, and happy knitting!

Jill

 

 

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