Shur’tugal

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Tour de Fleece programming…

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… to bring you the first finished object post in forever!

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Pattern: Shur’tugal by Alice Yu
Yarn: Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes, Equinox

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These are my best socks so far. The pattern has plenty of stretch, so I can get them over my heel but they still fit well through the calf. I have large calves, so I did extra shaped ribbing on larger needles.

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I love the little details, like how the pattern melts into the heel…

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… and the toe.

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While it is much to hot for wool socks now, I’m sure I’ll wear them often once it cools off!

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Kink

As you may have heard, Connecticut had a record-breaking snowfall yesterday.

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It was the perfect opportunity to finish a little short-term project that I’ve been working on.

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Pattern: Kink, Knittyspin First Fall 2010
Yarn: Handspun Singles, from Corgi Hill Farm Merino/Silk

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It was really fun to knit, and I think it was a very good use of that yarn. I especially love that I FINALLY finished something, after spending so much time on as yet unfinished long term projects.

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Yes, the singles are uneven, but the pattern works with the unevenness rather than against it.

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It’s not exactly my usual style, but I can pull it off.

Happy Halloween!

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In honor of Halloween/Day of the Dead I made my sister this skull garland. It’s pretty fricken rad if I may say so myself.

I started with the Day of the Dead Crochet Skull pattern by Darlene Harris. I added an extra round of single crochet to make the jaw area more solid, which you can see in the yellow skull on the left.

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Using black, I chained 20 then did single crochet around the bottom edge, ending across from where I had attached the black. I chained 15, then single crocheted around the bottom edge of the second skull. And so on. Next, I chained 20 and then single crocheted along the top edge of the skull. I chained 15 and single crocheted along the top edge of the second skull. And so on. This is why there are two strings connecting the skulls. To finish, I used a hot iron and some Niagara spray starch on the skulls only (not the strings connecting them).

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Each skull took about 1/5 of a ball of Sugar ‘n Cream, so it was a VERY affordable project.

Caroline says she loves it!

Socktoberfest!

In honor of Socktoberfest, I decided to knit socks with my own handspun.

So this

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was turned into this:

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Fiber is 60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo rayon and 10% nylon, hand-dyed by Cloudlover, in R’lyeh

I spun it when I was waiting to hear about the bar exam (passed!) so it’s a bit uneven. The Heelless Sleeping Sock by Nancy Bush (in Knitting Vintage Socks) is very forgiving.

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The pattern calls for the ribs to rotate in an S-twist direction, but just for kicks I decided to do one Z-twist.

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They’re the most fraternal socks I’ve ever made, but I still like them.

Speaking of socks, this is all I bought at Stitches East:

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I see a lot of socks in my future. Perfect, because I have a TON of sock yarn in my stash!

Monkey Socks

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I finally finished my Monkey Socks. They’re in the Canon, I had to knit them.

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I knit them a few rows at a time, over the course of over four months. I’m not a big sock knitter, and this project made me think about why. There are a couple reasons – I walk a lot, and if you’re walking serious distances, handknit socks aren’t comfortable (you’d want a finer gauge and more stretch). Also, I have size 10 feet and substantial calves, so handknit socks tend to be too small for me.

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Indeed, these are a bit too small. But in general I think they turned out well, and I see more socks in my future. I’ll just be more careful about sizing, and challenge myself to make the necessary modifications.

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I’m particularly pleased with how the yarn (Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, in River Run) worked with the pattern. There was some striping, but the pattern was still perfectly visible.

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Kitty says my feet smell funny.

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Pasha

One of my best friends from law school is a guy named Jon. Jon has a thing for penguins, so Pasha (Knitty, Winter 2004) was the perfect farewell present.

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The knitting was super easy, and while the seaming was a bit fiddly, it wasn’t too bad. I would highly recommend Pasha for any penguin fans in your life.

I hope Jon and Pasha like their new home down in DC!

Hollyhock

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Pattern: Citron, Knitty Winter 2009
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in Hollyhock, one skien

Thanks to my neighbor’s talented gardening and a stroke of good timing, there actually is a hollyhock blooming in our yard, in almost exactly the perfect color. I love how the ruffles on the shawlette mirror the ruffled petals.

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I’m pleased with how it turned out, even if it is quite small.

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It works nicely as a scarf, and Malabrigo lace is deliciously soft. This is the first time I’ve used it, and I can see what the fuss is about.

This would have been a very tedious project if I had been in a better place, emotionally. I cast on just two days before the bar exam started, when I desperately needed zombie knitting. It was one of those times that I really leaned on my knitting as a coping mechanism rather than just a hobby. Now I’m done with the bar, and I have a lovely little shawlette as a souvenir!