Tagged: ravelry

A break from the octopus

Ive really been struggling to get the second sleeve on the octopus sweater done. The fact that it’s finals time and I feel guilty for taking time away from studying to knit hasn’t helped so I’ve decided to take a little bit of a break from knitting the Embrace Octopus sweater and find some fun summer knits to make.
First in my queue is the Song of the Sea scarf. It’s a beautiful lace scarf and I think it’ll make a good first lace project for me.

20140430-133902.jpg I just bought a beautiful skein of yarn for it as a birthday present for myself (I turned 21 yesterday!)- Fyberspates Rural charm in pale turquoise. It’s 70% Bluefaced Leicester, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere and I think it’s probably the most expensive single skein of yarn I’ve ever bought.

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After Song of the Sea, I really want to knit something that I can wear this summer in St Louis when it’s going to be 100 degrees and humid. I found this really cool pattern on Ravelry- the #22 Lacy Tee from the spring/summer 2013 issue of Vogue Knitting.

20140430-134441.jpg I haven’t picked out yarn yet but I’m thinking of using something in linen or cotton since I’ve never knit with either of those fibers before. Do you guys have any suggestions?
I’m really excited for this summer. I was awarded a biomedical research fellowship so I’ll be working in a biology lab full time which will leave me lots of time on the evenings and weekends to catch up on my knitting. I can’t wait!

My first pair of socks!

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So remember back a few months ago when I had the chance to go to Knitorious? I bought several kinds of sock weight yarn- one that the boyfriend picked out and another for a pair of socks for my dad for Father’s Day. Well, socks take a long time since the yarn is so small and I completely underestimated that fact. I did manage to finish the first sock in time after a few marathon nights of knitting and watching Lost on Netflix but then organic chemistry happened.

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I am proud to say that I finally finished my first pair of socks! I used the Globe Trotter pattern which is free on Ravelry since they are nice and classic but the pattern changes up just enough that I have to actually pay attention. Here they are! I added the two-tone toe and cuff for some more visual interest

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It looks like a penguin!

So tonight I knit the wings for the penguin and sewed them onto his body with a whipstitch. I had to google “whipstitch” but I found out that its pretty much the easiest sewing stitch ever. Also, since I dont have any buttons, I embroidered on his eyes (that didn’t turn out quite as well as I’d liked but I think he’s still pretty cute.) All I have left is knitting his feet and filling him up with stuffing!

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In other news, I’ve been playing around on Ravelry a bit. It’s so cool that I can keep an inventory of my yarns, needles, and patterns. Very useful! My username is econdiff if y’all would like to find me. I’ve uploaded the sweater and penguin patterns so you can find them there as well.

Happy Knitting!