Urban Hike: Mt. Davidson

One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is to go on urban hikes. San Francisco, like many major cities on the west coast, has a lot of green space to enjoy. This weekend we “conquered” Mount Davidson.  As I learned from Bay Area Hiker, Mount Davidson is the highest natural point in the city.

The view from Mount Davidson was spectacular. We mainly stayed on the east side of the hill and took in the downtown skyline.  The view made for a great backdrop to take some photos.

Also located on the mountain is a giant concrete cross. In 1997, the Armenian American Organization purchased the cross from the city and placed a plaque to honor those who were victims of the 1915 genocide.

The hike was not too strenuous, and when you combine the 1.5-mile walk from my apartment, it was a nice way to get some exercise. It has been steadily raining for the last two weeks so it was nice to be out and about.

In other news, I decided to re-open my Etsy shop. I have way too many FO piled around my apartment. I also plan on listing some patterns that I have created as well. If you have the chance please stop by and visit/favorite my shop.😀

What did you do this weekend? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

FO Friday: Arrows Hat

Well another trial with stranded colorwork is complete. I am very much in love with this arrow motif. It has so much potential and so many options to try.

I have been trying to perfect the two-handed stranded colorwork technique. (This is basically holding one strand of yarn in each hand while you knit.) While making this hat I did a little test. I changed which hand I held the contrast color (or color B) in while knitting each row of arrows. Why you may ask? I wanted to see how different my stitch tension was between my left and right hands. Conclusion? My left had a looser tension, which translated into the contrast stitches looking more pronounced. Since I am a pretty tight knitter this was good to know. Often times my contrast stitches look like they are being swallowed by the main color. Case in point check out the pulling in the first (bottom) row. This was completed with the white yarn in my right hand. 

The color work came out lovely, but the hat is snug for an adult head. I think I may try this design again, but with larger needles. 

Did you get to finish a project today? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

 Unimpressive Finished Object

Sometimes “bleh” finished objects (FO) happen to good knitters. It does not matter how good the pattern is written, how fantastic one’s needles are, or how beautiful the yarn is sometimes the execution just does not pan out. This is what occurred when I completed the Seashell Shawl. Francoise Danoy is currently one of my favorite knitwear designers. Her designs are so up my ally. They incorporate basic structures with texture changes, or interesting color work, and/or lace detailing. I hate to even have her name in a blog post with the word unimpressive.  However, I believe I should be transparent about my knitting adventures.

I started this project during one of the many road trips I took over the winter holidays. I used some of the teal alpaca yarn I bought in Peru a couple of summers ago. This yarn is so soft against the skin I knew it would make a lovely shawl.

The Seashell Shawl pattern is very knitter friendly. The directions are clear and straight forward and there is an option for making a thicker shell border if desired. I loved how pretty the shells came out. The are very unique looking and such a delicate touch to the ends of the shawl.

So what is the problem? The short row shaping came out so terrible that I think the whole shawl looks well… bleh. Looking back at the directions, and others comments on Ravelry, I realized I wrapped the yarn when working the short rows. That was not what the instructions stated. 😞 I was too focused on creating my beautiful shawl that I didn’t take care to pay attention to the details. I think the wraps created a really sloppy look to the finished object. I tried to straighten it out a bit by aggressively blocking the piece, but it did not seem to help.

I love this pattern and the design, but my execution was unimpressive. I may go back and frog the body of the shawl to get a neater overall look. In the meantime, I have my eye on this lovely piece.

Has “bleh” crafting ever happened to you? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

WIP Wednesday 

New cardigan on the needles.Woot woot!  Only there one big problem. The screw that joins the knitting needle end to the interchangeable cable is stripped 😫. What does this mean? The needle randomly dislocated from the cable leading to a significant number of dropped stitches. This project is now a WIH (work in hibernation) until I can get to my LYS for a new circular needle. #knittingproblems 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Atlantis Yarn Winner

At the beginning of the month, I got an awesome email. I had won a free skein of yarn! Woot woot! This thank you is delayed, but THANK YOU Talya at Atlantis Yarns.

I received a lovely skein of fingering weight yarn in Seafoam (100 grams). It is a combination of superwash merino, silk, and silver poly. I love the little pop of sparkle that the silver poly gives it. The yarn feels soft (even my husband wanted to pet it haha) and I can’t wait to get it on the needles.

 Now all I need is the perfect pattern. I am thinking a shawl to really show off the sparkle and beautiful sheen of the silk. Any suggestions? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-