Knitting With Woolfolk

I purchased a skein of Woolfolk Tynd (Color N°14) at Knitterly in Petaluma, CA over a year ago. Sadly, this LYS is now closed 🙁. I became curious about this yarn after reading about it on some blogs. Woolfolk yarn is known for high quality and responsibly made yarn. The yarn is made to feel luxurious. In the store, the yarn definitely passed the “pet test” (aka soft and squishy).

I have held onto this yarn for awhile because just wasn’t sure what to make. Last week I realized that a friend’s daughter’s birthday was coming up. She is turning 16 and she is quite far away from her best friends. I thought that a hand-knitted item may make her feel excited on her special day.

I was feeling in a designing mood so I went to Ravelry for inspiration. My interest was captured by The Valley of the Moon Shawl. I really loved the angled eyelets. The hat ended up using a slanted eyelet pattern over 12 stitches. I made 3 rows with a total of 5 eyelets in each row. I then changed the direction of the eyelet slant by using ssk vs. k2tog. My only complaint is that the Woolfolk yarn didn’t really make my pattern pop. Tynd is a fuzzy yarn and so it made my eyelets look a little muted.

I would consider using Woolfolk yarn again if I had some extra money on hand. Maybe for a nice pullover? I can only imagine how soft and cozy it would be. 😍

Have you tried Woolfolk Yarns?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Zigzagular Socks

The Zigzagular Socks are a free knitting pattern on Ravelry. The construction is top down with a textured heel flap. Along the sides of the socks runs a basic cable pattern that moves back and forth in a zig zag pattern.

I made the smallest size using my Daruma Superwash Merino wool yarn. This is a Japanese brand. I was first attracted to this yarn as it looked super soft and cozy. I have to say I wouldn’t use this yarn for socks again. It was too loosely wound for me. I like a very smooth yarn that is tightly plied and has at least 25% nylon. I like how the nylon helps keep a tight fit on my teeny tiny feet.

The pattern for these socks was well written. I liked that there were written direction as well as charts included. I also love a pattern with lots of pictures. It helps give me a better idea of what I am going to end up with.

I will not be wearing these sock for a looooong time. It will be 90° F/30°C for pretty much everyday for the foreseeable future. So no socks required 🙁. But, if you are looking for a sock pattern to stock up on your cold weather gear during the summer months I highly suggest the Zigzagular Socks.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Timbromania Sweater

Have you all seen the Pom Pom Magazine Spring 2018 Issue? It is gorgeous! Initially, I saw the pattern Durumi on Instagram. I fell in love. I am a sucker for a simple geometric yoke. I headed to Ravelry to get more info and that is when I saw all the patterns from the  issue. I wanted to make them all!
(Photo from Pom Pom Magazine)

This was my first time purchasing Pom Pom Magazine and I have to say I am impressed. The magazine is laid out nicely and I really appreciated that they features models of somewhat average size. In this issue, the patterns were inspired by vintage stamps. Each pattern had a little backstory about the stamp and how it inspired the knitwear. Out of the 11 patterns featured, I wanted to make 7 immediately. However, let’s be practical 11 WIPs at one time is a little ridiculous. So I went through my stash and decided to make Timbromania with my pink cotton yarn that I bought in Tokyo.

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I worked the pattern as written. The only “modification” I made was how the short rows were completed. The cotton yarn I was working with wasn’t very forgiving and every time I turned the piece to make the short row it got sloppy. However, I made it work and got through the sections. I had also never used a provisional cast on. It was fairly simple to execute.

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I am happy to add Timbromania to my short sleeve top collection. I am acquiring quite the stash. It is a must though. When you live in a hot, humid, and tropical climate there isn’t much else you can knit. Shawls, scarves, hats, sweaters and/ or socks are just out of the question when it is 34 degrees C or 94 degrees F on a daily basis.

What are your favorite warm weather knits? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Learning Tunisian Crochet

Recently, I had a lull between knitting projects. I couldn’t quite decide what to work on next. My Ravelry queue had about 30 choices, but the choices just made me more indecisive. So instead, I decided to investigate the excitement around Tunisian Crochet.

I gathered some scrap yarn and a hook and settled in front of my computer. I figured out the mechanics in about 10 minutes. If you know the basics of crochet, Tunisian Crochet isn’t that far off. The difference is you work the piece from right to left and DON’T turn the work.

I chose to work the Tunisian Knit Stitch, which to an inexperienced eye looks just like knitting. You can notice a slight difference in the back of the swatch. The look and weight of the garment is slightly thicker than knitting.

I ended up really liking the final look of the stitch. However, in order to make anything larger than a swatch I will need to invest in an Afghan hook (super long crochet hook). I don’t know if there will be much Tunisian Crochet in my future, but it was fun to try it out.

Have you tried Tunisian Crochet? What did you think about it?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Lace Baby Dress

This weekend my coworker’s daughter celebrated her 1st birthday. It was a lovely party with good food and fun. I decided I would make her a cute cotton dress for summer. I landed on the Lace Body Dress by Pernille Larsen after a Ravelry search. I love a basic silhouette with a touch of lace.

I used a light blue cotton yarn that I found traveling in Vietnam. It is fingering weight, but it didn’t come with a label. The yarn was pretty nice to work with. It wasn’t rough on the fingers nor was it super splitty. When washed and blocked the yarn exhibited the lace pattern well.

The pattern, included charts for the lace section that were clear and easy to use. I really liked that the dress started from the bottom and you attached the skirt section without sewing. However, due to its bottom up construction there were a lot of other places that require cutting and joining yarn. I would have rather sewed the skirt on as I ended up with way too many ends to weave in at the end of the project. I did modify the pattern to fit my yarn. I used the 3 month sizing and added length to the body. For the skirt, I started with the 3 month sizing and used the top parts of the chart from the 24 month chart.

The gift was well received at the party. The birthday girl looked darling! I was a little worried initially as the neck seemed a little snug to fit over the head. However, her daddy used his special parenting powers and popped it over her head like magic.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Knitting IN Progress

Currently, I have 3 WIPs in my knitting corner. This is highly unusual for me as I am a pretty monogamous knitter. I like to focus on one project at a time… well until I get to weaving in ends. Some of the reasons I have 3 WIPS is 1) one project has a deadline and 2) I got SSS (Second Socks Syndrome).My “oldest” WIP is my Zigzagular Socks. I really should have knit them two at a time. I really love the yarn and the pattern, but I just wanted to move on to something new. These socks are a fairly portable project and mainly sit in my work bag. This weekend we will be traveling so hopefully I can at least get past the heel flap.

The project with the deadline is the Lace Dress Body. The project is intended for my friend/ co-worker’s daughter. She is turning one in a few weeks and I wanted to make something special for her. I love lace so this project looked ambitious enough without going overboard. All I have to complete is the front, arm bands, and leg bands. Two weeks should be plenty of time.

Last in line is my impulse knit. Two color brioche seems to be everywhere. One of my favorite examples is the lovely purple hat made by DWJ author of the blog “Yards of Happiness.” I am a fan of Stephen West, but sometimes his color combos are too far out of the box for me. DWJ’s use of subtle colors really had me thinking I should give this brioche business a try. One YouTube video and 5 froggings later I was on the right track. Looks pretty good for my first attempt. I am letting this project lead the way.  I am not using a pattern and I  have no idea what direction this project will take.I am thinking 3 is the magic number for me right now. Something has to come off the needles before I think of something else to make. I much more like finished objects!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Back In Action!

Hello Readers! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I made it through the storm and feel like my creative juices are flowing again. It also helped that some of my family came to visit us in China. When living abroad it can get quite lonely. There is nothing like being able to laugh and just be yourself around the people who know you best.

Even though I was silent on the blog I was most certainly still knitting. I finished the Van Gough socks my husband requested. I bought this yarn in Tokyo and only indulged him because I thought the yarn concept was really cool. The color scheme was influenced by Vincent Van Gough painting Cafe Terrace at Night. This was my first time using this yarn (Opal 4-ply) and I really liked it. It has good stitch definition and good stretch (75% wool, 25% nylon). The colors on this sock are more muted than I usually choose, but my husband likes darker colors.  The finished socks are a little rough feeling, however, I have a feeling they will soften up in a bubble bath.

I used the Toe Up Socks with a Difference pattern by Wendy D. Johnson. I was drawn to this pattern as I wanted some practice with making toe up socks with a heel flap. This pattern instructs you to make increases in a triangle formation under the heel rather than using short rows. I liked this idea, but I don’t know if I could recall this method off the top of my head like I do afterthought heels. Nonetheless, I think I like the fit of a heel flap better.

The socks came out great and I am sure I will visit this pattern in the future. One can never have too many socks!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-