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Manu Cardi for Me

Manu CardiganI haven’t finished much of anything lately (aside from writing papers…lots of papers…), but I do have some new photos to share! We finally pulled my Manu Cardigan out of the finished-but-not-photographed pile and took it out for a photo shoot.
Manu Cardigan back…although Sweetie was feeling impatient, so some of the photos look like this. You should see how crazy my legs looked before I cropped them out–awkward much?
Manu Cardigan pleatsThis is the second Manu I’ve knit. The first one went to my sister-in-law and is blogged here. For my version, I again mirrored the neckline pleats on each side, and I cropped the sleeves to 3/4 length. Now that I’m looking at this photo, I think I should probably go in and stabilize the neckline before it stretches out.
Manu Cardigan pocketThis sweater is all about the details. Pleats, gathers, pockets. And I-cord edging. Miles and miles of I-cord edging. Wanna know how I feel after finishing all of that I-cord edging?
Manu Cardigan jumpLike this!

Pattern: Kate Davies’ Manu
Yarn: ~7 skeins Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool #60
Needles: US 4, 5, and 7 bamboo circulars and dpns
Made for: Class Sample/Me
Timeline: May 31 – December 28, 2011
Modifications: mirrored yoke pleating, 3/4 sleeves
Worst Part: the slogging, and the class didn’t go
Best Part: I’m really pleased with the fit, and this is one of my all-time favorite yarns

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Just the Toes to Go

When I’m deciding which knitting classes to offer each session, I try to include some classes that I’ve taught before that have either been successful or are always important to offer and some new ones to mix things up for both me and those knitters that are constantly enrolling in classes and looking for the next new technique.

One new-to-me class this session (others have taught it at our shop, but I haven’t) is 2 socks on 2 circular needles. I wasn’t completely happy with the patterns that I found, and I didn’t want to ask students to buy an entire book for the class, so I decided to use the Knitting Pure & Simple Beginner’s Mid-Weight Sock pattern as a basis. We’ll then talk through how to use that pattern with this method of sock knitting in the class. Overall, I think this will actually be more useful because theoretically students will be able to adjust any pattern for the technique.

This photo needed a ton of adjustments to give you any sort of idea about the colorway

I have to admit that this is definitely not my preferred method of knitting socks–I’m a die-hard dpn girl–so I have been slowly working through these socks during shifts at the shop and during knitting classes.

During class last night, I was able to finish knitting the foot, so I just need to work the toes now. That should be pretty easy to accomplish during slipper class tomorrow, and then I’ll have another sample up on display.


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Sweater Slogging

I have some pretty lofty crafting goals for the month of November, and they include two sweaters, both of which I’ve been chipping away at over the past couple of weeks.

My shop sample of Manu is coming along nicely, as it’s been my primary project to work on while teaching classes at the shop. I’ve finished the body up to the underarms, one sleeve, and have made good progress on the second sleeve.

It certainly helps that I’ve decided to go with 3/4 sleeves. I almost always push up my sleeves, and I’ve noticed that I reach for the 3/4 sleeve cardigans in my closet. I don’t think that long sleeves on Manu would work pushed up, so it made sense to work them a shorter length.

I’ve also been working my way through the back of Eadon, which is entirely ribbing. I really hope that my gauge works out on this one. I think that I could have been more accurate if the stockinette gauge had also been provided, as I wasn’t sure how my gauge in ribbing should be sitting: should it be completely relaxed, or should it be pulled open a bit? In the end, I just went with what looked pleasing to me, and I’ll block out the difference if necessary.

This is the first time I’ve used a full out pattern with Goodreader on my iPad, and I’m really enjoying it. I love that I can fully annotate and color code the pattern and can zoom in on whatever part I’m working on at the time. My iPad is also attached to my hip most days, so I never have to go hunting for the pattern.

Since I began Eadon in November, it’s my NaKniSweMo sweater. I haven’t been very active in the Ravelry group yet, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to poke my head in.

Lots of mindless knitting right now, which is exactly what my brain needs. I’ve hardly had a spare moment to myself this past week, so when I do have a chance to knit, I don’t want to have to think too hard about it. The lace can wait until the semester break!

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Another Cabled Keyhole Scarf

I’m going to be offering another Cabled Keyhole Scarf class this winter, but our shop no longer carries the yarn I used for the original sample. Poor me, I had to knit up another sample.

This time I used one of my favorite yarns, Classic Elite Fresco. I made the longer size, but I really could have used another couple of repeats for a better fit. I had plenty of yarn left over, so this certainly wouldn’t be a problem if I knit up another of these scarves for a gift. And I probably will–they’re just the right mix of simple and interesting and the finished product is lovely. Oh, and they don’t take long to finish: perfect for last minute gifts or to tuck away for a time when you need something unexpectedly.

Pattern: Cabled Keyhole Scarf by Anne Hanson of KnitSpot
Yarn: .56 skein Classic Elite Fresco #5332
Needles: US 6 Clover bamboo straights
Made for: sample
Timeline: October 10-19, 2011
Modifications: none
Worst Part: I should have added some length
Best Part: the soft, springy yarn

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The Perfect Mittens

I think I’ve found them, folks. The perfect mittens.

I’ve already mentioned how great I think this pattern is. I chose it for the beginning mitten class that I’m teaching this fall because it’s a standard, no-nonsense pattern with a great range of sizes by a regional designer. This pattern looked good on paper and lived up to expectations in the finished project.

What I don’t think I’ve mentioned is that Peace Fleece Worsted may very well be the perfect mitten yarn. It’s a very warm wool, and I think the remaining lanolin in the yarn will help to break the wind during our cold Duluth winters.

This particular pair is a shop sample, but there will surely be more pairs to come. First up will likely be Sweetie, as he has requested some mittens that can double as chopper liners.

Pattern: Warm Woolly Mittens (#51) by Theresa Gaffey
Yarn: .7 skein Peace Fleece Worsted in Sheplova Mushroom
Needles: US dpns (I went down a size so that the mittens didn’t turn out to be huge)
Made for: Class Sample
Timeline: July 27-August 6, 2011
Modifications: minor changes to directions. She writes “next row” when I believe she means “last row.”
Worst Part: Having to start over with a smaller needle size.
Best Part: See above :)

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Knitting for Fall Classes

Just when I thought that I could really focus on my own knitting projects, it’s time to put together our fall class schedule. I’m excited to be teaching several of our advanced beginner classes this round, so I’m working up some new samples for them. Here’s what’s in the works:

Loxley Hooded Scarf by Stephen West

I started knitting this as a shop sample for one of our new yarns, and I was so pleased with the pattern that I decided to offer a class. There are plenty of fun techniques including short rows and I-cord edging, and the finished scarf will be perfect for Minnesota winters.

Basic Mittens by Theresa Gaffey

We’ve bumped around mitten patterns for our basic mitten class for years, and I think I’ve found one that I’m really happy with. It’s sized for a child’s 2 to an adult XL, which makes it great for gift and charity knitting, and she’s a Minnesota designer.

Toe-Up Socks by Chrissy Gardiner

I’ve heard a lot of interest in knitting socks from the toe up, so I looked for a good introductory pattern that wouldn’t be too boring. This sport weight pattern with three options for rib patterns fits the bill.

That’s all for now. I didn’t mean to be away from the blog for so long. I seem to have been too busy to post, but I’ve certainly been knitting, so I have plenty of posts to catch up on!

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Damson in Goldenrod

I’m afraid that I’m still working my way through last week’s UFO because I sent much of the week working away at Damson.

This version of Damson was supposed to be a class sample, but it looks like the class isn’t going to go. That means that Damson is all mine right away!

The sample would have been finished sooner if I hadn’t had so much trouble deciding on the right yarn. The pattern calls for a full skein of Malabrigo Sock, which has slightly more yardage than many of the other fingering weight yarns that we carry. In the end, I decided to use a lace weight yarn from Three Irish Girls that is heavy enough that it’s almost fingering weight. I’m quite pleased with the result.

I wore this Shawlette to the farmer’s market and to teach the last of the French Press Felted Slipper classes and received lots of compliments.

Pattern: Damson by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: less than 1 skein Three Irish Girls McClellan Lace in Gavin
Needles: 24″ US 5 Addi Lace
Made for: shop sample
Timeline: 22-28 June 2011
Modifications: None
Worst Part: I had to do the lace setup row several times–I must have left out some YOs along the way
Best Part: the feel of this yarn–it’s a wonderful, lightweight shawl for summer

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Violet Curling Set

I finished my second Curling set this week, this time in violet for a shop sample. It’s quite rare for me to like a pattern enough to knit it more than once since there are so many beautiful patterns out there. I usually knit something multiple times only if it’s for a class I’m teaching or it’s particularly lovely. I this case, it’s both.

I originally planned on tucking the set away for a gift after it did its time at the shop, but I made the mitts so small that they could only go to a recipient with hands as small as mine!

Pattern: Curling by Anne Hanson of KnitSpot
Yarn: .66 skein Malabrigo Sock #808 Violeta Africana
Needles: 16″ US 3 Addi Turbos for cowl, US 0 Hiya Hiya dpns for mitts
Made for: shop sample
Timeline: 8 May – 3 June 2011
Modifications: None
Worst Part: The mitts would be more comfortable if I had used a stretchier bind off
Best Part: I think this colorway works better for the pattern than the one I used for the first set.

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Manu Cardigan for Sweetie’s Sister

This cardigan has been a long time in the making. While I don’t have shots of the sweater modeled by its recipient and probably won’t for a while, I humbly present the Manu Cardigan:

I was so pleased to find the perfect buttons to go with the yarn in our shop from JHB.

Pattern: Kate Davies’ Manu Cardigan
Yarn: Queensland Collection Rustic Tweed
Needles: US 4, 5, and 7 bamboo circulars and dpns
Made for: My SIL
Timeline: December 4, 2010-May 31, 2011
Modifications: worked extra-long, mirrored yoke pleating
Worst Part: I wish this could have been finished to give to her long ago
Best Part: I love the end result, and I think that she will too

Now that this one is finished, I’ve cast on for my Manu. This class may or may not go–longer classes can be risky because they involve so much commitment–so I want to work as quickly as I can while I’m still motivated.

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UFO Mondays: Finish-o-Rama!

So far, UFO Mondays have been great motivation for me. My SIL’s Manu is finally dry, so I’ll be able to sew on the buttons this afternoon. I finished the Snowdrift Slouch hat last night, but photos will have to wait for a nicer day.

Once again, I ended up working more than expected last week. It looks like this week should be significantly easier before I go back to an even busier schedule next week, so I’m going to take the opportunity to finish a bunch of projects. I set up a little list for myself at the beginning of the month, and I’ve barely finished anything on it, so I’d like to see how many of these projects I can take care of by the end of the week. They’re not necessarily UFOs, but they are projects that need to get off the needles.

Here’s what I wanted to have finished by the end of the May (with apologies for the rainy morning photos):

Curling Neckwarmer and Mitts

This class is beginning soon, and the neckwarmer will be the Cowl of the Month at Yarn Harbor, so these need to be finished by tomorrow night. The neckwarmer is already done, and I’d like to have at least one mitt to display with it.

My Manu

I settled on Silky Wool in a medium gray (the brown tint in the photo is inaccurate) and swatched last week. I’m able to get gauge with the same needles I used for the first Manu despite using a different yarn, which is great. I’ll cast on for the body tonight and get cruising on the stockinette.


I cast on for these socks just in time to make them eligible for the Knit.Sock.Love KAL, but that deadline is the end of the month. That isn’t going to happen, but I would like to make some progress.


The blocked pieces of this cardi have been sitting on the back of my couch taunting me for much too long now. A movie or so of finishing work and this sweater can be done.


These socks should have been done for the Skacel KAL, but I didn’t make the deadline for the monthly prize. I need to finish off the second leg so that I can be entered for the grand prize (pickmepickmepickme!).

That’s the big focus list for the week. I won’t finish them all, (unless I transform into Super Knitter) but I bet i can finish quite a few. Tune in soon for finished photos of Manu #1 and the Snowdrift Slouch!

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