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What To Do About Flicca?

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According to my Ravelry project notebook, I started knitting Flicca in May 2009. In that time, I’ve knit the back, the fronts, and I’m about a quarter of the way through the sleeves. There’s really not a whole lot left to knit.

The thing is, I think I hate this pattern. And I know I hate the yarn.

The yarn is Patons Shetland Chunky. This is my first time working with acrylic and I hate it. I just really hate it. The yarn is crunchy and not soft and it feels unpleasant to the touch. I can’t imagine wearing a sweater made out of such unpleasant yarn.

The pattern itself is a drudgery of ribbing. I was seduced by the photos of the finished product, because the completed sweater is truly lovely. That seduction made me lose my mind a little to the point that I thought knitting that much ribbing would be fine. It’s not fine. I hate it.

So now I have this nearly fully knit sweater that I hate so much I don’t want to finish it and even if I forced myself to finish it I wouldn’t want to wear it. I can’t frog it and re-use the yarn because, remember, I hate the yarn. I don’t want to waste all the hours I’ve already put into it because, my gods. All. That. Ribbing.

What I should really do is just toss it. Just throw the whole mess out with tonight’s trash. That makes me feel so guilty, though. Maybe I can find someone who loves ribbing and loves acrylic and wants to finish it. I doubt it, but maybe.

What would you do?

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: A New Skill

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week may be officially over, but I’m still plugging away. This is the topic for Day 4:

Is there a skill related to your hobby that you hope to learn one day? maybe you’re a crocheter who’d also like to knit? Maybe you’d like to learn to knit continental, knit backwards, try cables or attempt stranded colourwork. TAGGING CODE: knitcroblo4

This one is easy: I want to improve my crochet skills beyond the rudimentary. I’ve mentioned before that my paternal great-grandmother was an avid crocheter. Because of that, I sort of feel like crochet is a family tradition, one I’d like to carry on.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan to crochet many things similar to what she used to crochet. Grandma S’s most prolific pattern was the crocheted toilet paper doll. Holy wow, she had those thing everywhere. As a child, I loved them. Now… not so much. I admit that I would like to crochet just one of them, though. Just for sentimental purposes. The only reason I haven’t tried it so far is that I’ve never been able to find a pattern for them that looks like Grandma S’s crochet toilet paper dolls. All of them seem to have southern belle type skirts, but I’m looking for one where the skirt is more of a cylinder, just like a roll of toilet paper.

The big thing I’d like to pick up in crochet is granny squares. I’m just mad for them. They have a yucky, 1970’s acrylic stigma attached to them, but when I see things like this or this, I want to pull out my meager supply of hooks and cast on immediately. (Can I even say cast on for crochet? What’s it called when you start a new piece?) An airy, lightweight granny square throw in some fuzzy, laceweight mohair yarn? Yes, please.

One day, I’ll turn my mind to learning this.

F Is for February Baby Sweater

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F Is for February Baby Sweater

Pattern: February Baby Sweater
Source: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac
Yarn: KnitPicks Simply Cotton Organic Sport
Colors: Malted Milk w/ Ginger trim
Needles: US4

F Is for February Baby Sweater

I love this little sweater so much! It was just shipped off to its recipient yesterday, so it will be waiting for her when she makes her big arrival.

I made a few small changes to the pattern to personalize it. For the tie closure, I just used a yo k2tog tow to create eyelets and then threaded a contrasting color  icord through them.

F Is for February Baby Sweater

The cuff edging is a basic crochet shell edging. I really stretched my crochet skills here with such fancy stitchwork.

F Is for February Baby Sweater

The rest of the sweater is edged in a simple single crochet edging, in the same contrasting color.

F Is for February Baby Sweater

Yes, I somehow managed to screw up garter stitch. That little mistake is a lot more glaring than I thought it would be, but I’m mostly okay with it. I’m going with the idea that it was a purposeful mistake because only the gods can create perfection. Yeah, that’s it.

The great thing about cotton yarn is that it’s machine washable and dryable.  For babies, that’s essential, so this organic, undyed cotton seemed like a perfect choice. It will only get softer with washing.

I love how this turned out, and I can’t wait to see photos of Baby C wearing it. If I could change one thing, though, it would have been to knit it in DK instead of sport weight yarn. It ended up super tiny, so she won’t get to wear it for very long, sadly. That’s alright, though, because I’ll just have to knit her a bigger one as she grows.

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: One Great Knitter

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My day 3 post for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, and I’m amazed that I’m still going! A post every day for three days? It’s a miracle.

Write about a knitter whose work (whether because of project choice, photography, styling, scale of projects, stash, etc) you enjoy. If they have an enjoyable blog, you might find it a good opportunity to send a smile their way. TAGGING CODE: knitcroblo3

This is an easy answer for me: Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. His work almost always makes me swoon. Whether it’s one of his own designs or a classic pattern that he knit with his own style, I just love everything he produces. From his yarn choices, to his color choices, to his photography… I love it all. Even better, he designs so many great patterns for men, which is hard to find most of the time.

Several of my favorite knitted pieces are Jared Flood designs. My favorite, to date, is the Noro Striped Scarf:

Noro Striped Scarf

Noro Striped Scarf

I loved this so much I knit two of them, one for Scott and one for me. It was only because I ran out of Noro that I stopped knitting at two. I plan to knit more of them in different colorways.

Two of my favorite hats are also Jared Flood designs:

Habitat

Koolhaas

The blue one is Habitat, knit for Scott. The pink and brown one is Koolhaas, knit for me. I haven’t worn mine anywhere yet except out to play in the snow in the park, but Scott gets so many compliments on his Habitat. I plan to knit at least two more of those, one each for me and Scott, both in Noro. Koolhaas is another pattern I plan to knit again, also in Noro.

I’m normally all about new. It’s a rare book or movie that makes me want to read or see it more than once, and I feel the same way about knitting patterns. The fact that I want to knit these patterns again says a lot about them and about their designer. And these three are just the beginning. There are so many more of his patterns I want to try, including the ones in his book, Made In Brooklyn. Without a doubt, he’s my choice for “one great knitter.”