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knittingMaggie BairdComment

2016 is in full swing and it is almost February! 

Even if my blogging/social media presence slowed down, my knitting has not! Since my last post (May 2015 *gasp*) I have completed:

  • 1 Pair of Socks
  • 2 Sets of Mitts
  • 3 Hats
  • 3 Sweaters
  • 9 Shawls/Scarves

Currently on my needles is the ambitious Timberline by Jared Flood. I am knitting this special sweater for my special gentleman in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted in the colorway Deep Unrelenting Grey.

Timberline Sleeves - ©Maggie Baird / keyinherpocket.com

Timberline Sleeves - ©Maggie Baird / keyinherpocket.com

I started both sleeves two-at-a-time, but quickly had to move them to individual cables because I realized after finishing the cuffs that I wouldn't be able to cross the cables on the back sleeve, doh! I'm still knitting them at the same time, which feels like it's taking forever, but progress is made, my tension will be the same for both sleeves, my increases will match without notes, and I won't get second sleeve syndrome!
 I am in love with the type of tubular cast-on taught in the pattern. It is simpler, faster, and less complicated than previous tubular cast-ons that I have used in the past. I want to make a blog post about the technique!

Timberline Swatches - ©Maggie Baird / keyinherpocket.com

Timberline Swatches - ©Maggie Baird / keyinherpocket.com

The Targhee Worsted is simply perfect for this project. I had originally researched it for my future Pumpkin Ale by Ysolda Teague and had even purchased a sweaters quantity from the BMFA Barn Sale this year, so when I decided to bump Mike's sweater to top priority, I knew I would choose this yarn again. My swatches washed up beautifully with great stitch definition and lots of elasticity - perfect for cables. Both Timberline and Pumpkin Ale are heavily cabled, outerwear type cardigans so the decision made itself. The Targhee Worsted comes in large put-ups and in all the beautiful BMFA colorways so it's affordable and gorgeous - what is not to love?!

Off & On

knittingMaggie Baird1 Comment

Newly on my needles is the pattern Ondelette.  It is a super long cabled cowl that you can drape around your neck or double up for extra warmth. It was published by one of my favorite local yarn stores, Twisted

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

It is rare, but I actually used the recommended yarn for this project. I have a deep and abiding affection for Madelinetosh Prairie and was thrilled to see the optimum combo of yarn and pattern. As a single ply, it can be tricky to use Prairie for intricate lace projects. This scrumptious, fluffy cabled cowl is perfect for Prairie. The color way is Robin's Egg. I do believe I am becoming one of those people who have a color way in every base with this one! 

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

The cables are very large, 12 stitches held back, so I have to use a cable needle for the first time in years and years. The ribbing is not the fastest knitting, but it is perfectly mindless for late night relaxation or pub knitting! I look forward to pairing this with my plum coat this fall.