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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

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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.

Off & On

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… the needles that is! 

Off: I recently finished the Follow Your Arrow Mystery Shawl KAL by Ysolda Teague.  
This is my third mystery shawl KAL and I've firmly decided they are not for me. I decided to do this one because I trust Ysolda's designs implicitly and I had an awesome group of fellow knitters who dived in with me.

Over all, this was a good experience. I made myself let go and give in to the adventure. I made my decisions for clues based on the instructions and peeked at spoilers after I had made my choice. The only time I changed my mind was on the very last clue - a knit on edging was taking me forever, so I ripped back and did the other equally as beautiful clue. I even resisted the urge to make a single modification - until the cast-off! I did a picot edge to be reminiscent of arrow fletching.

In the end, I found the design to be a little unbalanced. The first two clues (out of five) created a dense fabric and then the rest of the clues were beautiful, arrow-esque, lace patterns. If I could do it all over again, I would do a lacy, more open beginning. The best part of this KAL was seeing all of the different combinations and yarns people used. So much diversity and lot of fun!

Emiko's first modeling job!

Emiko's first modeling job!

On: With the shawl hot off the needles, I decided to cast-on a sweater! Inspired by my upcoming class, I chose to knit Amélie by Gudrun Johnston. Amélie has been sitting at #3 in my Ravelry Queue since it's debut 7 months ago. The simple vintage style design is punctuated by such sweet details. I plan on making the sleeves three-quarter length and I hope to be wearing at class!

I am knitting the sweater from a new-to-me yarn, Esopus Sock by Jill Draper Makes Stuff in Mourning Dove, a blue-toned, soft grey. I was immediately attracted to the squishy high twist and the yardage. It swatched beautifully and so far, the results are fantastic. I am looking forward to where Jill Draper takes her yarn line since she's committed to sourcing and spinning yarn locally. 

Yarn P0rn - Esopus Sock by Jill Draper Makes Stuff in Mourning Dove

Yarn P0rn - Esopus Sock by Jill Draper Makes Stuff in Mourning Dove

It would seem I have an affinity for Scottish designers!

 

Just keep knitting…

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Designing has hit a bit of a road block because I've been dealing with every knitters worst nightmare - moths. Yes, those moths, the ones with a voracious appetite for wool.  The worst part is, I discovered them exactly one year and a day after the first infestation last January. Clearly, I had not obliterated them. Luckily, I caught on almost immediately and was able to contain the little buggers before they spread. *fingers crossed*
Only one bag of yarn remnants was lost. Everything else is in the freezer.

Pattern: Loren - © Gudrun Johnston 

Pattern: Loren - © Gudrun Johnston 

In super fantastical news, I'm taking a Shetland Lace class with Gudrun Johnston! Pinch me, I'm dreaming! 

The class is at one of my favorite LYS's, Happy Knits. Gudrun will go over the techniques and patterns of Shetland Lace knitting. She was born in Shetland and her Mum was a knit wear designer before her, so she was literally born to teach this class. It is a rare opportunity and I feel super lucky to be part of it. I can't wait to learn more!