WIP: Boxy

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 presetalthough it’s much farther along now, it’s still an uphill climb with the Boxy sweater by Joji Locatelli. I reduced the stitch count for the smallest by about 90 stitches, but it’s still a lot of stockinette. Perfect commuting project, although now it’s getting a bit heavy. I’m trying to knit on it as much as possible– a project with so many stitches on size 4 needles can easily become a languishing one! Except for the past few days, where I’ve been having some wrist problems, I’ve managed to knit on it every day.

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the yarn I’m using is Pigeonroof Studios Silky High Twist Sock in Emerald Isle, which is turning out to be just perfect, the silk adding a bit of sheen and drape. And the green is just awesome. I’m trying to keep motivated on this project because I want this sweater!

Ravelry Page here.

 

 

PRS in Twist Collective: Oleada

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A while back, I got an email Kate Gilbert (yes, that Kate Gilbert!) from Twist Collective saying that they had had some yarn support that fell through and they needed to get yarn to the designer ASAP, and would I be interested in providing said needed yarn support?

Interested would be understating it. I pretty much went totally giddy. Then I pulled myself together and suggested that instead of the now-discontinued merino/silk sock that was on the old Big Cartel site, she look at the yarn on the new website; it wasn’t launched yet, but I gave her the password.

Soon several skeins of Flamethrower and Clover in High Twist Sock from the GLOW series were winging their way to the designer, Mara Marzocchi. Then I just had to wait. Finally the Fall issue was out  and I eagerly scanned it for my yarn! I couldn’t be happier with the results: Oleada, a hat and mitten/mitt set.

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Oleada Hat

I love the cabled details– they really make these accessories unique and special.

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look at the gorgeous details

oleada_b_500the same details are on the mittens

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An alternative fingerless mitt set

Where I live doesn’t get cold enough to warrant mittens, but I have a weakness for fingerless mitts and will definitely be making the Oleada fingerless mitts. I love how the mitts take on an almost botanical flair with the Clover colourway.

I will be making a set of my very own soon!

I can’t thank Twist Collective enough for giving me this fabulous opportunity to provide yarn support; not only is it a beautiful publication, I also have a tremendous amount of respect for Kate Gilbert and the rest of the Twist Collective staff that make it so informational, visually stimulating, and impeccably written patterns.

The Oleada pattern is on Ravelry here.

Things to come

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetSwatches of two new silk yarns coming soon; both are single ply, 100% Indian silk…one is a fingering/lace weight; the other a worsted weight. I’ve got another crazy week coming up of subbing for my co-worker at my other job so not sure when I”ll get these yarns dyed and up in the shop, but I’m excited about them nonetheless!

PRS and the GLOW colourways interview

If you are or have been curious about my dyeing process, especially on the GLOW series, Pigeonroof Studios is featured on the Indie Untangled blog this week! (it’s also an awesome site, so definitely check it out and bookmark it) Thank you Lisa!

You can read the interview here

In (very slow) progress

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In progress: Et Frais mitts by Alicia Plummer in American Sock in Rubine 2. The color is actually a little more old rose and not so pink in person. This yarn shows off stitch definition like crazy. Mitt has already been ripped out and started to be re-knit, since apparently I am incapable of knitting even a super simple stitch pattern without getting off row somehow.

 

 

FO: Framed Pullover

purplebamboosweater2This sweater languished for about a year until I picked it up recently…and discovered I only had to sew the neckband on and weave in ends. Instant gratification! It is the Framed Pullover by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. Simple, easy pattern, and would have been enjoyable knitting if it weren’t for the damn yarn I chose to knit it with. I quite thoroughly detested the yarn by the end….hence the sweater languishing for about a year.

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As you can see in the photo, the ribbing was pretty useless after I blocked the sweater. I used RYC Bamboo Soft which I actually think I purchased at Stitches something like five years ago. I think it was primarily the colour that attracted me. It was a complete pain in the ass to work with. Splitty as hell, slippery (dropped stitches are NOT fun to fix in this yarn), it got into tangles practically just by looking at the yarn…and did I mention splitty? Also…I think I knit one sleeve slightly shorter than the other.

This yarn also grows. I swear it grew like two inches while I wore it around one day.

It’s wearable, anyways, but we’ll see how much I wear it. Ravelry project paget  here.

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