The Deepest Ridge in the Ocean

Here’s an update on my Lizard Ridge afghan in Noro Kureyon, predominantly in shades of blue and green.

I finished the seven blocks in colourway 327 which has a lot of deep blues – also some burnt orange and a bit of burgundy.

Six Lixard Ridge blocks knit in Noro Kureyon 327 by Deborah Cooke

I only included six in the picture, since it made a nicer composition, but there are seven of them.

Now I’ve knit one block from each skein. I have 21 blocks and a lot of bits:

Noro Kureyon bits

They’re grouped by colourway here. The total weight is 150g and it takes about 40g to make one square.

Here are my last three squares, each of which has at least two colourways in it. That’s the last of the yarn below. They don’t look bad, do they?

Lizard Ridge afghan squares in Noro Kureyon knit by Deborah Cooke

I’m surprised to only have 13g of yarn left, but several of the colourways were spun thicker than the original one. I have 8 complete blocks of the first colourway I used (the one from my stash – 254), plus it’s in two of the leftover blocks, and there’s still a bit of leftover. I had 7 skeins. In contrast, I bought 7 skeins of the last colourway (327) which was spun much thicker. I got 7 squares out of that, plus half of one of the last three, and the other bit of leftover.

Just for fun, I laid out all the blocks on the patio. They’re curly because they need to be blocked and I know I’ll be moving the order around, but here they are all together:
Lizard Ridge afghan in Noro Kureyon, unblocked and unsewn, knit by Deborah CookeNow I have a lot of blocking and sewing to do.

What do you think?

And MORE Ocean Ridges

I’ve been talking about the afghan I’m knitting in Noro Kureyon, in a pattern called Lizard Ridge. There are two posts so far: here’s the first one, and here’s the update.

Today, there’s another update. 🙂

This week, I knit the three blocks in colourway 40. Here they are:
three Lizard Ridge blocks in Noro Kureyon 40 knit by Deborah Cooke

This takes me into the blues from the greens. I have some bits left but will do my blended squares after knitting all the ones that are in a single colourway. I’ve started to knit the blocks in 327 which has a lot of lovely deep blues. I’ll show you some of them next week. I have seven balls of that colourway, so it will take me a couple of weeks to get them all knitted. Then the mixy mixy ones. THEN I can start to put it together!

What do you think of these?

More Ocean Ridges

I’ve been knitting away on my Lizard Ridge afghan in Noro Kureyon, and wanted to show you my progress today. I showed you the first two squares two weeks ago, which were knitted from some Kureyon in my stash. That was colour 254, which is discontinued. I knit up most of that, and have the eight squares at the top of this picture as a result, as well as some bits and ends leftover.

I then knit 3 squares with colour 332, which is shades of green with a bit of brick red. Those three squares are at the very bottom.

Lizard's Ridge knitted by Deborah Cooke in Noro Kureyon

Because it hasn’t been blocked or had the blocks sewn together, it’s a bit curly on the edges, but you get the idea.

Right now, I’m knitting squares from colour 40, which is more blue with a touch of lime and pink.

Finally, I have seven balls in colour 327, which is mostly blues with a little bit of orange and purple.

These eleven squares completed means that I’ve done almost half. The pattern calls for 24 squares (4 by 6) but I’d rather it was 25 (5 by 5). I’ll have to see what I can do with those bits and ends once the blocks that are entirely each colour are done.

What do you think? I think it’s going to be fun to rearrange the blocks once I have them all knitted! There’s an edging in a solid colour and I have a feeling mine might need to be purple. We’ll see!

Ocean Ridges

This past week, I cast on yet another knitting project. It’s funny how no matter what is on the needles, I crave something else. I realized that I needed something to knit in the car, a portable project on larger needles (than socks) that didn’t require a lot of attention. Summer is the season of road trips, after all! I wanted to use yarn from my stash, too.

The Lizard Ridge afghan is one that I’ve admired for years – this is the Ravelry link and this is the link to the pattern on Knitty, where it was originally published in 2008. It’s a free pattern. Lizard Ridge is designed to showcase Noro Kureyon, one of my favorite yarns, and does that brilliantly.

Here my first few blocks – this is the colourway 254 from my stash.

Lizard Ridge blocks knit in Noro Kureyon by Deborah Cooke

I had seven skeins of Kureyon in my stash, but the pattern calls for twenty. I played with mixing and matching, but really, the Kureyon makes the project. I was compelled (alas!) to buy more Kureyon in coordinating colorways. 🙂

What do you think?

My Juicy Gloss Cardigan in Koigu

I’ve been distracted by a new knitting project and thought I’d share my progress with you today. The pattern is called Juicy Gloss and it’s an open-front cardigan, with lace fronts. It’s knit top-down and has some interesting details. Here’s a link to the Juicy Gloss pattern on Ravelry.

One thing I wanted to change was the length of the fronts. I want them longer but still swingy. So, instead of working increases only for the sleeves and back, I did them for the fronts as well. I took the sweater off the needles last weekend to check the fit and here’s what it looked like then:Juicy Gloss cardigan in Koigu in progress, knit by Deborah Cooke

It’s back on the needles now and I’ve divided for the sleeves. There’s a lovely short-row inset on the back that I’m currently knitting. This designer has really paid attention to the details.

And the colours of the Koigu! These pictures don’t nearly do the colourway justice plus it looks a bit more mauve here than in real life. It’s gorgeous. The mix of colours reminds me of granite. Juicy Gloss cardigan in Koigu in progress, knit by Deborah Cooke

Part of the reason I cast on this project is that I’ve gone to the Koigu tent sale the past two summers and bought yarn, but not knit very much of it. (I did knit one shawl this winter.) I decided I needed to knit a sweater before going again this summer.

What do you think?

Another Kauni Cardigan

the Elrond Sweater, knit by Deborah Cooke in Kauni EffektgarnKauni Effektgarn is a self-striping yarn with long gradations of color which I like a lot. It feels kind of rough when you knit it but you wash it after knitting, and hey presto, it fulls and becomes amazingly soft. Plus the colours rock.

Years ago, I knit a sweater out of this yarn for Mr. Math that I called the Elrond Sweater. (That link will take you to my blog post about it.) I used the colorway that is all blues for the background and the rainbow colorway for the second color. I had to break the blue section out of the rainbow because it disappeared against the background. I also broke out the lime to knit the I-cord all around the edges. (It still irks me that the zipper is slightly offset.) Mr. Math wears this all the time.

Hippocampus Mittens in Kauni EffektgarnLater I used up the bits in two pairs of Hippocamus mittens. That’s the Ravelry link to the pattern. They don’t quite match, but they’re close enough.

Ever since I finished the sweater for the mister, I’ve wanted to make one for myself. I started one before, but stalled after knitting the back (because it’s a kimono style and hmm.)

This year I started another cardigan.

The pattern is The Oa by Kate Davies, which is written for a much thicker yarn. It’s also a pullover with raglan sleeves, but I want a cardigan with regular sleeves. So, the pattern is more of an inspiration than a set of instructions.

I’m using solid black as the contrast to the rainbow colorway. (I’m not sure Kauni was making the solid colors when I knit Mr. Math’s sweater.)

Here’s the back of my sweater:
Back of sweater in Kauni Effektgarn knit by Deborah Cooke

It’s huge because I’ll toss the finished sweater into the washing machine when it’s done. This will full and soften the yarn and will also shrink the sweater. (I’m really hoping I made my calculations correctly!)

Here’s a detail shot of the hem. My idea is that there’s a border with the colorways reversed, along the hem and up the front on either side of the opening.
hem of sweater knit in Kauni Effektgarn by Deborah Cooke

Now, I’ve started the front. I’m knitting the two fronts in one piece to keep the rate of the color changes roughly the same as the back. I’ll steek the fronts when they’re done. (It’s possible that I didn’t continue with the Kauni Roan because there was steeking to be done. I’ve never done a steek. This sweater will probably be the first steek for me.) The rate of the color change will be slightly different because 1/ there are 7 stitches more on each row, because there are 7 stitches between the two fronts for the steek and 2/ the inverted bands of color running up each side of the center front will mean that the rainbow is used at a quicker rate than on the back. I’m curious to see how much different the color comes out. This is still the best way I can think of to have them as close as possible to being the same.

The only way to make the fronts and the back exactly the same is to knit the sweater in the round, as I did with Mr. Math’s sweater. I wanted the blocks of each color to be wider on this one though, so compromises must be made. 🙂

I can’t even think about the sleeves. I knit Mr. Math’s top-down to make sure they matched. I’ll cross that proverbial bridge when I get to it. 🙂

What do you think?

A Tale of Two Skeins

It’s Fibre Friday and today’s post could have been called Second Sock Syndrome. Second sock syndrome refers to the a knitter’s tendency to make the first sock then not quite get around to making the other. It’s a lot like Second Book Syndrome, which writers are said to experience – the first book is written in a glorious rush, making the process look so easy, then the second one is fraught with problems, and sometimes doesn’t get completed.

I’m having an issue with a pair of socks.

They’re knee socks, or they will be when they’re done. I’m not sure why I’m fascinated by knee socks and always want to knit them. I don’t ever wear them when they’re finished. I just like the idea of knee socks, the funkier the better. Here’s a pair I knit in Noro Kureyon a few years ago.

Ha! I just looked at my Ravelry project page. I finished these in 2009!!! And they’ve yet to be worn. They sleep, neatly folded, in my sock drawer. This isn’t because I don’t like them. I love them! I just never wear them. And I loved knitting them, too, which maybe is why I cast on another pair.

This newest pair of knee socks are knit from handpainted yarn, so they’re making a kind of a spiral stripe on their own. It’s actually the pooling of the colourway, not a stripe, per se. The yarn is Fleece Artist Trail Socks, a yummy scrummy yarn in beautiful colors, and the colorway is Hercules. I bought two skeins, because well, knee socks. One skein contains 305 yards, which is enough for a pair of regular socks but not enough for knee socks.

My Ravelry project page says I started these in 2015. The first one was knit quickly, then things went awry. Here’s why:

Fleece Artist knee socks knit by Deborah Cooke

It doesn’t even look like I’ve used the same colourway for the second sock, does it? I thought the issue was where I started in the cast-on, but I’ve done it again and it’s still not right. The second sock has languished, because I’ve been perplexed. Then last week, I wondered if the YARN was different between the skeins. I know that Fleece Artist doesn’t have dye lots and that each skein is unique, but I’ve never had two that were so very different.

I decided to have a closer look. Here, I’ve laid out a single colour repeat from one skein beside that of the second skein.

Fleece Artist skeins

So, there’s a little bit of difference but not that much. It must be where I cast on.

I was thinking I would live with this and had kept knitting, but it’s driving me crazy. I’m going to frog both socks and make two pairs of regular socks instead, one pair from each skein. Then, they’ll match each other and I’ll be happier.

Have you had any projects you needed to restart lately?

A New Hat

I haven’t shown you any knitting lately because I haven’t finished many projects. I have a number of bigger ones on my needles and they just go on and on.

BUT, I did finish this hat. It’s very fuzzy and soft. The best way to block a beret is on a dinner plate, which is where it is here:
Selbu Modern knit by Deborah Cooke in Misti Alpaca Sport and Rowan Mohair HazeThe pattern is Selbu Modern, which is a free download. I’ve knit this pattern before, but I gave the hat away without taking a picture. It’s an easy pattern to follow. I used stash yarn for it – Misti Alpaca Sport in dark purple (this yarn is discontinued) and Rowan Mohair Haze in bright pink.

The combination is fun and bright for those winter days. I realized as I was knitting that I’ve worked in this colour combination before – I made a pair of gloves in two shades of Kidsilk Haze (more fuzzy mohair!) but seldom wear them because they don’t go with anything else. That’s solved now! Here they are:

Striped Glvoes in Rowan Kidsilk Haze knit by Deborah Cooke

What have you been knitting lately?


Charlotte’s Web Finished!

Today’s Fibre Friday post is a little late, because I needed to wait for some light to take pictures. We had snow, so that made a good backdrop, but it wasn’t sunny yet so the colours are a bit dull compared to real life.

I talked about this shawl last week, and here’s the picture of it in progress with the skeins again:

Charlotte's Web shawl, knit by Deborah Cooke in Koigu

I did use the progression at the lower right corner, as planned. You can see that the lace pattern is bunched up. I knew it would blossom when it was blocked, and wow, I was right.

Charlotte's Web knit in Koigu KPPPM by Deborah Cooke

The blocked shawl is over a meter deep. I really like the colour gradation in it. I was worried about the fifth colour, that it might be too inky, but IRL it picks up the rosy and inky tones of #4.

As mentioned before, I decided against the fringed edge and tried to use up all the yarn instead in the shawl. I knit the last four rows with the first colour, then did an I-cord bind-off with it.

Here’s a close-up of that lace pattern:

Charlotte's Web, detail, knit in Koigu KPPPM by Deborah Cooke

What do you think?

Making Stripes

It’s time to talk about knitting again!

I finished my Earth Stripe Shawl and immediately started on another famous knit – Charlotte’s Web. This is a design from Koigu that requires 5 skeins of their KPPPM. (Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino). You change colours gradually as you knit the shawl, so there’s a gradation thing going on. The original pattern shows a heavy fringe, but I don’t like fringes. I decided to just use up all five skeins and make the shawl bigger.

I bought a bundle of ten skeins in shades of purple at the Koigu tent sale last summer (with a pattern book) and had a lot of fun this fall switching them around in various combinations. (These ten-skein Paint Packs are illustrated on the KPPPM page. Scroll down to see them all. Mine is the Royal Purple – you’ll be able to see why I had a hard time choosing one!) The first three in my shawl were the ones at the top left that obviously went together to me. The others, hmm, required some consideration.

Koigu KPPPM pruples

Here’s the shawl so far. This is about 2.5 skeins in, a little less because I kept a good chunk of the first skein to knit a contrast hem at the end. Charlotte's Web shawl, knit by Deborah Cooke in Koigu

The two caked up skeins at the bottom right will be my next two colours, then I’ll do a hem of some kind in the first colour. I’m using the two of the skeins at the top right of the first picture – the middle one in that picture is #4 and the inky one below it will be #5. The other five skeins are for another shawl, in the order of the second photo. Maybe I’ll start with the pinky one at the right and just make another Charlotte’s Web. We’ll see.

This shawl is a really lovely knit. The lace repeat is easy to memorize, so it’s my tv knit. There are a lot of comments on Ravelry about the instructions being confusing, but I haven’t found that – maybe because I just used the chart for the lace. Since taking this picture, I’ve almost finished with the fourth colour. This one is really going to bloom when it’s blocked!

What do you think?