FO (Finished Object)

Chunky Cable Hat

by Emily Wessel

This simple cable hat knits up quickly, for a luxuriously soft and smooshy result – perfect for last-minute gifts.

Yarn: 1 skein of Malabrigo Chunky (100g/104 yds)
Gauge: 12 sts/4″ in sockinette stitch using larger needles
Needles: 6.5mm and 6.0mm (US 10 1/2 and US 10)
Notions: Cable Needle & Darning Needle

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Pattern: Fiddlehead Mittens by Adrian Bizilia of
Yarn: Michell & CIA Luxury Collection Alpaca Cashmere – 1 ball of 5 contrast colours, and 2 balls of navy
Needles: US 2/3.0 mm HiyaHiya 9″ circular, and 2.75mm knitpicks circular
Finished Dimensions: 7 1/2″ around palm above thumb
Started: April 14 2009
Finished: May 23 2009

I loved this knit – such a wonderful project, and amazing results.  The yarn is a little bit on the thin side for the project, and so the mittens aren’t large enough for me to line, but I’m very happy with them nonetheless.  I realized pretty early that I’d need to add an extra repeat of the pattern in order to make the mittens long enough.  On the first mitten, on the left, I made an error, and the extra fiddlehead pattern wasn’t in the right direction.  I also flipped over the chart for the pointy end of the mitten, so it would curl inward.  Also, on the second mitten I swapped out the colour order, which made it more fun to knit.

Pattern: Rocketry Baby Cardigan by Lindsay Pekny
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy (100% superwash merino wool) 1 oz each colour, 2 oz border colour
Needles: US 8/5.0 mm and US 6/4.00 mm Knitpicks circulars
Finished Dimensions: 20″ around body, to fit 6-9 month old
Started: April 16 2009
Finished: April 20 2009

I just recently knocked out this adorable little baby cardi as a shop sample for Urban Yarns.  I had seen Rocketry and Tulip on blogs and always wanted to knit one, and the yarn was also tempting, so all in all this was a very fun and satisfying knit.  Baby things are sooooo quick and easy!  I followed the pattern exactly, and I didn’t make any modifications.  The shop is selling these as kits, so I had to knit one to test that there would be enough yarn included.

The pattern is a seamless top-down knit, which is shaped by increases along raglan ‘seam’ lines.  This makes it a VERY easy, no-fuss knit.  In the end, there is absolutely no seaming to be done, just several ends to be woven in.

I think the little heart buttons are an adorable finishing touch!  I would be VERY happy to knit with this yarn again in the future – it has such wonderfully subtle shifts in colour, and knits up into a very plump, satisfyingly squishy fabric.  I can’t wait until I have friends with babies to knit for!

So I had decided that as part of my knitter’s development it was time to knit a shawl.  Note, this is not a stole, but an authentically ‘get your granny on’ triangular shawl.  Though this undertaking involved the obvious danger of looking ridiculous, I had seen many photos of hip young people wearing shawls such as this like scarves, and figured I could pull it off!  So I dyed some recycled cashmere, and eventually cast on!  Laminaria (a free pattern from was an absolute joy to knit, and I got through it in 4 days!  I took the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria and got a lot of knitting time in both ways, so that helped.

My husband and I had to sleep on the couch one night so that I could block the shawl out on our futon!!  The yarn is approximately fingering weight, and I used a 5mm needle, and it required approximately 500 yds.

unblocked shawl

OK, I know it’s positively depressing, the lack of knitting that has been posted on this blog of late.  So though it’s not terribly exciting, I have for you: Noro Silk Garden, knit up into a garter-brim hat.  I loved working with this yarn, which is a joy, and I enjoyed this simple hat pattern I ‘designed’, especially as I made a couple of modifications the second time.

Secondly, I’ve started on YET another hat, knit from Malabrigo Merino Worsted, which until my employment at Urban Yarns, I had not tried.  MMMMmmm it is lovely to knit with (like butter), but I fear it will pill and wear quickly.  But I’m withholding judgment for later.

So of course, I’ve also been spinning!

And loving the results – though they are but meagre.  Upper left is a single-ply mystery-wool that came in a box from a friend of my mom’s, and which I dyed into intense (offensive?) pink, purples and blue – about DK weight, and 170 yds.  To the right is 2-ply, fingering weight merino, spun from tiny balls of roving I bought at a lovely artistan’s shop during my bike trip of the oregon coast (december 08).  It’s about 40 grams, and 130 yds.  At the bottom is ‘wildflowers’ a single-ply silk which I hand-dyed and spun, also procured from the box of mystery handed down to me by a spinning friend of my mother’s.  I have TONNES more silk to spin, but I am seriously lacking the skills to do it effectively.  This little skein, ~ 100 yds, is uber lovely, though, I must say (so modest!).

Finally I get to post about my favorite finished object EVER.  I knit this afghan / lap blanket for my aunt, who is a wonderful and creative person.  She has knitted for years, but now she spends more of her creative time making beautiful jewelry, plates and ornaments from fused glass.  She has always inspired me, and she gave me a set of knitting needles and crochet hooks, and started me knitting.

Pattern: Pi Shawl, by Elizabeth Zimmermann, published in Knitter’s Almanac
Yarn: Recycled 100% italian merino wool, unraveled from a thrifted sweater; ~1300 yards
Needles: US 5/3.75 mm Knitpicks circular (47″ length)
Finished Dimensions: 60″ diameter (after blocking)
Started: July 18 2008
Finished: December 6 2008

This was both a terribly frustrating and boring, and a wonderfully satisfying project.  It took me many hours, and when I got to the 576 stitch section, it took 22 minutes for EACH ROUND!!!  So it truly felt like it would never be finished.  But by the time I got to the lace, it was addictive, because I knew I would soon be done.  The knit-on border took a terribly long time as well, but when it was done and blocked, it became such a lovely piece of work I almost couldn’t give it away!!

It has been a long time since I posted… but I’ve been knitting!  I also quit my job, and did a bike trip down the Oregon Coast… in winter… yeah, it’s been a hectic and tumultuous period in my life! 

Bandon, OR

Yachats, OR

Cape Foulweather







 But I’m loving my projects.  There are a couple christmas projects that I can’t unveil on this blog quite yet, but I have some socks I can show off;  first, Monkeys:

They are knit from fibranatura yummy yarn, a lovely skein that I bought in Seaside, Oregon, on Day 1 of my bike tour.  I thought since I was kicking my own ass biking in the winter, and I was on vacation, then I had to treat myself to yarn every time I biked past a yarn shop!!  Luckily, I passed a lot that were closed at the time I was there, so my stash fit in my paniers just fine!! 

Another single sock that has been knit, but is begging for its mate is a Jaywalker, which I knit from 2 skeins of hand-dyed garn sisu.  It was originally intended for either my mom or my mom-in-law, but I ended up doing hand-spun mittens for my mom, and a different pair of sock for my mom-in-law, so these may end up being mine?  I knit the 84 stitch version, which is a little bit big on me, unfortunately, but it’s pretty lovely anyways!  I knit it on US #0 needles, which are crazy tiny, and make a very dense fabric, which I hope will wear well.


I’ve also been making little tiny christmas stars to send out with christmas cards…. which…. I am ashamed to say… still haven’t been sent out…

But they will be. Soon.

So the last pair of socks which I have completed were the christmas socks I made for my mom-in-law, and they are knit from Cascade 220 superwash ‘quatro’, which is a fairly thin worsted wt. yarn.  22o yards = 100 grams, and I used exactly 50 grams for each sock, which was scary as I approached the end of the second sock.

After knitting the Jaywalker and the Monkeys, I was no longer intimidated by the top-down sock, in fact, I am now more comfortable knitting socks top-down, and I feel like I can do whatever I like with them now.  These were very simple, with a seeded rib pattern on cuff and top of foot, slip stitch across the heel flap, and sole.  As they were 45 sts at the cuff an 48 sts through the foot, they went quite a bit faster than fingering-wt. socks do, but they still took some time.

So I had a lovely holiday in Salinas, California, and soon my husband and I will be heading back north to Vancouver, hopefully allowing me lots of knitting time during the road trip!  Happy Holidays to all!

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