Sneak Peek: Cabled Warmth Cowl

Okay, so I’m totally in love with the Ocean Green colorway of this yarn and how the cables and ribs look when knitted.  So lovely!  The only problem I’m running into is not having enough yarn in my skein to finish my cowl.  I’ve e-mailed the farm owner where I purchased the yarn last fall (of 2011) and am hoping she still has an extra skein of Ocean Green on hand.  If not, then this project will have to be put on the back-burner for a while.  =(  Anywho, here is a sneak peek of the cowl:

Budding Designer!

I’ve decided to clean out some of my yarn stash. However, the majority of my stash is “real” wool from local farmers across the state of Maine. I love real fibers… the smell, the texture, the quality in my knitting. The only gripe I have is finding a pattern to match the gauge I swatch or vice versa. In most cases, when I gauge real wool, it normally comes out at the same gauge on a variety of needles. (i.e. 4 stitches = 1″ on size 7-10) It’s so weird and I’m not sure what the cause is behind this phenomena. My solution? Design my own patterns to match the gauge(s) I’m getting. This not only helps me to clean out my yarn stash, but it also provides me with unique knitwear that I know I’m going to want to wear. Have you ever knitted a pattern to discover that, once complete, it’s not something you really wanted after all? This has happened more times than I care to tell, but I’m hoping with my own designs that I will eliminate this knitting dilemma.

I’m currently working with a skein of ocean green wool yarn from Romney Ridge Farm. I’ve created a classic cable/rib chart pattern, which I’m knitting into a mobius-style cowl. The project page is located here and I’m hoping to snap a sneak-peak picture this weekend. Once complete, this pattern will be offered as a free Ravelry download. I can’t wait to share this design!!  =)

Goodbye TGIP

The next few months are going to be crazy busy for me, so I’m biting the bullet and saying goodbye to my weekly TGIP post.  I might bring it back later this year, but I’m not sure yet.  Unfortunately, my time will be spent working 6 days a week at my full-time job as well as finishing my practicum for college.  (I graduate in May and I can’t wait!!)  So, I will leave you all with an FO pic of my Icestorm Cap:

Not a very good picture of me, but you can definitely see the details in the hat.  I knit this with a skein of Cascade Eco Cloud that I had in stash.  Surprisingly, I got gauge with size 10.5 needles, but wish I had used the recommended size 9 that the pattern calls for.  This yarn really grows when wet, but will shrink back to original size once dry.  The size 9 needles would have given me a snugger fit, which is what I need living in the frozen north!  🙂

I will continue to make random posts, blogging about my knitting experiences and finished objects.  Happy Knitting everyone!

TGIP: Where’s the snow?

This was the view from my window this morning.  Normally, there is at least a foot of snow on the ground by the beginning of January, but not this year.  A couple of snow showers yesterday has only left a light dusting of snow on the ground and according to the Weather Channel, there are no major snowstorms in sight.  I never thought I would ever utter these words, but…. Where Is All The Snow?!?!?  If it’s winter and cold, then at least let us have a few good snowstorms to bury us in for a few days.  Plus, snowstorms mean I get time off from work and more time with my knitting.  See, there is a method to my madness!  🙂

In knitting news, I completed a project last weekend and have yet to take some nice FO shots.  I’m hoping to get those pictures this weekend as well as starting a new project tonight.  The #103 Luscious Cabled Cowl by Sweaterbabe is the newest pattern I’m drooling over.  After completing the gauge swatch last night, I’m hoping to have this cowl complete by next week.  It seems to be a fairly quick knit and the pattern stitch is super easy.