Corra the Firedrake

IMG_1764While I was away at the yarn festival, Heidi Nick released a pattern with Dublin Dye Swing Sock. Corra the Firedrake is a pair of socks inspired by the mythical not-quite-dragon creature in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I have to admit I haven’t read the books, but I like the socks. They’ve got a diamond and cable pattern on the leg, which eases into some straight forward lace before the heel and down the foot. An interesting pattern with hopefully a quick finish 🙂

IMG_1758Heidi kindly gave me some free pattern codes to share with anyone who buys a skein of Dublin Dye to knit them. If you want the pattern, just leave a comment when you make your purchase! Heidi’s also hosting a knitalong for the socks starting in April 1st.

Follow Your Arrow 2

Once again this year I got sucked into the Follow Your Arrow KAL by Ysolda Teague. It was fun last year, even though I ended up giving the shawl to my mother. This time I went in with a strategy (knit the least lace), but of course it didn’t really work with the pattern. In the end I had to go with my gut, and that included ripping out clue 2B and knitting 2A instead when I realised I really liked it with clue 3A.

arrow2Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino Sock in Black Cherry

In the end I knit AAAAB. Before I saw the final clue I thought I might continue through with the A’s, but I really didn’t like the A border. i was going to run out of yarn for the last clue, so I used a second skein. But I decided I didn’t want that much Merino Sock left over, so I used a skein of Swing Sock from a different dye lot. The feel of the two yarns is the same, and the colour difference isn’t terrible. The rest of the skein might be a pair of socks for my daughter, she’s been asking for some!

I’m a sheep

I give in and follow the crowd so easily! I’m joining in for the Follow your Arrow 2 MKAL. I just need to pick a yarn. I’ve narrowed it down to Icicle or Black Cherry.

arrowYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Icicle, Merino Sock in Black Cherry

I really enjoyed being part of the MKAL last year, but once I was done I gave away the shawl to my mother… I don’t actually wear a lot of lace. After I reviewed everyone’s finished arrows, I realised I liked the one with the least lace most. So this year my strategy is knit the clue with the least lace. My first problem is that neither of the first two clues has lace. I need another criteria I think! Any suggestions?

Help! (or: wool felts)

I know, I’m a knitter, don’t I know wool felts? Last year I bought a sweater I really liked. It was a lovely soft red wool with cables and 3/4 dolmen sleeves. Comfy and warm, one of my favourites.

I put it in the washer. It was an accident, I swear. I know better.

I don’t have a lovely cabled dolman sleeved sweater anymore.
dolman

But hopefully I will again.  I’m not entirely sure it will turn out and I’ve never knit a dolman sweater before.  I don’t have a pattern. I have an idea and a hope, really.

Although there’s only one half done sleeve here, I’m actually on sleeve 3 now, and there will probably be a 4.  I’m not happy with the neckline (again, one sleeve has already been ripped), so I started the other sleeve since taking the photo, and I like it better. Which means I’ll have to redo the first one. Sigh.

But really, I’m posting here for a bit of help. Do I or do I not cable the back of the sweater? Should I cable the sleeves even? What would you do from here?

Elfbaby Hat

After I knit all those hats for HandmAid Craft Day, I had a request from the little girl for a hat for her. I usually knit some new hats this time of year anyway, since they’ve probably outgrown the old ones, but this year it wasn’t strictly necessary… they’ve stopped growing quite so fast, and I knit the hats a bit big last year. But who am I to say no when a 4 year old asks me to knit for her?

elfbabyIt was only this week though I got a chance to take a photo. I decided to make a non-elf ElfBaby (from Studio Miranda) for her. The yarn is Dublin Dye Merino Sock left over from last year’s Irish Yarn Club with Carol Feller.  As you can tell by the great match to her coat, she is a fan of pink.

elfbaby2For the top of the hat I did 6 decreases every second row until I had half the stitches left, then I did 12 increases. I *thought* this is what Roseanne had done on the top of the hat she made her little boy, and copied it. I’m not sure it’s actually what she did though 🙂 Either way, I’ve been using it on hats ever since!

Grand Canal

Still mostly avoiding the computer here, it’s great to spend some time away from it. I have had a chance to do the final edits on the pattern for my Grand Canal fingerless mitts. Grand Canal, because doesn’t that lace pattern look like the locks on the canal?

Grand CanalThis pattern is for fingerless mitts in both lace and fingering weight yarn. Above is the lace, and although there’s a bit more kntting in them, I recommend trying it because they turn beautifully, and so soft and weightless you barely know you’re wearing them. I used the leftovers from my Portico shawl for these, and some Swing Sock leftover from a pair of socks for the fingering weight ones. That’s part of the reason I love knitting fingerless mitts. They’re a quick project, and they use up some of those bits of leftover yarn.

Grand CanalGrand Canal mitts are being offered at a reduced price of €2.50 for the month of September, then they’ll go up to the usual price of €3.50.