FO Sightings: Lori’s generous hats

FO Sightings: Lori's generous hats

Sorry for my scarcity last week — it was a total rollercoaster of a week, with our house falling through twice before a deal was finally struck. We closed unexpectedly late Thursday afternoon and are suddenly moving tomorrow (yoiks!), after packing and working with the painter all weekend, so it’s been quite a time. But one of the highlights of last week was the appearance in my Instagram feed of these hats by Lori Graham, aka Lori Times Five aka @loritimesfive. The solid ones on the right in the upper photo are Hipster by Tin Can Knits, and they look marvelous, but the ribbed and striped ones are variations on my Stadium Hat (free pattern), and it makes me so happy to see them piling up like that. If you follow Lori, you know her husband is a sea kayaking guide in Southern California, and apparently his coworkers were envious of his handknit hats. Being a knitter of the most generous sort, Lori was happy to oblige. :) Thanks for the vicarious grins, Lori!

In addition to final moving preparations, I’m headed to the factory this afternoon to see how they’re doing on the project bags. Such a week! I promise more news on that once I’ve seen them.


PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Woolenflower’s Faroese dream

FO Sightings: Woollenflower’s Faroese dream

FO Sightings: Woollenflower's Faroese dream shawl

I know it’s only been two days since I publicly swore off shawl knitting, but there is one looming temptation. Remember a few months ago when I kicked off that #vitalknits hashtag? The lovely Julia Billings, aka @woollenflower (who you should totally follow if you don’t already), posted the shot above of her incredible Faroese-style shawl and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. (Here it is on Ravelry.) This is my idea of The Perfect Shawl: massive and enveloping, yet light; garter stitch interrupted by a spare, geometric lace design; and the perfect amount and length of fringe. Turns out it’s from a pattern quite straightforwardly called Faroese Lace Pattern Shawl, found in an out-of-print book. Jules tells me it was one of the first books she read when she was a new knitter and that the traditionally written pattern was beyond her skills at the time. She set it aside until she was ready, a few years ago now, and she wears this shawl more than anything else she’s made. Understandably. It may be out of print, but the good news is Jules is writing her own Faroese-style pattern inspired by this beauty — so watch for more news of that soon.

By the way, this reminds me quite a bit of Handepande’s incredible shawl that I blogged about forever ago and have longed for every day since. Apparently when it comes to shawls, I have a type.


PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Sumiko’s steeked Sundottir


FO Sightings: Sumiko’s steeked Sundottir

FO Sightings: Sumiko's steeked Sundottir

There is so much potential for wizardry in knitting, but one of my favorite tricks will always be the simple — if seemingly perilous! — act of steeking a pullover into a cardigan. Maybe you just prefer knitting in the round and thus would rather knit that way and cut open the front. Or maybe, like Sumiko here, you can’t find a colorwork cardigan pattern that lights you up, so you pick a pullover you love — in this case Dianna Walla’s Sundottir pattern — and off you go! I first saw this one on @ashmhiggs’ Instagram feed (the photo in the lower left above) and it turns out Sumiko kept a delightful page of notes at Ravelry, along with a whole pile of progress shots. (Which is where I also learned that she used my new favorite trick of knitting the sleeve caps from provisionally cast-on stitches and then knitting downward from there.) I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that it’s knitted in Clara Yarn. Such a gorgeous sweater!


PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Skiff hats of the #fringeandfriendsknitalong

FO Sightings: Skiff hats of the #fringeandfriendsknitalong

FO Sightings: Skiff hats of the #fringeandfriendsknitalong

While the #fringeandfriendsknitalong has been open to any fisherman-cabled object of a knitter’s choosing, there are clearly way more Amanda cardigans being knitted than anything else, followed by Ondawa and Bellows, it seems. But in the accessory department, the clear favorite has been Jared Flood’s Skiff, published just as the knitalong was kicking off. And of course they came together way faster than the sweaters. I wanted to take a minute to pay them tribute:

+ WorthingGirl on Ravelry, knitted in Fibre Company Acadia

+ lmscott from Ravelry / @lianneknits on Instagram, knitted in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

+ waldorfmanufaktur / @waldorfmanufaktur, knitted in Fibre Company Organik

+ DanaRae19 from Ravelry, knitted in Berroco Ultra Alpaca (she’s also completed a White Pine cardigan; so good)

+ @recklessglue, knitted in … unknown

+ QuiltedTortoise / @thequiltedtortoise, knitted in Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted

+ tumblingblocks / @tumblingblocks, knitted in Madelinetosh Tosh DK

+ @kimberley.buergel, knitted in Camellia Fiber Company Merino Aran

And now I want to knit this hat! Huge apologies if I missed any finished Skiff pics in rounding these up.

Also, @fancyjaime is the first of our Panel to finish her Amanda — the knitting, at least. She posted a pic from LAX, unblocked and no buttons yet, and I can’t wait to see it all finished up.

I promise next week we’ll talk about seaming.


PREVIOUSLY in #fringeandfriendsknitalong: Amanda neck shaping: Kate reworks the crewneck
PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Junko’s patchwork shawl

FO Sightings: Junko’s patchwork shawl

FO Sightings: Junko's patchwork shawl

Ran across this lovely Japanese knitter the other day, Junko, and can’t stop thinking about this shawl from her feed. (Here’s another shot of it.) It’s a totally delightful patchwork quilt of granny squares and garter stitch squares — such a perfect combo. As so many of you recently noted, making little squares and such is the perfect warm-weather way to knit, and a wrap is more achievable (at least for me!) than a whole blanket. Not to mention a great stash-buster …


FO Sightings: Cirilia’s Reykjavik wonder dress

FO Sightings: Cirilia's Reykjavik wonder dress

Cirilia Rose and Dianna Walla are in Iceland for DesignMarch and the Reykjavik Fashion Festival so there’ve been lots of Iceland pics on Instagram making me jealous the past few days. But my eyes almost popped right out of my head on Saturday when Cirilia began posting pics of herself in the dress she’d made to wear. In true die-hard knitter fashion, she’d apparently been up until four in the morning finishing it. And it is so, so Cirilia. She’s used a combination of Loopy Mango’s gargantuan Big Loop yarn and Skacel’s Schoppel Wolle XL. (She’s Creative Director at Skacel, if you’re not familiar with her.) The XL is used in a single strand for the bodice and held double for the bottom-most part of the skirt. The scale of the whole thing and the pastel rainbow on the skirt — which comes from the coloration on the limited-edition Big Loop — are both really charming. But what I’m most infatuated with is the gauge-mixing she’s done (seen in the fish-snacking photo above) and the shape of the bodice — particularly the racer-back-ish armholes and the high, rolled neckline. Just so creative and yet adorable and wearable. She tells me she didn’t think it would be something others would want a pattern for, but the response suggests otherwise, so it sounds like one will be forthcoming.

You can see more pics on her feed, Dianna’s and Stephen West’s, where you can really see the neckline. See also Dianna’s adorable ensemble with knitted collar and the lopapeysa she bought. OMG.

FO Sightings: Cirilia's Reykjavik wonder dress

PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Fancy Amber’s heroic vest


Photos belong to Cirilia Rose, used with permission

FO Sightings: Fancy Amber’s heroic vest

Fancy Amber's heroic vest

I am in endless awe of how prolific Fancy Tiger’s Jaime and Amber are. Their ability to finish garment after garment after garment is both intimidating and inspiring. But I want to single out this vest by Amber (aka @fancyamber). She was posting about struggling with it on Instagram awhile back, but I just now read the full story on their blog, and sheesh, talk about ingenuity and determination! This is Kate Davies’ Tortoise and Hare sweater pattern, which is knitted in a tube with three steeks: one for each arm and one for the neck. (For the uninitiated — and you’ll want to be seated for this — a steek is a patch of knitting that is there for the express purpose of being cut open later on.) Amber got as far as cutting open the steeks and pulled the sweater over her head — a sweater painstakingly knitted, using yarn she carried back from Shetland — only to find that it was gigantic in the shoulders. Whereas many of us would have cursed and ripped, Amber picked her scissors back up, cut it down to size, and finished it as a vest. SO INSPIRING. Read the full story here.


PREVIOUSLY in FO Sightings: Kathy Cadigan’s Jón hat