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Projects on My Needles – July 27, 2018

It’s been a little over a month since my last project update. I feel like I’ve done a shitload since then, but it doesn’t look like a whole lot in 6 weeks. But in addition to the knitting I’ve been doing, I’ve published a Natural Yarn Directory for anyone to use and contribute to, I’ve published my Hero of Time hat pattern (see below!), I’ve been dyeing a lot of yarn, and I’ve been sewing project bags. I do think that after I’ve worked on the sweater design I have up next, I’ll take a break from pattern designing. I have so much dyeing research and development to do still, I AM IN LOVE WITH the project bags I have in the works, and I just want to knit more for myself – I keep adding to the list of yarn brands/bases I want to try.

But at any rate, these are the things I’ve been knitting while watching the Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Rick and Morty, Archer, Ozark, etc…

Finished Objects

Hero of Time x 3

I was in progress on the first of these three during my last WIP update, and I’ve finished all three and published the pattern since then! These were a ton of fun to work on. I wrote a post that details the story behind this design, and if you’re so inclined, I have kits of the 7 contrasting colors available for purchase with a FREE pattern download in the Etsy shop.

Pattern: Hero of Time (Ravelry), Hero of Time (Etsy)
Yarn: My own Fuzzzy Green Fibers in Erie, and some Recycled Yarn (fingering weight)
Ravelry Project Page: Adult Large, Child/Small Adult, Toddler/Small Child

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

I finished my own pair of Okanogan socks, and have cast on a pair for my husband! This time I’m doing the calf-shaping for him. The main color will be the deep gray and the stripes will be the green that my socks were made from. I’ve only ever made him 1 pair of socks, so hopefully these fit him even better and he gets legitimate use from them!

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Portage

I hadn’t even started this yet during my last post, so I think this is considerable progress along with 3 hats and casting on a pair of socks (and the 685683 other things I’m up to). I just finished the tubular bind off last night (omg so much kitchener) and will pick up the front/collar tonight. I may have to block the shit out of this when it’s done since I made the XS, and I may have to do some color shenanigans for the wrist cuffs since I have 100 yds less than it called for, but I’m so excited for POCKETSES!!!

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Near Future Cast-Ons

Contrast Heel-Toe-Cuff Socks

Kelly T
October

I’ve been dyeing up a storm and working on colorways. This was my first prototype of Kelly T which turned out gorgeous, but it isn’t exactly what I had in mind for the colorway. However, my intentions with many of my colorways are to make sock kits with their related base color, so I’m going to use this as a beta-test for that (weight/yardage needed, how the dye technique knits up). Kelly T will be a colorway available for purchase soon, and October is available now!

Pattern: Personal toe-up recipe (Judy’s magic cast on, maybe Fish Lips Kiss or scrap yarn afterthought heel?)
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga in Kelly T with October contrast heel/toe/cuff

Rose Cardigan

Another thing I want to offer is dyed-to-order fade kits. Since fades will usually be a differing number of skeins in whichever color depending on your project, I can’t so much have them available ready to ship, but I really like fades that are dyed to be faded, not just colors striped together that hope for the best. Those tend to look tacky and “omg did you knit that yourself, bless your heart!” I’m going to make myself a Rose Cardigan with this fade (even though it’s fingering weight when the pattern calls for sport weight – the gauge calls for 26 sts/4 in, I think we’ll be okay), while coming up with other fade kits too (I’m thinking a navy to beige fade, a gray to mustard fade, etc). I would just buy a fade kit from someone else, but I cannot find another indie dyer using non-superwash yarn who dyes just precisely what I’m looking for, so I might as well DIY and offer it up to the world!

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga in Mauve, Muffin Top, Jackie Jormp-Jomp, and Rural Juror

Pullover Design for Nae

For Christmas, I gifted my friend Renee the promise of a pullover that I designed. I’ll probably need to make multiple in a few sizes to make sure the pattern is all mathed-up properly, so I’m happy to gift one of them to my bff. I let her choose what color she wanted it knit in, and while I didn’t quite nail what she described (sry, am dye n00b), she liked the resultant colorway anyway :). This colorway isn’t going to be available in the shop, mostly because I had to do some messing around to attempt to correct it, and I would have no ability to recreate it exactly. However, if this speaks to you, let me know and I can do my darndest!

Pattern: It’s all in my brain at the moment!
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga

That’s all for now! I do a lot of daily updates and whatnot on my Instagram page, so if you’re interested in more nonsense from me, check it out.

<3 Larissa

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[PATTERN] Hero of Time

My husband grew up playing video games, and most formative among them was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He lauds the problem solving, story details, and fortitude needed to discover how to complete a quest that is common to many video games. Therefore, I’ve made a hat pattern to reflect the nostalgia, happiness, and triumph many of you and your family members feel when playing any of the Legend of Zelda games.

You can find it in two places:

My Ravelry Pattern Store

My Etsy Store*

 

The Fair Isle motifs in this pattern tell the story of Link becoming the Hero of Time in several The Legend of Zelda video games. He must collect the Spiritual Stones & the Master Sword, which lead him to the Triforce, his foe, and a victory as Hero of Time!

Sizes
Toddler/Child(Large Child/Small Adult, Large Adult)

Finished Measurements
17-19(20-22, 23-24)” or 43-49(50-56, 57-61) cm head circumference.
The Toddler/Child size fits my 2.5 year old with a 19.5” head, the Large Child/Small Adult size fits myself with a 21.5”(54.5 cm) head, and the Large Adult fits my husband with a 23.5”(60 cm) head.

Yarn
Fingering Weight Yarn:
1 Main Color 30-50 g/approx. 132-220 yds/121-201 m
7 Contrasting Colors (yellow, darker blue/purple, gray, lighter blue, gold, red, green); 10 g/44 yds/40 m Gold, 5 g/22 yds/20 m each of the other colors. This works out to one half of a fingering weight skein or less, and very small amounts of the rest of the colors – the yardages are over-estimates! This is great for bold-colored scraps!

*A limited number of yarn kits of the 7 contrasting colors are available for purchase through the FuzzzyGreenFibers Etsy shop!

When choosing a Main Color, a very dark or very light color makes the best contrast for the motifs to pop! Although, don’t be afraid of some color or speckles if you’re so inclined.

Gauge
27 stiches & 32 rows in stockinette/Fair Isle per 4”/10 cm on US 2.5/3.00 mm needles. If you’re not sure how your gauge might change in stockinette vs Fair Isle, I’d recommend a Fair Isle Swatch

Techniques Used

  • Fair Isle stranded knitting.
  • 3-color Fair Isle is used for several rows.
  • It may be helpful to catch long floats (>5 stitches) to help with tension & catching. Video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fsbwg4xTlw

<3 Larissa

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Crowd-Sourced Natural Yarn Directory

Do you enjoy natural yarn?

You don’t use yarn with superwash or synthetic fibers like acrylic or nylon?

Look no further!

I’ve collated yarn brands and their bases that fall under this broad “natural” category.

Organized by:

  • Company Name
  • Yarn Base Name
  • Yarn Weight
  • Fiber Content
  • Specific Sheep Breed(s) Included
  • Natural Plant Dye Used
  • Country of Company
  • Whether the yarn is ideal for socks
  • Organic Machine Washable Treatment
  • Whether you can buy it by the cone
  • Vegan Yarn
  • Indie Dyers
  • Novelty Yarn (Art Yarn, Handspun, etc)

And of course for your ease of purchasing/browsing, their website is linked with each base.

I’d love this list to be a living document! Please email me additional brands you know of (or corrections if I’ve gotten something wrong!).

You can access it 2 ways:

  1. Excel Spreadsheet Download
    • Sheet 1 is all bases & concurrent information
    • Sheet 2 is only the brand with its country and website
  2. Google Docs Spreadsheet
    • Sheet 1 is all bases & concurrent information
    • Sheet 2 is only the brand with its country and website

*Most recent update: September 23, 2018

Peruse at your leisure, alphabetize by whichever category you like… if you download the Excel file you can delete, reorganize, markup whatever you like!

I sincerely hope this is helpful. Any updates to the list will be announced through my Instagram account and will be reflected here.

Enjoy, happy knitting, okay, love you, bye!

Larissa

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Project Bags

I just wanted to make a quickie post about sewing project bags! I’ve made 5 so far in my life, 4 of which have zipper pockets inside (and I’m very proud of this, thank you very much). I’ve been using this tutorial for the bag and this video tutorial for the interior zippered pouch.

Fun fact: I haven’t bought any fabric for these! I’ve been able to use leftovers from previous projects (husband’s bow ties, our duvet cover) and household fabrics that weren’t living up to their destiny anymore (pillowcases, sheets, shower curtains, etc.).

I’m a big proponent for not letting things go to waste & reusing things. For example, I love the yarn I bought that was recycled from a thrift store sweater and I even bought a turkey roasting pan from Goodwill to dye yarn in!

I have a lot of ideas for bags in the future. I’ve been using some metal zippers in fun colors, and I’m enjoying playing around with fabrics and bag sizes & shapes. I think I’d actually like to sell them eventually. I need to work on professionalizing a lot of my work, but these bags are a lot of fun to make.

What say you? Do you like repurposed items getting a new life? I sure do!

Weena helping.
This went to my latest FibreShare partner. Hi Karissa!
I’m obsessed with these neon zippers.