FO Friday – Graffiti 103 Hat

This post is quite a bit overdue, but there ya have it. It took me infinitely longer to write this post than it did to knit the darn hat. As always, here are the fun details first:
Pattern: 103 Hat / Jennifer Lassonde aka BostonJen
Yarn: agirlandherwool / DK base / Graffiti colorway
Needles: Size 4 (brim) and Size 6 (rest of hat)
Cast on: 3/5/2020
Cast off: 3/7/2020
The pattern page on Ravelry can be found here.

If you need a quick and fun hat to knit, go get this pattern. I really didn’t sit and knit for 2 days straight on this. It was normal knitting time, which for more has been harder and harder to come by. The texture pattern is easy to memorize and so you can take it wherever you go.

I knit this in my DK base, which is a SW merino and nylon blend. It is a very soft yarn and the texture in the pattern makes it extremely comfortable to wear. After I cast it off, I wore it around the house with me as much as possible. I don’t what it was about it, but I did not notice it being on and it was just the right amount of warmth.

I have no knitting mistakes or crazy stories to mention about it. I cast it on, followed the pattern and it was done in a breeze. The color is darker than it appears in my outdoor photos. The colors speckled in there do pop though. I love the teal and the gold that move around the hat.

Below is a WIP photo so you can see the darker tone of the Graffiti colorway.

This is definitely the truer color of the hat

Great fun knit! Check out the pattern on Ravelry and make sure to read the background story for the pattern. Jen dedicated the hat to her boyfriend and the union that he works for. If you’re interested in the Graffiti colorway, it is available in my shop! I only used 50g for the smallest size, so you don’t even need to buy a full skein.

On the WIP Side – 3.25.2020

Well, how are you? Holding up okay? I hope this short blog gives you some escape from whatever crazy life you are currently living. I hope you all are staying sane, healthy and safe. I missed last week’s On the WIP Side post, mostly because I only had 1 project, so I’m excited to fill you in on what I have been working on. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

Something old, something new….

Total: 6 WIPs (3 active)
Knitting:
4 projects – 1 pair of socks, 1 cowl, 1 shawl and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 0 projects
2020 Total Finished: 7

2 Color Socks
Pattern: 2 Color Socks / Joji Locatelli
Yarn: agirlandherwool / base coming soon 🙂 / Pebbles in the River and Love at First Sight
Needles: Size 0 DPNs
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/9/2020
Cast off goal: 3/31/2020

Sock 1 is done

Sock #1 is dun dun dun duuunnnnn. Woohoo! I probably finished sock 1 in time for my original goal, but I have decided to make a complete pair. Mostly because I am reversing the two colorways for sock 2. I think that will be fun. As this is a shop sample, the more colors I can use, the better.

This sock is definitely too large for me, but that’s fine. I normally do a 52 stitch count, but I am following the pattern completely. I LOVE the look of this sock. The stripes are so fun, the lace is pretty and the texture on the foot just changes it up a bit. I’m not sure if I mentioned this last time, but I never knit a heel flap and gusset. That is not changing in the future. I just don’t love the look (it reminds me of a flap on a baby’s onesie…?) nor do I love knitting it. I get that they have the best fit, but I’m just fine with the FLK heel fit.

I have moved onto sock #2 and am just starting the lace part (right after the stripes). Hopefully it’ll be done before the end of the month!

Drachenfels Shawl
Pattern: Drachenfels / Melanie Berg
Yarn: Suburban Stitcher / Single Sock / Darkest Hour, Clementine and Sweet Adeline
Needles: Size 4 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/18/2020
Cast off goal: None

Freshly wound yarn…. delicious!

Last week, I took off from work on Wednesday. I needed to catch up on the shop and also take a breather day. I think it’s important right now for us all to take a break from all the media and everything right now. We need to take it seriously, but also rest and maintain happiness. Okay, so I took a day off, mostly an afternoon by the time the orders were all taken care of, and sat down to knit. I took out my sock to work on and thought “I really don’t want to knit on this.” It was the only project I really have been working on and I thought I deserved a cast on. You all know (and will know even more with an upcoming detailed post) that I want to use some of each skein in my stash this year. I don’t really keep much around because I like to buy yarn for a project and so I want to use up what I have.

I bought this yarn after winning a pattern for a three color shawl. I am not actually knitting that pattern, but that’s ok. I will be knitting the Drachenfels shawl, which is a squishy garter stitch shawl with 3 colors. The pattern calls for a sport weight, but I think using a fingering weight is fine. It’s such a large shawl that making it a bit smaller is fine by me. It’s an asymmetrical shawl where you start at one tip, increase to the point and then decrease back down. I’ve been making a lot of shawls in this shape because I love that the rows are more manageable.

I knit on the project while watching tv that afternoon. Since it’s mostly garter stitch, I plan to knit on it while reading. I’m hoping this will help me get back into reading again. For now, it means I didn’t really knit on it much.

Spinning
Fiber: Created by Elsie B/ BFL and Seacell / Niagara Falls (OOAK)
General Plan: Fractal Spin / 2 ply
Spin on: (is there a term for this??) Sometime in early 2019.
Cast off goal: Before I die??

I spun again! Check out my spinning vlog on my YouTube channel this week. If you watch this week’s Day in the Life vlog that went up yesterday, you’ll see my spinning. I finished up the teal color I was working on and am very excited to start a new color, finally!

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.
2. Escarpment cowl. This is my sit and stitch project. My shop is doing virtual sit and stitches, so I’m hoping to finish this up soon.
3. Northeasterly. I’ve been tired lazy.

What’s Next?
I’ve stalled on my shiftalong hat by Andrea Mowry planning because I’m not sure which color to use for the main color. TBD.
After shop samples, I plan to cast on the Sock Arms sweater!

Shop
The shop is full of lots of fun ready to ship skeins. Check it out here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.
There will be a lot of fun announcements coming soon. Keep an eye out for the details.

Shop Update – 3.16.2020 at 8pm ET

Hi everyone! I will be loading the agirlandherwool shop up with a lot of Ready to Ship skeins today Monday, March 16th at 8pm ET. This shop update is all about the mini skeins. Keep reading below to see what will go into the shop. You can also see a vlog about it on my YouTube channel, agirlandherwool.

Example of Mini Skein Set
Example of Mini Skein Set

Mini Skein Sets – One of a Kind
I will be loading 5 mini skein sets. Each are 50g total on the Sock base. Each skein is 10g. These are one of a kind sets as a lot of the skeins themselves are one of a kind colors. I create these mini skeins when I test new dyes, color pairings or if I have an idea of what I want to do with a colorway. Make sure you check these out, because when they are gone, they are gone. If you like the idea of a surprise, I also have a listing for a mystery grab bag mini skein set, where you have no idea what you’re getting! It’s a lot of fun! Above are a couple of examples, but make sure you check out the shop for the complete list.

Rose Gold
The Rose Gold gradient is a fun 10 skein set that gradiates from a deep burgundy/rose through a lighter pink and gold and then into a deep gold. You can order this gradient in any size skeins in the shop now or you can shop the Ready to Shop section. I used some of these skeins in my Time Trades shawl and I also have kits for that available in the shop.

The shop will be updated at 8pm on Monday, March 16th. There are already some ready to ship skeins available and always any size skeins (and any quantity) always available. I hope to see you there!

Again, for a full run down, check out my vlog on YouTube.

On the WIP Side – 3.11.2020

Another Wednesday here, which means it’s time to air out the WIPs. As with last week, I’ve been pretty monogamous and finishing up projects! I’ve been trying to complete some shop samples, but I’m making good progress there, so there will be some fun cast ons soon. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

Not much here!

Total: 5 WIPs (2 active)
Knitting:
3 projects – 1 pair of socks, 1 cowl and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 2 projects
2020 Total Finished: 7

January DVD Socks DONE!
Pattern: None featuring Fish Lips Kiss heel (Sox Therapist)
Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks / Vista / Silver Linings Playbook
Valley Yarns / Huntington / 50 Black
Needles: Size 0
Gauge: 8 st per 1 inch
Cast on: 1/1/2020
Cast off goal: None
Cast off: 3/6/2020

They are done!!! Finally! I don’t know why these socks took as long as they did. I was working on them a lot during the movies, but they just dragged on for so long. I think even when I bring socks to the movies normally, I end up working on them in between as well which makes them go faster. I’ve had a lot of other projects I’ve wanted to work on and so these never got that extra time. They are done though, so that’s great.

In general, I knit these toe up, two at a time. I did a contrast heel and cuff to prolong the life of the yarn. I used leftovers from a pair I made for my husband to make these. I ended up doing a full 2 inch cuff to also make them a bit longer and hopefully help with the fit. I’ll post a FO Friday post about these socks soon, so look for more details there!

Graffiti 103 Hat – DONE
Pattern: 103 Hat / Jennifer Lassonde / BostonJen
Yarn: agirlandherwool / DK / Graffiti
Needles: Size 4 (hem – see I learn) and Size 6 (body)
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/5/2020
Cast off goal: 3/8/2020
Cast off date: 3/7/2020

A note from last week’s post: “That’s right. I hope to cast this off in just a few days. I’ve been pretty monogamous and a hat in a 4 day period seems reasonable? Am I crazy??”

No, Lauren, you were not crazy. If anything, I cast it off a day sooner than my original crazy goal. This pattern is so addicting that I’m not surprised it went so quickly. I really didn’t knit on it for that much time, so if you are looking for an interesting hat pattern, I’d definitely check it out! I’ve knit another of Jen’s hat designs and I found that hat went extremely quickly too.

I think it shows off the yarn really well, which is good, because it will be a sample. I will say that I didn’t take the hat off all night after finishing it. The combination of the soft DK yarn with the scrunchy pattern really was so comfortable to wear.

2 Color Socks NEW!
Pattern: 2 Color Socks / Joji Locatelli
Yarn: agirlandherwool / base coming soon 🙂 / Pebbles in the River and Love at First Sight
Needles: Size 0 DPNs
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/9/2020
Cast off goal: 3/21/2020 (now I’m just getting cocky)

So look at that. I cast on a pair of socks. I have to say, I have a couple of thoughts on this:
1. They’re on dpns, which makes me so happy.
2. It’s for a shop sample that I think everyone will really love
3. I’ve never done 2 colored socks (excluding heels/cuffs/toes) and so this is different
4. The cuff has already dragged on for way too long.

I started these socks on the train yesterday during my morning commute. I decided that since it’s a shop sample, I wouldn’t butcher the pattern like I typically do with my socks and knit it as is. This means I am doing it cuff down (weird – I’ve forgotten how long my long tail needs to be. Casting on 10 stitches is way easier), I’m going to do the heel it asks for (unless I really don’t like the look, which happens with heel flaps. I can’t remember what kind of heel it is) and I’m knitting the stitch count as is. Because I have my limits, I did go down to a size 0 needle instead of a size 1 because of my inability to knit at a normal gauge.

When I use DPNs and go cuff down, which this is probably the 2nd time I’ve done it this way, I cast on using magic loop. I love my dpns but I will never subject myself to wrangling those things into a circle while being careful not to twist my stitches. Side note – I find it mildly entertaining that all designers add this warning in this exact wording. Like we’ll go after them if it happens. Back to the point – It’s a lot to ask for on dpns and so I stick with the safe magic loop until the untwisted stitches are happily joined in a circle.

So yeah, I’m working my way down the cuff and merrily on my way. The colors are working beautifully together. I’m also knitting this on my soon to be released new base and you are going to love this! You’ll hear more soon!

Spinning
Fiber: Created by Elsie B/ BFL and Seacell / Niagara Falls (OOAK)
General Plan: Fractal Spin / 2 ply
Spin on: (is there a term for this??) Sometime in early 2019.
Cast off goal: Before I die??

Hey people! Look! I spun this week! I really did. I really really really did so much that I recorded a vlog about it. I think mentioned last week that I did, but I re-recorded it so it counts here too. You’ll get to hear/see all about this project and also how I got into spinning. Check it out on my YouTube Channel, probably this weekend.

I spun a couple of times and actually made decent progress for me. I made it through one of the nests I have set up. This is kind of meaningless in words, but that’s what I did! Aren’t you proud! I’m working through the first half of the braid (ie, the first ply). I’m actually thinking I might actually get through this. Recording the vlog and talking through everything really motivated me to want to keep moving forward on it. Expect more updates!

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.
2. Escarpment cowl. This is my sit and stitch project, but I wasn’t able to make it this week :/
3. Northeasterly. I’ve been tired lazy.

What’s Next?
I still plan on knitting the shiftalong hat by Andrea Mowry after finishing up these socks.
After shop samples, I plan to cast on the Sock Arms sweater!

Shop
The shop is full of lots of fun ready to ship skeins. Check it out here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.
There will be a lot of fun announcements coming soon. Keep an eye out for the details.

Shop Update – 3.9.2020 at 8pm ET

Hi everyone! I will be loading the agirlandherwool shop up with a lot of Ready to Ship skeins this upcoming Monday, March 9th at 8pm ET. Keep reading below to see what will go into the shop. You can also see a vlog about it on my YouTube channel, agirlandherwool. This week’s update is all about the colors I used in my Ashbrook Shawl! Plus, I have one OOAK colorway.

Before the Rain / 4th and Goal / Denim

Before the Rain
This colorway is a tonal light blue-gray with speckles of dark gray. It will be available on the Sock base in 100g skeins. This colorway is light, but the blue definitely comes through. I think it’s a great color to use as a neutral with many other colors.

4th and Goal
This colorway was originally designed as part of the Pigskin Party. I love this colorway (and so many of you do too!) that I decided to keep it as a shop regular. This colorways is a pink/brown base with lots of speckles of brown, mauve, peach and blue. It’s a fun variegated skein that would make a beautiful pair of socks or be the the highlight of a multi colored shawl. It will be available on the Sock base in 100g skeins

Denim
Denim is a tonal blue with all shades of blue. It uses the same blue as 4th and Goal, which is why I love these two colors together. As a denim blue, it pairs well with lots of colors, just like blue jeans. It will be available on the Sock base in 100g skeins.

Whoops because Yay!

One of a Kind (OOAK)
I made a mistake with a custom order I was dyeing up and so I added some fun color and here we have a new colorway. It is a pink/brown base with teal, green, purple and black all over it. It is available on the DK base in 100g skeins. I honestly think this would make amazing mittens, but they would also do well as a hat, warm shawl or thick socks.

The shop will be updated at 8pm on Monday, March 9th. I hope to see you there!

Again, for a full run down, check out my vlog on YouTube. You can also see more colorways that are currently in the shop as Ready to Ship skeins!

Pavement Sweater

Another amazing sweater off of the needles. Here are the yarn-y details:
Pattern: Pavement by Veera Valimaki
Yarn: Once Upon a Corgi / Aeron Base / Color: Rodney

I can’t say enough about this project. The pattern fits so well and I’m loving how it sits on me. When I first tried it on, I was a little apprehensive about the length because I thought it was a bit too long. Now I think it is great for leggings or skinny jeans, where I like to wear longer tunics. The yarn is so soft and comfy and I love how the tweed looks with the simple, yet elegant, pattern. I love how the yarn itself is a solid color, yet the tween bits make it looks and feel more fun. The sleeves are a perfect fit and length. I did go off of the pattern here in a couple of ways:
1. The sleeves are designed to end at the elbow. I’m not one to wear sleeves shorter than full length because my wrists and hands get cold generally. Otherwise, if it is too warm for a full length sleeve, it’s probably too warm for a sweater.
2. I did my own sleeve decreases. I may or may not have discussed this before, but my upper arms are proportionally large, when compared to the rest of me. I’m a generally petite person, but my arms need their space. You can check my project page for more details on the sleeve decreases, but the idea is that I didn’t decrease for about 6 inches in order to clear my bicep. I then did a lot of increases before hitting my smaller wrists. I kept the same garter stitch cuff for the end of the sleeves.

I without a doubt will make this sweater again. It was a great knit to bring to the movies and I’m always looking for good projects for that. I am definitely hoping to continue making tunic length garments because they are perfect for leggings. I probably would knit with this yarn again also, but maybe not for another one of these sweaters. I think this yarn is a good texture for a tighter gauge. I think it would come so squishy and soft for something warm around my neck or a thicker sweater.

Win win.

A closer look at some of my sleeve decreases

On the WIP Side – 3.5.2020

Another Wednesday Thursdayhere, which means it’s time to air out the WIPs. I’ve been pretty monogamous and finishing up projects, so I’m hoping to have a project planning post for you soon! Oops, didn’t finish this up yesterday, so it’s going up now. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

Total: 6 WIPs (4 active)
Knitting:
4 projects – 1 pair of socks, 1 cowl, 1 hat and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 1 project
2020 Total Finished: 5

Strawberry Little Thun – Finished
Pattern: Little Thun / The Blue Mouse / Emily Franck
Yarn: agirlandherwool / DK / Strawberry Shortcake (MC) and Mint Chip (CC)
Needles: Size 5
Cast on: 2/23/2020
Cast off goal: 3/1/2020
Cast off date: 3/1/2020

I finished this little sweater. Knitting baby sweaters in DK weight yarn go fast. I’ll be having a vlog on my youtube channel with a more progress photo. It’ll also have a dedicated FO Friday post as well so I’ll try and keep this brief. Overall, the pattern is a fairly simple raglan sweater with some fun striping. I love the colors I chose and I think the sweater does a good job showing off each color individually and as a pair.

I did finish the body on Saturday night and brought the project with me to my Sit and Stitch on Sunday. The pattern wasn’t clear on whether you should switch to a smaller needle for the hem and so I chose not to out of laziness. I decided that it looked a little sloppy and wanted to redo it. I guess it’s a good practice to just always go down a needle size for the hem, but when do we really learn these lessons? I spent the first part of the Sit and Stitch ripping out and redoing the hem. I then knit the two sleeves that day as well and finished the sweater! The ends were woven in yesterday during #WeaveItInWednesday. Now it just needs a blocked and some photos. I recommend knitting this pattern if you want a quick baby knit or gift!

January DVD Socks
Pattern: None featuring Fish Lips Kiss heel (Sox Therapist)
Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks / Vista / Silver Linings Playbook
Valley Yarns / Huntington / 50 Black
Needles: Size 0
Gauge: 8 st per 1 inch
Cast on: 1/1/2020
Cast off goal: None

Did you expect to see this as a finished object. Me too. I just have the cast off to do, so it’s basically there. As soon as I post this, I will be doing that. Nothing much else to say about these.

Graffiti 103 Hat – NEW
Pattern: 103 Hat / Jennifer Lassonde / BostonJen
Yarn: agirlandherwool / DK / Graffiti
Needles: Size 4 (hem – see I learn) and Size 6 (body)
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/5/2020
Cast off goal: 3/8/2020

That’s right. I hope to cast this off in just a few days. I’ve been pretty monogamous and a hat in a 4 day period seems reasonable? Am I crazy??

This hat is a simple but interesting patten. The brim of the hat is slightly different from a regular ribbing, which is pretty fun. THe pattern itself is just a couple of knit rows and them some patterning. I think it’ll go quick but show off the yarn pretty well. Having a dark hat like this is nice because I have some lighter hats. It’ll also be a good shop sample as well. I do have skeins of this yarn in DK if you want to join me or on the sock base if you like the colorway for another project. Check it out!

I cast this hat on during my lunch break today and finished the brim there. I did about 1 repeat of the pattern and then a little bit more of the trip home. Nothing really to report here, but it’s fun to have these smaller, quick projects that make me feel really productive? Do you ever find that with a lot of larger projects, you get a little burnt out? I’m really finding my groove again with the constant changing of projects.

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.
2. Spinning – Same as last week – this isn’t technically inactive anymore. I did spin one day last week. I actually recorded a vlog about this project that I hope to edit and post soon. I’ll also plan to post a blog here in the same regard for those who prefer blogs.
3. Escarpment cowl. This is my sit and stitch project, but I really wanted to finish working on the Little Thun sweater this week instead.
3. Northeasterly. I’ve been tired.

What’s Next?
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! What is next you ask? So i’m working through the 103 hat for now. I also want to knit the two color Joji socks. Interestingly, that’s really what they are called (minus the Joji part). After that, I’ll be doing the shiftalong hat by Andrea Mowry. Those two will round up the shop samples for now. More details on all of these samples coming soon.
After shop samples, I want to knit the sock arms sweater, Drachenfels shawl and some socks. Yes socks. Can you believe it?

Shop
The shop is full of lots of fun ready to ship skeins. Check it out here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.
There will be a lot of fun announcements coming soon. Keep an eye out for the details.

Shop Update – 3.2.2020 at 8pm ET

Hi everyone! I will be loading the agirlandherwool shop up with a lot of Ready to Ship skeins this upcoming Monday, March 2nd at 8pm ET. Keep reading below to see what will go into the shop. You can also see a vlog about it on my YouTube channel, agirlandherwool.

Graffiti on DK and Overnight Oats, Golden Hour and Pinot Knit-oir on Sock

Graffiti
Graffiti (pictured on the left above) is a dark charcoal gray tonal yarn with patches of teals, golden brown and rust. It will be available on the DK base in 100g skeins. You can already find this colorways on the Sock base in 100g and 50g skeins in the shop. I plan to cast on the 103 hat by Jennifer Lassonde in this colorway, so please join me! You can check back here and on Instagram (@agirlandherwool) for updates on my project.

Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats (pictured as the 2nd colorway) is a neutral creamy gray base with speckles of cream and gray throughout. This colorway will be available on the sock base in 100g skeins. This is a perfect neutral that pairs really well with most colors in my shop.

Golden Hour
Golden Hour (pictured as the 3rd colorway) is a tonal golden brown. It is part of my Rose Gold collection. It will be available in 100g skeins on the sock base.

Pinot Knit-oir
Pinot Knit-oir (furthest to the right) is a tonal burgundy colorway. It is a deep brown and rose colorway that is also a part of my Rose Gold collection. It will be available on the sock base in 100g skeins.

I chose to load all of these colorways together because I do love how they all look together. You can certainly make your own kits out of any of these colorways. If you want to make your own sets with different size skeins, check out those listings in the shop! I love dyeing you your skeins in any sizes because I know you are buying exactly what you need.

The shop will be updated at 8pm on Monday, March 2nd. I hope to see you there!

Again, for a full run down, check out my vlog on YouTube. You can also see more colorways that are currently in the shop as Ready to Ship skeins!

FO Friday – Time Trades Shawl

No words

Wow! This shawl is beautiful. I know I’m totally biased as the dyer of the yarn, but the pattern by Caitlin Hunter is just so lovely. I had a great time knitting this project and for such a big shawl, it was over too quickly. I recommend reading through this entire post 😉 Here are the fun details:
Pattern: Time Trades by Caitlin Hunter / Boyland Knitworks
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Sock base / Time Trades Kit 1 (Rose gold gradient, Golden Hour and Overnight Oats)
Needles: Size 5
Cast on: 1/16/2020
Cast off: 2/8/2020
The pattern page on Ravelry can be found here.

That gradient…

The pattern goes so quickly because the first 5 repeats of the pattern all change colors within the gradient set. I think because it felt like I kept moving onto the next color, it was going so quickly. Of course, I thought I was halfway when I finished the gradient, but there’s actually more of the two contrast colors later on. The gradient at the edge of the shawl really pops when you wear it (especially when you sit and pet it. I mean…. nope that’s what I meant).

I love the colors I used in this shawl. The rose gradient is so sweet and beautiful. When it’s paired with Golden Hour and Overnight Oats, it gives it a real earthy, calm feel. The shawl itself is light and airy so the length of it doesn’t bother me. I can wrap it around and still not feel suffocated.

I was able to memorize the pattern fairly quickly and so this project came everywhere with me. That definitely helped it knit up so quickly. When I have to sit and stare at a pattern and count stitches and everything, there’s no way to move through it smoothly. With this pattern, I was able to just keep on knitting! I love that it is knit on a bias as well. It just makes the gradient and color changes that much more fun. I will say there were a ton of ends to weave in, but with #WeaveItInWednesday, that’s never too much of a problem.

I highly recommend knitting this pattern if you are looking for a fun and wearable shawl. It’s my first rectangular shawl and I was a little apprehensive about the wearable-ness of the pattern, but I find it extremely easy to wear. If you want to knit this in the same colors, there are kits available in the shop. I have kits in the exact same colors and then some other variations. All of the kits use the Rose Gold gradient.

If you want to create your own kit, it’s easy in my shop because you can select mini skeins of whichever colors you want. The pattern calls for 20g of each mini and then 100g of each contrast color. I also have my new Faerie Shadow Gradient that can be used with fun contrast colors too. Let me know if you need help picking those out.

I’m so excited about this project, that I want all of you to have it too!
For today and tomorrow – receive 15% off your order of a Time Trades shawl – 3 kits to choose from – with code BLOGTRADES15. This code is active from now until 11:59ET on 2/29/2020. You can select from any of the 3 kits. Just click on the Time Trades section in the shop to see the options. Click here for the shop.

As always, let me know what you think!

PS. If you didn’t see yet, I started a YouTube channel with all things agirlandherwool. You can see this shawl live there later today. Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it! You’ll see some behind the scenes looks into my dyeing, crafts and shenanigans. Here’s a link!

On the WIP Side – 02.26.2020

Quick side note – I think some of the links get messed up and go to the wrong project on Ravelry. If that’s the case, just go to my projects page. I keep everything pretty organized so you should be able to find the project you are looking for.
I’m going to start posting my WIP posts on Wednesdays, that way they are all ready for #WeaveItInWednesday. Things have been, and will continue to be, busy with the shop, but I’m trying to make sure I keep at my crafting as well. Throughout this week and into next week, you’ll be seeing lots of Finished Object posts. I’m trying to spread them out, but I’m also just so excited to show you. The one about my Earnest Cardigan is already posted in case you missed it. I still wear that sweater constantly and if you haven’t checked out my YouTube Channel, please do! You’ll get to see even more about the crafting and dyeing that I do. I am even wearing my cardigan in the first couple of vlogs. So, here are the WIPs…

Some newer stuff going on in here

Total: 6 WIPs (4 active)
Knitting:
4 projects – 1 pair of socks, 1 baby sweater, 1 cowl and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 1 project
2020 Total Finished: 4

Newborn Vertebrae – Finished
Pattern: Baby Vertebrae / Kelly van Niekerk
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres / Shiver
Valley Yarns / Huntington / 50 Black
Needles: Size 2 (body), Size 3 (sleeves) , Size 0 (hems) , Size 1.5 (cast off)
Cast on: 2/5/2020
Cast off goal: 2/23/2020
Cast off date: 2/26/2020

Pretty close to my cast off goal! Honestly, it was mostly finished over the weekend. I just had a couple of rows left and I finished that up last night. This morning, I was able to weave in the last of the ends while dyeing some yarn. So it still needs a blocking, but that’ll happen soon. (mhmm LK finished counts on the blog. It’s my blog after all. If you don’t know what I’m talking about click here.

Back to the itty bitty sweater. I cast this on with some leftover Hedgehog Fibres yarn that I have had since I finished these socks back in 2016. Earlier this year, I set off on a mission to work through my scraps. I’m taking a ball of leftover yarn, crocheting a few rows into a blanket and then using the rest to knit some items that I will donate to charity. It’s feeling really great to use the yarn and also make items for people who need them. I’m going to post a longer post about this goal and so look for it coming soon. There will probably also be a vlog where I can provide some visuals as to why. I’m sure you can relate.

I really mean it this time… back to the sweater. Not. I will post a longer finished object post about it so I won’t give too much away. Overall – baby sweaters knit up quick. Babies are tiny. The end.

If you haven’t checked out this pattern / ebook, you really should. The pattern is really great and fits all sizes. I love that it’s a layering piece for the baby. It’s a really smart idea and it was fun to knit it.

January DVD Socks
Pattern: None featuring Fish Lips Kiss heel (Sox Therapist)
Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks / Vista / Silver Linings Playbook
Valley Yarns / Huntington / 50 Black
Needles: Size 0
Gauge: 8 st per 1 inch
Cast on: 1/1/2020
Cast off goal: None

I did work on these over the weekend, they just didn’t get finished. I’m up to the cuff of the socks. Because I’m knitting them two at a time, I wanted to finish the Newborn sweater so that I could steal the black yarn from there and have two separate balls for the cuff. Oh details. I knit these out of self striping yarn, but because they were originally knit for my husband’s giant feet, I had less than a ball left. Or thereabouts. I decided to knit these socks with a contrasting heel and cuff to allow for more height in the sock. Looking back on it, I’m not sure why I didn’t use the black for the toes, but there is absolutely no going back now. The socks will get done in the next few days and be ready just in time for next fall. That’s how it goes, right?

Escarpment Cowl
Pattern: Escarpment Cowl / Shireen Nadir
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farms in Cumulus Dappled / Colorway TBD
Needles: Size 7
Cast on: 1/26/2020
Cast off goal: None

I went to the Sit and Stitch on Sunday at my local yarn store, A Knit Sheep. This has been my project for those sessions. I was knitting it on smaller needles and it was coming out way too dense. On Sunday, I ripped out the whole project and started it over again on Size 7 needles. I think the gauge is way better. The yarn for this project is cotton and so I wanted it to be lighter. It’ll make for a great springtime cowl for the mornings before it warms up. Since this is heavier yarn, which I don’t knit with too often, this project is going quickly. I got a lot done that afternoon and expect to make similar progress this weekend. All in a all, a great social knitting project. I’m really excited to try out wearing a hand knit cotton item as well.

All in an afternoon’s work

Strawberry Little Thun – NEW
Pattern: Little Thun / The Blue Mouse / Emily Franck
Yarn: agirlandherwool / DK / Strawberry Shortcake (MC) and Mint Chip (CC)
Needles: Size 5
Cast on: 2/23/2020
Cast off goal: 3/1/2020

Ready for the contrast color

I mentioned this as an upcoming project last week and here it is! I decided to cast this on because this colorway pairing gets a lot of attention in my shop. I wanted to have a knit up sample of the colorways and pairings for customers. I also decided that I needed more DK samples because I mostly knit with Fingering weight yarn and wanted to have both to show customers as well. In about 2 or 3 days worth of commuting and a lunch break, I was able to knit up to the sleeve split. Again, baby sweaters go quick. I’m knitting the 3rd size up, which is for 6-12 month olds. I tried to pick a size that would maximize the yarn used, but minimize the amount of time I would need to spend on this sample. Work smarter, not harder, as they say.

Again, so far, it’s a fairly simple raglan. There is some striping that I’ll be starting now that I am on the body. Something interesting is that I don’t have a size 5 needle with a 16 inch circumference. This means that when I cast on the sweater, which is top down, I was able to knit the neckline with magic loop. As the sweater grew, I did something similar to magic loop, but where the sweater was still in a loop on one side, but the cable stuck out far where I was knitting. This is hard to write in words, so check out my vlogs on YouTube for more details. I will post a video of what I mean.

I expect this to be a finished object next week. For saying that I didn’t expect too many finished objects this year, I’m quite pleased with my finishes so far.
PS. Both of these colorways are available as ready to ship items ON DK, so you can knit along with me!

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.
2. Spinning – Surprisingly, this isn’t technically inactive anymore. I did spin on Monday for 15 minutes. I’m hoping to do a MWF thing, so expect more details on this soon.
3. Northeasterly. I’ve been tired.

What’s Next?
I am going to be knitting another shop sample out of the DK yarn. It will be the 103 hat by Jennifer Lassonde / BostonJen out of my Graffiti colorway!

Shop
I had a shop update on Monday and LOTS of Rose Tea on Sock was loaded in. If you want to knit a sweater like my Earnest Cardigan, feel free to snag some of those skeins. You are also able to order and size and quantity of skeins through the Rose Tea listing, but ready to ship skeins are offered at a discount. As I mentioned, I also loaded up on Strawberry Shortcake and Mint Chip on DK and there are some left. You can also order these skeins as a pair in the Yarn Kits section. For more details on the best way to shop at agirlandherwool, see this post. I also plan to post a similar style vlog on this topic, so check out my channel on YouTube.
The next shop update will be on Monday, 3/2/2020. Keep an eye out for more details on what to expect. More sneak peeks on the Vlog too!