FO Monday – Beaded Hitchhiker

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In the ramp up to the Ravellenic Games, I finished my Unicorn Fart Hitchhiker with beads!  You get to see it today because I’m saving Friday for my Ravellenic sweater!  Oh yes, the games started last Friday and the goal of the Sweater Triathlon is to knit a sweater in 17 days.  That seems like such a long time though.  I’m thinking of this more like a Sweater Sprint!  (obviously, I chose the chunky yarn on size 11 needles!)  But enough about that…

The base pattern here is the Hitchhiker.  I assume we’re all familiar with it’s awesomeness.  I’m a big fan, this is my 10th Hitchhiker.  As such, I’ve got a string of fun modifications up my sleeve.  This iteration employs the eyelet row mod and takes it a step further by adding beads.

It’s a ton of beads.  I hadn’t thought of the weight it would add.  Ultimately, I enjoy the extra weight.  In addition to beautiful drape, it really helps the garment stay put.  A happy accident, indeed!

The beads –the rainbow beads!– alone don’t make this scarf though.  No, this is about the double rainbow.  The yarn is rainbow as well…Unicorn Farts!

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YES!  and, to make it just a little more special, it’s not just fun rainbow yarn, it’s fun rainbow yarn that my Mom dyed for me!  Naturally, I’d been saving it for something special.

Mission accomplished!  I’m pleased with this one!

(Of course, I’d still make one small change next time.  I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.  I think maybe it’s a little too much, next time I’ll be K2Tog tbl.  I think that’ll give me a nice edge without that little bit of flare.  Or perhaps the Icelandic Bind Off, another bind off that has give without flare.   I’m not Type A enough to redo this one though.  Plus, I’ve got more pressing issues…like knitting an entire sweater in 7 days!  Check back for the unveiling later this week!!)

WIP Wednesday – Current Favs

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The reality of 10 WIPs at once is most of them are actually being ignored.  The proverbial time out corner.  The back of the chair is the stuff that will most likely get finished.  The green project bags are my favorite to carry, so you’re likely to find my most active projects in them.  Today is no exception!

 

First, my beaded Hitchhiker…nearing the end!  The beads are an interesting modification to a classic design.  The workflow suits me, 6 mindless garter rows, a (yo, k2tog) row and then one row of focused attention adding the beads.  It’s been more of a go-to project than I expected.  I’m up to 32 teeth and I haven’t run out of beads yet.  I’m currently betting the yarn will run out first.   The end is in sight, either way!

 

The other project getting love this week, my Rockefeller.  It was on a bit of a hiatus but it’s happily back in business!

I’m currently slogging away on the 300+ stitch i-cord bind off.  Worth the effort but worthy of a little gripe too!  An hour at the beach the other day, an hour at knit night, an hour this morning…persistance is paying off.  I WILL get there.  And the next section tapers into a point…no bind off!  So I’m just getting the obligatory complaint out now :)  (don’t worry, I’m still saving the ‘oy! look at all these ends to weave complaint’ for later! )  The yarn is Sylph from Jade Sapphire, a cashmere-linen blend!  There will be no complaints when I’m finally wearing this one!

The Ravellenic Games (aka the knitting olympics) begin Friday, I’m fairly certain I can make it until then without casting on something new.  :)

 

 

FO Friday

I WIP’d on Wednesday and now it’s Friday and I’ve got an FO?!  A stopped watch is still right twice a day, eh?

This is not just any FO either, this humble project started as a problem (a bleeding yarn problem) but it may be FO of the Year!

It still bled…

but I expected it and prepared for the situation appropriately (I love Synthrapol!)

First time I’ve ever blocked a Hitchhiker but I added an eyelet row, so it was called for.  It’s a great modification to an already terrific pattern.  On row 8, BO 5, K1, (YO, K2tog) to last stitch, KFB.  Love it!  Easy to remember, easy to execute, gives even more of a helping hand to potentially messy variegation.  Everything fell into place just right with this FO.

 

and then, I got to wear it!

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(That’s not me, DUH!)

I might be a pink gal after all.  It surprises me every time, despite making perfect sense.  My wardrobe contains NO pink.  That makes pink the perfect pop color for me, without fail, every time.  I always hate hearing it and I always act surprised but I should know better by now.  A little pink does me good.

So, (for now), I am declaring this FO of the Year and keeping it out of the gift pile!