Featured Finished Objects: Wood Warbler Cowl and Ruschia Hat

After sitting the lovely August pattern out because of moving craziness, I was excited to jump back into A Year of Techniques in September and October.  September’s project was Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, which taught garter stitch grafting.  This month’s was the Ruschia Hat, designed by Woolly Wormhead, which featured short row shaping, but also, building on last month’s project, used garter stitch grafting — I know I’ve talked about this before, but I love how the sequence of AYOT designs build on each other, giving you chances to practice and reinforce the skills you learned in previous months!

What was extra fun about these past two projects was that they shared some features — squishy, delicious garter stitch with clever design to keep it interesting — which meant that they were both really addictive (and quick!) to knit and lent themselves to making a non-matching, but coordinating set (my favorite kind) — just in time for autumn weather for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!  I finished my hat this past Sunday and have already sported my new, purple-hued pair of projects around town a few times!

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Once Upon a Sock: October Edition

Well, yesterday completely slipped me by!

If you’ve been reading along here for awhile, you’ll know that the first Thursday of the month is sock time!  I didn’t realize until late yesterday that it had already come around again (I blame my cold!)

This morning, as I sipped my coffee and knit, as is my wont, I was thinking what a shame it was that I hadn’t done any sock knitting all month, and that I’d have to miss this month’s update … all the while I was knitting on a sock! Doh!

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Unraveled Wednesday: Arctic Intentions

After another long post yesterday, I’ll just say a very quick hello and share what I’m working on this work, linking up with As Kat Knit’s Unraveled Wednesday:

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My Arctic Cardigan for the first quarter of the Good Intentions club is coming along nicely. I’ve joined in my second ball of Quarry and am just about to the point of separating out the sleeves — the joys of bulky yarn!  I am a smidge worried about my gauge. The fabric feels the teensiest bit stiff, but my gauge swatch loosened after blocking, so I’m going to trust in that and carry on.  I’ll give give the yoke a quick measure to see if I need to do a little tinkering to get it to the right depth before I separate or the sleeves.  If I get really concerned, I’ll give it a quick block and check things out!

I’ve got a case of the sniffles come on and have spent the morning trying to carry on with my work — but I might take the afternoon as a “duvet day” (I’ve just learned this brilliant phrase) to rest, and spend a little quality time with my cardigan.

I’d love to hear what you’re working on this week in the comments!