FO: November Fitted Pullover

Pattern: February Fitted Pullover

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label (Aran Weight). I absolutely love this yarn!! soft and squishy, with great stitch detail.

Needles: 4.5 mm circulars 

Mods: knitted an extra two inches between the waist decreases and increases, and lengthened the 3/4 sleeves to full sleeves. 

Notes: I. Love. This. Sweater. It’s the perfect marriage between a really wonderful yarn and a really wearable, flattering pattern. I knit about 90% of this sweater while drugged up and recovering from having my impacted wisdom teeth removed. Everyone warned me that knitting while under the influence was a bad idea. They shared stories of waking up in a pile of yarn or having to frog everything. I was amazed that the sweater turned out. Error-free, I thought. That is, until about 5 minutes ago when I was looking at the FO shots and thought to myself, “what’s that funny line just under the bust section?” So I looked at the sweater. And sure enough, there is a mistake (it’s a 2 row pattern, but it looks like I did row 1 twice, and then carried on as usual). So….. it seems I have not produced an error-free knit while under the influence.

Although you’ve got to admit- it’s a pretty well-placed error. It looks like an empire waist detail! At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

I’m Back!! With a New Website, and a new Name!

G has very kindly been working away at  creating the new blog for me while I’ve been recovering, and today is the new launch! Welcome to Knitted Bliss. It’s pretty much the same as Teamknit was in the past, only facing up to the fact that it’s been a solo show for a while. I’m so excited!! Please update your links accordingly (although the old site directs you directly to this site, so it’s all good).

Recovering from impacted wisdom tooth extraction: I had no idea my face could swell up to the gigantic proportions that it did. If it weren’t so painful, it would have been really funny. Because in all honesty, I looked like this:

Only without the smile.  It was so swollen that it hurt to open my mouth wide enough to get a spoon inside. So I drank my food, surviving off of my killer smoothies, and this pumpkin soup recipe, which has been amazing. I doubled the garlic in the recipe, and it was delicious sipped it out of a mug.

You know what was really surprising? Although I have hardly any recollection of knitting at all, somehow, when the drugs were done, I had this:

My apologies for the strange light, I was holding a lamp in one hand and the camera in the other, trying to get a clear shot. I’m still seaming the other sleeve, and then I’ll give it a good blocking. FO post to follow very soon!

Modification Mondays: Featherweight Meets Minimalist

Original Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan

Knitter Extraordinaire: Klara (rav id, blog)

Mods: Klara cast on fewer stitches for the top section to reduce the volume of fabric around the neck, and make the neckband more narrow. Since this cardi is called Featherweight Meets Minimalist, I’m sure you can guess what happened next- she used an all over double moss stitch to mimic the minimalist cardi texture. The collar is worked in 1×1 ribbing, and cuffs in 2×2 ribbing. 

What Makes This Awesome: For those of you that ready the blog regularly, you know I’m a sucker for a great pattern mash up- it’s like doubling your pattern knitting satisfaction!  I love the double moss stitch texture, the simple style, and I’m a sucker for grey. This is the kind of cardigan that I wish was already in my wardrobe- so wearable, you can throw it on with anything.  Admit it- if you knitted this, you’d wear it all the time! Project page is here.

Modification Mondays: Cabled Bolero

 Original Pattern: Cabled Bolero

Knitter Extraordinaire: Una (Rav id)

Mods: Used fewer pentagrams and arranged them in a different configuration, as well used the collar edging  completely around the bolero, for a more finished look. More details on her mods, specifically a very handy diagram on how she put it all together, is on her project page.

What Makes This Awesome:  This is a popular but really challenging pattern, and many people have tried to modify it into a more wearable garment. I’ve even got this one sleeping away in my Ravelry projects page, too. But Una’s take is easily the most sophisticated and wearable mod of the bolero I’ve seen- it’s the kind of sweater that you wear out and absolutely everyone asks you wear you got it.And how perfect is the knitted button?! I love this sweater, it’s utterly perfect. If I ever get around to finishing my bolero, I’ll be using Una’s mods, for sure. And looking at hers makes me want to dig mine out of the WIP pile, posthaste!

Into Hiding, Briefly

I’m having my wisdom teeth removed this morning. They are impacted, and apparently one is so close to my sinus that they won’t be able to get it out with nicking it slightly, and leaving a small hole (it’ll heal, but wtf?!) between my mouth and sinus. The lower ones are so close to the nerve that runs along my lower jaw that they suspect I’ll have some temporary nerve damage (again, sounds like a party, right?). So I’m  hunkering down this with painkillers, smoothies, and these two knitting projects:

I know that the minimalist cardi won out in the vote, but the February pullover has cast a spell on me. Also, a bit of a confession- I suspect that I might prefer the minimalist in grey. I’m not sure. I need to have a think about it, especially since I suspect I have enough yarn for both. Crazy talk, right? Well folks, I’m feeling kind of crazy. Must be the oral surgery I’m undergoing, oh, probably while you’re reading this.

I’ll be back next week when I’m off the painkillers! Mod Mondays will go forward as scheduled.