Montego Bay Remixed

Pattern: Montego Bay by Amy Singer for Interweave Knits, Summer 2007

Yarn: Lang Moon ribbon yarn in ‘Azalea’

Needles: 6mm straights

Modifications: I changed the actual stitch pattern, so that the lattice lace runs completely vertically, not diagonally. This was accomplished by row 1 being k3,*yo,k2tog* to last 3 sts, then k3. row 2: purl. That’s it.

Notes: I hate ribbon yarn. There. I said it.

But I can’t hate the scarf, it’s cute as pie.

Here are the requisite photos that show off the whole scarf, while I do a little catwalking in my bathroom: I just noticed that you can see four pairs of recently handwashed knickers hanging over the towel in my bathroom. I’m so classy, it hurts.

But this is a shot of how I’ll probably wear it…..
And I’ll try to keep the knickers out of future photo shoots.

Ravelry Invite Contest!!!!!

When we first heard of Ravelry, both Jen and I signed up for Ravelry, not knowing the other was doing the same thing. When we got the first invite, we joined as TeamKnit, and subsequently don’t need the other one, which has just rolled in! So, the first person to answer this question correctly will win the invite:

Jen and Julie usually do different projects. According to this blog, which project(s) have they both worked on?

Note: We checked with the Ravelry Team before offering up our invite, so everything is on the level.

Where my stitches at!?!

My Precious…..

My Koigu arrived!!
Koigu Painter’s Palette (colourway #217)

My plan was to get some Koigu and make lots of baby booties. My friends just keep having little ones, and I figured it would be worth having a stash of pre-knitted baby things to whip out when needed. A nice bright colourway that would be good for boys or girls seemed like a good choice. Only now, I want to keep the Koigu for myself and keep petting it. Bad, greedy knitter that I am…..

I got a ton of yarn from KnitPicks this week. The yarn on the left (the blue ‘Dusk’ and beige ‘Fawn’) are for Baby Norgi, a sweater I’d like to knit for Ben, the eldest of my friend’s children, who will turn 2 on October 1st. Ideally, I’d like to have a completed Baby Norgi to present to him on his birthday.

But that lovely ‘Amethyst Heather’ on the right is for me- I’ve succumbed to the many beautiful Forecast cardigans I’ve seen on Ravelry, and I’m going to knit my own. The only thing that is keeping me from being selfish and casting on for it immediately is that I didn’t get gauge on the needles, and I need to go up a size, which I don’t have. But I’m sure I’ll solve that problem before the week is out…

Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we FO !

Montego Bay Scarf

Pattern: Montego Bay by Amy Singer for Interveave Knits Summer 2007

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay (cotton, silk, microfiber) x3 for the body and . 25 of a 4th for the fringe

Needles: 6.00 wooden straights gifted by Travis last xmas

Modifications: I used larger needles to make it airier and less fringe(2strands) so I’d have a 4th ball to make some wristwarmers out of in future~!

Notes: I realize now how torrid this love affair was. I set aside everything I’d been working on and feverishly worked away to finish this scarf. After the inital set up rows I had no problems with this pattern, no problems counting 3 or 4 at the beginning as I would take the clue of the end of the previous row. It did not lag on, as I’ve seen other bloggers suggest… I believe from start to finish it took me one week of subway knitting, couple skate sessions and approx 2-3 movies. hardly a project that requires a lot of commitment- though I did give myself over to it completely. Have I gushed enough? bah, one more. Cathay- How do I love thee? let me count the ways.
1. the color ranges are fantastic. The seafoam I choose has such depth from the silk and microfiber
2. it’s drape is so magnificent- van eyk woudl be proud!!
3. did i mention it’s freakin soft?
4. IT WAS ON SALE!!!! (can I get an amen?))

Montego Bay Scarf

Montego Bay Scarf

wip roundup

Now that my passionate fling with Montego is over, I’m turning back to the projects I left by the wayside.

beaded Cami: After knitting a few rows of this on the subway this morning, I remember how much I love this bright teal. I’ve knit this up to my ribcage now, two more completely boring and arudous inches and I’ll begin the task of emulating an empire waist from the top down. Yikes. Kelly, look out for an email of utter confusion.

Saartje booties: Finished! Just waiting to be blocked, buttoned and bundled.

Moderne Mason-Dixon: I’m beginning to think I’m never going to finish this, after knitting 6 color logs the garter stitch is getting to me. I’m bored out of my freakin skull. This is worse than math class@!

and now for whats new..

Tuscany by Amy Singer

I received my latest order from knitpicks on Friday! I ripped open the box anxious to pet my yarns when lo and behold- a shocking pink stared back at me. Orchid? This is what shine sport-orchid really looks like? Wow. I must have been half asleep when I chose that color. There is no way in hell I’m going to wear a tuscany shawl in that awful color. I’m sending it back tomorrow and getting three more skeins of Gloss in Burgundy to match the single skein I originally picked up for Eunny’s Endpapers.

Finished Counterpane Clutch by Girlwhoknits

Also in that box, were two hanks for a sleek black and possbily beaded Counterpane Clutch from Handknit Holidays. I’ve been in want of dark evening/clubbing wristlet for some time and this one is just the ticket. I like this image for the strap possibilities.

I almost like the big lalana version more, but lack patience.

And last but not least, I can be seen knitting Montego in a skate video. Blader Session #13 to be exact. One of these days we’ll have Kevin, our PR manager to guest blog about how origins of TeamKnit!, its officers and our amazing sponsorships. Yep, we’re sponsored- but not in the way you think. Which reminds me, Jules – We need to do that photoshoot for Issac asap!

*edit jen’s: I’ve been spotted already! Got a random email from some dude with the link.

Someone go watch the video for me and tell me it’s not as bad as i think it is because I haven’t see it yet!!! freaking out over nothing right?