FO Friday: First Handspun Knitted Project

Shell Scarf

Shell Scarf


Project Details

Pattern: Adapted from Gail Tanquary’s Fan Shawl.
Yarn: Hand spun
Fiber: Susan’s Kitchen FiberArts BFL Groovy
Needles: US 6/4.00 mm
Started: March 18 2010
Finished: October 20 2010 if you count blocking


I finished knitting my Shell Shawl back in May, but did not have the space to block it as the spare bed was covered with boxes. Even though the boxes have been gone from the bed for a while, I only found the time to block it last week.

I purchased the fiber at Sock Summit last year directly after Abby’s intro to spinning class.  After all she had said to buy something that you love and want to spin.   I spun the fiber with both a Saacht Hi-lo and a Wildcraft Chillis spindle as they have the same weight.  The singles were chain plied to maintain the colors.

Shell Scarf close up of first shell

Shell Close Up


The shell patterns were adapted from Gail Tanquary’s Fan Shawl.


FO: In Your Garden Socks

When I knit the last pair of socks for Mum she asked for seven more pairs.

While she may have been joking about the number, if I do one pair at time, it is a reachable target.

In Your Garden Socks
These are her second pair.

Once again Ray at Knitivity came up with the perfect yarn for some one who does not want colored socks (Mum) to be knitted by some one who cannot be without color (me).  Patina looks exactly as you expect.  It made me think of drystone walls and old English churches.

At the same time, Mum’s health means that she is unable to garden as much as she would like.  Gardening is something of a spring, summer, early fall addiction for both of us.  Probably more for her as I have lots of other interests too.

So I knitted these socks with all of this in mind.

In Your Garden Socks toe and gusset

I started with a Turkish cast-on; using the same idea that I did with her mittens which came from Anna Zilboorg’s Fancy Feet book.  Mum has long toes, so this should really help.

The foot pattern represents flowers/grass in the garden.  It is a simple purl/knit stitch that I made up based off the Fleur de Lys pattern on the palm of her mitten.

Gusset increases were centered around the top of the foot as seen in Cat Bordhi’s first Footprints book.  I think it was upstream, but since reading that book, I have put gusset increases wherever and whenever it looks right!

In Your Garden Socks Heel
The ankle is a trellis; totally plagiarized from Lucy Neatby’s Fiesta Foot but worked up the heel in one color. Really called honeycomb but could be considered a trellis.

In Your Garden Socks Cuff

The leg is based off basket weave, in this sock it is representing a stonewall protecting both the garden and the sock wearer from deer nibbling the flowers and toes.

The idea of story socks was totally lifted from Tsarina, after seeing her Abbey Tsock and accompanying story.


Pattern: In your garden socks

Toe Up Sock with Turkish Cast On and Upstream Gussets

Yarn: Down Home Art Yarn Socks by Knitivity. Colorway: Patina

Needles: US 2/2.75 mm

Started: April 1st 2010; Finished: May 22nd 2010 (approx).

FO Friday Mum’s Mittens

Mum's Mittens

Mum's Mitten


Pattern: Adapted from Anna Zilbourg’s Fancy Feet

Needles: US 4, 3.5 mm

Yarn: White is Classic Elite Yarns Classic One Fifty; Red is a mystery ball given to me at a guild meeting sometime.

Started: December 11th 2009

Finished: January 4th 2010


The great thing is that they match Mum’s coats.  The bad news is that she is worried about losing them so she doesn’t wear them.

The mittens were worked top down with waste yarn for the thumb, which was knitted top down and grafted in after wards.  The palms had the same pattern as you can see in the thumb:

Mum's Mittens: Back and Front

Mum's Mittens: Back and Front

I had hoped to knit them inside out (purl stitches out) but instinct took over and the rest, as they say, is history.

FO Friday: Coriolis Socks

Coriolis Socks from Cat Bordhi

Coriolis Socks

Pattern Information

Pattern: Spiraling Coriolis Knee Highs by Cat Bordhi
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball
Needles: US 2/2.75 mm
Started: October 24 2009
Finished: December 24 2009

They look as if they are different sizes, especially at the top. As they don’t wear as if they are different sizes, their different appearance must be a optical illusion caused by the different colors. They work great in boots, but I think they are falling down if I don’t have the boots to keep them up.  It is probably all imagination.

Lucia’s Scarf

Last October my LYS, Stitches with Style, had a basic Lace Knitting Workshop with Franklin Habit.

Franklin at Stitches with Style

At that time he gave copies of his pattern Parterrre Brouderie which I started knitting and decided it would make a good christmas present for my niece, Lucia.  It was the only knitted present that I gave this year, so I hope she likes it.  If not I hope my sister-in-law takes it and uses it instead.  It came out very nicely, even if I say so myself.

Lucia's Scarf

Pattern Info

Pattern:  Parterre Broderie with added nupps

Size: ~5 ft long

Needles: US 3 / 3.25 mm

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace Solid in Pink

Started: 10 October 2009 at Franklin’s workshop at Stitches with Style

Finished:  19 December 2009


I added the nupps because we were practicing them in class, so I decided they could stay.  They do not show up very well in this yarn but are between the straight lines of pattern in the center.

I found this pattern very easy to remember.  So it was not too challenging that I could not knit it when I was tired like complicated lace patterns and not too easy that it got boring.

Comfort Shawl

Comfort Shawl

Comfort Shawl

Pattern Info

Pattern: Comfort Shawl

Size: 36″ square

Needles: US /7.0 mm

Yarn: Bernat Mohairlaine

Started: 24 September 2009;  Finished: 8 October 2009


The wife of my office mate had a bad fall at work and broke lots of things and disclocated other things.  When he told me about her accident she was bed/chair bound, in a lot of pain and dependent on him for everything.  I couldn’t do much to help, but I could  create something to comfort her.  So I knitted this very easy comfort shawl for her.  It can be used around the shoulders or as a lap-robe.

It was very much appreciated and was one of the easiest things I have knitted for a while.  The trick was large needles and pleasant yarn.

Pattern for Square Comfort Shawl

Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: Yarn over needle knit to end

Repeat Row 1 until shawl is as wide as you want it

*Row 2: Yarn over needle, ssk, knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1

Repeat Row 2 until three stitches left.


Weave ends in.

Block the h*ll out of it.

Other Shawl Shapes


If you want to make it rectangular, once the shawl is wide enough:

Row 3: Yarn over needle, SSK, knit to end

Repeat Row 3 until shawl is long enough.

Repeat Row 2 as above at *


For a triangle shawl stop Row 1 when shawl is wide enough.

Bind off etc.

Mum’s Socks

Mum's Socks

Mum's Socks

Pattern Info

Pattern: Toe-Up Socks using Judy’s Magic Cast On

Size: 9.5″ long; 8″ diameter

Needles: US 2/ 2.75 mm

Yarn: Knitivity Down Home Art Yarns SOCK (multicolor); choc-coffee morning fade readers special.

Started: 7 September 2009;  Finished: 23 October 2009


After my last disaster that were Mum’s socks, I admit to being a little nervous this time.  The yarn is fabulous – it was almost as if Mum had ordered the colors.   She is so boring about what color socks she wants that if I did not love her loads, I wouldn’t bother.  Even with all that love, I am NOT knitting black or white socks.  You can purchase those from the store.  At least this colorway from Knitivity fitted her demands to a T and it arrived smelling really nice and is lovely yarn.

I made the foot plain and then the leg was a twisted rib, twisting on each leg in two directions, the middle rib back and front alternatively twisting from left to right. The heel was a reinforced using my usual partridge stitch.

Mum was delighted to get a pair of sock that fit her so perfectly and ordered seven more pairs.  If only I could get her out of the boring sock color mentality.