Project Update: Mountain Mist Sweater

Last Saturday, I cast on for a Mountain Mist sweater by Tin Can Knits, which was released with the Strange Brew collection. I’ve already made a few smaller projects out of the collection (an Anthology hat, a Fleet hat) but took some time to chose a sweater to do.  If you’re interested in colorwork, I highly recommend picking this collection up.  For $22, you get eight sweater patterns, three hat patterns, a cowl pattern, plus an incredible yoked sweater recipe and a colorwork hat/cowl recipe.  Totally more than worth the cost!

The Mountain Mist sweater caught my eye because it’s graphic and modern looking. I decided to knit it in Ístex Léttlopi because it’s the most widely available worsted yarn here in Reykjavík (well, at least within walking distance), but also because I wouldn’t want to have spent a whole season here without making one!

This sweater has a main color (MC) and three contrasting colors (CC1, CC2, CC3).  The first contrasting color is around the neck, the second and third are for the smaller “mountains,” and the main color is the third row of “mountains” and the sweater body.  At first, I picked a light gray for CC1, a light heather lilac for CC2, a medium bottle green for CC3, and a dark heather green for MC.  I knit up the yoke but it quickly became apparent that there wasn’t enough depth contrast between the gray and the lilac.  Side by side, they were very hard to tell apart.  Additionally, the color story didn’t make sense and the lilac didn’t look good with the bottle green.  I wish I had taken photos of the yoke at this point to show what I mean but I hadn’t.

So, I went back to the yarn store and got a medium-dark green somewhat in between the two I already had, and re-knit the yoke with the gray as CC1, the medium bottle green as CC2, the medium-dark green as CC2, and the dark forest green as MC.  This is the combination that can be seen in my Instagram story above, and the shades are 0054, 1405, 9423, and 1707.

What’s interesting about my final color choices is that, like between the gray and the lilac, there’s not a ton of depth contrast between the first and second and then the second and third greens, but because there’s a high amount of contrast between the greens and the gray, the top mountain peaks are still obvious.  There’s enough contrast between the greens so that, in certain lights, the mountains are visible, but in other lights it looks like a cool gradient.

Ideally, I’d like to have more contrast between all three to emphasize the mountain pattern, but I really like the gradient effect I got with these colors.  Most of the lighter greens at the store were yellow- or brown-based, while the other two greens I already had were both more blue-based, so none of them would have looked the way I wanted.  I would have settled for a light greenish-blue, but most of the blues were more gray-toned.  Overall, I’m really enjoying what’s happening with this sweater.

I’ve gotten past separating for the underarms and am onto the body.  That’s the other thing that’s great about Léttlopi, it knits up so fast!  The recommended needle for the sweater is a US 8, but I got perfect row and stitch gauge with a US 9, which is so rare for me.  I’m hoping to have this sweater done in time to wear it on Christmas!

What are you guys working on?  Holiday gifts, or something for yourself?

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Socks, a Cat, and Nerding Out

Hey, everyone!  How’s your March been?  I got back this past Friday from Washington D.C., where I was visiting family and touring with my roommate.  I’ve been to D.C. a ton of times, but this was the first time as an “adult” (does 21 count as adult?).  We decided to cram in as much as absolutely possible, so in four and a half days we went to the National Zoo, the National Portrait Gallery, the International Spy Museum, the Newseum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the United States Botanical Garden, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, and the National Air and Space Museum.

Yeah, we were busy.

We basically spent the entire time being huge dorks, especially at the Natural History and Air and Space museums.  We’re both STEM majors, so that was pretty cool.  I’ve been to all of these museums before, but it’d been a few years, and my roommate hadn’t been at all.

My roommate and I also found time to go to Georgetown and see one of my best friends from high school!  I don’t get to see her nearly enough, so that was fantastic.  The next day we went to Dupont Circle for dinner and passed by a yarn store, Looped Yarnworks, so of course we had to go in (we’re both knitters)!  I got two balls of Schoppel Wolle Ambiente yarn in 1862.

I was also home for the weekends surrounding the week and I got to see my kitty!  I miss her so much when I’m at school.  I was home to help my mom pack up the house.  Unfortunately, we’re selling our house.  We had hoped to sell my stepdad’s house and have him move in here since we’re attached to the community in our town and he’s not in his, but it’s just not possible.  So, we’ll sell our house, move in with him, and then hopefully sell his place in a year or two and get a house back in my hometown.

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I cast on these plain socks last Friday on the bus home using the Ambiente.  It’s been a while since I’ve done two-at-a-time!

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I’m considering these to be my April socks, although I might have them done before my March socks, of which I finished the first but haven’t cast on the second.

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If you’re new to my blog, my 2017 New Year’s resolution is to knit one pair of socks each month of the year.  It’s going pretty well so far!

In non-sock news, I’ve finished most of my midterms and am anxiously awaiting grades.  I have already gotten one grade back in a difficult class, and I did really well!  I got a 95%, and the professor said usually the high grade for this exam is a 75%.  I’m still nervous about the other tests, though.

Oh, and I finally got my learner’s permit to drive!  My roommate says she’ll help me learn.  I know 21 is late to get my permit, but better late than never!  My goal is to have my license before I graduate in a year, but we’ll see.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Do you have any exciting plans?

New Projects!

It’s been a very productive week for me, knitting-wise!  I managed to finally finish a pair of socks I’ve had on the needles for months, and I started a new cowl and pair of socks and have made decent headway with both!  I’ve just realized the new cowl matches my header font… Clearly I love these kinds of reds.

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The cowl pattern is my own.  I’ve been looking for a crisper, more sophisticated alternative to a lot of the drapey cowl patterns that I keep seeing (not that I don’t love drapey cowls as well!).  My style has become much more tailored lately and flowy scarves and cowls don’t fit in as well.  Basically, the cowl (or maybe neckwarmer is a better word) is going to be the neck part of a turtleneck sweater, plus a few extra inches in front and back slit up the sides.  There’s nothing I hate more than that gap between my shirt and my cowl.

Today was my last day of classes for the semester, so the finals madness is about to begin!  I have an eight-hour physics review session tomorrow (that’s right, eight hours straight), so here’s to hoping I survive that!

In other knitting news, I’ve put the Laurel Cardigan aside for now.  I’m so easily bored with big projects, unfortunately, and the fact that it’s so big makes it hard to transport (and I do most of my knitting on the go).

Welcome to November!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  It’s one of my all-time favorite holidays.  Who doesn’t love getting all dressed up in a costume, hanging out with friends, and eating as much candy as you can shove in your face?  Or maybe that’s just me…

Anyway, last night my knitting and crocheting club had a great Halloween meeting.  We all showed up in our costumes, knitted and crocheted and sewed, and watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It’s such a great experience to be able to sit with people my age, who have the same interests as me, and just have a great time.  I took a picture of us all, aren’t we cute?

I’ve been working on my Laurel Cardigan, but I’ve just been so caught up in midterms that I’ve barely made any progress.  I did finish the first top section and am mostly done with the second sleeve.

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I’m getting really excited about wearing this piece!  The color is great, a little darker and richer than the photo shows, and the moss stitch is so, so squishy and satisfying.  I have a feeling I’ll end up knitting this again in a few other colors.  Maybe charcoal gray, or a navy tweed?