All But The Duplicate Stitch

Isn’t this just so pretty?? I can’t stop petting and staring at this project! The Volcano Trail is all done save the duplicate stitch on the back.

My mattress stitching skills didn’t turn out to shabby! I am pretty happy with the seam. You can still totally tell where the line is but I didn’t predict that it would disappear being as its garter stitch.

Now I just need to knuckle under and get through the duplicate stitch. Which for me, I am sloppy at and never looks as polished I had hoped. So while not difficult, I do not look forward to that particular technique. I know I just need more practice on it but I don’t have to be happy about it either, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Happy Volcano!

My Volcano Trail cowl is two (maybe three) steps from being completely done!

I got the last section completed last week and Monday during my knit night I carefully hemmed down the stockinette cuff/edge. It was TEDIOUS but it does look extremely polished and makes a nice edge.

I still need to pick up and hem the cast on edge. Then I believe I will seam shut the main body where I knit flat. Pretty sure I will have to do the googles on how to mattress seam this much garter stitch. The final step is to duplicated a slipped stitch to mirror the front. SUPER not looking forward to that. But I will do it anyway, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Top Of The Volcano

I am in the home stretch for my Volcano Trail. I can’t quit this project. It’s just plain addictive!

I have just started section four where I am marling the Green and Purple together. I think after this I do some secret sauce and then I will end with a solid purple cuff/edge. I feel like a broken record, but I really really love how these colors are working out!

I’m still working back and forth (aka flat) but I think the cuff will be back in the round. I have also been making good use of my yarn cozies. They have helped my smaller and slightly collapsed skeins from getting tangled. I will definitely need more of these in my life!

Happy Knitting!!

Ready For Section Four

My Volcano Trail cowl is whizzing right along. I am now adding my mystery skein of green sock yarn and this time I’m doing it correctly!

I am solidly in section four and getting ready to start section five. As with most of my projects where I hold yarn double…..I still fixing my mistakes where I don’t get both strands in both stitches. Sigh….

The only yarn I have left to fade in is a purple speckled/variegated skein of Ms. Crosby’s Hat box. I am thinking it will blend nicely. I am intrigued to see how I will end up seaming this up an what the finish will look like. Its in the 90s here in Kansas so I won’t be needing what will about to a DK weight cowl anytime soon!

Happy Knitting!!

Well…..Shoot

So my Volcano Trail hit a speed bump. I had grossly misinterpreted the pattern and had my color changes ALLLLL wrong. So I had to pull back a full section of my cowl….sigh

Basically I jumped right to adding the third color (green) instead of slowing fading through the pink where you hold it double with itself. It wasn’t too bad to get back on the needles because with I just fed my needle through the top loops of the garter bumps and I then I was free to pull out the work above it. I did have to fix about 1/3 of the stitches where I accidently got down a row.

My brain had been looking at the green and it did look quite jarring. I MUCH prefer the slow pink fade that I have now. It’s a lot more subtle and beautiful. I have been making this my go-to after the kids go to bed knitting. It’s great tired mommy brain knitting while I binge my latest show.

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Volcano Trail

Summer had me itching for a new project aka new cast on. So Iet myself cast on my Volcano Trail that I had been wishfully knitting.

I am just barely past the cast on, lol. But this first chunk will be a stockinette section folded over and seamed to itself for the top edge. So I am holding the first color double with itself. I am excited for the colors I have picked for this project, they are quite eclectic.

First up is some Shibui Knits Staccato in the Raspberry color and next I will add some Spunky Eclectic Spunky Socks in the Wild Child color. My third color is a mystery skein of greenish sock yarn that I got in a mystery box purchase. And I will round out this project with a skein of Mrs Crosby’s Hat Box in the Pansy colorway.

So if those yarn names mean nothing to you, basically the cowl will move from pinks to greens and back to purple thanks to marling. This project promises minimal purling so that is a bonus for this garter loving girl!

Happy Knitting!!