Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


FO: Green Spring Shrug

I weaved in the tails of the Green Spring Shrug in time to wear it during my final course exam for Normal Body Systems 1 (NBS 1) Friday.

Green Spring Shrug front

I, at first, didn’t like how the shrug looked on me. It seemed like it would look better on someone of a taller stature. After wearing it all day Friday, I’ve changed my mind. I love it!

Here’s a shot of the back:

Green Spring Shrug back


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Green Spring Shrug

I’m making the Pimlico Shrug pattern found in Knit2Together, a book by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark. I’m using Brown Sheep Company’s Simplicity Tweed in ST12 Water Lily Leaves, which I bought at What’s Needlin’ Ewe in Mount Airy, N.C. a couple of years ago.

Green Pimlico Shrug

This yarn was selected for this cardigan pattern, but it turns out the yarn is way too big. Last year, I bought a bunch of yarn at the Knit and Crochet Show in Charlotte to make the Pimlico Shrug, but all of the skeins are too small.

Luckily, the Brown Sheep Company yarn works perfectly for the shrug though I was missing a couple of skeins. I ordered 2 skeins from Creative Yarns of Georgia. The new skeins aren’t from the same dye lot, but I think the colors match well enough for me to use them. Creative Yarns was the only place I could find online that still has Water Lily Leaves in stock.

My stash of Water Lily Leaves is from Dye Lot 003. The Creative Yarn skeins are from Dye Lot 005.

My stash of Water Lily Leaves is from Dye Lot 003. The Creative Yarn skeins are from Dye Lot 005.

While at the Knit and Crochet Show, my sister found Yarn Pro, an iPhone app that’ll help you find suitable substitute yarn for your projects. You plug in the yard/meters and oz/grams of the yarn called for in the pattern and the measurements of the yarn you’d like to use and the app will tell you whether it’s a good idea to use the yarn. The app also helps you compare your gauge to the pattern’s gauge and allows you to compare needle sizes.

The Brown Sheep Yarn happens to be a little thicker than what’s called for in the Pimlico Shrug pattern, but it’s suitable enough to use as a substitute. So far the app’s paid for itself by eliminating some frustration!


Knit and Crochet Now! TV

I watched Knit and Crochet Now! TV, hosted by Brett Bara, for the first time on WBRA while eating lunch today. I have to say it was quite informative. I wasn’t sure how a show about knitting or crocheting could be produced or be any good, but I really liked it.

During the knitting segment, I learned a new pattern technique that I want to try out on a swatch. It involves yarn overs (YO) and dropping stitches. The YO stitch serves as an anchor to stop the stitch that’s dropped seven rows above the YO. This creates  a pattern with flat holes in it. Maggie Pace explained the pattern.

The crocheted pattern was very simple and it was interesting listening to Bara and Robyn Chachula discuss the sweater’s construction. Because of the sweater’s simple stitches and construction, Chachula said it’s an easy pattern for beginners.

I also liked the “Scarf of the Day” segment. It sounds really corny, but it was cool. The day’s scarf was a big, chunky scarf made with a cable stitch. The scarf has an appearance of being braided or twisted together. I want to find some chunky yarn and make a scarf for me — minus the pompoms on the ends.

You can buy and purchase the show, called “Wardrobe Builders” (Season 4, Episode 407) from Knit and Crochet Now’s website.


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Rust Baby Cable Socks

Here’s another pair of socks. This marks a third Christmas present off the list!

Baby Cable Socks

Close-up Baby Cable Socks

Here is a close-up of the cable stitching.

Yes, this pattern is also from Cindy Guggemos’ “I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting Socks.” This is my first attempt at this pattern — Baby Cable Socks. I have to say I really like it. It’s pretty simple and knits up very nicely.

I’m not sure which pattern I like best — this one or the eyelet chevron pattern. I wrote about the eyelet chevron pattern here and here.

Now I have this on the needles:

Dish Cloth

This will be a dish cloth, and will serve as a last minute gift. I have enough of this yarn to make 2 or even 3. I’ve used this pattern in the past. It’s a simple pattern with knit (k), yarn overs (yo), and knit two together (k2tog) stitches.


Vintage Rose Garter Socks

I had to frog (knitting and crocheting parlance for, “I f-ed up and I had to pull out all the stitches”) this sock a couple of three times. It’s not a particularly difficult pattern, but I miscalculated the size I needed to fit a particular ankle circumference. I also forgot to consider that the sock cuff will stretch, therefore I didn’t need to knit to the exact circumference, just enough so that the sock will stretch to fit comfortably. It’s been awhile since I knitted up a sock. Can you tell?

Vintage Rose Garter Socks

This pattern is from Cindy Guggemos’ book “I can’t believe I’m knitting socks,” published by Leisure Arts. I’ve written about this book before (here and here). I don’t really like this pattern. It’s much more simple than the eyelet chevron pattern, but it doesn’t seem to be as pretty. This yarn is an alpaca blend so the comfiness of the socks should make up for the lack of beauty.


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Rose Window Beret

I finished a project!

Rose Beret

This is the Rose Window Beret by Anne Kuo Lukito. It was featured in the Spring 2010 Interweave Knits issue.

Interweave Knits Spring 2010

I bought the yarn, a nice wool, at Gate City Yarns (Greensboro, N.C.) two Decembers ago and just now got around to using it. I began the project sometime in June and finished it during our drive to D.C. for vacation in August.

I had to restart the project a couple of times because I was teaching myself how to read a lace pattern. With some help from several sites, I was able to get turned around. Here’s a few places to start: Knit Picks (I used this reference a lot), the For Dummies site (the publisher of the For Dummies books) and Knitty.

The hat doesn’t look exactly like it should because I haven’t blocked it yet. I really should do that so the pretty lace pattern shows up.

I love this pattern! I might make another to give away.