Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
I've knitted two super cute baby hats based on the The Cupcake Beanie. I found the suggested colour choices a little...loud, so I made one to pattern in just two colours, and it came out beautifully, looking like a wee straberry shortcake hat. I'm promised a picture soon. Also, I think pompoms are an indignity I will not press upon such an innocent little head, so I left it off.
With the second hat I went a little crazy, and totally modified the hat. It's for Jeff's new little nephew, and I'm really pleased with it. I was going to take a picture and have Pugsley model, but then I did the math. Smelly Old Pugsley + Fresh New Baby + Hat Transfer = No. So you'll have to wait for a picture of that, too.
On the needles at the moment:
Well, I've been trying to make Jeff a sweater for a loooong time. The first 3 attempts were thwarted badly by...um...the lack of a pattern. Finally I caved and decided to make Lucky. I'm really glad I did! I've just finished the back. The designer, Elizabeth has been very sweet, popping up on the KnittyBoard to answer all of my silly newbie questions. (I am still learning the pattern-reading thing.) I'm knitting it out of some of the Peace Fleece, in Siberian Midnight. They yarn is beautiful, if a bit scratchier than the Sea Moss Peace Fleece I used for Nathaniel's sweater. I wonder why? It should soften up with washing, though.
All the black gets to me after a few hours of knitting, though, so I have a relief project...the ubiquitous Tempting II, for Rachel. I'm knitting it from Elann's Peruvian Collection Sierra Aran, and I'm really enjoying the wool. So soft and purple and alpacaish!
Um, the end for now. Pictures soon.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
Then came the hat, which you have seen. The hat was the first project I ever bought yarn for!
Then, I got a beautiful ball of yarn from Madeline of Mad Knits in a holiday swap. I knitted it and frogged it all christmas, unable to decide what to do with it. Finally, two weeks ago, I cast on my first length-wise scarf, and alternated the self-striping Noro Madeline sent with the leftover hat wool. Behold!
I think it turned out lovely.
Next, I got up the courage to poke my nose into the local yarn shop. They were having a clearance sale of partially used skeins. I got all of the Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky remnants they had, and decided to make that Leftovers vest. But it wasn't nearly enough yardage. And I was poor.
So I decided to unravel a sweater I had that I was tired of. It had come as a hand-me-down, with a good colour but not a great shape. I unravelled only the sleeves to begin with, and that's been more than enough wool for the body of the Leftovers Vest. Here's what remains of the recycled sweater. Even without the sleeves, I feel like there's enough there for a whole other garment:
And finally, here's the vest in progress!
I don't have an updated picture, but as of writing, the vest part is all done, neck ribbing and all. I decided to make it a sweater, so I'm knitting sleeves onto the armholes. I'm a bit nervous with it. I am very proud but I goofed a bit in my measuring so the armholes are about 2 inches longer than they should be. The sleeves are huge, even as I decrease rapidly. But it's all very exciting. It should be finished within the week. And I can't wait for it to be finished so I can start something new, because check out this haul:
That, my friends, is a buttload (literally! It fills the chair!) of Peace Fleece. I heard it was scratchy, but I've been playing with it a little and I think it's really lovely. The colours are wonderful...the camera doesn't do them justice. Speaking of colours, I'm glad I went out on a limb with that pink and yellow because otherwise I'd be wondering if I have a limited palette here. Look at the last and the current project:
In the next edition...a portrait of the finished Leftovers Sweater!
Monday, January 23, 2006
As if the world needs another knitting blog!
In that vein, (not the wearing hats to bed vein, the Patterns by the Blue Blogger vein) I am now making Alison's Leftovers Vest from Knitty. Being so new to knitting and all, I'm not really using leftovers. But more on that in the next post.