Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas Knitting Project

What with all the cooking I did Thursday and Friday I didn't manage to get any knitting done until the weekend but I made up for it. Exhibit A, some hats:

Exhibit B, one nearly done scarf:

I should have this finished by this evening. I'm figuring 2 more hours.

Exhibit C, the snake scarf, just need to seam it and sew on the tongue and eyes.

Not bad eh? I feel like I'm finally making some progress on my Christmas knitting.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Knitted Backyard Leaves

Just about finished up Backyard Leaves for my Mom tonight. Was supposed to finish Wednesday night on the way home, but I ran out of yarn. Luckily I had some legwarmers at home that I could unravel that I never finished. So now it's on the blocking board and should be dry tomorrow so I can sew up the one measly seam. Yay!


Started on round 2 after running out of yarn Wednesday. At least I had the sense to pack another project. I'm working on Branching Out for my Aunt using some leftover Kidsilk Haze:


Thankfully things are moving along a bit faster than I hoped, but unfortunately the list keeps growing everyday!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

I am keeping my holiday project quotient relatively low, but a couple of them are big ones. Here's my list:

- Branching Out for a friend who has had a rough year: I've completed but not blocked it (in Knit Picks Elegance)

- a pink hat for my four-year-old niece, who requested it specifically when I visited her family this summer (after appointing herself my assistant for what she called "yarning" and holding the ball of yarn whenever I was working on a sock): not even started

- a sweater for my husband in Noro Silk Garden # 86, "Fitzgerald" from Jane Ellison's "Noro Knits" book: I've finished the back and about half of the front. The problem is I can only work on it when he's not around.

- a sweater for a close friend in Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere. This is the big magilla. Being foolhardy, I decided to design and make a unique sweater for her WITHOUT having her measurements (if I took her measurements, it wouldn't be a surprise, right?). I have been working on it since this summer - it was actually supposed to be done for her birthday in September - and I could really have used advice from the blogosphere on important matters like neck shaping, stitch patterns, etc. I just frogged half a sleeve last night after realizing that although I swatched, I neglected to get gauge, with the result being that the sleeve could not have fit over the arm of anyone over about 8 years of age.

[Edited to add: this is with the replacement sleeve that I started after frogging the old one.]

I have dubbed this "Spectacular," since one of the points is that it matches her rather outré eyewear. I am on the lookout for rhinestone buttons to reflect her other favorite pair of glasses (the whole border will be the yellow seed stitch I did on the one visible cuff).

I also had this dream of making a Charlotte's Web for my mom, but I have a demanding job and I don't think I will have time, especially given how slow my progress on "Spectacular" has been!
On the other hand, maybe this blog will inspire me to go faster.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

One step forward, two steps back

I started Wavy #2 yesterday, and spent last night and today getting through one full repeat.

Here's the thing... when I decided to do these scarves, I thought I'd make them a little narrower, because my daughters are young and small. So, I cast on 30 instead of 42 and knit merrily along. That is, until I realized that this sure seemed to be going faster than the 1st one. At first I thought maybe I'd just gotten used to the pattern, or maybe was just knitting more steadily, taking fewer breaks and all, but eventually I thought I really ought to check. Yup, of course (me being the queen of wild goose chases of all kinds and all), the first one, I'd forgotten my narrower scarf plan and cast on the full 42.

If I'd done the older daughter's first, I maybe could've gotten away with it, but, since the one for the younger one is already bigger, and the girls picked out the colors, so I can't really switch them...

I got to rip out a full days worth of (good) work, and restart the whole thing (that's step one back), AND, since the scarf is wider, it's going to take me that much longer to do it (step two).


Monday, 14 October 2013

Knitting Vest for my Neice

I've made a good start on the vest for my niece. I'm using Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in a colorway called Crush. I thought it was ugly all balled up, but it knits up rather nicely. The photo looks a little odd, but the piece sticking off the side is actually 1/2 of the front that I've already attached.
This will be my first piece with a shawl collar, so I am expecting progress to slow a bit.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Knitting Mittens

When I knit gifts for people, I want the finished product to be as wonderful as it can possibly be. Knitting takes enough time that I want the recipient to really love the gift. Because of this, I try to get input from the recipient about colors and patterns and I always put in a little more effort than I would if the item was for me. Because of this, my knitted gift list is usually short.

When my sister in law asked me to knit her mittens, I brought her a pile of mitten pattern books, and the Jameison and Smith color card. Together, we picked a two-color pattern and three colors. The plan was for me to work out whatever color combinations I thought would look good in order to turn a two-color pattern into a three-color pattern. When the colors arrived and I started swatching, I found that they didn't work together well. There just wasn't enough contrast. But after a few tries, I found combinations that I liked.

Then, I decided to make the mittens as soft and warm as I could by lining them with alpaca.

Here's what I have so far:

Four thumbs, four cuffs, and a bit of the second liner are left. Maybe I'll make a second gift, maybe not. We'll see what the time allows.

Monday, 23 September 2013

My current knitting projects

Here are my current projects (finished and in progress). I had some trouble with Explorer but eventually went to Mozilla, which was successful.

Basic sock pattern from Ann Norling with a modified, mitten-like toe
Yarn: Regia Colori Disco in Veracruz

I was really happy with how well I got the patterns to match up, but there was a join towards to the end of the ball, and the feet don't quite line up. Since this part will be in the shoes, I hope my friend doesn't mind.

Toe-up chevron socks from free pattern.
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill supersock in Dusk
Needles: Addi Turbo size 2 (Magic Loop)

Hat (Jo Sharp pattern) and pop-up mittens
Camel yarn bought on clearance - very soft but sheds a lot

Gryffindor PoA scarf
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 wool (garnet) and Zara Plus (gold)
I'm really disappointed that Mission Falls has called it quits. This was one of my favorite yarns since it is 100% wool but machine washable and very soft.

Saranac pullover
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Sierra #12