Friday, 23 November 2007

Angora Hat

I started this hat ages ago and never got the motivation to finish it...until it got absolutely freezing. Since I end up taking long walks in the cold with my adorable boyfriend, I thought I would probably need something warm, yet still adorable, to go along with me and keep me know, besides the boyfriend.

So I present, the Hat:

Pattern: Lace-Edged Woman's Hat from
Yarn: About half a skein of Fleece Artist's Peter Rabbit in a colour I think no longer exists, though I think it's the rough equivalent of today's Polar Sea
Needles: Size 6 Clover bamboo DPNs
Verdict: Love it. After a washing, it seems not to be so threatening (shedding-wise) anymore. It's bound to keep my large head warm on chilly English nights.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Henry in Progress

I was thinking about scarves, thinking about how I might want to make one cool, neutral, and clean-cut. If not for someone else, than at least for me.

Then I found Henry, and it's been true love ever since.

The Whole Enchilada

I am using two strands of Knit Picks Shadow held together, in colours Jewels and Vineyard. It makes a rather pretty purple/navy dappled effect.

According to the pattern, I'm 1/7 of the way done. But if I want to have it done for my friend-boy by Christmas, I think repeating the pattern four times instead of seven will be sufficient.

Requisite blurry close-up

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Hedgerow Coat, Fall 2007

I finished this about a month ago, the day before I left for England, but I just now got pictures of it...

Materials: Wool of the Andes in "Iron Ore," about 18 50g skeins. I haven't done the ribbed edging yet, because I'm slightly afraid I'll run out of yarn, but maybe I will when I'm feeling particularly industrious.

I used a needle size bigger than in the pattern to get gauge.

Overall, I love it. It's perfect for the chilly fall here in England, and it's quite cozy.

I'm holding it closed with an earring clasp right now, of all things, until I feel like coughing up enough money to buy a belt to cinch it in with.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Fair Winners!

So I entered my things in the fair, and...

Yes, that does say "Best of Knit" :)

Vest from Fitted Knits: First place

My jacket also won a second place ribbon, but I wanted to wear it before I got my camera back from the repair shop, so it's no longer wearing its ribbon.

I'm pretty happy.

Sunday, 5 August 2007

'Tis the season for Finished Objects

I've almost finished as many things in the past month as I've started! It's almost a miracle.

The latest: The Back to School U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits

Knitted in Cascade Quatro, color 9435.
Size: A cross between the 41" and 37" sizes. I'm not sure what happened; I think I forgot what size I was doing half-way through the pattern. But it worked out. My front is way bigger than my back, anyway.
Needles: Clover size 7s, and crystal palace size 5 for some improvised waist-shaping (for about three inches, five inches from the bottom.

I'm very happy with this one, and I've already gotten a lot of compliments on it. This is probably my favorite I've made from the book so far.

Next up: airy wrap sweater. I'm already about half-way through it. Maybe I can finish that in the next week or so, too?

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Shaped Lace Tee

Here's my first FO from Knitting Lingerie Style, sans model (it's for my sister-in-law, who's tiny, so there's no way I'm getting it on me).


Knit with the suggested yarn in the suggested color (creative, I know): Cascade Sierra (80% cotton/20% merino wool) in off-white.
Size: 33 1/2"
No alterations made. I did decide to do the waist shaping.

Hope it fits, and looks good, on her!

Next up: the Bed Jacket (finally), which is blocking as I type.

Monday, 2 July 2007

Bed Jacket Progress

This thing is going fast. Just a sleeve and the two sleeve edgings left to go. I'm making the 43 1/2 inch size. I was torn whether to make that or the 39", but I think this one will fit quite well, especally since it's a layering piece.

I'm using Cascade Sierra in color 45 (a deep sky blue). The color in pretty accurate, at least on my monitor.


I can't wait to finish it. Unfortunately, as I suffer from the second sock syndrome, I also suffer from the second sleeve syndrome. I'm still struggling through the sleeves for the lace-front sweater. Working in a tiny guage for that doesn't help when I'm working on this sweater, either.

Looking forward to seeing all of your things!


Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Lace-Front Sweater Progress, Weird Yarn

I've been going a little dye-crazy, and I'm not very good at it, either. However, I think I might sort of like the accidental variations that come from not stirring things properly and having different variegation in all of my yarn from the same batch:

I think it might make for an interesting effect, though, once the sweater is finished. Or one can only hope.

And I don't really know what the heck I was thinking with this:

What does one name this colorway? Elementary School Carpet or Beagle Vomit? I just can't decide.

Monday, 4 June 2007

Fitted Knits FOs

So a chair isn't probably the best model for a fitted knit, but hey, they're finished. I actually finished them about a month ago, but I haven't gotten around to taking pictures until now. I'll take pictures of them on me...eventually.

I realized that I can't button things correctly, so please ignore the weird buttoning skills on the tank. It was early.

Also dyed by KP bare for the corset-laced cardigan from Knitting Lingerie Style:

The varigation was an accident, but I think I like it this way.

Thursday, 31 May 2007

I Have Vanquished the Second Sock Curse

I've never actually finished a pair of socks before. I think I have about three orphan "pairs" lying, unfunished, in my knitting bin right now.

But I have accomplished the impossible: I have slain the Second Sock Curse.

And for proof that I did indeed do two of them:

Pattern: Baudelaire from Knitty
Knit in Knit Picks Bare Merino Wool (70%)/Silk (30%) fingering weight (love this yarn, by the by, and I like the natural color enough not to touch it with least, not for this project)
4 DPNs size 2

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Some progress

So I have at least 8 projects going on right now, but at least I'm making some significant progress.

Almost done: a VK v-neck sweater (for me, this time), in KP Wool of the Andes in Spruce. All I have left is to sew the buttons on and weave in the ends. It's a little big around the chest, but it looks nice enough.

Next, I started a little early in the Fitted Knits KAL, and am almost done with the drop stitch tank in KP Shine Worsted, color: Blossom. After dividing for the front, it turned out a little long and I might run out of yarn, so I'll probably go back and rip out a repeat. It shouldn't be too hard.And last, with the least done (since the Spruce sweater recently freed up my size 6 needles this morning), just cast on with the puff sleeve cardigan from Fitted Knits, in KP Merino Style, color Iris.

More pictures coming soon as I get more time to work on these!

I also have a skein of Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit that I don't know what to do with, but it needs to be something spectacular (with just one skein, somehow).

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Gloves and Scarf

A little late for the coldest of the season, but I finished the scarf in time for the last snow, and the gloves in time for, well, wearing them.

VK Holiday 2006 Cover Scarf in Royal Yarn Cashmerino (DK), Lavender

Wedding Day Lace Gloves
in Handmaiden Sea Silk, colourway Straw, and probably the most wonderful yarn ever. Someday, I'll get a picture of these projects on me, taken by another person so they're not so blurry, like the not-so-successful pictures I tried to take which are not posted here.