Friday, December 28, 2007
Pattern: Squirrel Mittens from Hello Yarn
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Needles: US 3 for cuff, US 6 for rest of mitten
These were fun and I'm going to have to make a second pair since I was originally planning on making these for myself (in different colours, though)!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
But first, a look at another gift that was being kept under wraps (pun intended):
At the right angle you can see the heroes symbol (means "God send")
Pattern: Heroes Illusion Scarf, pattern available in my etsy shop
Yarn: Cascade 220, one skein grey, one skein black
Needles: US 7 / 4.5mm
Recipient: Dr. BF
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
For Christmas, I present another Christmas FO picture:
Pattern: Multidirectional Scarf
Yarn: Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in colourway Iris
Needles: US 6 / 4mm circ
Recipient: My mom
Sorry for the bad picture... winter grey day + lots of indoor lighting and flash makes for not very pretty colours. The yarn varigates from pink to purple to blue and has a tiny metallic gold thread running through it.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
However... I did bring my camera, but not the cord. So I can't download the pictures to my computer. I am going back to the States next week so I'll get the cord then. I can, however, share one Christmas present that has already been presented to Dr. BF:
I used what I remembered of the Mother Bear Project pattern and made a ninja for Dr. BF. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but he was invited by Team Canada to compete in a Hapkeido tournament in Korea next year and I'm going with him! He (the ninja that is) is wearing what is apparently called a "Blood Belt", which is the highest level obtainable - so don't mess with him! Nah, he's really just a teddy bear, much like Dr. BF himself! :)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I've also recently opened up an etsy shop to sell my new patterns. In the new year, I may also sell small knitted items - I know I'm missing out on the Christmas market, but knitting for my own loved ones was more important to me this year!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
My friend Grady saw these mittens when I was "studying" at the cafe that he was working at and by studying I mean playing around on ravelry and knitting. They're the Squirrel and Oak mittens from Hello Yarn. She has lots of cool patterns, including a blank "fill in your own" pattern for mittens, which I have used in the past as well. Anyway, I really want to make these for myself (especially since I have lost one of my fingerless mittens and one of my regular mittens is at the LYS as a demo. Maybe I'll have to steal that one back though... it's getting to be darn cold out!) but when I showed them to Grady he flipped and begged for a pair for himself for his birthday (which is in January). He also strongly hinted that they should be grey, with blue squirrel/oak leaf. So, here is the first one. It took very little time at all (once I got past the corrugated ribbing).
Friday, November 30, 2007
And the upclose and personal shot.
My brother recently moved to the West Coast of Canada, which doesn't really get the same kind of winter that Eastern Canada gets. So these were made for a not-so-cold winter.
Pattern: My own, available here.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, one skien black
Needles: size 3 US circs
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Speaking of which, I finished up the mystery present yesterday and now it is blocking on my futon. Just a couple of finishing touches once it is dried and it can be checked off the list too! The devil that is ravelry, however, has me finding all kinds of other cute little things that I want to make for extra presents. There's only 30 more knitting days before Christmas though! (Shhhh, pretend I didn't say that outloud...)
Friday, November 23, 2007
The following is pretty much the same info as yesterday, just slightly more organized...
Pattern: Big Fat Cable Scarf by my friend Julia
Yarn: Cascade Magnum
Needles: Size 19/15mm
Mods: Used size 19 instead of size 35 needles; added one extra seed stitch on either side of the cable, added pattern row 8 with purls (otherwise the cable would switch sides every time).
Notes: This did not turn out quite as long as I hoped, although the smaller needles and extra stitches probably account for that. I used every last inch of the skien - literally, there was about an inch left when I bound off that I wove in using my fingers (Magnum = too fat for tapestry needle). I don't care though, because this scarf is so fat I can't imagine anyone wanting to wrap it around their neck all that much.
For: Dad's Christmas Gift.
* eleventy hundred is one of the trademark sayings of one of my fav non-knitting bloggers: Loralee. I can't claim to have come up with this one myself. Ridonkulous, however, I do claim as my own. :D
Thursday, November 22, 2007
So on my day off I have done this:
On the left is my mom's famous apple cake and on the right is a blueberry pie. The apple cake is always a hit, the blueberry pie I'm a little less confident about. It's my first "on my own" pie crust (that's right, no frozen pie crust for this gal!) and it's my first blueberry pie. The last pie I made (which was about a year ago) was peach, also a first time, and a hit. I didn't make the pie crust that time though, my friend Andrew did...
And a little of the Christmas Knitting:
A giagantor cabled scarf (on size 19, not 35 as directed). Pattern is Big Fat Cable Scarf by a friend of mine. If you are going to try out this pattern, make sure you add an 8th row to purl across the cable... you'll see what I mean. Oh, and I also added an extra stitch on either side of the cable.
OK, back to the baking... time to whip some cream!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Pattern: Wisp from Knitty Summer '07
Yarn: Slightly less than 1 skein Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Needles: Bamboo US 7 / 4.5mm straights
Mods: No buttons, not blocked (I like the way the lace looks right now and I'm afraid that it may become one big, wet, tangled mohair mess...)
Sunday, November 18, 2007
As for my own knitting, things are coming along. I'm more than 3/4 of the way through wisp and I'm hoping to be done and able to take FO photos tomorrow afternoon!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
And now, some knitting that I can share (it's for my Nana for Christmas, but she doesn't own a computer, much less know how to use one!):
Pattern: Wisp from Knitty Summer 07
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a grey-ish colour (I lost the tags so I don't know the exact colour # / name)
Needles: ChiaoGoo US 7 circ
Mods: None so far, but I don't think I'm going to add buttons - I want it to be more of a scarf / light shawl, and I don't see my nana fiddling with buttons and mohair...
Thanks in advance for anyone who emails / comments (on ravelry only please... don't want to give anything away!) on the design dilema!
Monday, November 12, 2007
I'm going to be teaching a class on colourwork at my fav LYS later this month so I whipped up a sample mitten (only one! tee hee) this weekend. These went pretty quick but they're a little small, even for me (I have pretty small hands). I think they'd be fine with a bit of blocking.
Here's a picture of the inside:
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US 3 (2 circs)
Pattern: Hello Yarn's Generic Norwegian Mitten filled in with a pattern from Vogue's Stitchionary Vol. 3
Thursday, November 8, 2007
So I cast on yesterday evening and this morning I just had to graft the stitches together and the end result is this:
(Sorry for the bathrobe chic pics... It was just too cute to wait to share!)
This hat is ridiculously easy to knit, even if you've never done short rows or grafting before, I swear! My only mods were using bigger needles (Size US 11/8mm... 7mm doesn't come in US sizes and would have been hard to get here... and it would have meant waiting... I wanted instant gratification!) and 1 extra wedge before grafting. The yarn I used is a thick & thin, but not nearly as thick in the thick parts as the original.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
No pictures this time... there is knitting getting done, but almost exclusively on the NaKniSweMo Sweater. I'm actually designing a sweater on my own because the yarn wasn't working with any of the patterns I wanted to use, so I'm almost done the lower body and I'm going to have to work out a plan to attach the sleeves... but I'll probably have to knit the sleeves first!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Second set of wrist warmers for friends done! Early, early morning this morning. 5am by the clock (although we did have the time fall back last night so really it was 6... but still, very early!). So I've finished these up and tried to go back to sleep (unsuccessfully) and watched the latest episode of the Office. Perhaps a nap later this afternoon will be in order...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
KnitGrrl is hosting the 2nd annual NaKniSweMo (knit a sweater in a month) alongside NaNoWriMo. I'm participating in the ravelry group, but I won't be able to track my progress on the blog since I've decided to make a sweater for someone else! Don't want any prying eyes figuring out what's going on!
Monday, October 29, 2007
First up, the endpaper mitts:
I've just started to increase for the thumb gusset and I'm loving these mitts. They're so pretty and it is so much fun to watch the pattern emerge. These are high-cognitive knitting though - I have to pay extra close attention or the colours end up getting switched around on me.
And now, 2 more pairs of wrist warmers but on the opposite end of the knitting-cognitive spectrum:
These are the hand/wrist warmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I can't even remember how many times I've made these, but they're cute and fast. This pair was cast on Saturday night and bound off yesterday afternoon.
And the second pair, also the hand/wrist warmers from LMKG:
Both pairs are for friends - I wanted to do something similar but in different colours, at the least. I tried a different stitch pattern on this pair at first but it wasn't working with these colours.
The yarn for both of these is Mirasol's Hacho, a 100% Merino Wool which is super sprongy and really very pretty. The colours are super vibrant - they're hand-dyed but somehow the colour changes are very short. Anywho, I like 'em and it might just be a great sock yarn (although not necessarily marketed as such).
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This past weekend I went home to the Great White North for Dr. BF's PhD graduation ceremony. While fun, not a lot of work or knitting got done.
Anyways, when I have found the odd moment I've been working on some new projects. I have Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts on the go, in forest green and a sort of darkish lavender malabrigo lace weight (each double stranded). No pictures of those yet... I'd need much better lighting. Also on the go is the Chinese Lace Pullover by Angela Hahn. I love the pattern but am unsure about the yarn I'm working it in. I'm using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in "Iris" as mentioned the last time I wrote anything, and I love the colours, but I'm not sure that I love them on this top. Also, because of the increases it's doing some really funky pooling right now. I'm not so sure about that either.
Unfortunately the lighting today is pretty grey and dreary... not very good for picture taking, especially of things like colour-work or crazy weird pooling. But here's what I can show you:
The beginnings of the Cinnabar Scarf, also by Angela Hahn (what can I say? She designs pretty things!)
And a seamed, blocked Wheat Ear Cable Yoke:
And the cable close(r)-up:
I blocked it as directed in the pattern - light steaming. However, the 2 small rows of ribbing at the hem are finding it hard to compete with the miles and miles of stockinette so I am taking a slightly more aggressive approach to the blocking. I know that some people took an even more aggressive tactic and re-did the ribbing along the cast-on edge but I don't think I'll go that far... although I can imagine myself wearing it and continuously fiddling with the edge to make it lie flat.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
On the knitting front, things have been somewhat slow. Lots of starts but not so many full stops. Except the WECY. It's seamed, but I really need to give it a good firm blocking before I can show it off. My roommate and I spent some time re-organizing the stashes that were attempting to take over the apartment last night, and I cast on the cinnabar scarf last night. And about a week ago I cast on the Chinese Lace Pullover in Blue Heron Rayon Metallic colourway "Iris" (see the last one on the page). I like it, but part of me keeps thinking "Rainbow Brite threw up on my sweater". I'm going to try and give it a chance though.
Pictures later... I will try and get the WECY blocked today or tomorrow (no promises, I'm trying to jump-start my brain this weekend and that might not mix well with steaming... I don't want to burn or melt the sweater... just make it lie flat when I wear it!).
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
I'm loving the cables so much that I'm actually brewing plans for a cabled sweater... I'm thinking more along the lines of one big intricate cable down the front rather than cables all over...
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thus, the "Summer Goals" list is over. Well, not really, but getting these things done over the summer is now over. When last I reassessed my goals we were left with this:
1. Finish the Vest (only reason it's taking so long is that it's too hot to have pure wool sitting on your lap... ugh.)
2. BMP socks
3. Schaefer Anne Destash: potentially Monkey Socks
4. Wheat Ear Cable Yoke Sweater
5. Destash, destash, destash... all of which includes:
5a. Rowan Summer Tweed shrug
5b. Phildar stripy cotton tee
5c. Kidsilk sweater
Of that I have completed #1 (sort of... it's out of my hands now), #2, and #3.
#4 (WECY) is coming along nicely. I'm working on the sleeves and joined the KAL to keep me motivated... lots of people have already finished and their sweaters look awesome.
All of #5 was pretty much a bust. The Summer Tweed shrug isn't even close to being started but I've found a pattern that I really like.
The Phildar Cotton was being used to make a honeymoon cami but too many people seem unhappy with theirs and mine has stalled just before it becomes more complicated. I may have to find something else to do with this yarn...
And the Kidsilk... oh, the kidsilk. It's gorgeous but I don't see myself wearing a big fuzzy sweater out of it. I'm thinking more along the lines of wisp which I may give away as Christmas presents. Anyone have any better ideas for it??
Of course, since my last reassessment I have "acquired" a lot more yarn and my queue list on Ravelry is growing rapidly... and of course, now that it is officially "fall" (despite what it feels like outside) there is the matter of Christmas to think about! (Too bad all the things I have queued on Ravelry are things I want for myself...) Oh, and babies... people need to stop getting pregnant around me... there's only so much baby knitting I can handle at one time!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
And there has been knitting... of course. I finished the front of the Wheat Ear Cable Yoke but no picture since it is exactly the same as the back... however, here's the beginning of the sleeves (knit flat, both at the same time):
Next up is my bear for donation to the Mother Bear Project. He was made out of various colours left over Berroco Touche and Berroco Pure Merino, because both are machine washable. The cable adorning his sweater (on the front and both sleeves) is called "Tree of Life" and is from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Vol. 2. I thought that this was an appropriate motif since these bears are going to children in Africa who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. I tried to use a lot of different colours and textures since I think that that is what would appeal to a child... I used stockinette for the feet, hands and head, garter stitch for the legs, the cabling for the front and sleeves of the sweater and reverse stockinette for the back. The actual knitting took very little time, now all that is left to do is stitch up the left side, stuff him with polifill, attach his scarf and give him a face and ears.
Finally, another Etsy "acquisition":
This is the Humingbird Top from "The Stevester".
I also just cast on for the Shedir cap using my new Artyarns... but it's only got a row of actual knitting done so no pics for now!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Muir for example is a very simple but beautiful lace. (By simple I mean the finished product has clean lines and isn't a big jumble of multiple laces - something that usually turns me off lace, not that the lace itself is necessarily going to be overly easy.)
Henry is a great men's scarf (although I'd wear it too!) and I'm thinking Christmas gifts... maybe my dad since Dr. BF got a scarf last year...
Surprisingly Percy caught my eye. I'm not usually one for knitted purses because I worry that they'll fall apart. That any my sewing skills are sadly lacking... and I have no machine... and... the list goes on and on. Fortunately for me, Percy's designer says:
Suggestions for fabric: satin brocade, denim, printed cotton, or something else that's smooth and substantial. You don't need a sewing machine; the lining is one piece, sewn in by hand.
Because I'm a big huge dork I think that the Woodins are pretty much the cutest things ever.
Those are all the designs that caught my eye - and that I can actually see myself attempting at some point in time. I also think that Roam is really cute, but an entire hooded sweater in seed stitch?! No thank you!
Those are my top choices... although I'd like to know what other people are looking at. And I can't wait to see some of them knit up because I almost always like other people's versions better! (I've found this a lot from reading other blogs and ravelry... I'll see a finished sweater/hat/socks/whatever on someone else and think "Whoa! That's cool... what pattern is that?!" and invariably it's one that I turned my nose up at earlier!)
Friday, September 14, 2007
I got 4 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk in "Ruby". So soft. Soooooo sooooft. I'm going to make a cinnabar scarf out of it. It makes me wish winter would come sooner, just so I can have this wrapped around my face and neck.
And I also got this beautiful (picture does not do the subtle shades of green justice) green merino wool, handpainted by Art Yarns. It's wonderful and squishy and I'm thinking of making myself a real winter hat (I know, a knitter without a winter hat?! The only one I have is one I crocheted out of acrylic about 6 years ago and does nothing for the cold...) I'm thinking about the Shedir Hat from the Special Knitty Breast Cancer issue (I didn't like the one they made, but check out PhD Knitter's version. Scroll down towards the end of the post.)
And finally, another FO from yesterday! (I know, I'm totally on a role!)
The Seed Stitch and Cable Hat, as modeled by Frankendeer. His antlers sort of distort what the hat would look like on a human baby, but you get the point!
Expect more FOs (or cast ons, or whatever) over the next few days, since I'm on dr.'s orders to keep my foot elevated. The short version: I wore new shoes on Monday and they basically shredded my foot. I've been washing it and putting on polisporin regularly but it's a mess and red and swollen so I went to the health clinic this morning. I'm on anti-biotics and all that, but I have to keep it elevated as much as possible so that the swelling will go down. So, lots of sitting and knitting for me this weekend! (I'm trying for the silver lining here!)
I'm also too tired to go through the whole process of using the digital cam, etc to photograph the sweater right now (especially since the lighting won't be that great anyway) so I used my mac cam to take a couple of pictures. I'm tired, and the lighting is bad, so they aren't the best pictures ever, but I couldn't wait to share!
As you might have guessed, my order from Webs came in, which is the only reason I had enough yarn to finish up the second sleeve and sew on the buttons. OH! The buttons! I almost forgot! They're from Woodturner on etsy. Custom made, inexpensive, and he was kind enough to make 3 extras (the Buttony Sweater calls for 12 total) so that I could pick and choose which ones I like... PLUS, if I ever loose one (or two, or three) I have extras!! YAY! (Wow, am I tired...)
As I was saying, webs order came and an etsy package (which was ordered at the same time as all the rest... but only showed up today)... more on those tomorrow!! (Errr... today??? or whenever... It's past midnight so I guess technically tomorrow is now today... or something.)
Thursday, September 13, 2007
My fav lys is participating in the Mother Bear Project. I'm going to use up some yarns that I have left over from various previous projects. The only stipulation is that it has to be machine washable, but I've done a bunch of baby stuff lately and most of that is (for the mother's sake) washable.
Some of you may remember when I first attempted felting (and, for the record, have not since). I never did anything more to the bag and it has sat in my stash basket for months. It was supposed to be a notions bag but someone gave me a really cute pencil case-ish felt bag (complete with zipper!) for my birthday and I've been using that instead. So when I started to look through the stash today I found it and thought... hmmm... I should really do something with this. So I added a button (left over from a previously frogged project) and voila! It is now a semi-felted cheque book holder! In fact, there's enough extra room to throw some cash and lip gloss in there so I could use it as a little clutch if I felt like it:
It was kind of sad, but I realized that the Hourglass Sweater from LMKG just wasn't happening. It's been languishing on the needles since late February (last seen here although I think it was actually further along than that picture shows) and I just wasn't feeling it. The yarn, the pattern (miles of stockinette knit in the round) and I were not gelling. So, I took a deep breath and frogged it. The yarn is good Irish Pure Wool and it needs to become something but it's never going to be an Hourglass Sweater. In fact, when I finally took it off the needles I thought "I'll just try it on, thus far, to see if I would have liked it". Let's just say that if I had an identical twin she probably could have fit in there with me.
So now I have to figure out what to do with all of this: (ok, this is only one, still in tact, skein... I probably have around 10 skeins worth)
I'm going to swatch it up and see if it will work for either the Tangled Yoke Cardigan or Killybegs. (Trust me, I've seen versions on Killybegs on Ravelry that are much nicer than the one modeled in the book!)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
And now to the pictures: First, the hat thus far (and my messy, messy work area):
And the close up:
Normally I'd clean up before I take a picture but I woke up at 4:30 today and I'm feeling a bit bleh. I'm surprised because this is in spite of my 14 hour day yesterday and not getting to bed until 11:30. Aaaah blaaaaah. Hopefully this is just new semester jitters (the same thing happened last semester for the first couple of weeks) and I'll get over it soon.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I blogged more about the process, along with a picture of the cable detail over on the KAL blog. If you're interested in more info it is here.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
And, as they say on Cute Overload "COXCU" (Cute Overload X-treme Close-Up):
I cast these on last night around 7:00 and finished them up this morning. About 3 hours total knitting time. And they look super cute on my "model" Frankendeer, don't ya think??
Yarn: Double Stranded Bamboo (don't know whose, it's just on cones at my LYS) in minty green and creamy yellow
Needles: Size 5 DPNs
Pattern: Angora Baby Booties (obviously not done in angora though...) from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Who for: one of my professors who over the summer became several months pregnant
Mods: other than the yarn switch out, none.
I love these booties, and have made them 3 times now, although never in the called for yarn (sorry, but I just can't justify $14.00 for 30 yards of yarn, even if it is angora!).
This job means several things, including the fact that I will actually be making a somewhat reasonable (ok, freakin' fantastic for a grad student!) salary this year! Which in turn means several other things:
1. I won't have to work any more icky factory jobs over the summer.
2. I'll have extra $$ when we go to Korea next spring (more on that later).
3. I'll have extra $$ for YARN! So I don't have to feel so guilty about my purchases the other day...
And there's lots of other good things, like no longer worrying that we'll have to eat KD (That's Mac&Cheese for my American readers) for a week at the end of the month... but I digress.
In knitting news, I just received my buttons for the buttony sweater and they are AWESOME. As soon as I get the extra yarn needed to finish up the second sleeve and I sew them on I will share. I ordered them on Etsy from Woodturner and his craftmanship and customer service was beyond amazing. He'll custom make wooden buttons for you in the size, wood, etc that you want. I can't say enough about how great these are. I will share pictures later!!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
In truth, I *had* to order more Classic Silk and I wasn't going to pay as much in shipping costs for 1 ball of yarn... so I looked through my queues and ordered this yarn in the "Ruby" colourway for this scarf, as well as a skein of this yarn in colourway 119, to make myself a hat or something... I need a warmer hat for sure this year. And because Webs is evil and wants stashes all over the world to multiply, I got the last skein practically for free because of their 20% discount if your order more than *cough* a certain amount.
Anyone else finding that their # of WIPs and stash is growing rapidly due to obsessive ravelring? Of course, it could also be that it's September, which means back to school time, which therefore means lots of spending of lots of money time? (at least, it always has meant that for me!)
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
The only museum we actually went into was the Smithsonian Space Museum (apparently Ana has a thing for Space / Rockets, et al...) but I liked the small display of "americana" they had on (one of the other museums is currently closed for construction so they brought some key things over).
THE PUFFY SHIRT!!! From Seinfeld... I was a huge Seinfeld fan, so I thought that this was hilarious.
C3PO and R2D2 from The Empire Strikes Back
Kermit the Frog cerca 1970. The Muppet Show was a huge part of my childhood so I had to get a picture of Kermie!
The Washington Monument with the sun picking out from behind.
Me, at the Lincoln Memorial wearing my new Aqua Poppies T-shirt purchased from Muttsywonder on etsy.
We were going to try and get in on a White House tour but as we were crossing the road to go around back the security guards came out and kicked everyone out. Possibly Bush was returning from his "secret" visit to Iraq?