Tuesday, February 17, 2009

new sweater love!

suéter profundo, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

My first fully formed, self-designed sweater! And I luuuuuurve it!! I took 4 or 5 FO pics this morning 'cause I couldn't get both the full sweater and the colour just right... so above is the full sweater but below is better for colour:

suéter profundo

This was basically finished on Sunday, except the button holes were a wee bit too large for the buttons... a danger of starting the sweater pre-button buying! I cinched them up a bit and they're still a *little* bit big, but I was worried the buttons wouldn't fit through otherwise.

In the end it only took 6 of the 7 balls of Malabrigo I had in "Azul Profundo" and 5 of 6 buttons. (ETA: Buttons from: Yukidesigns on etsy.) BUT... I'm not sure about the collar. I don't think it will lie flat all the time and I *may* end up putting another button hole / button to hold it down. Any thoughts??

And now what? A question: Can alpaca be sexy?

sexy alpaca?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

70's booties

70's booties, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

They're so ugly I love them. Avocado green and pukey brown. They're still a little big, but the straps help hold them on.

Pattern: Grown up Booties by Ysolda
Yarn: Araucania Nature Worsted in green and Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Brown
Needles: US size 8 + a size 7 hook for the border and strap
Mods: Added the border and strap in crochet to hold them on a bit better.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More mittens...

flip tops, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

Finished the sleeves to my sweater on Saturday and need to block them out. I was helping out at the store and had nothing else with me to knit during slow times so I got started on a pair of mittens for a new friend. Just in time since winter has finally decided to show up around these parts! First one is done and the second is started.

Pattern: Mostly out of my head, somewhat loosely based on my Convertible Cabled Mittens. Only sans-cables and with a lot heavier yarn.
Yarn: Cascade Eco Alpaca (soooo soft) and Jojoland Ballad (for a little bit of colour interest... it's the darker brown).
Needles: US 7, 2 circs