Friday, November 20, 2009

FO: Ornament Covers

Pattern: Knitted Christmas Ornament Covers by Knoxsocks Designs

Yarn: Cascade 220 (scraps really - perhaps 25 yards, if that)

Needles: US 5 dpns

Started: November 15, 2009

Finished: November 19, 2009

Modification: The bulbs I had on hand were a little bit larger then what was in the pattern, so I just knit a few more rows to make up for it. The pattern is so stretchy that it just hugs the shape.

I did get busted by the Millennium Park Security when I took these photos. He asked me while he was approaching me... "Taking pictures of the tree, are you?" and I turn towards him and say "Not exactly." His head tilts to the side with the look we've all seen. "You made those?" why yes, yes I did.

He was very sweet, but he couldn't understand why I would do such a thing. It's okay, lots of people don't get. I'm still wondering if he's curious why I knit Christmas ornaments or why I was taking pictures of my knitted Christmas ornaments. Most likely both.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FO: Willoughby

Pattern: Willoughby by Jared Flood

Yarn: 2.25 skeins of Sunday Knits, Nirvana

Needles: US 7 circular

Started: September 14, 2009

Finished: November 11, 2009

This little number was a Must Knit on my list. I feel in love with the pattern from day one, except the yarn I chose was not working with the design. So, after hours of scouring the isles of Stitches Midwest this year I located this beautiful yarn. I couldn't resist the added blend of cashmere. Oh Yeah Baby!

The only modification was to add 5 more repeats to each end to have a very long scarf. The pattern is well written and the chart easy to read. The bobbles were actually my favorite section of all. They're not overly dramatic and gives nice texture to this piece.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

And the scarf goes on...

The Willoughby scarf is still on the needles, but folks we're talking really close. I've not allowed myself to knit on anything else because I want this done.

Although that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. I was going thru my sweater stash to see what would need washing and just checking the condition of my hand knits. I was quite surprised to see so many sweaters.

Do you remember this? It's the Ogee Tunic. I finished this last October and in that years time I've worn this in public twice. I don't like it. It's way to big and it grows with wear. The sleeves are bell shaped and I like bell shaped sleeves, but not when they measure 14 inches of growing fabric.

I frogged it. That sweater no longer exists and let me tell you it was a pain in the ass. I have learned that I certainly know how to weave my ends in so good they don't come undone;)

I unwound the entire sweater with the help of my niddy noddy. Then secured each skein and plopped them into a hot bath with a little sweater soap. I then let them air dry on hangers.

Now that it's dry I've started to swatch. I'm in the designer mood and I've been wanting to get this idea down on paper for some time now.

On another note, I'm signed up to teach my sock class again at Nana's Knitting Shop. If your interested toe-up two-at-a-time on Saturday afternoons let Trish know!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

FO: Ishbel Beret

I'm just smitten for this hat and amazed that I was able to get it finished with the already dipped into skein. Love That!

Pattern: Ishbel Beret by Ysolda

Yarn: .75 skein of Isager Strik Alpaca 2

Needles: US 2 and 6 circular

Started: October 25, 2009

Finished: November 3, 2009

Modifications: except for doing an added repeat of the lace chart. I have a big head big hair and wanted to give more slouch.

The other cool thing I like about this, is the matchy-matchy with my scarf. I'm usually a Colorful Punky Brewster, but how cool is it to look put together.