Thursday, October 30, 2008

FO: Phases of the Moon Sleeping Cap

My husband asked for a sleeping cap about a year ago and I've finally finished it. We worked together to create the chart and after a few starts it came together. Unfortunately my stranded knitting sucks over long areas of one color so the background color shows through. He says he likes it, I think he's just happy to have a soft hat. It was tested out last night and it stayed on throughout the night. Phew glad to have that monkey off my back! The yarn he chose was Filatura di Crossa Zarina, it is a washable wool that is wonderfully soft. I love knitting with this yarn and the Zara, both hold up well and are soft against the skin. It did grow after I washed it but a tumble in the drier shrunk it back nicely. Needles were Addi US3 16".

I'm hoping the full moon evens out with some wear, boy did I make that section loose.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Remember me?

I had to rip out just about everything I knit last week so I went back to an old project, my arabesque blanket. This simple hexagon gave me the small sense of accomplishment I needed. Now that the weather is getting cooler I really wish I had kept to my goal of one hexagon a week. I doubt this will get finished before Christmas.

This lovely skein of Classic Elite La Gran Mohair is evidence of how I have the greatest parents ever. They spent a weekend at the Cape for their anniversary and brought me back this gift from Adventures in Knitting. It is amazingly soft and I can't wait to knit with it, unfortunately I have a long long queue of things to get to. Sigh, I need few more hours in the day. I have finally started the phases of the moon sleeping cap that my husband asked for last winter, I'll have pictures once I get past the colorwork portion.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

FOs and Frogs

To make up for the fact that we weren't going to Rhinebeck this weekend we decided to take a trip to the beach to enjoy the great weather. Penny loves running in the sand. Unlike our trip to the farmer's market she was very good. We kept her off the leash and she only strayed when someone started to reach out and pet her. That dog amazes me sometimes.

I took that opportunity to have a little photo shoot of my new fingerless gloves

Pattern: (Ravelry down, I'll edit later- based on Hello Yarn Socks)
Yarn: Jewel in Indian Corn from Mocha's Fiber Connection
Needles: Inox US 2 40"

I love them, perfect fall gloves. I cast on 49 stitches carried the twist over 6 stitches and had 1 purl stitch between the twists. I only wish I had done more than 4 pattern repeats before starting the thumb gusset.

I must knit more for my husband since he really enjoyed posing for me.

These are a simple 3 x 1 garter rib stitch sock. They are magic loop, toe up with a slipped stitch heel. The yarn is Valley Yarns Huntington in Charcoal. I really like the yarn and will be getting more soon. Now that the weather is cold I'm loving my hand knit socks and want more.

Now on the disappointment. I had settled on a pattern for my new yarn but I need to start over, my tension is horrible and the white yarn is too thin, you can see the red yarn through it. Sigh, now I have to knit the same thing three times. At least this gives me an opportunity to fix all the little things I didn't like about these arm warmers.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sneak Peak

After buying some really nice Merlot colored yarn at the farmer's market I spent ages searching for the perfect pattern. I couldn't find anything I thought did the yarn justice so I sat down with excel and have been messing around with charts for the last couple of weeks. I think I've finally settled on something I really like. We'll see how it turns out :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Positive rogress

After starting and ripping several patterns I've finally decided on one I like.

Unfortunately I don't have any US1 circs long enough for my beloved magic loop so it's DPNS for me. It makes me appreciate magic loop even more. My sister got me a gift certificate to WEBS for my birthday so when we go up around Thanksgiving I'm going to invest in more 40" circulars. If I can hold out that long.

I don't think I've mentioned the scarf I started awhile back. This was originally a lace ribbon scarf but I didn't like how it was coming out. I really love the simplicity of this pattern and the cool affect changing needle size has. I'm not crazy about scarf knitting but picking this up when I need something mindless should get it done for the winter. That and I really need a scarf. This yarn is Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham and is so soft, I love it. I don't know why this picture is upside down but I'm not in the mood to try and fix it.

My Printed Silk Cardigan is also growing slowly, I have the back and just about one front done. This is what I really want to work on and wear, it just keeps getting pushed aside for other projects I want to wear sooner. I really enjoy seeing the twisted stitch pattern emerge.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Do I like it?

I've been playing with a fingerless mitt design but I'm not convinced I like it. I wanted to show off the yarn but I think this is just too simple. I'm keeping the picot cast on but other than that i guess it is back to the drawing board.