Monday, February 23, 2009

FO: Owls

Pattern: Owls by Kate Davies
Yarn: Plymouth Homestead 2.5 skeins
Needles: US9

Whoa I feel like I've lost 5lbs when I put this on (I assure you that is most definitely not the case). It is such a flattering and cute design, I'm totally smitten. I've been to three Joann Fabrics and I am still three buttons short but I wore it today anyway. I love the yarn but it does push my limits for the itch factor. I can usually wear wool next to my skin but with this I do need to have a tank on underneath. This is a worsted yarn so I basically sized up the pattern one more size than what was given to get about a 36 inch bust. This went really quickly and was a nice fun knit. If I were to do it again in the same yarn weight I would knit another round or two before the ribbing, it did stretch a bit over the course of the day. Overall I am really please with this sweater and am really glad to have finished at least one this year. Yoked sweaters are fun to knit and I feel flattering to everyone. There will be more in my future I'm sure.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Catch up

I've become a terrible blogger. I am still three lousy buttons short of finishing my Owl sweater and daylight is never around the same time my husband and I are. I do hope to get some pictures this weekend, buttons or no buttons but in the meantime I can show you some socks I started.

I do love the hearts but they require more concentration than I would like for socks. Originally I had planned on cabling both the front and back of the leg once I reached that point but honestly I stand a better chance of finishing them if the back remains plain.

I've made no secret of my love affair with the Granite state and despite the little snow left there it did not disappoint last weekend. There may have been 40mph winds and more ice than snow but we still snowshoed and had really good food. I suppose it is a good thing Owls remained at home because I would have totally ripped off my coat for a FO shoot here.

There was even a yarn stop at the Yarn and Fiber Co in Derry on the way home :) Rowan 4 ply soft for some fingerless gloves my sister requested and some Mountain Colors Winter Lace for I hope an original creation.

I hope to regain some blogging mojo but I'm working on something that if all goes to plan, will be available in the early fall :) Exciting for me but boring for the blog.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Owling right along

Last week was a blur. I had a great time at the Woolworks superbowl sale. With my discount I scored all of this.

The Plymouth homestead, an undyed yarn that is really nice and reasonably priced is already becoming an Owl sweater. I'm obsessed with this sweater so I've been completely monogamous. The body is done and right now I'm doing both sleeves at once. I'm really hoping I can finish this this week. I'm ready for spring but I would still like to finish at least one sweater this winter. I also grabbed some yarn for a pair of Clessidra kneesocks that I've been dying to knit for some time and three skeins of Plymouth baby alpaca lace to make the sweater on the cover of the Filatura di Crossa booklet. Now if only I had more knitting time.