Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Happy Birthday Elin!!!
This scarf was knit on size 7 needles using Araucania Azapa yarn in their lovely shade of green. It didn't have a name or color number, sorry. It took three skeins of yarn and 7 more pattern repeats than what the original pattern called for to make this scarf. I loved the yarn, hated the pattern. If you decide to knit this scarf, don't buy a yarn that costs as much, and don't buy a bulky yarn like I did....
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I've started on a pair of socks for myself. This will be the first pair of socks I will have ever made for myself, plus my first project reading from a chart. The pattern can be found here if you have a Ravelry account.
I'm using Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight yarn in color number 8-Saffron. I am using smaller size 1 DPN's instead of the size 0 called for.
So far I am pretty pleased with the way this is turning out. I was worried that the striping yarn would look messy with all the variations in the pattern. I think it would have been messy looking if this yarn were a self-patterning yarn, instead of self-striping. The chart is pretty easy and the instructions seem pretty clear so far. I also had to learn a new way of casting on for these socks. Which was nice, since it is always nice to learn something new! These socks called for a Turkish cast-on. I used this tutorial for my casting on, but used DPN's instead of two circulars. I got through the cast-on to increasing stitches and ended up dropping a few stitches. Which meant I had to start all over again, because I had irreparably dropped them. Oh well, it's always something!
Here's the Cabled Button Toque I finished over this past weekend. You can find the pattern here. It only took me a few hours collectively, though I started it on a Friday and didn't finish it til Saturday or Sunday. I used size 13 straight needles for the brim and size 13 DPN's for the rest of the hat. The yarn is Country by Rowan in the color Birch. Now I just need to find a fancy button to put on the brim! I think I am going to make a matching one for my little girl, too.
This yarn was the first yarn I bought when I was teaching myself to knit. Unfortnately, it has taken me two years to find a project worthy of this yarn. I fell in love with all the different colors, and how the gray changes shades as well. I loved how thick and fluffy and squishy this yarn was, plus that it was single ply. Thick, single ply yarn somehow makes me feel like I'm knitting rustic-style, like people used to knit hundreds of years ago. It strikes me as wild, and I love that!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I finished another hat for JP. This one was made from Filatura Di Crosa Maxime Print, color number 5072, on size 2(3.00mm) DPN's. I used the same pattern as the one before.
I really enjoyed working with this yarn. Since it is a sport weight yarn project went a lot faster. I have also started a sock in the same yarn. I still haven't finished the pair of socks in the Trekking, so I'll need to get on that, too! Oh well, minor victories lead to majors!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I'm a part of a dishcloth exchange where each member is assigned a month (their birthday month). Then everyone else in the group sends them dishcloths for their birthday. This is the cloth for the October gal.
While I enjoyed knitting this because it was very easy, I'm not pleased with the way the tops came out. I think the pattern could have been written a little better.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I've started on my Christmas presents for my nieces with this project. This "pattern" is simply something I made up in my head. There is 2 inches of ribbing followed by 6 inches of stockinette and 2 more inches of ribbing. I cast on 20 stitches for a 7" ankle and increased 4 stitches when I had 2 inches of stockinette stitch, then another 4 stitches when I had 4 inches of stockinette in order to accomodate a 10" calf. I made these 10" long for a little growing room.
I knit the ribbing in size 10 DPNs and the stockinette in size 13 DPNs. The yarn is Jo-Ann's Sensations Angel Hair. I don't have the color number or name because my little girl got a hold of the label, and it has subsequently disappeared. Let's just call it purple!
This is how far I have gotten on the second.