Saturday, October 07, 2006

Baby Snowflake Hat

Pattern: Hat shape from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd, snowflake chart from Knitting Over the Edge by Nicky Epstein

Caron Simply Soft, one skein each
Berry Blue 9609, Light Country Blue 9709

Needles: US 5

Dates: October 6 - 7, 2006 Comments: A quick little two-day baby hat. I mostly made this to practice my fair isle before tackling the baby's Christmas stocking. I'm quite pleased with how it looks, and how the color work came out. Can't wait to see the baby in it!

Jaywalker Socks

Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina from MagKnits

Koigu Premium Merino, semi-solidin color 1014, 2 skeins

Needles: US 0

Dates: August 24 - October 6, 2006

Comments: I love the way these socks look. The Koigu is beautiful, and the pattern really brings out the subtle striping of it. These are not loose socks, and take a bit to get on, but they feel very nice once they're on.

It was my first time knitting with such tiny needles, but I love the tight feel of the fabric it created. It took me a bit to get used to them, and the double decrease in this pattern was a nightmare the first few rows that I had to do it. But in the end, I'm very happy with these.

These are for my mom for Christmas.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Here and There Cables

Pattern: Here and There Cables from Scarf Style by Pam Allen

Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk in color Olive - 6.5 balls

Needles: US 7

Dates: August 18 - October 5, 2006

This was the scarf that never ended (or at least it felt like it). Because of the cables it took a million stitches to get the right width, and a million rows to make it just a tiny bit longer. Oi! But in the end it was worth it. It came out gorgeous and soft and I think my father-in-law is really going to like it.

This was my first time working with Andean Silk, and I really liked it. I had originally started this scarf in Knit Picks Shamrock, and that was just horrible - very stiff and scratchy and uck! But the Andean Silk was soft and silky and drapes beautifully. And it's especially soft after adding a tiny bit of conditioner to the rinse cycle when I washed it.

But mostly I'm just glad to have this over with so I can move on with my life (or rather, my other Christmas projects)!

Backyard Leaves

Pattern: Backyard Leaves from Scarf Style by Pam Allen

Malabrigo Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool in color "Pink Frost"

Finished: October 5, 2006

This scarf took me forever, but only because I kept putting off the finishing. I seem to recall it took about a week to do the actual knitting, then I put off blocking it for months. I was afraid it would turn out looking like crap, and I was very attached to this yarn and this pattern. I finally blocked it a few weeks ago (and it came out looking great! phew!) and then put off the seaming (it's knit in two pieces and then sewn together at the neck) because I knew it was going to be ugly. Finally sat down to do that today. And while the seam's not as pretty as I would like, I think the finished product is fantastic! Here's hoping my mother-in-law agrees at Christmastime...