Saturday, January 08, 2005

One a roll

I started and finished these last night. They each took my about 2 hours to make. They are much warmers than my noro ones, which I guess are more for spring and I guess are more like fashion accessories. These alcapa ones are soft, beautiful and super warm. I had them on all day today, am I'm even wearing them right now! I just love them.

alcapa wamers Posted by Hello

Friday, January 07, 2005

A cold day in Victoria........

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The first snow of the year is here! I was very surprised to wake up this morning to snow. For Victoria, it is freezing, and it's really too cold to go outside. Although, I did brave the weather to play in the snow with the dogs.

I finished up some knitting projects and thought this would be a good time to post some pictures of the stuff I've worked on over the holiday season. I've made 3 pairs of wrist warmers / no finger gloves, all 3 from Noro. Briana taught me how to do a thumb gusset, and I can't get enough of it!! I also finally finished the red scarf, which is made from alpaca. It is so super warm.

Today I also started yet another project.....Another pair of fingerless wrist warmers gloves. They are made from alpaca, in a dark purple, to match a hat and a scarf (it is 25% done). I have one down, and hopefully the other will be done soon.

2x2 rib Posted by Hello

ruby and corrigan in the snow!! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

flower for the flower swap Posted by Hello

Here is a close up of the flower

Monday, November 01, 2004

And now: the boobholder

Here's the boobholder, which I actually finished two weeks ago. I've worn it a few times, always with compliments, but as you can probably see, it's a bit large for me. I thought I may need to add stitches to accomodate my own *ahem* ample chest, but this has resulted in it being a bit too large. I compensated, by making the front ends cross, rather than meeting in the centre, but I still need to move the button to tighten it up a bit further.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed
Needles: 6.5mm
Time: 2 weeks - a pretty quick knit!

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(in case you are wondering what the little white thing in the bottom is, it's a pin that I use to tighten the bottom until I get around to moving the button. I thought I had lost it, but saw it in the photo, so managed to close it before I injured myself!)

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Dreaming of more knits

I am really loving the scarf I started, and always have trouble putting it down. I had a brainstorm of doing legwarmers or armwarmers with the pattern, too, but I'm not sure about that. It might be a bit much to have so much matchy-matchy, so I may have to come up with another project for the leftovers of the yarn I am using (though I do want legwarmers - they seem perfect for fall and skirts!).

But at the same time, I'm being distracted by another potential project.... the minisweater. I swear, I didn't like it at first, but I've seen so many cute finished ones, I am beginning to think I want one!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Perfect Fall Scarf

Last night at the Saving Grace knit club meeting, I started a new project. Why bother continuing with all those other started projects (the blue socks [which lives at school], Stripes-go-Round, Kyoto, Grecian Plait), when there is a perfectly fun new project waiting to be started.

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The stitch pattern comes from Mag Knits, and is the pattern used in the Frida poncho pattern. I don't want to make a poncho - I want to make a scarf. And this tweedy red yarn, with the leaf pattern makes me think of fall and the leaves all changing colour. I just cast on 30 stitches instead of 90, and subtracted 30 stitches from the beginning and end of each row, giving it a more narrow garter stitch border. There is a bit of a roll, which I hope blocking will take out. Otherwise, maybe a slightly bigger border would have worked (say, taking 25 stitches off each end, rather than 30).

I've done two complete patterns, which are 24 rows each. I really like the way it looks, and now that I am getting used to the pattern, it is not so hard to follow. The first 8 rows took me an hour and a half, but when I came back to it after a dinner break, the other rows seemed to go more quickly. I think I may need a denim jacket to wear this with...

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I might actually feel bad about it, except that I am actually using yarn from my stash. So it's not like I bought new yarn for it, and that makes it a not-so-bad new project to start. Right?

Thursday, September 16, 2004

sophie - ready to cook! Posted by Hello

Here's Sophie (from Mag Knits). I knit it up in Brown Sheep Naturespun worsted (I think...), and is a charcoal gray. I would like to sew in a magnetic clasp before I felt it, and am still thinking of how to embellish the purse to make it a bit more exciting. It's nice, and I'm sure it'll look great felted, but I admit it's a bit boring.

I followed Bronwyn's suggestions for Sophie, as she has done a few - I didn't do the last set of decreases, and did a single i-cord strap on 8 stitches (rather than two 3-stitch cords twisted together).

I am really excited to have finished this one, because I'm going to try felting it on the stovetop. I talked to Megan at Lettuce Knit about it, and it sounds fairly straightforward - we'll see how easy it actually is! Updates once I've given it a shot!!

one sock (and a bit) Posted by Hello

Here's a quick shot of my first sock, and the beginnings of its pair. I technically haven't finished the sock, as I still need to graft the toe shut, but the needles are now in use for the second sock!

These socks are a good learning experience for me - I've been reading through about 3 different patterns, and making it up as I go along. I like the height of the ankle part, although it looks a bit funny because it is so much shorter than the foot (it looks better when actually on)! I'm not crazy about the heel I did - it alternates knitting and slipped stitches to give a stronger heel (apparently where I should expect the sock to wear through).

I've been working on sock2 at school when I am waiting for computer programs to run through, so I'm not getting that much work done on it these days!

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