Tag Archives: Knitting

Finished at Last

I realized this was an ambitious project, but underestimated the time it would take mainly because it is an oversized sweater and there were lots and lots of stitches to knit.

But it is done and I’ve tried it on, and as a sweater to put on when the summer evening gets a bit cooler, I think it will become one of my favorites.

Knitting Leftovers

When ordering yarn for a project, I generally order an extra skein or two just in case – I’m always afraid to run out of yarn just before the end of a project.

That habit of course comes back to bite me in the butt, as then I’ve loads of extra leftover yarn in the stash (and don’t ask me about the stash). So, I had leftover Baby Merino/Silk from the green and light and dark blue sweaters I knitted this winter and decided to use the leftover yarn to knit this nice thing. It’s turning out to be quite the project, as it involves a large number of ever increasing stitches.

So, doing this “leftover” projects I had no more projects in the pipeline, until I made the mistake of reading an email by one of my yarn suppliers. I saw, I fell for it, I ordered the yarn for it which arrives today.

Have a look at this gorgeous sweater here.

I just couldn’t resist. Just couldn’t.

Intriguing

Another knitting pattern from the Knitting Calendar has caught my eye, it’s a Double Brioche Scarf designed by Carol Schoenfelder, and I’ve never heard of this technique nor seen it:

I’m very intrigued by it, as it looks to be an excellent pattern for a scarf, as it is fully reversible. It’s made by alternating a knit stitch with a k1b (knit one below) stitch.

I haven’t managed to reproduce it (apparently I’m doing something wrong and need to search the net for some instructional videos) but I will persevere.

Such a Bore

I’ve been such a bore and retreated into my shell in the last few weeks.

We’ve had weeks of bad weather – bad meaning, plunging temperatures, icy rain, nighttime frost – and so, in between the navel gazing, I’ve been treated to lots of free exercise in carring potted plants in and out of the house. So often in fact, that all of the outdoor plants, including the hanging petunias, now have predetermined spaces here in the house.

This week, we’re being treated to a bunch of cold air coming from the polar circle, which is why temps this morning are just at 38F and it’s been raining elephants and hippos. Our weather for the extended Easter weekend was no better.

All that translates into extra knitting time, though I’d rather be doing things outdoors, and it enabled me to finish that blanket in what appears to be record time. However, it was knitted with a 6,5 mm (US 10 1/2) needle, so it went very fast. I did extend the size of the blanket by adding an extra row of squares at the top. I’m very pleased with the result. It was knitted with two strands (one woolen sock yarn and one alpaca) and is wonderfully soft and warm.

Incurable

I finished the “Chill Sweater” yesterday (I can’t model and photograph it yet, it’s drying on a hanger from it’s first washing yesterday evening).

I wasn’t going to start a new project, but as always, as I was getting to the end of this one, I felt uneasy not having something new in the “knitting pipeline”.

So, yeah, I checked the internet for new stuff, not really wanting to tackle another sweater, and did find a project that blew me away. I ordered the supplies for the new project and it arrived yesterday:

I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I’ve got a new stash of yarn in my hands. I love these colors.

Oh yes, the new project. Go here and have a look. I don’t NEED this but I saw it and I wanted it. It’s just too pretty not to have.

Got inspired

…by the knitting calendar yet again. While I am still in the midst of the dark blue version of this alpaca sweater, I was presented with a pink version of “fingerless mittens” (which I choose to call wrist warmers. Later in the kalender there was an egg-shell colored version of these, albeit without a thumb, so I combined and extracted from the two patterns to make the prettier eggshell version with a thumb:

The second one is about half way done. I just have to remember to place the thumb on the other side instead of going completely mindless while knitting away.

The beautiful pattern on these was designed by Clara Masessa (link to her on Ravelry.

 

 

Possible Projects

That Knitting Calendar I got for Christmas – well, I think there is another sweater in my future. It’s a take on the “boyfriend” sweater, and I think I want it. Go ahead and have a look over here on ravelry and let me know what you think.

I’m thinking of using a slightly darker blue and a very light gray for the edging though.

Back With the Needles

After an abstinence of almost six weeks, I’ve finally gotten the last of the alpaca yarn on the needles to make the third (same) sweater in dark blue this time.

One of my wonderful Christmas gifts was an actual knitting calender which is full of interesting projects and patterns, these are two of my favorites so far. One is for a blanket and the other for a scarf.

Diagonal Rib Blanket (Bernat, Listowel, Ontario, Canada)
Fiddlehead Fern Scarf by Deborah Tomasello

Ooops, I did it again

I swear at the end of the year I’m going to stack up everything I’ve knitted this year and it will say something about the therapeutic value of knitting and the (improved) state of my mind.

That blue alpaca sweater I had such a hard time with has turned into my favorite, and so I ordered the yarn in green and in dark blue to make a few more. I finished the green one yesterday:

sweatergreen
Drops “Juliana”

The original pattern can be found here. Amazingly, the second time around it was very easy and went very quickly.

My next project is for someone else. We had a person here to cut the huge hedge around our property, and he found what used to be my father’s most favorite blue cotton cardigan – ravaged by a year’s worth of weather, full of algae and generally ruined. Apparently, last year while cutting the hedge, my father took it off and placed it upon said hedge, where it stayed, forgotten and out of sight.

So, a new cotton cardigan is in order – hopefully I’ll get the yarn for it tomorrow or the next day. For now, I’m doing another scarf from all my leftover alpaca.

The cardigan pattern is quite ambitious – go have a look here. I’m looking forward to it.