Saturday, March 19, 2011

These are NOT about ME

The DH's job was moved to Vermont so he is working there about 1/2 the year and from home the rest. From TX to VT means he needs warm socks! I wove the last end in 10 minutes before he had to head back again.

This is Masonic Lodge on 70 stitches and in Paton's Kroy FX and I used 2 1/2 skeins. I figure 415 yards.

This are all MINE!

Not sure if we are supposed to post multiple projects, but with these - It's All About ME! Finished and blocked Tuesday, but sidetracked with DH's socks completed before he flew off to Vermont for a month away.

The pattern is Gaudete, which was an Advent Calendar mystery pattern offered up with a video or musical goodie each day. I oredered the yarn and waited til Feb. to start.

Knit in Wullenstudio - Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. I used 80 grams = 360 yds.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mochi Magic

Can you believe that this pile of Mini Mochi up above can become this....shawl?

This was a test knit. Pattern is not released yet. It will be a few days before I am ready to do cables again.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's all about me. . . still

I finished my last all about ME socks. . . now March can be a little more about gifts that need to be finished :)
I was still stuck in my stripey fascination and used the Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Feb yarn "Wild Thing" using the pattern Parallel Twist.

and the some more suitable for work Mockery socks in CP panda silk "fudge brownie":

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 Prime Time! March project

My first colourwork gloves! The pattern is "Peace and Love Gloves," from the book Color Style.
The yarn is lovely to knit with, and it feels positively heavenly on the hands, soft and warm!

Yarn: Elann Baby Cashmere
Yardage: 348 yards
Needles: 2.0mm, 2.25mm, 2.50mm

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's all about ME ME ME

Just finished weaving in all my ends, I think I've squeaked this in under the wire.

This project is a "feel good" one because I stashbusted - yaay me! I bought this yarn - Phildar Aviso - in oh, about maybe 7 or 8 years ago, for a project (I think it was a Rowan cropped sweater) that I quickly frogged. Loved the colours and just couldn't bear to get rid of it. Found a pattern in a Phildar pattern book (from 2004) for a striped sweater (I have a weakness for stripes) and decided that was just the thing. BUT the yarn languished. Well I reorganized my stash this winter and decided it was time - now or never, knit it or get rid of it.

Since I had just finished a top with multiple pieces (accck seaming) I decided to rewrite the pattern to be in the round to the armholes, then split for front and back. I also decided to do the seams in the round. Aviso is fairly thick aran weight yarn, so I'm glad I eliminated the seams. I think it worked out fairly well. Phildar patterns are funny, I don't think they translate well from french to english, I found a few errors in the decreases. When sewing it together I found the sleeve cap to be longer than it should and had to ease it in to place, but I think it looks ok.

I used a total of 1,036 yds. All in all I think it will make a great spring sweater, and I'm looking forward to matching it up with a nice pair of white slacks or jeans. And yes, it does need to be blocked.

It's All About ME, of course

I finished a pair of Alpine Glow from Stephanie van der Linden's Around the World in Knitted Socks. A fun knit and nice to have the motif make it to the other side of the instep exactly when I was ready for toes. Guess my gauge was spot on.

Shown in progress, correctly, and wrong-ways on my feet.

In Regia Trend & Color, I used 350 yards = 76 grams.

One more pair for me just needs an inch plus a toe that I should get to tonight.

please welcome

...peg (mayounger on rav) to our carefree family!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fulled March Prime Time

This was started as a fulled case to fit my laptop, in stockinette brioche, for the MeMeMe KAL. I could have pulled it out of the washer after one cycle, when it would have fit my laptop. But... I was overcome by the wool fumes. How small could it get, I wondered. It turns out, pretty small, and pretty stiff. It shrunk to a third of its original height and half of its original width. Yes, that little bag really started as over 300 yards of loosely spun wool. There is absolutely no sign of my seam. I stretched it out so I now have a cutting board cozy. It will probably fit my sister’s iPad, so isn't a MeMeMe contender. I've got more than enough of this wool left to try again, and maybe next time I won't go nuts with the fulling.

All the gory details are on Ravelry.

I'm rained-in right now, and have started playing with some lovely Monet Sausolito from Susan. It's dreamy. I've never enjoyed a swatch so much.