Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year!

With the new year coming up, I have a new project on the needles. Behold...the Lofty Perches version of fingerless mitts. Now, I have knitted with a LOT of yarns but this yarn tops even my favorites of the past...I give you...Malabrigo yarn. I found this particular verigated at the yarn shop called Imagiknits in San Francisco. What a fabulous shop and I was in there for quite a while fondling yarns and deciding what to buy for which projects. When this skein of Malabrigo found me, I didn't need a project, I just had to have it.

This is my first attempt with "mittens" and I found it easy to do. It's a little tricky managing the dpns but once you get into the swing of it, all goes well. I decided to do a seed stitch border at the arm and a rib border up at the fingertips. I just wanted to try different edges and I didn't want a rolled edge. I sort of followed the instructions in the Winter 2003 issue of Interweave Knits where they write about gloves. The next pair that I make will be a bit tighter. But you can bet I will be doing a lot more with the Malabrigo yarn! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 25, 2005

A look back...2005 reflections

Reflections in Yarn 05

Knit Once, Purl Forever has offered up a meme for 2005...take a look!

1. List your finished objects, or just list your favorite FO. I surprised myself with the amount of knitting that I accomplished but I stick to smaller projects for the almost instant gratification. My favorite project is a diagonal shawl that I knit from 6 different colors of Manos Stria cotton. I wore it all summer.
2. List your works in progress: A pair of fingerless mitts in Malabrigio wool...an 8' eyelash yarn scarf...the Ruffle Scarf...a shrug in Rowan Cashcotton...a Sally Melville top.
3. What skeletons are in your knitting basket? That Sally Melville top from her knit stitch book...just can't seem to finish it!
4. What's your favorite project? The Manos Stria shawl and The Bucket Hat from Chicknits.
5. What project(s) will you never knit again? Anything in eyelash yarn.
6. What was your major knitting accomplishment for the last year? Teaching myself short rows (the short row technique)
7. What's your favorite yarn from the last year? The Malabrigio wool that I am knitting with currently. The Plymouth Yarn Sinsation (80/20 rayon/wool) is a close second.
8. What's your favorite yarn overall? Soooo many...I love Classic Elite yarns in general but their Maya yarn (50/50 llama/wool) is fabulous.
9. What new knitting techniques have you learned? The short row technique...make one...slip, slip, knit one decrease...i-cord...Fisherman's Rib... diagonal knitting...thumb gussets...
10. What are your knitting goals? To learn to knit EVEN stockinette stitches! Knitting the Fiery Bolero really showed me where my weaknesses are! I'm not finishing it until I get it right! I knit Continental, so it has to do with a weakness in the purl stitches...I'm determined to get it right!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

...and to all, a good night.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Knitting Away December Days

Some knitting, some felting. The Booga Bag is knit in Noro Kureyon and took quite a few turns in the old WM to get it to this point. I must say...I've heard good and bad about this yarn and I quite agree with the latter. So scratchy who would want to wear anything knit with it! Maybe some die hard wool wearers which I am not. Give me some gorgeous hand dyed merino any day!

The stocking I knit with my favorite yarn, Classic Elite MAYA. I think they stopped making this which is too bad, cause it's a pleasure to knit and it felts beautifully.

Chaco is cleaning himself while gazing at my 2 x 2 rib scarf which is in the process of being knit from Plymouth Yarn's Sinsation, an 80% rayon, 20% wool chenille which is gorgeous AND expensive. I'm knitting this for me, however, and I'm worth it. The needles are 10.5's...my favorites...Lantern Moon. I fell in love with this deep red.

Chaco and a WIP

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Felted Booga Bag

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Felted Stocking

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

This is the Chicknits Bucket Hat done in Red Heart Tweed. I made this for my niece who wanted a yarn that would not itch and also be easy care.

The colors she suggested to me needed to be in the green range and when I saw this yarn it filled the bill. Not too bad to knit with and the pattern was fun and easy. The only thing you can't do with acrylic is block it into shape. I may have to put a bit of elastic in the brim so that it will stay on but I think she will like it.
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Shakespeare Scarf

This scarf was done in the Fisherman's Rib stitch and the yarn was 100% wool from Artful Yarns called Shakespeare. I love the verigated colors and if I could afford it, I would make a sweater from this yarn. The knitted rose is from JJill.
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And another...

This is a rolled brim beanie made from Jo Sharp heavyweight Silkraod Aran. another fun and easy knit. this one takes about 2 hours with a good pair of large circs like Addi Turbo...

I think I have made a dozen or so of these hats and they fit almost everyone. If made with smaller needles and finer yarn, I'm sure it would fit the 5 and under crowd.
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Finished Knitted Objects

The Free Range Scarf in all its novelty yarn glory...fun to knit and even more fun to wear. This was knit from lots of leftovers and with a few different easy stitches.
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