Monday, December 31, 2007
For sure, hanging it on the bedpost didn't make a lot of sense, either. There was some (okay, a lot) exasperation going on here. 560 freakin' yards of fingering weight yarn, for goodness sake!
Several hours and an Excedrin PM later I'm rewinding the skein.
Note to self: Buy only small skeins from now on.
Happy New Year, and may all your tangles be small.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Under my hat my hair is flat. I look (and feel) completely ridiculous in most of them. But it's probably the best feeling hat I've worn in a long time. Not too tight, not too loose, but just right!
Yarn: Mountain Colors Twizzle, colorway, Steelhead
Pattern: Toboggan Noggin, by Amy E. Anderson.
Needles: #6 Addi Turbos
Comments: I really like this pattern. I got it with a purchase of yarn at Lakeside Fibers in Madison, WI. The yarn is pleasant to work with and the colors are purely luscious.
The top of the hat can be closed or partly open or completely open to slide down the neck like a cowl.
With another skein in the wings, should I make gloves? Fingerless? Mittens?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
So, a grandma has to make something in her school colors, right? But this is still in the works, so don't breath a word of it, okay?
The maroon and burnt orange are good, but I haven't trimmed any loose ends yet in case I change my mind about the stripes.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Pattern: Morehouse Farms Knit/Purl Scarf
Yarn: Morehouse Farm Merino Morehouse Merino 2-Ply in Oatmeal colorway
Needles: #5 Addi Turbos
Comments: Instead of the two skeins as came in the original kit, I used three skeins. This made the scarf very long and rather luxurious looking. Morehouse Farm has the loveliest Merino. It's a joy to knit, has a beautiful "hand," and has to be the best smelling wool available! I think this photo captures the essence of the stitch pattern, which is the same on both sides.
The second finished object is this reversible cable scarf:
Pattern: Onduleux Cables by Angela Johnson at Yarn Garage
Yarn: Shi Bui Sock in Rapids colorway
Needles: Susan Bates #5 Straights
Comments: I altered the pattern, which was written for thin worsted weight yarn, to fit the fingering weight yarn. Really like this pattern, too, as it is also reversible.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I know some of you have seen this in my Ravelry projects (my name there is keredding), but for those of you who are pure blog readers, here is the latest on this scarf progress. Not much, to be sure, but it's moving right along.
The cables look the very same on the back as on the front, which I find really attractive.
Here's something I originally read in the New York Times about the aging brain. It mentions, among other things, knitting to help keep your brain agile, even in the face of certain brain diseases. Here is the same article in the International Herald Tribune. We knitters suspected all along that knitting was good for you, didn't we?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Pattern: Gathered Scarf by Maryse
Needles: #4 and #7 straights
Comments: I loved making this scarf. It was a totally fun pattern to do and it went pretty fast. One has to be watchful switching needle sizes, but that quickly becomes second nature as you change sizes on the decrease and increase rows.
I made a couple alterations to the pattern as written. Instead of a rolled stockinette stitch at the edges, I substituted the garter stitch and those rows were done in an analogous color, darker than the main one. This lovely detail that I thought was so important to the finished product is not revealed in the photo. But it is apparent in real life.
This pattern has such a beautiful, unusual texture and is so light to wear, since it's made with fingering weight yarn, that I am considering raiding my stocking yarn stash to make another. And maybe some matching wristlets!
Friday, December 07, 2007
Using fingering weight yarn and with a few minor changes to the pattern, the scarf is taking shape rather nicely. I am totally enjoying the knit. If it turns out the way I hope it will, I've got lots of sock yarn backed up in the stash to make another. And another. And another.
Seems like a good way to use some of that sock yarn that is way too beautiful to tread on.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Needles: Susan Bates #7 Quicksilver straights.
Pattern: The Noro Striped Scarf, as seen on Brooklyn Tweed’s blog.
Comments: Is Noro refining and softening their
Here is the chart for the striping:
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Here's something else I found there this afternoon:It's a small velvet bag with beaded handle and a beaded scroll design on both sides--perfect for one sock in progress at the symphony, your lipstick and comb!One of the customers sure looked like Annie Modesitt. I was too shy to ask. Was that you, Annie?