Monday, December 12, 2011

Cabled Mitts

Pattern:  Cabled Mitts, by Cheryl Beckerich (a free pattern)
Yarn:  Alta Moda Cashmere (80% Merino wool, 20% Cashmere). Colorway: 006 (a true navy, and slightly heather)
Needles:  US #9 (5.5mm) dpns
Comments:  This is a very nice pattern--the cables are in the right place and the thumb is situated perfectly between stitches.  And it took less than 1.75 balls of yarn.

Shown with the Burberry Inspired Cowl I recently finished.

I wonder how they can call the yarn "cashmere" when it is mostly wool.  However, the yarn is very, very soft and cushy and I liked knitting with it.  

Some people wonder what good fingerless mitts are.  I like them in our Spring and Fall weather here in Minnesota, but I also like to layer them over another pair of gloves for extra warmth when the weather gets really cold.

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Burberry Inspired Cowl

Yarn:  Alta Moda Cashmere (80% Merino wool, 20% Cashmere)
Pattern:  Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf by Julianne Smith (unblocked)
Needles:  #10 (6mm) Addi Turbos
Comments:  Nice pattern, softest yarn!  This actually looks pretty good as a turban, too.  Don't expect photos of that.   I did four repeats of the pattern.  You need to do a provisional cast-on, and to close the circle the pattern calls for the Kitchener stitch over all 58 stitches.  
I think if I knit this again, I would try it with a DK or worsted weight yarn.  I may have enough of this luscious yarn left for a pair of fingerless mitts.  Stay tuned--I'm loving the fat yarn, after so many pairs of socks!

Monday, December 05, 2011

An Unmatched Pair: Maine Morning Mitts

Pattern:  Maine Morning Mitts, from the book, The Knitter's Book of Yarn, by Clara Parkes.
Yarn:  Noro Kureyon, coloway 283.
Needles:  #7 (4.5mm) dpns.
Comments:  I love this pattern, and have made it before.  Also, I highly recommend the book, and all books by Clara Parkes.  Oh, and you can get this pattern free here!
Yes, this was one ball of Noro Kureyon!  I am not fond of  the way this colorway knitted up, as it has the unusual shot of purple and the colors don't play particularly well with each other in a pair of mitts.  One solution would be to purchase another ball of the same colorway and knit up another pair, hoping that the colors would divide in the same way.  But it's a Christmas gift, and time is running out.  The receiver is a free spirit, and I'm hoping it will be well received.  I know for sure they are warm!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Plum Scarf

Yarn:  Socks that Rock, coloway Lenore.
Pattern:  Long Ridged Scarf by Jo Sharp.
Needles:  US #4 (3.5mm)
Comments:  I am so enamored of this simple pattern and the fabric that it produces.
The way it scrunches, folds, drapes, and moves is really beguiling.  And that's just the way it looks.  It feels just as lovely--I have made the pattern in a variety of yarns.  See here and here and here.  I will probably make more.  It's particularly pretty in this type of sock yarn, and 350 to 400 yards will do a nice, lengthy scarf.  If you have some sock yarn that is too pretty or too soft to use for a utilitarian item such as socks, this would be perfect.

The above photos show it fresh off the needles.  Here's how it looks after blocking.

It lost the "bounce" it had before blocking.
Still, it's a nice, soft scarf...

 for when you don't want one that is too heavy or warm.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Headband with Flower

Pattern: Morning Walk Headband Earwarmer by Tif Matthews (the great big flower is my addition).
Yarn:  Cascade Ecological Wool (a rather hairy yarn, as you can see in this closeup.  But it still feels fairly soft.
 Needles:  #10
Comments:  A fun pattern that knits up quickly and is easy to wear.  I did my own flower, as the pattern offered a crocheted flower and I do not crochet except in cases such as the single chain button loop (and even then I am all thumbs and elbows).
It's a gift, one that was requested, so I know it's what she wants.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Another Sock Yarn Hat and Mitts

Yarn:  Lang Jawoll Superwash sock yarn.
Pattern:  My own.
Needles:  US #3 dpns
Comments:  Just a lightweight hat and mitts. I improvised as I knit along, and this is what developed.

Playful Scarf

There's a whole lot of sock yarn in these items.  Two 100 gram balls, to be exact.
The scarf goes with this hat and mittens:
Yarn:  Reynolds Swizzle (I believe it's discontinued) sock yarn, color 4005.
Pattern:  Just 1x1 ribbing---boring, boring, boring.
Needles:  US #4

Comments:  I love the colors in this yarn.  That's why I bought it.  It's not clownish, is it?  I prefer the word "playful."

Friday, September 30, 2011

My Big Fat Mittens

 To go with my Big Fat Hat and Scarf:
Yarn:   Rowan Big Wool, in Black.
Pattern:  Wool-Ease Mittens by Stephanie Taylor.
Needles:  US #10 dpns

Comments:  Again, it's Big Wool.  Plump, warm, soft, and wonderful Rowan yarn.  This was fun to knit. Somehow, knitting black in this gauge isn't nearly as blinding as knitting black sock yarn!

And a visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum made me realize that mittens will soon be in order:
A few of the trees were showing their colors this week.  The next two weeks are expected to be glorious!
The hedges.  We need rain, folks!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Big Fat Hat and Scarf

Yarn:  Rowan Big Wool
Needles:  13 or 15--not sure.
Comments:  I added the tassle, as the hat seemed so black and so plain.
 Love the Big Wool.  You can knit a hat in a day, a scarf in two.
 The scarf is black and plain, too.

Here's the "recipe" for my scarf:

Size 13 needles
2 skeins Rowan Big Wool
Gauge: 2.5/inch

Cast on 16 stitches.

Slipping the first stitch of each row as if to purl, Knit 3 rows.

Row 4: Sl 1 as if to purl, K2, K10, K3.
Row 5: Sl 1 as if to purl, K2, P10, K3.

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until the desired length or you are almost out of yarn, leaving enough for the last 3 rows and the bind off.

Knit 3 rows.

Bind off.  Wear.  Stay warm.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Trio of Socks

Every once in awhile I get bogged down with other "stuff" and don't post my projects, and I must admit I am way behind in this.
 Here are three pair of socks that I finished in the last couple months, and I will share the details about yarn,
 needles, patterns, etc. on Ravelry, as I may be too lazy to repeat the same here.
Oh, and if you are a knitter and are not yet a member of Ravelry, please go there and sign up.  It's free, and you can peruse my projects (and the projects of thousands of knitters).  Plus, there are oodles of patterns, many of them free, for you to download and use.  And while you're there, please include me as one of your friends!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Red Hat Special

Pattern:  Osmena Hat
Yarn:  Tvinni Tweed by Isager, 100% wool
Needles:  US 1 16" circs and US 2 dpns and 16" circs.
 Comments:  I believe the pattern has a couple of errors in it as noted on Ravelry.  It's still a pretty hat.
I will spare you any photos of me modeling it because, as usual, it's way too big for my head.  Love the yarn in this...Isager yarn has the most beautiful colors.  One of these days I will make a cardigan out of some of it.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Long Scarf and a Hat

Yarn:  Noro Retro, blue and black
Pattern:  Noro Striped Scarf (Ravelry link).
Needles:  US #7
Comments:  This yarn is 64% Wool, 24% Silk, and 12% Angora.  It's a bit softer than Noro Kureyon, and the colors are mostly solid.
I used 4 skeins:  one blue and one charcoal for half the scarf in a two-row striped pattern and then one solid color block of charcoal and one solid color block of blue.
Although the colors look distinctly separate in the sunlight, in other lights they are so close in color that they blend together as one.  Very interesting.  As I was knitting it I kept thinking of the Judge.  And he liked it so much that I told him it was his to keep.  A manly scarf.  But I like it, too.

The Milanese Lace Topper

Pattern:  Milanese Lace Topper (Ravelry link).
Yarn:  Berroco Remix, in gray.
Needles:  US #4
Comments:  This yarn is 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk and I'm not sure that it was the best choice for this pattern.  However, it's nice to have a hat that is not quite so warm as wool or alpaca for those times of the year that are cool but not cold.  Or if you live in a more temperate climate than I do.

Here's a cowl in the making, using the same stitch pattern:

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

This is my favorite version of Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever."  God bless the USA!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Trip to Door County

Door County sunsets are so spectacular that people line up to see them.  This photo was taken through the Allium in a local garden.

When we visit, we always do a drive through Peninsula State Park.  It's simply beautiful.  It even has a golf course.  This and the rest of the photos were taken with my cell phone.
Cell phone cameras are limited in their capacity to capture images such as the stunning Forget-me-nots that bloom in June.

Here is just a sample of the blue haze they cast on the forest.

The weather was cool and overcast most of the days we were there, but we did have one gorgeous day.
And did you know Door County has no chain restaurants or shops?  That's part of why it feels so comforting and unspoiled.  We enjoyed some live blues music at The Cookery, butter pecan custard cones at Not Licked Yet, dinner at Cooper's Corner, and shopping at many unique stores.  You must see Door County!