Friday, January 28, 2011

Woolen Tears

Pattern:  "Bronze Tears," by Elle Che. (Ravelry Link)  It's a free pattern, and a quick and easy knit
Yarn:  Morehouse Farm Merino Merino 2-Ply in colorway Oatmeal. (My favorite Morehouse color).  One skein!
Needles:  #2 (2.75mm) and #5 (3.75mm) straights.
Comments:  I loved knitting this and really like the way it turned out.  Morehouse yarn is so soft and heavenly to knit that it seems to keep you knitting long after you should have gone to bed!  The yarn has a sort of rustic look to it, and at first I was hesitant to use it for this pattern as the designer's hat showed a smoother yarn.  But a friend of mine encouraged me, and I forged ahead.  I followed the pattern exactly, which I don't always do.  It called for straight needles, and I was tempted to use circulars, which you certainly could and eliminate the final seaming.  But in the end I found that it worked out just fine.  The seam is barely noticeable--at least not on someone who moves as fast as I do.  And the yarn feels as cozy as a warm hug.

Oh, and I like that it is the same color as my Morehouse Knit/Purl scarf.  I have one skein left and would like to make mittens or gloves if there's enough yarn to do so. (Even though I already have mittens using Morehouse Oatmeal colored yarn.  Wait, couldn't I just remove the flowers on those mittens?)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A New Twist

Take a look at what Japanese designer Junya Watanabe has done with the Norwegian style sweater here.  (From The Sartorialist's blog.)  What do you think of these jackets for men?  Very new think, don't you agree? 

But I don't think the Judge would go for it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mittens to Match

This sort of looks like I made two pair of mittens.  It's only one pair, two views.
I've wanted to make these mittens since I first got the book, "Not Just Socks" by Sandi Rosner.  Unlike my usual deviation from patterns, I made them in the very same yarn.

Pattern:  Mittens, by Sandi Rosner.
Yarn:  Lana Grossa Meilenweit sock yarn, Colorway 5030.
Needles:  #1 (2.25mm) dpns

 And the Sockhead Hat to match...
Comments:  I washed the pair by hand and then decided to see how they would fare in the dryer.  VoilĂ !  They came out perfectly!  I didn't dry them completely, just left them in for about 20 minutes on low temperature with three dry hand towels to keep everything fluffy.
A completely delicious time-waster for all you fashionistas...
Spring in the City
Spring in the City

Even though I would not rush out to buy a $650 handbag, I consider this a good exercise in wardrobe planning.
Find it here and put your own style board together.  

Thursday, January 20, 2011

More Ruffles

What is it?
It's a ruffled scarf!
Pattern:  Ruffles, by Vanessa Ewing.  
Yarn:  Classic Elite Yarns Classic Silk, Colorway #6914 Bluebell. I used all of two skeins.
Needles:  #8 (5.0 mm)
Comments:  I really like this yarn and the pattern.  It's fun and easy to do.  And addictive as popcorn.  I'm planning to put some buttons on it, as I incorporated buttonholes into each end of the scarf.

Ravelry link for the free pattern here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Meida's Mittens

Pattern:  Meida's Mittens, by Nancy Bush, from the book "Folk Knitting in Estonia."
Yarn:  Classic Elite Yarns Fresco, colorways 801,802, 902 & 903
Needles:  #1 (2.25mm) dpns.
Comments:  This yarn is super nice to work with and feels even better as a pair of mittens.  And just imagine--I finished them while the snow was still flying!  Nancy Bush's patterns are some of the best on the planet, 
The thumb is really roomy in this pattern, but it works.  I didn't do the pointed hand and thumb, but sort of rounded it off.  After I had started the pattern and realized that the red is a bit strong and tends to show through the white, I read up a bit on this type of knitting and learned that you have to be careful to choose colors not do this while in close proximity to each other.  I'll try to tuck that good information away for next time.

Now try not to notice this, but I left out the whole 11th row, and you can see it if you look carefully.  I was so exasperated with my error but absolutely did not want to go back and rip out the whole cuff.  So I left out the same row on the second mitten.  Brilliant, huh?  No?  Well, okay.
Chagrin.  Maybe that's why it took me so long to add the thumbs to these.