Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Friday, May 8, 2009

... a little bit of craft:
A pillow cover I made late last night when motivation struck.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pattern: Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport (gray and green)
Reynolds Saucy Sport (purple)
Needle: US 5
Start: January 21, 2009
March 19, 2009

Its finally finished! This seemed to really drag on there at the end... I just wanted to be done. But I finished it up last week and I love how it looks and how it fits. The yarn is so soft and comfortable, and its not too warm to wear at my scorching-hot office. I really liked the top-down approach and the calculator/pattern I used came out perfectly. I definatley will be making more sweaters using this method. My only problem is that I got so antsy there at the end I basically made everything too short and then I had to pick out the bind of edge and make both the body and the first sleeve longer. This should have been entirely avoidable because it is knit from the top and I could have tried it on to make sure it fit, but I was impatient and I went ahead and bound off without trying it on... and it was too short. Originally I was going to leave the bottom edge with no ribbing so that it would curl, but I didn't really like how that looked so I decided to do the narrow band of ribbing instead.
The pictures were taken in my new apartment... so you get a sneak peak!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Warmest Slippers Ever: thrummed with wool for warmth, in army green for fashion (ha!)

So, I wrote out a pattern for these, and it should be better than the last one, although it was difficult to write with the thrumming, I think that it is pretty clear. If you're interested let me know. They were very quick to knit up, it took me a month because I took a few long haituses. I'm very happy with them and they are keeping my toes warm as I write!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Crochet Love

I have not finished my second sweater. I only have about a half a sleeve left and all I can think about it crochet. Yes, crochet. I'm completely obsessed with crochet. I don't know why or where it came from. Well, maybe I do - there are so many colorful crochet projects out there. I had to get in on some of that color. So I've been crocheting with no particular project in mind. Just making things... its actually really fun. I've known a little about crocheting for a couple years now, but I'd really not done much more than a straight line. As I started playing with the yarn and hook, with my crochet book nearby, I realized that crochet is really intuitive. I know three basic stitches and with those I could play around and figure out how to make different shapes. I figured out how to make these flowers just by looking at a photograph of some flowers! I was pretty impressed with myself!
And I've made this thing, I'm not sure what it is or what I will use it for... but it was fun to make! I think I want to make one of those lovely hexagon blankets with reds and oranges and yellows.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sweater #1

Yarn: Berroco Peruvia Quick
Needles: US 10, 10.5, and 11
Start: December 30, 2008
Finish: February 22, 2008
My first sweater of the year is finished! This was one of those total spur-of-the-moment, I must make this sweater kind of things. The pattern included a hood, but I decided to make it with a shawl collar instead. I followed this pattern's instructions for the collar. I knit the body on size 11 needles, the collar on size 10.5 and then I only had size 10 dpns, so I used them for the sleeves and just cast on a few more stitches to make up for the difference in the needle sizes. That worked out fine and the sleeves fit perfectly. I am fairly happy with how the sweater came out, but it tends to bunch up around the ribbing on the bottom. I think if I would have knit the ribbing in a smaller size needle, it would have probably eliminate the bunching. I like the sweater, but I'm not in love with it. I like knitting things with bulkier yarn because it goes faster, but I think sweaters knit in a finer gauge are more comfortable and flattering. From now on, I think I'm going to stick to things knit on a needle size 8 or smaller. Well, until I want a quick sweater...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Challenge

I have decided to take on a challenge: Knitting 12 Sweaters in 12 Months. There is a knit-a-long going on for this purpose and I have decided to join. I know that is a ridiculous amount of knitting, and generally I don't like to have deadlines or even goals when it comes to knitting, but I think it will be fun and it will be a challenge.

My rules are this:
  • Twelve sweaters finished in 2009 - it doesn't matter when they were started
  • Any adult garment is considered a sweater - this inculdes tank tops, vests, and traditional sweaters
  • All garments must be finished and wearable by December 31, 2009

In 2007, I completed 6 adult garments: 3 tank tops, 1 shrug, and 2 sweaters... I will have to double my efforts in 2009. However, I already have 3 sweaters and a vest on the needles. I am hoping to have my first sweater of the year finished this week - I just have one sleeve left to do. And I have yarn and plans for 3 other tops: a vest, a tank top, and a cardigan. So, if (when) I finish those, I will have 7 projects completed and I will have almost cleaned out my yarn stash, which has been a goal for over a year now! The only problem I forsee is that I have other projects I also want to work on - I know I won't be able to work on sweaters exclusively... my attention just won't last.