Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Finished Shawl and a New Scarf

At long last, I'm getting around to posting pictures of the Imagine When shawl, which I finished 2  weeks ago. This is it on the blocking wires. God bless the person who invented these wires. They make blocking big projects SO much easier.


And this is it draped around my shoulders. It was chilly enough last Sunday that I wore it to church. I think it looks pretty dang awesome. I used Colinette Jitterbug yarn in the color October Afternoon.

I started another charity project. A friend put me in touch with a youth homeless shelter here on the south side of Chicago, and they need scarves for their clients. I found some Lion Brand Suede in the stash.

I think it will make a really handsome, soft, and warm scarf. I plan to make at least one more scarf for the shelter before I turn my attention to Christmas knitting. My nephew has requested a hat and scarf for Christmas this year, so I need to get cracking on those projects before the holidays sneak up on us.
Hope you're enjoying the crisp cool knitting weather!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Multiple Works in Progress

Last weekend I was traveling, so I started a pair of socks to take along with me. Travel knitting needs to be small enough to fit in my carry-on bags (I never check luggage--had a bad experience when coming back from Europe in 2002) and easy enough that I can work on it while talking to other people. Socks are perfect on both counts. The yarn is Knit Picks Felici. I believe the color way is called Afternoon. These socks are for me. Winter is coming, and I need more warm wool socks.


My at-home project is the Imagine When shawl/scarf, which has been making the rounds on the internet. I think half my friends have made one, and one of them gave me the pattern. I'm using Colinette's Jitterbug yarn in the color October Afternoon.

This is a photo of pretty much the whole scarf/shawl so far. I couldn't fit the very beginning section in the photo without climbing on a stepladder.

In the next photo, you can see a close view of the picot edge and the change from one section to another. The pattern uses short rows to build asymmetrical triangles on top of each other.

It's going to look really amazing when it's done. I'm very excited to wear it.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Jagged Little Cowl

The minute I laid eyes on Dee's pattern for the Jagged Little Cowl, I knew I had to make it. You can't go wrong with chevron stripes, and I'm a big fan of anything Missoni-adjacent.

I made mine with yarn from The Knitting Goddess. I used her worsted weight silk in the color Sangria and her silk with beads in the color Dark Cocoa. I couldn't wait to take this photo, so it hasn't been washed and blocked yet. Still, I think it's gorgeous and can't wait to wear it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Four Baby Hats

Baby hats are perfect for using leftover sock yarn (almost all of which shown here is from Knit Picks). The results are always fabulously cute.

These are going to Afghans for Afghans for their current campaign, which they're calling a baby shower, because they wanted to focus on clothes for infants this time. A woman in my church knitting group is also making a few things. She offered to mail everything this time, so I'll hand off my stuff to her at church tomorrow, and she'll mail it all on Monday. The deadline is July 31, so I have my fingers crossed that our items will get there in time.

Now I'm finally ready to get started on a project for myself. I have a pattern that a friend gave me, the yarn is wound into skeins, and I'm ready to rock and roll.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Scrap Yarn Socks

When I went on that knitting retreat back in January, we decided to do a sock exchange for the next year. The stipulation was that the socks had to be made of scrap yarn. It turns out that I won't be able to attend next year, but I since I already agreed to participate, I had to knit the socks for my recipient. Aside from weaving together the toe and the loose ends on the second sock, they're done.

I used several different Knit Picks yarns. I don't have the ball bands any more so I can't tell you what color ways I used. Because I had such small bits of each yarn left over, I couldn't get the stripes to match up exactly, but I think they still look good.

I still have a lot of sock yarn left over, so I think I'm going to make some baby socks and hats for Afghans for Afghans. After that, I think I'm ready to make something for myself before fall.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Diamonds Versus Squares

This dish cloth was supposed to be a mitered square. It's not as if I haven't done a mitered square before, and yet this one really wants to be a diamond (or maybe it's a leaf).

I can yank it into submission, but it won't stay that way. 

Maybe it's because I used cotton, which tends to stretch, or maybe it's because I used such large needles that the fabric is too loose to behave properly. Whatever the case, I can still use it, but it still goes to show that things don't always go according to plan.

I think I'm ready to start the socks for that sock exchange, which I will not be attending because it turns out that I have to teach the weekend of the Bunch of Stitches retreat. I went through some leftover sock yarn today and came up with a plan for a stripe sequence. I think (hope) it will look pretty cool.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Default to Dish Cloths

Whenever I can't decide what else to knit, I make dish cloths. They're fast and fun, not to mention practical, and making them is an easy way to play around with different patterns and color combinations.

I think these will be a housewarming gift for my nephew and his mom, who just moved to a new apartment. I made them with my beloved Peaches and Creme, which is still my favorite craft cotton yarn.

The circular one is basically a mini version of the circular shawl in Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac. I didn't block it, which is why the garter stitch border isn't lying flat. But who is going to block a dish cloth? It's made for washing and scrubbing.

I still don't know what I want to do next for a real project, so I guess I'll keep making dish cloths for a while. They're great to have on hand as gifts, and I should replace a few of my own old ones anyway. Some of them are looking pretty grim because they've been in use for years.