Saturday, February 14, 2015

One Big Skein of Sock Yarn, Two Projects

A while back I decided I could use some fingerless gloves to wear under my mittens for the times when it's really cold outside and I need to grab my bus pass or my keys or need to text without exposing my entire hand. Sock yarn is the perfect medium for gloves, especially if it's a machine-washable wool-nylon blend, so I dug around in my stash and found some Adorn sock yarn by Three Irish Girls in the colorway Kieran. (I don't remember when or where I bought it, so that tells you it was in the pile for a long time.) I used the glove pattern in Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. The only alteration I made was to eliminate the very tip of each finger, as you can see below.


I'm happy with how they turned out, and they fit perfectly under my bigger mittens and have kept my hands extra warm during the recent cold snap.

Because this skein of yarn was 430 yards long, I had plenty left over to do a pair of socks for myself. Again, I used the pattern in Ann Budd's book. It's a basic pattern with no texture or embellishment, and that's how I like my socks. Lacy or cabled socks are pretty, but I don't like holes that could snag or textured lumps that could rub against the top of my shoe. That's just me, though. I freely admit that I have sensitive feet. And when you have a yarn that knits up into such lovely stripes, I don't think it's necessary to gild the lily.




Believe it or  not, I still have quite a bit of this yarn left over, so I'll save it for baby hats and other small projects. I'm very happy with how it has performed.

Up next, I'm making something top-secret for a friend. I can't post pics until I've finished it and mailed it to her. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 19, 2015

First Finished Objects of 2015

I've been knitting steadily so far this year and have finished a few small things. I've made a couple of baby hats with leftover sock yarn. This one uses Knit Picks Felici.



 This one uses yarn I had in the stash. I have no idea what brand it is. It will probably be given to a friend whose baby is due this spring.



And this one is a first birthday present for a friend's little boy. The hat I made him when he was born got lost, so I made him a replacement.



Finally, I made something for myself: a luxurious cowl made with Knit Picks Diadem in the color Emerald. I love wearing it. That alpaca-silk blend is so soft against the skin.




I'm currently working on a pair of fingerless gloves for myself using some sock yarn I found in the stash. Yes, I have a LOT of sock yarn loitering in my stash. I didn't really make a New Year's resolution, but I am going to try to use up as much stash yarn as possible this year before I buy anything new. No, really. I'm going to do it. Stop laughing.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Knitting 2014: The Finale

Last night I finished my final gift: a set of Christmas-themed dish cloths for my sister-in-law's parents, who are putting me up for a few days next week. I've brought them different host gifts in the past, but the mother really likes these cloths and specifically requested more.




They're made with Peaches and Creme worsted weight cotton. I have a ton of this stuff in my stash. They have a huge variety of lovely colors, and it's super sturdy and machine washable.

So that's it, I am done for Christmas 2014! While I'm on vacation next week, I plan to finish some socks for myself that I started ages ago but put aside for gifts, and I want to make another cowl scarf for myself. You can't have too many of them (OK, maybe you can, but I don't care because I like them so much).

Happy holidays, and best wishes for 2015!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Knitting 2014 Continued

This week I finished a cowl scarf for my sister-in-law. I used Knit Picks Capra, which is a wool-cashmere blend.



I used 3 different shades of blue-green (they look a bit darker in this photo than they are in real life. I divided the lightest shade in half, then held 2 strands together, switching colors when one ran out, so that all 3 colors were paired with each other. I used size 15 needles and knit 120 stitches in the round, using K3 P3 rib. It's that simple, and but the results are gorgeous. This yarn is softer than a kitten.

Last time I forgot to post a photo of the scarves I made for Ujima Village, a youth homeless shelter here on the south side. I only had time to do 4 scarves, but they turned out nicely. I hope they'll be put to good use.



Right now I'm making a few Christmas-themed wash cloths for my sister-in-law's parents as a host gift. They're letting me stay in their guest room for a few days between Christmas and New Year's. I'm looking forward to getting a whole week with my nephew.

If I get them done before I leave, I'll post a photo of the wash cloths. If not, I wish you the happiest of holidays.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Knitting 2014

Since my last post in November, I've been busy knitting Christmas gifts. My nephew specifically requested a red and white striped hat, but he wanted the stripes to be vertical not horizontal. This candy-cane hat is my compromise.


I can't wait to see him wearing this set. I think he's going to be even more adorable than he usually is. The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes superwash.

I also made a chunky rib-knit cowl scarf for my best friend. I used Knit Picks Diadem in ruby.





The yarn is a gorgeous, super-soft alpaca-silk blend. I mailed it today. Hope she likes it.

Next up, I'm going to make another cowl scarf for my nephew's mom. I won't see them until Christmas Day, so I should have plenty of time to finish it before then.

Hope you're enjoying the holidays and knitting some beautiful things.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jagged Little Cowl II

On October 25, a friend and I went to Vogue Knitting Live at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. I was pretty restrained with my purchases. I bought a kit, a magazine, a shawl pin, a knitting bag, and some gradient-dyed yarn from Mia Bella Yarns, which I used to make another Jagged Little Cowl.




It hasn't been blocked yet, but I wore it on Sunday anyway. I love those colors. I noticed a lot of kits for gradient cowls at the VKL knitting market, so it must be a big trend this year. For once, maybe I'm on the cutting edge of fashion. HA! I crack myself up.

I'm almost done with another scarf for the youth homeless shelter. I hope to have 4 done by the end of the month. Then I need to start on my nephew's Christmas presents. I don't plan to knit for anyone else this year, so I should have plenty of time. *fingers crossed*

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two Babies, Two Hats

What do I almost always do with leftover sock yarn? Make baby hats. A dear friend and former co-worker had a baby earlier this week. I've had this hat ready to go for a couple of months, and I mailed it to her yesterday.



Isn't that cute? I used 2 different yarns, one was red and white and the other was blue/purple/pink variegated. I just did simple stripes, and they blended together beautifully. It's very patriotic, no? Both of those yarns were ones I dug out of the stash, so I don't have the manufacturer's info any more.

This hat is for friends of a friend. We aren't especially close, but I've been to their house a couple of times, and they're a very sweet couple. They tried for years to have a baby and finally were blessed with a little boy a couple of months ago.



For this one, I used Knit Picks Felici in the color Stream Bed. I'm going to dinner at their place tonight and I finished this hat just 10 minutes ago, so now I don't have to show up empty-handed. I think it's really cute and I hope they like it.