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.

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.