Monday, July 21, 2014

What knitters do when home alone

First thing I did when faced with three days home alone, no boys, no children:

Feels great. My hand knits don't get nearly enough gentle washing tlc. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 holiday knitting

Finishing any last minute holiday knitting? Of course you are! Me too.

Can't give too much away but here's the yarn I'm using:

I have high hopes for getting some of my lapsed projects back on track after a little last frenzy of gift knitting. I did a little project check while looking for appropriate needles for the above yarn, and I have several things that are just so close to finishing, it's criminal that they're sitting in bags stuffed in a closet! Ok, back to it!

Friday, March 29, 2013

FO: Borough

Yeah, I finished these Boroughs in time for them to get good use this winter, but didn't download the photos until today. Do you find, if you have a smartphone, that you use that for all your picture taking and leave your poor digital point and shoot to collect dust?

I do.

These came out great. I used manly yarn gifted from Beigeberry that she picked up at Rhinebeck a few years ago, Silver Moon Farm DK superwash in Sedate.

After the cuffs were finished I found that I needed to knit the flip top sections a couple of inches longer than called for. I was able to try the mitts on the intended recipient as I went along, so that worked out fine, but if I had knit them as written they would have been too short for the fingers.

My Ravelry notes indicate how I proceeded when I determined that the palm should have a bit more protection when the flip tops are pulled back:

"Thumbs are finished but I’ve decided this is going to work better with a bit of a pick up and knit ribbed section to cover the gap between palm and fingers where the flip top connects. Just picked up 40 sts on first go around, then added in kfb 8 times, spaced across the front starting a 2x2 rib to get back up to 48 stitches."

Gap covered, ends run in, happy warm hands for the big guy of the house. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

WIP: February Lady Sweater the second

A few months ago I bought a sweater's worth of this:

To knit a second one of these:

Loving the yarn and the lovely easy flattering pattern.

Now if only I had more time to knit!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Podcast discovery: Knitting in Circles

I've been trying really hard on weekends lately to sit down and spend some time working on a pattern that requires a bit of attention - not TV knitting. Gotta keeps those WIPs moving! I find that a knitting podcast is a good companion, call it mood music if you will. 

I recently started watching the Knitting in Circles podcast and am on the lookout for other good current knitting content, so let me know if you have other recommendations! Some of my old standbys have stopped broadcasting (RIP Sticksandstring) and the quality and content can vary so widely. 

Knitting in Circles has a weekly broadcast schedule, which as a podcaster myself (when time permits) is frankly impressive. I don't know how Aimee and Darren keep it up, but they have good WIPs, FOs, and spinning to talk about regularly. 

Coming tomorrow the day after tomorrow - the WIP I brought out of the closet tonight, a new February Lady Sweater in Sundara yarn, so beautiful!