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!

Friday, February 1, 2013

WIP: Bordeaux Stole

A little WIP with your FOs?

This is the Bordeaux Stole, knit in Fleece Artist Nyoni, lovely stuff. I bought, erm, 4 skeins of it, um, at 820 yards each (??!) on sale at a yarn store down in Annapolis Valley, NS, a couple of years ago. It's a lovely periodot, which is my birthstone colour, so I was really doomed as soon as I saw it, let's be honest.

The stole is knit in 2 halves, and the first one is more than good to go, given I used more than a skein so far, and the second half, well, I have nearly finished the charts. And then it's smooth sailing. So sometime around spring time when the grass matches I should have a lovely warm shoulder covering blanket sort of wrap thing.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

FOs: Rainbow Scarves

Two rainbow coloured scarves have been finished and fringe chosen by the recipients. Yesterday they were out ice skating outside while the wind gusted and blustered.

The scarves are incredibly hard to photograph. Here's the yarn, Bernat Softee Chunkee Ombres, a super bulky acrylic in the "Schoolyard" colourway.

The saturated colours are very bright. I normally shy away from acrylic, but in this case I am using these scarves as a bit of a test case - the girls are being trusted not to lose them, so cheap yarn is desirable.

I'm planning to type up my notes on the two scarves as a pattern freebie - they were fast and came out great! Not too long but just about right for munchkins:

They are also hard to photograph!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013: The year of eliminating UFOs?

Happy 2013!

We rang in the new year with a group of friends in our cozy home (our last house guest actually just left after a nice long single-malt-soaked-sleep) and had a lovely time.

Over the weekend I did some stash airing, inspired by everyone's favourite @knitsib, Brenda Dayne.

I'm not quite finished, but after finding mould in the closet where my yarn is mostly stored (EEEK!!!), I resolved to go through everything, make sure it's in good shape, and properly ziploc bag all of it. As my stash has grown, I have sometimes stored things properly and sometimes left them in the bags they came in. No longer. I bought a box of large size ziploc bags and have re-bagged everything now, and it has been wonderful to look at what I have and remember what I planned for all of it when it was first purchased. As I assured my partner (who has never seen the full stash out in one place - on purpose!), I bought all of it with a project in mind. Well, most of it, anyway.

The re-organization/stash airing is nearly complete and as I uncovered some forgotten (save for the grace of Ravelry) UFOs and the yarn to finish them, I started moving toward a half-formed resolution. I'd like to make 2013 the year I finish up the projects that have promise and are finishable, and frog or repurpose the projects that are no longer inspiring. I have lots of beautiful yarn and ideas about what it should become, and having too many projects on the needles hanging out (taking up valuable needle and cable space) is holding me back.

Do you have any crafty new year's thoughts about how you'd like 2013 to go for your projects?