Alright... so my brother has been admiring my increasing knowledge of knitting skills recently... so for Christmas, I decided to knit him an awesome hat. He's trying to get into snowboarding, so I thought it would be a good idea!
This is the first time that I have ever done any sort of color work. It's the first project that involves more than one color! I'm so proud of the way it turned out. It only took me about seven or eight hours to do. I started last night, and I finished today.
Where I left off last night:
Modeled by my lovely ceramic juice jug, haha:
Anyways, I'm so proud of this, and I really hope that he likes it, come Christmas time!
Anywho, it was a cabled men's scarf, and I quite liked it! I had showed it to my boy, and he came to like it as well, and hinted that I should make him one for when he goes to Chicago (the "windy city") for Thanksgiving this November! So I happily took on the project!
It was the first time I knit something for someone else!
I used the photo from the previous board as inspiration. I used a cable pattern in one of my books, and someone on Ravelry suggested the border idea, to keep it from rolling in. I love the way that everything came together. I also kept track of the pattern I used... so if anyone is curious, I have it all written down and I wouldn't mind typing it up for those who want it.
The last photo was from when I had just started. It shows the color of the scarf a lot better!
Let me know what you think! I really hope he likes it...
The finished product is 57" long, and I would estimate about 10" wide!
Awesome!! You've got plenty on the needles, mocha! Go you! I'm interested to see what the first one will look like when it's finished!
Finally, after blocking it twice (the first time didn't work... so I blocked it again, but pattern side down, instead), I took some photos and wrapped it up to take to the post office with me, today. I hope it gets to him without any troubles. I like the way it turned out... and I think it's JUST long enough for him. I really do hope he likes it. I told him he has to be 100% honest with me about it. It's the first time that I've ever knit something for someone else.
The final scarf was I think, 57" long. I'm not sure how wide... but I would estimate a good 10". It was nice and wide!
Okay, so it took me longer than anticipated to get this project started. I usually estimate gauge and tend to not have problems with it. But for this project, I knew that there would be plenty of variance, so I really put the effort into figuring things out, this time, since I want these to fit very well and a little snug (at least around the foot and ankle - so they don't get in the way during yoga).
My least favorite part about knitting, is knitting the first row after casting on (although, casting on to double pointed needles to knit in the round was kind of tricky too). It's so tedious... I always find myself either sweet-talking the yarn into doing what I need it to, or cursing my brains out at the darn thing! It always takes me a fair amount of time.
Once I got into it, it seemed to go alright. I did seven rows of 1x1 ribbing, and I've moved into a few rows of stockinette stitch, so far. The yarn is absolutely beautiful, and it's super easy to work with.
If I didn't hate knitting into that initial cast on row so terribly, I think I would go back and do the ribbing with smaller needles (I didn't think there would be so much of a difference). Buuuut, I don't think I want to put that much more time into these. I've been so excited to get into them. It will be fine.
So without further ado, here's the little bit that I have finished, so far:
(The yarn is muuuuuuuch greener than it looks in the photo!)
Here are pictures of my scarf, so far (sorry, I forgot to post them the first night!):
The last picture is a shot of my ridiculous center-pull ball of yarn!! I am so incredibly upset with it! It's a total disaster. I feel like I've spent more of my time untangling that mess, than actually knitting. It's making me so frustrated, and I honestly don't know what to do with it. Has anyone managed to get out of a problem like that, before? It's diving me crazy.
As for the scarf itself, though... I'm excited about the way it's coming out! You can see the diamond is just starting to move back inwards. I think it will be beautiful when it's finished. I'll have to block it for sure, though... that's why I pinned it to my bed for the picture; it curls up a little.
So... back in *coughJunecough* I had a month or two where I had pretty much nothing to do. My summer programs for work weren't starting quite yet, and my spring programs had all finished. So I occupied myself with baking a lot and also with crocheting. My friend asked me... if I had so much time, if I wouldn't mind making her a couple of hats for the fall? I said sure, as long as she gathered the materials.
She gave me her KnitSimple magazine, two patterns, a bunch of yarn and even some needles. One was crochet, and one was knit. Long story short, I went on a road trip, and didn't get back to it until now... and now that I have, I haven't finished the crocheted hat, but I HAVE completed the knit hat, and needless to say, I am very pleased with it. We'll see how she likes it tomorrow!
This was my first time working with any sort of lace pattern - k2tog, ssk, etc. Also, it was the first time I've knit a hat!
Her head is "large and worth $30,000" so it's a 22" circumference. It was made with RYC "ClassicYarns" Soft Lux (64% extra fine merino wool, 10% angra, 24% nylon and 2% metallic fibre). And I think the color was "sable". It's sort of a pale purple-y grey.
I've never looked so great in hats, but I felt it needed to be modeled somehow:
Let me know what you think! Thanks so much for looking!!
This is the first finished project that I've posted on Craftster!
Okay, so I started knitting recently... but I've already accumulated so many needles and notions, that I needed to have something to keep them all organized! None of the ones they had in the stores had all the right pockets and zippers and such that I wanted, or else they were too expensive. So I put this together, and all for under $30.00!
The whole thing, open wide:
Right side; where all of my double pointed needles slide into pockets (in order of size):
The middle zipper pocket; the pocket goes under the left side:
Altoids tin suspenders (they snap down):
Set of three pockets (four including the one for the pen):
Smaller zipper pocket, for my notebook:
All zipped up (the bird is felt that I cut out and sewed on):
Close-up of the zipper (which goes either way):
Open wide on the outside:
All in all, I think it took me about four evenings of work... lots of ironing (especially the interfacing that refused to adhere), and plenty of pinning. It was more complicated than I originally thought it would be, and I'm surprised that I didn't screw up any more than I did. I'm pretty impressed with how it turned out! And I'm glad that it's finally finished!!