I just (finally) finished this blanket for my as-yet-to-be-determined niece or nephew, done just in time for the baby shower on Saturday. It's my slightly sloppier version of Knitty's Wild Stripes. I used Lion's Brand Cotton Ease which I kind of heart a lot. It's approximately 40 inches by 40 inches. The backing fabric is named something, I'm sure, and I just used DMC floss to blanket stitch around the outside and quilt through both layers. The knitting was easy, the finishing took for-ev-er, and I may need a tetanus shot after stabbing myself about a dozen times while working the embroidery needle. But overall, I'm pretty happy with it. It's a bit heavy for an everyday blanket, but will be just perfect to lay out on the floor for a cushy play space.
Sorry for blah-blah-blahing so much, and thanks for looking!
Good shot of the colors:
Rolled to show the fabric and some of the stitching:
I made this sweater using Cecilia from Knitty as my general pattern. I changed it by running the stitch pattern from the top of the body throughout the entire sweater. I also made the sleeves a bit longer and added ribbing around the neck and cuffs. The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic, one of my favorite yarns. The colors are Tahki's brand of peach, pink, baby yellow, bright yellow, and white. I was initially afraid it was ugly, but after some reassurance, it grew on me. I picked up the buttons at Joann's--they cost half as all the yarn, but they looked so perfect I decided to splurge. The sweater is going to the daughter of my school's career advisor. It was originally supposed to be one of two (for her and her new baby sister), but I think little sis is going to get matching booties instead. I'm happy with the result here, but I have no desire to weave in a billion ends ever again.
I've been working on BPT for the better part of this past semester, so my goal was to finish before spring classes started tomorrow. Color me successful. This sweater is my favorite project of all time. The pattern was pretty easy but still clever. The cables turned out great. After blocking, it fits so *perfectly* that I can't hardly stand it. I'm so proud! It's my 5th sweater, but the first I am absolutely thrilled with!
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (love this yarn!), less than 6 (?) skeins (which means this sweater cost less than $35!) Color: Chestnut Brown Needles: US 6 Pattern: BPT Size: medium Changes: no hood
My goal over Christmas break is to get WIP-less. I've still got a sweater and a Clapotis to go before next Tuesday, but considering that these two scarves were literally years in the making, I'm feeling pretty accomplished.
Basketweave Scarf from SNB Nation and My So-Called Scarf:
The yarn for the Basketweave is Patons Canadiana, which I hated until I washed it. It came out of the dryer so soft and fluffy that I actually took it along to my finals for comfort. The My So-Called Scarf (pattern here) is in Lions Brand Landscapes. It's a beautiful wool yarn, which can be a rare find at Hobby Lobby. Too bad my Hobby Lobby stopped carrying it. If I may say, this scarf may be one of the most beautiful things I've ever made. Too bad it's attributable to the yarn and pattern instead of me.
And, an earflap hat:
Nothing really fancy, but I did use a provisional cast-on for the flaps so that they wouldn't have that picked-up stitches seam. And, as always, I put the stripe too high.
I finished Cecilia for my niece Kate today! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. There are a few spots that I wish were better, but, hey, story of my life! I modified the pattern a bit (details on my blog: http://mrsmarciadentist.blogspot.com/). Take a look:
Okay, this is only mildly related to knitting, I confess. I've notice that ever since I learned how to knit, I've become a lot more interested in the fibers of my sweaters. As much, I've got a problem with a store-bought sweater and I figured someone here might have a suggestion.
I bought a sweater that I really love. It was on sale for cheap and fits great... The only problem is that it sheds like crazy! I've worn it and washed it twice on the gentle cycle and even fluffed it in the dryer once to try and de-fuzzify it, but I'm not sure it's working. The sweater is 45% nylon, 40% viscose (whatever that is), 6% wool, 5% angora rabbit hair, and 4% cashmere. I figure it's the angora, no? Does anyone know if it will do this forever? I've read that poor quality angora will do that (and I'm sure it's not top quality) but I figure that, at some point the fuzz has to run out. Anyone know anything about this?
Maybe the lesson is that $14 sweaters from Sears are not a good thing to buy.
I have a pattern that calls for size 8 & 10 needles and the gauge is 12 sts/4 inches on the larger needles. I did my swatch (like a good girl) on 10.5 needles because I know I am a tight knitter and got a perfect 12 inches. But the pattern doesn't get what my gauge should be on the 8s, and now I don't know if I should bump the smaller needles up to a 9 or just leave it be.
To further complicate it, my measurements put me somewhere between sizes. The large might be too large and the medium too medium. Does that mean it might be safe to go the smaller needles (8's) on the larger size?
So, whenever I finish up a project I roll up the yarn and toss it in a drawer. I was just now looking through that drawer--holy cow! I've got a lot of neat yarn just sitting right there in my closet! I'm just so excited to re-discover it all! I had to come and share it with people who I know would understand.
The only sad thing is that I can't really justify buying any new yarn for a while. At least my checking account can catch a breather...
I'm making a scarf for a friend. The thiing is, I hate making scarves--they just take so damn long! So I'm trying to strike a balance between quick knitting and a relatively nice looking scarf. How narrow is too narrow for a scarf? The one I'm doing is in 2X2 rib, and I think it'll end up being 4.5-5 inches wide (that's what it is after about 6 inches, though I'm not sure what it will be a couple feet in). I have a scarf that I enjoy that is about 4.5 inches wide, and although I like it just fine, I'm not sure that others feel the same way. So, in my best Seinfeld impression, "What's the deal with scarf width?" Wide? Skinny? In between-y?
Here's my inaugural project from Stitch 'N Bitch Nation! It's called Basic Cable and it was really easy. I just started it last night! It is my first real project with cables and my first pom pom ever.
I just used some cheap-o acryllic yarn from my stash just to see how it knits up. I'm definitely going to be making some wool ones---this hat is going to make great presents for my friends because it was so easy and quick, and it's pretty much identical to the ones they're selling at Gap and J-Crew.