So if any of you have been to Artfibers in San Francisco - it's an AMAZING place. All of their yarn is custom-made for the shop. They'll also customize one of their many patterns for you for a fee of $10 (the pattern itself is free with the purchase of yarn). I went there in March when my family was in SF for spring break, and I got a cone of silk/mohair/wool yarn and a pattern for a hooded sweater (sorry, for some reason I hate the word "hoodie"! ). Kira, the manager, measured me and helped me customize the pattern to fit. The only thing that came out slightly differently than I hoped was the sleeve length - they could've been a bit longer. Other than that, I'm very pleased! I also decided on my own to do the cuffs and hem in seed stitch instead of garter, and I used the seed stitch again around the edge of the hood (where stockinette was specified).
It may be hard to tell from these pictures, but the yarn is pretty thin. I used size 6 needles, and the fabric is therefore airy, but the mohair means it's pretty warm. And it's not itchy! The yarn, by the way, is named Alfabeto.
I made a dress between December and February, of my own design... it took me forever to finally take photos! (I made it for a dance, and I do have photos of my date and me, but they're kinda dark and not the best for showing the knitting.)
This is out of Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo. It was a challenge - even though I put a lot of work into writing a pattern before beginning, I ended up having to adjust things as I went along. (Fortunately, I was able to try it on throughout the process!)
Please ignore the underwear lines... *headdesk*
Close-up of lace/ruffle:
Faux-cable straps and ribbed border:
(Hah, I'm smiling in that pic cause I totally thought my mom was getting my face in there, too. )
I knit it in the round, top-down, crocheted the ruffle, and knit the straps separately and sewed them on.
Whee! These took me a while! The first sock went fabulously; the problem with the second one was not so much SSS as that I just kept screwing up - not sure why. But finally, I finished, and I like 'em.
I couldn't find black velvet ribbon of a good width, so I just used five strands of the yarn held together.
This is KnitPicks Gloss, by the way. Pretty nice yarn! Went into a third ball but didn't even nearly finish it. I doubled the yarn for the heels.
Pardon my messy floor!
The pattern called for size 3 needles, but I have skinny calves and was nervous about the socks being too big, so I used size 2 and that seems to have worked out perfectly.
This is the first knitted item I've truly designed by myself... and all things considered, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. It's using Knitpicks Shine Sport (about 8 balls). I do wish I'd gotten more of the green, because I would have made the crocheted ruffle longer - I might buy some more later and add onto it.
I actually knit the entire thing inside-out, somewhat unintentionally. It worked out okay, though. I don't think I used the best increase method in the world - I purled into the front and the back of the loop - it could be cleaner-looking.
I'm pretty happy with the way the shaping came out, though (in the sense that I was kind of holding my breath on the "let's throw in two triangles on the sides and see what happens!" thing).
(whooooa, natural light! )
...and yeah, that's really bad image-quality, but at least it shows what the skirt looks like at its full width (drawstring undrawn, bottom spread out).
Has anyone used KnitPicks Shine Sport in Harvest? I want to make a skirt, but I'm not a huge fan of any of the solid colors they have available. I like the looks of Harvest, but I can't figure out how it might look knit up. Does anyone have experience with this?
I fell in love with the book Sensational Knitted Socks when I saw it, and I've just finished knitting my first pair from it. (Not my first pair of socks overall, just the first from this book.) This is the pattern from page 64...
Yeah...I really recommend this pattern. The repeat is pretty easy to keep track of, but it's complex enough that it kept my interest. These were on size 1s, and the last time I made socks on 1s, they were in stockinette, and that was BOOOORING! These felt like they went much faster.
So, I made my friend a pair of fingerless gloves. Just finished recently, though I started them in January. Yes, it's getting a bit too warm, but I was kind of in a slump this winter and wasn't knitting much; so, better late than never, right? At least she'll be able to use them come the fall.
Yay! She seems to like them. And fingerless gloves might just be my favorite things to knit (socks would be the only real rival). Admittedly, being lazy, I prefer making fingerless *mittens*, but she wanted gloves, and I should be less lazy, so yeah.
Now comes the creepy part. A few weeks ago, I went to Pittsburgh to visit a different friend. Just today I decided I should wash the clothes that I took with me. As I went through the backpack where these clothes were, I found...this:
Umm...whoa. The only explanation I can think of is that I must have started knitting the second glove, lost track of the first one without realizing I'd lost track of it, and then started the "second" one (and finished the pair, which I gave to my friend!) without it ever occurring to me that I'd made three.
I'm only 21 - I'm not supposed to be this absent-minded yet, am I?!
*sigh*, I've been spinning for going on two years - though not obsessively, as knitting has been my bigger hobby. For the life of me, I still can't seem to spin even yarn. I try. Every time I start a new spinning project, I tell myself, "This time I'm going to go extra-slow. I'm going to get it *right*." But there are two problems. First of all, I don't feel like I always have a good conception of how thick my yarn is over time. I may start out with an idea of what weight I want, but if it gets thicker or thinner very slowly, I won't notice. Secondly, even if I *do* know approximately what thickness I'm going for, sometimes I'll just accidentally draft a little too thinly, and I know that if I go back and re-attach the roving, it won't be perfectly smooth.
My mom was spinning relatively even yarn the moment I showed her how to use my wheel - I'm jealous! Then again, she has done pottery, and she says she thinks it's similar. For those of you who don't have a natural intuition for evenness, how long was it before you got the knack? Any tips for dealing with the problems I've run into?