So far this fall I have made Anemoi mittens and Endpaper mitts. I am now offically obsessed with mittens. I started to make Elliphantom's Herringbone mittens (ravelink) but I read the chart, screwed up, and frogged. So while I'm regrouping from that, I made these, based on the herringbone pattern but with a smaller stitch count to account for fair isle/non-fair isle gauge differences.
I started these about 24 hours ago. They're blocking now.
I have an insanely busy schedule this semester, so that clearly calls for insanely complicated knitting. I made Eunny Jang's Anemoi mittens in less than three weeks. Woo! They were my first fair isle project and first mittens. Yarn is Dale Baby Ull.
I thought I could have a beer with lunch and keep knitting. And I could! I just didn't keep knitting according to the chart.
I thought about fixing it, of course, but I actually like it. I feel like it shows the process.
So I'm planning to make the apres-surf hoodie from IK summer 2008 http://www.interweaveknits.com/galleries/bonus/summer-2008/Apres-Surf-Hoodie.asp, but because I have a long and tortured history of cotton knits stretching to the point of unwearability, I want to make it in wool and call it my apres-snowboard hoodie. I asked on the KAL boards at Ravelry if anyone else was planning to do it in the round, and got a few comments to the effect that lace really needs seams for stability or structure or whatever. However, I've seen some really lovely in-the-round lace sweaters on craftster (in various materials) and was wondering, if all those people did Orangina in the round, in cotton or cotton blends, and were perfectly happy with the results, why can't I do this?
Thoughts? Anyone with experience on lace in the round?
So I moved recently, and I just checked out my new LYS, and I have to say I'm disappointed. The shop employees were perfectly nice and the selection was fine, if small. But when I asked if they knew of any local knitting groups, I was told that they have a group that meets twice a week, in the shop, and it's $5 per person.
I understand that a business has a perfect right to charge anything they please for the use of their premises, and they did mention that help is available during those times, but... but... Maybe I'm just spoiled, coming from an LYS that gave help anytime for free and allowed my Stitch n Bitch (which met in a coffee shop, which only charged us for our food and let us sit there as long as we liked) to post fliers, and the employee who came to our SNB to give out business cards. It's perfectly legal and acceptable business, yes, but it's not exactly the open-arms customer service response you'd expect from a brick-and-mortar shop in the dot-com age. I think I'll be sticking to knitpicks and ebay and looking elsewhere for my IRL knit community (because as awesome as craftster and the blogiverse are, I still want one).
Hey guys, anyone know of a good source for free online cable patterns? I'm in Japan, and my knitting books are in the U.S., and I'd like to add cables to the arms/shoulders of a saddle-shouldered sweater I'm making my father. I'd like something Celtic-braid-y and traditional and masculine. Any favorites? What Liam Neeson wear?
Well, not entirely self-designed I guess, as I borrowed heavily from the hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Once upon a time, I knit a Central Park Hoodie, or at least, the back, fronts, and sleeves. I decided it was time to seam it all together before doing the hood. Lo, then it came to pass that I made a horrible, horrible mistake, got angry at the sweater, and ripped it. From the ashes of this I decided to create something seamless, and the Phoenix sweater was born.
Due to a mysterious quirk of gauge *ahem*, it's too small for me, but perfect for my sister Katie, America's Next Top Handknit Sweater Model.
I used the embossed twining vine leaf lace pattern from Vogue Knitting. I also originally wanted to make the raglan lines stand out, but couldn't figure out how to do it; I wanted the appearance of a seam, to make the stockinette body and reverse-stockinette sleeves look like they'd been sewn together from other sweaters. But I like the little purl channel I made instead.
Hee! My sister just texted me from Old Navy, where she got stopped by a salesgirl on suspicion of stealing a scarf. The scarf she was wearing when she entered the store. The Clapotis I knit her Christmas.
I could take it as an insult, like my clap is so generic that such a store is selling it... but I'll take it as a compliment to my skills and the mass appeal of the pattern.
The sum total of my Christmas knitting. My parents got matching pairs of Log Cabin Socks from Melanie Falick's Handknit Holidays, both in Cascade Pastaza, and my sister got a Clapotis in Andean Silk. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures before I wrapped them, so these are the best ones I have. Katie takes time out from playing with her new ipod to show off her Clap. My only mod was to omit one repeat of the increases to make it a little narrower.
My mom's sock. She's much too busy running the show in the kitchen to pose for anything else. (She's wearing black pantyhose under the socks, which is why her skin may look a weird color.)
My dad, on the other hand, is a total ham who will pose for pictures all afternoon. Not that any of them show off the socks well, so I added a progress pic that I took last month.