It recently occurred to me that I've been quite remiss in posting my projects as I finish them. To make up for it, I present to you a veritable fiesta of finished objects! (All photos are thumbnails, so click for biggeration).
Here's a baby blanket I made for my cousin's baby shower this Friday. I used the "Big Bad Baby Blanket" pattern from S'n'B, but subbed Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in "Grass" for whatever ridiculously expensive yarn the pattern called for, and did it on size 13 US circulars. Using such an enormously thick yarn really cut down on my knitting time- I guess that's why they call it "Thick & Quick!" It took me about a week of moderate knitting from start to finish.
Here's a closeup of the center of the blanket. (Also, please bear in mind that I haven't blocked it yet).
Here's a closeup of the seedstitch trim.
This is a little bag I made on a whim. I used three colors of Paton's Classic Merino Wool and a size 5 US 16" circular. I knit it in the round, Fair Isle'd the checkerboard pattern and just seamed the bottom shut when I liked the size.
Here's the lining of the bag. I got the fabric from one of those little quilting sampler packs you can get at the fabric store. I also got a zipper and knitted a strap for the bag (brown with vertical white and green stripes down the middle), but as you can see I haven't gotten around to putting it all together yet. Damn you, procrastination!
Ah, my pride and joy. This was the first sweater I ever knit. I finished it way back in the summer, but it's only recently been cold enough to wear it out (crazy Virginia weather...) This is the "Cheesylove" pattern from Knitty- I didn't make any adjustments except to make the sleeves on circulars instead of dpns. I freaking hate dpns.
Just to prove that nobody's perfect, here's a closeup of the mistake I made on the Fair Isle hearts. You wouldn't really notice it if you saw me wearing the sweater, but I swear it's like a knife in my heart every time I look at it. Unfortunately, by the time I realized I had screwed up, my fragile psyche simply would not have withstood the amount of frogging and re-knitting it would have taken to fix it. So I'll just have to deal.
These are the best slippers ever! I used the "Fuzzy Feet" pattern from Knitty, without the fluffy trim. It was my first experience with felting and I must say it went very well- I used Paton's Classic Merino Wool in "Leaf" or something (the same green as in the bag above). I wore them over socks while they were drying, so they are perfectly formed to the shape of my feeties. Now my grandma wants some in blue for Christmas, but I'll have to find some of those slipper tread things to sew to the bottom so she doesn't fall and break her hip. She's really old.
This is a little top based on Glampyre's "Cathode" pattern in Knitty. I ditched the floppy collar thing and decided not to use a contrast color for the waist or sleeves, and I used Bernat Solo in "Cherry" (although in my head I call it "peppermint" because it's sort of pink and white). I think I did it on size 11 US circulars. My only regret is that I didn't make it longer; as it is it exposes my tummy a little bit. I've gotten lots of compliments on it though. My friend Claudia thought it was from Express! Also, I'm currently making a sweater for my dog in the same yarn, so we'll match. Hooray!
Here's a closeup of the split collar. By the way, this top has stood up to several machine washings- I highly recommend the yarn.
Here's a hat I made from the "Tychus" pattern in Knitty. I used Paton's Classic Merino Wool in the same brown as the bag above, and the rest of the pink Moda Dea that I had left over from the "Cheesylove" hearts. I only made four wedges instead of five because I have a tiny peanut head. I love this pattern though- I also made two others as gifts!
This is one of the two mittens I made my little brother (the other was MIA when this photograph was taken, but it exists, I swear!). It's from the "Gifted" mitten pattern (if you Google "gifted mitten pattern" I think it's the first hit). I love it because you knit the mittens flat, and there's a really clever method for making the thumb. I made it in Sugar 'n' Cream cotton because my brother was vegan at the time (he's usually just vegetarian, but this was during Lent and he had given up animal products entirely), so they're probably not as warm as they could be, but at least he won't hear lambs screaming or anything when he wears them. (Note to readers: I have no political views about sheep, I was just doing what my brother told me).
So that's it! Sorry this was so freaking long, this is pretty much everything I've knitted over the past nine months. Phew! I feel so much better now!