Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Berry Stained Feet

Big Feet, Little Feet

Wook at the wittle toes... I'm not sure these will be big enough for the intended recipient but I am completely delighted with the miniature simplicity of these newborn socks. And from leftovers to boot!

And these bad boys are all mine...I'm sure you'll recognize the Anastasia pattern from pepperknit even though my rushed morning photo doesn't do it justice. I've got to say this is an extremely well-fitting sock. I was a bit concerned about the shortrow heel but it's a perfect fit for me!

Project Specs
Pattern: Anastasia by pepperknit
Yarn: Delicious berry flavored koigu - I've lost the original band so have no idea what the actual color is - sorry!
Needles: 2.25mm DPNs
Comments: I really enjoyed this knit - I don't like too much action in a variegated yarn pattern so this was just the right amount of detail for me. Not to mention, it is super-intuitive making for some relaxing, satisfying knitting. And did I mention the fit? Perfect for my foot at least... :-)

Pattern: Steph's NewBorn Baby Socks
Yarn: Koigu leftovers!
Needles: 2.25mm DPNs
Comments: Cute, quick, fun!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Seamless Circles

No seasonal knitting around these parts...

I finished up this EZ seamless yoke sweater last weekend and have been patiently waiting FOUR days for it to dry. This will be nothing compared to the four months or so before I can actually wear it of course. :-)

I swiped the circle yoke chart from the Enid cardigan in a recent Interweave. I don't have the magazine in front of me at the moment - possibly Fall 2006 or Winter 2007.

You can see the edge of our new vegetable garden in a couple of these pics - so far we've got onion, radish, beet, carrot, romaine, spinach...

and BABY GREENS coming up...yum. These should be ready to start cutting next week and I can't wait. Don't they look delicious?

Project Specs
Pattern: EZ seamless yoke sweater from Knitting Without Tears
Yarn: Body: MacAuslands Woolen Mills 100% wool (brown tweed - they don't actually have color names) and I used about 4 hanks; Yoke: Briggs & Little/MacAuslands Woolen Mills 100% wool
Needles: 4.5mm circs
Comments: These seamless sweaters are always fun to knit and I'm very happy with how the circled yoke came out. I wanted something a little less traditional and the Enid cardigan fit the bill perfectly. The only slight problem I had was that I wanted to fair isle the circles so this results in some long floats that needed to be tacked down. That being said the inside is not as neat as I would like but I can deal... The absolute best part about this sweater is how much it cost - check out MacAusland's pricing - this was one AFFORDABLE project. There wil definitely be more seamless sweaters in my future. :-)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted!! We've been digging in a new garden which has been eating up a lot of my free time but I never meant to let it go this long...

I am having a real problem with inspiration and also decision making when it comes to knitting. I've completed a scarf from Victorian Knitting Today but I haven't blocked it yet cause I just can't decide if I like it or not!

When I first got going with this, I was in mind of seaweed with the colors and the pattern but I've kinda lost that as it went on. I am in desperate need of a project that I absolutely LOVE.

I'm also ready to start the yoke on my latest EZ seamless sweater but can't decide on a yoke pattern - let me know if anyone has any ideas!! Let's just ignore all those dandelions gone to seed in our back yard.

But where the knits disappoint, the pets never do - check out Otis and Niblet enjoying one another's company. Otis was actually wet from a swim but that little cat just cannot get enough of the big guy.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Back with a Blanket

Well, hopefully some of you have missed me while I've been away from the blog!! I never intended to take so much time inbetween posts but my grandfather passed away so I spent quite a bit of time on PEI and then just didn't get back to a normal routine til, well, now. I've been doing a bit of knitting...

This was to be a baby shower gift for a friend but I'm having second thoughts. The pink/purple combined with the feather/fan - is it too much? I'm thinking maybe. Plus it's not quite as soft as I hoped it would be...hmmmm. I'm not sure what to do with it. In a plain color and a softer yarn, there would be no question.

The intended giftee is a knitter so perhaps even if she doesn't like the busy nature of this blankie, she will appreciate the work?? Whatcha think?

Project Specs
Name: Feather & Fan Baby Blanket
Pattern: A simple feather/fan stitch across 154 stitches with 8 rows of garter at start/end and 5 sts of garter at each edge. The feather/fan I used was:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: (k2tog) 3 times, *(k1, yo) 6 times, (k2tog) 6 times* repeat from * to end of row. The last repeat will end with (k2tog) only 3 times.
Row 4: knit
Yarn/Needles: I used worsted acrylic for this project so it could be tossed into the wash but a more luxurious yarn would have made me happier in the end as it is not as soft as I would like. Needle was a 4.5mm circ.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Memory Lane

I find myself in an unusual situation this week. Every single project I'm working on is a repeat. Brad got a new pair of heavy socks - the same basic pattern I use for almost all his socks. I've tried others but these are the best fit for his foot and are great for TV knitting. My only complaint is my camera's apparent difficulty with shades of green - these are an emerald heather that I can't seem to get quite right.

Also on the repeat list is an EZ seamless sweater for myself in the same brown heather as the one I made my brother for Xmas. I'm thinking there will be a colorwork yoke on this but haven't ironed out any details yet. Plenty of time to figure that part out...I've only just finished one sleeve and started the body.

And, finally, I'm reknitting my latvian mittens (graph 15 for those wondering) in a larger size. So far they're a perfect fit and I much prefer the cuff minus the navy side bands.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mitten Rip

Taking a quick shot of this new latvian mitten just before I frog it - it's too small. I managed to delude myself all the way to this point that blocking would "make it fit"...silly girl. So it's getting ripped...

The bright side is that the reknit will be an opportunity to do a few things a little better. This time I'm going to knit the cuff without those dark blue stripes down the side. I'm going to keep them on the palm cause it just makes things neater and doesn't require frustrating figuring to make the patterns fit but the cuff pattern will fit perfectly in the new size and I think look better as a single piece. Also, my 3-color stranding was a little sloppy so this second attempt should be much neater...cross your fingers for me!