Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kiri Shawl

Yarn: Argosy Yarns Shikoku, 50% silk, 50% seacell

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A large hat, and random photos

FO: Purple Habitat
Pattern: Habitat, by Jared Flood
Yarn: Garnstudio, DROPS, Alaska
Needles: US 8, DPNs

I love cables! The hat came out too big for me, but I am hoping to shrink it a bit though some hot water blocking.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March of the Shawls

FO: The Tiny Shawl
Pattern: Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merinocash in Stonechat
Needles: 4.0 MM Addi Lace Needles

This is my first lace pattern made with lace weight yarn. Yay, one thing to check of the knitting to-do list. I loved making this, but it turned out so very tiny. A shawlette, for certain. It looks cute worn kerchief style or under a jacket. I have tons of yarn leftover, so it will hopefully appear again on these pages in the not to distant future.

The yarn is very soft and cozy. I bought it at a sample sale at Imagiknit in San Francisco, and was unable to find it on the Malabrigo website just now when I looked it up. Its a merino-cashmere blend, and it is pretty divine.

FO: Betsy's Shawl
Pattern: Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante
Yarn: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura
Needles: 4.5 MM Bamboo Circular Needles

I made this shawl for my friend Betsy who just finished taking the California Bar Exam (woot for Betsy!) The shawl is perfectly named for her, as she spent the last year in London and is spending the next year in DC and Switzerland.

This pattern is always a joy to knit, and really looks great in most yarns. Its a great stash buster for me because I have a ton of sock yarn but it takes me eons to make socks. Shawls seem much faster for me (yay big needles).
This shawl has more drape but less definition than the last two. I love the color, which is darker than these pictures show. I made the shawl as directed, no size mods. I made the last one bigger, and wished I had not, as it resulted in long thin ends to the shawl. I think this shawl is best made as directed.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Frogged: The Sweater Fail

A couple years ago, one of my knitting goals was to knit a sweater. I knit the pieces, and I had a bad feeling about the bulky yarn, the boxy shape, the horror of seaming. So I stuffed it into a tote bag and pushed it out of my mind. I decided to get this knitting resolution off my chest, so I could say I had followed through. Sure enough, the finished product was super heavy, bulky, and made me look like I was wearing a gross chunky cape. No insult meant to the Nimbus pattern, I have seen many cute renditions on Ravelry. This knitting resolution was just not meant to end in success. I do feel vindicated however, that I made a technically wearable garment from a bunch of string. The yarn is now frogged and re-wound, awaiting a new life as a new project. Perhaps a lovely Brooklyn Tweed stole.

I solemnly declare myself an accessory knitter.

Onward and upward, I am trying out a new-to-me skill in knitting: Enterlac! I was a bit intimidated at first, but its actually quite easy. I am using the ubiquitous Lady Eleanor pattern from Scarf Style paired with Noro Silk Garden. I love it so far. I am about one skein into the pattern, and really enjoying it so far.

Friday, December 3, 2010

WIP: Thorpe Hat

This week I started my first stranded color work project that involves more than simple stripes. I have been wanting to try for a while, inspired by all the glorious Estonian mittens and socks out there. As with lace, I decided to make my first color work project in a thicker yarn than the more advanced things out there knit up in sock or fingering weight. I chose Kristen Kapur's Thorpe Hat. Thorpe has been in my queue for ages (over two years, according to Ravelry!) and I thought it would be a perfect starter project. I am knitting it up in some Lion Thick and Quick that has been in my stash since my days as a knitter began.

The stranded nature of the project is making for very dense fabric. It is taking me forever since I have not yet mastered the art of changing colors swiftly. Each time I have to change colors I am dropping my yarn and picking up the other one. It definitely takes a while, but I am liking the results.

I loved this sculpture I came across at Civic Center while doing my Jury Duty this week:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

WIP: Sock Yarn Scrap Blanket

I started an ongoing scrap yarn project-- a granny square blanket. With the fairly thin sock yarn, the squares are coming out very delicate and lacy. I crocheted about 13 squares this weekend, and do not have too much scrap yarn left, so this is bound to be in the works for a while, unless I break the rules of a scrap project and buy some assorted skeins to finish up. I love making up the squares with unlikely color combinations and seeing what happens. Below are the scraps from my last Traveling Woman shawl and some teal socks I knitted up last year.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

FO: Sea Silk Traveling Woman

My mom gave me a skein of Handmaiden's Sea Silk about 2 years ago, after several years of lusting over the product. As knitters tend to do with coveted yarn, I hoarded it until I thought I found the perfect pattern.

I loved the Traveling Woman Shawl I made for my mom so much that I decided to make myself one, too. Paired with the Sea Silk, the FO is beautiful and wearable.

I did make some mods to the project. I knit extra stitches in the garter portion to give me an extra repeat of the first lace pattern. Then I knitted an additional repeat of chart A, to make a bigger shawl. Naturally, I made no calculations, only guesstimates, and ran out of yarn midway through chart B. I just cast off when I ran out of ran, because I do not tend to be overly controlling about my knitting. I have no problem casting of mid chart if the project still looks good, which I think it does.

I blocked the shawl to have a round edge versus points, as I usually wear this type of shawl bandanna style and I like the way the rounded edge drapes.

I am having some problems cutting the ties with this pattern. I currently have another one on the needles, hopefully to be cast off today. Its a gift for my aunt in a very fall colorway. I think I will have to take a break from the pattern after this project, but its so fun that it might sneak its way back into my queue in the not so distant future.