Thursday, February 4, 2016

More Baby Hats

I've been knitting baby hats again.  I was given this ball of baby yarn last week and instead of adding it to my stash I decided to start knitting with it.  Three hats knit and there is hardly a dent in the ball.

Looks like I have a few more hats to knit over the weekend. I think I've found my Super Bowl knitting.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We Have New Brioche Knitters

Monday night was our Knitting Goddesses guild meeting.  Our topic for the night was moebius knitting but before we jumped into that we took some time to do show and tell.  Last month's meeting was all about brioche knitting. Brioche knitting is a huge topic and with only 1 1/2 hours to teach the basics to a large group I went home worried that I had only overwhelmed everyone with a lot of new stuff. So I was very pleasantly surprised to see what some Knitters had been working on at home over the last month!

These fingerless mitts are a pattern I wrote up for our guild members to practice the brioche knit, brioche purl and increases stitches.  Wonderful job Rebecca!

This scarf was the hit of the night.  Isn't it amazing?  Virginia was intrigued with the brioche increases and decreases and found this pattern on line to explore the technique further.  Excellent knitting!

This spa cloth shows that cotton knits up just as nicely as wool in the brioche stitches.  Great project Linda!

This scarf shows how soft and thick the brioche knit stitch knits up.  Lovely knitting Wanda!

Cathy has two projects started, the fingerless mitts and a man's scarf being knit in sock yarn that shows the versatility of the brioche stitch.  It knits up great for both men and women.  Amazing work Cathy!

I'm so glad that we have some new brioche knitters who are as excited about this technique as I am! 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Fingers Started

Slowly but surely progress is being made on my gloves.

The thumb stitches have been put on waste yarn,

the fair isle pattern is finished and a finger started.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Colour Choices

On Saturday afternoon I got started on the colour work pattern for the gloves.  My plan was to knit the design a little different than what the pattern called for and that meant switching the colours opposite to the chart I had to knit from.  After 7 rounds of knitting (and chatting at the same time - I should know better by now) I realized that I had forgotten to switch around my colours.

first attempt 
Saturday night I pulled out my colour work back to the ribbing, picked up the stitches and started again.  This time with the colours in their proper places.  The white is now the background colour and the variegated is my pattern colour making the snowflake.  It makes a big difference doesn't it.

second attempt

I think this is a much better colour choice don't you?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Photo Shoot Day

Today was a photo shoot day.  Or at least that was the plan when I headed out for a walk this morning.  The nice bright sunny day was disguising the fact that it was super cold outside.  My plans for a leisurely walk and a photo shoot turned into a fast walk and two quick stops to snap a couple of  pictures. Then it was back inside for me.

But here it is, the finished brioche moebius cowl.  I'm really happy with how this knit up and if you enjoy brioche knitting as much as I have come to like it I have plans write up the pattern and share it with you.

This is a true moebius knit from the center out and is knit with just the brioche knit and brioche purl stitches. With just a little pattern reading this makes for an easy knit if you are familiar with both moebius knitting and brioche knitting.  Combining them makes for a really fun project.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekend Project Started

I've started my new knitting project for the weekend; a pair of gloves.  I loved the colours of this sock yarn in the ball and I'm loving it even more knit up.


I finally had time to cast off the brioche moebius cowl tonight.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  There will be pictures tomorrow.

I spent the rest of tonight deciding what to cast on next.  This is what I've come up with - another pattern from the Shetland Wool Week book (not socks) but using my new Patons Kroy sock yarn that came from Yarn Canada.