Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Left Over Wool

After you have knit a headband and you have 60 grams of wool left over, what should you use it for......

Yup, mitts and in this case the fingerless kind because I didn't have enough wool to make full mittens.

Wool - leftover Classic Wool that I hand dyed
Pattern - Wildflower Wool's Button Stitch mitten pattern with some obvious modifications for the lack of fingers!

Now, for those of you who know me you will know how I feel about these. I don't really see the point of them. If it is cold and snowy and you want to be warm, in my way of thinking, you want a full mitt. Trust me, every knitter I know has tried to convince me of the advantages of this style of mitt and I'm still not buying it. I must say though that I did have fun knitting them and I would make them again (to give away).

Since I now have my very own pair of fingerless mitts, I am going to give it an honest try to see if I can be converted. I am not making any promises. Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another Finished Project!

I feel like I am on a roll with another finished project!

Pattern - Calorimetry from knitty.com (winter 2006)
Yarn - Patons Classic Wool hand dyed by me

This is another really, really fast knit. From gauge swatch to casting off took my less than a day. I had been wanting to knit this headband for a long time, I am so glad that I finally did!

This is knit using short rows that create small holes along both ends of your knitting with every short row turn. Normally you would wrap and turn to prevent the holes, but in this case you really can't see them in the ribbing pattern and these holes make your headband adjustable since it is closed with a button. Pretty smart thinking.

This pattern is going in the keep pile. I will be making more of these for sure!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Finally, a long overdue birthday gift is finished!! (No, not my Dad's socks)

I really don't know why I had such a problem with second mitten sydrome with this pattern since they knit up so fast, but I did. But that doesn't matter any more becuase they are finished (insert a little happy dance here!) and this is one ufo off my list.

Pattern - Fetching (pattern available from Knitty - summer '06)
Yarn - Sublime, a 50/50 silk, viscose blend
Modifications - added extra length to the cuff and an extra cable round at the fingers

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Yarn Harlot Night

After months of waiting, the Yarn Harlot was here!

What better way for a group of knitters to spend an evening than meeting at a restaraunt (we knitted while we waited for our food)and then going to the book signing for the Yarn Harlot's new book.

We knitted while we waited for the talk to begin. (Most of us are wearing the hat we knit from the Yarn Harlot's pattern An Unoriginal Hat)

We knitted while we listened to the Yarn Harlot talk.

Then we all did a little shopping for yarn, bought her new book and had her sign it.

This is one of the Knitting Goddesses chatting to the Yarn Harlot as she got her book signed.

Some of us had decided to do some shopping in the yarn shop before the talk began and we were lucky enough to have a chance to talk to the Yarn Harlot herself before she headed over to the church to get ready for her talk. When you follow someone's blog and enjoy their books, it is pretty exciting to actually get to meet and talk to them in person!

Thanks to the Yarn Harlot and the Knitting Goddesses for a fun night out!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

An Unoriginal Hat

The vest project is on hold right now. It is progressing well after a few knits and reknits of the front and bottom edgings but I am at the point of having to pull back a few more rows and reshape the front again for a better fit. It won't take too much to finish it off and really I should just finish it but....

I have moved on to a new project. This is the beginning of the Yarn Harlot's An Unoriginal Hat pattern. It is a free pattern on her blog. If you are looking for a quick, easy hat pattern, give this one a try.

The Yarn Harlot will be in London tomorrow night for a book signing and we are all just a little excited to see her!! There is a group of us going from the Knitting Goddesses and we are all knitting ourselves one of the Yarn Harlot's hat to wear.

It is going to be such a fun night!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Top Down Vest

Well, this vest only needs the front band knit and this project should be finished.

Only one problem, I am not happy how deep the V neck is and how narrow the front pieces are. So, it is back to the designing drawing board for me to see how I can fix this.

I have the football game on, a good supply of chocolate and 1 1/2 balls of yarn to play with. Wish me luck :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Socks!

Here is one more Christmas gift that I received....hand knit socks. I love the pattern, the colour and they fit perfectly!

I am not completely sure if I have them on the right way. Apparently there is a left and right but I have already forgotten if the eyelets are to curve in or out. I think they look fine either way so I am not too worried about it.

Thanks Amanda!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Work-in-Progress Wednesday

It is a new year and I have a new project started!

A vest knit from the top down using super chunky wool and size 9mm needles. I am loving how fast this knits up!

I am going with a group of knitters from the Knitting Goddesses Guild to see the Yarn Harlot on January 20. Every year when the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival rolls around the blogs are filled with knitters working on their Rhinebeck Sweaters to wear to the show. This got me to thinking that maybe I needed something new to wear to the book signing. This vest - a Yarn Harlot Vest seems like the perfect choice. Not this one though. This is the first knit through of one of my own designs and this one has a few kinks in it that I will change on the next one I knit.

Countdown to see the Yarn Harlot (and knit a Yarn Harlot Vest) - 16 days.

I am off to start swatching!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Knitting Gifts

Christmas was such a fun time this year. Along with all of the family time and great food there were of course the gifts. These are some of the knitting related gifts that I received.

Four new knitting books that I have been reading since Christmas morning.
A gorgeous frilly scarf knit for me by my sister in law. I have been wearing it this week. It matches my coat perfectly!
A cross stitched picture of a sheep knitting a sweater. It is actually a Christmas card but I am going to frame it.
A beautiful Christmas ball knit by one of the Knitting Goddessess. It has been hanging in the livingroom safely out of reach of the cat.
A silver moebius braclet. I love knitting moebius cowls and shawls; now I have a bracelet to match my knitting. I have been wearing it everyday and I love it!

I am such a lucky knitter. Thanks everyone!!

My Christmas Scarf

I received one ball of yarn for Christmas this year from my wonderful sister in law. I was so excited that I pulled out my needles and cast on for a scarf right then! (Yes, I had extra needles with me!)

I don't remember the name of the yarn and the ball band was lost in all the wrapping paper and is long gone. I do know that she found this beautiful ball of eyelash type yarn at a yarn shop in Arizona while they were on vacation last month (yarn shopping while on vacation - I am so proud of you!!!)and that there was only 25 grams.

Using an 8mm needle I cast on 10 sts and knit in garter stitch until the ball was finished.

The length is just perfect to wrap it around twice. I love it!!