Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Also, I can tell you right now that I don't want to knit this sweater flat. But looking at it, I can honestly say that it is a much nicer choice than mine. It's got good stash busting potential, it will make my husband look hunky, I can finally brand him with a large hand-knit (!), and best of all it will provide me with some knitting direction so I can stop knitting those Kitty Pi beds. The second one is felting even as I type this.
I guess I'll be stash diving again this afternoon. What are you up to?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Fresh from a bath and testing out the new floor-length nightgown. My creation. She toasted me with jello. Innocent and cute, yes? I finally got around to making a Kitty Pi Bed. So easy and fast. It's drying now. I wonder if it will be to the cats' liking. I want to make more. Maybe for the local animal shelter. There's an idea. To answer your question, Holly, the alpaca will be make into something for me. Even though the husband has been hinting that there was lots of talk about a sweater for him and to date none has materialized, alpaca would be wasted on him. Yes, I suppose I should get a project on the needles with his name on it before the year is over. Maybe I'll name it Madness Worthy of My Man. Heh!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The top slipper was my revenge for the crappy Drops pattern. I knit this one in Briggs & Little Atlantic on 5.5mm straight needles. I just fudged a pattern as I went along. This is size extra large. I cast on 36 sts, knit for 17 ridges, switched to 2 X 2 rib, starting with K1, P2 and ending with K1 until desired length, in this case 24 rows. Then I began the decrease rows by k2tog on every k2, and repeated it for the second row. In row three I knit together every k1p1 to the end, cut the yarn and threaded it through a darning needle, to cinch together all leftover stitches and continued to sew up the top of the slipper. Then I sewed up the back heel, flipped the edge over like a cowl and tacked it down at center back. Done. I am much more pleased with this slipper. I plan on knitting the second one tonight and felting them a bit. Stay tuned.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Speaking of lovely patterns, have you checked out the new stuff over at Drops? As well as the Pretty Thing, this slipper pattern is in my sights.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Finally we have the two sleeves. Notice anything? Shape is good. Length is good. The cable pattern is not so good. I am trying to decide how anal I want to be about the whole thing. Remember how I ripped out the first, almost complete sleeve? Do I really want to do that to two complete sleeves because I crossed the cables every 8th row instead of every 6th? I didn't think I would be up to ripping and re-knitting that much work while the sleeves sat hidden in the bag, but now that I've hauled them out into the light of day... There is a big difference now that I have spread the pieces side by side. My hubby already accuses me of having OCD. The only question is whether or not I will prove him correct. Eeek.