Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A Scarf for the Blues

Remember that yarn?? (handspun mixed wools plied with a commercial chenille) Well, I wasn't very happy with it, and couldn't for the life of me figure out what on earth to do with it.

I had enough for a scarf if I could figure out how to get a loose enough stitch to allow it to have a fair amount of length...but how to manage it? I wanted a scarf with a respectable width and length...but I wanted something that was easy to work up and not require too much thinking for the knitting....Dropped stitches stepped in to give me the width and length that I was looking for:

A Clapotis inspired scarf :)

Pattern from Knitty

Needles: US 13

Yarn: handspun, honestly I don't even recall the yardage or the weight.

Comments: as a scarf, with bulky yarn and big needles, this project knit up fast and the dropping and unraveling of the stitches provided a welcome break from the mindless stockinette stitching. When unblocked, it seemed to have some curling and puffing issues. I blocked this by doing a full wet soak - I was able to lay it out flat with no pins to hold it in place to get it to block flat.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Wooly Morning Glory Pillow

Remember the Red Poppy Pillow that I designed for For the Love of Yarn? Well, I've been working all this time on a knit version and I finally have it completed!

I'm pleased to present the Wooly Morning Glory (and no, I'm not making up that name - the flower on the left is really named that!)! Just as fun as it's crochet counterpart, it's a great way to add some color to your living space. Who needs boring ol square pillows anyhow?


The Pattern for the Wooly Morning Glory is now available in the Free Pattern section of my shop! Go over, enjoy, and be sure to send me photos if you make one :) it would give me such a kick to have an "internet garden" of sorts of various poppy and morning glory pillows popping up!

If you're having difficulty finding the free patterns, they can be found by going to "original patterns" then "free patterns" :D Enjoy!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Finally Finito!

Pattern: Jaywalker Socks modified to be knit toe up and both at the same time as I am wont to do to prevent wonky gauge and second sock syndrome
Yarn: Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock in Black Purl colorway
Needle Size: US 1

Comments: The Pattern (and modification) proved to be plenty easy to follow - as usual, I have just the slightest of holes at the join post gusset & heel flap, but those will be easily hidden/mended with a darning needle. Because I failed to swatch, I had to take in a few stitches after I started on the zig zag patterning in order to make the socks fit more closely - but otherwise, everything was pulled off without a hitch! Of course, I still have a fair bit of yarn left over, and I'm now trying to see if I can get a pair of anklets out of it.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lucky Log Cabin

This baby blanket was created after taking several cues from Cara.

I had found out a while back that a friend I would be visiting was expecting her first child. Of course, being a knitter, I had to decide to bring her something hand knit to mark the occasion! The trouble, of course, was what to bring? I wanted it to be something useful, quick to knit (I was working with a fairly severe time constraint) and I wanted to make use of yarns I already had on hand.

The mother to be happens to be a quilter, so I thought a Log Cabin blanket might be appreciated. Cara's post about a random-number log cabin blanket had niggled its way into my mind at that point to become a future project. I decided I'd bump it up in the possible project queue and checked to make sure I had yarn on hand that would be suitable.

As for the numbers, 18 is considered a significant number, being the number of years before a child is considered to be an adult. In addition, to some, the number 18 and its multiples are considered to be lucky. With that decided, off I went to the random number generator to create my sequence.

The blanket consists of 36 rectangles, each ranging from one to eighteen ridges in width with each number represented at least once. I still have a bit of yarn from each ball that I started with, though I had to curtail my plans for a Fibonacci inspired border sequence because the purple color was looking like it was running suspiciously low. The border features two edges with picot finishing in an attempt to make the blanket more suitable for either gender as it seems my stash of this yarn (easy to care for, now discontinued Lion Brand Cotton Ease) ran to the blue family of hues. It's a little bigger than a standard baby blanket at about 28-30 inches on either side. I didn't measure it exactly as I finished it just in time to stuff it in my luggage for a visit to see the parents to be.

I can't say I plan on knitting another full log cabin - all that picking up stitches and garter stitch had me questioning my sensibilities. Though I am toying with a combination log cabin/mitered square won't happen for quite some time though as I think I'm all garter stitched out for the time being.