Archive for November, 2010

Having four days off in a row did wonders for my knitting! I finished a total of three projects; two were in progress and one was started and finished in the same day.

First up, November socks for J. A pretty poor picture, admittedly, but they are navy socks and natural light is at a premium these days:

Pattern: Gridiron by Anne Hanson

Yarn: Berroco Comfort Sock in 1763

Needles: US2/2.75mm

This is the second go ’round of this pattern. The first pair was accidentally felted by J a couple days before these were finished. I told him he didn’t have to shrink his socks to get a new pair; he just needs to ask. It was during the knitting of these socks that I realized how much he likes his hand-knit socks. He repeatedly asked when they would be done, he was so eager to have them. Ah, it does my knitterly heart good! I experienced a first with this project – running out of yarn! I finished the toe of the second sock in black. I offered to rip out the first one’s toe to make them match but J was more interested in having them on his feet than having them match. Works for me!

Next up is a baby cardigan. I do not have a specific baby in mind for it, but I’m sure one will present itself sooner or later.

Pattern: Easy Baby Cardigan by Diane Soucy

Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK in 2753 Agean Sea

Needles: US7/4.5mm

I followed the pattern pretty much all the way on this one, but I can see making more and modifying them. It’s a great basic cardigan for a baby! I like the idea of ties instead of buttons, but it seems like it won’t close all the way because the garter stitch band is so short, even placing one set of ties back on the edges as the instructions state. It could be that i-cord ties are bulkier than crocheted ones, but I like the look of the i-cord better. At any rate, it’s a lighter weight cardigan, so if it doesn’t close all the way it’s doubtful the baby will freeze.

And last but not least, the super-fast fingerless mitts I made for J. I think altogether these probably took about 6 hours spread out over a day.

Pattern: Garter Stitch Mitts by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Cascade 220 in 9459 Yakima Heather

Needles: US7/4.5mm

I whipped these up out of some yarn leftover from J’s Cobblestone Pullover. I loved how fast they went! I’ve already got plans for a pair for myself. I’m not entirely pleased with my kitchener-ing job on these, but it’s serviceable. J will use them, and they will keep his hands warm, and that’s the whole point.


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Hopping on the EZ bandwagon!

I will confess that until recently, I had hardly read a word of Elizabeth Zimmerman. Practically blasphemy for an avid knitter and reader, no? I bought Knitting Without Tears relatively early in my knitting career in part because I had heard that anything and everything by EZ was a must for every knitting library, but after thumbing through it and not seeing detailed pattern instructions I promptly shelved it and forgot all about it. I just wasn’t ready for interpretation of patterns; I needed it all spelled out for me. Since then, of course, I’ve heard more and more about Elizabeth and what she has meant to so many knitters. I would make a mental note to look for her books which apparently is not a good method for me to actually remember things.

So when I saw on the novamade blog that a commemorative edition of the Knitter’s Almanac was released, I immediately followed the link over to Amazon and ordered myself a copy. I’m looking forward to reading it cover-to-cover!

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Snug as a bug…

My much-loved, adorable niece in her Snug (briefly blogged about here):

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The Cecilia cardigan is no more. While I still think it is a beautiful pattern, I finally sat myself down for a little reality check. This project has been weighing me down for several weeks now. I felt guilty for not working on it when it’s so close to being done, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pick it up because I knew I would never be happy with the finished sweater. What was I thinking when I thought I could wear a cropped cardigan? What was I thinking when I thought I could wear anything in the color yellow? This project was doomed from the start.

And so I tossed it. Yep, that’s right. I didn’t frog it; I threw the whole business away. I can hardly believe it myself, although it is strangely thrilling at the same time…I don’t particularly like the color, so I doubt I’d use it for anything big in the future. And the thought of trying to come up with several small projects just to use it up didn’t appeal to me. I have a couple untouched balls that I held on to; I’m not completely crazy.

I did finish a pair of socks in October:

Pattern: Twinkle, Twinkle by Laurie Lee

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid in 109 Lilac

Needles: US1.5/2.5mm

This was my first experience with a picot cuff, and I must say I like the effect. These are much shorter legged socks than I generally prefer. I was concerned about the amount of give afforded by the picot, so I erred on the side of shorter. I’m glad I did; I think with another pattern repeat they’d have been too tight. As it is they are a bit difficult to ease over the heel, but once they are on they feel fabulous! I personally don’t see the star effect of the lace pattern, and overall I think I just do not prefer lace socks. I like the cuff, but overall these are just “meh” for me.

However, I will share some gratuitous closeups; despite being underwhelmed by the finish project I seem to have gone picture-crazy on these.





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