Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Here is Plain and Simple made out a gorgeous green Wollmeise 100%. The second pic with the buttons is accurate for color. I can't wait to wear this. I love the style. The buttons are perfect as well. They are from Lyanwood and I have bought from them a few times in the past. I have had great service from them every time.
Also from Lyanwood was the perfect button for Harvest Moon
I also found buttons for Shalom from the local Spotlight. They are actually pretty good and excellent for about $1 a piece. I had one perfect button for Shalom and then I changed it to a 3-button project. Turns out the store had no more and could get no more as they were vintage. Probably a good thing as they were $20 each.
What else? I got buttons for Polly and Baby Kina #1. I am very happy to have these completely done. These are exactly the same yarn - Madtosh MCN Sport in Lepidoptera. Lighting can make such a difference. The Polly pic on top is accurate for color.
And finally, I finished the Rocky Coast Cardigan. This is a fabulous cardigan in a wonderful yarn. I knit the 36" body and 40" sleeves and I am so happy to have had the info from other ravellers about how tight the sleeves were and to be sure to give the project a substantial amount of positive ease - something I pretty much never do. I am usually knitting the 30" size for 2" negative ease. Here, reading the notes really paid off.
I also finished (except for buttons) a Baby Kina #2. Buying this yarn broke my yarn diet for 2012 but I kind of feel ok about that as it came in and out of stash immediately and it was one skein and for a gift. I did buy a second skein from the seller but that is for any random babies that might pop out soonish. This yarn is Madtosh MCN Sport again but in the Dahlia colorway. Machine-washable which is important for a mum. Such a beautiful color and i have some in DK Twist for a sweater for myself (bought in 2011).
Whew - I think that is it for now.
Actually, I should mention my current wip. It is Rose and Cross Pullover in Tosh Merino Light in Dried Rose as the MC, Antler, Ink and Tart as the CC's. I am loving the look of this. It is really pretty.
So my wips are the Rose and Cross, Hitchhiker which is at 43 points (and I could declare DONE at any time, i just have this crazy need to use most of the yarn) and Marlene, which never gets any love - but it does stop me from casting on more projects. I have been planning the next largish project and am thinking maybe the Carnaby Skirt. I have made one linen skirt (which i like a lot) and think it is time to try a wool skirt. It may not be a success but it is worth a shot.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Shalom - 4 skeins
Green Blue Grey Socks - 1 skein
Adrift - 1 skein
Moiraine - 1 skein
Whippoorwill - 2 skeins
Umaro - 12 skeins
Baby Kina - 1 skein
Basic Chic Hoodie - 5 skeins
Total knitdown for January = 27 skeins
I also sold 8 x 200 gram balls of yarn so 8 more skeins out through destash.
Total stash reduction for January = 35 skeins.
It won't be like this all year but this is a very good start to the year.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A friend of my husband's just had a baby girl so I made a Baby Kina out of some very pretty Madelinetosh MCN Sport in Lepidoptera. It is a very cute pattern and I will certainly make it again - probably very soon as on of my friends just had a baby girl.
This one also doesn't yet have buttons but I did find some today at the local Spotlight. I'll take another pic when I finally sew them on. It should be soon as this needs to get mailed to the mum.
I took a pic today of Whippoorwill being worn and thought it was worth putting here as it is such a good shape and very easy to wear.
My new cardigan on the needles is the Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig from her book Coastal Knits with Alana Dakos. There are a lot of beautiful patterns in this book and I am sure I will be making more from it soon.
It is knitting up very fast on 6.5mm (US10.5) needles. This is two days' knitting.
I am using the same yarn as in the sample The Fibre Company Organik in Artic Tundra.
Still only 3 wips which is great but poor, poor Marlene. I bought the needle I needed on Friday last week but I still haven't touched her. Maybe tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Hitchhiker has 35 points and it seems quite small but I guess there is still a lot of knitting in those last 7 points. I am still loving the vanilla aspect of this knit.
Poor old Marlene. I guess I just don't care about fancy socks as much as I do pretty shawls and sweaters. I will force myself to finish these because I hate ripping and I do know that I will like the finished item.
Friday, January 20, 2012
My other finished project that week was Whippoorwill which is absolutely gorgeous. It is out of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Denim and Ink. I will have to take pics of this shawl being worn as it is a beautiful shape and looks great on.
I have a couple of cardigans finished in January but one I need a picture of it modelled and the other needs a couple of buttons. When I have those sorted, I will do another post.
I am one of those weird people who don't mind sleeves. When I get to the sleeves, I am almost done. I can crank out a sleeve in a day or a day and a half so knowing I am 2-3 days away from finishing a garment is quite exciting. Plus they are good TV knitting or watching the kids knitting. So, I will be quite happy when the body is done as I know i only have the sleeves to go. Oh, except for the hood. And the button bands. And sewing on the buttons. Hmmm.
Hitchhiker is still coming with me everywhere and it is also my nighttime TV knitting with my husband as the needles are small and make less noise than the big needles. I am at 32 points.
Marlene needs some love. Main problem is I don't love the needles I have. 2.75mm Harmony 80cm for magic loop or 2.75mm 100cm ChiaoGoo. I like both needles but not for this. Harmony not slick enough and Chiagoo not great for the magic looping - I find the cable too thick and cumbersome for magic loop on the smaller needles but fine for larger needles. Needles are such a personal thing, though. I need Knit Pro metal for this and should just go buy one. Next time I am in the city, I will buy some.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I will definitely do more beaded knitting. This one was pre-strung and I used the tutorial from Leslie of The Knitgirllls which was very helpful. I bought a basic bead spinner from Michael's when I was last in the US. I also want to make the Shipwreck Shawl and I have the yarn and beads so that will hopefully happen in 2012.
It is a gift for a friend but it will be hard to give it away - I love it. She is a special friend though and she admired this skein of yarn when she was visiting so it was lovely to make something for her out of it.
This is Beat sock yarn from Perfect Day Yarns in a sock club from early 2011. Unfortunately Sarah has taken a break from dyeing. I do love these socks and the colours are really pretty.
My next socks will be Resistor Socks from String Theory in their Continuum base and they will be for my Dad who used to be a television technician. He was quite tickled at the idea of having socks that look like resistors.
The previous post was just a picture from flickr and I have no idea how to edit it. It is actually one of my Dec 2011 FOs. It is Lightweight Pullover by Hannah Fettig in Madelinetosh Eyre Light in Faded Chinos.
I had a store-bought Country Road winter top/sweater like this that I had worn for years and it was looking pretty shabby and i threw it out. The winter came and I realised I had two really nice skirts with no top to go with them. I was worried about getting the right color when ordering online but this was just perfect. I could not be happier with the colorway or the yarn. It is simply gorgeous.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I have lots of FOs already for 2012 and it is only January 17. It helps that I had so many wips at the end of 2011, although I finished up a lot in December also.
I only have 3 current wips.
Basic Chic Hoodie by Bonne Marie Burns out of Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN Sport in Antique Lace
It may not look like much now but wait till next Monday... I get SO much done when I mainly work on one project.
My take-along portable knitting is Hitchhiker by Martina Behm in Wollmeise 100% Superwash in Dornroschen. I am copying my friend Leeanne's Hitchhiker that she made for her mum out of the same yarn and colorway and I loved the bright colours and how this scarf pattern really broke up the variegation. I am at 27 points out of 42 but that is probably only 1/3 of the way through. No rush though on this one.
My 3rd wip has been on the needles for a while and it is now my "one-repeat-per-day" project. I am only allowing myself one of these in the category at a time. I love the look but I am just not that excited by the actual knitting. It is Marlene by Cookie A. and I am knitting it out of Colinette Jitterbug in Whirley Fig. The yarn is really lovely and the colour is very pretty. It is a pretty heavy fingering. I think I am one more repeat in since this picture - whoopdeedoo!
I am going to finish this post and do a new one for January FOs to date as I am mistrustful of computers and would hate for this to crash and burn when i try to actually post it.