Monday, January 26, 2009

Smoke Ring

My mother saw my smoke ring at Thanksgiving, and wanted me to make her one. She picked out the yarn and bought it, and I knit it up for her. She loves it! (yeah!)

Pattern: Wavy Feathers Wimple
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas - Alpaca and Silk in Flax color.
(I used about 1.8 skeins)
Needles: US 5

Took me about a week to knit this up. The lace blocks just beautifully.

No mods to the pattern - I followed it pretty much to the letter. It's a very nice item to knit on - the yarn is lovely to work with, the pattern isn't too complex, and it goes pretty quickly. To top it off, when you're done you have this very useful item - it's so soft, and it keeps you toasty warm without the bulk of a scarf.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Year in Review

Here is my 2008 Knitting in Review:


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Transitions Gloves

So, one of my resolutions for the new year is to post some more informative FO posts. Since this is primarily a knitting blog, that would probably be a good thing. right? :-)

Here is my first finished object of 2009 - the Transitions Gloves from Shibui Knits.

Yarn used: Shibui Knit Sock yarn in colors Breeze (the pale blue) and Peacock (the dark blue-green) One skein of each (and I almost ran out of Breeze!)

Needles used: size 2.5 and 1.5 Knit Picks Harmony circular needles

Started 12/12/08
Finished 12/26/08 (but didn't finish weaving in ends until January!)

I started out casting on a smaller number of stitches than the pattern called for, thinking that my wrists are so small that I needed to adjust the pattern. As I worked to the wrists, though, it turns out they were ending up much to small! So I had to frog the whole thing and start over, this time following the pattern as written.

In working the fair isle chart, I used the woven fair isle technique as illustrated at Philosophers Wool: two handed fair isle technique. This eliminated the floats on the inside of the gloves, which I thought would be ideal for gloves, where the floats can tend to get caught on fingers and rings. Here's a shot of the inside of the gloves:

I followed the pattern pretty much to the letter, up to the knuckles. Then, I wanted partial fingers on these, instead of the open tube at the knuckles, so I changed it up to add in fingers. Here's how I did that: when I got to the point at the base of my pinky, I put the end 14 sts on hold (for the pinky) and cast on 3 sts to bridge the gap across to join back to knitting in the round. I then knit a few rounds until I got to the base of my index finger. I then started working each finger - 7 sts on each side of the glove, and casting on 3 sts to bridge the gaps (or picking up 3 sts on the sides where a finger has already been worked.) I did a few rounds in the Breeze color, and then switched to the Peacock color to tip the fingers (since I knew I was running out of Breeze!). Here's a shot of the fingers in progress:

Overall I am very happy with these! My only complaint is that the weather here has turned mild, and I haven't had a chance to wear them!!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

So if you can't tell by the title, we've been really busy here the last few weeks! The weekend before Christmas we visited our families for an early Christmas. The DSs made out on presents from the grandparents! Which made me happy, since we had gone rather sparse by way of presents this year, so the grandparents more than made up for it.

Immediately after Christmas we started installing laminate flooring to replace our carpet on the first floor of our house. We've been in our house nearly 10 years, and the carpet was sure showing it's age! Here's what our dining room looked like before and after (still minus the baseboards, but whatever!):

All told, it took us about 3.5 days to tear out the old carpet and install the new flooring. Maybe 20 hours total. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be. We had two rows of complicated cuts that we saved until the last day (thankfully we worked from the easy wall to the harder walls!). It completely changes how the first floor looks, and I wish we had done it sooner! I'll post some better picks of the living room and such once I have the house clean! ;-)

I was frantically knitting away prior to Christmas on gifts for lots of people! Now I can finally post some of my finished objects!

My favorite:
This is a Dalek from Dr. Who, knit from the Extermiknit! pattern. I made this for my dad, who's a fan of Dr. Who. We used to watch the original Dr. Who on the PBS station every week while I was growing up - it's one of my favorite shows! (I love the new one too!) I know, it's a completely silly gift, but I think he got a bang out of it! :-)

Here are some of my other knitted gifts:

Lots of fingerless gloves, and a tea cozy. I'll all gift-knitted out!

My mom saw my Alpaca Silk Smoke ring over thanksgiving, and wanted me to make her one, so she bought the yarn for it, and I'm knitting it up right now. She picked a camel color, and it's turning out very nicely!

I'm still working on William's sweater - I'm just about done with the back. I'll tell you, it's all I can do to keep myself from casting on the Wrapigan for myself! I got the yarn in the mail the day after Christmas, and it is seriously calling my name! Here's a pic of the yarn, but pictures cannot show how deliciously and luxuriously soft this yarn is!

This is Joseph Galler's Prime Alpaca yarn - 100% alpaca in a sport weight. The color is Musk. 2 skeins is a whopping 1 pound and 1330 yards! I highly doubt I will be able to resist casting this puppy on in the next day or two. I think William will have to wait a little bit for his finished sweater!! ;-P

Oh, and one more note, my FIL's doctors have told him that he is now in remission!!! Thank you so much for your continued thoughts and prayers! He'll have three more months of chemo to be sure, but it was fantastic news to end the year on!

Happy New Year everybody!