Knitting, old and new

So let’s do some catchup on relatively recent projects, shall we?

There’s these fingerless gloves that I made for the kids, waaay too big really but they don’t seem to care. The Boy has already lost one of them anyway. What is it about gloves in our house? We can NOT hold onto an actual pair through a whole season. How do people make this magic happen?

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fingerless mitts

Next up: the Gretel tank top, knit with my favorite yarn obsession, Habu. This is knit with a cotton tape yarn, which feels like paper when you’re knitting with it. According to the pattern, you only need two tiny little balls for a whole tank top! See how well that worked out?

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Or…not.  I used up all 2 balls of yarn that the pattern told me I would need and had nowhere near enough yarn. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the one I wanted anywhere but New York as Fancy Tiger wasn’t carrying this yarn at the time. So I waited for my summer trip, went to Habu, and got another ball of black yarn. You can see how well it matches by looking at the difference in colors in the cowl and the bottom, where I picked up stitches and knit down to make it long enough.

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Actually…that looks pretty cool. When it was all done I enlisted my elves to help me take a picture, and they insisted on photobombing me at every step.

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IMG_4012Pattern: Gretel, by Julie Weisberger

Yarn: Habu Cotton Gima, 2 balls in black and 1 in charcoal (pattern states you’ll only need 2, this is not true)

It was fortuitous that this lacy, lightweight tank was finished just in time for winter!

Since I couldn’t wear the tank top during that crazy cold snap we had in December, and I needed a warm hat, I made one.

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Pattern: Really Warm Hat by Melissa LeBarre

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky, 1 ish skein.

Don’t even think about stealing this hat, people. This one is actually a bit too big around the brim so I threaded elastic cord through the bottom and now it stays on nicely.

And last is the current project I’m working on, another Jared Flood design. I started this sometime over the summer and then actually looked at my knitting.

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See how the first pattern section looks nothing like the second? Yeah, that’s a complete screw up where I missed some cables and then did some others backwards.  Since it’s going to be a scarf for Eric, I asked him what he thought, and he promptly replied, “Oh yeah that’s all messed up. It would bug me.” Not cool, knitting recipient, not cool. However, he was right and the whole thing was ripped out and reknit correctly. Color is much truer in this picture.

IMG_3944Pattern: Dryad by Jared Flood

Yarn: Takhi Yarns Donegal Tweed

I’m about 2/3 of the way done with it by now, and I love this scarf. The tweedy yarn works so well with the big cables, and it’s going to be big and cozy and warm and lovely when it’s all done.

After the scarf I have a sweater to finish up that I’ve lost some interest in, so we’ll see if I pick that back up again or start something new. Part of me wants to make a big crazy throw out of all the yarn scraps I have, something to snuggle under in our basement when it gets to be cold, but that might  make me feel like a 70s afghan knitter, chevron pattern and all.  Am I that person? Maybe so.

Knitting updates!

After a few video heavy kids posts, here’s some recent knitting instead.  I know, I know, JUST what you all were waiting for.

First up, a pair of fingerless gloves-the first ones I’ve ever knit with fingers. I used a men’s glove pattern (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html)  (wordpress isn’t letting me link in text so I have to add it in for this post) and knit the smallest size, hoping that they would fit my huge man hands.  (Yes, my hands are bigger than yours.  If you don’t believe me, ask me next time and we’ll compare.  I’ll win.  Unless you’re a large man.) As it turns out, they were just a bit too big for me, but happened to fit someone else I know rather nicely.

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As a side weather note for those of you not here in Denver, that was taken TODAY.  After some of the snow had melted. I’m quite happy that I’ve been lazy about getting the garden started this year.

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Well, grumble.  What’s a knitter to do? Well, I suppose I just had to knit my own pair

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For this one I switched patterns, doing the innovative “Knucks” pattern from Knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html).  In this one, you knit the fingers FIRST and then attach them to the hand.  Much faster and a lot less fixing of holes.  I think if I were to make another pair of these I’d only do them fingers down.

Here’s a pic of an update of the sweater that I’ve been working on since October, on the Lego™ table.

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This is the fabulous “Manu” by Kate Davies (http://katedaviesdesigns.com/designs/manu), knitted in my first Madeline Tosh.  I understand the obsession with that yarn now.

For those of you that don’t know Kate Davies,(and really, if you’re not a knitter why would you) I find her doubly fascinating.  Not only is she an amazing knit designer, but last year she had a very unexpected stroke and blogged about it. Reading about her experiences as a stroke patient, her recovery, her experience with the Scottish medical system, and how she has knitted through it all, has given me a lot of insight into my own stroke patients at the hospital.  I encourage any health care provider who takes care of stroke patients to check out her blog and subsequent recovery. Here’s her blog- http://katedaviesdesigns.com

I’m hoping to get this sweater finished soon, before it’s too warm to wear it.  The way things are going, that might be awhile yet.