Archive for the ‘Knit From Your Stash 2007’ Category
I knit three Christmas gifts this year. The first was by far the most complicated, but I started those in the summer and have loved them as my own ever since. But I resisted and gave them to another. The other two I didn’t start until December. The first was long-time-coming socks for Mike. I chose the Log Cabin socks and had nothing but trouble knitting them. I couldn’t get gauge right and I don’t think I’ve ever ripped out and started over so many times for a project I actually finished. Anyway, they ended up fitting Mike PERFECTLY and he loves them. I used Plymouth worsted and they also wash up so nicely!
The second gift was for my cousin. I made up a pattern for some quick-to-knit fingerless gloves. I called them “Peek-a-boo” because the cables appear randomly and disappear just as randomly. I just put a cable twist in when I felt like it, so the gloves were different, but still similar.
I knitted some gifts for my Aunt and Uncle in Australia. My Aunt is very crafty and always sends me special, hand-made things. I wanted to repay the favour and let them know I think of them often. While they do live in AUSTRALIA, they do have “winter” there, and evenings can get chilly. I figured fingerless gloves and a cuffed hat wouldn’t be too out of place:
Both are my own design.
The fingerless have a simple cable up the centre and were made with a thumb gusset and simple ribbing.
The hat was made in simple 2×2 ribbing, reversing the ribbing after a sufficient length of cuff was knit. This makes the ribbing match up when the cuff is folded over. When I wove in the ends of the hat, I did it so the cuff would be stitched up and would stay in place.
The hat was knit with Lamb’s Pride and the gloves were knit with Paton’s SWS (Soy Wool Stripes). Both were knit on size 4 (6mm) needles…my favourite size!
A little late, but worth the wait. Despite his birthday being February 10th, I finally finished Mike’s bad-ass skull cap or “birthday hat”. It was of my own design using a skein of Berrocco Ultra Alpaca I had in my stash. I knit the hat on size 4 needles…much smaller than I was accustomed. Accordingly, the hat took me longer than usual to knit. Perhaps the fact that I worked on it almost entirely on my lunch hour at work contributed to the delay as well.
Well here’s Mike looking his most bad-ass and me seeing what I will look like when I steal the cap back for my own…
Or Screw Knitting From My Stash
Right after Christina decided to participate in Knit From Your Stash, I also decided to give it a try. In preparation, I got all my yarn out in hopes of organizing my stash for more efficient project planning. After about an hour of trying to keep the little one from swimming in the pile, it all just got stuffed back in the bins. Granted, I do have enough for a couple sweaters – but other than that, my stash isn’t that impressive. And I barely have any sock yarn.
So, I think I’ll start a new movement – Build Your Stash 2007. I bet there are lots of willing participants out there. There are no rules – buy, make, trade… what ever you can do to add to your stash. Anyone want to make a button for it!?
Here’s my progress so far:
Sweet Georgia – Rusted
I also have to share this (it is too good not to):
My sister-in-law turned me on to this wonderful product – The Lip Scrub. My winter lips are nice and exfoliated. I love it!!
It only took me about a week to make (I’ve had a few sleepless, worriesome nights that allowed me to knit a lot). The pattern is Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl. I’ve been wanting to make a shawl for a while know and I was drawn to this one for a few reasons – I wanted something simple using yarn I already have. This one is geared toward beginner lace knitters and called for yarn I had on hand.
I used Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters with size 8 needles. I followed the pattern exactly, though my gauge must have been off – I have quite a bit of yarn left. I probably could have done anothe 1 or 2 repeats. When I finish binding off, it was only 31 inches wide and 15 inches down the center. It was barely big enough to be a shawl for Ava. After blocking it grew to be about 49×22. The sample shawl in the pattern was 52×23.
It is a little small to comfortable tie so I rummaged through my collection of stuff and found the perfect solution. I pulled the tips through a key ring and slid it up until snug. Perfect! Well, except for how it looked ;) At lunch, I got the knitting bag out and crocheted around the ring with the same yarn. Perfect!
I always forget about the crazy hairline! I guess I don’t look at the back of my head very often.
This was very quick to make and the pattern was easy to remember. I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of the mini-shawl, but I’m proud of it! I did wear it to work today (and good thing – it was cooooooold!).
Even though I love to knit small things, once in a while I have to break out the size 10+ needles and knit something big and fast. After knitting these kinds of things for days on end:
I feel a real urge to do things like this:
This is Emily, happy with her big hat, but unhappy at being photographed first thing upon awakening. The pattern is from Handknit Holidays , the Earflap Elf Cap, knit on size 15 needles. I’ve had the big pink yarn for awhile (yes, Christina, I am trying to knit from my stash, too) and can’t remember the brand. Size 15 knits up fast. How fast? I finished this hat during one and a half episodes of MacGyver. He saved the Wish Child from being kidnapped and was on his way to breaking out of a high-tech maximum security facility when I wrapped it up.
I also took advantage of my urge to knit big (and used more of my stash at the same time) by knitting the Lopi Lace Scarf from Weekend Knitting. I used Lamb’s Pride bulky, in raspberry, instead of a lite weight yarn so it’s not so lacy, but it is warm.
This took more than a few episodes, but the pattern is so repetitious that I could watch without having to look at the pattern at all.
Because I mentioned it earlier and need to keep myself motivated, I will end by pointing you to runagogo.com, where knitters are moving, moving, moving. In addition to knitting, I have run/swam 66 miles so far this year. Look me (emzocor) up!
Well, in case you haven’t heard, we bought a house! I am quite frazzled trying to get everything in order (we get the house in less than 30 days), which means I have a few concerns:
1. Where will the yarn room be?
2. How will I pay for this damn thing?
So to address #2 (but still related to #1!) I have decided to do the “Knit From Your Stash” thing.
Perhaps someone else will participate???
It will be hard, and I’ve already broken rule 2d. I have yarn arriving any day now from an online order. I will play my get out of jail card. No more purchases. Seriously.
I may have to take up knitting socks just to keep my sanity (see rule 2a).
Wish me luck!