December 21, 2007

Busy Bee

Posted in Finished Objects at 10:00 pm by merknits

Things have been a bit hectic around here lately, but I’ve still managed to fit in some knitting:

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Pattern: Flair from Knit and Tonic
Yarn: Rowan Summer Tweed in Rush, 6 balls
Notes:  This didn’t turn out quite as planned.  I wanted to make it look like Wispy  so I decided to make the fronts smaller and only put two buttonholes at the top.  Well, I didn’t really think it through well because I made the fronts so small that there’s no way I can button it at all.  So I sewed the buttonholes closed and I suppose it sort of works as is. 

This sweater also took me forever, I think mostly because I didn’t like knitting with Summer Tweed.  I absolutely love the way it looks and feels knit up, but it is very uncomfortable to knit with!  Regardless, I think I’ll still get some wear out of this sweater.

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Pattern: Fun Fur Kitschmas Tree 
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun and Yarn Bee Party Girl
Notes: Isn’t this the cutest thing ever?  You can’t tell too much from the picture, but the yarn is a bit sparkly and looks perfect for this tree.  The nice thing about “Party Girl” yarn (from Hobby Lobby) as opposed to the Fun Fur called for in the pattern is that it has much better yardage and is a lot cheaper.  Also, it has sparkles!  I knit the bottom part instead of crocheting it and added a plastic circle for support.  I have enough yarn over to make another, or maybe lots of tiny ones for next year!

And I finished another project in record time–I promised my husband felted slippers for our trip up to Illinois a while ago.  I cast on last Saturday and finished the knitting on Tuesday.  I didn’t get a chance to felt them until today, so hopefully they dry by the time we leave!  No pictures at the moment, but it’s the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs pattern.

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!  I’m off to enjoy a bit of cold weather and hopefully use some handknits.

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December 10, 2007

Random thoughts for a Monday

Posted in Finished Objects at 9:37 pm by merknits

1.  I finished more ornaments:

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I also cheated and bought those little glass ornaments you can open up.  I was going to originally put pom-poms in all of them, but it proved to be too annoying to make all of those little things.  So some are just stuffed with yarn, beads, or little Christmas doodads.
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2.  I am tired of 80 degree weather in December.  As I was trying to take the picture above, I was being attacked by mosquitoes.  When it doesn’t get cold, those things don’t die!  That’s my excuse for the picture being so bad. 🙂

3.  Entrelac is so fun!
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Pattern: Quant from Knitty
Yarn: SWS in Natural Earth
Notes:  So much fun to make!  And it only took a couple of days.  I love the yarn, and it worked perfectly for this pattern.  Will make a good gift, since I certainly don’t need it here.
4. Flair is finished!  It’s blocking right now.  I’m afraid it will be a bit small, but I’m hopeful that Summer Tweed will stretch.

5. I am so making this tree.  However, it is much harder to find green Fun Fur than you might think.  I had to go to three different stores to find any sort of green eyelash yarn, and in an entire wall of fuzzy yarns at Hobby Lobby they only had one ball in green!  Luckily their brand has much more yardage so I only needed one ball.  Whoever thought I’d be running around Houston in search of Homespun and Fun Fur?

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December 2, 2007

Wisp

Posted in Finished Objects at 7:43 pm by merknits

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Pattern: Wisp from Knitty
Yarn: A little over one ball of Patons Lacette in Cream
Time to Complete: October 1, 2007 to November 28, 2007
Notes: Once I got going on this, it really didn’t take too long.  It’s a very simple pattern and I’m quite happy with the outcome.  I did extra repeats since my gauge was off and ended up with pretty much the same finished measurements as the pattern.  I’m not sure if I like the poncho look–but if I don’t wear it like that it defeats the purpose of the buttons.  And I love the buttons!
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Just cheap-o things from JoAnns, but they’re pretty!  Now I’m off to www.etsy.com to order some presents after being disappointed by my real-life shopping experience today. 🙂

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