February 18, 2008

Up to Something

Posted in Finished Objects, In Progress at 7:54 pm by merknits

I thought that instead of only posting when I have something done, I should probably let you in on my current projects.  Makes things a little more interesting, I hope!  First, the Phyllo Yoked Pullover from Knitting Nature:

Not the most exciting WIP to look at, let alone to knit.  Though I am enjoying knitting with Calmer – it’s so soft and squishy!  I’ve modified it to knit in the round and am inching closer and closer to the interesting pattern at the yoke.

Also on the needles, Muir from Knitty:

Not much to see so far, but I’m enjoying my new Knit Picks wooden needles  and nifty chart holder.  They’re both making the pattern so much easier!

I guess this post can’t all be about WIPs, because I have a finished object!

Pattern: Kim’s Hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool
Notes:  Someone in my husband’s family, who shall remain nameless, has been bugging me for a hat.  Constantly.  So I caved and whipped this one up in just a little over a day.  Cute, huh?  If I were to do it again, I would move the checkerboard pattern down farther, but I had already ripped out the whole hat once and wasn’t about to do it again!  And I don’t feel bad giving this away as a gift, because it makes me look like I don’t have any hair:


February 9, 2008

I’m free!

Posted in Finished Objects, Project Spectrum at 3:28 pm by merknits

After being sick nearly the whole month of January and helping to coordinate a big event for work that took place last night, I feel like I can now finally get back into normal life.  Which includes returning to my knitting, of course.  Even though I didn’t knit much in the past month, I was still able to finish a bulky sweater:


(sorry about the pictures, my usual photographer is out of town and I’m not so good at self-portraits)
Pattern: A combination of the Ballet Wrap Cardigan from Interweave Knits Winter 2005 and the Wrap Jacket with Hood (#40) from Rebecca 32.
Yarn: Merino Bulky from handpaintedyarn.com in Pagoda, 6 balls (size 10 1/2 needles)
Notes:  Even after frogging the entire body, this was still a quick knit.  I used the Rebecca pattern for the edging/ties and the idea of knitting the body in one piece.  The rest of the pattern is the Ballet Wrap Cardigan.  I think the fact that the ties are on my hips rather than my waist and that my gauge was a little off created a little less coverage in the front than I’d like, but it still works.
The only major modification I made on the Ballet Wrap pattern was to create an edging for the back of the neck–the pattern has you leave it as a raw bind-off.  I continued the ribbing pattern from the front edges around to the back by not binding off the 5 neck stitches, continuing the two edges in pattern until they meet in the back, and sewing them down.  The seam is not so pretty, but I still think it’s an improvement:
And the yarn is sooo soft and smooshy.  I always thought I wasn’t a wool person, but I think I’ve just been using the wrong kind of wool.  I love this stuff!  I did have to alternate skeins to avoid pooling, but the resulting fabric full of subtle color changes is well worth it.  I hope that I can wear this sweater at least once before the Houston winter is over!