September 22, 2009

Just in time for fall

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:36 am by merknits

I think I may still get to wear this a few times before I need to pull out the fall clothes:

josephine top finished

Pattern: Josephine Top from Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Yarn:Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine, 8 balls in color #27
Notes:I’m quite happy with this!  I wasn’t too sure if the sizing would work out, because I used a thicker yarn on small needles (size 4) and, because my gauge was off, knit a size small hoping to get a slightly smaller size than that.  It turned out well, despite the fact that it was looking rather big on the needles.  As I mentioned before, I knit the bottom portion in the round and split to flat knitting after the eyelet round.  I lengthened the distance between the eyelets and armholes by a little bit and I’m glad I did, otherwise it would have fit awkwardly.  And I used a ribbon rather than the knitted cord in the pattern, though I may buy a different colored one at some point.

Now, time to begin some winter knits!
Merino Style

I’ve had some Merino Style in this lovely color (Storm) for a while now to make the Gathered Pullover from Interweave Winter 2007.  I’ll have to do some fudging with the gauge, but I think it can work!

Oh, and speaking of fall, my husband’s family has an old cider press that hadn’t been used in years, so we drove out to the farm the other week to clean it out and make some fresh cider.  It was a lot of work, but worth it for the delicious cider!



…and more apples


Pressing the cider


The apple remains after 19 gallons of cider!

September 9, 2009

OpArt Blanket!

Posted in Finished Objects, In Progress at 3:36 pm by merknits

I’m so glad to have this finally finished!

OpArt finished

OpArt closeup

Pattern: OpArt Blanket
Yarn: Lily Chin Chelsea, I think 3 balls of each color
Notes: I don’t think I’ve ever taken so long to finish something!  I started this back on November 13, 2008.  Along the way, it has changed intended recipients, as the baby this was originally for is about 6 months old now.  But luckily one of my best friends is pregnant and I’m sure she will appreciate this gift.

The pattern itself certainly isn’t hard so I’m not sure why it took me so long.  It just wasn’t too fun, especially as the rounds got larger and larger.  But the finished product is pretty cool looking, I have to say.  I ran out of yarn for the last two stripes but at that point I just didn’t care!

Now to try to finish up the Josephine Top:


My new goal is to finish by the end of September, as I kind of forgot that summer ends much earlier here than it does in Houston.  I’m using Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine and knit the lace part in the round before splitting for the front and back.