October 30, 2009


Posted in Finished Objects at 1:19 pm by merknits

I’m really enjoying Ysolda’s Whimsical Little Knits 2.  Such cute projects!

damson finished


damson close up

Pattern: Damson
Yarn: Laceweight from Handpaintedyarn.com, Stonechat colorway, held double
Notes: Simple, well written pattern and a great use for the laceweight from Handpaintedyarn.com that I’ve had in my stash for a while!  The yarn worked out nicely doubled on size 6 needles, and I used less than one skein.  I had a hard time getting a clear picture that accurately shows the color – I guess it’s just a bit lighter than the middle photo. 

I’ve also finished Ripley, but have had a terrible time trying to take a picture of it on my head (and un-modeled hat pictures never look that great, I think) so an FO post for that might be a little while.  And isn’t this guy cute?  My sister may be getting another knitted squirrel for Christmas this year!

October 26, 2009

Gathered Pullover

Posted in Finished Objects, Project Spectrum at 10:57 am by merknits

I love this sweater!

gathered pullover

Pattern: Gathered Pullover from Interweave Knits Winter 2007
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style in Storm
Notes: Very happy with this one – I knit the 36 1/4″ size with a different gauge to get a slightly smaller finished sweater.  It did grow a little bit after washing, but not enough to be too big.  I lengthened the body and sleeves by at least 1″.  And despite the fact that I have discovered that I’m pretty sensitive to wool (I never really realized this before since I didn’t wear scarves or wool sweaters much in Houston), the Merino Style doesn’t bother me at all.  And I love the color!  It bled quite a bit as I was knitting on to my needles, but seemed to be fine when I washed and blocked it.

More good news – I got a job!  I start in a week, so perhaps I’ll try to fit in some marathon knitting sessions before then.  I’m glad to have a job again, but I’ll definitely miss my knitting time!

October 7, 2009

Eyelet Cap

Posted in Finished Objects, Project Spectrum at 4:33 pm by merknits

No finished sweater yet – I’ve forgotten how long it takes to make something with long sleeves!  But I do have an FO to share:

eyelet cap

Pattern: Eyelet Cap from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2009
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed (I think, I can’t find the wrapper and it was given to me partially used), around 1.25 balls
Notes: I’m liking this hat!  It didn’t turn out quite as slouchy as it was supposed to be, but considering that I didn’t swatch, I’m fine with that.  My only modifications were that I changed to a size 2 needle for the ribbing to tighten it up and I only did 6 inches of ribbing rather than 8 (you fold over the ribbing and sew it down once you’re done).

The husband and I enjoy making stuff from scratch, but usually our hobbies don’t intersect – he brews beer and roasts coffee beans, I knit and sew – but he thought we should have a shared hobby and bought a cheese making kit.  Here are some of the results:



It really wasn’t too difficult, there’s just a lot of waiting involved.  In fact, we won’t really know how these turned out for a while.  We made gouda and cheddar, plus there’s a monterey jack I didn’t get a picture of.  I’ll give you an update in a few months once they’ve aged!

October 2, 2009


Posted in Uncategorized at 3:30 pm by merknits

My exciting sewing project for this week – placemats!


Nothing too fancy, but I think they go nicely with our table.  I should have actually measured the store-bought placemats that I have to find out the ideal size, but I used a pattern from Home Sewn as a guide instead.  As you can see, they turned out a bit big.  I didn’t actually use the Home Sewn pattern, I just cut out rectangles and sewed them together with some interfacing in between.  I could have been more careful with my cutting (this fabric really makes crooked cuts obvious) but overall I’m happy with them.  The fabric is Alexander Henry’s Maxfield cotton.

The weather has gotten cooler, so I’m hoping to finish up some knitting to wear!  The Gathered Pullover is coming together quickly, but I’ve stalled on it lately.  Hopefully I’ll have an FO post for it soon!