does this look familiar?
yep! I'm finally knitting myself my own Sheep Shawl!
A very nice woman at the Saturday knitting group I just started attending is moving, and said she was never going to use it, so she gave me this cone of JaggerSpun Zephyr! (as well as another huge cone of lovely grey lambswool lace weight.)
when I saw the JaggerSpun I just knew it was meant to be!
I'm so excited to be finally knitting my own sheep shawl. Although I think I may take quite a bit longer to finish the shawl than last time.
Besides starting my shawl I have a small FO to share today as well:
I got two skeins of yarn to make the pixie hat for my cousin's son, and only needed one, so I whipped up a pair of thumb-less mitts to go with it.
Yarn – same as he hat: Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in turquoise
on US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
I used the basic numbers from my two color baby mittens but with a much longer cuff.
The cord has an amusing story: I didn't like the look of a crochet chain in this yarn, and I-cord is rather tedious, so I went to the internet for ideas. The immediate answer was lucet! But I don't have one, and though they can be inexpensive I didn't want to buy one just to make one cord, and totally didn't want to wait for it to arrive in the mail. So I put on my MacGyver hat and found an old plastic fork in the back of a drawer, broke off the middle tines, sanded it down a bit with a nail file and Whammo! Instant free lucet!
(excuse the crappy cell phone pic)
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Remember TW's pixie hat? (you saw it in the last post too.) When my cousin discovered that she was pregnant, she immediately requested that I make one for he son as well. I couldn't refuse!
Stella Pixie hat
in Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in turquoise
on US 6 (4mm) circular needles.
I used the same mods as last time.
(project's Ravelry page)
I can't wait to get the pictures of it on him! I'll be giving it to her at Christmas, along with a pair of thumbless mittens in the same yarn. (more on them in a later post)
When my mom was visiting a while ago she brought me yarn! Lion Brand Amazing. It's a wool/acrylic Noro wannabe. It was quite soft and the colors seemed pretty nice too. Around the same time I discovered that all my knit hats either didn't go down over my ears well, or had lace/yarn overs that let the wind in. I decided to remedy that.
It's in Bicolor Brioche
On US 6 (4mm) needles In Lion Brand Amazing in Strawberry Fields and Pink Sands.
(project's Ravelry page)
This is the third time I've knit this particular pattern, and my sixth time knitting Brioche in the round, and I gotta say I still love it!
The hat is nice and squishy and soft, and VERY warm. Perfect for the frequent walks TW and I take while Bill is at work.
It hasn't been just all hats around here though. I've also started a new pair of socks:
socks on a plane (link is to the Ravelry pattern page)
(my Bayerische socks are on hold until I stop being annoyed at them for being so fiddly in a dark colored yarn)
I also washed, carded, spun, and plied up a bunch of yarn from the batch that had originally been destined for a sweater. The dyeing process had been interrupted by our move, and I decided that the sweater was never going to happen. So I cast on in the white yarn I already had spun up, and spun up a batch of blue and white mixed.
There are four skeins of white, two in the center and two for an edging, and then four skeins of blue all for the border.
It should be a nice large, squishy, warm blanket when it's done. It is a bit further along than in the picture now (I'm into the second skein of blue), but its my mindless big lap knitting, and I don't work on it much, but that's ok, since there is no deadline.
And finally before I end this post, here is an unremarkable picture of the start of an amigurumi mouse doorstop.
Over the summer and early fall when the temperatures were so nice we had the windows open a lot, unfortunately the wind kept catching the door to TW's room and slamming it on us. Eventually I got fed up and decided that his door needed a doorstop too. But that it had to match Marmalade who guards our bedroom door.
I’m taking my time on him, since he doesn't need to be ready until spring when we open the windows again.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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