Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Not your standard issue sweatshirt

So I am about 2/3 done with the back of this sweater I started on Tuesday. I have never made an adult-sized one, so its a little intimidating. I keep envisioning an elephant or toddler sized result....not something I want to spend so much time on.

So far my comparisons to a sweater I own that fits me seem dead on, I am hoping it fits me!

Here's what I have so far.

Oh, and I officially love Addi Turbos. I won't be giving up Bamboo anytime soon, but I bought a pair of circular Addi's for this, and am simply amazed. Who knew knitting could come so close to sex?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Projects on my needles

With a few unfinished projects now successfully finished, and inspiration in the form of a knitting group I have started attending on Tuesday evenings, I have some grand projects on the horizon.

I am currently working on a poncho that I knit very quickly on Size 13 Needles in Caron Simply Soft. I am done with the knitting aspect, and am now putting fringe on the edges. The only tough part of this project will be the crochet neckline. My friend Jackie, a skilled crocheter is going to guide me through it.

Next, I am planning my first adult-sized sweater. I have been eying the "Not Your Standard Issue Sweatshirt" pattern from Yarn Girls' Guide to Beyond the Basics. I bought the yarn last week from Knit Picks. Main Line in Red Velvet Cake. I am knitting a swatch and so far love this yarn. very soft: part cotton, part wool. And who can beat Knit Picks prices?

Hats, Hats, Hats

With the unfortunate resurgence of cold weather this week, I have been busy making hats to keep ears warm. The first are two baby bonnets made for friends and family who are soon to be parents. They are knit from a pattern from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. They were knit with size 9 Needles with size 10.5 for the cast-on and 10 for the I-Cord. The yarn is Rowan Calmer. Very soft!

Next I finally finished Dave's Bengal's hat. My finance is a huge Bengals fan, and what better way to try intarsia than a big old orange and black hat for football season! I wasn't happy with how the "B" came out, so it took me awhile to complete the finishing work. Steam blocking with an iron helped a bit, and Dave likes it, so I guess I will live with its imperfections. Again, this is a pattern from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts called "Kim's Hats". It is knit with Lambspride Bulky on size 9 needles for the brim and 10.5 for the body (although it has been so long since I knit this, that it may have been size 10); I really can't remember! The pompom was a first and very easy to make!

Next I made a honeymoon hat. Honeymoon hat? Yes, we are going to Alaska, and although it will be August, I figure I need a wool hat to keep me warm while cruising among the glaciers. Warm but cute. I will be a newlywed, after all! Again this is Last-Minute Knitted Gifts "Kim's Hats" knitted with Lambspride Worsted on size 10 needles.