Okay, time to update you on the rest of the little stuff I’ve been up to these last months… and there’s a lot of it, so stay with me here…
I decided to opt out of the Dishcloth KAL group I was involved with, but did complete the KAL cloths for May:
A summer top managed to make it off my needles:
Pattern: Coachella by Fathom Harvill (Knitty, Summer 2007)
Yarn: Teal Braided Cotton from Stash
Needles: 3.75mm, 4.5mm, 5mm Circular needles
I used the Extra Small size instructions, worked the first 3 rounds of collar on 3.75mm and the last 2 rounds on 4.5mm to transition to the larger needles.
We needed a rug for our “Library” (dining room area):
Pattern: Tweed Shells Rug by Katherine Eng (from Scrap Yarn Rugs)
Yarn: Chunky Thick/Thin Acrylic blend from frogged 2nd hand, handknit sweater-coat; Olive Green Cotton (Sleeves from frogged Sweater) – Yarn held double throughout.
The cats just love it.
I did a wee bit of spinning with my Rakestraw spinner and decided to make a flower pin with it:
Pattern: Crocheted Rosettes/Flowers by Lion Brand
Yarn: My own handspun, 8.5g 2-ply lt worsted wt.
Hook: 4mm (row 1); 5mm (row 2)
The Oddballs Ravelry Group was doing a CAL for the awesome Inga Bag and since I found had all these little pieces of DK acrylic in my stash (don’t ask – NO frickin’ idea) I made them into a “magic ball” and voila:
A new project bag! I even lined it:
The liner is made from an old black t-shirt. The bottom of liner is square and double thickness for strength.
It seems I’ve been on a bit of a hat kick lately…
I improvised this baby hat for one of BadgerDan’s clients who just had a baby girl.
Spring Cap was the Woolly Wormhead KAL hat for September. I’ve actually been wearing this one alot.
The Emerald Star Cloche is my version of the her October KAL hat.
I whipped off a pair of wristwarmers (aka knittin’ mitts)
and… a few scarves…
This last one is a great mystery CAL scarf by Charles Voth (aka StitchStud of the Stitch Stud & His Bride Podcast).
There have also been socks. Many socks.
Plus one holiday stocking:
My 2009 Sampler Afghan is almost done with just 2 more squares to go:
Pattern: Eliot Square by Julie A. Bolduc
Pattern: Kingfield Square by Julie A. Bolduc
Pattern: Amazing Grace by Bonnie Pierce
Pattern: Carousel Square by Priscilla Hewitt
You will note that I have changed to single monthly squares. This is due to running low on the lighter main colour wool. The 4 singles will make a transition row in the middle of the afghan – see? Design feature. 🙂 I’ll be starting to sew these babies together fairly soon.
Thus finally bringing us to my current projects:
My sister recently saw my Noro/Kathmandu February Lady Sweater and made with the grabby hands, so I promised her I’d make her one for Christmas.
I’m making Robin’s FLS in Cascade 220 “Dune Heather” for the yoke and Briggs & Little Heritage “Sheep’s Grey” for the body and sleeves.
So far, so good.
It’s soon to be mitten weather around these parts and I’ve begun a pair of Jared Flood’s Green Autumn/Druid Mittens (aka the cover mittens from Vogue Knitting, Fall 08).
I’m calling these my Forest Witch Mittens and they have been quite the challenge so far. After swatching AND knitting a cuff twice, I finally ended up going down 5 needle sizes to Size 0/2mm so that the mitts would fit my relatively small hands. The yarn is a dark green heather 3-ply wool from a frogged 2nd hand sweater-vest.
Knitting is slow – but with all the cables, to be expected. Got to say, against my better judgement, I’m finding those itty bitty bobbles amusing as hell.
The Sock Knitter’s Anonymous October Challenge calls for, among a couple of other options, “Socks for Men” and, being a good knitter wife, I allowed BadgerDan to choose a pair from some of my vintage sock pattern books.
He chose the last pair on the right – Regent Man’s Socks No. 2058 (from Hand Knit Socks by Regent, Vol. No. 20)
Yeah… once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I asked him
“Go large or stay home”.
Lesson learned and challenge accepted.
Regent Hose for Hubby in all their intarsia glory are being made on 9″ long 2mm DPNs using the following stash yarns: Opal Designer Uni 4-ply, Dk Brown; Lang JaWoll Color, 82.0198 (Green); & Patons Kroy 3-ply, col 390 (Taupe).
Yep. Bobbins. Up to 9 of them at any one time. On 2mm needles.
He’s lucky I haven’t stabbed him with one yet.
My newest project is a great little lace scarf I’m test knitting for my friend KnittingDragon (of the Sweaters for Dragons Podcast & talented dye-master of Cables & Lace) which I’m calling “Autumn Leaves“.
Pattern: Feuilles by Eric Hinsch
Yarn: KnitPicks Palette, Autumn Heather
Needles: 4mm Brittany Straights
I will be using a yet to be determined contrast yarn for the end lace sections as I’m a little short on yardage.
Project update complete.
Tomorrow… yarn pr0n & a free pattern.
As for now, I need to go prepare a peach crisp and some gluten-free biscuits for Thanksgiving Dinner at the parents.