Finally, they're finished! Beware of those free patterns on the net. This was my first pair of socks ever and even I could tell there was some serious errors in the pattern. I rewrote a few things and it worked out well. These are made with Luxury Alpaca on a 4mm needle. Started Dec. 10, 2005 finished Jan. 22, 2006.
My boss recently got a dog. A co-worker called and asked if I could make the dog a little sweater with the company logo on it. I took on the challenge! I have a couple books with dog sweaters in them so I knitted up a basic coat pattern and angonized over how to do the logo. I started with intarsia but scrapped that idea after several substandard attempts. In the end I did a dulplicate stitch for the whole logo. I followed a chart I made myself. This is made with Paton's Canadiana 75% acrylic 25% wool blend. Started Jan 23rd and Completed Feb 4, 2006.
I wanted to make a Fair Isle style toque that incorporated my own design. I designed the chart in Excel and included some waves, greyhound heads, pine trees and the word 'roo' which is what greyhounds do when they sing. It needs work. I didn't change the chart for after the decreases and I used a 4.5mm needle when I should have used a 5mm. This is made with Paton's Classic Merino 100% wool. I started this Feb 10th and completed it Feb 12th 2006.
This started out as an earflap hat from a Drops pattern. After I made it up I found it was too big! Surprised? Not really, I did not swatch. So I decided to felt it. And it turned into something entirely other than what I started out with. This is made with Manos Del Uraguay 100% wool. I started it Feb. 26th and completed it March 1st, 2006.
I started this as a mindless project. I earned the yarn in a swap with Leanne and she knows what the CB stands for. I have no idea what kind of yarn it is other than synthetic with different coloured large slubs. I cast on 35 sts and knit every row. When I ran out of yarn I seamed up either end approx 14 inches. And taa daa! A shrug is born! I started this March 25th and completed it April 1st.
I think I may deem 2006 the year of the small knitted things. I saw this and loved the simplicity of it. I dug around my stash for yarn in the gauge called for and came up with the Wonderwool. A softly spun single that I hate! But I decided to go ahead and make it anyway figuring if I hated it it wasn't a waste of good yarn. I have to make another one! Too cute. Wonderwool is a 49% acrylic/ 50% wool blend. I started this April 2nd and completed it April 8th, 2006.
I love this pattern. Fiber Trends Felted Clogs. However this pair I overfelted and they're too small! Thank goodnes I love the pattern so much and will enjoy making another pair. These are made with Paton's Classic Merino Wool in the Paprika colourway. Knit on a 9mm needle. Started May 8th, 2006 and completed (felted and everything) May 14th, 2006.
This was originally going to be Glampyre's Minisweater but as I was knitting it became something entirely different! I used a hemp/wool blend yarn (55% Hemp 45% wool) and a 4.5 mm needle. Tow skeins of yarn at 185 metres each. I lengthened it by about 4 inches and added the tie in garter stitch. I didn't do the sleeve increases as I don't like poofy sleeves but I did do the decreases. I wasn't thinking it through as the arm cuff is a little snug. I started this May 7th, 2006 and completed it May 21st, 2006.
I missed my coworkers b-day while I was away so I whipped up these as a little present. This pattern is in the Knitting Pattern a Day 2006 Calender. The scrubbies are a super quick knit. No more than 20 minutes each! I used Phentex Slipper and Craft yarn for the scrubbies. 100% Olefine Exelon in the Creme de Menthe and Denim colourways. The dishcloth is Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in the Meadow colurway. Started May 27th 2006 and completed May 27th 2006.
I was asked by my sister to make the Booger a sweater. I figured I better get on it because before I know it he'll be 18 and about 6'4"! This is a Paton's Top Down Cardigan pattern. I used a 4mm and a 5mm needle. It's made with Bernat Camouflage 100% acrylic yarn in the Mash colourway. I added a hood and shaped the neck with increases on either side of the center stitch. Then I shaped the point out of the top of the hood with decreases on either side of the center stitch. Worked great! I did the buttonband in st st instead of garter stitch because I'm a moron. I decided not to rip it out as I figured he'd outgrow it before I finished. However, now that I look at it I don't think he'll start wearing it until he's about 4. Started May 26,2006 and completed June 6, 2006.
So easy and so cute. I wanted to make another sweater for The Booger that would fit him now. This is the
We have some furry freinds staying with us for a week. That brings the current furkid count up to 7! I decided to welcome them both with their own cabled catnip mousie. These are made with Paton's Classic Wool and the pattern is available over at wendyknits.net. They took about a half hour each on July 1st, 2006.
Ahoy, matey! How fun was this? Way too much! This is from Hello Yarn's free patterns. Fun Fair Isle goodness. I started this August 7th and completed it August 21st. It's made with Lana Grossa Silana a 70% merino and 30% silk blend in a black and hot pink colourway. I used 3.25 mm needle.
The guy commented that when it streches out on my head all the skulls have different expressions. I keep him for his sense of humour, really.
I won a limerick contest that the amazing Wendy had put on. My prize was a box of Galway Irish Knitting Wool in a super Kelly Green! I had to make something to make Miss Wendy proud. After polishing my skills for a few years I knew what I needed to do with all that wool. This was a challenging project and I did discover a few errors in the pattern before going and checking out the errata page on the website. The facings are on a 3.5mm needle and the rest of the sweater is on a 5mm needle. I made it one size larger than needed as I wanted to slightly full the sweater after it was completed. I washed it and spun it out in the washing machine. Then I threw it in the dryer and checked on it every 5 mins. It was in the dryer for about 30-40 minutes before I was satisfied with the result. Not felted but slightly more melded together. I started this August 25th, 2006 and completed it October 21st, 2006. This is not my sweater. This is a late birthday present for my dear friend Terri She loves this colour! Wear it well my friend!
I finally did it. I made a poncho. And I like it! I just needed the 'right' one. This is a Fleece Artist free pattern and it's also Fleece Artist hand dyed kid/silk blend. So soft and it has lovely drape. This was knit on an 8mm circular needle. I started this October 30th and completed it November 7th. I can't find the skein tag to tell you the colourway. Sorry!
After the guy's dad passed away his mom came out to stay with us for a week. To try to unwind and destress and such. Problem was she was going back to an empty house. So I made her this bear so she wouldn't be alone and have someone to talk to and who wouldn't tell any of her secrets. This is made with Red Heart Misty in the Windsor colourway on a 5mm needle. It's the Baby Bobbi Bear pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas. The yarn is a 75% acrylic and 25% rayon blend chunky weight 2 ply. Started Nov. 7th and completed Nov. 11th
I knit this as a gift for a co worker. I'm not sure which one yet as it's a secret exchange. I hope they like it and if not I'm perfectly happy with them regifting it to someone who will appreciate it. I kinda started this to get a break from my never ending Pirate Bag. This is made with Dalegarn ARA. A 100% wool variegated thick and thin spun single. I used Sally Melville's pattern from her book The Purl Stitch for the hat and made up the scarf design as I went along. Knit on a 5mm needle, I started the hat on December 4th and completed the scarf December 18, 2006.
I received a lovely set of bamboo needles and ball of yarn for Christmas with explicit instructions to make my dad a hat. I asked him what he wanted and this is what he came up with. He wanted a sort of skull cap that wouldn't cover his ears and make his hearing aid feedback. This is a pattern out of my head and not my most beautiful work. I missed a couple decreases here and there but overall it's exactly what he wanted. Made with Paton's Decor (75% acrylic/25% wool blend) in the Tapestry Variagated colourway on a 4.5mm needle. Started December 25th and completed December 25th, 2006.
My co worker celebrated 40 years with the company. Since he always tells us he has orange blood I figured I'd make him a Christmas stocking in the company colours. This is a free pattern from the Paton's newsletter website. Made with Paton's Canadiana, a 100% acrylic yarn. Knit up on a 4.5mm needle. Started on December 18th and completed December 25th, 2006.