I did it! I made a Clapotis! It was such fun and turned out well. Even when I missed a dropped stitch and had to rip it back, it was easy to follow and pick up where I messed up. The dropping of the stitches was a blast! I started this waaaayyyy back on November 23, 2007. I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn (80% wool/20% nylon blend) in the Jeans colourway. Almost exactly 3 skeins (645 yards) leaving me one skein leftover for something. Knit on a 5 mm needle and completed January 13th, 2008.
Whew! This was super quick! I think it turned out really cute. The only thing is getting used to bulky knits on your body in something like this. This was made with Online Linie 15 Orlando in a blue/grey colourway. This is a ribbon tape that's 39% cotton, 39% acrylic and 22% nylon. It's a bit itchy but not bad. I modified the pattern slightly by adding more length after all the waist increases and doing 3 rows of garter st before the bind off to give it a definite edge and stop the hem from rolling. Knit on a 9 mm needle this was started January 16th and completed January 19th, 2008.
This was a sweater that my mom was working on but it was too small for her so she gifted it to me to assemble and finish. This was Blue Sky Alpacas Hooded Pullover pattern to start and with a page of errata for a one page pattern I set the pattern aside. I sculpted the neck and back of hood with SSK and K2TOG on either side of the two center sts. I then finished the hood off with a few rows of garter stitch, decreasing on either side of the center v to eliminate bulk. I also didn't like the way the sweater was rolling on the bottom so I added a few more rows of garter stitch to weigh it down. Made with Fleece Artist hand dyed yarn Blue Face Leicester Aran 100% wool. Fastest sweater yet as all I had to do was assemble and finish the hood! April 19, 2008 to April 26th, 2008.
I love to knit these little felted things! This is Fiber Trends FT-229 'Nuts About Squirrels' pattern. Used some wool out of my stash for this and next time I will use either Paton's Classic Merino or Lion Wool for the whole project so it felts evenly. I had some holes where the hand spun I used was a little thin. I think he's very cute and I hope his new family will love him and hug him and squeeze him all up! Knit on 6mm and 8mm needles this was started on April 25th, 2008 and completed April 27th, 2008.
Awesome knit! Super quick, super easy, super yarn value and super sexy! This is Coachella pattern found in the Knitty Summer 2007 issue. I made this with a variegated 60% Modal/40% Acrylic yarn from Austermann called Mayfair Color. It's a plied yarn that seems to have a slight silvery sheen to it. Knit up on 4.5mm and 5.5mm needles and used 3 x 120m balls of yarn plus about 20m off a 4th ball. Started April 27th, 2008 and completed May 6th, 2008. Keeper!
I wanted to make something special for my friends I went to Seattle with so I had, had, had to make this freaking adorable hedgehog! Fiber Trends Huggable Hedgehogs pattern. Super cute and super fast. I used Paton's Classic wool in black and gray and some Foxy eyelash in black. Felted up great with one trip through the washer and I even tossed it into the dryer because I was impatient! Knit up on 6mm and 8mm needles it was started on May 8th, 2008 and finished up May 11th, 2008.
This is Reversible Winter Capelet from peonyknits.blogspot.com. A pattern I love and adore! So quick and easy and looks just cute as a button when you're done! I guessed at my gauge and started with 61 sts. Lucky for me this worked out. Knit with Bernat Handicrafter cotton that was held double throughout. Worked on 8mm needles. Started and completed May 18th, 2008.
That will be redone! Whoops! That gauge thing can make a difference! I cast on 110 stitches and knit the lace section to 20.5 inches. Knit up on 5mm and 7mm needles with Patons Cotton Knitting Worsted in hot pink! Started May 25th, 2008 and completed June 6th, 2008.
I call it ancient because it seems like it was the Middle Ages when I started this! I can't remember when exactly but it's been a 'years in the making' sweater. I had it completed to the armholes when I ran out of yarn. I always meant to get another ball to complete it but never did. One day I was at my LYS and I saw a ball of bulky, black acrylic and decided I didn't care if it exactly matched the Tibet I had made the rest of it with. I finished it and have just about worn it out already! I love this little thing! It's already pilling! I have forgotten the exact specs but I call it finished!
This is the super popular pattern from the Ravelry website. It's just such a 'me' sweater. Vintage inspired swing style that's hard to beat! The size came out a little larger than I expected but it makes a good office sweater. The neckline is drastically huge! Maybe I can fix that on the next one. I plan to make a size small next time. This was made from a yarn called Othello from AB Jakobsdals. A Swedish yarn company. It's a 40% Alpaca 20% Wool 40% Acrylic blend yarn that was a little splitty to work with. What I didn't and don't like about this yarn is that it looks like I live with a herd of cats! While the Monk is a furry beast this has him beat! It looks like I am covered in fur when I wear this. There's lighter fibers blended in the yarn somehow and it just makes me look furry. Not in a cute, cuddly way but in the crazy cat lady way! Knit on a 5mm needle I started this on June 6th, 2008 and completed it early September 2008. I neglected to write down the date I finished!
As dad gets older it's harder and harder to find him a gift. He has it all or finds fault with whatever you buy. However, he can never fault a handmade gift! Ah-Ha! I had some 100% wool I had hand dyed in the stash so I thought he could probably use a new toque. This is 'That Chocolate's Gone Straight To Your Ribs' hat pattern available on Ravelry. Quick knit and greatly appreciated! I started this December 9th, 2008 and completed it December 14th, 2008.
These are a set of wrist warmers I made for my sister. This is Bonne Marie's VooDoo Wrist Warmer pattern (available for free on Knitty) and it was so simple to knock these out! I made these from some 100% silk that I hand dyed and am very happy with the result. My sister is happier with warm hands! These were knit up on a 4mm needle and I started them Dec. 19th, 2008 and had them off the needles and on her wrists Dec. 21, 2008!
Okay, so red on red does not a good picture make but man, is it hard to get my family to pose for photos!
This is Amy Swenson's Ruffle Fluff Scarf and it turned out super cute! I made this as a present for my mom from some cashmere I had in my stash. Quick knit and mom loves it! Knit up on a 5.5mm needle. Started Dec. 14th, 2008 and completed Dec. 20th, 2008.