Pat's Knitting and Quilting
November 27 , 2007
I rarely see a pattern that I have to make instantly, but when I saw this pattern on Jennifer's queue in Ravelry, I immediately printed it off, pulled out some beautiful heathered Wool of the Andes and cast on! They are thick luscious cabled mittens that have a nice long cuff - perfect for New England winters!
I knit the pattern exactly as written, but color coded the chart to make it easier for me to read. I have never come so close to running out of yarn on a project. I realized part way into the hand that it was going to be close....by the time I was knitting the thumb, I actually got so concerned that t I measured how much yarn it took to do each round (12") and measured my vertical gauge. I needed 10 feet to finish and had 10 feet 5 inches of yarn left!
A few more pictures....
Next mittens to be made...
My fingers have also been getting quite itchy to knit some lace, so when I saw Anne's new incredibly beautiful Irtfa'a Faroese Lace Shawl pattern. I quickly bought, downloaded and printed it off . Now to decide on yarn... I really should knit a black shawl - For the 1st time in several years, I had an opportunity to dress up this weekend. The only nice clothes I have would have needed a black shawl....guess what? I've never knit a black shawl and none of the 6 shawls I've made worked - what a WASTE of a dress up opportunity!!
BUT - I don't WANT to knit with pure black - I'm thinking of using one of the Raven colors, but I'm concerned they won't be dark enough...STR isn't always true to the color cards - Has anyone bought Raven Lace weight?? Decisions, decisions...
1 hour later.....Decision made.... 1750 yards of "Corvid" is winging it's way to me!
November 21, 2007
Sorry about the flash photography, but there was no sun in the forecast and I didn't want to wait to show you my Lenore Socks!
Pattern: Lenore designed by the Yarn Harlot for the October Rockin' Sock Club kit.
After the cuff, the pattern is just a 2 row repeat that is easy and fun - a perfect take along sock! I loved knitting these socks and I love wearing them too - the only socks I've made that actually match with black pants! (edit: I take that back - Fair Game are beautiful with black pants too!)
Look at this pretty little scalloped cuff...
(After this kit, I'm a little sad that I didn't sign up again for next year - oh well... I sure won't have any trouble finding pretty socks to make....there are so many gorgeous skeins of sock yarn out there and more beautiful patterns than I will ever be able to knit up!)
Speaking of pretty socks - isn't this a nice heel flap?
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!
November 16 , 2007
You'd think she could have come up with a better name than that! But it DOES describe exactly what this hat is. I love the beautiful all-over pattern and it is a very soft, warm and highly wearable hat.
Thank you to my bodyless head for modeling this hat since I couldn't take a good picture on my own head and I had a very small window of sunshine!
Pattern: All-Over Two-Color Patterned Watch Cap from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch*
I did not have this hat off the needles for more than 3 minutes before I started these mittens...
This is the cuff of the Chevalier Mittens - beautiful cable architecture with more cable fun to come!
November 11 , 2007
What to work on....
I'm fairly certain I will be the last knitter in Blogville to finish Tangled Yoke. The problem is that I am drawn over and over again to pretty little knits (a quick fix) and I leave my sweater to languish in the corner hoping it will magically get done.
At Cindy's request...my sock drawer (straightened up for the picture!)
November 5 , 2007
I can't imagine that anyone has as much fun picking out which pair of socks to put on in the morning as we sock knitters do!
Pattern: Fair Game (August SOTM) beautifully designed by Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits
There are 5 beautiful colorwork patterns in this sock. The motifs are Egyptian and Anatolian (the back of the leg, which is my favorite, is called "Sheep's Eye). The faux Fair Isle is created with 1 variegated and 1 almost solid yarn - extra bonus...almost no ends to weave in - I love these socks!
This opens up a space for another colorwork project....I have cast on the All-Over Two-Color Patterned Watch Cap from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch (my 4th hat from this GREAT hat book!) I have 5" of 1X1 ribbing to go before it starts getting picture worthy!
November 2, 2007
I'm sure you've already seen many pictures of this sock....It is the current Rockin' Sock Club kit...."Lenore" by Stephanie Pearl McPhee...I love everything about this pair of socks...the yarn is deep, dark and beautiful, the pattern is wonderful - both easy to knit (2 row repeat) and pretty too....my current take along socks.
Is anyone else making Mona Strickt's November Mystery socks??? This is one of the options for November Sockdown on Ravelry's Sock Knitters Anonymous Group, but it is also available on her blog. I have a tiny bit of the cuff done. Lovin' it so far!
The Fair Game colorwork socks are done....Yahoo!! I'll take pictures soon.