Since this is my first post on this knitting blog, I figured I'd post the last project I actually completed: a baby blanket.
One of my co-workers and his wife recently welcomed a newborn boy to the world. While I wanted to create a fitting gift for the occasion, I'm a relative novice at knitting -- perhaps six months or so -- and it was a challenge to find a baby blanket pattern that (a) I could actually accomplish and (b) would be attractive and interesting enough to present as a gift.
The blanket shown above wasn't my first attempt. I'd first tried a "windowpane" blanket, which required me to knit five vertical panels that could be stitched together. The outer and center panels were a solid color, while the other two panels alternated colors. When the blanket was stitched together, I was sort of OK with the color effect, but I was unhappy with the workmanship. Add to that an unfortunate snag -- one of the panels started to unravel, and I had no idea how to fix it -- and I knew I had to try again.
The biggest challenge for this baby blanket pattern had always been how to come up with a finished project that was clearly for an infant, yet didn't scream pastels. The parents are sort of hipster-y, skateboard-riding rockers who wouldn't be caught dead in anything sherbet-colored, so why consign their kid to that fate? I had to think long and hard about colors that were clearly male, yet that didn't come across as too cutesy.
OK. One more for the gallery. This one finished last month. Violets by the River, pattern by Hazel Carter, purchased online at Blackberry Ridge. Knitted with KnitPicks' Shadow. The yarn worked out really well. This is a smallish shawl and is recommended for a beginning lace knitter like me. I had a lot of help from my friend Ted, who also modified the pattern a little.
This is fun..
Since I have been overcome by my knitting passion I had began to have issues of where to put my projects and how to transport them to various places that I can sit and knit. (Every friggin spare moment that I have.)
Last holiday, my partner gave me a soft tool bag by "Craftsman" and it came with a small bag inside the larger bag. I was rushing around trying to find a bag and I happened to grab the tool bag by accident.
All I have to say is it worked out to my advantage. It s great bag to through a knitting book in alone with the appropriate tools for the project and away I go.
Here is my latest project. These were felted last Saturday and took until today (Monday here in Oz) to dry. The brown ones have turned out the better pair and the grey ones will have to have another turn at the felting process. They were inadvertently left in the washer for a full cycle including cold rinses and fast spin as we had some visitors drop in and I promptly forgot them. The full cycle seems to have no adverse effects. Anyone else done this????
They are very comfy and are great to walk in but just a bit slippery on our polished floors.
Fabulous Fiber Fest 2006 Bead & Fiber Show
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
This is from Melanie Falick's "Weekend Knitting." Originally I was going to knit it with Manos del Uruguay. But the special cast-on was very very difficult to manage. So, I switched to some leftover Plymouth Encore Worsted. It's really a fast knit. I think you can definitely finish it in one weekend. The instruction for decreasing is quite confusing though. If you ever want to knit it and have trouble, let me know. This hat is very stretchy!
Now I know that needles are a very personal preference but I'd be interested to hear which needles you prefer when working with Mohair.
I'm making this scarf/stole for my daughter & using my tortoiseshell needles but it's tough going. I'm wondering if I should spluge on some Addi Turbo's. I think bamboo will be too rough & not allow the yarn to slide on & off the needles.
Lion Brand Ruffled Stole, it was on their latest email.
As always thank you for your advice guys.
Best men on earth.
First, I'm new so HI!!!
Second I'm thinking of making the Hello-Yarn "cycling aran" pattern. It doesn't look too hard (except for putting in the zipper but I've got a sewing machine if it gets bad!)
Has anyone seen it, done it, or thought about it enough to recommend yarns? I'm thinking of checking out Bartlett Yarns "Fishermans Chunky" (or Bulky...whatever they call it!) Looks nice and "Manly" but cheap!
This is another item for Dulaan Project 2006. The pattern is from Knitters Edge, a paid membership website. It teaches hand knitting and machine knitting. Also has patterns for members, but mostly for children and women. I purchased a membership only because the designer goes to my LYS. Anyway, it was knitted with Brown Sheep yarn. Sorry, I don't know the specifics of the yarn. It was donated by my friend and there was only a small label that said Brown Sheep.