Saturday, January 26, 2008

Store Samples

Here are the samples I made last semester for Klose Knit

Pink Mittens knit with Steadfast Fibers wool yarn

Convertible Mittens using Rowan Pure Wool dk and Kidsilk Haze stranded together with Plymouth's Boku on the wrist and finger brim. The Kidsilk Haze made a much richer color and they are incredibly soft.

Earflap hat with large cable detail on the front. Knit with two strands of worsted handpainted yarn. The pattern is from Rowan's Autumn/Winter Magazine no. 40. I love the knitting and photography in that magazine, especially the Kindred Spirit section.

Twisted Rib neck warmer

"Fake Isle" hat from It's a great pattern. I knit it using Plymouth yarn's Boku and the black is a Gedifra wool I believe.


I finished my patchwork quilt!
I used 20 skeins of Rowan Yorkshire and Scottish Tweed chunky. I knit 5 vertical panels and then sewed them together. Each square is a some knit/purl stitch pattern so there are a lot of different patterns and textures in each square.
It's really warm and I'm glad I finished it while we still have this bitter cold weather.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Finishing Projects

I got back to school and finished a couple projects I had going before I left for break.

I used the Cool Corder to make the long cords for this rug and then sewed all the long strands together and wound it in a circle. I started to sew it across the diameter several times until it got too tedious so I brought back some iron-on adhesive from home to finish it this week. There's a neat paisley print fabric on the bottom of the rug.

yarn: several colors of worsted weight wool yarn

I finished another hat I've been chipping away at for awhile. It was too big so I felted it by hand.

yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed homespun (oatmeal), Lamb's Pride worsted (black), a few rows of Nashua creative focus (color is covered because of the rolled brim)

Thursday, January 10, 2008


So, I was on a roll towards finishing my sweater project, but I went on a sock tangent instead.

I made my first socks! They're a little roomy and and slighty mismatched but I love them. I brought 4 skeins of brown tweed with me from college and one of them is a trespassing brown tweed from a different company so one sock has a slightly different shade toe. That's okay because I'm making up for it with a beautiful pair of Green tweed socks.

One of the Brown socks with the same color throughout
yarn: Queensland Kathmandu Tweed Aran
pattern: by Joan Fernbach

Here's my other sock still needing a mate.
yarn: Classic Elite Skye Tweed in green, Nature Spun from Brown Sheep Company in butterscotch
pattern: by Joan Fernbach

I got commissioned to knit some legwarmers for a friend and did one of them today.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It's my first time working with Rowan Soft Tweed. I love it so now I have to get some of my own for other projects!
yarn: Rowan Soft Tweed
pattern: my own is the j. crew sweater I got in the mail from eBay. I'm obsessed with it.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Vacation Knitting

Winter Break is almost over, but I'm still knitting away.
Here are some of my latest completed projects and others in the works...

This is a sweater vest I did in the Fall from the book Knitting With Balls. I used Tahki Donegal Tweed. It turned out a lot bigger than expected so I just felted it a little bit and I like the slightly felted look and feel even better than the original knit.

Scarf I knit for my mom's Christmas gift
yarn: Louisa Harding Kimono Angora yarn, double stranded
pattern: Cider Moon

Here are some fingerless mitts I worked up one afternoon during break. It's one of my first designs. Simple and functional.

I worked on the body of this bag/basket/container on my way down to Oklahoma last weekend to see my brothers and dad.
yarn: Fleece Artist aran for body, Naturewool Chunky for bottom and handles
pattern: French Market Bag from Knitty

Here is the finished felted product

Here's another felted basket I did about a month ago. I made it bigger than recommended so it's a little more floppy, but I like it.
yarn: Naturewool Chunky
pattern: by Lucia Tedesco

yarn: Rowan Cashsoft DK
pattern: Cinchy Hat from Knitscene Magazine Fall '07

I changed the fair isle design on the body of the hat, but the rest of the hat is as written. I really like the Garter stitched ear flaps. I like to pull my hats all the way down on my head and this one looked like there was extra room at the top to be kind of floppy, but I think it would have looked better had I subtracted a few rows from the pattern on the hat body.
yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed of course
pattern: Intwerveave Knits website

I started working on a huge patchwork blanket using Rowan Yorkshire tweed and Scottish tweed. I get a big square out of each skein. I'm about 1/3 done. Hopefully, I can get it finished this month. Each square has a different knit/purl stitch pattern. I'll try to reuse each pattern for just two squares in the quilt. You can't really see the detail in the picture though.

I also have an afghan on the needles, but it's not a priority right now. It has the perfect colors to match my beloved plaid couch. Classic Elite Desert yarn. I love it!

I've made a lot of progress on my Noah sweater by Sarah Hatton. One more sleeve to go and then all the sewing.

I DID NOT knit this amazing sweater. My mom gave it to me for Christmas after finding it in a resale store. It's originally from J. Crew. It's my favorite. I loved it so much that I looked up sweaters on eBay and found one from J. Crew like this one. Similar colors, but it has more of a larger patchwork horizontal look to it. I can't wait to get that in the mail so I can have two brilliantly colorful sweaters!