Monday, April 21, 2008

scarves and gauntlets

I recently got a profile on Ravelry. I LOVE it!! So, I have been uploading most of my knits and finding other people's projects I like for inspiration.

I found two scarves I really liked and knit non stop to finish both within three days. I sprained my ankle badly a week ago so there's not much else I can do. (an excellent excuse for knitting)

One of the projects I found was the purl ridge moebius scarf by Cat Bordhi
Size 8 US circulars
Araucania Atacama 100% Alpaca

I have the book Knitting With Balls which I really like and after finding projects from other people's Not So Rugged Scarf I took a second look at that pattern and really liked the idea. I guess it's the simplicity of these scarves that are pleasing and calling me to knit. I won't even get to wear them until Fall arrives. Oh well. It's never too warm to knit.

I chose Kidsilk Haze and Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply both in brown instead of the recommended yarns.
size 8 circulars
I cast on 272 sts and started knitting away making up when I switched yarns.
I will probably do this project again for a friend or two. I love knitting stockinette or garter st lengthwise.

I made these gauntlets a couple weeks ago for Christopher as well.

Noro Silk Garden
sz 8 needle

I just started knitting a rectangle because I liked the yarn and then they turned into arm warmers. I had 42 sts wide going so I continued until they went up to the elbow, then sewed them together and left a thumb opening. eeeeasy

That's all for now.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

felted bag

During the last few days, I used up most of the leftover yarn from my patchwork quilt.
This stash bust resulted in an awesome felted messenger bag.

I knit the front, back, and flap in one stockinette rectangle and then knit the two blue garter rectangles for the sides.
I also knit an extra long strap in garter stitch and several stockinette stitch felted pockets.

At first I sewed the sides to the bag body and tried to felt them, but the bag shape and proportions didn't turn out as planned. So, I cut it back into the original pieces and felted everything again so it would be more even. Then I sewed everything together.
I ended up having to tack and tie a few things on the bag to get the right shape and size that I wanted for everything. I am pleased with the result.

Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire and Scottish Tweed chunky (pockets: Noro Kureyon and Tahki Donegal Tweed Homespun)
Needle: US 11
Pattern: my own ( I have a few scribbles and calculations written down, but it was mostly done on the needles)

Thursday, April 3, 2008


I finished knitting this short sleeved cardigan for Klose Knit out of Malabrigo Worsted.

Pattern: Knit Simple magazine Fall 2007 (US 8 needle)

Also, I finally completed the Noah sweater by Sarah Hatton
I started knitting the front last Fall and I finished the front, back, and one sleeve over winter break.
Within the last week I picked it back up and made the other sleeve, pressed and sewed it all together, and did the garter stitch neckline.
I am really pleased with the result and fit of my first sweater (besides a sweater vest) and there are still a few chilly days for it.

Pattern: Noah by Sarah Hatton from Rowan Magazine no. 41
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca color #6295