Tuesday, February 05, 2008



Since I got on Ravelry I have a hard time remembering to update my FO's here. So I have two this time!! Both hats.

Pattern: My own, k2,p2 round and round and round

Yarn: Wool Ease multi in Pines colorway

Needles: Size 8 mystery circs

I held this doubled throughout to make a very thick/warm hat since SO works outside. It didn't take up both skeins, so quite possibly one skein will still be enough for this hat.


Second hat:

Pattern: David's Hat, by Kenny (on Ravelry)

Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Wave in Navy
and Knit Picks Andean Silk in Cream, as pattern
Wool Ease, leftovers in Blue, for interior cuff/hem

Needles: Size 5 and 7 Boye circs

This was my first EVER fair isle project and I was really nervous. I'm a natural procrastinator when it comes to the unknown but I made myself dive into this full tilt. I'm really glad I did. I cast on Thursday evening, and was finished Sunday morning. It took me a bit to figure out how to hold the 2 strands, and the most comfortable and most efficient way was for me to hold them BOTH in my right hand on different fingers. I'm a righty and I have tried repeatedly to teach myself to incorporate my left hand while knitting, but it's very slow and clumsy and no matter how often I practice it still slows me WAAAAYYY down. And I have knitting to get done, so that doesn't work for me.


Poor guy. He was outside and I made him come in to try this on. He's ok though cuz he loves his new hat and has declared it his favorite of all of them!!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008




Pattern: Twinners by Lynne Wardrop

Yarn: Lorna's Shepherd Worsted

Needles: size 4 Addi Turbo

These socks are done toe up, two at a time with a short row heel and the instructions are very clear and concise.

This is all I had left. Talk about using the WHOLE skein!


Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Warm Ankles, Por Favor!!

Ankle Warmers


Pattern: Stole from Ms. Larj, thanks lady!!
Yarn: Patons Soy Wool Stripes, 1 skein, forgot the colorway
Needles: Denise, size 10 1/2

A simple 2x2 ribbing, done until I was scared I wouldn't have enough yarn to bind off. Approximately 8 inches in total length. No elephantitus of the ankles this time. Definite success. The yarn is really soft, maybe a bit hairy, but not difficult to work with at all.

Friday, February 23, 2007



I still need to post a good FO shot of this but my MIL is still on vacation and the finished pictures are on her camera. I'll update when she gets back. In the meantime I will post this self-portrait.
Don't mind the dirty mirror. Cleaning has gone by the wayside, thanks to the knitting.

Pattern: Tempting, by Jenna Adorno (available on Knitty)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, colour 300611-5 skeins
Needles: Denise, size 8
Started: 12/26/06
Finished: 2/4/07 (I actually remembered to mark the dates this time, so I can see how long it took to make!) This wasn't solid-everyday knitting time, there were some interruptions along the way.

Mods: I knitted the body a little longer than the pattern called for due to my long torso gene (thanks Dad). Also, instead of the ribbon/eyelet neckline called for in the pattern I decided to incorporate the Audrey (Rowan) lace neckline. The off-the-shoulder design seemed a little too fussy for my style and I'm not big into ribbon or bows or a combination of the two. I did 15 repeats for the neckline and sewed it to the body of the sweater after performing a k2tog bindoff. This closed up the neckline enough to attach the lace collar and gives me better coverage so I can wear appropriate undergarments.

Changes for next time: It calls for Kitchener under the arms to attach the sleeve to the body and I kind of blew this since I didn't know how to perform this on ribbing. Someone made the suggestion to knit one row, then perform Kitchener and this sounds like the perfect solution, so I will do this next time around. Thanks Mary for that tip!!


Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Mom's Shawl

It's finished-hooray!!


Yarn: Karabella New Magic
Pattern: Karabella New Magic Shawl
Needles: Denise, size 15

Once I got the super simple pattern right (duh), it only took a couple of weeks to complete. My mom loved it and was totally surprised when I gave it to her last night.

Shhhh, don't tell her I posted her picture, she'd probably kill me.


Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Odessa and Dutchican's #1

Odessa Hat by Grumperina

Yarn: South West Trading Company Bamboo, color is a deep red
Needles: Size 4 Addi circs and size 6 Denise circs
Mods: Skipped the beads, the Bamboo is pretty enough without them
Notes: Simple pattern, especially without the beads. I will make this pattern again, with the beads. I already have DB cashmerino in purple and beads. I will modify this to make a smaller version with the leftovers of the Bamboo for my niece. I'm comfortable enough with the pattern I think (without anyone's help-cough cough) to adapt to a smaller size.

Baby Bolero, One Skein Book

Yarn: Joann's brand Baby Soft, wool/acrylic blend
Needles: Size 8 and 9 Denise circs
Mods: Picked up stitches and knit sleeves directly into sweater instead of knitting separate and seaming in. I HATE seaming.
Notes: After much trial and error with the whole sleeve debacle I feel confident that the second sweater will go MUCH faster. Now that I've jinxed myself I will cast on for it soon.

Monday, October 23, 2006


OSW-the Second.

This is a late post, but I wanted to get it up here. Here is the second One Skein Wonder by Glampyre that I completed.

Stats: One Skein Wonder, Glampyre Knits
Yarn: Mango Moon Sari Silk, Mango Moon nylon (held with the silk) and Louisa Alcott Silk/Wool blend for the sleeve cuff and neck band
Needles: Denise, size called for in pattern
Mods: I doubled up the Sari silk and the nylon to give the body more give and more memory, based on a suggestion by the owner of Sweet Celeste's in Mt. Clemens. I ran out of Sari silk before the cuff so I picked up the silk/wool blend in a coordinating color and did seed stitch for the cuff and neck band with a sewn bind off. It's much more comfy than the first one I made, since the seed stitch/sewn bind off doesn't bind along my neck.
Love the results! The Sari Silk? Not so much. I don't think it's a fiber I will work with again. I have yet to wash it, and I have been warned to be very careful with that. Wish me luck!



This one took some major thinking! I had to pull a stash skein out and pick thru the colors of it to finish this project off. Here are the results:
The colors coordinate, but they do not match each other at all. They are very comfy; I've been wearing them non-stop since I finished them on Saturday. I will wash them tonight, and let them dry, as Noro Silk Garden softens up a lot after it's washed. They are nice to wear while knitting; they provide a little extra warmth without getting in the way. Oh, and they are good for throwing the football around too, since we took the kids to the park Saturday afternoon. So, they have THAT going for them too!

Stats: Fetching, from Knitty
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (1 full skein-or 2 partial skeins)
Needles: Denise, size called for in pattern
Mods: Used the sewn bind off instead of the picot bind off. Added 2 extra rows to the thumb and palm.

LOVE THEM~~Can't wait to make another pair soon!

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