Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Light as a Feather, and Warm as a Fur Coat

This was one of those projects that I just happened to cast on on a whim. Within a few days, it was done. I mean... it's not a complicated project- basically just a tube, but the yarn just made each stitch feel like a little piece of heaven. Isn't that what we all need in this country at this time of year?

And the finished product? Well, I'm a happy camper in regards to that. And what perfect timing! The snow is coming down, my current hat consistently gives me a fierce case of hat-head and we all know that from about mid-September to mid-May, I must have my neck covered at all times.
This covers all the bases.
And then some.

This baby is weightless. No joke. It takes about 10 minutes to float down to the ground if you decide to chuck it up in the air. What's not to love?

Pattern? FREE on Garnstudio's website. Pattern # 108-53.
Yarn? 3 balls of Drops Kid-Silk (two strands held together) in colour number 03.
Needles? 5.5mm for the ribbing, and 6mm for the main part.

Now I'm off to likely cast on my seventh new project for the week.
Oh dear.
It's only Wednesday... isn't it?

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Labour of Love

While this wasn't actually knit by me, or for me, I was fortunate enough to get to 'try it on'. How lucky am I?

Christine (who works at the shop on Saturdays usually) knit this up in record time, I'm honestly not kidding when I say that. The fortunate recipient was her daughter. It was a Christmas gift and I swear it was already the beginning of December when she cast this baby on but low and behold it was ready for the 25th. She waited until the recipient had tried it on, before she blocked it. And the buttons were just chosen on Saturday, but this photo is about as done as it needs to get before saying 'finished object'. I love it.

Enough outta me.
Let's just look at it.
Shall we?
Yarn- 14 balls of Silk Garden (pattern calls for 13 but she suggests one more).
Pattern- It's on the cover of the latest Noro book... which I can't seem to track down online to tell you the number of. It's at the shop so I'll check it out for you...

On days like today, isn't this what you want to have wrapped around your chilly self?

I should have run when I had the chance.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Theme this Christmas? Bobbles

While searching through Ravelry in about oh... say, mid-December, I came across a great idea for this yarn. Yes, the yarn is Noro (Cashmere Island to be exact) and yes those are short rows and bobbles (hands down, my two favorite knitting techniques- I've just decided).

I whipped a few of these babies off just (and I emphasize JUST) in time for the the gift-giving season. One for my mother, and one for a friend.

Aren't they just a perfect little accent to any outfit? Perhaps I should have modeled it wearing something other than a t-shirt but if you know me, you know I wear scarves with tank tops.

Fashion before function my friends.

And just before the wrapping marathon began, my dear little sister and I did some modeling.

Wow. How charming are we?

Our t-shirts matched just too darned well to resist.

The yarn? Noro Cashmere Island. I JUST dipped into a third skein. For the blue one, I just used some of the leftover red yarn to finish the bobbles.
Needles? I used 5.5mm for the blue one, and 5mm for the red one.
Pattern? Huckleberry Ascot by Kat Coyle from the 2007 Holiday Interweave Knits.
Modifications? Yuppers. Nothing mega-major though. I found them to be a bit short so I added some length to both by about 20 stitiches.

And what did my dear modelling partner get for Christmas you ask?

The ol' standby.
She wears knitted socks everyday.
And for people like that in my life- I knit.