Thursday, February 26, 2009

And Then There Were Three

I took last week off. It was supposed to be a little wee mini-at-home-vacation, with not much other than a TONNE of knitting planned, and a possible trip to Ottawa.

What ended up happening? Well, I got sick (as has everyone else I know) and I spent the week on my couch feeling sorry for myself, unable to do anything other than tackle the growing pile of granny squares in the basket next to my couch. It had to be done. I kept crocheting those little monsters at every chance I got, but it was getting to be a bit much.

I sat on that couch for two full days, crocheting a few more of them, and then assembling them all together. Remember how I started with that one panel? Well, now I have three. I couldn't manage to get a picture of them all in a row (I'd need a giant living room for that), but trust me, they're there. It's amazing how much crocheting you can get done in the time it takes to watch an entire TLC marathon of Little People, Big World.

I even bought some gerbera daisies to match my work. Hey, when you're sick it doesn't take much to lighten your spirits. For me, it only takes matching flowers for my yarn projects.

So, while my plans to knit seven sweaters, twelve pairs of socks and seventeen hats last week didn't exactly pan out as expected, I did make some progress on something that needed attention. I'm pleased.

And yes, I did make it to Ottawa. And I happened to buy the very last 'Obama cookie' in the city. Even from the girl that sold them to the man himself (the one on the left). I'm not sure why my picture wasn't in the paper for buying the last one, but whatever. I'll get over it. They'll get me next time.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Who needs a Head when you've got a nice Scarf?

Look! It's an outfit! For my headless beauty! And it wasn't even planned... She just looked a little cold the other day so I thought I'd warm her up with the scarf I had just cast off.

Too many customers had been inspiring me to give this scarf a go, and I see why it has become such a popular one to make! So much fun! So easy! I love it! (Alright, I'll cool it with the exclamations marks now).

And the sweater? It was one of Christine's creations. Made out of Alfa, from a Sandnesgarn book.
I hope to one day wear this sweater. I hope she's alright with that.

The scarf is of course the famous Brooklyn Tweed Scarf and although it's hard to tell, I did in fact use two different shades of Noro, one was just really rather subtle. That's right, I used the words "Noro" and "subtle" in the same sentence. I just wanted to see how this combination would work up, and there is really only one way to find out, isn't there? I think it looks a bit more like a barcode than the 'traditional' version, but that's ok. I like stripes of all sorts- even barcode stripes.


The Scarf
Pattern- Brooklyn Tweed's Noro Striped Scarf
Yarn- 4 balls of Noro Silk Garden (2 balls each of 2 shades)
Needles- 5.5mm

The Sweater
Pattern- Sandnesgarn Mix Dame book
Yarn- Alfa
Needles- Uhhhmm... that's a good question, I didn't make it. Alfa is usually knit on a 6mm but this pattern could be a wee different...

And VOILA! A knitted outfit.

I had better go and cast on some knitted hot-pants or something to complete the look.