Monday, March 24, 2014

it's about time.

After a long spell of making only quick little projects, I decided it was time to dive into another sweater.
Antler caught my eye.  Dove grey (2203) for the main color.  Citron (2202) for the contrasting color.

I'm headed to see some blue waters and hope to make a little dent in this.  Or not.  At least I have a project for the airplane ride.  My absolute favorite place for uninterrupted knitting.

Enjoy the last of March!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

blue monday :: pink thursday

A friend of mine was looking for a pair of cabled fingerless mitts.  I scoured ravelry for a pattern that would be quick and came up with these.  Love them.  I'm excited to be passing them on to her tomorrow.

Pattern:  Blue Monday
Yarn:  Stash, washable wool.
Needles:  US 7
Modifications:  I knit one more cable repeat after the thumb.  A k2, p2 instead of the seed stitch cuff.  And, knit 7 rows for the thumb instead of 3.

I had a much needed manicure today in honor of the first day of spring.  Hello, romper room.

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

magnolia swirl cowl

Ever have one of those projects where knitting them is way more enjoyable than the finishing?  (All of them?!)  Well, this was definitely one of those.  
This pattern calls for you to whip stitch the long strip together using 5 yards of organza ribbon.  I decided to forego that detail and seam the edges together instead.  All 178" of it.  
I played with this knit and put off the seaming as long as I could.
I made hearts, wrote words, threw it around the kids shoulders and even considered wearing it as a knit strand instead of the cowl in which it was intended to be.  
The seaming took me quite a while and therefore the long strip traveled from the kitchen counter, to the den, to the car, to the bedroom.  Just about everywhere I went, it went.
After at least a week, (maybe two),  it was finished and blocked.
The result was completely worth it.  I love how the cables run horizontally.  Something new and different.  The yarn was beautiful to work with.  The merino, silk blend is really, really lovely.
And, it sits tight around your neck blocking air for those super cold days.

Pattern:  Magnolia Swirl Cowl
Yarn:  Magnolia, #5425 berry, 3 balls
Needles:  US 6

Happy Day!

Monday, March 03, 2014

to do on a sort of snowy day

What can you do when they forecast a big snow storm to hit your area on a Sunday?

Soften butter on the counter, put on comfy clothes, make creamy tomato basil sauce and homemade bread, take a nap, drink a lot of tea, watch a movie, and knit a hat.

It's another great pattern from Spider Woman Knits.  (Remember the Cowl!)

I have received so much joy from her free patterns, I think it's time I contribute a little something to her.

Happy Monday!

P. S.  I used this yarn.