Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kote of Grace: Part One

Hop up and down and clap your hands if you know what this is.

I've done all the really tedious ironing and cutting out of the pieces. It's time for some assembly!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Giving Thanks

This simple scarf was started on Thanksgiving Day. Something to keep my hands busy while I visited with friends after dinner.

Dimensions: 9" wide and almost 6' long.

Worked on size 13 needles with two strands of Homespun held together.

Ends worked in garter stitch and garter stitch edging (first two and last two stitches.

Wicked simple, worked up quickly and kept me busy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cranberry Gauntlets

I promised fingerless mittens. So, here they are.

They may not look like much, but the do the trick. They ended up much longer than I anticipated, but the decreases I had to work in had me a little stuck.

All said, a good project that came out nicely.

What's next? Hats for little people. Well, not that little. I picked up some inexpensive yarn at the local chain store. I wasn't quite ready to jump back into mis-matched socks. Don't worry, they're still on my to-do list.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My latest sweater.

After a few weeks, you can actually knit up something bigger than socks.

This is some bulky, washable wool yarn I purchased over a year ago in Portsmouth, NH. There is a very nice little shop there. I tired to visit every time we stopped. I picked up this yarn as part of a discontinuation sale. That's why I had only the quantity I had, which was barely enough to finish the sweater. (After the sweater was done, I only threw away the little bits you have left over after working in the bitter ends.)

I should have used a provisional cast-on around the middle of the chest, worked from there to the collar. Then, gone back and worked from the provisional cast-on to the hem. It turned out I ended up pulling out the hem from where I'd joined a ball of yarn just to finish the collar. Then I had to go back and work the bottom ribbing. Working ribbing isn't my favorite thing, having to do it twice for the same sweater has made me realize the provisional cast-on is a great idea.

Next on the needles? Fingerless mitts that come half-way to my elbow. Winter comes to some sooner than others. I need something to keep my wrists warm when I take the dogs out. Just shoving my hands in my pockets isn't working.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mis-Matched Socks

In an effort to avoid buying more yarn, I've been working through my leftovers. I decided to work through my bulky yarn by making thick, winter socks for wear around the house. I actually manged to make three pair of mismatched socks, but one pair is busy keeping my feet warm and could not be bothered by the photographer.

I think I'll go find some more yarn, the knitting book and decide which sweater I'd like. Winter is the best time to knit sweaters.

Or, I could work through my worsted weight yarn by knitting hats, or mittens. Oh, dear. Now I have a problem.

Wish me luck!