Friday, October 14, 2011

A Family Yarn

I got a beautiful skein of Cascade Eco in the natural oatmeal color for my birthday.  It was a true family gift brought to my parents' house by my Uncle Jon.  He bought it from my aunt's brothers' wife's yarn shop in Virginia.  My parents gave it to me.  I wasn't sure what to make with it but finally decided on the Gilet Chocolate pattern by Christine Rouville.

 This is a very easy pattern and a quick knit.  It's shown in the pattern with a pin to keep it closed but I wanted to add a zipper to make it more stable and a bit cozier.  I also love fleece vests and I thought this might give this pattern a bit of that style.  The zipper was fun to install and the length was just right.  Then I added a little strip in the back to tuck it in just a little.  It's got a more of a square neck than I usually wear but I like it.


And here's a quick little bootie and hat set I made for a coworker having her first baby.  I love how they came out.




Finally, have you check out online sand art at http://thisissand.com/?  When you click on it you'll think the page didn't load because it comes up all grey except for a small square in the upper left corner.  But press your mouse down and sand will start to pour out of the arrow.  Click on the little square in the corner for the very basic instructions as well as a link to the amazing gallery.  Have fun playing with colors and design!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Extremes

I was interested today to discover that I seem to be in a period of extremes.  What made me think this is that I first favorited this excellent neckerchief/shawlette pattern, Outlaw by Celeste Young.  I love the look of the pattern but really love that it's done in worsted weight rather than the usual sockweight for this kind of item.
Then yesterday I discovered the beautiful Shearwater pattern by Megan Marshall.  This one is a cowl in laceweight.  I slapped myself on the head and said, "Why didn't I think of that!"  Such a great idea, it's gorgeous, and its done in laceweight instead of the usual worsted. 
Thank heavens for these creative designers.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Here it comes . . .

I was in a store a week and a half ago and the man at the checkout seemed a tad too gleeful when he told me that Christmas was just 12 weeks away.  Meanie!  So guess what I'm knitting.  Christmas gifts!  A sweater for my niece that is not going very well.   I had picked a baby-surprise-type but I don't think it went really well with my Plymouth Happy Feet yarn so I ribbited the hours of work, consulted with my mother by borrowing my daughters awesome ipod with the camera right on it and emailing 5 different pictures of patterns to her and have restarted the sweater.
I felt that the colorway of the Happy Feet wasn't really conducive to garter stitch and without actually being a striping yarn it didn't lend itself to the Baby Surprise pattern.  The new pattern is a stockinette stitch cardigan with smocking on the front near the shoulders.

However, I have an awesome vest almost done.  I just need to insert the zipper so I think I'll take a break from the holidays tomorrow and finish that vest.

Are YOU holiday knitting?