Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Couple of Finished Projects this Week

1. Kim's Elefante finally off the WIP list, but how cute is this little guy?!!! I almost want to keep him :)

2. Last minute birthday gift, which took a whopping 2.5 hours to knit - size US 19 29" circs, with more Malbrigo Rasta (just one skein!) - Marian:

What I'm finishing up today: Lillie's Little Sweater to meet my end of Nov. deadline, Heather's Orb Toque pompom, Heather's Fiddlehead Mittens' liners, and starting Marion #2 for the Secret Santa.

And this puts me at 21 projects completed in 2010!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2 Hour Toque

Yes! I have finally finished Heath's Orb Toque - based on the pattern Cabled Button Toque (taking out the button of course.

It is knit out of Malbrigo Rasta (I love saying that word...Rasta), on size US 15.

2 hours. That's all it took. It did have a rather lovely pompom until it came undone somewhere at the golfball size :( PompomFail!!! Going to add one later on this week.

Loving the large gauge.

I will miss this lovely lady - Mom #2.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Project in a Day

I have finished this soft, squishy Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret, all in one day. Knit up in Rowan's Cocoon yarn, in Lavender Ice, this is a nice beret for a gift. (I myself am not a beret fan). And Kim, you're right - you really need a mirror to help position this one - a little too Rasta otherwise.

After complaints from other Raveler's, I used 1 size smaller set of needles for the pair. This way, I was able to do this beret in one skein, down to the 6" - yes!! I was getting worried though.

The size is a touch small for me, although I believe my subjects head is smaller than mine (lucky woman), so this should work. I am not blocking this yet as I don't want it to stretch too much, based on others' comments. We will see how it fits.

Yay for 1 Christmas gift done!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tick, Tick, Tick

I am proud to say, that after averaging approx. 4-5 hours per mitten, I have finished my only pair of handknit mittens to fight off this cold November: Alexa Ludeman's Antler Mittens:

I am loving the long cuff in case snow gets under the sweater sleeve, and the yarn is so bloody fantastic - soft and smooth (it is of course the Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton in Dark Brown. Love the colour. Despite the comment on Ravelry, there is nothing wrong with the pattern that I can find - all of my mistakes are my own :)

One November project done!

Next on the list - Heather's gifts.

I have been knitting her Orb cabled bulky toque on 2 circular needles, but it's still hard on the fingers, thanks to the Addi Lace sharp tips. I'm going to have to start this over I think - just really get my gauge right, and go for a larger needle so I'm not so cramped.

Project number 2 was her Fiddlehead Mittens I started last October for her "Christmas 2009" present. I was a little gungho and cut out the liner as well as the icord cast on stitches (not good). So it was one big pattern of stress for me, sitting in the bag forever until last night, where I bucked up and asked for help.

My knitting goddess in shining armor with sticks in her hair came to the rescue, and in less than 10 minutes she had it ready for me to go again. I'm not religious, but bless her heart. Alexa Ludeman - you are awesome. (Check out her fantastic blog linked here - the Gourmet Crafter). The mitten now looks the same as before.

The lining with these things is hard - I don't have a lot of room to squish it in, so I think I will do a little gauge swatch and measure it out so I can decrease to what needs to be done.

Math really does make sense.

I'm trucking along on my Lillie's Little Sweater - love the yarn, although I'm gettting a little tired of brown :) Separated off the sleeves today, and am now working on the 8 remaining inches for the front and the back.

Tick Tick Tick off the List!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Brrr November

November is here - time change and all has made today especially hard to keep awake at the end of the day. But alas, I must persevere! The cold weather and reports of snow in the valley impress upon the need to complete all of my knitting ASAP.

Krista's baby shower was today, and although the ugly doll is not yet finished, I did give her the 0-3 months Baby Leaf Hat I had on hand ready for the perfect person:

It's a cutie - one that I like more than the Sprout, for the top, anyway. And it's free :)

To help get things straight in my head, I have sorted my Ravelry page into priorities: 1) Due in November, 2) Christmas knitting to finish.

Number 1 to get done next for November are my Antler Mittens, from Alexa Ludeman. I am using dark chocolate brown Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton - I love the shinyness and stitch definition. The pattern is a breeze, and I'm moving along - I'm hoping to have these done for the weekend. This pic below shows what I had done yesterday, and I'm moving along today (although I must take a break and do laundry).

I'm loving my new camera too - there really wasn't that much light in the room, but this pic seemed to pick up a bit of the sunset.

I need now to keep my sista warm as well (I'm sure I'll hear about it).

1) Finish her Orb toque by using crazy circular needle technique
2) Finish her Fiddleheads I have been working on since last Christmas so she can actually wear them.

I would like to also finish the Elefante I've made out of Noro yarn - get that out of my queue. Then I will be doing well for half way through November, on top of the 2 hour class each week (with homework) to finish Lillie's Little Sweater:

Knit knit knit!
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