Ahead of Schedule
I know that this was supposed to be road knitting. And I know that this is a finished hat perched on my back fence. All I can say is that it's an easy pattern, it's a pretty yarn, and sometimes I fall prey to knitting spurts and need to bang these things out quickly. In my defense, I will take the mitts on the road. And perhaps this way I can get pattern pics while I'm away and re-release this pattern this season.
Do you see that? That wee little tuft of fluff on top of that finished bit of knitting? That, my friends, is the sum total of the remaining yarn. I didn't quite use every inch (there are about 6 feet remaining), but there wasn't enough to do even one more row, so I'm calling it good. The piece is done (it's a modified version of one of the patterns in the book that comes out next month, so I can't really show you too much of it now) and will be seeing heavy wear now that it's gotten chilly. And, [...]
Well, that's done then.Or, I suppose technically, that's the knitting done. Close observers may note the lingering presence of two needles, indicating that there's still a bit of kitchnering and weaving in of ends to be done. And of course a bit of blocking, photographing, and pattern writing (yes, there will be a pattern...no I'm not sure when...this year would be a good goal but I make no promises). But again, I'm taking the 'celebrate small victories' approach to life these days. Or, failing that, the 'all my other projects are giant and span months if not years...this I can [...]
So That’s Done
After busting a rather serious move over the last few weeks, I am delighted to announce that the next book went to the printer Monday morning. I'm unreasonably taken with it. It's full of these. Which I will, of course, be showing you in (doubtless irritating) detail over the coming weeks. But for now their essential nature will remain shrouded in mystery. Suffice it to say they're rather fetching. More information when I have it (I'm waiting for confirmation from the printer before I do anything injudicious like announce a firm date on which they'll be ready, but I'm aiming [...]
The mitts (the ones meant to match The Boy's new hat) are done. Now, because The Boy has a deeply unreasonable lack of love for woolly mitts, these are not for him. They are for me. Definitely his loss. P.S. These are up for testing over here if you're itching to get them on your needles right this minute!
Make a Little Trouble
Remember how, when I'd show you projects over the last few months, I'd say 'yes, they'll be part of a new mini book in the fall?' Well, that mini book went off to the printer this morning! It includes the socks the rail bridge ate, the socks that played chicken with the train, the socks that got us sternly told off by the security guard (I see I neglected to post about that, perhaps I'll have to remedy that soon), the mitt that got away...temporarily, the cuff that's firmly pinned in place, and the hats that took a field trip. [...]
You recall our little trip the other weekend? You recall I mentioned I was knitting as we drove around? But for some mysterious reason I didn't show you the knitting (unusual behavior for a knitting blogger). That's because it was stealth birthday knitting. But the birthday has come and gone, and the knitting has made its way to the intended person, so I can come back and retroactively show it off. These are the mitts I made with the Alisha Goes Around yarn I mentioned the other week. First, proof that I really did take them on the trip. We [...]
Look, an actual real live finished hat! There's a bottom part and a middle part and a top part. It fits on human heads. It does not squeeze them nor slide off. It covers that 'top of head' through 'top of ears' region and does not wander over and impede the eyes or attack the neck. It is, more or less, a successful and functional hat. Also note how dramatically the color changed between the partial picture and this one. It's not just different light/camera settings. This yarn (Malabrigo Twist in color Indiecita) just seems to do this. It happened [...]
As promised - Graupel. Just in time for your Olympic knitting pleasure! I'm sure it's terribly conceited of me to say it, but I'm awfully pleased with these. I know, I like them all (I'm hardly going to put out a pattern I don't like, now am I?), but these are really rather special. They start out with a lovely crisp ribbing. It's a ridiculously simple 4 row repeat that you'll have memorized in no time at all. Once you're done with that, you make a nice neat heel flap with a tiny little decoration down each side to keep [...]
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