Jun 4, 2008

I haven't blogged too much this year, but I haven't really knit that much either. My lovely husband gave me a set of sock needles from Knit Picks for Christmas and I immediately started a pair of socks for him with yarn that he picked out on our honeymoon. This week I finished the first sock. His feet are large, my hands and needles are tiny, so that explains that.

For the first few months of the year to distract myself, I mean, multi-task, I worked a good deal on my Mitered Square blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting. It's a really fun and inspiring project. My left wrist began to bother me something fierce, and consequently not so much knitting.

Here are my older projects that I've neglected to present until now.

Dishcloth Love

I really like themed/holiday dishcloths. Ravelry has crazy good patterns.

Project: Love Dishcloth #2
Source: Knits by Rachel
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream in Red, .85 skein
Needles: US 7
Started: 1/9/08
Finished: 4/2/08
Comments: Lovely

Honeymoon Armwarmers

I wanted to make my new hubby something special for Christmas to thank him for all of the lovely yarn we purchased on our honeymoon (and for hours driving around a strange city in search of yet another yarn shop without a complaint). So I picked a special yarn that I chose simply because it was local to Oregon. Ta-da! We have his & hers fingerless mitts!

Project: Honeymoon Armwarmers
Source: Dashing (Knitty)
Yarn: Imperial Stock Ranch 2ply wool in Heathered Teal, .75 skeins
Needles: US 6
Started: 12/7/07
Finished: 12/19/07
Comments: Good pattern; they fit perfectly and I didn't even swatch! I really liked this yarn and the color is so pretty (he didn't seem to mind the flecks of pink)!

Hat & Scarf

Project: Squishy Hat
Source: Crazy Aunt Purl, "Brangelina Hat"
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky in Chartreuse Melange/ 7238, 1 skein
Needles: US 11
Started: 9/4/07
Finished: 9/7/07
Comments: I had this yarn for about a year before I found the perfect pattern. I love Misti Alpaca and this hat is so soft and squishy, perfectly packable and matches a whole lot of my Fall & Winter clothes. Just perfect!

Project: Vintage Velvet
Source: Scarf Style
Yarn: Muench Touch Me, #3646, 5 skeins
Needles: US 8
Started: 9/6/07
Finished: 11/3/07
Comments: I was a little torn on whether or not to felt this scarf because it was already very soft and drapey, plus I had read horror stories about unraveling. Everyone knows this yarn is cost prohibitive and I wouldn't have been able to afford more if something had gone awry. FYI- I scored my five skeins at half price! I'm so glad I did felt it though. It softened up even more, if that's possible and really tightened the cables and made them pop (as you can see from the photos). The scarf is very chic and feels oh-so-luxurious, I would really love to use this yarn again. Some specs: the color is actually the one pictured in the post-felting photos, not the blue-purple color. Pre-felting dimensions: 5"w x 55"l, Post-felting: 4.75"w x 50"l