Thursday, January 30, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
This is a good project for knitting on while listening to math talks - it's easy! When I was working on my first lace shawl, I never thought I would say that this kind of project is easy, but compared to my Deep in the Forest mittens, it is!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Deep in the Forest mittens. I knitted on this first one through multiple holiday parties, movies, and a plane ride. The pattern is written for three sizes, which are achieved by changing gauge. I'm knitting them at the smallest of the three given gauges, and although I was initially worried that they would still be too big, the colorwork makes it pull in a bit and it seems like they'll fit. The pattern is written for two identical mittens, with the palm on one being the back of the hand on the other. I want the two mittens to be different, so I am only knitting half the chart for the first mitten and will knit the second half for the second mitten. Here's what the palm of the first one is looking like so far:
Saturday, January 4, 2014
this tutorial, the same one I used for Robert's kindle sleeve.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I finished this baby cardigan for my niece just in time to get it in the mail so it could arrive before Christmas (we actually live locally close, but I didn't get it finished before Robert and I left to go visit my family, so I had to mail it). I'm so happy with the way it turned out!
I've been wanting to stretch my colorwork knitting skills, and this was definitely a good step in that direction. The body and sleeves of the sweater knitted up quickly (after I decided on the size and started over), and the colorwork band was pretty easy. The scary thing about this pattern was the STEEK! (Eek!)
In the photo above you can see it before I cut it, with rows of hand stitching reinforcing it on either side. Since this yarn is superwash (I wouldn't want to give a baby gift that can't be machine washed) and I had never done a steek before, I was worried about it unraveling. The pattern (Trieste Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2013) doesn't give much direction on how to reinforce it. I decided to go with store-bought double-fold bias tape in a matching color. I think it worked well and looks professional. I machine-stitched the bias tape encasing the raw edges immediately after I cut the steek. Then I hand-stitched the free edge to the inside of the sweater, and then picked up and finished the button band as directed in the pattern.
I'm not totally sold on the button-hole-band construction - it has two layers, with matched yarn-over buttonholes pretty much floating free. I'm kind of tempted to sew the buttonholes shut and sew in some snaps. Here's the back of the sweater:
The pattern is the Trieste Cardigan by Kelly Straub from Interweave Knits Fall 2013. It is the 6-month size. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Sport (which is 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon) in Mink Heather and Blue Topaz.