Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Done: Hourglass Sweater

Thanks for the comments on the Birdie Mittens! I finally added Haloscan to my blog, so replying to comments will be SO much easier now. I feel like this blog is quickly becoming a collection of FO reports, but I still have a pile to get through, so let's keep it moving...


can you find all the pets in this picture?

Pattern: Hourglass Sweater, Last Minute Knitted Gifts

I don't know what I love more, the sweater or the wall

Yarn: Noro Cash Iroha from Webs (I have no idea how many skeins). Knitting with Cash Iroha was a bit "eh" for me. Sure it's soft, but the silk content eliminates all flex and the weight ranges from fingering to chunky in places. Wearing Cash Iroha? Totally different story. I still haven't blocked this sweater because I can't bear to think of it wet and unwearable for a few days. While it feels like a sweatshirt, it's almost work appropriate and I slipped it into my daytime wardrobe for a bit. It's rustic look makes it more of a weekend staple.

Needles: Size 7 Addis (I hope the set I lost on the train found their way to another knitter and not a trash heap-see below for details)

Dates Knitted: March 07 - October 07
Mods: Just added five extra decrease rows to the neckline.

The knitting of this sweater was marked by starts and stops, trials and tribulations - the most notable when I left it on a train and had to start over! It's pretty sad it took me so long to finish this. I knit nearly the whole body of the sweater in a week, but let it languish in a bag at the bottom of my closet until September or so. I love knitting sweaters in the round, but the turning motion gets cumbersome as the sweater grows. Poor excuse, but enough for me to let it collect dust.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I guess I'm a few days behind, but oh well. I've seen all of blogland laying out their resolutions for the coming year, which got me to thinking about mine. After throwing some ideas around, I'm not making any. I have trouble mustering up momentum on demand, I'm much better with fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants ambition. So, if on March 1 I decide I will start blogging more or finally stick to that diet, I'm going to go for it.

Because New Years isn't just about looking ahead, but also contemplating the previous year I dug up my crafty resolutions from last year. Let's see if I actually stuck to any of them...

1. Get comfy with making my own mods for a better fit.
I think I made some progress with this one, but only minimally. I started adding some extra length and increases/decreases, but nothing as ambitious as adding short rows, etc. So, still room for improvement.

2. Only make projects that I know I will wear.
Of all my resolutions, this one I stuck to. I can't think of any knit collecting dust sitting in the back of the closet. They all get action.

3. Make a fair isle sweater - perhaps a Dale...
I made some mittens? And some mitts... Still no sweater.

4. Do a little designing of my own.
I made a hat. I guess that counts albeit a pretty sad contribution.

5. Be a better blogger!
Until the past couple months, I would say I made good on this one. I think blogging will always ebb and flow for me. Consistency is an issue for me. Not just with blogging.

Phew, not as bad as i expected!

For all of you still sticking with me, despite being silent the past couple months, I've been all kinds of crafty. I'll spread out the FOs over the next couple weeks.

Pile 'o FOs

To start off the FO show, here's my most recent FO:


Before selecting this project, I made a crafty resolution (it was December. See what I mean?). Rather than queueing projects and being perpetually behind, I will only cast on for projects for which my fingers and needles itch. I will no longer feel any sense of duty toward queued projects.

With this in mind, I bought yarn and cast on for these the same day!

[Pattern] Bird in Hand Mittens by Kate Gilbert
[Yarn] Ella Rae Classic, Fuschia and Olive Green

at least my hands are warm...

[Needles] Size 1 Addis
[Mods] None. The pattern was perfect, as is.

pretty picots

Much more to come!