Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Endpaper mitts

Hens with hats!
My progress with my endpaper mitts. I learned to knit English style or "pick" so that I could hold both colors for this project. I am actually enjoying the technique.
This is some really cheap acrylic stuff I bought on the street in my neighborhood on the way to see Hunger Games.  It is surprisingly soft but I have bu idea what I am going to do with it, I just couldn't pass it up. Awesome movie btw, true to the book for the most part, they did a good job imo.
I finally took a good pic of my Christmas Cowl. Thanks again to Morag for the gift of the yarn, and to Islay for buying me the pattern.
The last 2 pics are some swatches I did that got frogged. The green one is me still trying to get the right chevron without holes and with the slipped stitches. The search continues.







Friday, March 23, 2012

Lion Brand Studio quick visit

I had to do a late night run to Lion Brand Studio because, as I was knitting on the subway this morning my US size 0 needle decided to divorse itself of its cable losing all my stitches in the process.
Hey take a look at their knitted store window art.




Hear ye, hear ye....

I am officially ascribing to this concept :

http://yarndiva.blogspot.com/2009/11/barter-for-garter.html

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Paddy's

Some oldies but goodies pieces were busted out for our trek to the parade. Do u see the picture where they are all wearing wool sweaters? They were all intricate aran sweaters. I felt like they were celebrating knitting. The blue sweater is an interesting design but I didn't like the color combo, but I love the texture.
Yea, for green beer and, even better green cider! I <3 nyc!









Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Slouch

I whipped up this little cap pretty fast.
No pattern, I just CO 160 & then did about 10 rows, and increased 4 over next 10 rows then after about 10 more rows I started typical decreases every other row.  I like how it came out but not as slouchy as I originally pictured. About halfway through I decided on a pattern I like & this cap will end up being the lining. More on that once I start it. I wanted to try a chevron pattern & I found one in my book that I liked, however I didn't get instructions, just picture. Then I tried to find what it was called a "Slip Chevron", and was not able to find it.  All the chevron patterns I looked at seemed to have holes like lace pattern and mine seems to be more solid. If anyone can tell me anything about this picture & the pattern that would be great!





Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Inquiry & Art

Art first :
Sandra Backlund
Little girl
Subway art installation closeup
The Inquiry part :
Does anybody know know what the mat design is called or how to make it? I tried to research but I didn't come up with anything useful. I just kept getting rag rug instructions & this looks like a different technique.





Saturday, March 10, 2012

After glow

So now that I finished my Owls, I am ready to start another project and not sure what to do. I tried the raspberry stitch with the slubby yarn I got from Habu but I think its not a good match.
This is the silk herringbone on Dawn, I liked it with the blue coat.
Hunger Games : March 29th.  The world is watching.  I'm ready, are you?





OWL FO

I never could have finished this sweater so fast if I hadn't been home all last week.
I held 2 strands together & used about 15-1/2 balls of yarn. Which is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 yds, and about 750 yds held dbl.  I followed the pattern for size 5 for body then size 3 for arms & size 4 for owls & neck area. I think I could have gone for a size 4 in the body but this way its a little more roomy.
I also used a size smaller needle than pattern suggested as I think I am a loose knitter.
Now all I have to do is shop for buttons.
Plus I got approval from Lexa, she gave me squinty eyes when I asked how I looked & I choose to translate that into a positive review, not an apathetic one.