Monday, November 28, 2005

invisible sock

There's hasn't been much work in progress here recently, for which I apologise.
I've been knitting Jaywalker again (this time with 2.5mm dpns and 92 stitches) and wondering if it was going to work out this time. I didn't want to post any work in progress pictures, just in case it all went wrong again, but happily, I've finished one sock and it fits! It's a little looser I'd like, but there's no way I'm ripping and re-knitting AGAIN!. Details and picture soon.

I've also been knitting a top based on Ubernatural in Hipknits silk, doing some clever maths to convert the pattern from bulky wool to silk. I've used this silk before to make Clapotis and so assumed it knitted up at the specified gauge for that. Of course it didn't and anyway I was using different needles. So I knitted away, decided to check my size when I'd got a skein into it, and it's far too wide. So basically, I've knitted a very large gauge swatch. It's very pretty and I think I'm going to like it, but I'm going to have to rip and re-knit. (Hmm, do I see a theme emerging?)

I've got some Christmas kntting to do which I'm trying to keep secret, so there may not be any work in progress pictures for that either. Oh dear, I'm being a very bad knitting blogger. Pictures tonight, maybe, but I'm making no promises.

Monday, November 14, 2005

mystery mittens revealed

pumpkin pie/finished mittens
Originally uploaded by the pig wot flies.

Hiding behind the pumpkin pie are my completed Broad Street mittens for Nona's Peaceful Palms knitalong. These are for my little sister, HP. I hope she likes them!

Pattern: Broad Street

Yarn: Rowan 4ply soft in 379 - Goblin (which is virtually impossible to photograph accurately).

Needles: 2.75mm and 3.25mm dpns

Modifications: tubular cast on, extra stretchy bind off.

I love this yarn! It's soft and has a slight shine to it, probably due to the way it's plied. I like the way you can see the multi-strand yarn doing its thing and making straight columns.

Having knitted 4 of these mittens, I'm a bit sick of this pattern. It's time to knit something else. Back to socks maybe?

mademoiselle fluffy belle

fluffy front
Originally uploaded by the pig wot flies.

A finished and very fluffy pink and purple cardigan. Mouseover for a back view.

Pattern: Fluffy Belle courtesy of Kate of Make and Boo.

Yarn: Richard Poppleton Eclipse chunky with mohair, shades 93 (pink) and 82 (purple)

Needles: 6mm straight, 5mm circulars, 4.5mm dpns

Modifications: I made the arms a little shorter, although they're still very long. I added i-cord ties.

Date: 13th - 31st October 2005

I love this, especially the collar. It's a little bonkers, but I've had lots of admiring comments and several "Will you knit one for me?". To which the response is "No, but I'll teach you to knit."

To show you how long the sleeves are, here's a silly picture of me. I'm not sure what I'm doing in this one either.

silly me

Monday, November 07, 2005

colourful knitting

A very quickly finished object.

phone case

A cozy fluffy sleeping bag for my new camera phone.

Pattern: my own, using the sl1 k1 heel reforcing stitch.

Yarn: Richard Poppleton Eclipse chunky with mohair

Needles: 4.5mm dpns

Date: 4 November 2005

Very satisfying to think of an object and then have it knitted a few hours later. It took me a few attempts to get the buttonhole right and I'm still not quite happy with it. Perhaps if I knit a few more of these to give away I'll perfect it.

Monday mitten progress

One mitten done, one started.

mitten progress

Today was going to be a good knitting day. I've got a tutorial after work which means a couple of hours hanging around and a bus journey home in which to knit. Unfortunately I only brought the three needles attached to the mitten, so I can't knit. So I spent the bus journey to work winding the next ball of wool into a centre pull ball (and got some strange looks). Oh well, can't have everything. I'll just have to read instead.