February 02, 2014
Cold Office Legwarmers
Pattern/back story: I knit these for a coworker, who has a very, very cold office. The idea is to wear these on top of pants while sitting at her desk, then take them off easily when going home or to a meeting. They are tall and very roomy, so even wide-leg pants would fit beneath without much wrinkling. At the same time, the ribbing keeps them up, the cables cinch them at the ankle, and the garter stitch at the bottom allows the legwarmers to surround the foot and shoe. Stitch motifs, at work!
Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in 8462, spruce. I used a little less than 1 skein. I loved knitting with this yarn; it's not often that I use a bulky weight yarn, and it's just so awesome how quickly it knits up! So soft, too! And despite such a deeply saturated color, there was just a hint of bleeding when I blocked the fabric. I was expecting much worse.
Needles: US 10 circs. The legwarmers are about 18" tall, and 14" around, if measured unstretched. If stretched, they are much wider!
A great little project to start the year! I will have another FO to show you soon, too, and this one is polar opposite - super delicate lace!
January 01, 2014
One last project to finish off 2013
And it's a familiar one!
Pattern: Odessa, by yours truly. I don't typically knit the same pattern more than once, but I wanted to knit something of my own design for an upcoming charity auction. This pattern seemed to fit the bill.
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Blue Moon (51191). Vintage is a little bit thicker than the Rowan Cashsoft DK originally called for in the pattern, but I didn't notice any significant difference in fit - the hat came out just the right size. This colorway is gorgeous - a deep blue with a soft red/purple halo, how is that even possible? I had a difficult time capturing it accurately.
Needles and beads: US 4 and US 6 circs, as stated in the pattern. The beads are from Beadworks in Cambridge, purchased eons ago (first used, and rejected, here, actually). They are a matte silver, and pick up the blue around them nicely.
All in all, I knit 12 projects in 2013, plus sewed two cut chenille blankets and froggie hats for Halloween. Behind the scenes, there have been countless small projects for my house - hemming pants and too-long sleeves, sewing curtains for unusually-sized sidelight windows, et cetera.
But I'm certainly nowhere near the productivity of my single, child-free days (25 projects in 2006, that seems impossible now). What's more, I feel completely out of the knitting loop. A funny example: to knit the hat above, I had to go to Ravelry and download a copy of the pattern - I no longer know where my own copy lives (electronic or paper)! And I designed it!!! I used to pride myself on being "in the know," but now there are books, patterns, designers, yarns, needles, and approaches that I've never heard of. And such an abundance of them, too! (Clara Parkes is spot on with respect to pattern abundance in her review of 2013, if you haven't read it yet.) One contributing factor to feeling out of the loop is the loss of several local yarn stores this year, most notably Windsor Button, where in a 30-minute visit I could quickly touch new yarns, look at new books and pattern booklets, and reconnect with the knitting world at large. Coincidentally, it's where I bought the yarn to knit the above Odessa, where I saw the unique, un-photographable color of the yarn with my own two eyes, which convinced me to buy it.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I love knitting too much to just give it up (blogging, too). The pros continue to outweigh the cons. And so, I will continue to trudge along, knitting and blogging at my own pace. After all, there are new books, patterns, designers, yarns, needles, and approaches that I have yet to try!
Thank you for reading, and thank you for knitting. Here's to a happy and healthy 2014!
December 21, 2013
Just like mommy's and daddy's
This year, I finally had the time to knit Gregory his own Christmas/Holiday stocking. His first Christmas, he was six months old, and I was still in a newborn daze. His second Christmas, we had just moved, and the last thing on my mind was extensive knitting. Now, on his third Christmas, life has settled into a busy, but predictable, pace. Gregory is finally starting to understand the idea of gifts and giving. We finally have a fireplace, a proper place to display these hand knits. It feels right that he should now have a stocking as special as mommy's and daddy's, for his own stocking stuffers. Bonus: I actually finished Gregory's stocking before the Holidays, which I can't say about my own and my husband's stockings ;).
Pattern: Judy's Colors, Fire and Ice Christmas stocking kit.
Yarn: Raumagarn 3-ply wool yarn.
Needles: US 4 Susan Bates 16" circular needle and dpns.
Happy Holidays, dear readers, and best wishes for 2014!