Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kauni Hat

Finally got my chance to work with Kauni yarn! It is lovely to work with, I thought it would be scratchy on my hands but it wasn't. 

Pattern: Knit a Hat, by Ruth Sorenson, for sale from Fun Knits here.
Yarn: Kauni Effects EI and Kauni Solid Baby Blue SS1, also from Fun Knits. A small amount of green sock yarn from the left-overs tub.
Needle size: 2.75mm circular and dpns
The only modification is that I didn't sew up the ribbing underneath. I like the look of it folded like in the picture, and the colour change.

What I liked about these hat patterns is that Ruth is very upfront about the fit. She reminds the knitter that tension on a two-colour pattern can be tricky. A hat will fit someone. As I don't like pure wool on my delicate forehead (starts to itch within minutes) this hat will go in the gift basket most likely.

It was a challenge for me, as I don't do a lot of two colour knitting, but I enjoyed it. I will certainly be trying another hat from the collection!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fishing Mitts

Well, I haven't got the sweater done yet but I did manage to knit some fingerless mitts for fall fishing. Because Mr. Kate likes lake fishing he spends a fair bit of time rowing as well as hanging on to the fly rod, and his hands are getting pretty cold at this time of year. So I found some wool in my stash and knit him a pair of fingerless mitts. I started and finished them in 4 hours!

Details: Fingerless Fishing Mitts
Yarn: Unknown Wool, two strands (one worsted, one sock weight)
Needles: 6.5mm double points
Pattern: My own. I'm happy to write it up if anyone is interested.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cap Shawl Finished!

For Christmas last year I received a gift certificate from my husband, to Village Yarns in Cumberland BC. I had fun at their January sale and came away with enough Fiddlesticks Zephyr Laceweight to make this:

The Cap Shawl from Victorian Lace Today, by Jane Sowerby.

I am happy with how it turned out - it's a gorgeous thing - but a little perplexed as to why I made's not exactly a good fit with my lifestyle! But, I'll wear it twice a year with a black dress and feel like a million bucks.
Full post, with more photos, is at Half Soled Boots.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Every Girl Needs a Little Glitz

We all know by now I am not a girly-girl. I'm happiest in shorts and a T-shirt, mucking in the garden or looking at bugs. But, even I feel the pull of the girly things now and then.

About a year ago, Z*llers was clearing out some of Bernat's ladder Matrix yarn. I think it was about $1 a ball, and in a fit of girly longing I picked up three balls.

Finally found a good project for some of it (still have over a ball left). A basic, garter-stitch triangle shawl, with fringe for good measure. I knit it with Cool Linen, a cotton/linen blend. A fun, sparkly wrap for those days I just need a little glitz.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Red Lace Cardigan - Shaker Wanna-be

Hey girls!

I have a project from last year to show at last. Remember the red lace cardigan? Well it is finished! 

Pattern is Shaker, by Kim Hargreaves.
Modifications - I shortened the sleeves and didn't add a button band, instead I did a single crochet edging. All because I was short on yarn. Good thing, I ended up with just a small nugget of yarn at the end.

I love the lace pattern, easy to memorize but interesting in construction. My first red garment, a step out of my usual wardrobe colours!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Socks and more

One more thing off the needles. A pair of simple 3x1 ribbed socks, short row heel and paired decrease toe (what is that called?). This yarn is Moda Dea Sassy Stripes, in the colourway Lucky. The yarn is much thicker than regular sock yarn, so it makes a much cushier sock. I only needed to cast on 36 stitches, instead of my usual 64.

Next up, the socks I made mum for her birthday. Again a 3x1 rib, but this is my one of my new favourite sock yarns from Lana Grossa, Meilenweit. The variegated colours are so subtle.
In keeping with the sock theme, a pair of baby socks made for my cousin who just had her first baby. These are to go with a lovely sweater my mum made from the same yarn. It is Sirdar Tweed DK, so delightfully soft!

Now that spring is coming (I think) I am in the mood for lighter knits. Kepler will get finished, and then the red lace cardigan will come back out and get done (only one sleeve and a collar band to go). More socks, a shawl or two, a baby blanket .... oh so many projects!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shawl for my niece

My first lace..
I'm so exciting!!
Lace was unexplored area, I didn't even think i could..
but it was fun..
I also pinned and it stretched a lot.
(It looks like botoxed face, very flat, little too much stretch I guess)

My last gaol will be socks..
Now i have tons of times so maybe I will^**^