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^**^

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Runway Beckons

Tom Tom couldn't resist the call of the runway with all his new duds. You can check him out (and some amazingly dressed other creatures) in the Mason-Dixon competition...

I could only do one entry, so Popsicle feels left out. But Tom Tom says he is still his best pal, and that the lure of the runway won't get to him.

best buddies

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

teapot cozy


I just finish this one.

100% wool,

I dyed with coolaid(2lime+little bit of grape+1lightblue(i forgot))

Erin helped me open the pouch,

Jeremy helped me rewinding the ball.

it was fun!!

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Bobbles Have It

Well, the sweater is done at last. OK, except for one button at the top because I only bought six buttons and needed seven. D'oh.

Pattern - Cabled Cardigan from Vogue Knitting Winter 2005/2006
Yarn - Patons Shetland Chunky, colour Taupe (6 balls exactly)
Notes - This is for my sister-in-law, as chosen by her. Thus the fit is a little loose on me in the pictures, but should fit her well. The collar is my favourite part, it is done with short rows and very cleverly constructed. I find Vogue patterns in the magazines to be very curt, so I had to pay very close attention and be able to interpret the brief directions. However the pattern had no mistakes and turned out as it looked, so overall a good one.
Modifications - I took out almost all the bobbles in the pattern, only putting them on the fronts at the button band. Bobbles just weren't going to work for what my sister-in-law wanted from a sweater, but she loved the look of this. I also used different yarn, as she needed something practical for washing and I needed something that fit the budget.

Overall I'm pleased. It is something I wouldn't knit for myself, but I think she will like it and that is what matters.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

There has been Knitting

There has been knitting, but few pictures as we couldn't find the rechargeable batteries for the camera. But in the last couple of weeks I have made:

+ one beanie hat for the boy-child
+ one beanie hat for me
+ one pair of socks for Mum (birthday present)
+ clothing for Webkinz

Sister-in-law's sweater has one sleeve and the band remaining. It continues to hate me.

Swatched and then cast on for Kepler. For me.

Dreaming of lots more projects that are waiting for the sil's sweater to be finished. I'll be on Ravelry by the end of the week, by the way.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

sunmi's back!!!!!

hi, i finally figure out my way back here!! hew^^;
i haven't FINISH any big thing.
i think i should go for little items for a while.
(i really envy shannon's unwavering efforts)

but, here are my new slippers..
one for me, one for erin.
enjoy~~~ and be happy!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I Like to Have Warm Ears

Another quick project, an ear warmer for me, off my needles today.

Yarn: Trendsetter TONALITA. It is a 32% wool, 48% acrylic yarn. Soft and shiny. I bought it at Village Yarns' (sorry no website) year-end sale for $3.00, and didn't even use the whole ball to make this (maybe 3/4 of it or a little more). What a deal!

Pattern: My own. I knit alternating bands of stockinette and reverse stockinette, shorter rows at the bottom and then increasing once past the neck. Then reversed shaping on the other side and did a three needle bind off with the cast-on edge (just picked the stitches back up). It is nice and stretchy, stays in place, and covers my ears completely.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My First FO of 2008

This week saw the first project of 2008 off the needles. Started and finished in three days, and I love them.

Wrist Warmers
My own pattern, a simple 3x2 rib with a seed stitch top and a slit thumb. Knit in the round on 3.5mm dpns, except for the thumb section which is worked back and forth.

Yarn: the delicious Peruvian Baby Silk, in Gentle Violet. The colour is more purple, rather than the blue my camera shows. So soft and warm.