Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Finished Project: BFF Socks

I finally finished these socks! It took me nearly 3 months, but I also knit a sweater and a half in that time. I really love the end result though and I think these socks will get lots of use.

The pattern is the BFF Socks by Cookie A. from her new book (and published elsewhere as well). The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy and I just love the deep raspberry.

I will have a new pair of socks on the needles by the end of the weekend!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Update: Half Zip Cabled Hoodie Now With Pocket!

I have completed the pocket on my Half Zip Cabled Hoodie! I love it so far:

Knitting a sweater out of sport weight yarn on size 3 needles is a grueling task, but I think it will all be worth it in the end.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Update: Half Zip Cabled Hoodie

I have reached the front pocket of my pullover. I am very happy with it so far, the cables look really nice and the yarn is lovely.

I need to really focus on the pocket construction so I am setting aside tomorrow evening solely for this project. Wish me luck!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Yarn is Here!

My yarn arrived yesterday for sweater #2. It is a gorgeous shade of blue that I am already in love with. I did my gauge swatch last night and I love the way the yarn feels, totally different from my last sweater project!

This is a sport weight cotton hoodie (Knit Picks Comfy Sport), which is going to be perfect for late spring/summer on the beach. With that in mind I am challenging myself to finish by Mother's Day, just over 2 months. It is a very intricate pattern (lots of cables) and it is thinner yarn on smaller needles than the first sweater.

I cannot seem to link to the pattern, but here is page from the Knit 'n Style April edition, the sweater is the last one on the bottom right. And that is the color, love it!

Casting on tomorrow....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finished Project: Cozy V Neck Sweater

I finished my first sweater! And, I cannot wait to start another one. I loved working on this project, which took me 1 month and 2 days to complete. I love the finished product, although it is still blocking, but I have been trying it on as I go and I think blocking will just make it more fabulous.

I wound up using this bind off for some extra stretchiness and I like the result much more than the traditional bind off I had done on the body (p.s. undoing the original bind off was my least favorite part of the whole project).

I intend to wear this sweater Saturday and will have pictures taken of me wearing it, stay tuned!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

In Search of a Stretchier Bind Off

A lack of blogging about knitting does not equal a lack of knitting in this case. I have been knitting away on my two projects for me. I am working on sleeve #2 of my Cozy V Neck Pullover with the goal of finishing this weekend so I can wash, block and wear the sweater to New Hampshire over President's Day Weekend!

I love my sweater so far, but I am not totally in love with how tight the bind of is on the body. I have not bound off sleeve #1, leaving it on scrap yarn as I search for a stretchier bind off. Do you have a stretchy bind off that you like? Please send it my way, thanks!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Finished Project: Hiking Socks

Around November my brother, ever the sentimentalist, was going on and on about how much he loves the socks I made him last Christmas. He said he would really love a pair of red socks, if I had the time. I assured him I did not have the time to complete them for Christmas, but his birthday at the end of January was a definite possibility.

It is winter and he wears big hulking boots to work, so I decided to make the tall version of the Hiking Socks in The Knitting Man(ual) by Kristin Spurkland. A friend had made them recently and they were a little different than the Hunter Socks I had made my brother before.

I used Lamb's Pride Superwash, as I always do for thick socks, it is the nicest softest most delightful yarn.

The birthday is Sunday and the socks are drying on the blockers as we speak. They seem huge, but he needs them to go up over his boots and if they are too big he could layer them over other socks for extra warmth. Did I mention how wintry it is here?