29. June 2015 18:14
Last week I managed to finish another great looking pair of socks - I'm calling them the "Purple Pinstripe Knock-Offs"... since they're similar to the "Pinstripe" free pattern on Ravelry. I haven't actually looked at the pattern, but saw many many of them go by in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook in the last few months. I had planned on just doing these ones plain, but then when it came time to switch from Ribbing to the leg I thought - what the Heck! Be adventurous, and decided to throw in a column of slipped stitches for fun. I'm not sure if it's the way the Pinstripe Pattern did it, but I do like the way it looks!
- Composed on the fly... Twisted Rib 1x1 Cuff, Slipped-stitch column every 8 stitches around, Simple Slipped-stitch Gusset Heel.
- Knit Picks Hawthorne (oops! I threw out the ball band!)
21. January 2015 15:59
Knit Picks Chroma in Prism and Black (Worsted)
Started with Drops Rainbow Mittens 143-32... and branched out from there
After a few cuff modifications... I am off to the races on these lovely little colorwork mittens for a friend.
I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the process and technique with knitting stranded designs. After much practice a few years ago, I learned how to do the Philospher's Wool technique of holding one yarn in each hand. Basically this means you "pick" with one hand and "throw" with the other. I like to hold the color I want to be dominant in my left hand (continental style) and the other color gets held in my right hand and worked like my usual style of knitting allows. I have never been good at knitting continental style, and I don't think I could work a purl stitch that way to save my soul... but for colorwork it just makes sense to me. Go figure.
the plan is for these mittens to run the whole spectrum of color - starting with pale green, through yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and back to green. I still haven't decided what should be done with the thumb. I'll figure that out when the time comes.
Originally I had considered making a lining to double the warmth... but the nice tight gauge means that the fabric is already really thick. These puppies are going to be bulletproof even without any lining I think. I might try some alternate lining method... maybe weaving some strands of Angora inside or something after the fact.
More photos coming soon!
15. October 2014 07:31
Our family has recently started a new chapter of our lives... adding kiddo number two to our family. There have been lots of sleepless nights, but also many smiles and much joy. Little and Big Munchkin are having a great time getting to know one another :)
I'm about ready to go bonkers though... with lack of sleep and toddler and baby talk all day and night - my brain feels like mush. I need to get back into the studio and creating things, or I'm afraid I might never feel like myself again!
A new friend had the perfect thing go get my juices flowing again though - custom slippers for a gift for someone special.
And so the creative process begins... Why am I so excited by slippers? This gentleman had a lot of neat ideas about what his wife might like, might find useful, and what she might find funny too! (Remember Guys: Good looks get you in the door, but if you can't make her laugh, you're probably done!) Extra brownie points when he knew her favorite color is Blue. Extra Extra brownie points when he knew that her shoe size was a Ladies 7. Extra fun customer points when he suggested that she watches Dr Who.
Ok Folks - Likes Blue (check), Watches Dr Who (check) - Is anyone smelling a TARDIS project coming on? I am!
Stay tuned: Will the new creative endeavour be enough to keep Jobo from completely losing her mind? Will it be more fun than changing a bazillion diapers and dragging a (very cute) toddler to the potty? Will it be less fattening than the ice-cream I've been inhaling before bed every night? Updates to follow!