Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Fair Isle Fall

Hope everyone is having a the kind of Sunday-after-Thanksgiving (for US readers) or last Sunday in November (for all readers) you'd like to enjoy. This past weekend has been full of family, friends and food. And of course, the knitting.

I finished Ellie's first winter hat. This is a fantastic stash-user, even scrap-user, easy and fun.

Pattern: Giacomo's Hat by the purlbee. [Web Link] [Raveled Here]

Yarn: Main color: Joann Tesoro leftover from Ellie's Seamless Kimono; Flower: Joann Tesoro in Lilac; Background: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Cloud; Pink detail: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. For all of these yarns, I used very small amounts, and the slightly differing weights still resulted in a nice fair isle look.

All of my knitting attention is now being paid to finishing my test-knit for Kirsten's Starlight, Starbright pattern in Knitpicks Palette. I had several ditzy moments in the beginning and learned about Norwegian knitting before I got the pattern to work correctly for me, but now it's smooth sailing. I've never done steeks before, either, so this pattern is a real learning experience for me.

My September sweater is not only finished, but I've even worn it several times. I am hoping to get Bill and the camera outside today for some photos. Darn these shorter days! Hope you all have a great week, with lots of leftover turkey sandwiches.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

FO: Seamless Kimono and Flower Clip

I went back to work yesterday, so maternity leave is officially over. But, I'm only back at reduced hours, so I still have some quality time with little E a few days a week. Knitting has been moving along at a nice pace. Here's a little faux-wrap sweater that fits now and hopefully will get us through winter:
Pattern: Seamless Kimono Sweater [Raveled Here]
Yarn: Joann Sensations Tesoro, 2.5 skeins
This yarn was a clearance buy for $2.37/skein a few years ago. After blocking with a little Woolite, it softened very nicely. I used some leftover yellow Knitpicks Swish for the i-cord and flowers.
I cast on fewer stitches since my gauge was larger than the pattern and adjusted the raglan shaping accordingly. I also used a lace edging instead of garter stitch, just in case it wasn't girly enough.

I also made this little pacifier clip for the car seat, and it only took about a day. Not too much sewing on this one.
Pattern: Flower Clip, in Itty Bitty Nursery [Raveled Here]
Yarn: All leftovers of Rowan Handknit Cotton in Sugar for the petals and Valley Yarns Longmeadow in Lettuce and Mango for the edging and stem.

My September sweater is nearly finished - I just need to knit the button bands and get some buttons. I'm really excited about this one, folks! And, I've been asked to test knit one of Skandi's soon to be released patterns, Starlight, Starbright. I am using some stash yarn for this and will post some deets on it next time. It's an adorable little fair-isle baby sweater great for a boy or girl.