Monday, February 9, 2009

January Knits

Finally, getting caught up with my blogging! Here are the projects I finished last month.

Pattern: Dashing, by Cheryl Niamath from Knitty, Spring 2007
Yarn: Cascade 220, 1 skein
Needles: US 7/4.5mm
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Pattern: Toasty by Leslie Friend
Yarn: Cascade 220, 1 skein
Needles: US 7/4.5mm
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Pattern: Evangeline, by Michelle Szeghalmi
Yarn: Cascade 220, The Heathers, 1 skein
Needles: US 7/4.5 mm
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I made these three pair of mitts for the NaKniMitMo knitalong on Ravelry. They were a lot of fun (so quick!) and were also stashbusting projects.

My favorite project for January was the Flower Basket Shawl.

Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn Clark from Interweave Knits Fall 2004
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, color 32, 3 skeins
Needles: US 10/6.0 mm
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I discovered that I love knitting lace with sport/dk weight yarn and large needles. It goes very quickly, and I didn't need to put in a lifeline. I really enjoy wearing this shawl and can't wait to cast on for my next one - the Shetland Triangle.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cabled Spiral Pullover

So I'm finally getting around to blogging about my NaKniSweMo Sweater. It was finished on December 6th. I've worn it quite a bit - it's now one of my favorite sweaters.

Pattern: Cabled Spiral Pullover from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Rowanspun DK, mist, about 5-1/3 skeins
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Modifications: Added waist shaping.

This was a great pattern, very easy to follow and of course, yoked sweaters are always enjoyable. The yarn was pretty good. I discovered during seaming though that it's also very delicate - if you pull too hard it will break. I have to be careful taking it off to not snap the seams (yes, I did that the first time I took it off!). Overall, this is a great sweater and I'm very happy with it.