Friday, March 20, 2009

FO: Ariann

Ariann is finished. And I'm sure she'll be a favorite.

Pattern: Ariann by Bonnie Marie Burns
Yarn: Cascade 220, color 4008, 5 skeins
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) & US 7 (4.5mm)
Mods: Lengthened the body by about 2", worked buttonholes every 3".
Ravel It!

I started this sweater in late January, and then got sidetracked with other projects. I just wasn't feeling very enthusiastic about it, but after finishing a couple of other projects, I picked her up again. And I'm so glad I did.

The pattern was enjoyable and the two-row lace repeat was very easy to memorize. The seamless construction is a huge plus, and it was just plain fun to work on. I love the garter stitch collar on it as well.

I think I'll probably be making another one of these - my Mom asked for one after seeing mine:)

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WIP Wednesday

When I first started blogging I used to blog about my WIP's every Wednesday. I somehow stopped doing that, but hopefully this will be the beginning of my doing it again.

So, about 6 weeks ago I contracted a case of startitis. And I currently have six projects on the needles, four of which I'm trying to work on regularly.

First up, ZephyrStyle's Tree Jacket.

I'm using Reynold's Soft Linen that I frogged from my failed Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan. It's coming along really well so far - I should be able to put the sleeve stitches on holders tonight.

I'm also working on a pair of Mockery Socks for the Malabrigo March group on Ravelry.

I'm using Malabrigo Sock in Ochre, and it is soooo soft! I think it's probably one of the softest yarns I've worked with.

For my mindless knit, I've got a pair of Double Moss Stich Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks going in som Silk Garden Sock.

I'm loving this yarn, too.

And, a knit that I haven't worked on for a while, the Diagonal Cross Rib Socks from Favorite Socks in Brown Sheep Wildfoote.

I'm hoping to finish them in time for the Earth Phase of Project Spectrum.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vest-uary...and Socks

March is finally here! The weather's getting warmer, and we can tell spring is finally coming!

I joined the Vest-uary group over on Ravelry last month, and was able to complete my vest in just 12 days. Yay for no sleeves! I used the Leftovers vest pattern from Knitty, and several leftover worsted weight yarns. I'm not sure about it though - I feel a little wacky and clownish when I wear it.

Pattern: Leftovers from Knitty, Winter 2004
Yarn: Leftover worsted weight wool, mostly Cascade 220. The ribbing is Reynold's Soft Linen held double.
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) & US 8 (5.0 mm)
Mods: Lengthened the body to 15", short-rowed the shoulders.

If I were to make it again, I'd probably try to come up with a pattern for the stripes instead of just randomly choosing them, and use fewer colors. But, maybe this is fine. I love Kristen's Staccato Hoodies, after all. Oh, and please ignore the weird face I'm making in the above photo. My sister and I need to work on timing photos better :)

I also made a pair of socks last month out of (what else!) Noro:)

Pattern: Garter Rib Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock, 1 skein, color s185
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)

And, I was given my first award! Thanks Beate!

I'm going to pass this on to:

Octopus Knits
Sam at Sticks, Strings & Crafty Things
Amanda at Jolie House
Hilary at The Yarniad