Archive for June 2008

I’ve got my little red light

June 22, 2008

Pattern: Merletto Mitts by Jody Scofield
Yarn: Pink Knitting Adventures fingering weight (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon), Bob colorway
Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5 mm) Knit Picks nickel Options 40″ circular (two-at-a-time Magic Loop)

This lacy little number was the June knitalong for the Fingerless Glove Fanatics group on Ravelry. Since I missed the May KAL — the exquisite Bronte’s Mitts — I wanted to play along with this one. After perusing my stash of fingering weight yarn, I decided on this big ol’ hunk of handdyed, gifted to me by Katrina after our team’s awesome silver medal finish in Dish Rag Tag last year.

Since the color of the yarn in the skein didn’t seem quite my thing, I thought I would make it for someone else. But there was no time to figure out exactly whom before it was time to cast on and knit with the rest of the FGFers. As I worked my way up the hand, through the lovely lace and cable pattern, then into the thumb gusset and up to the top ribbing, I started to be aware that the color wasn’t what I thought it was. It’s more red than pink, quite fiery actually. When I put them on and showed them to Noel, his response was “Don’t flame me, Human Torch!”

The cables go both ways, offering me the invaluable opportunity to practice my no-cable-needle cabling skills in both front and back versions. I love the way the irregular ribbing flows into and out of the cables at top and bottom. If you’re a Raveler and interested in my little modifications (placement of thumb gusset on left mitt, solution to decrease rows for ribbing at the top on palm side, matching ribbing on thumbs), you can read all about it in my project notes and in the thread for the KAL in the FGF forum.

And if you’re not a Raveler — but would like to be (and frankly, I can’t imagine a knitter/crocheter who wouldn’t want to take advantage of this astounding tool and community) — I have ten invitations to give away, courtesy of Casey (site co-owner) in recognition of the work of my fellow Welcome Wagoneers. Just leave me a comment if you want one (or know somebody else who would).

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Love is the flower

June 14, 2008

Pattern: Ribs and Cables Baby Cap by Heather Bagni
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk (55% superfine alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino wool), Pool colorway (discontinued)
Needles: U.S. 6 Harmony Options 32″ circular (Magic Loop)

Our good friends Dave and Ali had an unexpected bonus this month. Katharine Margot came about a month early — and while her mother was away from home! As soon as I heard the news I started working on this hat, which is a free pattern from the Classic Elite Yarns newsletter. I used a precious skein of alpaca and silk yarn that I had picked up on a whim some months ago.

I converted the pattern to work in the round by eliminating two stitches at the beginning of each row. When I got to the decreases at the top, I couldn’t make the cables line up correctly, but I did my best (I need more practice with converting flat hats to round hats, clearly).

That’s not Baby Kate in the above photo, of course — Cady Gray’s baby doll is serving as a model. But with the bottom edge flipped up as a brim, the hat already snugs up to the real Kate’s tiny little premie head beautifully.

I enjoyed doing the cables on these — they’re four stitch cables, all twisting the same way. Without a cable needle, of course. (It’s the only way to fly.) This is a beautiful lofty yarn with the slightest halo. Great stitch definition but cushy soft. It will be warm for Baby Kate all through the winter. Welcome to the world, little one!

The forest needs the fire like the fire needs the tree

June 1, 2008

Pattern: Pear Apple Cozy by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Knit Picks Telemark (100% Peruvian Highland wool), Poppy colorway
Needles: U.S. 5 Harmony Options 24″ circulars (Magic Loop)

I whipped up two of these cuties in a week for teacher gifts. Yes, it’s a nifty way to wrap the traditional apple — but it’s also a useful fruit protector in a lunchbox, keeping bumps and bruises away from tender produce. Slip a gift card in there, and you’ve got utility and charm all in one.

The yarn was a skein left over from my Red Scarf Project scarf last year. I still have about 20 yards left, after making two.  When I was setting up for this little photo shoot, Cady Gray excitedly observed, “You made a yarn pot for an apple!”

Wouldn’t you want an angelic little preschool girl to give you one?