Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I modified the Dashing by only knitting 12 rounds -- not 18 -- in the rib pattern from the last cable twist to the thumb opening. The husband (a small framed 5' 7", just like his dad) thought they were too long as it was. Imagine six more rounds between wrist and thumb. The Dashing might have reached his elbow.
*So I had the left-hand mitt of another pair of Dashing on a table near where the gift unwrapping was happening. I think the father-in-law accidentally picked that one up, too. I'd like to be a fly on the wall when he unpacks his loot and finds three mitts! ;-)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
the turn a squares are all completed.
it's hard to believe that all three hats were knit out of one skein of noro silk garden (color #126) and just a little over one skein of cascade 220 (color #7821).
you saw the very neutral one in my week 1 post. i was extremely pleased with its outcome, as it is very similar to the designer's. the masculine color combo and striping effect was precisely the look i was after. and yes, i had noticed that my skein of silk garden had some bright spots. tried as i might, ignoring the turquoise mixed in there was not possible once the second hat was cast off.
the third hat turned out to be a near identical twin to the second. the bright hues were toned down just a few notches.
the pattern calls for knitting the first two plain body rows in the silk garden, then knitting three rows in the solid cascade, and continuing in that manner through to the end. upon casting on this third hat -- and with unnecessary foresight -- i decided i would knit the first three body rows with cascade 220 and if i should run out of the silk garden, i would just finish the hat in the cascade. i have several yards of silk garden left, so i didn't need to worry after all.
all in all, these hats were satisfying knits. there are too few masculine patterns available, in my opinion. i understand the why of it, but when it's time to knit a gift for one of the great men in my life, i often struggle. it was great to be unconcerned with whether or not my father-in-law would like his, or if my dad would like his... and i really hope that third hat is well-loved by its recipient, too.
and so a question for you handmade gift givers: how do you wrap your goodies? i'm looking for inspiration...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
do you have $12?
seriously. do you? whip it out.
one skein of malabrigo worsted is about $12.
$12 + free toast pattern = heaven.
you can knit a pair of easy-peasy toast or toasty with nearly any single skein of yarn, but honestly, malabrigo is hands-down the greatest. especially when it's this wintry grey colorway called "polar morn."
and, dear reader, you will want for nothing else.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
do you hear them? the jingling sleigh bells? i have, and now i can't stop the gift knitting.