Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Christmas Miracle

This sweater is my Christmas miracle... or rather the fact that this sweater is done on time. I started knitting this baby in late November, just before Thanksgiving. School was so busy that I was only able to finish one sleeve and get part of another done before winter break started. I had hoped to be well into the body by then. December 11th I flew home and in 13 days I finished the other sleeve, then the back, then the front. I worked on this thing from 8:30 am until 11:00 at night yesterday finishing the shaping of the V-neck then seaming then whole thing together. This is Twisted from the More Big Girl Knits book and it is a wonderful pattern. The yarn is Swish Worsted from Knitpicks. I love the finished product and now I want to figure out how to down-size it to fit me. I washed the sweater by hand last night then threw it in the dryer (gotta love superwash!) I pulled it out when it was about 90% dry and laid it flat over night. I woke up sneaky-early this morning boxed it, wrapped it, and got it under the tree. My mom has been seeing me knit this all break (too much to do to hide it from her) but I told her it was for me. She was totally shocked when she opened the box this morning. The sweater fits amazingly. I called my dad from school and had him measure one of my mom's other sweaters so I had pretty good numbers to start with. Here it is, the first two pictures are very accurate of the yarn color, the third is a bit washed out.

This project has been all-consuming so all my other WIPs are still on the needles. I just cast on today a pair of fingerless mittens that I'm going to mail up to my grandma but I only got about three rounds into them before I had to take a break from knitting. A few days of some other hobby are in order I think.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What happened to my life?

Wow... so I kinda fell off the map from September until what is it now... December! I blame my crazy term at school, in which classes and work have been coupled with law school applications... very busy. That does not mean that I haven't been knitting however. The study washcloths that I blogged about way back in early-September were finished way back in middle-September. Here's the last four that didn't appear in my earlier (much earlier) blog post, and then a group shot of them all after they had been washed and the stranding had a chance to even out.

It was a pretty silly project but it was kind of fun and mindless which is what I needed this summer and it was a fun gift for my brother before he went off to college. Strangely my brother demands more knitwear from me than anyone else I know... Though now that it's getting cold Andrew has been hounding me for some more warm wool socks... The other WIP from my last blog forever ago that is no a FO are my green socks.
These are impossible to photography such that the texture stand out. Really they look very nice. In the picture they're a bit fuzzy because I wear them almost every week. They have been washed and dried in the machine and they came out just fine... a bit fuzzy but nothing my sweater stone couldn't handle. The other three WIP from my last post Andrew's sweater, Swallowtail shawl, and Mom's socks are all still unfinished... SHHHHH

One last thing from my summer I dyed a really neat sock blank.
This blank was kettle dyed the base orange-y/yellow then I laid down cut-outs of leaf shapes that I printed from the internet and used a spray bottle to spray the blank with red and brown. The pattern is only on the top of the blank it didn't sink through to the bottom.

Since I've been at school I've completed several projects. I got all my Christmas knitting for Andrew's family done. For Andrew's mother there are some waffle-stitch wrist warmers.
These wrist warmers were a project I found when looking for something to do with half a skein of Malabrigo (which is what they're made from). The only think I don't know about them is that they're knit flat and then seamed. If I make them again I'll knit them in the round.

For Andrew's Grandma I used the other half skein of Malabrigo to make Tudora from Knitty.
I love this. It's so warm and snuggly. I want to keep it for myself. I really like that it only takes half a skein to make this project because it means you can buy one skein of luxury yarn and make something really pretty and it's not that expensive.

For Andrew's dad there's Koolhaas.
This is another project that turned out beautifully and that I want to keep for myself. It also took less than one skein of Malabrigo so it's pretty cheap to make as well. The pattern is pretty tedious. There are some rows where you have to knit 1x1 cables the whole way arround. I cable with a cable needle so it was pretty slow going, took me about one and half weeks of knitting which for a hat seems a bit excessive.

For Andrew's other grandma there's Branching Out.
This is made from a Classic Elite yarn called Miracle which is an Alpaca Tencle blend. The yarn is about the softest thing you've ever felt. I made the shorter version of the scarf, 27 repeats, and it's long enough to wrap around my neck twice.

The other small project that I did that I guess is technically gift knitting because I gave it to my brother are these convertible mittens.
The reason I hesitate to call these a gift is because my brother basically demanded them of me. They're made from Knitpicks Essential a colorway called Dune Twist the color is now discontined which is a shame. These are the Broadstreet Mittens from knitty and they took just over one skein of Essential but my brother had giant man hands. If they were made for someone with normal sized hands they would use one skein. Now that Adam has a pair, Andrew wants some so it looks like I'll be knitting another pair soon.

Finally, the last thing that I did was to modify the sweater I finised in the spring. The sweater had an A-line body and it kinda made me look pregnant because it poofed out at just the wrong place. Sooo, I steaked it. I sewed safety stitches with my sewing machine then took in the sides. Now it looks much more flattering.

Right now I'm working on a sweater for my mother for her christmas present. Its the Twisted pullover from More Big Girl Knits and it's made from Knitpicks Swish Worsted. I have one sleve and I'm about two thirds of the way through the second sleve. I have 19 days... We'll see. I'll post pictures after I have some more progress. Thats all for my knitting since the last post... I doesn't seem like much now that It's all laid out together but I've been really busy with law school applications as well.