Sunday, December 28, 2008

3 evenings to knit it, 2 weeks to find the buttons, 3 weeks to sew the buttons... and 3 days to post the picture... I've not been very productive for this cowl !

it's owner like it, it's the most important :) despite the fact that I couldn't keep it so I'll have to knit another for me, now !

Friday, December 5, 2008

Resuming course, captain

So, we've been sick a lot, in the Enabler household, over the last month. The resulting fatigue has sapped my will to knit, despite my overwhelming (ok, tiny) Christmas knitting commitments....(oh, and Tara lent me The Book - which took up some knitting time in an absolutely delightful way).
But we're back on track - and I have the above photo to prove it...

I'm adoring this pattern. I love knitting it. I love the way the thumb gusset(?) is all stockinette, and rises out of the cables like a petal

(I'm not joking. I really think it's pretty). I am NOT thrilled with my own personal job of finishing on the blue mitt. I'm usually a REALLY tight knitter and casting off is a bit of a problem for me - so I used Anne Hanson's suggested technique for loose casting off (july 12 - 2007 - scroll down, I can't find a better way of doing this) - and the result was *gasp* actually too loose (No criticism of the great Anne's technique here -it WORKS - just too well for what I envision for this mitt). I modified it. Still too loose - I'm going to go with a kitchener bindoff (yes, I know the mitt is not actually in rib per se, but I'm thinking I can make it work anyway. Stay tuned) on the green mitt, and if that works - will redo the blue mitt. Obviously I have one more mitt in each colour to get underway - but I figure, if worse comes to worst, I can give each caregiver ONE mitt, with the promise of the other 'soon'. There's also a wee hole at the base of the thumb in the blue mitt (learning curve) - which I'll have to fix before I'll be totally happy with it.
The red ball of yarn lurking in the background is a gift too - but it's just not going to get done for Christmas (and that's OK) - I wanted badly to knit Odessa or Tretta, and have found an excellent victim/recipient - but she's in no hurry. She's actually blissfully unaware of her impending fate.
I'm glad to have this hobby.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Does knitting for me count?

I finished my mom's mitts!! Finally...they were a pain to knit but she will LOVE them!
And then I knit a hat for myself...really it was a gift for myselfOn to my sister's gloves!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Almost done the first

The first thrummed mitt is almost done!
This is inside! I trimmed the thrums..they were way too thick and longYay, outside! The thruming hurt my hands when I first started, but I made the thickness of my thrums less and it is easier on my fingers that for the a bit..I might work on something in between.
The worst part is that they are super comfy...and now I want a pair!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas season knit

As I mentioned I did finish a chrismas knit..however as you can see he already has it.
So I am calling this one a Christmas season knit.
Chris is a really active guy so the only time I could get him to sit still was through breakfast and luckily he wore his hat for breakfast?!? It was a photo by opportunity.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A little thrumming

Chris' hat is finished...however in a fit of excitement...I gave it to much for christmas knitting!
I did however start his sweater...but since he is usually around I have not made much progress, so I started my mom's thrummed mitts
Thrumming is fun!

Monday, November 10, 2008

3, 2, 1... go !

Hi all !

First of all, a little warning : I'm french and even if I speak pretty well English, I could have some problems particularly with the kntting vocabulary, thank you for your understanding ;)

So there it is, I've started my Christmas projet : a cowl for my cousin :)
I'm not an experimented knitter so I've choosed something simple to be sure to finish it (it took me 1 month to make my last mittens) and after some attempts... Finally I think I'll have time to do something else ! I like the Boyfriend's Hat that I didn't know, maybe I'll do one assorted for his husband... oh my God, I've caught the virus : a project isn't started that I'm thinking of the next !

I tried some stitches with the wool I chosed and finally it's the simple garter wich gives the better effect. I don't really like to knit this stitch, I find it a little annoying, but I like the result and with my 8mm needles it will be done soon !

So here is the thing after 5 or 6 rows :The yarn is a mix of 4 yarns knitted together : 2 alpacas, 1 bamboo and 1 mohair... it's hot, it's soft, it's blue... it'll be hard to offer it :)