Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Another shawl is done!!

I have another FO this week! I finally finished the Tan Moody Kerchief, got it blocked, and even photographed all over the past weekend! No scrambling to take photos before the daylight ends, and no staying up late the night before to put up a blog post! Yay! 

This version of the Moody Kerchief was knit in Knit Picks Palette, using the Coriander, Almond Heather and Camel Heather colorways, and made the color changes like I did in the Sunset Moody Kerchief. I hope Veronica's mom likes both her shawls. 

Thanks to my lovely model Zeina Newman for being so willing to come and help me out whenever I call. Such a wonderful friend! Now I'm off to work on some more WIPs and UFOs. Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for reading!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Now, for some FOs!

I finished some projects! Yay! I completed the Merlot Scrunchable Scarf from last week's post, the one for my sister's bf. He visited us briefly this past weekend and he's darling. He even enjoyed playing with my son!! He tried on the scarf and loved it, but I didn't give it to him as I hadn't blocked it yet. It's now blocked and photographed, but I took the photos late in the day so they are pretty bad quality. The model I had lined up for this photo shoot (my sister), decided that she needed to take a nap in the middle of the day, and when she woke up she didn't feel like getting all dolled up for a photo shoot. So I lost the daylight needed for good pictures, and had to pull out my trusty plastic bodyform. One of these days I'll get a beautiful fancy-looking bodyform...

For the photos, I tried for some artistic, close-up shots to make up for the bad lighting and my rudimentary photo-taking skills. Here are a few pictures of the Merlot Scarf. I think adding the cable on one side of the scarf was a good call. I love the effect it gives to the scarf.

I finished the Black Moody Kerchief for Veronica's mom a while ago, but hadn't put up pictures because I wanted to shoot both shawls together. Sadly, I still haven't finished the Tan Moody Kerchief (but I'm working hard on it), so I gave up on that idea. Here's the Black Moody Kerchief, knit in KnitPicks Gloss DK.

PS: Shooting something knit in black yarn is hard! Heck, knitting something in black yarn is hard!! Does anyone have suggestions/tips on taking better photos of black items? I would definitely appreciate some pointers. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

UFOs, FOs, WIPS and Startitis

Wait wait, don't go. I'm not talking about aliens. Just what might be an alien language to you if you aren't a knitter or crafter of some kind. But first, a confession. I have Startitis, which is defined by KnitWiki as "an expensive, but rarely fatal affliction that often affects knitters and crocheters where they begin several projects all at one time but don't really make much progress on anything before starting another new project." 

Because of my startitis, I have a lot of WIPs (Works In Progress) and a few UFOs (UnFinished Objects). :) (see I told you it had nothing to do with aliens). WIPs are items that I've knit a bit of, but which are nowhere near completion. UFOs are items that are almost done but just need a little finishing touch, such as weaving in the yarn ends, or seaming, or blocking. FOs (finished objects, as you rightly guessed) are the kinds of things I've been mostly posting about on my blog. This week, however, I thought I would clean out my closet and confess to my little problem.  

I have a lot of projects that I'm a third or halfway through (my WIPs), but which are now languishing in various states in my stash bookshelves. Some are from as far back as 2008, and I'm too embarrassed to show those today, so I'm just going to post about the ones I have no problem confessing to. 

The first one I'll show is one of the giveaway shawls from last year, the red Snap Peas Shawl that Anuli won. I've started it, but because it's a written pattern with quite a bit of detail, I only knit it when I know I have at least a 2 hour block of knitting time. It's being worked in Knit Picks Swish DK in the Hollyberry Color.

The next item up for confession is a Cobalt Blue version of my Procragratification Infinity Scarf that I started mid-December and use as my "I'm-feeling-lazy-don't-want-to-think-while-knitting" project. It's being worked in the Cobalt Blue colorway of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I pick up this scarf when I'm too tired to think and read patterns properly, or when I'm at church or waiting at the doctor's office.

The third dirty little secret is the Tan Moody Kerchief for my friend Veronica's mom. Veronica won the sunset Moody Kerchief in my previous giveaway and asked me to make a black and a tan version for her mom. I've finished the Black one, and I'm not on the Tan version. The black version was knit in KnitPicks Gloss DK yarn, and the Tan version is in KnitPicks Palette, as I'm doing the same color gradations that I did in the sunset version

#4 on the list is my selfish knitting project, the Xenia shawl in Lana Grossa Lace Lux. I think I should be given an A for effort. I knew that I would definitely not finish the shawl in time for the Christmas choir in December, but I tried. Here is the shawl. I'll finish it sometime soon...I hope.

Last but not least is the Scrunchable scarf in the Merlot colorway of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool, my new favorite yarn. This is the same colorway I made the hat my sister stole in. And she asked me to make this scarf for her bf. He wanted the same colorway. I cast on for this scarf earlier this week, and I need to finish it soon because she leaves for school next week. I added a small 4-stitch cable on one side to make this scarf a wee bit special for him.

Whew! I feel a little lighter now that I've made this confession! This should keep me light until I have to make another confession of the older WIPs. Hopefully they will be FOs soon and I won't have to make any confession! Have a great week everyone!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

About a hat

I've been talking for a while now about knitting myself a hat. So when I found a cute hat pattern on the ball band of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool yarn, I was very excited to try it out. Plus, it only required one ball of yarn! Just perfect! I thought I would make myself one in the Merlot colorway to see how easy the pattern was. Then I would make a few more hats for my Etsy shop.

Now this yarn is soft and gorgeous. Made of 50% wool and 50% acrylic, this yarn is extremely soft and just wonderful to work with. It has minimal splitting, gives great stitch definition, and is just the perfect chunky yarn for gifts and items for sale. Plus, their color palette is just beautiful. I've knit four items with this yarn so far, including this hat, and I plan to make many more with it. (See the Silver Grey Scarf, Forest Green Scrunchable and Claret Procragratification Scarf.)

So back to the hat story. The pattern calls for a US 11 and a US 13 circular needle, so I got my needles together, got the yarn, and started knitting on Dec. 30th. As the knitting progressed, I realized that the hat seemed bigger than it should (even though it fit my big head), and the yarn was getting smaller and smaller. I realized that my gauge was waaaaaaaaaay off! Now if I had taken my time to make a gauge swatch, this wouldn't have happened. I know, I know.I should know better than that. I thought it was a small hat, so what was the worst that could happen. A humongous hat, that's what!!!

Anyway, I ripped out the whole hat, and started with US 9 and US 11 needles. I didn't swatch this time either (hehehe!). But I was SURE that it would work it out this time. :) Luckily for me, it did! I got to practice both Cable front and Cable Back stitches, and finished the hat in one night. Excited with my new gorgeous hat, I put it down and waited to try it on the next day.

Alas! When I tried on the hat, it looked terrible on me. Or I looked terrible in it? I have a pretty round face, and the hat just accentuated the roundness to a very unflattering level. I looked like I was recovering from some disease. I thought I'd ask my sister to try it on to see if it was the hat, or if it was something I had done. She looked fantastic in the hat! I mean, almost supermodel gorgeous! I was sooooooooooooooo MAD! I mean, it was my hat! Anyway, I'll stop whining now. Here are some pictures of my sister looking pretty fabulous in MY HAT!! Grrr!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and see you next week!