Saturday, January 31, 2009

Transitions Yoke Cardigan

Well, so much for new year's resolutions. Almost as soon as I swore off top-down construction, I went and cast on for the Transitions Circular Yoke Cardigan. What can I say? I have absolutely no willpower...
Details rav'ed here.

I'm definitely hoping to break my streak of making sweaters that are too big in all the wrong places...wish me luck.

So far, so good. I think I've done a better job this time of calculating shoulder width and underarm length so it should be a pretty good fit. Also, this yarn knits up more like a light worsted, so the seamless construction here should keep its shape better than the heavier Manos top-down I made last year.

I'm really loving the heathered tones in this yarn. The stockinette body section is a little tedious but it's making for some killer basketball knitting - now that I'm sitting courtside 4 evenings a week, I need it!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Extreme Knitting

Okay, I am totally stealing this from Jena because I *really* got into watching it.

If only my paltry 1-strand knitting went so smoothly...sigh!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thermis Done!

And it's a good thing, too -- it's freezing out!

Pattern: Thermis by Kristen Patay
Size: Smaller
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Taupe
Needle: US size 6 circular
(Pajamas by Eddie Bauer, tee hee)

Love it! Such a great little pattern. I love the placket and the wood buttons. Speaking of which, what happens to wood buttons when you wash a garment - do you need to take them off? Inquiring minds want to know. The only discussion of this on Rav left me feeling vaguely uncertain, so please share if you know.

Turns out it fits hubs a little better than it fits me, so this one goes to him. The only thing I'll do differently when I make one for myself is to shorten up the bottom ribbing. Also, I think I'll do a different stretchy cast-off than the sewed one recommended in the pattern.

Also also, although it looks like I am sporting some kind of weird mullet in that photo, rest assured that I am not :)

And now for the local forecast, courtesy of Rasta Chihuahua:

"Too Cold, mon."

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Working, lurking, knitting...

...yup, that pretty much sums it up.

I made a trip down to Salem, MA a few weeks ago and stopped at the local yarn/crack den, Seed Stitch Fine Yarn. Seriously - you cannot leave this place without at least an armful of something.

My mom, whom I'd dragged along for the ride, fell in love with the shop sample of the Soft Drawstring Pouch from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, done up in festive sparkly things, so of course I loaded up my basket (yarn specifics on rav).

And just like that, despite the onset of a raging case of new year startitis a lone project actually managed to complete itself:

This was a treat to knit - it's a little hard to photograph as the Holo Hoops yarn is pretty ba-blingy, but trust me, it is ever so cute. Those ladies at SSFY are so darn clever.

Also picked up a Pretty Cheep Bag. Tempting as it was to buy all three, I managed to restrain myself. This time, anyway.

Other items on the needles: (hope I'm not jinxing myself by posting them - a pattern seems to be developing whereby the moment I announce that I'm working on such-and-such a project, I immediately lose all interest in it...)

Transitions Yoke Cardigan in its infancy:

Also jumped on the utterly irresistible Thermis Neckwarmer bandwagon:

I found some cute natural-colored wood buttons for the top. This really should be done by now - hopefully I'll be wearing it next week.

And now, for the obligatory Frisky gallery. Here, he models his new "Heart breaker" t-shirt:

And here is proof that here is nothing smaller than a chihuahua on a very cold day. Hope you're staying warm, too ;)