March 18, 2011
Springing forward for daylight savings totally kicked my butt this week. I’ve been tired, out of sorts, and generally feeling dreary this week. We had a bit of a thaw these last few weeks and everything outside looks grey, dirty, disgusting, and covered in trash. So, on Sunday night I decided to use some of my new Felici (colorway = Rainbow) to make a cute little Junonia shawlette.
I got a little obsessive when I was working on it and finished it in about 3-4 days (including blocking time). I couldn’t be happier with the end result. It made me smile every time I looked at it. It’s amazing how much bright colors can cheer you up.
After almost a month of knitting, I finally finished my Slytherin House socks. They seem to go pretty well with my new shoes (purchased at Nordstrom Rack).
I finished up my knitting while listening to Jim Dale read Chapter 33 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (“The Prince’s Tale”). I think my favorite Slytherin, Severus Snape, would approve.
I love everything about these socks. I love the Monkey pattern. It is super easy to memorize which handily eliminates the necessity of carrying a pattern around with you (making it a good bus-knitting project). I love the yarn and the colorway may be my favorite of all time (Blue Moon Socks That Rock / colorway = Mr. Green Jeans).
The reason they took so long (since the pattern goes amazingly fast) was 100% due to my reluctance to finish them – I just kept purposefully going slower and slower so I could continue to enjoy the process and the yarn.
March 13, 2011
I couldn’t resist starting my Katamari Damacy Prince of All Cosmos mitts yesterday. I charted the prince almost a year ago and then kind of forgot about it.
I’m not sure it works well size-wise, but it’s cute nonetheless. I may make some modifications to the chart and will consider using this on a different backdrop that fits a little better.
I added this chart to my Blank Canvas Handwarmer pattern. All yarns are Wool of the Andes. And here’s the chart in its current form…
March 11, 2011
I released another free knitting pattern today. Check out the Pattern page for the download link. These can easily be knitted in one day and only take one skein of yarn. If you use Wool of the Andes, the project cost is a mere $1.99-$2.19!
I made these up to use as a blank canvas for duplicate stitched designs. I added Star Wars characters to this pair and intend to make more of these with other images. These would work great with the stigmitten chart.
I’ve also charted the Katamari prince and intend to make another pair with that chart in the near future.
March 8, 2011
I’ve almost completed the first of an awesome pair of colorwork mittens. They’re going to be a gift so I can’t reveal them fully until they’re done but here’s a preview of the palm side. I doubt I’ll finish these in time for my intended recipient to wear them this winter but perhaps I’ll get a burst of mitten motivation and churn the second one out.
Over the last year I’ve been building up my collection of knitting needles. Most of them are from KnitPicks and the majority of them are the Harmony Wood style. They’re really pretty, have nice sharp tips, and the double pointed sets have six needles per size which is lovely if you happen to break or lose one (or two) of them. Earlier this fall I finally bought a set of the 4″ small sized dpns (pictured above) which are fantastic for doing the thumbs on mittens and fingerless gloves. It’s always so awkward to use full sized needles to do a tiny little section and these needles make it so much easier to maneuver. It feels a bit like working with toothpicks – really pretty multicolored toothpicks – but it really is much easier with the smaller size. I’m off to finish up that thumb now…
March 6, 2011
I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. Some of the least awful things that happened were getting shorted $40 at the ATM and being verbally assaulted in an elevator by a crazy man twice my size. The rest I can’t even revisit without getting angry or crying.
So, I really wanted to make something this weekend that I could finish (because who doesn’t love completing things – so satisfying) and that was nerdy and fun. I improvised my own design for the handwarmer part. They only took 1 skein of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes (only $1.99/pair) and are sized to fit an average person’s hand (meaning they’re too large for me). I knit the handwarmers first and then used these charts to add the Star Wars images in duplicate stitch. I’ll release the handwarmer pattern as a free download once I get enough time to write it up.
I think the storm trooper looks a little funny but I’m really happy with R2.
On Friday night I finally blocked my drop stitch scarf. This is such a simple thing to knit but I could not force myself to work on it. I really love how it looks but I found the process kind of agonizing. I used KnitPicks Imagination Hand Painted yarn (colorway = Seven Dwarves).
My weekend was pretty good as a whole. I bought a snowblower on Friday night and it made me feel like a real grown up. If we actually get the forecasted foot of snow this Tuesday it will really be nice to have. I indulged in some Thai food and shopping with my friend Julie on Saturday. I didn’t really need anything but couldn’t resist the cute shoes at Nordstrom Rack (Calvin Klein ballet flats).