Monday, February 21, 2011

knit away

So, I am not very good at this blogging thing, sigh.

I love to go through people's blogs, see their layouts, read their stories, look at their photographs.  I just can't seem to make it a priority to do this frequently.  I want an established blog, though, to stay up to date on my knitting projects and to recount our family happenings in case God calls us to move.

I suppose doing what I love and having that take up time, is much better then sitting on the computer and constantly blogging when I am not passionate about it, at least not yet.

Here, then, is what I have been knitting up in the last month:

Holey Blanket:

This is a blanket, of my own design, that I knit for our friends Aaron and Priscilla.  They had a little boy three weeks ago, named Joel.  Knit with Bernat Baby Bubbles, the yarn started as a sweater, but it just wasn't going to suit a little boy.  The sweater was frogged and out came the size 35 needles to birth this blanket.  I cast on about 50 stitches and knit until I ran out of yarn.  Simple.  Soft.  Scrumptious.

5th Avenue Infinity Scarf:

I have been searching for the right scarf for my friend Cathy, to give as gift, for all of the wonderful knitting books and yarn she has been giving me.  I saw this on and knew that it would be perfect.  She is a southern girl with a classy and sophisticated sense of fashion (at least in my opinion) and she just got a new pea-coat and I thought she could surely use a cowl instead of a regular old scarf!

I knit mine on size 8 circs and in I LOVE THIS YARN! from Hobby Lobby.  It is a soft acrylic with a wonderfully rich color.  The second picture shows off the color better.  I followed the pattern exactly.  I wish I would have read some of the reviews more thoroughly, though, and added a couple rows of seed stitch to the top and bottom.  This would have eliminated the curl on the edges, but I do like the curl when the cowl is wound . . . .

I have already been commissioned to knit another for my friend Jen.  We are trading products:  I knit her the cowl and she is going to make me some jewelry!  Yippee!

I am now working on some fingerless gloves for my brother Matt.  The original pattern is called Ken and is for a glove with fully knit fingers.  So, I measured Matt's gargantuan hands I am going to bind off the fingers of the glove about a half inch from the top of his fingers.  For these I am holding the yarn double and using the recommended needle size, 8 dpns.  I am such a tight knitter, so I am hoping this makes the gloves a little bigger, enough to fit Matt's hands.  Matt and I scrounged around on the knitpicks website until he decided that he like the Wool of the Andes in a charcoal color the best.  I am enjoying knitting with it!

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