Sunday, November 18, 2012

Evanston Yarn Grab

Dear readers,

I brought home some wonderful yarn from Chicago (Evanston) from Close Knit.  They gave me a cowl pattern from a sample and I planned to make it up this weekend.
 Pixie doing some adorable modeling
J. had other plans. He loved the yarn so I ended up making a scarf for him (and adapting their pattern).  I'm definitely avoiding making the "Dr. Who" scarf he's coveting for as long as possible.
A close view of the stitches
The yarn is Malabrigo Rasta in Soriano.  Size 19 needles *yeah*!

The pattern for the scarf from Close Knit:
Cast on 12 stitches
Row 1:  k3,p3,k3,p3
Row 2:  p3, k3, p3, k3
Repeat until the length is to your satisfaction.

I am making a cowl from the left over yarn for me!

Still.  Addicted.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Three knitted scarves - three weeks!

Yes, dear readers,

I am addicted.   I've cut out the Jstern's khaki pants but have yet to sew them up - literally less than four hours work - at the most eight.  Can't. do. it.  Must. Knit.

So, my first scarf below, simple knit stitch to 54 inches (pattern called for 42 inches):
The sheep pin to wear it at work.
Simple Knitting started my knitting addiction, in Jacksonville in a hotel during a Hurricane.
Wonderful introductory book.  Intriguing.  Not an all-in-one comprehensive book (I bought Teach yourself visually Knitting for this purpose.").

It is a garter stitch - and Blue Sky Alpaca Metalico yarn - raw silk and baby alpaca wool.   Size 3 needles (yikes!).  This took two weeks.  I do enjoy it - I blocked it and it actually stretched quite a bit (darn it!).

Then, I took another class - a Reversible Cable Knit scarf and knitted two scarves (I've been traveling quite a bit - so I've taken up airline knitting).  I used Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky in Oscar Night and Olive - super soft.  Size 11 needles, thankfully.  I wonder why yarn found in yarn stores is so much softer and less itchy than the store-bought items?

The pattern (Reversible Cables) can be found on Ravelry from my instructor, Anne Reversible Cable Pattern.   Less than 8 hours each scarf.

Paddy didn't mind modeling.

Yes, I've given in to my knitting.  On the plus side, I no longer bite my nails - a hidden benefit!! Hurray!

Iactually have a cowl class I'm signed up for after Thanksgiving and am working on a chunky scarf right now for J. (Size 19 needles, yeah!).

Any recommendations on future knitting projects?  I'm thinking fingerless mitts/gloves.  And a slouchy cap.


P.S. My link to ravelry is HERE (pammieandtheps)