Monday, April 30, 2012

Cloudy Days

The last of the Stephen West shawl club patterns, and it's a cutie.
The perfect project to bust some stash.
I'm using my leftover Another Crafty Girl in Squirtle, a colour I am insanely in love with, paired with leftover Wollmeise in Feldmaus. I didn't think I had enough yarn to complete the project, but I was hoping for wool magic.
Well, it didn't happen.
Fortunately, through the magic of Ravelry, I found some more Feldmaus in a destash, but unfortunately, it's much darker than what I had (and somehow not as pretty. It's much more mouse brown than nest brown).
But I could finish the shawl, and it's very wearable. It's really more of a sideways scarf, actually. It goes perfectly with a brown felt beret that is an autumn/winter staple for me.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Carry Me Along

 You know how sometimes, you love a yarn so much, you can't bear to have the leftovers just sitting there, begging you to use them?
No? Well, maybe it's just me.
I made the Swedish Chef hat out of Another Crafty Girl's gorgeous eponymous yarn, and I had some left over. Enough for another hat, perhaps, or half of a larger project.
Then ACG announced a KAL over in her Ravelry group, for any of her Muppets-based yarns.
So the leftover ball of Swedish Chef joined some Wollmeise Sanguinella left over from the Vulpix shawl, and an eye-poppingly bright combination was born.
I wanted an easy project I could knit on the train while hanging out with my mum, so I wanted garter stitch. but not stripes. I wanted each yarn to shine on its own.
Enter Wingspan, a viral pattern immensely popular for its bold, simple, but pleasing construction.

I didn't end up having enough for a full shawl, but the final shawlette is adorable, and very wearable.
Great pattern, great yarns, fun times. What more could you want?

Dissertation Blanket

It's done!
Somewhat smaller than expected, the Bazinga Blanket is complete.
It took three months of making myself knit just a few rows while watching video games being played for my amusement.
I don't know why, but I thoroughly disliked this project. Something about the endless rows of garter was so much worse than, say, endless rows of garter on a shawl.

Maybe it's jsut the fact that knitting a blanket is ugh. Yeah, hello hexipuffs? So that's not it either.
Maybe it's the magic trifecta of cheap acrylic yarn, endless garter rows and blanket that did it. Who knows?
Or maybe because I knew the project was big, I thought it would also be cumbersome? No idea.
But it's done. And it's nice. And most importantly, the feline overlord loves it. And in the end, isn't that all that truly matters?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Feed Your Artists

We were going on a day trip to Geelong and I needed something new to cast on.
I'd bought a skein of Noro Kureyon while we were in Japan, and I knew it needed to be a hat.
A Starving Artist, to be precise. The pattern is by Laura Linneman, of Knit Girllls fame.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable knit. Quick, straight-forward and pretty. The yarn is interesting to work with, and the colours are just as magical as people say they are.
This may well become my new favourite hat, and that's saying a lot.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Rusty Socks

While my parents are here, I need something quick and easy to knit. Like vanilla socks made out of self-striping yarn.
We travel around a lot on public transport.
So before I could even post an update post, these socks were done!
I made the cuff pretty short, since the yarn (Regia Cotton) is more of a summer blend.
I kind of knit them without a recipe, which didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. The heel flaps aren't exactly *centered*. But they're still fine. Really.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hexipuffs of March

How did March go with hexipuffs?
Why, I'm so glad you asked. I knit a few. A big pile of few.
In case you can't read my awesome hexi-art, that's 73 (or 1001001 in binary). Which is totally a geek reference I snatched from Big Bang Theory. Yes, I'm that kind of knitter. ^_^