Monday, December 26, 2005

plans foiled yet again!

First, to answer your questions, the sweater I posted a picture of is Penryn, from Jaeger book #36 (Natural Fleece and Fur Collection). I was inspired by Carolyn's version, and I bought the book just for that one pattern... but after flipping through it, I'm actually quite impressed. They have a lot of nice sweaters in there that I could see myself making, and they're all knit with superchunky yarn (~2.5sts/in) which I normally don't like, especially on myself. Kudos to the designers for creating a lot of sleek looks out of such bulkyness.

Sadly, I have no photos of Penryn in progress... because there is no Penryn in progress. Despite ordering the yarn over a week before I left school for winter break, I am still Polar-less. I forgot to factor in extra shipping time for the holiday craziness, so the yarn is probably sitting in my mailbox at school waiting for me, and it will sit there until January 8.

However, I have been knitting up a storm - so while there is no Purple Polar Penryn, there is a Pink Pomatomus (and a bit of P alliteration overload):

the start of pomatomus

I love love love this pattern. The twisted ribbing is fabulously stretchy and thick, and the shells are just too cool! I'm using Louet Gems Merino which I got in the Yankee swap at my knitting group last week, and it's working up very quickly.

Also, I'm nearing the home stretch in my Sherbert Swirls sweater, and I finally got a picture of it:

sherbert swirls sweater in pieces

(If you look closely, you can see a swatch of Silkroad Aran in the corner.)

The problem with my design for this sweater is that the "home stretch" involves knitting about 2" of 2x2 ribbing over 298 stitches. TWO HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT STITCHES. It takes me over 20 minutes to do each row, and I get frustrated enough with it that I can only do one row at a time (though I think I've done 3 over the course of the day today). Which means it will be a while before it's done. And then, after the body ribbing, I have to knit the belt, which will probably be a few feet of 1x1 ribbing. FUN. Though for my first full-sweater-design-attempt, it's going very well... the sweater fits, the ribbing had the desired effect of adding simple waist shaping, and I managed to use a hand-dyed yarn without too much weird pooling.

Still haven't found my camera - I'm home so I can borrow my mom's. My sister got a new 5 megapixel Nikon today too, so maybe I'll borrow hers next, and you can expect some Fabulous Photography.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

plans foiled again

I was hoping to post pictures of my finished gift scarves (finally blocked), or of my finished hat and scarf set, or my sweater-in-progress (body and sleeves are finished, I think I'll call it "sherbert swirls" cause that's what the coloring reminds me of), OR the fabulous loot I came away with from knitting group last night...

... but, my camera is MIA. Really, I have no idea where it could be hiding, and I'm not amused. So instead I'll leave you with some pictures taken by other people of what will be next on my needles... this:

Penryn from JB36

in this:

Rowan Polar in Frizzle

I also might try to tackle Pomatomus, the crazy-complicated sock pattern from the new winter Knitty, in cotton-candy pink Louet Gems Merino that I got in the aforementioned Huge Box O' Yarn from last night. I think it would look really nice in a solid color, though the gauge is off so I might have to modify the pattern. I think I can handle it. I think.

Okay, off to work and look for my camera...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Malabrigo hat and mittens

These have been done for a while, but that silly thing called school got in the way and I haven't had time to blog recently.

shhh I'm hiding...

pattern: my own
yarn: 1 hank Malabrigo (100% merino wool / 215 yds per 100g) in Burgundy
needles: Denise 16" size 8s for the hat, Inox size 6 and Brittany Birch size 7 dpns for the mittens
gauge: erm... I'll check later when I type up the patterns
date finished: December 3, 2005

I love, love, love these... which is why I'm really sad that I don't get to keep them. But I'm hoping my sister will love them too... the hat and mittens are her combination birthday/Hannukah present, along with another untouched hank of Malabrigo (and a Dane Cook CD) because she's a newbie knitter herself and I want to spread the Malabrigo love. I was able to squeeze both the hat and the mittens out of only one hank, though with about 1 yard left over. I really thought I was cutting it close at the end there.

The mittens were made from the same basic pattern as the pair I made for myself, except I tweaked it a bit because her hands are wider and shorter than mine, and also there were a few things I wasn't completely satisfied with the first time around. This pair came out perfectly though, so I'll post the pattern soon. Here's a close-up of one of them (with bad color):

Malabrigo mittens - take 2

I made up the hat pattern as I went along, which is part of the reason I was worried I'd run out of yarn... but I figured that if I did run out, I could just "borrow" a few yards from the extra hank and she'd never know. ;) Isn't the color fabulous?

Malabrigo hat for my sister - lying flat

Malabrigo hat for my sister

More FO posts coming soon!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

long time no blog

Mmm... nothing like spending an entire weekend staying in and knitting! My original plan was to do nothing and knit yesterday, and then be productive today... but I woke up to a layer of white powder covering everything, and decided to stay in again. Snow is much prettier through a window anyway, I think.

My camera's batteries died before I could hold a major photo shoot, so I'll leave you with this:

(mostly) finished gifts for my family

I finished all my presents! Almost a month in advance! (They're for Hanukkah, not Christmas, but the 2 holidays are practically at the same time this year.) And I've been knitting a lot for myself too - I'm almost done with my second sweater! Well, I suppose "almost" is a relative term, but I've finished the body and a sleeve so I'm nearing the home stretch. It's been put aside for the time being, though, because it turns out that Boston is freaking COLD and WINDY. And I don't have a hat. Or a scarf to wear with my (red, ie hard to match) wool coat. So I'm trying to whip those out as fast as I can. Bulky yarn makes the "whipping" go much faster. ;)

More pics soon!