Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hats and Socks

...from top to bottom

Here I am combining projects into a single blog post.

First up, Frankenbaby! This is a Frankenstein hat that I made my nephew for Halloween last year. I was just recently sent the photos. I made up the pattern myself and I do plan on writing it down so you all can make one for your little monster.
Yarn: Cascade 220 in black and green. And a little bit of grey for the bolts and some red embroidery floss.

Second, my Honey Hat. I fell in love with the pattern, Honey Cowl but I didn't have enough yarn. I picked up this yarn at Churchmouse while I was in Brainbridge Island. I thought the stitch pattern and yarn would make a great hat. I made it slightly slouchy. Then I embroidered a tree and some orange leaves to it with some scrap yarn. I love it. Reminds me of a burning field.
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, colorway: loro barranquero.

My friends Heather and Erin are due with their first son very shortly. I've been wanting to make these little socks for so long and I knew they were the perfect couple for them. I call them The Snowflake Socks.
Yarn: Cascade 220 green, Knit Picks undyed natural yarn.

The dark spot on the toe is a raindrop!

Lastly, Bailey has been asking me to make him some socks for awhile now. I have had this yarn in my stash for years and thought he would enjoy some Candy Cane Socks. I knit them with an afterthought heel so as not to disrupt the striping pattern. Quite by accident, these socks have the complete opposite striping pattern from each other. WIN! I love it when stuff like that happens.
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Nation Color

Monday, January 3, 2011

My First Mystery Knit Along

...along with the awesome Leethal!

My favorite knitting designers is Lee Meredith or Leethal. My first project of hers was the Buttonhead hat. She recently organized a mystery knit along. I've never done one before and signed up immediately. A knit along consists of a knitters knitting the same thing at the same time. The mystery knit along means we don't know what we're knitting. Leethal broke down the pattern into four parts and sent them out in four weeks. I had so much fun.

I used leftover green Cascade 220 and some Knit Picks yarn that I dyed with Kool Aid.

Week One: It was some sort of strip with a zig zag rib pattern.

Week Two: Increased a little bit in stockinette stitch.

Week Three: I switched to the Kool Aid yarn. At this point, I was pretty sure it was a shawl or capelet.

Week Four: Went back to the green to finish the edging. It is a shawl and I love it!

You can now buy the entire Betiko pattern from Leethal that shows how you can
use different yarns and different stiches to make it customizable! I will definitely be making more of these!

Things I've Done

...but not yet blogged.

There's some knitting projects that I've completed in the last couple months that I just haven't gotten around to posting. So I'm going to do that now.

I made this cowl/scarf/scrunchie thingy for Amy's birthday. I used Knit Picks Gloss and Hannah Silk Ribbon. I love it, Amy loves it. Yay!

For Christmas, I knitted my husband gloves. I used Knitty's Cigar pattern but made all the fingers full length and made a button hole in the first finger and thumb so he can use them without taking the gloves off. I used Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool.

My husband gave me a Kindle for Christmas and my sons got me Malabrigo. Living the life, I tell you! I made this lovely Kindle cozy out of Malabrigo Worsted Amoroso. I altered the pattern a bit to include a flap and buttons.

My son has a Build A Bear bunny he named Tucker. Tucker is his best friend and when it snowed here awhile back, my son was very concerned that Tucker did not have anything to keep him warm. So for Christmas, "Santa" knitted Tucker a sweater. I used scrap Cascade 220 yarn.