Friday, February 25, 2011

There can't ever be enough fingerless mitts....



When the muse strikes, you gotta go with it. I was inspired by a stitch pattern found in a new book I just purchased: The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. I need to stop buying pattern books since I have enough books and magazines sitting around to keepme busy for 10 years. But this is a reference book, so I rationalized -- and so it came home with me.

I also had most of two balls of Wool Bam Boo left over from other projects, one in pink and one in blue. And of course I had to get some more yarn to go with them, because they certainly wouldn't look good together....



I really like color work -- Fair Isle or stranded knitting is so pretty, but it drives my crazy switching back and forth. I just have to practice more, but haven't been inspired to do so. Mosaic patterns are fun -- you're only using one strand of yarn at a time, so it's not as fiddly as Fair Isle. These work up very quickly in DK weight yarn.


You can find Gilly Bean available as a free Ravelry download:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gilly-bean

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

One and Two ...

It feels great to finish knitting something. You get to the last bind off, weave in your ends and TA-DA! Finis! The end. Ooops, I forgot. Sometimes knitting one something isn't enough. Sometimes you need two somethings -- two mitts, two socks.... before you know it, you have SECOND SOCK (or mitt) SYNDROME!

It seems like I was beginning to have a collection of one of things. I decided I had to start finishing stuff before casting on any more pair projects! I made a pair of Scrollwork Socks by Veronique Avery. These were in the latest issue of the St. Denis booklet, and my boss at Stitches with Style in Newark DE needed some shop samples. This was a great pattern -- I used Aslan Trends Santa Fe, which I fell in love with. It was more of a sport weight yarn, and the socks seemed to fly right off the needles....


There's only one sock in the photo because the other one is at the shop. I completed the first one and gave it to my boss right away, but it took a bit to get around to the second one. There really are two socks in existence now, I promise. I also recently published a new mitt pattern, Fluffy Knitter Mitts, which is available for free on Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fluffy-knitter-mitt

I was so excited to have a new design, I never finished the second mitt. SO I finished that one last night, too! Go me!


I still have only one of the Fingerless Glove Fanatics Mystery Mitt done, but I have to think about the picot hem. Not sure if I want to frog it and replace it with a boring straight edge or not....

And to celebrate getting two pairs of things done, I cast on this morning for a not-pair project -- Two Tone Tawashi. Stitches with Style is doing a "Washcloth Club" KAL with a new pattern selected every month. I liked this month's pattern, but the sample -- made with worsted weight -- seemed a bit on the small side. I found some Jeanee Chunky in the sale bin and used that. You can see the size is nice!


And I finished up my design for the Novemeber Designer KAL in the FGF: SOCK group on Ravelry. And I did make TWO so I have a pair. But I can't show you --- it's a SEKRIT!