Monday, January 14, 2008

A Little Bit of 70's

and a little bit of warm

and a little bit of fun!

The plaid was asymmetric (very!), so I was a bit stymied about how to position the centre seam on the bias... I decided to go with matching up the white lines, since they seemed most prominent at the time! Now, we'll see how long I can stand the waistband - I've put elastic in it, but as usual when fitting things, I've made it too big. Do I stick out my stomach every time I measure something or what?

One more maxi-length skirt - I love them!

Details: a-line, bias, wool skirt with zipper and elastic waistband. My own pattern (which I should really write directions to, because I always get confused half way through, even when it's obvious to begin with!).

Friday, January 04, 2008

The Answer was No

... I didn't get the sweater done before the 25th.

But it didn't matter, because the recipient went right back to bed after breakfast and had a nice long nap - so it was finished on the 25th!!!

DH (aka The Ham), posing with his new sweater:

And a non-flash, slightly blurry, very bad colour photo that actually shows the sweater!

Details: Durrow from MagKnits, made with Robin Knits DK weight acrylic, dark green, on 4.5mm needles (gauge waaaay different than the pattern specifies!). Still have plenty left over from 6 100g balls. Alterations: made the XLarge numbers, which turned into Medium width, XLarge length with the gauge that I had; really futzed with the raglan shaping, and threw together the neckline at the 11th hour hoping it would turn out ok... well, it looks like a sweater - good enough for me!

The long ago mentioned secret knitting:

TA DA! OK, they look better IRL. Somehow the camera picks up every tension inconsistency in switching colours! These weren't blocked at the time of photographing, I'm afraid I had to leave that for my sister to do so they were wrapped in time for her to take back with her.

Details: Endpaper Mitts, recycled wool (light blue variegated was handdyed with food colouring), between small and medium size, tops shortened so that A could stretch her fingers while playing the flute. She loves them!

And over the holidays, my mom, dad, other sister and myself crocheted squares for a prayer shawl for an extended family member who's going through a really rough time.

Can I just say (a) crochet IS much faster than knitting, and (b) sharing the project is a lot faster and a lot more fun. I think we had this done in 3 days, and that was with a lot of slacking off. There were more jokes and stories woven into this than outright prayers, but I think that counts too.

On the knitting pile now (and likely to be fairly monogamous) - the cardigan for my FIL. This pic is of the bottom of both sleeves (knitting both at the same time on a circular needle - hey, I learned my gauge lesson last time!) on the left, and a piece of the swatch-to-end-all-swatches on the right (had to test out stitch patterns!):

I'm loving the Cascade 220 so far, and I'm pleased with how the sleeves are turning out. FIL will be happy there's some progress!