Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The yarn is Bernat's Matrix ribbon yarn . It was a steal at Zellers - 6 balls for $5.00 . A while ago Chantal had requested a scarf made out of this type of yarn . She wanted a little scarf to dress up an outfit , as opposed to keeping her warm . I couldn't find any ribbon yarn at any local LYS , but scored this at Zellers last week. Can't go wrong with the price , but it's a pain to work with . This is my mindless, knit in front of the TV project.
The second and much more enjoyable project is Kate Gilbert's "Bird in Hand " mittens .I fell in love with these the first time that I saw them on the net . I've only ever knitted plain mittens and even then only a couple of pairs , so I'm definitely no mitten expert .Knitting these has added to my repertoire . I now know how to knit a picot edge and do an Estonian braid . Not very well mind you , but it's a beginning . Since I took these pictures I've ripped them back to the beginning of the thumb gusset increases. I really wasn't satisfied with the increases and have re-knit that portion . I'm a bit worried about having enough yarn . I'm using Knit Picks Telemark and as far as I can tell I've got gauge , but my first ball of the blue is disappearing very quickly . Anyway so far I'm very happy with the pattern and the yarn . Can't wait to get at least one mitten off the needles .
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
This is what happens when you're struggling with a cold , want to knit something but the brains have left the building . That and my supply of dishcloths is dwindling to almost zero. I knit 5 actually , but two are now in my neighbours' kitchen . The flower petal ones are a free online pattern by Hazel Schrock . A really easy , fun knit that looks more complicated than it is. The other is my plain vanilla standby , found on the ballband of Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton years ago . I love using these because you just can't wear them out no matter how many times you wash them and throw them in bleach to disinfect them . There's always someone knitting these up for church bazaars and fundraisers . They usually sell like hotcakes, so obviously I'm not the only one who likes them.
I had a rather nice surprise today . I participated in the Ravelry Scarf Exchange, but the person who was supposed to knit for me didn't follow through . I was a little bummed out but still happy that I kept up my end. That's the chance you take when you do this kind of exchange. Today I received an unexpected email from a very kind knitter in New Zealand who has volunteered to be my Knitting Angel . Since she's already knit a scarf for someone else , I'd like to pay that kindness forward. I haven't decided exactly what I'll do (charity knitting or make a donation to Medecins sans Frontiers in her name) but a very big thank you Marjorie .