30 January 2010

Keeping warm

Thanks for the sewing information. I'm excited for my new craft. But in the meantime, I've been doing lots of little knitting projects.

First, I knit Owen a matching hat and scarf from the wonderful rainbow yarn I purchased at Rhinebeck last fall.

Pattern: Child's Cable Ear Flap Hat by Diana Jordan
Needles: Size 7

Pattern: Reversible Cable Scarf by Linda Daniels, modified to fit a child
Needles: size 7

More details are on Ravelry.

Finally I knit a Norwegian Star hat for me. I'm about to start a big colorwork project and wanted to practice my fair-isle.
Pattern: Norwegian Star Hat by Stephanie Taylor
Needles: size 6

26 January 2010

a new craft

Hey knitting friends who also sew:

I received a sewing machine from my sweetie for Christmas. I was wondering if you could recommend any sewing books or webpages, both how-to and patterns. I have never sewn before and this is all very new to me.

I just started my first project last night: a tote bag. We'll see how it goes!

11 January 2010

My first knit of 2010 was the Meret.

Pattern: Meret
Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in moss, 1 skein
Needles: size 7
Thoughts: Fun pattern! I originally did an extra repeat of the lace to make it more slouchy, as is suggested in the pattern, but I found that I am not a slouchy beret person. In fact, I looked ridiculous. I took it out and omitted the extra repeat with much better results. Berets don't look as cute on me as they do some, but at least it is not ridiculous looking any more.

more on the February Lady

This past Fall I took my very first knitting class at Webs. It taught by my good friend Annie and it was to make the February Lady Sweater, designed by Pamela Wynne (inspired, of course, by Elizabeth Zimmermann's Feb. baby sweater), but in the round with a crochet steek (Annie despises purling).

Here's a quick overview of how we made the sweater:

The sweater has a garter raglan top, so that was done back and forth (remember, no purling!) and then it was joined in the round for the lace part.

Then we crocheted on either side of the steek stitch. I choose to do mine in a nicely contrasting blue sock yarn I had in my stash. I really like the way it came out!

Then it was time to cut, which actually wasn't as scary as one might think.Finally the ends were whip-stitched down.

Ta Da!

And I found these awesome buttons at Webs that worked perfectly.