Happy Birthday ES!

September 16, 2010

My dear friend had a milestone birthday and I couldn’t be there. We used to live less than a mile away and now I live 200 miles away and I MISS HER. I wanted to make her something special and useful. I came across the fingerless gloves, Handed Yes, Fingered No. I discovered this pattern via the Rainey Sisters, one of the most-read blogs in my blog reader.

Handed Yes Fingered No

This pattern is great because 1) it comes in small, medium and large sizes, and 2) it is not symmetrical – the left and right hands are made to conform to one’s actual hand shape.

Handed Yes

I used Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran which is merino wool, microfiber and cashmere and wow, do I love this yarn. It is squishy and warm and great to knit with. It only took 2 skeins (with leftovers). I see some more gloves out of this in my future.

I made the medium but they turned out to be a little big. It seemed like it would fit OK on the wrist but I didn’t want the hand part to be floppy, so I decreased about 4 stitches at the wrist to snug up the hand. I decreased every other rib, so that the hand part on the back of the hand has alternating K2 and K1 ribs (instead of only K2 ribs). I also used a regular rib instead of the broken rib, so they are very stretchy.

I added buttons which I got out of Grandma S.’s button box. Sending the love from generation to generation.

Handed Yes


Summer is for Ice Cream

August 25, 2010

I was browsing Ravelry for baby hat patterns and when I came across “Soft Serve” (Ravelry link) I knew I had to make it:

Soft Serve Baby HatOur former next-door neighbors will be parents in October so I hope their baby likes this whimsical hat!

It is knit from fingering weight acrylic (from my stash) on US 3’s. I had to modify the pattern because the 0-3 month size came out to be 10 inches – way too small. So I picked up stitches along the cast-on edge, increased 12 stitches evenly spaced, and did another band of stockinette and another band of seed stitch. Now it will easily fit a 12-14+ inch head. I also changed the “swirl” on the top to make it more ice-creamy.


Must Have Cardigan, continuing

March 24, 2010

Here’s an update of the aran cardigan I started last June. It’s slow going because it’s not “mindless” knitting. But I’m making progress!
Back (almost done):
Must Have - Back
Sleeves (done):
Must Have - Sleeves
Fronts (just starting):
Must Have - Fronts


Let the Games Begin

February 13, 2010

I signed up for the Yarn Harlot‘s Knitting Olympics, and took the Athletes Pledge.

I cast on this morning. (We watched half of the opening ceremony last night, but I went to bed before the torch was lit. My dear son woke me at midnight to tell me the torch was now lit and I could cast on, but I deferred until after I’d had my coffee this morning.)

Gypsy Socks WIP
Here are the socks with 3 rounds knit.

Citius, Altius, Fortius