Saturday, February 21, 2009

Blogging? No. Busy? Yes!

I may have had a major case of timorous writers block, but I certainly did not get bottled up on the crafting front. Hats, neckwarmers, a scarf - even a New Year's trip to Toronto - they all kept me busy. There are a couple of other items in the works but this will do for now.

ThorpeThorpe by Kirsten Kapur

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky in South Shore and Lilac (trim)

Once you get past the clumsiness of the 4 stitch cast on, the pattern really flies off your needles.

Instead of braiding the ties, I went with I-cord and mini poms to finish. There's a matching striped garter stitch scarf in progress.

Leftovers Hat and CowlLeftovers Hat by Karen Boykin (Ravelry link)

Yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky in Natural and Malabrigo Chunky is Dusty Rose

Why “Leftovers”? Because this hat was created from the yarn that remained after I knit the November baby jumper and socks.

This hat is paired with the Dolores Park Cowl by Parikha Mehta in the same colors.

Anne in BSA PoppyAnne by MK Carroll

Scarf is crocheted in Blue Sky Alpaca's yummy cotton in the Poppy color.

Admittedly, I simplified the pattern a bit by repeating rows 2-3 instead of proceeding to row 4. Get the pattern. You’ll see.

Columbia BeretColumbia Beret by Sarah Pope

I made a few small modifications to this well-written pattern. Since I used a slightly heavier weight yarn and size 9 (5.5mm) needle, I cast on 72 instead of 84 stitches. I also did 7 increase rows instead of 8 and grafted the remaining 12 stitches at the top.

I opted against the large bow in the pattern in favor of a small crochet chain twist bow. I also used purple ribbon to decorate the garter stitch brim.

Almost Ruffled by Laura ChauJust Enough Ruffles by Laura Chau

My friend Lisa Mendez gave this beautiful fade-dye turquoise to grey yarn. I've been waiting for the right project for at least 2 years when along came Ruffles.

Although you'll be working 3600 stitches by the time you finish, you'll be so pleased with the result, you won't care. Mostly.

KB at Lettuce KnitSpeaking of Laura Chau, I actually met her during the Boxing Day sale at Toronto's Lettuce Knit. Only problem is that I didn't realize the person ringing up my two skeins of Fleece Artist was, in actuality Ms. Chau. I even had her call a taxi for us. It was not until we drove off that my friend bellamoden told me what was what.

Yikes! did I feel like a goof. I thought about calling to apologize - not for being mean or anything because I was not. Just like, "Hey, I love your patterns. Sorry I didn't recognize you."

Hmm. Thank Jeebus for second thoughts. Pathetic fangirl decided it was best to leave well enough alone.

Now, for this feline interlude.
"For me, every day is boxing day!" - Rocky

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Blogger Chris said...

Wow! You have been busy, cranking out the lovely FOs.

2/21/2009 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

I'm glad you are just busy. I was wondering...
One FO is lovelier than the next one.
You were in Toronto and did't tell me? ;o)

2/21/2009 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger grumperina said...

Gorgeous knits left and right! Way to go!

2/21/2009 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Gorgeous. I hope the Fo's mean you are feeling better. That ruffles scarf is on my to do list. Take care my friend.

2/21/2009 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

Wow, you sure have been busy. Each one is a beautiful as the next. glad to see you posting. Rocky sure knows how be to celebrate Boxing Day!

2/21/2009 07:19:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Hey, cool! You made it to my hometown!!! Love the FOs...the hat is fantastic and is inspiring some copycat action over here.

2/21/2009 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

You definitely have been busy with the FOs. Everything looks great and the Just Enough Ruffles scarf is beautiful. Glad to hear that all is well.

2/21/2009 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

Hey, good to see you. I'd just been wondering how you were. Glad to see you're still managing some lovely needlework. I assume then that everything's functioning properly and painlessly.

2/22/2009 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

I love the baret! I decided not to knit anymore hats or scrafs, since I am so tired of winter :-(

2/22/2009 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Love it all, what a gorgeous bit of knitting (and you know I love your mannequin! She's so cute, especially in the first hat!

2/22/2009 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

My goodness, you have been busy! How cool that you got to go to Lettuce Knit. I love that Laura Chau ruffled scarf - perfect color for it. I'm also feeling a lot of love for the pretty crochet scarf. And the hats, and...well, everything!

2/22/2009 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

yowza......over the top amazing knitting GOODNESS going on there!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. and especially LOVE the just enough ruffles!

so good to see you light up! :)

2/22/2009 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Rocky's a hoot!!! Holy cow, I'm in love with both your Thorpe and your Just Enough Ruffles scarf. I know exactly what you mean about all those darn stitches at the end, though.

The trip to Toronto sounds fun! I need to make it up there sometime.

2/22/2009 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Your projects are gorgeous - I particularly like the Leftover Hat! And that is an equally gorgeous shot of Rocky!

2/23/2009 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

All those FO's are so pretty. I do love the ruffley scarf. Rocky needs a scarf. ;)

2/24/2009 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Bridget said...

I really do love my "leftovers" hat and cowl. Thank you so much! I've worn it nearly every day since you gave it to me! :)

2/26/2009 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger lu said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your projects! and i also hope this means that you are back in fine knitting form.

2/28/2009 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Remind me again why I'M knitting YOU a sweater? :)

Nice line there toots!

Rocky does have long skinny toes :)

3/01/2009 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

your anne is gorgeous! i'm going to send kai/m.k. the link to this post so she can check it out. :)

it's great to see you back!

3/06/2009 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger MK said...

Lovely bunch of FO's! The Just Enough Ruffles scarf colors are especially nice; isn't it great to find just the right project for a yarn you've been holding onto?

The Anne pattern was revised last month and now has a step-by-step chart - if you didn't get the notification and download link for the update, please let me know (if you purchased through Ravelry, I believe you can go back to your library and re-download to get the updated version).

3/07/2009 03:36:00 PM  
OpenID riotyarn said...

Lovely projects. Projects made of leftovers are the best.

4/01/2009 04:32:00 AM  
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