Monday, March 30, 2009
Pattern: CO 352 sts, Knit every row, EZ sewn BO, tie ends as fringe - done!
Yarn: Drops Alpaca colour #0618, La Droguerie Alpaca (from scarf kit)
Needles: Addi Turbo Lace 3.75mm 100cm
Mmm...stripey. This was so easy and satisfying. Once in a while I really need to bang out a garter stitch somethin-or-other just to remind myself that knitting does not have to be "work". Besides, pretty stylish for a garter stitch scarf, enh?
The biggest pain in the posterior was the bind-off. Working side to side instead of end to end, I really wanted the bind-off to match the cast-on edge. What matches a long-tail cast on? The Elizabeth Zimmerman sewn method works pretty well... unless you have THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY stitches to bind off! What's the problem? For those that have never used the technique, it requires one to cut off a length of yarn THREE TIMES as long as your work, then work that long tail through your stitches one by one (see link for exact details). It's a pretty simple technique and looks great when completed, though takes eons. It took two evenings to bind-off this puppy! Perfectionist? Me?
Well, heck, it's worth it for this guy:
I sincerely hope my brother doesn't tire of hand-knit gifts any time soon!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
These two designs, much like their namesakes, are brother and sister. Knit from the top down, the hats are a great way to get the most out of your yarn yardage. (Try knitting the ribbed edge in a contrasting colour if you run out of yarn!) The slip-stitch pattern on a background of reverse stockinette is an ideal mate for busy self-striping yarns.
The PAT version is a snug-fitting unisex cap.
The JULIA version is a loose-fitting beret.
Instructions given for three adult sizes.
Monday, March 16, 2009
...it's starting a new one. With my bro's b-day around the corner I decided to cast on a little giftie.
The yarn is from an alpaca scarf kit I got at La Droguerie in Lyon (sigh...France...). The kit came with instructions to knit a simple rainbow striped scarf which though cute, was definitely not going to work for my brother.
Rainbow stripes? Juvenile. Paul Smith stripes? Divine!
I needed to flip those stripes on their side and channel Mr.Smith! I picked up a skein of Drops Alpaca (conveniently nearly identical to the La Droguerie yarn) in a nice heather-y tan colour to use as my main "background" colour, crunched some numbers, and set to work casting on no less than THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY STITCHES!
Despite the ridiculously long cast-on, I'm thoroughly enjoying knitting this. Mindless garter stitch = fun! I was initially choosing the colours equally mindlessly by just knitting whichever bit of yarn came out of the bag first, but after a few rows I was worried things were getting a little girly:
These socks were found in the men's catalogue. Given the number of knitters I see buying grey yarn to knit socks for the men in their lives, these colours are definitely in the "danger zone" for a lot dudes out there. I feel sorry for these poor, colourless men. Who wants to live in a world where rainbows look like this?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Dusty Rose has been my trusty drafting table companion for many a year. Found on the curb, her facade may be faded, but her bones are strong. I should mention I found Miss Dusty on the side of the road... ten years ago. Yes, you're looking at decade-old garbage, posing for photos in my messy kitchen.
From the moment I brought Miss Dusty home, I had every intention of giving her a make-over. You see, there are very few colours I can't tolerate, and "dusty rose" is one of them. "Dusty rose" is to the 80's as "harvest gold" is to the seventies. It seemed different and fresh at the time, but now it finds itself horribly dated. Never mind dated, it was never that good in the first place. Dusty rose is the colour of retirement homes and dentist offices, decorative wallpaper borders and faux silk flowers arranged in porcelain vases shaped like kittens.
Last Monday, it was time.
As I pried back the staples I feared the worst. A decade of dust... mould... hairy beasties! Not only were the chair innards parasite - free, they were totally salvageable.
I know, I know. I recovered the chair with vintage fabric, essentially sending the upholstery even further back in the decorator time-line. But hey, the seventies are cool now! Perhaps I should have just waited another ten years until "dusty rose" came back into fashion.
It all comes back eventually... right, Benetton?!?
Sunday, March 01, 2009
So with priorities appropriately shifted, I have spent my weekend knitting, organizing a photo-shoot, and working on layouts for my next pattern publication. Yay! It won't be ready for a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, here's the long over-due write-up of Laire's hat:
It's not really a "design", but I know sometimes we all just need a simple pattern and can't be bothered doing the math ourselves! Besides, it was good inDesign practice (I've been meaning to teach myself inDesign for ages - I used to use Illustrator. Two birds with one stone!) Go pick it up for free on Ravelry!
I hope to have another "real" pattern finished in a couple of weeks. Anyone want to test knit one of these?