Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Knitting

Christmas is coming soon.  I've been knitting a lot lately!  I started a men's sweater, Zimmermann's Seamless Hybrid last Friday.  This is the last Christmas gift to knit this year.  I probably won't make it by Christmas, but I managed to finish the body and a sleeve so far...  I'm almost done with the other sleeve, a few more rounds to go.

I knitted a Baby Chalice Blanket as a gift for my daughter.  I worked on this secretly when my daughter was not around.  It turned out beautiful!  I can't wait to see her face when she opens it.

I've also finished a couple other things.  The Owls sweater by Kate Davies and a Mystery Beret by Woolly Wormhead.  You can view all of my projects here if any of you are interested!

Happy Holidays & Knitting, everyone!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Started a New Pair!

I started knitting a new pair of socks.  The pattern is called "Gentleman's Fancy Socks" by Nancy Bush which is in a book called Knitting Vintage Socks.  I always wanted to try out this pattern, love the classic design!

This yarn had no label so I don't know anything about it, but it's turning out great.  The first one is almost done.  It's really warm and it feels good, I wonder what the name of the yarn is?

I was trying on my socks I knitted in the past to see which one's better.  I've only knitted two pair of socks for myself (and a pair for my husband & daughter).  Hmm... the conclusion?  ....I like them all!  They are all unique, warm, cute and homemade looking, can't compare with machine made socks.

I totally failed on knitting a pair every month in 2010 as I declared in January, but I might try it again next year.  Knitted socks make our feet happy :-)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Almost a Hat, Cowl

I was going to knit a hat but I changed my mind...  made a cowl instead :-)

Yarn: 1 skein of bulky weight yarn (about 100 yards).  I used Tosca by Lang Yarns.
Needles: 7 mm 16" circular needles
Gauge: 12.0 sts = 4 inches
Required Skills: Cast on, Knit, Purl, Knitting in a circle, Bind off
Size: One size

K - knit
P - purl
M1 - make one
sts - stitches

Cast on 50 sts loosely and join in round.
K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches. 
Knit 1 round.
Repeat K5, M1 until end of round. (60 sts)
Knit until the work measures 10" from the cast on edge.
Bind off loosely.