Saturday, December 30, 2006

IOU a cap

Thursday we drove to Leavenworth (not Kansas) to do a little cross-country skiing. The camera stayed in the car while we skiied (not intentionally) so I only have this twilight shot to share. Not only was it a day of clear, cold, sunshine -- it also was a day with a long car ride and another driver. So, I finished the cap for my father-in-law.

Presenting the "cap that matches the Endpaper Mitts". I am chagrinned to notice (only as I post these pictures) that rather than reversing all the colors, I only changed the color of the ribbing. Still, I'm happy with how it turned out. As the wearer has a relatively small head for an adult, and I intend it for indoor wear, I made it smallish (21") and not very deep.

I'm quite proud of the spiral at the top -- I didn't chart this out, but meditated on it as I knit toward the decreases. It's not perfect, but I find it attractive.

Like the mitts, this is made with Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk - about 150 stitches around on US 2 needles (US 0 for the ribbing). It used less than a skein of each color. I bought 4 skeins of yarn altogether for this project, and have a fair amount leftover, but not a full skein of either color.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Wrapping it up

They're finished.
Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang.
Blue Sky Alpaca & Silk - I used one skein of each color.
The worries I had about the pair matching were groundless - they're fine.
They are supposed to have a hat to go with them - they will, but not by tomorrow . . .

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Cheer

Theresa's Christmas party, over at Knitting Underway, inspired me to share some of our, shall we say, eclectic Christmas decor. I knit these Christmas stockings quite a few year ago from the Christmas Socks pattern from Beth Brown Reinsel's Knitting Traditions (page down to see the pattern). One of the reasons I think this is a cool pattern is that you can knit a big Christmas Stocking, or real, wearable Christmas socks. I have the yarn for the socks too, but have yet to make them.

Yes, two of our Christmas socks are actually mittens - it seemed like a good idea at the time, though they're sort of odd shaped mittens. However, they do hold a cd, some candy and a tangerine, which is the point on Christmas morning.

I should be making cookies, sending cards, shopping, practicing music for church and a million other things. Before I do, I want to wish each of you a joyous holiday season. Thanks for reading my blog!

Friday, December 15, 2006

One down . . . and a color digression

Here is the first Endpaper Mitt. I apologize for the blotchy winter lawn as a background, but in consolation, the colors on the Mitt are true. I like it a lot. I hope the recipient does too. My only disappointment is a problem I tend to have with "second" things -- my corrolary to "second sock syndrome". My problem isn't finishing the second thing; it's that I perfect my techniques by the time I get to the second item. So, the tubular cast on, which is a little wonky on this one, is lovely and smooth on the second. Since I'm working to deadline here, I'm hoping that blocking and wearing will eventually offset this. Debbie commented on how well this yarn coordinated with my rug in the last post. It's worse (or better) than that. I tend to be drawn to variations on favorite themes. This yarn does coordinate with my living room rug. It is also very similar to this --

The sweater and hat I made for my son last Christmas, which I showed you a couple of posts ago. My son chose the blue for that sweater, and I chose the gold because I liked using it with blue when I knit Grant Avenue.

This blue/gold combination is also the classic blue-jeans denim with stitching color-scheme.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

We are Santa's Elves

Lucky me! This arrived in the mail today!

Lucky us! The person receiving a gift from this yarn doesn't read my blog.

Don't you love it when a gift request meshes with what you're craving to knit anyway? I'm going to be making Eunny Jang's
Endpaper Mitts, from Blue Sky Alpaca, Alpaca and Silk yarn. The yarn will probably be just a tad heavy for the pattern, but I think it's soft (oh, is it soft) and drapey enough for me to get away with knitting this fingering weight pattern. I took this photo in natural light, but the blue is a tad more faded and the flax is spicier in real life. The picture here at is truer to color, though the blue seems to be gone right now. I plan to make a beanie/skullcap to match.

By the way, ordering from KPixie was a totally positive experience. I received a 10% discount for creating an account on their site. I ordered last Monday night, and received an email the next morning, telling me there was a wait for the blue yarn, and asking what I wanted to do. I guess having to wait wasn't TOTALLY positive, but the immediate feedback was much appreciated. My yarn was shipped on Friday or Saturday and arrived today (Wednesday). AND the shipping was only $5.00, which seems reasonable to me. KPixie carries some nice yarn -- check them out.

Also, the pattern is now available for the gorgeous mittens Eunny showed us a while ago. You might want to take a peek.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I did a LOT of knitting Saturday, because I was fortunate enough to have a long car ride with someone else willing to drive. But instead of treating you to sleeve pictures, here's what I did last night.

I didn't run in the fun run, but these three did.

I did see this.

and this. It's the Lighted Farm Implement Parade. An annual holiday event for our family, we ooh and aah and then warm up at my sister's where we celebrate a couple of family birthdays while we're at it.