Sunday, July 31, 2011

Scarfs,wraps and hats

The last week has been filled with projects.. Finished projects
Entrelac noro silk cowl
Vogue caplet in wool
A moebius wrap in variegated Opal sockenwole. Photos to follow

Also started the third K1, knit all hat...may fingers are working at super speed

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Knit One, Knit All Fall cardigan

As I said I will be working on two projects at a time for this sojourn through this wonderful book.   My Vogue capelet is finished (just featured on a Yarnmarket email,  as soon as it is blocked a bit I will post the photos.), now it's time to begin another large garment.

I had planned on knitting a cardigan with this yarn anyway.  The main portion will be knit in Knit Picks City Tweed DK.  This blend of merino wool, supefine alpaca and donegal tweed, feels wonderful in my hands.   What I really like about this particular design is that I will be able to do some minor shaping so that this cardigan will not have a boxy look and the button holes are so cool,  Icord again. The other consideration is the contrasting panel..I may consider a knitted pattern of some type instead of a color change for this portion of the sweater... Just have to wait and see.  Above you can see what I have knit so far.    Now to choose my second project .. maybe one of the glove patterns.....

Thursday, July 14, 2011

ko,ka #2 the brim

So once I sewed the tapered side together, the hat looked very strange to me.  Adding the border and brim was very easy and this is where I feel you have the flexibility to make the hat longer.

  Knitting in the design, I choose light olive and turquoise and then used the green for the brim.   this part is knit in the round (my favorite way to knit) and again the use of icord for finishing really gives this a rich look.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Knit One Knit All #2

I decided to take the liberty to skip to any pattern I choose during this I am knitting the Single Border Hat , page 15.  Again I read over the pattern instructions and wondered how is this going to work.. but of course it does because Elizabeth Zimmerman is genius!!   Using Paton's Merino wool (from my stash) I cast on the required stitches and knit away.. 

Love the spiral affect

Still did not get the look of the hat?

Friday, July 08, 2011

Finishing the caplet

Here are a few shots of the edging on the caplet.  Only 8 more repeats to go!!! 

Blogging from my IPad...

Don't know if I mentioned I have an I Pad..absolutely love down download patterns, knitting apps and now seems that I can blog from I know thus should not be such an amazing thing to me but somehow my tech brain has been on a long vacation thinking about knitting and hypnosis instead...well let see if this really works for me...hey where can I add photos????. Whew the spell check?? This may be a problem!!!!

So spelling is definitely going to be a problem the keyboard high-jacks my intended words

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Knit One Knit All --One down more to follow

The first project in Elizabeth Zimmerman's wonderful book Knit One, Knit All is complete.  The Spiral Hat  (yarn Cascade 220 super wash)

Knitting an I-cord and creating a fabric (piece) at the same time is pure genius

I found during the construction of the hat that by changing the way I picked up the side stitch the look of the join changed.

Sometimes I knit two stitches together from the front, or the back or I would pick up a stitch with out knitting it and yarn over.
You may be able to see the effect on the spiral above the outside edge.  It's only a slight difference. 
For my next project I'm going to take notes on everything I do or adjust.   What an innovator Eliz Z is .....I love this technique and can see using it to attach I-cord to any project easily.. what a great way to add a hem!!!

I'd  like to knit this piece again using a different yarn, something with a little mohair or angora.  

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy 4th

We have a few Yarn Bombers here in Sonoma..but of all that has been done in the past this is outstanding!!! Even the hub caps are knit!!!!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Lavender Field

             I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.   Everyday I look out my window and see the mountains and gorgeous blue sky (almost every day).  Sunday I was fortunate enough to travel North up the highway to Kenwood and visit the Sonoma Lavender Festival.   It was a lovely day.  The fields were in full bloom and the lavender was ready to be picked.   My first visit was to the chocolate shop --lavender infused truffles...absolutely delicious and then for a hand massage with lavender salt rub and lotions... there were cooking demonstrations and authorities in lavender cultivation giving presentations,  it was a perfect day. Lavender is healing and soothing..great to use creams on those knitting hands

sneak peak