Phat Knits

When I saw this, I thought it was amazing. It's from an exhibit in Antwerp by artist Bauke Knottnerus. I love it!!

For more information and photos, visit the artist's site.


Practical Knitting

photo on Lynn's blog
Originally uploaded by Lynn1144.
Happy January! Once I had finished up my Christmas gift knitting, I didn't have time to get another project together to take with me on my vacation. That was very unfortunate, but, we kept pretty busy visiting both my husband's and my families back-to-back, so it was probably good. Plus, I had just started a new book, and it allowed me to get well into it without distraction. I love reading, but sometimes the drive to knit will supersede everything, and I don't get much reading done. (I'm reading Anathem/ by Neal Stephenson - good book!)

IMG_1915.jpgFor my birthday, a colleague at work gave me some de-stashed yarn, a project bag, and the Son of Stitch'n Bitch book (Debbie Stoller), since she had an extra copy. It was a really generous and unexpected gift. One of the yarns was a silk/mohair. I had always wanted to make a pair of leg warmers, and I remembered that there was a super-easy pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts - Super-Easy Leg Warmers (Joelle Hoverson). I immediately grabbed some yarn from my stash and knit up a pair of 20" leg warmers. Now, I was never a fan of the over-the-pants version of leg warmers, but I know how great they are since I danced from age 7. A few years ago, my sister told me she had bought a pair and enjoyed wearing them under her pants, and that they kept her legs toasty. So, That's what I'm doing with mine. I finished them in time for the coldest day of the year (high in the negative numbers!!), and they worked great. I wished I had some for my thighs, though. Man it was cold waiting for the bus.

Tom K's scarf1In other practical knitting, I have made a scarf for a friend at work, at his request. He chose the Rustic Man's Scarf also from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I gave him a ton of patterns to choose from, but I think he liked the basic simplicity of this one. I really like the vertical striping, and the way you get the extra stripe on one side when you start a new color. He had chosen 4 colors instead of 3, so I did alter the striping pattern slightly. It was a fun and easy project, and I might have to make one for my husband... I used
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Oregano, Pewter, and Taupe, and Knit Picks Cadena for the dark brown. The wool was much softer than I had thought it would be. I think this is a really great and affordable bulky yarn.

Next up, I need to finish my second Knotty or Knice sock (Interweave Knits Fall 2008). Somehow I lost my second #2 circular needle, so I had to wait until I had a second one again to start the 2nd sock! Now I'm back in business and ready to go. Let's knit!


FOs & Re-considering Craft

The Boy Hat
Originally uploaded by Lynn1144.
While listening to NPR (WBEZ in Chicago) last Saturday, I caught part of the "To the Best of Our Knowledge" show (12/14/08). The whole show was about craft, hence the title, "Re-considering Craft." It was a very interesting set of stories from an author writing about craft, to a craft fair in Milwaukee, to a neuroscientist and the effect of making things on our brain. I highly encourage everyone to take a listen. It was quite an interesting show, and I think it helped to explain why there has been such a resurgence in crafting in the past few years. You can find the podcast on iTunes, or go to the show's web site: http://www.wpr.org/BOOK/shows.cfm.

Dashing Mitts for HusbandAnyway, on to finished objects! I have actually completed some Christmas knitting. I made a very basic hat (The Boy Hat pattern by Elizabeth Heath-Heckman) I found on Ravelry for my husband, and some matching Dashing mitts. I modified his a bit, since he didn't want then to go as far past his wrist. So I started the first cable after 6 rows, and only put 7 rows between cables instead of 9. That shortened them enough. The yarn is Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool, which is super-soft. It's sort of a blue tweed (Denim color), even though it looks almost gray.

I also made the smaller size of the Dashing mitts for my Sister for Christmas. Those are made out of Malabrigo merino worsted. I followed the pattern on those,and they turned out great! I think this pattern is interesting with the alternating cables, and because the cables are spread apart, they are more of a design element than an actual pattern in the mitts. They also help to make the mitt snug around the wrist without having to do any decreases and then increases for the hand area. That may be obvious to some, but it was an interesting revelation for me while knitting these up.

I also completed my first knitting commission. I had made a pattern up for a braided-cable shrug, which I've made 3x before for myself, my mom, and a friend. I made yet another one for a friend to give to her sister-in-law for Christmas. She chose the Main Line yarn from Knit Picks for it, and I made it a 3/4 sleeve length. It turned out nicely! I have another knitting commission request for a custom scarf, but I won't start on that until after the holidays.

Happy Holidays & New Year!


New yarn, new things!

Malabrigo for giftsSoooooo, I didn't really need to buy any yarn. BUT, It was Nina's 4-year anniversary, and I was already close by, having gone to the DIY Trunk Show, so I stopped by. She was having a sale, you know, 20% off everything. I ran into a few friends there, and WOW was it crowded!! The line for the check-out was about 15 people long, and snaked around the store. It remained about that long until I got in line about a half-hour later. By the time I left, it had gone down to about 6-7 people, but that was absolutely the most packed I'd ever seen the store! Hooray for Nina!

So, I knew I was going to make something for my sister for Christmas, but I wasn't sure yet about the yarn or pattern. But, when I got to looking, it was the Malabrigo that was calling. I got some lovely Olive green worsted, and then some lettuce green superwash sock yarn. I figure one project for Christmas, and one for her birthday in January. And of course, I needed more needles, so I threw some #1 circulars in (for the sock yarn, of course).

I decided on Dashing from Knitty.com Spring 07. I started the pattern for the smaller size, and after doing the 18 rows of rib, I decided it was way too big. And so, I downsized it by 5 stitches, and tried again. This time, I got through the cables, and then decided it was too small!!! The cable areas make the wrist much more fitted, since it's less stretchy. I hadn't thought of that. Now, I've re-cast on again, for the original size. Hopefully the snug cable part will feel right and I'll ignore the roomy part. We'll see how it goes.


OMG some knitting has been happening?!

photo on Lynn's blog
Knotty Sock
Originally uploaded by Lynn1144.
Well, I'm finally inspired to post on my blog again. So, apologize for the bad photo styling, but in an effort to just get a post out, I have just given up on nice photos tonight.

First, I had started these Knotty or Knice Socks (Chrissy Gardiner) from the Fall 2008 Interweave Knits magazine. Once I got the cast one done, it was pretty smooth sailing. The pattern takes a little effort to follow, but I got it into my hands pretty well. These will definitely have to be blocked, but they fit pretty well. I ended up making the length of the foot shorter than the pattern called for, because I only wear a 6.5 size shoe. I made the length from the ankle go right up to my calf, and I still had yarn left!

Braided cable 3/4 sleve shrug
Next, I was asked to make a version of my braided cable shrug for a friend's sister-in-law. She bought the yarn for me, and I knitted it up. This is a very easy pattern, and is mostly mindless knitting. It just needs to be seamed up! I didn't get to make it full sleeve length, however. The Main Line from Knit Picks looks best on a size 8 needle, so I didn't have my friend get quite enough yarn. It's also only 82 yds/ball. But, I think it will be very cute, regardless.

What's next? I'm not sure. I need to do the 2nd sock, and my sister needs some fingerless mitts, so maybe I'll start both! Either way, I should really spend some more time knitting and less time on facebook :) Knitting is much more rewarding.

History was made.

I'm so proud to be an American these days!


Baby things

photo on Lynn's blog
Originally uploaded by Lynn1144.
Finally, here is the finished Matinee Jacket from the Simply Baby book by Debbie Bliss. I don't think I had the gauge exactly right, as the arm widths were a bit wider than the opens on the body for them. hmm. So, I think the overall jacket is a bit wider than the pattern should give. But, it was a good project. It was hard for me to get into the rhythm of the lace parts, so I kept making mistakes and having to go fix them. I also had wanted to use a white ribbon with hearts, but that turned out to be too stiff to fit through properly, so I used a plain white satin. I meant to get this done by Christmas, but it wasn't to be. So, I thought red is also a good color for February for Valentine's Day! It will go to its recipient soon. I am not sure it will fit her yet, though :)

In the meantime, I have started the brioche stitch hat from Weekend Knitting. It's really addictive! I wasn't sure I was getting the stitch right, but after a few rounds, it started to become clear and look right. It's deceiving, because I expect it to be small, but it really stretches out a lot. We'll see how it goes. I'm using this super-soft yarn from Stonehedge Fiber Mill in Michigan. I picked it up at Stitches Midwest (where else), and I really love it! I was finally able to just sit and knit on Sunday, which was a luxury!! Anyway, more updates, soon, I hope. It's a quick knit.