Friday, February 3, 2017

FO Friday: Snowflake Hat



My knitting recently has been driven largely by practical (and selfish) reasons. I knew I wanted a hat with a pompom and I wanted colors that were pretty neutral (my warmest winter jacket is purple, so I try to keep my knits more muted in color). I only had one skein of the blue yarn, and it was so pretty I wanted to make sure I used it for the right item. So far, this hat has gotten plenty of use. 


Pattern: 
My own (I may write one up in the future)

Yarn:
Quince & Co. Owl in 'Cement'
& An unknown white wool

Needles:
US 8

I knit this with the both yarns held at once so it would look variegated. It also was a tight knit meaning extra warmth. 




The pompom came out much better than I thought it would at the beginning. I hardly make them so every time I do, I realize I lost my cardboard cut-outs, have to scrape up some recycled cardboard, relearn exactly how it's supposed to be done, and spend way too long trimming it. I'm still not completely satisfied with it (I wish it was fuller, for one). It works for now, but I'm thinking I may just give in and buy one of the fancy 'pompom makers.' It just seems silly when it's possible to make one without it. 



The wool is also a bit itchy. I'm not sure if it's the fault of the Quince & Co. yarn or the unknown skein. In the future, I think I will limit myself to just soft yarn for headwear. 




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Improvised Top-Down Raglan




While below-freezing temperatures and gray and cloudy days keep me indoors, I decided to start an improvised top-down raglan sweater.

I have one (store bought) cropped knit sweater that I get a lot of use out of. Loosely based off this and this pattern, I thought I could likely create my own. I decided of stockinette sleeves and moss stitch for the main body.

I have already nicknamed this sweater 'moss on a Mississippi tree stump' because 1. the color, 2. the stitch pattern, and 3. Michael Scott made that particular analogy in an episode of The Office I was watching when I was knitting this.

 I'm not sure yet if this is going to fall in the 'ugly sweater' category, but we'll see how it turns out.


Friday, January 20, 2017

FO Friday: Toronto Honey Cowl



It's done! This was a very enjoyable knit -- easy enough to knit while watching a movie or TV (or, in my case, while studying for a qualifying exam). 


Pattern: 
Yarn: 
Needles:
US7 




Malabrigo Rios is definitely one of my favorite yarns to work with and it is very soft. I've unfortunately lost the labels for the dye colors for this yarn, but if I do find them I will update this page. While knitting this I fondly referred to them as 'mermaid colors' because of the greens/blues/purples. 

The scarf is not too bulky and may actually be better for the late winter/early spring. Below freezing temperatures here in Western Mass still have me reaching for my bulky wool scarves.