Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Finished items - 4 of them!!

I calculated that I was in airports or on airplanes for 22 hours last week. Add on 3 nights in a hotel room and I got a lot of knitting done! The top photo shows two scarves. The one on the left was the one I started when I had my teaching lesson for my two co-workers. It's a moda dea yarn that I bought at Michael's. Nice colors. So nice in fact, that I realized I bought a different yarn in almost the exact same color scheme to make the Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. This is a mohair but not Rowan - can't remember the brand. Not sure what I'll do with either of these scarves. Possibly, they'll end up in Christmas gift exchanges. Quick quiz.... Guess what Bonnie's two favorite colors are?....... Oh My! Did you guess pink and purple? You ARE clever!

The next photo is the Jester hat from Lion Brand yarns (pattern available on line for purchase) made with Cottonease popsicle, orangeade and vanilla. I have started the sweater and it's working up very fast (see previous post.) This ensemble will be for my co-worker who is delivering on December 28th. (The model is my childhood stuffed animal. He has seen better days!)

I also finished my Good Bias Shrug but haven't taken a picture of it yet.

The miracle known as twisting your yarn!

Check it out!! A week ago I was complaining about how icky the yarn looked on the back of my jester hat and Karen, a friend in my knitting group (and an incredible! knitter), offered to show me a technique to make it neater. See the hat on the bottom (messy!)... see the back of the sweater (tres tidy!).... What a difference! The back of the sweater has a nice neat look to it now. Click on the photo to enlarge.

Thanks again, Karen for your help!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Jester hat in process - help with the yarn on back

Here are "in process" pictures of the Lion Brand Jester Hat (sweater to come!) that I'm making for a co-worker (baby son due at end of December). I've never worked with multiple yarns like this and I wasn't sure how to handle the change of each yarn. The back is so messy - is there a trick to making it look neater? (Please forgive the overexposed photo of the back - I'm too lazy to go upstairs and take another picture. Hopefully, you can see the yarns carried across.

BTW, my son picked the colors (Cottonease Popsicle, Orangeade and Vanilla). Kinda like the Miami Dolphins.

Monday, November 07, 2005

I joined the International Scarf Exchange

It looks like fun! You sign up to create and send either a scarf or a hat/mitten/scarf set to an international recipient. And of course, someone sends the same to you. I think the deadline to join is fast approaching. Here's the link. (I don't know how to do the button thingy.)