Sunday, January 27, 2008
I had this sorta-tacky red, green, and white with silver metallic Christmas yarnand wasn't so sure what to do with it, so I decided Christmas coasters for my Mom might be the best idea. I have so much yarn left over, I should start thinking on what else to make from it (maybe Christmas placemats?), since the coasters did turn out well and my Mom liked them :-P These pictures don't really show the metallic bits in the yarn very well, but they are pretty obvious on the coasters, kinda neat.
She then wanted a scarf so I took her to Michael's to pick out a yarn she liked. The first one she chose was way funky and thin and would only make a good summery-type scarf (and I don't even know if I'm ready to work with that type of crazy yarn yet) so I made her keep looking and she ended up finding this amazing Lion Brand Homespun yarn
that is super soft and warm and thick. Also, it is a beautiful blue, her favorite color, with some nice greens mixed in. The scarf ended up looking ridged because I doubled up the yarn following a pattern on the back of the yarn label itself. She wears it a lot too which is definitely rewarding :-)
Friday, January 25, 2008
Hello, this is my first post and I'm very excited about starting a knitting blog. I actually only learned how to knit last month, but surprise! I'm now an avid knitter. :-D
So, I wanted to go ahead and post my second FO ever which is the Three-Way Tassel Hat from Knitting for Dummies. My biggest modification was in the cuff where I just let the backwards stockinette stitch roll up instead of trying to tame it straight and flip it up. This resulted in a rolled up cuff displaying garter stitch and it works great by being quite easy to pull over my ears. I used 2 skeins of Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in Natural Blue. This yarn was really frustrating at first but I have since realized that that's just because the first few rows are always frustrating. The finished product is super soft
and adorable. I can wear it as either a double-pointed hat or as a dog-eared hat. I prefer dog-eared, but I'msure a child would love keeping this hat double-pointed. It's such a fun item.
The picture uploading is going much slower than I thought it would, so I think I'll have to wait until tomorrow to post a close-up of the adorable brown moose pin!
Thanks for listening and happy knitting!
p.s. I'll be posting my other so-far FOs within the week.