Friday, November 22, 2013

A Lot of Knitting…

I’ve got a small pile of stuff I’ve finished recently to wash and block… lots of little things.

I started and finished this BUN Hat (Bottom Up Neckflap) on Wednesday.  It is a very quick knit in a bulky weight yarn.  I used a ball of Ester Bitran Hand-Dyes Talinay that I had picked up on sale several years ago.  I really like this hat and will make more – love having the coverage on the back of the neck!  I have lots of leftover hunks of Baby Alpaca Grande’s from fingerless mitts I’ve made in the past – I might try and use up some of those on the next one.


Back on Columbus Day my local yarn shop had a 20% off sale on all their Alpaca Yarns… so I went armed with several patterns from Ravelry and picked out yarn for a couple projects… one of which was these Susie Rogers Reading Mitts.  I used Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca DK.  These are the small size which will be good for my older daughter as her hands are smaller than mine.  I’ll be digging through my stash to see what other DK yarn I have and make a pair in the medium size soon… they also knit up quick and turning under the hem along the top and bottom edges was quick and easy. 

SR Reading Mitts (1)SR Reading Mitts (3)SR Reading Mitts (4) 

While I was in MA & NH for those 3 weeks I had worked on and finished this feather and fan scarf using a Louisa Harding Grace Hand Beaded wool and silk yarn.  This is also a very quick knit… I need to block it and then weave in the ends.  I think the color matches well with the mitts above so it will go along to my daughter. 

Beaded Scarf (1)

I finished the Leftie Shawl while I was gone.  I had a hard time weaving in the colored ends from the leaves – it looked so sloppy – but with some expert guidance from my friend Sue in NH I was able to finish it off nice and neat.  I think I’m going to start hunting for a good ‘finishing’ book for knitting as I don’t think Sue will come to visit every time I need help.

Leftie Shawl (3)

This is for my next Leftie Shawl… I love this brown (A Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Tonal) and it will look great with the colors from the Zauberball yarn.

Stroll Fingering Tonal (2)Kettle Dyed - Zauberball

I finished these Montgomery Mitts for my sister-in-law this week.  We picked out this lovely turquoise color Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky the other weekend to go with her chocolate brown coat when I was down in VA. I hate to sound like a broken record but I did like this mitt pattern with a tiny bit of a lacy look on the edges and it worked up very quick.  I think I actually like the way they increase for the thumb and I may try this method on some other mitts

Montgomery Mitts (1)Montgomery Mitts (4)Montgomery MItts (5)

The mitts will go with the Shawl Collared Cowl from Alana Dakos (I made one of these last year for my daughter) and I’ve got some yarn to make one for me this year as well.  Money well spent on the pattern.  This only takes a couple days.

Sherri cowl mitts (1)

I did finish the Turbulence Cowl while I was in MA but forgot to get a picture of it before I gave it to my daughter.  I made it with Knit Picks City Tweed in the Lemon & Snowshoe.  It was fun to knit and I still have yarn (Jacquard  & Snowshoe) to make me one so I’ll have a picture of that down the road.


I finished this Gathered Scarf before I headed up to New England… but I don’t have a finished picture.  It was made with the Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK… love that stuff… so soft!

Gathered Scarf 1

So you say… “what’s still on your needles?”  Oh there are several things still in the works.  The Triplicity Shawl… I have made no further progress on that as I need to pay attention to the pattern and I haven’t felt focused enough to sit with it.

Triplicity (4)

Multnomah Shawl is still hanging out… all the easy stuff is done and the lacy patterned edge is holding me up… same reason as above.

multnomah 3 

Oh and these silly things from last winter… I am about 3/4 of the way done with the second of these Felted Clogs – I need to pull that bag out and get them done… because it’s chilly and they would be cozy!

felt clogs 2

These socks are still right here… feet are done…

2 Up Socks 4

I picked up some yarn and a very cute pattern for my daughter while up in New England… but I’ll have to tell you about that project later after I get it started.

To see what others are knitting go over to Judy L’s Patchwork Times blog.


Linda said...

wow, what a list of knitting you have done. Haven't tried the fingerless mittens, but going to. My oldest daughter is a rural mail carrier and I think she could use them.

Dar said...

OMG!! I think you must be a knitting robot.! I love your fingerless mitt, the cap with the neck flap, your Leftie is gorgeous and your many shawls too. You've finished more in this post than I have in my lifetime. But I'm a beginner. Maybe I will learn from your example. At least I am more than inspired to get going. I'm always cold, so socks and things covering my neck are MUSTS. Your work is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the finished projects and the links.

Judy D in WA said...

WOW! I'm jealous of all you've accomplished. Thanks for sharing the BUN hat pattern, I'm going to dig and get that one started for 9yo grandson. I know i have some camo yarn in there. :) Just might be the thing I need to find that mojo again.

Anonymous said...

Great projects! I used that Zauberball for my Leftie -- it will be gorgeous. As for weaving in the ends - have you tried weaving them in as you knit. There's a great video
-it's a two-handed fair aisle knitting video but you just treat that end you need to weave in as the yarn in your left hand in the video and it weaves in oh so neatly on the back.

Judy S. said...

Wow, you've been really busy! I love your Leftie! It looks great.

Judy Laquidara said...

You have been so busy! I'll check out the video Denise shared but if you find a good book on finishing, or a good link, will you please let me know?

All your projects look so good. It inspires me to knit more.

Howdy said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by - I'll check out the video later.

Judy L. I'll let you know what I come up with for a finishing book.

straythreads said...

Wow have you been dong a lot of knitting thanks for the link for the felted slippers