31 December 2007

Slouchy raisin

This was made as a Christmas present for a good friend of mine, and though we haven't yet got to meet to exchange presents, I'll present it for you, since I don't expect my friend to read this blog too often.

It's a Raisin/Estella hybrid, made with Raisin's lace pattern but Estella's slouchy hat shape. My friend loved my Starfish, so I made her a similar one, in her favorite color. To get just the perfect color, I mixed three different yarns. It's almost like painting with yarn, and I have found out I really enjoy working with colors like that.

Slouchy raisin specs:
Pattern: Raisin lace pattern combined with Estella's hat shape.
Yarn: Mirasol by Du store alpakka, Tynn alpakka by Du Store Alpakka and some unmarked left overs in blue, held triple.

Garf

Time for blogging about the Christmas gifts now unwrapped by their owners. I made this scarf for my husband. I used left overs only, mostly Shetland's wool from Hanne Falkenberg kits, but also some Finull and Pt2 left overs.

I simply CO about 330 sts, working garter stitch all the way, changing colors at random. Then I picked up sts along each edge (1 st for each ridge), worked a few rows of garter stitch, and BO. I made sure I worked all edges in the same color, to ensure a tidy look.

If I was to make another one, I think I would make it a little bit longer (CO a few more sts, maybe 150 at this gauge), still I'm pleased with the result, and so is my husband.

Garf specs:
Pattern: My own.
Yarn: Hanne Falkenberg's Shetland's wool, Finull by Rauma and Pt2 by Per Tryving

02 December 2007

Rural swatch

I've been meaning to start this project for a long time. Both the pattern and the yarn have been in the house for quite a few months. Now I've finally made the swatches, and I am looking forward to working on the Urban Aran Cardigan, made famous by Jared as a modification of Patons' female sweater pattern. It's for my husband, and the yarn is lovely. A rough tweedy yarn suitable for my Man. The color is moss green, hence the photo surroundings. Guess I'll have to rename the beast Rural Aran Cardigan. I had to borrow my sweet seventy something neighbour's knitting needles size 5.5 mm for my swatch yesterday. By the look of my needle supply, I usually don't work with larger needles than 4.5 mm, so I'll have to do a little shopping tomorrow.

Starfish

A new hat for me! I’m so pleased with this one. I adore the color, which has always been one of my favorites. It’s made of two strands of alpaca held together, in two different shades of purple, one of them a little more pinkish than the other. I also like the shape. It got just as slouchy as I wanted it to be. The pattern is Estella by Ysolda, but in my opinion, this is definitely not any kind of star. At least my unblocked version reminds me of nothing but a starfish. So I'm heading towards winter with a starfish clinging to my head. Despite the starfish associations, this is a lovely hat to wear. It's warm, still airy due to the stitch pattern. Speaking of which I didn't really enjoyed working on. Ysolda's pattern worked out just fine, nothing wrong with it. But my pt needles - which otherwise are always my first choice -wasn't too good for this project. They just weren't sharp enough for exercising this particular stitch pattern. But now it's done, and I love it! As soon as the rain stops falling from the sky, I'll be proudly wearing it everywhere.

Starfish specs:
Pattern: Estella by Ysolda
Yarn: Sandnes Alpakka by Sandnesgarn and Inca Alpakka by Rauma held double.
Modifications: Since I have a slightly larger head than the 50 cm indicated as a standard for female heads (although I don't think I know a single grown up woman with such a small head..), I casted on a few more stitches than suggested by the pattern.