Friday, October 31, 2008

Perdita & Voyageur

Pattern: Perdita - Lilacs from Knitty Summer 2006

Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace #445 Blood Orange - 1/2 ball

Needles: #2

Comments: Made this to teach a class. Cool accessory. Great intro into knitting with beads

Pattern: Voyageur from Twinkle's Town & Country Knits

Yarn: Twinkle Soft Chunky #18 French Grey - 4.5 balls

Comments: Got to love a knitted dress that you finish in 3 days! Very sexy knit. You can't tell by looking at it in the picture, but it is backless. I think it is very New York high fashion, which I love. I plan to wear this to my husband's office Christmas party. I will have to get it lined first.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Pattern: Hanna by Cocoknits

Yarn: Kidsilk Aura #762 Damson - 9 balls

Comments: What a cool pattern. It comes in both a pullover and cardigan version and is knit nearly seamlessly. I had a little confusion when I did the cross-over piece at the bust, but a quick email to the designer cleared everything up.

Kidsilk Aura knits up like a a cloud. It is a great fiber for the south because it is so light weight.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

My knitting mojo is ON!

I rock.
I know it is tacky to pat yourself on the back, but I'm feeling blue today, so I'm trying to cheer myself up.
Project #1 - Malabrigo Slippers by CocoKnits
Yarn - Malabrigo Worsted - Rich Chocolate & Black - 1 ball each
Comments - Gauge was funny on this one. I think Malabrigo may "fluff up" over time, thus making it a heavier gauge. I had to go down two needle sizes for the brown and one for the black. Even though they are the same yarn, you should gauge both colors.
I plan to teach these as a project class at Yarntopia. These are a fun and quick project for advanced beginner knitters. Some skills used are: picking up stitches and short rows.
Project #2 - Yvette from French Girl
Yarn - Rowan Big Wool #01 White Hot - 3.5 balls
Comments - I knit nearly the whole thing while watching the VP debate. I plan to wear this cutie this fall with jeans and knee-high brown leather boots (which I'm asking for for my b-day).
I knit the smallest size, which I think will work for most people. The pattern greatly over estimated the amount of yarn used. It called for 6 balls, but it only took me 3.5. I'm also teaching this as a project class for advanced beginners. Skills you will learn: cables and picking up stitches.
Project #3 - Trapeze Jacket by Stitch Diva Studios
Yarn - Louisa Harding Kashmir DK #20 Burnt Orange - 15 balls
Comments - This jacket was a long time in the making. Though easy, all of that ribbing is a time eater! I made this for to give to my friend Jennifer for her birthday next Saturday. I hope it fits! As you know, I LOOOOOVE Louisa Harding Kashmir. Some knitters are "yarn" people, and some people are "pattern" people. I'm the latter, but this yarn even makes me swoon.