Monday, November 5, 2007

These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Snugs Complete
Originally uploaded by piecesofstring

All finished with Jackson's snugs, and they fit like a dream.
Pattern: Little Snugs, size 8-10 years (the largest)
Yarn: 2 skeins Nashua Creative Focus Worsted, color Marine; 3 skeins Misti Worsted Alpaca, color orange

I knit it exactly as written, this time. There is an embossing detail that doesn't really show up because of the alpaca content in the Nashua. I am going to make these for a couple of babies, and I will probably adjust the pattern a bit to eliminate some of the sewing (ugh!).

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy Halloween!

The obligatory pic of our Trojan and Ariel.

It's starting to look a lot like fall, too! That means I've got lots of mittens and hats on needles. And also these:

These are "snugs" - they'll be felted to look like uggs. You can't tell from this picture, but there is a separate lining that is knit from alpaca in a contrasting color. It's already sewn to the inside, but I promise better pictures of the second one in progress. The alpaca will felt up really soft for extra coziness. This is the largest size the pattern is written for, knit up in Bears colors for Jackson. It is also written for tiny sizes, so I can't wait to try some in self-striping yarns for the babies I know. Happy November!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Two, Two, Two Finished Projects

Cable/Lace Finis
Originally uploaded by piecesofstring

You can't see the really beautiful cable/lace details on this sweater, but I posted better pictures of that before. What you can see here is how great the fit is, and how the neckline is wearable. It's a little tighter than I envisioned, but as pretty as the open boat neck looked, it wasn't very practical. This is a sweater I can wear...a lot (thanks for the yarn, Mom!).

Socialist II

Socialist II
Originally uploaded by piecesofstring

Prototype the second is finished!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Socialist, Take 2

Socialist II_b
Originally uploaded by piecesofstring

A slightly larger and more gender-neutral version of the pink and purple sweater modeled by Noelle. I'm almost finished with this and then it will be off to Dream In Color. On the one hand, I'm awful tired of all this garter stitch, but it is nice how quickly these suckers knit up. I'm almost (almost) tempted to knit up the adult versions, too. We'll see...

Fall at Last

Bike Mitts
Originally uploaded by piecesofstring

When you're a recipient of my knitting, it's apparently feast or famine. Another little project for Doug (I've got yarn for the rest of the family, too). Now that it's finally starting to feel like fall my attention has turned to making sure everyone has their extremities covered.

Manly Anklets

Chocolate Socks
Originally uploaded by piecesofstring

So....I knew when I started these that the skein is notoriously short on yardage. And I warned Doug about that when he chose this yarn for his socks. Trying to outsmart the yarn (and his ridiculously large feet), I started these from the toe, figuring at least they'd fit his feet and I'd cross the leg bridge when I came to it. Well, I'm at it. By weight, it appears as though I've reached the halfway point of my skein. This sock is going onto a holder while I start the next sock, then I can divvy up the remaining yarn and see how much of a leg I really get.