Monday, December 21, 2009

Follow The Leader

It all started over here. I should never read this blog when I'm looking for ideas of things to knit when I get bored with socks. I held back a few day because I had to buy this pattern and as another knitting blogger buddy of mine, I hate paying for patterns. I bit the bullet and last week purchased the pattern. They are a breeze to knit but they do require sewing them together, yuck.
Bits and pieces...

Ready to felt...

All done and drying. I still have to sew the tabs on and find a couple of cool buttons.

Because I'm kind of stingy I knit this bucket hat so I could felt both items at the same time. Sadly it didn't quite work out well. The slippers are done with Patons Classic Wool and take about 15 minutes. The hat below was done with Noro Kureyon and took more than half hour. At one point I took it out, rinsed it and actually tossed it in the dryer. Didn't work out either, it really needed to be felted again. More hot water and more electricity, yuck.

Pre felting...

All done and drying. Still looks a bit big but I'm hoping for the best.

To all my friends, an absolutely wonderful Christmas. We're off to visit the offspring in Calgary. See you all in January...



Friday, December 11, 2009

A Little Busy

I have been knitting but not nearly as much as I'd like. Until I get my eyes fixed in January all knitting is done in little bits. No more knitting for hours at a time, it's just too tiring.

Because we are heading to somewhere very very cold for Christmas and because I just got my hair cut very very short, I'm rushing to finish the cowl pictured below. It needs to be about 19 inches high so I think I'm one pattern repeat away from finishing it. That's just 28 more rows.

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I finished another little pair of socks for Ellie with leftover yarn and I have one more pair on the needles. I couldn't get the colors to match up with what little yarn I had left but I think it's okay.

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Now here I did a little better on matching leftover yarn but that's because I had a little more of it. These are plain vanilla socks but I loved the idea of not having leftover yarn and I hate waste.

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These are brand new yarn and I love the pattern. These have a turned over cuff which I won't do again. I had trouble lining up the live stitches with the cast on stitches to keep everything straight.

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So that's it for this year. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas or Happy Chanukah, and an incredible 2010.