February 23, 2014
So I wanted to make this wrap and I wanted to use bulky yarn because I was trying to copy something I saw my yoga teacher wear. That mobius cast-on is trickier than it looks, especially when you’re casting on a lot of stitches, and I sort of guestimated how many stitches to cast on given my substitution. Using this method, you can’t really tell whether you’ve gotten it right until you bind off. Meanwhile, as I was knitting, I was thinking, “Would you really wear a wrap?! I mean, your yoga teacher can pull off anything, but you? Not so sure.” Well, lo and behold, when I bound off, I realized I had a cowl rather than a wrap and I LOVE it! I had actually been queuing/favoriting a bunch of cowls on Ravelry so I ended up happy in the end.
In other news, this is the first time in about seven years that I did not go to Stitches. We arrived home late last night from the mountains after being gone for a week and I just couldn’t make it happen. I mostly wanted to go to see my favorite podcasters (the 2KnitLitChicks, the Knitmore Girls, Stash & Burn, Never Not Knitting and designer Tot Toppers), particularly since I still have a large gift certificate from Imagiknit and didn’t need to buy anything. Next year!
February 11, 2014
Posted by Leslie A. Gordon under Knitting
| Tags: Knitting
, leg warmers
I’m in my forties. I probably shouldn’t be wearing leg warmers. But after attending a yoga retreat last month, I got inspired and couldn’t help myself.
I used one ball of Plymouth Encore and this pattern. I cast on 44 stitches.
January 30, 2014
So my kids’ school is so cool and hip that we had a yarn-bombing of the middle school library last night. It was awesome. Here are some photos:
It was fun — and I can’t wait to hear what the kids thought when they arrived this morning. In other news, I did, indeed, ditch the socks with errors:
And, in fact, I ditched the yarn altogether, selling that ball to another Raveler. After the yarn bombing swatches, I turned to a pair of leg warmers (yes, leg warmers — I’m having a mid-life crisis):
I hope I can pull these off. (My ‘tween daughter has already insisted that I cannot.)
January 14, 2014
So I acquired some super-hard-to-get Lollipop Yarn from a kind, destashing Raveler. I knit this far, trying to ignore two mistakes that I made early on…
The mistakes aren’t visible in the photo but, believe me, they’re there (on the underside). So I’m putting this away for a few days while I decide whether, since I only wear hand-knit socks around the house, it really matters all that much that there are mistakes. At the same time, I spent mucho dinero on this yarn — I want to feel good about the socks they become. So we’ll see. In the meantime, I’m working up a quickie hat for my yoga teacher as a thank you for the amazing retreat she hosted this weekend. Also, my kids’ school is having its very own campus yarn bombing in a few weeks and I’ll be knitting up some swatches for that. In the meantime, what do you think — frog or keep this two-thirds-complete sock? Also, forgive me for being a bit of a dolt, but is there a trick — other than cutting up your yarn — to keeping even stripes in self-striping yarn on the heel/gusset?
January 5, 2014
I knit a bunch of stuff during the holidays:
A pair of fingerless mitts (with a matching hat that I forgot to photograph). This is from the Malabrigo Rios leftovers from the recent cowl I knit.
I also knit this hat for my daughter’s friend Virginia, who goes by GiGi.
Stay tuned for some socks!
December 22, 2013
Posted by Leslie A. Gordon under Knitting
| Tags: cowl
, craft fair
, lollipop yarn
Not only did I forget to take a photo of my final hat for the craft fair (it was my favorite too — dark grey, light grey, white and yellow — big color blocks), but I forgot to take a photo of the craft fair itself! Rats! I will say that it was my best year ever — I sold all but four hats. (Interestingly, one of the cutest ones, in my opinion, didn’t sell…) Of the remaining hats, I sent one off to a Los Angeles charity that hands out hats to homeless LGBT teens and another to a friend who just adopted a baby from foster care. I kept two to have as emergency gifts. Meanwhile, I gifted another hat — an orange and black one — to my daughter’s Giants-obsessed advisor and I made this cowl for my son’s advisor:
I used Malabrigo Rios. I had quite a bit left so I returned to the store and got a second skein so that I could use the leftovers plus the new skein to make myself a pair of fingerless mitts, which I’m working on now, and possibly even a hat. I also bought via a Ravelry private sale a skein of Lollipop Yarn. (Do NOT get me started on how frustrating it was to try to purchase a skein of that yarn via the Etsy store. I put a skein in my cart 3 seconds after it entered the shop yet it was cart-jacked as I was paying. Grrr….) Hopefully the resulting socks will be worth the hassle of acquiring this yarn! I also received an Imagiknit gift certificate for Hanukkah so, in addition to getting the second skein of Malabrigo Rios, I got a skein of this. Stay tuned!!!
December 10, 2013
The craft fair is fast approaching. I have time to make one more hat. In the meantime, here are a few I’ve made recently: