April 28, 2015
So I finished this cowl awhile back.
I used this pattern, but I was inspired, color-wise, by this cowl I saw in person at Imagiknit.
Amidst a few baby hats I’ve made for gifts, I also started a sweater with Malabrigo Rios. Unfortunately, I didn’t anticipate where the center front is and that’s, of course, precisely where I decided to switch balls of yarn (so I don’t get pooling) every two rows. As a result, it’s a little loose and wonky there. Soooooo…I’m probably going to have to rip this all out because who wants loose and wonky right at the center neck? I’ve never been great at understanding — just on paper — what’s happening in a garment. It’s only after I’ve knit it that I get it. Is anyone else like that? Sigh. Otherwise, though, I think I’m going to like this sweater. I don’t want to jinx it (given my spotty history with sweater knitting) but fingers crossed.
April 11, 2015
Introducing my latest design: The Hanuman Ankle Socks!
These stashbusting ankle socks are the perfect way to use up partial balls of sock yarn. Mix and match contrasting colors for a colorblocking and striping extravaganza. These feminine socks feature an eye-catching picot cuff, an afterthought heel and a rounded toe. Size – standard women’s.
Two colors of fingering-weight yarn. In the example, I used Stricken Smitten Simply Sock (blue) and Enchanted Knoll Farm EKF Superwash Sock Yarn (green). You’ll need 125 yards or less of each.
Size US 0 to 2 (2.0mm, to 2.75mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge. (I am a loose knitter so in the example, I used size 1). You can use whatever needles you prefer for small-diameter knitting (DPNs, 2 circulars or a long Magic Loop needle).
8 stitches/inch in stockinette stitch.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading about yoga and the Hindi god Hanuman sort of spoke to me when I was devising these socks. So I named the pattern after him.
I hope you like these fun little socks! The pattern is available on Ravelry.
March 26, 2015
…was a secret stowaway in my son’s bag, which was packed for a lengthy (and distant!) school trip. I hope he likes it. I still (really!) need to work on my faces on toys. But I don’t think my son will be too discerning. I also made another headband for yoga and a bunch of preemie hats:
I’m now at work on a new design — for socks!!! After that, I’m planning a cowl and a sweater (with this pretty pink yarn).
What’s on your needles?
March 3, 2015
Ever since seeing this sample knit up at Imagiknit, I’ve had my eye on this hat. It has an unusual construction — it’s knit sideways with short rows, which highlights the cool color changes. I decided to give it a try.
That’s side A and side B — with the long color repeats, the sides are quite different. It’s supposed to be folded at the hem but my gauge was slightly off so it turned out to be a short hat. (And because it’s knit sideways, you can’t really fix that!) So I single-crocheted along the bottom to neaten it up. Overall, I’m happy with it. I used the called-for yarn (Plymouth Yarn’s Gina) and size 4 needles.
Since finishing this hat, I’ve been working on some preemie hats out of leftover sock yarn. I think I’ll make another yoga headband too. Soon, though, another sweater!
February 22, 2015
I finished several little projects in the last few weeks, including:
a tea cozy (I don’t know why but I’ve always wanted to make one),
a cozy for my new Kindle Paperwhite (I finally replaced my first-generation Kindle!),
a headband to wear during yoga class,
and two baby hats!
January 27, 2015
I finished this sweater, using this one as my model. I haven’t worn it yet, but I like it — I think. At least it fits, which given my sweater-knitting history, is a big win.
I also made several hats for gifts, including this one for my friend who just had her FIFTH kid and whose husband is from South America:
Meanwhile I’m working on a tea cozy and contemplating trying a pair of boot toppers. What are you knitting these days?
January 10, 2015
Posted by Leslie A. Gordon under Knitting
| Tags: bag
, hobo bag
After seeing in person the super cute Infamous Hobo Bag made by Tracie of the 2KnitLitChicks, I was inspired to make my own. I used this example as inspiration. The pattern calls for DK weight but I liked the felted look of some of the Ravelry projects. In particular, I modeled mine after this and this, combining the suggested mods. Unfortunately, my bag came out rather wonky. I felted the S#&! out of it (using boiling hot water and the dryer multiple times) and it’s still just too big. Plus, the bowl part of the bag is not really deep enough — so it’s like a shallow bag with too-long straps. Oh well. I’ll still use it, but it definitely came out only so-so. I’m calling it the So-So Bag. Here it is before and after felting. It was SO BIG beforehand — I kept having to order more and more yarn. I should have know. Oh well.