I have been knitting up a storm lately; it seems to be all I wish to do on the weekends between grading or cooking or grocery shopping. I’m trying to stashdown in 2012, and part of that is knitting, knitting, knitting and not buying. I’ve been doing really well on the knitting lately but not the not buying part. Oh well. Here’s what I’ve finished in the last few weeks.
I started this shawl in July to be upstairs knitting (yes, I have projects scattered all over the house). I chose Sanguine Gryphon bugga in Painted Damsel (the multi-color), a much loved colorway, and paired it with Starry Night Cracker (the blue) cause someone else did that and it looked good. I am not so great at putting colors together myself so I often copy combinations that really catch my eye. I love how the shawl is basically just stripes, but because they’re offcentered, it adds some visual interest plus is more interesting to knit. I did have a hell of a time figuring out how to wear it though, until I looked at pictures on ravelry and came up with this, wrapping it around offcentered as well. It’s very cozy and lovely.
Next up, I finished Helen’s belated birthday present, Port Ludlow socks in Socks that Rock lightweight colorway Branwen. I knit these for the Solid Socks black, white or gray KAL. This was one of the first pairs of socks in a long time that I picked the yarn first and found a pattern to match rather than the other way around. I usually pick yarn to match a pattern. It was kind of fun to do it the opposite way. Since this is white, I wanted something open and lacy to really show off the colorway.
Since I started going to knit nights on Mondays and knitting during my lunch breaks at school, I finally finished that pair of vanilla socks I’d been carrying around with me since July. These are knit in Loopy Ewe’s self-striping line, not yet released to the public. I won this skein during the raffle at Spring Fling last year. These socks reminded me how much I love knitting stipey socks toe up plain vanilla with an afterthought heel. I think they came out wonderfully.
I also finished Darren’s christmas present, a pair of mittens. (I am also working on a surprise second project which I’ve already told him about in the same yarn). These are Cruiser mittens knit in Squoosh worsted merino cashmere nylon, colorway Adama (perfect for Darren, reference for those Battlestar fans). In typical Hannah fashion, these were finished 2 months after Christmas. Also in typical Hannah fashion, the first mitten is smaller than the second one. I think Darren wants me to make them both the larger size, but I am not really in the mood to frog a mitten and knit it over again, so hopefully this will work for now and the mitten will stretch. If it doesn’t, I might frog later or just knit another one from scratch. Note to self: mittens need a bit of ease. They shouldn’t match your hand measurements exactly.
Finally, I finished my birthday socks, Dragon Crystal socks by Cookie A, knit in Bugga colorway Red purple spotted butterfly. For my birthday socks each year, I pick a skein of yarn that I really love and make socks for me. This one is perfect because it is red and purple, my favorite colors (also my wedding colors). The pattern was fun to knit, but the top is a little tight, so they look a bit slouchy when I wear them. In retrospect I would have knit the top just a bit looser or gone up a needle size.
I especially like these from the side view because you can really see how gorgeous the yarn is.