Friday, July 18, 2008

a most satisfying project

Sometimes it doesn't take more than a simple pattern and a lovely yarn to help you remember why you love knitting.


This yarn had been sitting in my stash for a couple of months, and I picked it up last week when I wanted a project that didn't require any planning. And less than a week later, this is the result:


Pattern: Linen Stitch Scarf
Yarn: Mirasol Hacho, 2 skeins, on size 8 needles
Notes: This yarn comes in some glorious variegated colorways and I love both them, and the twist on the yarn. Linen stitch is really simple, but I love the woven texture it produces and how it brings out the colors in the yarn.


I think this is going to get a lot of use next winter.

Oh, and look what arrived in my mailbox yesterday:


More pretties to play with! (Though, it's official, the yarn diet starts now, after this splurge.)

Monday, July 14, 2008

purple leaves

Another project with Rhinebeck yarn finished!


Pattern: Embossed Leaves, from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks
Yarn: Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra Solid Colors in Crocus, 2 skeins, on US 2.5 needles
Notes: Started out on size 2 needles, but soon realized the socks would be too tight, so I went up to 2.5. These would have been finished a few days earlier, except disaster struck just as I was about to pull through the stitches on the toe of the second sock. Luckily, Ariel came to the rescue, and I was able to finish the second sock yesterday. I really enjoyed using this yarn and I love the color!


And a detail of the socks...


Thursday, July 10, 2008

on the muggiest day of summer, I finish leg warmers

When I first started working where I do last summer, I knit myself up a quick, simply functional pair of leg warmers because of how cold my office is. This year I decided I wanted to make myself some pretty ones that I actually liked. And here is the result:


Pattern: Mosey, from Knitty
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Peacock, 3 skeins, on size 7 circular needles
Notes: I made the large size, but I think I could have gotten away with the small. I really liked the narrow cable band--it came out very pretty.


The first picture is truer to the color of the yarn. I seem to be very taken with blue-greens right now!