I thought I would start my new blog with what I've been doing over the past few months. The start of 2014 seems like a good arbitrary date from which to start. I guess I'll just pretend 2013's knitting didn't happen. You know the whole "pics or it didn't happen" thing? Exactly like that. :)
I have one big finished object for this year - my
off-the-shoulder pullover (pattern designed by Vladimir Teriokhin
). The yarn is some kind of pink marled aran yarn, an acrylic/wool
blend. It's possibly a yarn by Robin or Wendy but it's been so long
since the ball band was taken off that I've forgotten.
I had a
hard time deciding what size to make this pullover - as it's a vogue
pattern it only has finished sizes with no suggestions as to how much
ease to include. And they're listed small, medium etc, so not much help
there either. So I started making the x-large, thinking that with
vogue patterns, that's the one I would normally go for, but I got up to
the neckline and then realised it was massive! So I ripped it out and
started again using the medium size - this seemed to work better.
actually ran out of yarn towards the neck ribbing, so it's only one
inch of ribbing instead of 4 inches, but it works :) I think if I knit
this pattern again I would actually use a thinner yarn at the same gauge
so that it had more drape, but again, it works like this.
Ravelry page for pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/off-the-shoulder-pullover
My ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/yarndancer/off-the-shoulder-pullover
I've made 2 pairs of finglerless mitts this year. The first is a pair of Cratchit Mitts (pattern designed by Susan Newhall) made from my handspun. It took a ridiculously tiny amount of this yarn (30g), which is the thinnest I've ever managed to spin on my spindle. It's an actual fingering weight yarn! The other times I’ve knit this pattern with commercial yarn it took
60-70g. The yarn is BRIGHT pink, and with the texture of
handspun, they look quite punky.
Ravelry page for pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cratchit-garter-mitts
My ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/yarndancer/cratchit-garter-mitts-3
I made these Fluffy Knitter Mitts (pattern by Paula McKeever) from leftover sock yarn (not sure what brand, but it's a wool/nylon mix)
Ravelry page for pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fluffy-knitter-mitts
My ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/yarndancer/fluffy-knitter-mitts
And I made a Lintilla scarf (pattern by Martina Behm)! This was from Sundara yarn (fingering silky merino) that I won in a blog contest from photoknitdog AGES ago. It's been patiently waiting while I (not so patiently) tried to find the perfect pattern for it. The ruffles on the Lintilla scarf work perfectly with the light colours in the yarn. The yarn was so lovely to knit with, so soft and delicious - I really really enjoyed knitting with it!! I can see how people become yarn snobs with such delicious yarn! (I may need to stash more of it!!!)
Ravelry page for pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lintilla
My ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/yarndancer/lintilla
And that's my finished objects (so far) of 2014! I feel like I haven't been knitting much, but four finished objects isn't bad, considering the amount of other stuff I've been doing this year! My (large pile of) WIPS can wait till the next post lol. Sorry for the huge amount of photos - that's what happens when you pile up a lot of FOs and get really lazy about taking pictures/uploading/making ravlery pages and blogging!