Sunday, December 31, 2006

Clapotis for Judy

I made a Clapotis for my mother-in-law. It was supposed to be a birthday present, but I ended up giving it to her for Christmas.



I like it. I'm glad that I paid attention to the striping, because the way the light and dark sections fall, there is definitely a macro-level stripe sequence that I'm glad is intact.

It took about 8 balls of Noro Silk Garden #224, and roughly a month to complete (not monogamous - I'm never monogamous with knitting!) The stitch ladders were a pain to work down, but I guess it wasn't that big a deal.



I have some Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb in Tahoe that has been sitting around for MONTHS, at it is destined to be a clapotis for me. I can't wait to get started on it!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Nautie

Both of my bosses have adorable little girls, one is a baby and one is a toddler. They have an awesome octopus Halloween costume that the younger one wore this year and the older one wore last year. It is pink with purple spots, so pink and purple Nauties are the perfect Christmas gift.


Look at that adorable baby-safe face!


I used Knitpicks Shine Worsted in Blush for the face and Crocus and Snapdragon for the shell. My mom loved the one I made for my sister so much that she asked for one too. This is such a fun pattern!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

I haven't had much time to knit or photograph knitting in the last couple of weeks, but I'll be able to post a run-down of the gifts I made in the next couple of days.

Goodbye Grandpa


You'll be missed

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Happy Birthday Caroline

Nerman the Nautilus says...


Happy birthday and good luck with finals!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sweater sighting!

My husband overheats really easily, so he hardly ever wears the ultra-warm Lopi sweater I made for him.


He did today though. Yay! Even if he doesn't wear it often, I like that sweater. It was the first big colorwork project that I ever did, and it came out nicely. Besides, he married me anyway, even though we were just dating when I gave it to him.

In other exciting news, Sockpr0n gave me some Koigu in exchange for A Gathering of Lace, which I hadn't been using.


It looks just like Tutti Fruitti jelly beans, very exciting. After I'm done with all my gifts I need to use some of this sock stash I've been amassing.

After my incredibly positive experience with Cozy I bought Andean Silk in Bluebell and Lettuce, nine skeins each.

I had planned to make another Cozy for myself in the green, but it turned out to be too close in color to my coat so I decided to make something else with it. Any suggestions? How does Andean Silk work up into a sweater? I had considered getting more in the slightly darker green and using it for Tubey. Does it hold ribbing or cables very well?

Monday, December 04, 2006

Persnickety

I'm about halfway through the Clapotis for Judy, my MIL.

This is a good opportunity to show you how fussy I get about matching up stripes in Noro.

I buy a bunch of these


and re-wind them so I can find any knots that disrupt the color sequence. If there is a knot I start a new ball.


I bought six skiens, but I ended up with eight balls of varying sizes.

I figure our which color each ball starts and ends with, and plan an order so the color sequence is continuous.


When I have to join a new ball, I make sure to start it with exactly the same color that I'm finishing with. And after all that, Noro betrayed me.

Ok, fine, it isn't that big a deal. Here, I'll show you what I mean.

On the left, pink is followed by olive-brown, and then by purple. The next time pink came up it was followed directly by purple, skipping the olive-brown! I didn't join it wrong, the ball skipped that color. It just goes to show that knitting is governed by mysterious forces beyond our control!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Happy Birthday to Everyone

I decided to stop making Christmas gifts. I married in April, doubling the size of my family, so I decided that I had too many loved ones to knit for all at once. I would do birthdays instead. It seems more fitting to make a unique, special gift for the "holiday" that is unique to them. This is great in theory, but my mother, sister, and mother-in-law all have birthdays between December 4th and January 6th. I got a late start on the present for a friend whose birthday was way back in September, and I just finished it so I'm crunched anyway. Bah!

My mother-in-law has the first birthday, so I started her present. After much internal debate over what to make (Lade E? Cozy?) I decided on Clapotis. Here it is, in Noro Silk Garden #224, right about to begin the straight section.


I'm pleased with the way that it's turning out. I've been pestering poor Hubby about whether or not she'll like it, but I am assured that she will. I probably won't make it in time for the actual birthday, but again, he assures me that she'll forgive me.

I'm also stuck on what to do for my own mother. I have some gorgeous red yarn that I was planning on making into a modified Rosedale for my mom. The only thing is, she's going through menopause and has been having hot flashes pretty bad lately, and hasn't really been wearing wool. She's not really a cotton sweater kind of gal, though. I wonder what I should do.