Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Parade of FOs

First, I've changed domains for a different feel for my blog and other exciting developments for the old one...eventually. I'm also just going to pretend that I've blogged everyday since my last post and just pick up from there. Here are a few noteworthy FOs before my first official up-to-date post.

Pattern: Falling Water - PDF link (+Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Cascade 220 (440 yds)
Needle Size: 5mm
I made this for my Aunt for Christmas, it was a total last minute thing. I actually ran out a couple days before Christmas to buy the yarn and made it in almost one sitting. All I can say is I'm very thankful that I pushed myself to learn how to do cabling without a cable needle, without that knowledge I wouldn't have been able to get this done so quickly. I greatly suggest this tutorial by Grumperina, very well illustrated and informative. I caught on and was doing it without a problem very quickly.
I've never been good with cable needles, and after trying every single type and still feeling horrible about it I stumbled across said tutorial and it just clicked. I have a hard time doing fiddly things and I find that having to use a cable needle just makes things more difficult...especially with DPNs...that was my first encounter with cabling. Never again.

Pattern: Counterpane with Leaves (+Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Bernat Worsted (2511 yds)
Needle size: 5mm
Another Christmas gift, my parents desperately needed a new afghan and I desperately needed to make this pattern. It was awesome to knit up, easy to memorize and easy to find yourself by reading your knitting. I had knit up all the triangles and then left it until Christmas Eve to seam up. I figured after my sock yarn blanket I could seam anything in no time! I was so wrong.
Sure the first block was really easy, but once I tried attaching two blocks together it got a little complicated. I was making stupid mistakes, the whole thing wasn't lining up's still a little wonky to be honest but after sitting under this blanket for most of the day I was starting to get pissed off and just wanted to wrap it and get it over with. Each block ended up being 25"x25" so it's actually a pretty quick knit in worsted weight.
The lesson I learned? Before starting a project like this, make sure you give adequate time for dwindling patience.

Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket (+Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Cascade Ecological (956 yds)
Needle size: 6mm
I made this for a fellow BSGFPB member, Megan, well for her baby actually. I am so in love with this pattern and already have the yarn for one in green for me, but will go for the larger size for sure. Kind of a crappy photo but I had already put it in to be shipped and had to take it back out to take a photo before I sent it off. I'm a sucker for feather and fan.

Pattern: Deirdre (Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid (376)
Needle size: 4mm
I loooove this yarn, definitely one of my favourites. Why yes I did seriously screw up the pattern even though it's one of the simplest ones I've done lately. Thank you for noticing. This was a quick two day mindless knit, my favourite kind especially when wedged in between large projects.

Pattern: Eliina (Ravelry link only)
Yarn: Diamond Yarn Baby Alpaca Lace (655)
Needle size: 4mm
I also adore this yarn and it's one of my favourite laceweights. My favourite colour is green but for some reason I didn't have a green shawl until I made this one in June. I adore shawls, how could this be possible? Well, I have a very hideous one that I try not to speak of because it's been at the bottom of the frog pond for almost a year. It was just a poor judgment in yarn + pattern match up. Let's never speak of this again.
I also screwed up this pattern, the edging, I wasn't paying attention and just decided to call it quits rather than frog back and fix it. It works, I wear it all the time. It's light and squishy and I love it. I'll probably take another stab at the pattern but in the recommended light fingering and not such an airy yarn.

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