January 29, 2015

I Think I Can, I Think I Can

Our son has finally acquiesced and allowed me to knit him a sweater.  He came to the LYS when they had their year end sale and picked out Berroco Vintage as he loves his blanket made with the same yarn.  He then selected Hugo by Veronik Avery after I showed him other versions with a crew neck.

I must say I love this pattern - I have it memorized and have been plugging away at it thanks to a snowstorm!

Now the question is will I have it done by February 8th - no pressure but we will be seeing our son for his birthday (the 10th) that day.  Wouldn't it be amazing if I could have it done by then?  No pressure.

I know it looks tiny but I know from the blanket it will block beautifully.

January 24, 2015

Cabled Foot Cozies

The other day while working at my LYS, I had an idea to rework a pattern I had done last year.  I was looking at the lovely bins of yarn and the Berroco Vintage Chunky was calling out to me to whip up this pattern and release it.  I picked a light color in a fun springy green (called Kiwi) so the cables would show up when I photographed it.

Presenting Cabled Foot Cozies - they are knit flat and work up very quickly.  As my daughter tried them on she commented "Oh, these are nice!".  That always lets me know I've done well.

I have another design (or two) brewing in my head - Berroco has a new yarn called Indigo.  I just had to work with it.  Stay tuned!

January 18, 2015

It Finally Has A Name

Thank you to those who put in names - I also put it on a group I'm in on Ravelry and they threw their hats into the ring (pardon the pun).  Sadly, most of the names have been taken.  I always search names on Ravelry as it can cause problems if two patterns have the same name.  I learned this with my Boxing Day Mittens which I had originally planned on calling Merry Mittens.  There are other Merry Mittens - it turned out okay as I prefer Boxing Day Mittens after all

So, when in doubt I go to Italian words - the Italian word for hat is "cappello".  So this hat is called Cappello.  It uses one skein of Berroco Inca Tweed and has a broken slipped stitch pattern that flows from the ribbing - it has a bit of slouch and it is very warm.

This pattern has been ready for weeks - it just needed a name and a decent photo shoot with my "model" who was not happy reshooting a few times (the Boxing Day Mittens were also part of the reshoot).

January 11, 2015

I Need Your Help

So, I designed this hat a few weeks ago...it has been languishing on my kitchen table in limbo.  There are two reasons for this - my first photo shoot with the model wasn't doing the hat any justice.  I have to reshoot it and hope to do so today.

The other problem is I don't have a name.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I look to several things for inspiration in naming my patterns.  As I was thinking of names, I researched Incan words (this hat is made with Berroco Inca Tweed), I looked at names with the word "tweed", I thought about where I live and what landmarks are around, etc.  I've come up empty handed.

So, I'm asking for your help - any suggestions on a name for this hat?  The pattern is ready and once I photograph it again I'm ready to go...just needing inspiration for a name.

January 2, 2015

Learning Curve

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I fell down the rabbit hole and got a table loom.

No sooner than I got it, it was warped and I was weaving.  In a few days I had my first FO, a scarf.  I learned a lot with this scarf - most importantly I don't need to beat the hell out of it as it will be far too tight and stiff.

I had fun with the striping and I like how it looks - it just is too stiff.

So, I took another skein of Cascade 220 I had in deep stash and went to my LYS and picked out 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden.  I used the same color way but ran two shuttles so it would have a sort of striped effect.  I didn't beat it as hard and let the colors do their thing.  It kind of was like potato chip knitting - I kept weaving to see what the colors would do next. 

Here's my setup - amazing what tools you use when you need them - Rolling Rock kept the light table from moving under the tension of the warping.

From the very beginning, I could see the difference in how a gentle beat gave the wonderful fabric I needed.

Here it is finished - it is a long scarf and I gave it a shorter fringe than my first one.  I think it looks fantastic!