Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday knitting

Fair Isle ornament

Here's a Fair Isle Christmas ornament I knitted for my brother and s-i-l, from Moth Heaven's pattern. I used worsted instead of DK weight yarn, so I got a ball that fit the width of the styrofoam ball you wrap it around, but there sure was some extra height at the top! I stuffed that with a plastic bag or two. It's a bit lumpy but attractive. I'd say that it's a success, only it should probably go on a big branch not a flimsy one!

Also made some more Calorimetry head wraps for various members of my family. They were a big hit. Some people like them for neckwarmers instead, which is fine with me. I'm still working on the the So-Called Scarf (the one that looks woven). I couldn't resist some Noro Silk Garden Chunky that was on sale at Webs to work up a quick scarf. The colors are luscious. As usual, my plans exceed my capacity to turn it out. I was telling DH that if Armageddon comes or some big storm, I'll have enough yarn to live out my life knitting. Of course, there may not be enough food or coffee or other essentials. But, damn it, I'll have yarn!

Vacation time = fun. Lots of food, wine, seeing friends. It's been so nice to slow down and not have to rush places. Of course, preparing for Christmas was exhausting, between the last minute shopping trips thanks to bad weather, the wrapping (got up at 5 AM on the 24th to start it) and the getting it all ready. It all turned out well and turned out to be fun, well worth it. And no whining about presents.

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Happy 2009 to all!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Poly-Calorimetry

Calorimetry

Despite the blog silence, I've been pretty busy with knitting. As you can see, I've been on a Calorimetry roll. Once I figured out the short row thing, these knit up pretty quickly. I love working with the 127 Print and seeing how the color changes come out. I've already given one to my niece and one to my s-i-l. My s-i-l has short hair, so she wears it as a neck warmer. I figure I'll knock out a few more of these for Christmas (I have 3 sisters).

Ron's Noro hat

This hat was knitted in Noro Kureyon (can't remember what number) for my favorite jazz DJ in the world. Ron is a great guy who knows a ton about jazz, classical music, opera and is just a swell person. I made the hat a bit too big but told him how to reblock it to get it smaller.

I'm also working on a Presto Chango baby sweater for a coworker. Baby hasn't arrived yet, so I've still got time to screw up the lacework in the front panel! Not my area of expertise. It's a fun knit, though. And the Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton is so soft and wonderful to work with. Like buttah.

And, of course, I've added to the stash (sorry, no photos of that). I bought some Queensland Kathmandu Tweed to make the Logan shawl in the Winter issue of IK. I'm also making a friend some Subway Mittens by Subway Knitter from the same issue. I'm making those out of Mista Alpaca Worsted to match a scarf that I made for a fundraising auction. Her lovely husband bought her the scarf and I told her I'd make mittens to match. And how useful, as she is a subway rider!

I'm also hoping to make Red Sox socks for my 2 sons for Christmas. Think I can get this all done?? I'll have to stay up later and stop burrowing under the covers.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

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