Thursday, July 30, 2009

Purchased yesterday.

I have a pattern for a beret but it's more like a beanie than a beret. I also need a pair of gloves to go with a hat and decided that it will be easier to make them than find them. (We'll see)

Monday, July 27, 2009

I have finally managed to get my camera, the battery charger, and the usb cord all in the same place at the same time.

So here is the start of my Munrospun pattern. This picture is more accurate of the color of the yarn. I cast on an extra 30 sts to try and compensate for my tension and I think it will work out.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Munrospun Jumper....

...or 'sweater' for those of us in the former colonies. Behold ---- pattern no. 63:

Adorable! Love the yoke and buttons. I'm using Jojoland Ballad yarn in Peacock (color # 438, dye lot 001). It's a fingering weight 100% wool that is so soft and pretty. It's actually a deeper, darker green than it looks in this picture.

The pattern calls for 3.0 mm needles, which have no equivelant in US sizes (at least not in whole numbers but I have not seen half sizes in any store I have gone to) so I knit a swatch on #2 and it came out to 12 sts/inch (needs to be 8 1/2 sts), so I switched to #3. It's still a bit too many stitches but I don't want to go to larger needles because the yarn is so fine that I feel like my stitches look loose and sloppy. They're not as tight looking as I would like. Actually, the more I look at my stitches the more I want to go back to no 2's. I wonder what would happen if I tried to compensate by adding stitches. Maybe it's time for an experiment.

New pattern, like I needed one :P

I've really wanted a casual jacket that I could throw on over sportswear and I think this fits the bill. I can make it out of something light, just enough to keep the spring or autumn chill at bay or I could probably make it heavier for winter if I wanted to.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Just a quick one for today.....

Finally found my camera. It was stashed in my glove box under a pile of junk mail that I probably shoved in there just to get it off my passenger seat. So, now with a clean glove box and my camera retrieved, I vow to charge the battery and take some pictures.

I finished my beret. Yippee so now it's on to gloves. I have so much yarn left over from the beret that I can make a pair of gloves to go with it. I used Rowan Felted Tweed in Camel. It has black, white and light blue flecks. I heart tweed so much!!!

I chose camel because it would go with anything but I really want to make something with color so next up (aside from the gloves) are two sweaters and this cardigan:

From A Stitch in Time.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

So, sad story, the Simplicity 3517 that I ordered was actually sold, but not marked as such on the website :( In other news, I have to stop being lazy and take some pictures of my projects.

I finished my scarf! Yea. I don't think I've ever actually finished a knitting project. I usually get really gung ho about it and fizzle out about half way through but I really zipped through this one. It's called 'Celia' and is from a pattern on Knit on the Net by Just Call Me Ruby. I just started the gloves last night! Yea! I've made gloves before (well, one glove, see above) but when I read through the pattern I got a little confused. Granted, I'm basically a novice at knitting. Hopefully it all works out!

Also from, I finally got my copy of A Stitch in Time! I'm so excited and I think it will be worth the cost. Stupid dollar being so weak. It's a great book with some really cute patterns. It's also a pretty book and I love that it includes copies of the original patterns. So cool! And it smells good. I don't know what it is but I like smelling things, especially new books and magazines, old books, and leather.

I don't remember mentioning this before but I'm making another skirt with suspenders. I had made this last year perhaps out of some navy linen and I made a white cotton shirt to go with it. Pretty sure it no longer fits so I made another...well, I'm making another. I should have shortened the pattern because it's much much longer than I remember, as in it falls to my ankles. Honestly, sometimes I could really stand to be about three inches taller.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Purchases and Projects

I just bought these today:

I was in need of a shirtwaist pattern when I realized that I didn't have any. I searched high and low through my apartment certain that I had one somewhere. Wishful thinking I guess.

Made a skirt from this pattern out of some dark brown herringbone cotton that I had laying around. I'm going to make a jacket as well so I have a casual suit.
Other projects in the works:
I'd like a pair of pants for fall/winter and I have some wool that I think will do nicely.

Thursday, July 2, 2009