BB knits

A dumping grounds for all things knitting wandering through my lil' mind.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

WIP - Leo


WIP - Leo
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

Working on Leo for a belated xmas present for my dad. With any luck, I'll get it done well before next Christmas ;)

This is how far I was on the back before the Knitting Olympics. As of right now, I'm done the back panel and taking a break from the neverending 5x3 ribbing before I start in on the front panel. I'm really happy with how it's going so far - the fabric is great, really nice and heavy. Will be a nice and warm sweater for next winter ;)

Cleaves

All right, another pre-olympics finished object!

Pattern: Cleaves
Yarn: Jo-Ann exclusive Bellezza Collection: Cosetta
Other: 8mm DPNs, 8mm 61cm circulars
Cast on: Jan 19/06
Cast off: Feb 3/06 (in a fit of laziness, left the ends to be woven in the next day..)

New techniques learned: Well, definitely the biggest thing I've done with DPNs! Also, it was my first time joining things all up together in the round (the two sleeves and casting on for the cowl..). Wasn't to hard to figure out, though, and I really don't like seaming at all - so avoiding that was a plus :D
Not a technique, but something I learned... my gauge changes a fair bit when I switch from DPNs to circulars. Gauge was bang on for the cuff and sleeve, but for the cowl my tension got a lot looser.

Changes to pattern: Well, I only made the cuffs about 7 inches. Partly because that was plenty long for my hands, but mostly because I did a lot of the initial knitting on the plan to Saskatoon and didn't have my measuring tape... so I used my DPN to guess length, and since they're 7 inches long, that was an easy number to work with ;) Total length of sleeve: about 21 inches.

What I would do differently if I made it again: I think I wouldn't mind a little less loosey-goosey-ness about the cowl - while it is cozy comfy, it's oversized-ness gets in my way on occasion. So if I were to make another, I'd probably try a smaller size needle for the circulars, to compensate for my looser tension.

The yarn was fun, I really enjoyed the colours :) (the yarn was a gift from a friend down in California). The pattern is pretty straightforward, and the sleeves were pretty good airplane knitting. I really appreciated the lack of seams to do up!

I've worn it a couple times now, and it is very cozy and snuggly. I'd probably wear it more often if I was just staying at home more, and didn't have to worry about it matching the tshirt i'm wearing that day ;)

onto the pictures!


Cleaves
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

Here's the finished thing spread out on my bed. I love verigated yarn and it's stripiness.




Cleaves - cowl
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

close up of cowl - good representation of the colour. So pretty and shiny! :)




Cleaves - sleeve
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

close up of sleeve, and nice shot of the pretty colour stripes along the sleeve :)




Cleaves
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This is how it's worn in the pictures with the pattern... but as soon as I put my arms down, the cowl falls to an akward and not as cozy spot, and it just gets in my way :P so....




Cleaves
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

...I wear it this way! Nice and cozy about the back of my neck, the sleeves stay up, and it's just all kinds of goodness :)




Cleaves
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

And this is what it looks like from the back :) When I wear it over a tshirt, it nicely covers up all the exposed bits to give me some extra warmth! yum.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

My lovely Alpaca Mittens!

Well, taking a little break from studying Histology to upload some pre-olympics finished objects. First up: MITTENS! *love*

Pattern: CJ's Fingerless Gloves with Detachable Mitten Top (sent to me via email by a Secret Pal)
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca, sport weight, colours 53 & 50 (also sent to me by my wonderful secret pal)
Other: 3.25mm DPNs, adorable penguin buttons I had in my collection just waiting for the perfect project...
Cast on: Jan 2/06
Cast off: Jan 12/06

New techniques learned: Kitchener Stitch. And I kind of love it! Mmm... nice tidy mitten tops!
This was also my first foray into gloves and their many fingers... not so bad! A little fiddly with the seemingly way to much needle for so little a tube... but I got the hang of it :) The hardest part was figuring out the picking up stitches and where to attach the yarn for each new finger.. I think I did okay, though.

Changes to pattern: Well, I misread part of it for the mitten top first time through... oops. Missed a bunch of rows. So I accidently made the mitten top shorter then intended :P (I purposefully repeated the mistake for the second mitten top, so at least they match!)
The original pattern calls for 3 buttons, and making button holes. My first try at the button holes did not leave me with any holes... turns out I am unable to do a YO properly when knitting in the round... something I'm going to have to work on...
However, I didn't really care, since I didn't have enough penguin buttons for 3 buttons each mitten. Also, I didn't ever intend to actually remove the mitten top - might lose it that way! So I stitched the mitten top in place, and added the penguins for just decoration.

What I would do differently if I made them again: Read the pattern more carefully for the mitten tops ;) And I'd make the thumbs complete... while tucking the thumb into the mitten top does keep it toasty, I can't do that when I need to hold something, and my thumbs get mighty cold outside the mitten top!!

I absolutely adore alpaca yarn, and am in love with these mittens. I've worn them just about everyday since I finished them! They permenantly reside in my winter coat pockets :) They wear well, and I think they've managed to get softer!! *love* They've stretched a bit, and fit more losely, which makes for easier on-and-off taking and has not impacted the warmth giving at all. Even with a several rows shorter mitten top, my fingers stay nice and toasty!

Anyhow, enough of my babble.. pictures!


KSSP Mittens
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

The mittens with top up.




KSSP Mittens
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The mittens with tops down.




KSSP Mittens
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

Top down on the hand.




KSSP Mittens
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

Top up on the hand.




KSSP Mittens
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

Keeping the thumb warm as well!




KSSP Mittens
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

Holy flash glare, batman. But, YAY MITTENS! :)