Sunday, January 25, 2009
First FO of the year: A Camisole for a very special purpose.
I'm a member of a knitting society where we meet once a month to knit, talk, and share ideas as well as and inspiration. The challenge is that we are suposed to knit things without patterns - it's so fun! Also, it's becomming a tradition to make a small exhibition every year with something knitted - designed by one self, of course. We discussed what the theme should be and decided it together. This time we ended up with a very broad one: "Something-with-clothes" which more or less means that everything will do! The idea is, though, that it should be some kind of wordplay where the word 'clothes' is included. As this is a Danish context the options are of course slightly different from English. However, a camisole will work with the theme just fine. Anyway, this is my contribution.
I knitted this with merino wool from a Danish spinning mill (Henrichsen), on needle size 2.5 mm so it wasn't such a quick project. The most challenging part was the lace at the top. I made a garter stitch edging and garter stitch shoulder straps, so I wanted the lace part to have garter stitch in it too. I ended up combining garter stitch with a leave motif, which I think came out pretty.
I really like the two colors together, especially on the edging. The rib on each side makes it very stretchy and close-fitting, which I prefer when using it this time of year. It fits perfectly under a shirt, keeping the body nice and warm.
I'm not exactly sure when the exhibition will take place but I hope that my contribution will look fine among a whole lot of other knitted garments and things. I'm quite excited about it!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
A little late, here comes the third and last post about my knitted Christmas presents: Three hats and two little sweaters. Here goes...
A hat for my brother made of Rowan Felted Tweed. I added some stripes with yarn from my stash. The pattern is made up as I went along.
My boyfriend saw me knitting it and asked for one too, so I made another one with thicker stripes and some other small mods.
A hat for my sister-in-law. The pattern is from a Danish book by Lena Blidell called 'Hotte huer'. (Ravelry link here) It is made with one strand of wool and one strand of some angora blend.
This sweater is for my little niece. I used the pattern from the Climbing Vines Pullover in Interweave Knits, Winter 2008. The Yarn is Lana Grossa Cool Wool 2000.
This looked really good on her, when she tried it on.
The last sweater is this cardigan made for my cousin's daughter. It was a small experiment with yarn from stash (DROPS Karisma) I'm not all satisfied but it looked fine when she tried it on. In my opinion there are some minor errors but on the other hand you have to make these in order to be an experienced knitter, right? It is knit in the round and steeked.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Two pairs of socks were gifted away this Christmas.
These are the fabulous Gentleman's Shooting Stockings by Nancy Bush made for my father. I really like the stitch pattern which makes the socks a bit more sophisticated than regular, plain men's socks.
The yarn is soft like a dream (contains silk) so I'll definately use it again.
Pattern: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Regia Silk 4-ply by Schachenmayr nomotta
Needles: 2 mm
The second pair are these striped socks, almost knee length, for my niece. She's 5 years old so I thought she would like these color tones.
Yarn: Ranco Multy by Araucania and some gray sock yarn from my stash.
Needles: 2,5 mm
Friday, January 2, 2009
I'll start this years blogging by showing off some of the presents I made this Christmas. In this post it'll be two scarfs.
For my mother I knitted this triangular shawl or scarf following this pattern, Silk Kerchief by Kate Gagnon. Simple but lovely. I made a lace border pretty much similar to the border on Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark. (Both patterns are free). I saw another Silk Kerchief with an added border and was inspired to make one too.
I used two different alpaca yarns (one hand dyed) to make the stripes. Both of them are 100% alpaca resulting in a so so soft scarf.
Pattern: Silk Kerchief by Kate Gagnon (pdf here)
Yarn: Atacama by Araucania Yarns (Unfortunately I've lost the information for the solid yarn)
Needles: 3.5 mm
The other scarf is this one for my grandmother.
Another simple pattern, Old Shale Scarf by Tiennie. I made it in a soft wool and silk blend.
Pattern: Old Shale Scarf by Tiennie (pdf here)
Yarn: DUO Silke/Merino by Design.club.dk
Needles: 4 mm