knit, knit, purl, purl, knit, knit, purl, purl, knit, knit..

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Cascading Leaves Progress...

Well, after what I think was a pretty severe case of SSS, I am finally starting the second of my Cascading Leaves socks! After the simpler patterns I've used of late, it is refreshing to be doing a lace repeat again.

This is the only thing I have on the needles right now! Isn't it amazing? Well, it's only because I've not been feeling well and haven't had time to sit down and start DS' booties and bonnet, but that's in the works.

Also on deck - Whimsical Knitting hat and scarf. I'm stalking the postmas for some 100purwool which I ordered to do this project for myself and my MIL. I don't get to start any whimsical knitting until one of the above projects is finished, though!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


I told ya I needed to do something with bamboo needles! This pattern is awesome. It can be found at Craftster (search "Panta") or at Drops Designs. The only thing I would change is the garter stitch edge - I think slipping the first stitch of every row would be easier and look purty.

The yarn is OMM's "70s yarn" :D that I acquired in a swap. I LOVE it so much. I might just make fingerless gloves or somefin to match. Gotta be careful though, I'm not sure how much of this yarn is left. The Panta allegedly uses 50g, but I'm not sure it even used that much. It's an awesome stash-busting pattern, and it knit-up in about 4 hours.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Easy Peasy Fini!

I FINALLY finished DS' Easy Peasy! The yarn is KnitPicks Merino Style in Moss, doubled throughout and knit on size 8s. This really took a lot longer than I expected - does garter stitch just take longer I wonder? I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. The buttons are my favorite part, though they are difficult to get through the thick fabric. It will likely loosen up with time.
If I weren't such a cheapskate, I'd toss the GD Susan Bates icky metal needles right out the window - OMG I hate them! Can't wait to get back to working on something with some bamboo or birch.

And I leave you now, with some pics of DS getting some use out of his Tiny Birds soaker, before he grows out of it :

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Easy Peasy

OK, so I am completely addicted to LTK patterns right now! There's a lot of items I'd like to knit for Altu─č for winter, and I'm starting with the Easy Peasy cardigan. The yarn I had on-hand, which was originally destined to be a Starburst sweater, was DK weight, so I doubled it and am following the rest of the pattern as written. It's a very pleasant knit, a nice change from the semi-complicated patterns I usually use.

The good thing is, I also have Devon's Bonnet and Booties (another LTK pattern, surprise!) on deck, and plan to do it in the same yarn. This patterns actually calls for DK weight.

I really like how the fabric is coming-out. Since the yarn was doubled, it's nice and thick - it almost feels and looks crocheted. Cozy! I can't wait to see it on DS. I'd also like to embellish it, but I'm not sure how or with what. I have no yarn embroidery experience, and I don't want to hurt my Easy Peasy after I've put so much work in! We'll see...

Monday, October 09, 2006

I finished my first Cascading Leaves sock! I am really happy with it, of course! I received the yarn in a swap with an MDC mama (tho, off hand I don't remember which swap it was!), and it was knit on Brittany size 2s.
The only thing I don't like is the toe, where I messed-up the kitchener stitch because DS was on my lap the whole time and kept distracting me. Might re-do it later after he goes to sleep.

I cast-on DS Easy Peasy! I'm using Merino Style in Moss ... oh crap just realized that's DK weight. Better do a guage swatch! All for the best, anyway since Devon's Bonnet and Booties pattern is on deck too (and that's SUPPOSED to use DK weight).

Pumpkin Hat

Here's the pumpkin hat I knitted-up to trade with another MDC Mama for some clothes for DS. The orange yarn is Paton's Classic Merino vat-dyed by yours truly using Wilton's Cake Dye, the green is a remnant I had laying around (I think it's woolease *shrug*). I'm pretty happy with how it turned-out - DS didn't turn-out nearly as well! :) Think I may frog his and re-do the decreases and add a nifty leaf like this one has.

But first - I'm half an inch from doing the toe decreases on my Cascading Leaves sock. I'll finish that before I move on to anything else. Pics later when the toddler isn't on my lap drinking my coffee.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Wednesday, October 04, 2006