It’s already December and there are just 20 sleeps to Xmas! Getting excited, even if, I must confess, I’d rather prefer being home with my family and friends to celebrate the holidays -and going snowboarding too ;) anyway….
Here it is my second pair of socks, yay! I used the same pattern as my first pair – Afterthought heel socks by Laura Linneman – and some stripes. I casted on 72 stitches to get a bigger size, but I’m still wondering if they will fit those big feet.
The yarn I used is Skinny Bugga by CY in Moon Jelly and Red Legged Ham Beatle and Plucky Feet in Flying Monkey for heels and toes. The three of them look great together!
This is the second pair in a row using green, next socks HAVE to be pink! :)
I’ve started looking for personalized labels a few weeks ago, while I was busy knitting all the Xmas presents. I wanted to make them even more special and unique and I thought cute labels was the way to go. I find labels a nice detail, a lovely finishing touch. But I encountered two problems: the first one is that usually labels feel annoying on your skin and we end up cutting them off from our clothes. No good. The other problem was getting them on time – I had to send my presents as soon as possible otherwise they wont get to my family and friends on time for Xmas! So I had to come up with an alternative and ta-daaaaa, look!
I ordered this wood buttons from Remember Wynn on Etsy. They are custom made, so I described my idea to Angie and Brittany and they came up with this wonderful design. They are engraved and 1″ big. I love them and I can’t wait to stitch them on everything I’ll knit!
I don’t want to get too upset so I won’t talk about the fact that I’ve actually sent my Xmas presents this morning – because I didn’t want to run late!- and this afternoon, when I arrived home from work, I found my lovely buttons waiting for me. Bad luck. But I don’t care, because they are sooooo gorgeous that I can’t stop smiling!
This is one to the very last knits in my list of xmas presents, yay! I’ve already knitted a pullover for dad, but he came up with the idea of a vest, for less cold days, and of course I couldn’t say him no :)
I promised myself to use yarn only from my stash and I did! I didn’t buy more – well, I bought more, but not for this project so it doesn’t count! I’m very happy with the color combination and I’m pleased with the result too. It was fun choosing colors as I was knitting and surprising how well all the col play together. From the bottom up, I’ve used Traveller in Pound of Traveller 55 (which is a bluer, darker version of In a Lonely Place IMO), Ispwitch, Sto and Lookingglass.
Sto is a wonderful color, perfect for autumn
The I-cord gives stability and a very clean finish.
I’ve improvised the design, which is pretty easy: ribbing for the edging, I-cord for the front opening to easily insert the zipper, plain stockinette for the body and a bit of stripes here and there. I like how the neck facing turned out, I think details are important and if daddy doesn’t want to completely zip the vest up, there is always a nice inside to show! I hope he likes it!
All zipped up
I know, I know, it’s ages since my last post, but I’ve been very busy at work with no time, or better, no energy to knit. It’s the busiest time of the year with all the Xmas stuff and sales, so bear with me.
But fear not, today I’ve a finished project to show you! It’s my second Grettir, this time made for my dad. As usual, I’ve used Traveller by Cephalopod Yarns and I love this slightly more masculine version of this pullover. The main color is Queensland, a lovely mix of light blues, purples and greens, while the yoke is knitted in Casco Bay – the blue -, Emerald City – the green – and Bare Traveller which is the simple not dyed yarn.
I seriously love this pattern: the line is simple, but the motif in the yoke is really beautiful. I think I could knit Grettirs forever, one for each day of the week! For this one I modified a little the numbers and I hope I got the right fit. For the body I casted on 220 sts, for the sleeves 54 sts and increased it to 82. I left 20 sts on hold for each underarm and joined everything together to knit the yoke. I had 304 sts and followed chart D for men.
And the inside is as pretty as the outside!
Which colors to use for the next Grettir? :)
Happy Monday everyone! Here it is another finished knitting project of mine. It has been laying around for more than a month, but finally I blocked it and took some photos.
It’s the Marius sweater, worked from the bottom up in the round. I used Traveller by CY, dyed in gradient set #3, which goes from a pale lilac-blue to a lovely bright and darker lilac. I had bought it as an Oddity so the skeins weren’t exactly 4oz, therefore I had to use other colors for the yoke. I went for Looking Glass for the motif and Peshawar for the background and they match perfectly the shades of the gradient set.
I decided to knit this sweater in a size bigger than usual as I thought it was a more appropriate look for this pattern and I’m very happy with how it turned out. It’s not only cozy and warm, but also very comfortable to wear. I modified a bit the numbers of stitches here and there and also added some waist shaping, even if on an “oversized” pullover they are barely noticeable.
Now I’m knitting another pullover, it will be my Xmas present for dad. It has a bit of purple in it, but I promise that my next project will be in a totally different color, I used way too much purple lately and I need a change!
It’s already a couple of weeks since Stephen West’s Mystery Shawl KAL finished and so my shawl.
My third color is Purple Soldier Fly – Skinny Bugga! – a kind of electric purple, subtly variegated and supremely gorgeous. It’s a very good contrast for both Lion’s Mane Jellyfish and Moon Jelly and I’m very pleased with how the shawl is turned out.
I have really enjoyed the knitting: it’s been lovely to see the progresses of all the other KAL pals and share with them the craving of seeing the finished product!
I don’t know how I will wear this shawl – I’m being honest here and I totally dislike asymmetrical shawl as it’s hard to keep them in place – , but what I know for sure is that Stephen West always brings directional and color block knitting to a new awesome level – it’s truly amazing what he can design and offer us knitters. Thank you Stephen for yet another amazing knitting experience!
Now, someone can please tell me why I didn’t know about Design Seeds? I mean, I spend hours and hours on the Internet every bloody day and I’ve never came along with this awesome website before. This is completely stupid. Shame on me. Design Seeds is stuffed with wonderful photos from which Jessica creates even more wonderful color palettes.
Since I’ve open the home page, just a couple of hours ago, I’ve already saved dozens of images and I’m surprised by my new inclination for liking the green colors. I usually go for reds, pinks, purple and blues but the beautiful Design Seeds’ color combinations inspire me to choose different colors. Here there are just a few of my favorites. I want a sweater out of every single palette and I feel damn ready to go for these “out of my comfort zone” colors that I can’t wait to cast on!
First pic: I love, love, love, this acid green with a splash of magenta.
I don’t like browns! But this chamaleon is adorable!
These are my colors!
Some Xmas stuff….
And what about this acid green mixed with pastel orange sherbet?