Knitting! New FOs November 15, 2006Posted by jessicraft in fo, knitting.
Finished up a couple of knitting projects recently…
First up, AT LAST! the Irish Hiking Scarf is complete. Knit in Paton’s Classic Wool, I totally love it – took forever but it’s great, so warm.
I also knit up a 2×2 rib scarf in Paton’s Bohemian for my grandmother as a birthday gift. The colour is “Cranberry Cafe” and it’s a super bulky yarn, which, knit on giant needles (11mm) was quick and easy. Have a second similar scarf in another colour on the go, now.
I also made a little iPod cozy … ’cause I’m a dork.
So on the go currently – another 2×2 rib, a pair of mittens to match my Irish Hiking Scarf, and still Mom’s Sophisticated Scarf.
Obviously need to be back to the knitting because THIS is coming soon..
Knitting Olympics – GOLD! March 1, 2006Posted by jessicraft in fo, knitting, knitting olympics.
How cool is the Knitting Olympics, seriously. I just loved reading the Yarn Harlot’s post today, The Podium. Towards the end of her post she writes, and this is where I fit in, “[…] those of you who finished very quickly…let this be a lesson to you. You are more remarkable than you think you are. Aim high.”
I technically finished my mittens during the mens gold medal hockey game where Sweden took Finland in a tight match, good game. However, I managed to whip through the first mitten and then took a long break, much longer than should have allowed someone doing such a challenge to finish.
Still, I learned so much – followed a pattern again (second time doing that, after the Irish Hiking Scarf) and knit a project on DPNs for the first time. I learned how to increase, and I decreased, and I picked up stitches. I have a few scarves currently on the go that I have to whip through now before I can make something new and even more exciting.
I’m amazed at the kinds of projects I’ve seen and how quickly they’ve been completed and still so well as a part of this challenge. As I said above, how cool.
Also very cool, our athletes in Italy – what an impressive haul, with the only real disappointment being our men’s hockey team. Am I a complete dork for finding the Nelson Mandela commercial where he talks about the athletes living together for seventeen days and spending only a few moments as adversaries – what a world that would be – really touching? Probably – but that’s okay.
Knitting – FO pictures January 9, 2006Posted by jessicraft in fo, knitting.
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I think one of the reasons knitting is gaining in popularity again recently is from people’s desire to create things – it really is very cool to wear something that I’ve made with my own two hands. I picked the colours, I picked the pattern or made it up myself. It fits me just exactly as I want it because I made it for me.
Maybe the fit isn’t such an important thing considering like many knitters, my first FOs were scarves. I thought I’d post, as a starting point, pictures of my to-date FOs and my current WIPs.
By the way – if you’re new to knitting, an “FO” is a finished object and a “WIP” is a work in progress.
My First Scarf
– this was actually not the first thing I finished, but it was the first thing I started again in the fall of 2005. I made it using red heart super saver acrylic yarn, ’cause I wanted something cheap with which to learn.
– the stitch was supposed to be stockinette, but as it turns out I was twisting my knit stitches; this is okay, because it turns out nicely, but it’s good to know how to properly knit and have options.
– the pattern? cast-on 28 stitches; knit ten rows; row 11: k4, p20, k4; row 12: k28; repeat from row 11 until about one inch shy of desired length; knit ten rows and bind off.
2×2 RIB SCARF
– a very simple beginner scarf pattern is the 2×2 rib; this was a free Patons pattern I picked up in a store that called for 22 stitches to be cast on.
– row 1, k2, p2 for 22 stitches
– row 2, p2, k2 for 22 stitches; repeat from row 1 until desired length.
– this was the first thing I totally finished – didn’t darn the ends in well, because I didn’t know anything about that at this point; I love this scarf, I wear it all the time.
– made it using 5.5mm bamboo needles, which I love; bernat denim ‘weathered rose’ yarn which is an acrylic/cotton blend.
Cheats Fingerless Mittens
– Very fast, very easy pattern for something that isn’t a scarf! Good way to learn how to change between stitch patterns (supposed to be 2×2 rib, stockinette, and 1×1 rib – but at this point my knit stitches were still twisted); also learn to change colours, seam, and darn in ends.