If your name is Gene and you haven’t received your Pollyanna gift, avert your eyes until you do!
I made several father-daughter hats as xmas gifts with a major pattern modification…I included a liner. Same number cast on stitches, but provisional CO and on a smaller needle. I knit a couple of rows in the outside wool yarn (Bartlett) in K2P2 rib, switched to a soft yarn (Encore for two for about 4 inches, then back to Bartlett for a couple rounds, did a purl ridge, switched to bigger needles (8′s?) and reversed the rib for the outside of the hat. Knit it up to meet the provisional cast on, K2tog from cast on and working stitches, then stockinette for 1/2 to 1 inch, then decreases as in pattern. I also did one with Trendsetter Blossom as a liner that I let peek out over the edge. It’s very soft, but a bit bulky and made the hat a bit too big.
I liked this pattern, it’s quick. I’m thinking to adapt it for bulky yarn for the last couple Dulaan hats. It should be super warm. It would have to be a cast on in multiples of 8, so for little kids 64 stitches, and for adults 80.
Here’s Gene’s Pollyanna…actually it’s for the dog, Pinky. It’s in machine wash and dry Encore.
It’s the basic knit dog sweater from here. But I made the arms longer and made some leggings for his back legs!
And, a 1×1 rib watch cap to match. Basic, 100 stitches. But I wasn’t sure about how to make the top look nice, then I found this.
Juju mentioned that I hadn’t blogged about knitting in a while, so if you think this is an overlong post, talk with her!
I FINALLY finished adding some inches to the green malabrigo sweater that I started before LAST thanksgiving (that’s right, 2005). It got put down when I had to rip 8 inches or more of the finished back. Then other projects got started and done. I think I finished it in Feb. Row gauge? OOPS. It was pretty short, but worked ok, then I washed it and it was just too short. I picked up with a 2×2 rib this Thanksgiving, didn’t like it, ripped out the 4 inches I’d added. Then decided to pick up in same rib as the sweater. It’s not perfect, but will be a good knock around sweater. The line where I picked up the stitches almost makes the new knitting look like ribbing on a plainer sweater.
Big Geek listed her 2006 FOs and goals for 2007. I thought, goals, what are those? Then I got thinking, what did I knit this past year? Not including what is above in this post…
Lots of hats (16): 3 so far for Dulaan, 6 or so caps to the capital, the pirate hat, the tweed beret, 2 yurt shaped hats, the cathedral hat, a ribbed watch cap (not the one above), and a cabled beanie.
Socks: 2 small pair, the green lace ones for me, and a second sock of a pair that was started last year. I would like to knit more socks in 2007!
Sweaters (6): 2 real raggsock sweaters, both in men’s xl, in bartlett, one in oatmeal, the other in natural and gray ragg. At the owners’ requests. Next time, more color!
Dolce Knit’s Sebring Tank (you have to scroll down to see…I haven’t worn it much because it doesn’t work with my regular bra or with my racer back. I will keep shopping for a good bra for this!
Andrea’s vest, and the baby kimono.
And, I’m not sure how you’d classify these things,
the naughty squiddy. Note all of you that think it’s too odd, this is filed under toys!
A felted poodle purse (not sure if I blogged about this one).
mowatt mukluks. These were an expensive failed experiment. I modified the pattern by not putting in the “fur”, instead using fringe at the top, and by leaving a deep opening so I could lace them. I think the problem is that I used Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride versus the called for Galway (can you see I’m tired of linking by this point?). I had envisioned robin hood/wood sprite boots with needle felted designs with bits of this b-eautiful autumn colored roving/fleece that I have.
Libby put them through her washer once and that helped a lot, but one didn’t quite shrink right. It needs me to take it to a washboard. And I just didn’t get to it!
What is interesting to me is that I’ve blogged about most of these things, even though I only started blogging in late September.
So, for goals, and short because this is a long post…
Birthday sweater for dh. I’ve done the gauge swatch, due date 1/20.
Top down hoodies for a 2 year old and my 11 year old.
Multicolor sweater for me from odd skeins of worsted wool.
Fiber trends’ felted clogs
Lots of socks, including knee highs for me, I’m thinking Bavarian knee highs from an old Knitter’s.
These are all stashbusters, except maybe the knee highs.
And non-knitting knitting goals: join some swaps, run some contests (=unload some of my stash-the good stuff!)
If you made it this far…Happy New Year! We are off to a party…I’ve made another batch of Coquito!