Tuesday, February 12, 2008

There's been knitting...

First, I created a button for a knitting project over at knitting diva - won't you take a second and cast your vote? (My button is the first one).



Second - I finished all the gifts for our friends in Colombia and mailed them off. The mail is not very reliable there, so I'm hoping they get their okay. Since then I've finished a few more things:


Saartje's Booties

Yarn: Wildflower DK in yellow -a fraction of a skein

Notes: Perfect, adorable and quick to knit. A gift for a co-worker.

Nordic Ear Flap Hat

Yarn: Bernat softee chunky in green and blue - part of leftover skeins I had.

Notes: This is a tad big for seamonkey, but it's thick and warm, and as you can see he doesn't mind wearing it. It was the first time I did intarsia in my life - it wasn't too bad. I actually was able to carry each color in each hand, which was a little fiddly at first. Tension is key, and I need some practice, especially where I was switching needles (I used the magic loop method).

Currently on the needles I have the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted gifts. You take two skeins of luxury sock yarn in complimentary colors, and switch off every two rows. One row is worked in the "feather and fan" pattern. I did a double repeat to make this wider. I had alot of fun choosing which colors to use - I was in the yarn shop for almost an hour digging through all the wonderful sock yarn. I settled on Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, both are in colors "Earth" - and I found out later that these are "potluck" skeins - they only dyed six of each color at a time. This scarf is a gift for my Billy Joel loving friend for her 40th birthday - obviously I'm late with it - and it's taking longer than I thought. But the colors are totally her - rusty, brown, coppery, peachy...it will look great with her skin tone. I'm not even half way done - but this scarf is over 6 feet long. I want to make myself one eventually, it's a great excuse to splurge on sock yarn.

18 comments:

Rachael said...

OMG, those booties are SO cute I just want to go out and either have a kid or adopt one so you will make me a pair.

And Seamonkey -- always cute, but when did he get so grown-up looking??? He's adorable! You need to show more pix. He went from babe to little man there.

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Jenni said...

Dude, I am lovin' that hat! Seamonkey is such a little hat wearer. Truly, he looks good in everything, even if it's too big for him! Eamon looks like a dork in hats (his big ears get in the way), yet I knit them for him anyway.

I love doing intarsia. Did you have fun with it? I do the same thing - hold one color in my right hand, and one in my left. Then I switch between Continental and English style knitting. The tension can be tricky though.

I may have to knit that Nordic hat for my friend's baby boy.

Kerry said...

Ok, I voted and you are in the lead. :-)

I absolutely love the booties and the hat! And Seamonkey is so handsome!!! It's amazing how much he's grown. He's still just as cute as ever.

Your Chevron is really pretty. I like how the cream colored yarn looks more of a semi solid color. I'm sure your friend is going to be thrilled with it. When you finish. Because it is freakin' long. LOL

Ruth said...

My heart skipped a beat when I saw that little face in that hat - so cute! Love the booties too and the scarf is lovely.

I headed on over and voted for you and as of 11.30 am (South African time) you were leading!

Beagle said...

Seamonkey just keeps getting cuter! And those booties . . . adorable!

del said...

I've always loved that scarf. Beautiful colors. And the booties are adorable, as is Seamonkey in his hat. Great job!

Going to vote now...

Bezzie said...

Cute booties and hat! But the model is the cutest ;-)

Michelle Smiles said...

As always, jealous of your skill!

Lauren said...

That is the cutest picture of seamonkey in that hat. Intarsia is so scary to me. Looks like you did a great job.

Love the other projects also.

Lori said...

Those booties are so cute and so is the hat, or is it the boy that's so cute?

Miss Scarlett said...

I love those booties - so sweet!

And can I say - Seamonkey totally looks like you! Love him in the hat. :-)

CM said...

Hey, I found you through Rachaels blog! I love those booties! I am currently learning to sew! Next, I would love to learn to knit. All that yarn looks so beautiful!

Christine said...

Wow, you are so creative! My MIL knits but I don't. :(

Chebbles' Mama said...

How marvelous that he loves wearing his mama's knitting. Will he be the (handsomer) Ron Weasley at school when he grows up, with his mom's knitting adorning his body all the time?
You are really talented!

Fioleta said...

I love this booties and thinking of knitting them for my friend's baby. Did you find them easy/hard to make?

Wendy said...

OK, I am going to finish my baby sweater this weekend and then try and tackle a pair of matching booties. Those are just too cute not to try!

Christine said...

Sea MOnkey is so adorable! So are the the booties!