Sunday, November 29, 2009

Greyhawk Sweater est finit

I have to admit that I have been shamelessly ignoring my NaKniSweMo commitment in favor of adorable polar bears. I mean, really. Look at them. Would you want to knit a 2x2 ribbed cuff if you had those adorable marching polar bears on the needles?

But, December is closing fast. I finished the last 10 rows of the sweater on the way home from Target in the car last night. (It was dark and I couldn't read the chart for the 2nd row of snowflakes on the chart). I used the Vogue Knitting sewn bind off for 2x2 rib today while Will painted the garage door and the kids painted on their easel. The sweater is now blocking by the dryer and I can return to my polar bears with a clear conscience!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Confession and... a change?

If you know me, you're probably not surprised to hear me admit that I'm a perfectionist. Maybe the admission part is a surprise, but not the perfectionist bit.

A corollary of this is that I don't announce my goals very often. I have lots of FO posts, but I'm always shy about goals. What if I fall short? You know, not be perfect?

I'm going to put it out there, this time. I'm trying NaKniSweMo. Yesterday, a box came in the mail with Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits and 9 skeins of gray Merino Style. I grabbed my size 5 needles and cast on Pink. But in gray. The color is actually called Hawk, but it's grey, so I can't help but call this sweater... The Gygax Sweater. Thought I was more of a Forgotten Realms fan, myself.

And if you get the reference, come roll some dice with us. We just picked up the 4th edition books and I'm slowly learning the system.

I'm going to try to finish this month, but without going nuts. It's a goal, and I'm putting out there. And, you know what? If I don't make, there are no consequences. It's okay.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

One piece Gusseted Fingerless Mitts

I've knit two sets of simple fingerless mitts in the past week. The kids seem to like them because they can still play and draw in the car without taking off (and losing) their gloves.

A while ago, I knit these. They were a huge hit. Then the little dude wanted fingerless mitts like his sister. In a vain attempt to use up the green and yellow yarns from his hat and sweater striped mitts ensued, but there’s still a bunch of yarn. (48 yards)

Originally uploaded by thebookstoregirl

Then Sweet Pea left her favorite fingerless mitts at pre-school. They closed to school for a week due to the flu, so I let her pick out yarn for a back-up pair. The yarn looks red in some lights, fuschia in others. (66 yds). They're baby cashmerino on size 3 needles for a tight, warm fabric.

Originally uploaded by thebookstoregirl

I improvised both sets on 2 circular needles. They're gusseted, but instead of putting the thumb stitches on a holder before going on, I simply bound them off. Too easy for words. I think it would be too short on an adult mitt, but it works just fine the the kids'.

I'm not usually a joiner but, next up? NaKneSweMo.