Posts Tagged ‘Knucks’

FO Odessa Hat and more knitting plans….

November 1, 2008

Here it is my finished Odessa Hat.  It’s made from one 50g ball of Biggan Design First Cross Merino DK on 4mm needles.  I bought the yarn at the Knitting And Stitching Show at Ally Pally.  Biggan Design is an Australian company run by a swedish (I think) lady.  They have produced this DK merino yarn in a rainbow of 64 colours which are all wonderful.  It’s like looking at a set of felt tip pens or a wonderful paint chart.  This hat is knitted in Burnt Orange and I’ve also got 1 ball each of Saffron, Pumpkin and Bright Orange which I will use to knit a ribbed scarf to go with the hat.

I’ve been playing around with different ribs and have finally decided on the left hand end of this swatch.  It will be a knit 3 purl 2 rib with a moss/seed stitch border that is 3 stitches wide to stop the scarf from curling.  The right had end is a 1×1 rib and then a 2×2 rib and then I was playing with how I want to change from one colour to the next.  But I’m not casting on until I’ve finished the odessa socks and I have about 30 rows to go on the second sock. 

I have so many ideas of things I want to knit at the moment, here’s the current list…

1. Orange/Autumnal scarf (see above)

2. Finish Odessa socks.

3. Knit 2×2 rib scarf for Bex for Christmas.

4. Knit lace something with 1200yds of blue laceweight yarn I got at Ally Pally.

5. Finish Wild Cherry Demeter – started in May 2008.

6. Finish blue Tofutsies lacy socks – started ages ago.

7. A black tank top.

8. Grey honeycomb tank top.

9. Crochet a cactus for a girl at work. I really shouldn’t make these flippant comments!

10. Knit Knucks for another colleague – zip my mouth shut someone!!!

11. Knit something with the 100yds of handspun I won from Erin. (see below).

So many things to knit and so little time….

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Rain Rain Go Away….

November 19, 2007

I’m off work this week and all it’s done so far is rain. I know it’s only Monday but it doesn’t look like it will let up until Thursday if the weather forecast is to be believed.  Last week was awful at work I worked late every day trying to catch up from having most of the week before off ill. It’ll probably be the same next week after being on holiday this week. But I’m not thinking about that now.

I hardly knitted at all last week as I was just tired after work but I’m back on track now. Yesterday I knitted a little red baby beanie for a friend’s new baby it was a really easy pattern from the The Second Little Sublime Hand Knit -baby pattern book I bought in the summer, I’ve cast on another one this morning in a lovely chocolate brown to try to make a Christmas pudding hat like the ones that Erssie makes. 

I had afternoon tea with Nic and met her new cat Coleman, he’s beautiful. So laid back it’s not true. It was lovely to catch up and have a natter about knitting, Nic showed me her latest projects (a lovely mohair scarf for a colleague – yarn bought in the Lake District for £1.50 a ball!!; a green baby jumper in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for another of our friends who is pregnant) and I told her what I was thinking of making.

1. a cream scarf for a colleague made of a cashmerino baby type yarn, I’m going to do a moss stitch section at each end and attach some silver beads in a star pattern and the middle section will be a 2×2 rib so that the scarf doesn’t have a ‘wrong’ side.

2. Gloves for me knitted top down with i-cord fingers and then like the Knucks pattern from Knitty.

3. something with the mohair yarn that I just frogged. It was an attempt at To Dye For from the first Stitch n Bitch book but I didn’t like it.

Tomorrow I’m going to London for a days shopping and will be visiting Selfridges and John Lewis on Oxford Street as I want to have a wander around their knitting sections (and the christmas section of Selfridges because I LOVE CHRISTMAS). I just hope the weather isn’t too miserable……..

Socks & Gloves

November 10, 2007

I’ve not been feeling well this week and had to take a few days off work. I did manage to finish my jaywalkers but I hardly did any knitting at all really.  On Thursday evening I felt a little more like myself so I made a Christmas tree decoration in a quilty/patchwork way instructions from a workshop my mum attended last week.  I’m quite pleased with it and may give them as presents.  So I can’t post a picture here incase I do.

Yesterday I finally felt like knitting again and cast on a toe in Elle Stretch DK black, and then after the toe I started knitting the foot in purple and black vertical stripes by knitting one stitch in black and then one in purple.  It’s working quite well but I’m going to pause it while I decide if I really like it or not. 

I think I’d like to knit myself a matching gloves/scarf set so I had  a look for glove patterns on Knitty and Magknits. I like the Knucks that Elliphantom made recently from a pattern in Knitty but they are fingerless and I want whole fingers.  I was toying with the idea of trying to do a very mini magic cast on and knitting down the fingers and then following the Knucks pattern to join it all together but then on Ravelry I discovered something that is completely Genius. It’s i-cord fingers!!! you knit i-cord fingers and it gives you a ladder of strands at the back of the work which you then treat like a dropped stitch and pick up with a crochet hook creating a FINGER! Look HERE for the instructions. I need to find some yarn now but am thinking about using the Koigu KPPPM I got at Alexandra Palace as it’s too beautiful to be hidden in my shoes.

I should be knitting hats for babies that are due at Christmas and sewing together a Pixie coat for a baby who is already here but I keep getting distracted by socks and gloves for myself. I think it’s because there are no seams in socks!!