I bought Arne and Carlos's new book "Norwegian Knits with a Twist" and really liked the wrist warmers. The pattern called for a dk weight which I couldn't find but did find some suitable Jamieson Smith Shetland in 4 ply jumper weight. I had to swatch and do a bit of math to achieve the correct size. They were a fun knit.
I had to do the neck to finish this and accomplished that this morning. Little Ben will be two in January. I used a pattern that I made up myself that is roughly based on EZ's percentage system. DK acrylic (that I bought here in Mexico) and 4mm needles.
Just finished up three pairs of socks that I will give to my brother and sisters for their birthdays. I lost the label for the sock on the left, the middle one is Opal, and the one on the right is Zauberball. I used my mother's recipe with 2.25mm needles.
My sister-in-law steered me to this hat on ravelry. The pattern is free. It is definitely the warmest hat I have ever worn - it covers the whole ear and hugs your head. Easy and fast knit. I used Paton's Classic Wool.
Just finished a sweater for my friend, Miguel. It is a cardigan that was knit in the round with 9 steek stitches that I simply cut open without securing. Because it is Jamieson and Smith Shetland wool, I do this without worrying. I used 3.25mm needles and the colour is "mustard" (the third picture is closest to the real colour).
I read a couple of articles (one of them was from an old "Threads" magazine that I have had for ages) on how to construct gloves and gave them a shot. I used Patons sock yarn and 2.75mm needles. They are nice and warm and for the most part fit nicely. However, on my next pair I will make the little finger first and then knit another half inch before making the other three fingers.
I knit a sweater for myself with Briggs and Little Sport (one of my favourite yarns) and 3.25 mm needles. I asked my friend Miguel to model it for me. I have made this collar many times on my sweaters because I can button them up to the top and it serves as a scarf or cowl. I am going to Europe next week and will take it with me. It should be the right weight for autumn weather.
I made a huge shawl or medium blanket out of sock yarn that was left over from other projects. The finished blocked size is 72 inches. I used a 5 mm needle and started in the centre with dpn's. When I ran out of one colour I just added another by knitting the two together for 10 stitches and after it was blocked I cut the ends off. I had 150 gm of ugly orange, green, and hot pink sock yarn that I used for a 6 stitch sideways border. It sat around for about year and when I finished a project I would just add the yarn that was left to the shawl.
Just finished a yoked sweater I made following Meg Swansen's recipe. I used Jamieson and Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight Shetland wool and 3.25mm needles. When Elizabeth Zimmermann said it was difficult not to add a colour pattern in the decreases, she was right and I used my "Traditional Fair Isle Knitting" by Sheila McGregor to add some interest. I love how their Shetland wool softens and blooms after a wash and block.
I knit plain socks, like those pictured, when I am watching TV, listening to a book, or travelling. I love the fact that they are mindless and sometimes I have the heel turned and don't remember doing it. They are the form of relaxation that I turn to often. I made these six pairs since Christmas and most of them will be given away as birthday presents this month and next.