I just finished felting my second hat, and wanted to post some photos. The first is a tiny little brimmed hat. I made it small to start so as not to use too much wool if it didn't work out. I was very pleased with the results and am going to do a full sized one just like it. The second was the Garden Hat from the book "Felted Crochet." It was huge before felting. My daughter Kate tried it on for the before picture. I was pleased with the results, but I don't think I'll use the same yarn again. It was crocheted from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted. It's 30% mohair, so the final product is extremely fuzzy. My older daughter, Erin, loves the fuzz, and the hat is for her, so it all turned out for the best. I'm going to add a band of embroidered ribbon to finish it off.
I finished the back of my sweater, and am pleased with the way it turned out. I've posted a link to the picture.
I'll get started on the front after supper this evening. I'm hoping to have it finished by November. I'm using size 11 needles, so that shouldn't be a problem. I've discovered that I really dislike working with anything bigger than a size 9 needle and prefer a 7 or smaller.
It took 3 tries, but I finally got a good start on the back of my first sweater. I'm knitting the orange zip-front cardigan from the 1st issue of Knit.1. I'm using the suggested yarn, Wool-Ease chunky in Pumpkin. (It's not as bright as it looks in the picture.) It's very exciting to watch it take shape. I've got about 10 more rows before I start shaping the arm holes. I'll post more as it moves along.
My knit tie is complete. I'm a little disappointed by it. It looks great, but the sock yarn I used is too thick, so the knot is huge. I can't use it for work, but my daughter has already claimed it, so it won't go unused. I've already found some really fine silk-tweed that would make a great tie. I'll have to drop down from size 5 needles to 1 or 2's.
I'm still working on my knit tie. It's 16" now (40" to go). The novelty of watching the pattern emerge from the self-striping yarn is gone, but has been replaced by tracking the length by counting the repeats in the pattern. I've figured out exactly how much each repeat in the pattern adds to the length and I check the measurement at the end of each one. So far, it's dead on...2.25" I've got about 4 inches to go before I work my decreases and start on the skinny end. It's long enough that I was able to tie a modified half-windsor and get some idea of what it will look like when it's actually tied. Very cool. I've been taking my time with it, carrying it around in my brief case and working on it in waiting rooms and on my lunch break. Now, I'm anxious to get it finished and actaully wear it to work. I'm going to pick up the pace and try to do 3-4 inches every night.
I completed my first sock. It was a lot of fun, and I'm pleased with the results, but not enough to finish the pair. I have enough yarn to make another pair so I'm going to start again with smaller needles. I did the first one with size 5 and am going to try 3's instead. There seemed to be a lot of open space in the stitches.
I also need to practice closing the toe so it looks a little neater, and I'm not happy with the instep. When I picked up the stitches on the side that shows in the picture, they were very loose. I've received some suggestions on how to correct that and will try them on my next sock.
I picked up some sock yarn a couple weeks ago, looking forward to making my first pair of socks. I've been lusting after some Schoeller + Stahl Fortissima Colori, but decided to go with Lion Brand Magic Stripes for my first attempt. It took awhile to get started (my first time on 3 needles), but once I got going I really liked the colors and the pattern of the stripes. I decided it would make a great looking tie and ripped out my sock. Interweave had a couple good looking ties in their winter issue, but I also found a very simple pattern on (where else) the Lion website. I've been working on it for 2 nights now, and I've got about 5 inches of tie done....51 to go. I'm hoping to get it done before knit ties make a comeback and everybody is wearing one.