Saturday, January 23, 2016

New Year, New Knitting

Happy New Year! I know, January is almost over at this point, but since this is my first post of 2016, I still wanted to wish everyone a happy new year. I have a bunch of new projects to show you.

First, I've made a couple of baby hats from that wool-alpaca blend yarn I got from Videnovich Farms back in November at the Hyde Park Handmade Market. I've already given away this hat (the baby is due in February).


I'm holding onto the other hat for the second baby, who isn't due until May. BTW, the color in this picture below is much more true to life than the color in the picture above. I was impatient and took the picture above at night under artificial light, so that's why the color is off. The moral of the story is that natural light is almost always best.



Second, I finally used some lace weight yarn that a friend gave me as part of a pay-it-forward initiative on Facebook. I knit two separate cowls (I cast on 145 stitches with size 8 needles and knit in the round until they were about 17 inches deep).



Then I tucked one cowl inside the other.



Then I draped them ever so artfully around my neck with the edges rolled.


I think it looks great and I've gotten tons of compliments when I wear it. I freely admit that I stole this idea of a cowl within a cowl from a scarf that a friend and I saw in a store last October.


Finally, I'm in the process of knitting yet another cowl for myself. Is it possible to have too many cowls? I'll let you know if I ever find out. Naturally, I'll post a picture when I'm done. I wish you a very productive 2016 filled with lots of fun projects.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Knitting: I Spoke Too Soon

I ended up doing a couple of small Christmas projects at the last minute. A friend's grandson was born early in December, and I decided I should knit a hat for him. I used Knit Picks Felici self-striping sock yarn in the color way Jingle.


The same yarn was perfect for a couple of small ornaments for two friends. We don't usually exchange gifts, but when I had my annual holiday party a couple of weeks ago, they both stayed late to help me clean up, and I thought these ornaments would be nice little tokens of appreciation.




They're super fast and easy to knit. I might do a few more before Christmas. If I don't blog again before the holidays, I wish you and yours the best, and lots of wonderful knitting to come in 2016!

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Christmas 2015: Easy-Peasy

Some years I knit for several people on my list, and other years, I just don't have the desire or energy. This year is one of the latter. The only person for whom I'm knitting this year is my nephew. Last night I finished a hat and scarf set for him.



Orange is his favorite color, and the blue and orange combo are the NY Mets colors; he became a fan during the 2015 World Series. So I really think he's going to like this set.

So that's it for my Christmas knitting. I've recently given some hats to organizations that are helping Syrian refugees, and I made a hat for my cousin's new baby (I forgot to take a picture, unfortunately). Now it's back to working on a project for myself, and when I've finished that, I have a couple more baby hats to make for two friends who are expecting early next year. As always, pictures will be posted when I'm done.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Finished Items for Syrian Refugees

Tomorrow I'll be shipping this hat and scarf to the coordinator of a Ravelry group collecting items to send to Munich for Syrian refugees who have moved there.




I had 2 other hats ready to go, but they aren't washable, so I gave them to a friend who works at the First Unitarian Church here in Chicago. They are sponsoring a Syrian family set to arrive in early December. The family has 5 kids, so they can use hats of all sizes.

I guess I should turn my attention now to some Christmas knitting. I only plan to knit for my nephew. Everyone else can shift for themselves this year. I'm not in the mood. Does that make me the knitting version of Scrooge?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Knitting for Syrian Refugees

Fall is in full swing in Chicago. The leaves have turned and the days are getting shorter and colder. It's perfect weather for knitting. I finished a pair of socks for myself. The yarn is some Knit Picks sock yarn I had in the stash.




I've been buying yarn I don't need. Last Sunday I went to the Hyde Park Handmade Market and got this hand-dyed hand-spun wool-alpaca blend from Vera Videnovich. Two of my friends are expecting babies, so I plan to use this yarn for baby hats.


I also bought some more Knit Picks yarn--I swear, I should just hand over my paycheck to that company. I got this Diadem silk-alpaca blend for myself. I don't know if I'll use them together or separately. The 2 colors together give me a 70s vibe, but those earth tones do look good on me.




I some orange yarn to make a hat for my nephew. Orange is his favorite color. He wears it almost all the time and has an orange coat for winter.



Finally, I got a book of patterns to make Christmas tree ornaments. I don't know if I'll ever get around to making any, but I got it on sale, so it can go on the bookshelf for future reference.



I learned that there is a Ravelry group collecting knitted items for Syrian refugees who have landed in Munich and have no winter gear, so I started a hat. I already have one on hand so I'll add that to the package when I'm ready to ship it. I might even make a scarf if there's enough time.




Hope you're enjoying the fall and making beautiful things for the cold weather to come.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Summer Ends, Fall Begins

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned I was knitting a scarf out of some stash yarn. I ended up twisting it and sewing the ends together to make a Moebius cowl. I don't know whether I'll keep it for myself or have it on hand as a gift for someone else. It is very pretty.




PBS recently re-aired the Ken Burns Civil War documentary to celebrate its 25th anniversary--let that sink in a minute--that documentary first aired on TV a QUARTER CENTURY ago. Dang, I'm old. Anyway, that whole week, I was sick with allergies, so I spent every night parked in my chair watching the Civil War unfold and knitting. I made two hats and started a third (which I have since finished but didn't photograph).



Those hats are the last of my summer charity knitting. Now that autumn is here, I need to make some socks for myself. This is some Knit Picks sock yarn I found in the stash. I'm using my usual plain pattern. No one sees them but me, so they just need to be warm, not fancy.


What are you planning to knit as the days get cooler? Something for yourself or for someone you love?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Forgot to Mention This in My Last Post

One more stash-busting project: a rib-knit cowl made with Lion Brand Al-Pa-Ka yarn I bought years ago.



 I gave it to my stepmother, who is always cold. She is thin enough that she can pull it down over her shoulders, and it looks really good on her. She plans to wear it under her coat this winter.