Saturday, January 30, 2016

Fingers Started

Slowly but surely progress is being made on my gloves.


The thumb stitches have been put on waste yarn,


the fair isle pattern is finished and a finger started.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Colour Choices

On Saturday afternoon I got started on the colour work pattern for the gloves.  My plan was to knit the design a little different than what the pattern called for and that meant switching the colours opposite to the chart I had to knit from.  After 7 rounds of knitting (and chatting at the same time - I should know better by now) I realized that I had forgotten to switch around my colours.

first attempt 
Saturday night I pulled out my colour work back to the ribbing, picked up the stitches and started again.  This time with the colours in their proper places.  The white is now the background colour and the variegated is my pattern colour making the snowflake.  It makes a big difference doesn't it.

second attempt

I think this is a much better colour choice don't you?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Photo Shoot Day

Today was a photo shoot day.  Or at least that was the plan when I headed out for a walk this morning.  The nice bright sunny day was disguising the fact that it was super cold outside.  My plans for a leisurely walk and a photo shoot turned into a fast walk and two quick stops to snap a couple of  pictures. Then it was back inside for me.

But here it is, the finished brioche moebius cowl.  I'm really happy with how this knit up and if you enjoy brioche knitting as much as I have come to like it I have plans write up the pattern and share it with you.



This is a true moebius knit from the center out and is knit with just the brioche knit and brioche purl stitches. With just a little pattern reading this makes for an easy knit if you are familiar with both moebius knitting and brioche knitting.  Combining them makes for a really fun project.



Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekend Project Started

I've started my new knitting project for the weekend; a pair of gloves.  I loved the colours of this sock yarn in the ball and I'm loving it even more knit up.




Next

I finally had time to cast off the brioche moebius cowl tonight.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  There will be pictures tomorrow.

I spent the rest of tonight deciding what to cast on next.  This is what I've come up with - another pattern from the Shetland Wool Week book (not socks) but using my new Patons Kroy sock yarn that came from Yarn Canada.



Monday, January 18, 2016

Too Good to be True

I don't want to jinx myself but.....it's working.  The drop stitch that I rescued last night seems to have worked and the Brioche knit and purl sections are showing up where I want them to.  It seems almost too good to be true.

If you look really closely you can see the columns of knit stitches staggering.  Once it is off the needles (hopefully tomorrow) I'll be able to take a picture that better shows off the pattern.

Only 10 rounds and 1,300 stitches to knit until another brioche moebius is finished!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Experimenting Continues

After yesterday's successful experimenting with the brioche moebius I cast on for another cowl today.  The experimenting continues; I'm knitting this one on a smaller needle, have cast on more stitches and I'm going to knit sections of brioche knit and brioche purl stitches.


As you can see I took a break from knitting to go for a walk in the snow.  The walk didn't last long; it was really cold!  I quickly headed back home to warm up with a cup of tea, watch football and resume knitting.  So far I've only run into one snag.  I lost a stitch.  Not a yarn over but a stitch.  I'm not sure how that happened.  I'm guessing it was during a touch down or possibly an interception that caused me to be unfocused on my knitting.  Picking up stitches in brioche knitting is a little trickier than regular knitting since you have to make sure all the stitches end up being in their pairs and yarn overs with the proper stitches.  With a little fiddling around I think I've fixed my problem but I'll know for sure on the next round.  Fingers crossed......


Saturday, January 16, 2016

It Works!

It works!  Moebius + Brioche =






After a little playing around with the placement of the brioche knit and purl stitches I got the look I was hoping for - the yellow and purple stitches. Yay!   Don't look at the orange in the middle; that was the playing around part ;) I'm really excited to cast on for the next cowl and perfect my pattern. This is going to make a warm, squishy cowl.  I can't wait to get started!


Moebius + Brioche = ?

I started a new weekend knitting project.  Can moebius knitting and brioche knitting be combined?  We will find out....




Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rhythmic Knitting

Do you ever have one of those nights where you want to knit on autopilot?  No chart reading or row counting, just rhythmic knitting.  That was me tonight.  Right after work I changed into my pajamas, ate supper in front of the tv and knit away while I watched American Idol.


I found a partial knit dishcloth in my bag and decided tonight was the night to finish it.  Knit in a simple k1, p1 seed stitch this made for the perfect knitting while watching tv project.


I had cast on 37 stitches and repeated k1, p1 to the end of the row and kept repeating this row until my cloth was 8".

Tip - The secret to making every row of seed stitch start with a knit stitch is to cast on an odd number of stitches.





Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Finished


Another snowy evening spent inside knitting has produced a finished hat!


Pattern - Baa-ble Hat

Yarn - Pattons Classic Wool - cognac heather, mercury, and white


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Almost......

One of my goals for this year is to knit more colour work patterns; both fair isle and intarsia and maybe a little mosaic.  There are lots of options when you start looking at colour work designs.


This hat is knit in fair isle using two colours on each round.  It's almost finished.  I have a few rounds to knit before the shaping starts but I couldn't wait to show you the sheep.  Aren't they cute?!  This is the Baa-ble Hat designed by Donna Smith.  I recommend it.  It's a fun knit.



Sunday, January 10, 2016

5 Rounds Knit

Today was a snowy day; perfect for staying put inside and knitting.  My new project is a hat and like any hat project you have to work your way through the ribbing before you get to the pattern that made you want to knit it in the first place.


After what seemed like miles and miles of k2, p2 ribbing - it was actually only 4 1/4" - I have made it to the fun part!


I've joined the white and the dark grey and have worked 5 rounds of the chart.  After another couple of rounds you'll be able to see the design more clearly.  I'll leave you in suspense as to what pattern I'm knitting until tomorrow ;)


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Hand Knit Socks Just For Me

With all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays behind us, some friends and I got together this afternoon to exchange our gifts.  As Knitters we always love receiving a ball of sock yarn but sometimes it's even better to receive the finished socks (I'm already wearing them!)

 

These ankle socks are knit from the Willow Socklets pattern.  It has a cute lace pattern around the cuff and across the top of the foot.


The Deborah Norville sock yarn has 25% bamboo added to the wool and nylon making them super comfy!


And they fit perfectly.  Thanks Rebecca, I love them!!


First Project of the Year


My first finished knitting project of 2016.

I was playing around with brioche knitting and came up with this simple pattern for a pair of fingerless mittens.  One colour of worsted weight wool, the brioche knit and brioche purl stitch to create the texture pattern, a few simple increases to make the thumb gusset and voila, a pair of mitts. The year is off to a good start!