I am so happy with how my Gretel Tam turned out! It may just be one of my favorite projects to date.
Last night my friend Megan and I got together at a cafe in Berkeley for our semi-weekly knitting date and she snapped a photo for me. It’s been a bit warm in the Bay Area for the past few days, but I can always count on a 20 degree temperature drop in the evenings for an opportunity to sport a chunky, cabled beret.
I cast on for Watershed the other night. Yes, that would be the over-dyed Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton I had started my Who Me? Cardigan with. Unfortunately, that project had to be frogged. I’m not really sure what happened…before I started I was positive I had enough yarn, but I still have half of the left front, the collar detail, plus two sleeves to knit, and not nearly enough yardage. I had traveled with the project over the holidays so I’m afraid there might be a lonely ball of yarn somewhere between here and Texas. Luckily the small size for Watershed only requires 300 yards, so I think I’m safe this time.
I had some surprise time off work this week so I’ve already finished the lace border and am on to the first chart repeat of the body.
This week is my bloggoversary, so stay tuned! I have something special planned!
I think I finished this a month ago? Or something? Sometimes I am just so bad at remembering to take pictures.
The pattern is the Dandy Neckerchief and the yarn is Berroco Weekend. I am just in love with the final product; it is cozy and warm, and the color goes great with my grey winter coat – the Vaute Couture Vaute Coat. I was worried a bit before blocking because the stitch pattern was looking a little lumpy, but I squirted it with a bit of steam and it came out perfectly.
Since then I have cast on for the Gretel Tam from Stitch n’ Bitch Superstar Knitting, the latest from the Stitch n’ Bitch series. My lovely Nana was nice enough to get me the book for for Christmas.
I am using the bamboo/cotton/acrylic mix I had custom spun at Yarnia in Portland. I was worried that having so many separate strands would be annoying, but it’s really not bothersome at all. And the yarn looks so yummy!
Hello! Hi there. So sorry for my little hiatus, things were just too hectic with finals followed so closely by the holidays. I barely had time to knit, let alone blog.
So, I made a few promises to myself after the holidays were over. The first is to not be so busy for extended periods of time that I’m unable to enjoy life and take care of myself. I knew that going back to school full time and working was going to be tough, and it was. I love my job and I love school, so I just need to figure out how to balance the two and leave myself a little time to knit, read, see my friends, eat well, blog, etc. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do it yet, but I have to for my sanity.
Second is that I’m going to go against everything that feels right to me and not cast on for any cardigans until at least December. I absolutely love knitting sweaters, but I’m not at a place where I have the time to ever finish them and it just discourages me. I’m not even halfway through my Who Me? yet! That’s why I’m declaring 2011 The Year of the Accessory! I need a little instant gratification in my life right now.
I did manage to knock out one small project out recently:
The pattern is the ever-so-popular Fetching from Knitty. I made one little modification by adding an extra set of cables right after the row where you create the thumb hole; I wanted the mitts to fit extra snuggly around my knuckles. The pattern was quite easy and I enjoyed learning a new technique for creating a thumb gusset.
I used Berroco Weekend (75% acrylic and 25% cotton) in Cocoa, which was great to work with. The yarn has a tendency to split, but if you’re careful it has great stitch definition.
I practically haven’t taken them off since I finished, though it certainly helps that it’s about 50 degrees in my apartment right now.