Sunday, November 22, 2009

Something in the Water...

003, originally uploaded by trifarina.

Really, there is almost certainly something in the water out here. My baby knitting continues with this simple crocheted blanket in Lion Brand Recycled Cotton. It turned out almost too heavy, I guess they could use it as a rug...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gnome baby

004, originally uploaded by trifarina.

This is a rather successful attempt at felting the infamous Crystal Palace baby pixie hat. Yes, I do think I'm special.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


001, originally uploaded by trifarina.

I have a weird relationship with swatching. I will swatch for something small like a hat, but then when it comes to a sweater, I really have to force myself. I am starting the Cambridge Jacket by Ann Budd in hopes that I can finish in time for x-mas. If not, my brother shall remain huddled and chilly. Since he lives in Cambridge, I think there is good potential for some geographically specific and mystical hyperwarm action.

I swatched once with the exact specifications of the pattern, #9 needles with Cascade 220 superwash. What should have been 19.5 x 27 came out to be 18 x 22.

OK, my gauge is off.

Crap! Does that mean I have to re-swatch? Yes, yes it does. I got closer with #7 needles, so the knitting has commenced. Only time will tell if the fruits of my labor are ripe.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Full Metal Blanket

001, originally uploaded by trifarina.

I found that knitting a pink baby blanket was just a touch too saccharine for me, so I finished it up while watching Full Metal Jacket.

"These are my needles, there are many others like them, but these are mine..."

The blanket making continues as I appear to have befriended a growing crowd of fertile Myrtles. These larger scale projects contribute to the infrequent posting. The other main culprit is a full time job that I enjoy and don't feel compelled to escape in my off hours with copious yarn-work.

The Christmas knitting plans are limited, but still I have feasibility concerns. I only have to knit some knee-warmers for my Uncle Sonny, and a sweater for my brother. I have never actually knit either item, so I am unsure of the time involved.