Lavaliere

Lavaliere – an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck

Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s Lavaliere pattern is a nice lightweight cardigan, worked in one-piece top down.  The neckline & front bands are worked in a smocking pattern – making it somewhat ornamental, I suppose.  Mine is even more elaborate as I ended up doing short rows around the fronts to widen the front bands, then knitting in a lining for the whole band as I didn’t like how it was lying.

Lavaliere cardigan

The result?  Pretty good, I think.

Lavaliere cardigan

 

Details of mods on my Ravelry project page.

11in11 cables #1

First cabled item done for the year … ten more to go!

rock creek hatRock Creek Hat from knitty, Winter 2011

This was a lovely fast knit, although I had to start it a few times as I wasn’t getting anywhere near gauge.  I also made many modifications because of the stitch and row gauge I was getting.

It turned out to be just what I wanted – warm, comfortable, but not too dorky!  Road tested successfully today while shoveling ice – not my favourite winter activity!

year of scarves update #10

Tenth and final update on the Year of Scarves.  It worked out pretty well and the final count is twelve scarves (or shawlettes) for 2010.  Having a goal of getting one done each month (even if I didn’t actually stick to that timetable) really proved a good incentive.  Having graduation, birthday, and Christmas gifts ready to go was also an excellent carrot for this donkey.

The final contenders in the YoS were these two:

Un_Noro striped scarfUn-Noro striped scarf

Both done in Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (discontinued) for fast, machine-washable, and warm winter scarves.  For the ungrateful one and the boyfriend for Christmas.  I love this pattern and I’d do it again in a heartbeat with the right yarn.

In the Christmas knitting stakes, I’m not doing too badly with my original, and somewhat unrealistic, list.  Here’s what is already done:

Cabled coffee coziesDashing cabled mittsDashing cabled mittsDashing cabled mittsHive striped mittsChunky knitted beret

Underway:

  • Jackson’s dead fish hat (just waiting for eyes) – pattern from Knitty
  • Miss Bella’s Arrrgyle dog coat – Bernat’s I-Matey Dog Coat pattern (more about this below)

Still on the crazy person goal items list:

  • Three hats (the architect, the boy, and the boyfriend)

Doing the three pairs of Dashing mitts gave me the time to ponder some modifications to the pattern.  I wanted the cables to twist in the direction of the hand worn (i.e. left-leaning cables for the left hand and right-leaning for the right), I wanted to add another cable round, but only on the top of the mitt – not on the palm, and I wanted a thumb gusset which grew out of one of the cables.  My mods are available on my Dashing page.  Doing this has been a spur to designing my own cabled mitts pattern.  I’m hoping to get these done for the ungrateful one for Christmas, but I probably will have to knit another pair after that to iron out any kinks in the pattern before I publish it.

The dog coat for Miss Bella is based on a Bernat pattern which is, by all accounts on Ravelry, atrociously written.  I’m going to nut it out somehow because I’d like to include something for that sweet and silly dog in the Christmas package, but I’m subbing in an Argyle pattern from Knitty (Mangyle) instead of the skull.  If I figure out the basic structure, I’ll be in good shape to rewrite the pattern next year and make her a custom Steelyard dog coat.  :)

I may do Mangyle down the track for the boy.  He’s hankering after an Argyle vest for some reason.

ninja

Do they ever grow out of this?

zach's ninja mask hat thing

The request was made (after a bout of snow-shoveling in pretty cold temps) for a ski mask.  Oh, and “it needs to look like a ninja mask.”  Not the best picture of the boy, but I had to bribe him to get him out of his room to take it so I wasn’t going to press for a retake.

Pattern is Antifreeze by Jenna Adorno with some mods (available on my Ravelry project page).  Yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (frogged from an unfortunate dalliance with Tubey) and Malabrigo Worsted (which knits up like butter. Really).

a cunning plan

felted tote bag

I have finally figured out what to do with the lovely but incredibly unwieldy (and therefore impractical) felted tote.  I’m repurposing it into 3 separate projects: 2 gps cases (the ungrateful one and I both got one for Christmas) and a laptop tote.  The laptop tote might be put on hold for a little while until I see whether I’m going to continue with my existing laptop or (hopefully) transition to a netbook when I get a “real” job.

It’s nice to finally be doing something with this behemoth.  It looks lovely and I think with some imagination (and some luck!) I’ll be able to make it into several useful and good-looking items. :)

So … I bravely started cutting …

… then (after refreshing my doing blanket stitch around a corner skills – thanks internet and futuregirl!) I pinned and started sewing …

gps bag… blanket-stitch attached and edged an extra strip to make a closure …

gps bag… dug out the button box and found the perfect button…

and voila!

gps bag

Almost instant birthday present for the ungrateful one. :)

WIP update

A rethink is in order for several wips – some strategizing, some knitting maths, some sweating, some graph paper, and probably much swearing.

First: LS 502: First Toe-Ups – the combined factors of working out how toe-up socks happen and planning for them to fit the world’s second biggest foot have temporarily confounded me.  I’m part-way through the gusset and totally winging it with the length.  I may need to send these for some temporary hibernation while I start another pair of toe-ups (Double Eyelet Rib) for myself so that I can work out the actual mechanics of the process and still be able to try it on a normal sized (mine) foot.

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Second: Josephine – having cleverly and largely ignored gauge, number to cast-on, knitting front and back separately, etc., this seems miraculously like it might actually fit.  The next dilemma is whether to do another pattern repeat of the lace before I do the eyelet rows and start the bodice.  I think it’s probably fine as it is right now (5 repeats), but I’d hate to have to finish it and rip it back to add another repeat for length.  Might be a good time to put a lifeline in today before I decrease for the eyelets and bodice.  Another problem (caused by my largely ignoring the pattern specifications) is figuring out the decreases needed and the eyelet placement according to the number of stitches I have.  Time to get the graph paper out! (mods available here)

josephine2

Third (and this one’s more positive): Pumpkin Booties – I’ve been wanting to revise the top of these for a while, get the pattern written up properly, and get it up for sale on Ravelry.  The “leafy” top is inspired by Grumperina’s Jaywalkers sock pattern, as well as assorted chevron patterns.  I’d like to get permission from her to include the attribution for the inspiration, so I sent her a pic this morning and I’m waiting to hear back.

pumpkinswip2

Fourth: Socket to Phoebe (her 21st birthday sock yarn blanket) – More knitting maths were needed here as I suddenly realized that I have less than a year and a half to finish this.  It appears that if I average one square a day I’ll easily have it done in time to do the edging section and the I-cord edge.  Seven days since I worked that out and eight squares knitted – I’m ahead of the game!

blankiep4

In other knitting news, the Bumblebee Bootie reverse-engineering project has been relegated to hibernation status again.  I really thought I was going to get it this time, but I’m not happy with the way the decreases look at the sides of the instep with the puffy stripe pattern.  I need to reconsider these again.

bee

The hibernating Sock Yarn Pillow is almost ready to come out of hibernation and be dealt with.  I really only have to do the I-cord edging on the top piece, then join the two pieces together and put the zip in.  I don’t know what my problem is with this project.

blankiepillowfrontblankiepillowback

Oh yeah, maybe it’s that whole sewing and zip thing.