fresh off the needles

Before I embark on a whole new set of projects, I thought I should post a few of the ones I just completed. I still have to share the rest of my christmas gifts which I finally can now that they are all given out… and yes it took me a while to do that! This big lace scarf was hard for me to ignore once I realized I had the right wool in my stash. I kept reading about how fast it was for everyone but I found it just the opposite. Maybe it was because it was my first time lace knitting or because big needles are kind of awkward, but it took me maybe double the time suggested. Once I got to the end I felt like the scarf was just too small in length so I ripped it out and started over with 14 stitches. Now I like it much better and i’m hoping someone else out there will too ; )

I also fell in love with Soulemama’s recent pattern, “The Rosa Hat”. I love the idea of fake cables so I used this azapa from araucania and knit up a tiny newborn hat. The pattern is for adults and kids so I just guessed (based on my gauge) and cast on 60 stitches and only did 3 rounds of the rosa. This is the first hat I’ve officially finished for my baby pile. The whole reason I started knitting was to make clothes for my own kids ahead of time and have been so busy gifting that i’ve never gotten around to starting. I love how little and cute this hat is and will definitely be making more baby rosa’s. Actually, i’ve already cast on for another since. P.S. no i’m not pregnant.

For another ‘first’, I decided to knit myself a hat using the malabrigo worsted I found downstairs in Knotty by Nature and just couldn’t resist. I think i’ve since bought two more skeins of this colour just because i’m afraid of them running out of stock! The pattern I used is Jane Richmond’s “Autumn”. She is actually a local designer from the island which is pretty cool. This hat is supposed to be made with a chunkier yarn, so again I knit up a swatch and decided to go with 88 stitches. I also mixed up the rib and knit 2×2 instead of the actual pattern.. I guess I was reading too quickly. After the rib was done I also just added one stitch using the backwards loop method, so that I could just knit one purl one continuously. I did love how she cast off for this hat and I think it finished nicely. I made it with the intention of wearing it this week while we’re in Whistler.

And lastly, a pair of mens fingerless mitts for my friend Huy who just moved to the pacific northwest, and will be needing some working gloves.. at least I hope he needs them. Technically these were his Christmas gift but again it took me so long that it seemed more like a birthday present i’m sure. For these I used the earth collection homestead from diamond yarns which I also got from Knotty by Nature. I’ve a few more projects on the go and just got home with a purse full of freshly wound balls of yarn to work on this week, so more to come as always!! : ) My ravelry project page can be found here.

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  1. can i just say i am so jealous of all your knitting. they are all so beautiful and cozy looking! i realize your current situation gives you a lot more time to fit in knitting than mine. but still, i wish i could be surrounded by finished knitting projects, haha. instead i am surrounded by half started projects and skeins of yarn just waiting to be picked up, hehe. all in good time, i know.

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