Finished EZ Baby Sweater

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
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Baby Cardigan

Elizabeth “EZ” Zimmermann’s February Baby Sweater, started April 6th, 2007, finished May 21st, 2007, seamed and finished finished on July 9th, 2007
Pattern: February Baby Sweater from Knitter’s Almanac (got it at the library)

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Project Spectrum Greys

Sunday, February 11th, 2007
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I’ve only got one project on the go that’s primarily grey. I’m thinking of doing something in a charcoal colour, but no yarn yet purchased.

Brocade Mitten

I started this mitten a little while ago and I got about 4/5 of the way through the first mitten when I decided that it wasn’t going to work. The intent was to use a self-striping yarn for the dominant colour and a background of grey, but because the self-striping went from really dark to really light, it left some grey in the middle that just didn’t pop out enough and the result was more random than I liked. It also striped too quickly; I was hoping for colour changes every 3 or 4 rows, but I got changes every row. On top of that, the yarn was acrylic and it didn’t look like it was going to look nice without blocking, which is not too easy with acrylic. I still love the way it looks and I’m really proud of the pattern I managed to come up with, so this will definitely be a project for the future. Just not with these particular yarns. I may pick up something from Knitpicks to do this up.

Project Spectrum Blues

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
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Laura at affiknitty reminded me that Project Spectrum is in full swing with blues, whites and greys this (di-month? bi-month? twi-month? If every three months is a quarter, can I call two months a sixth?) sixth. Fortunately, I’m knitting some blue slippers and a grey stranded scarf so I followed the rules without even realizing. To “start off” the month (I’m always a little late), here’s my blue knits from the past, the present and the future. (No ghosts, though.)

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The beginnings of a Rule 30 scarf

Monday, January 8th, 2007
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The beginnings of a Rule 30 scarf

This scarf is for my dad, who is a huge nerd so the pattern is cellular automata (y’know, computer stuff). I used the most popular and most intriguing rule set (Rule 30) which has the familiar triangles in it. Every stitch is based on the three stitches under, to the left, and to the right of it on the previous row. Rule 30 (where 0 is a white stitch and 1 is colour) is as follows:

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Finished Braided Mittens

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
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Finished Mittens

Braided Mittens, started September 27th, 2006, finished October 4th, 2006
Pattern: My Own
Yarn: 100% merino wool from a men’s sweater. The yarn is cabled and the colour is heathery, which makes for very interesting texture.
Needles: 5.0 mm DPNs
Dimensions: The perfect size for my hands!
Pattern Notes: This is a basic mitten pattern with a few cables tossed in. It’s the first time I’ve ever knit a thumb gusset, but it worked out quite well. I think I may have cast on a few more stitches than necessary at the beginning, but it fits well. I’ll have to remember next time to cast on 6 stitches less than my common sense would suggest. My plan right now is to knit a little sleeve inside the mitten to keep the wind out and bulk it up a little bit to make it tighter around my hand. I’d rather do that than line it with fleece, because if I’m going to knit something in merino, I want to take advantage of its non-sweating properties, darnit.
Would I knit it again? I may end up offering this as a free pattern, so I may knit it again to test it. I usually only need one pair of mittens at a time, but maybe after Christmas I’ll knit another pair as backups.

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Finished Ruffly Scarf for Kelly

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
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Ruffly Scarf

Ruffly Scarf, started September 1st, 2006, finished September 2nd, 2006 (I left it in Toronto and didn’t get a chance to photograph it until now)
Pattern: Cast on 100, alternate between a K1M1 row and a knit row for approx. 9 rows.
Yarn: Patons Lacette in Precious Pink (39% Nylon, 36% Acrylic, 25% Mohair)
Needles: 6.5mm circs
Dimensions: Half a foot in width. Three to four feet in length on one side, 500 trizillion feet on the other. Hence the ruffles.
Pattern Notes: This was really boring to knit, but I didn’t have to pay attention to it at all. I finished it in a night. I believe I was watching Finding Nemo for part of it, which made it all bearable. The only modifications I made to the pattern was to increase the number of rows to 11 or 12, because it was too thin. I couldn’t stand making more increases by row 9, so I did fewer increases in the middle of the scarf, making the ends a bit rufflier than the middle.
Would I knit it again? I promised my mom I’d make one for her, so I suppose I’ll have to. No really, it’s actually a very nice pattern and I like it and I don’t mind knitting it again, but only in front of the television and no less than a month from now, because I want to stay away from that yarn for as long as possible. I detest mohair.

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Monday, April 10th, 2006
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I’ll be finishing off my aunt’s mittens while watching The Constant Gardener tonight, so I’m starting to plan the hat I’ll be knitting next. I’ve bought a pretty blue wool for it (70% merino, 30% possum!), and I’m going to try some new fancy stitches. I want to make a wide brim for it, which means I’ll need to buy some millinery wire so it’ll have some support. I have NO IDEA how to do this. (To support the hat, I mean, not buy the wire.)

I’ve found a thread at craftster with a few hints on how to do it, but nothing specific. The thread also concerns crocheted hats, which is a completely different process and likely doesn’t translate well to knitted hats.

I’m feeling pretty clueless.