Wednesday, December 08, 2010

WIP Wednesday

I had hoped to have the hat I posted on Monday finished by now.  There is still 6 pattern rows left, then I'll probably do another 6 rows of solid color before I begin the decreases. I can't show you an updated picture as the pattern is too obvious.  I dyed more blue yarn for the second hat yesterday, then I will have to dye some red for the third.

This is day 5 on this hat.  Being that the first two days I only spent a few hours knitting on it and getting used to the tension, I'm still hopeful I will have time to do the other two.  I really wish you could feel the fabric it's quite squishy. It should keep a head nice and warm during the bitter cold Western NY winter, if not, they might should consider just staying inside.


From Knitting Kitties



This is not my first time with stranded knitting, just double knitting.  My first stranded/fair isle project was in 95 when I was working nights as a nurse in a nursing home.  The hours between 2am and 5am were excruciating trying to stay awake with everyone else sound asleep.  I needed something interesting enough to hold my attention when I finished with my charting.

I found this magazine, and I still have somewhere in a box.  There was a pattern for a fair isle sweater that had  a lace stripe between the pattern stripes, made with soft, fuzzy mohair.  My 12year daughter fell in love with it.  So, I headed down to the yarn store a mile away all excited myself that I finally had the income to afford the yarn the pattern called for.  The lady talked me out of the pure mohair, they didn't carry it as she said it was too expensive and didn't sell well.  Instead she special order some Sandes Garn Kitten. I'm glad she did as my daughter later lost it. It survived our house fire but not my daughter's skatter brain.

She's been begging me to make her another one.  As much as I would really, really love to make another one, she's still not very good at holding onto things. I have made other things using a variegated with a solid, but they were all gifts and before digital or internet access.  Hope I didn't bore you with that little story.


From Knitting Kitties



From Knitting Kitties


Do you remember my granddaughter's afghan I started this past fall? It doesn't look much different.  I could really kick myself for not sewing the second set of squares before now. I want to do one more set of squares to make it longer.  With the squares I have now it would be the size of baby blanket, which would be a good size for a 6 yr old to cuddle with while watching tv. I want it to last her for awhile, so I think a bit longer would be the way to go.


From Knitting Kitties

While I was avoiding starting the double knitting Friday night, I cast on this cowl for someone who thinks I won't make him anything.  He said if I ever made him anything he would be so honored he would have it framed.  I'm really hoping he wears it and not frames it.  When I came across this pattern for The Guy Next Door Cowl, I knew it would be perfect for the guy next door. I'm using superwash BFL that I dyed and spun last year.   I can't show the other present I have going because the girl next door sometimes reads my blog on FB. She has promised not to show this post to the guy.  He doesn't go online, so I'm safe.

That's all that's going on here.   What are you working on and are you stressing the clock ticking down as well?

22 comments:

Heather said...

All that colorwork in that hat makes me bow to your knitting prowess! I still can't figure out how to purl right ;)

Cookie said...

I love that hat! It will so totally be worth the work when it's done!

melbatoast68 said...

I can't wait until you can post pics of the finished products....I know, after Christmas. I know they are going to be amazing!

Kathleen said...

Ooh, I think that cowl is going to be lovely! (And how nice to make it for someone who's going to want to frame it, even.)

Also, how much do I love the Zeppelin playing on your blog? A lot.

Saffy said...

Ooh, double knitting.

Look forward to seeing the finished hat :)

Dina said...

Can't wait to see the finished hat. Double knitting sounds interesting...

Aimee said...

Wow, double knitting!

SweetPotato said...

I love the hat pattern and colors! I can't wait to see it when it's finished!

I love the pattern for the cowl too! I might have to give that one a try one day! I hope you post the guy next door's reaction to it on your blog!

autumngeisha said...

Your hat is coming along great. The double layers will be much appreciated in western new york. Love the blue, too.

mutantsupermodel said...

No stressing the clock until Dec. 23rd! You still have PLENTY of time. Right? RIGHT.

BTW your music scared the boogers out of me. But once I realized it was your blog and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I was ok. ^_^

Tami Klockau said...

Wow, that hat looks hard! I'm not exactly sure what double knitting is, but from everyone's reaction, yikes! LOL

The blues in your hat and cowl are beautiful!

Carol said...

I am soooo stressing about the mitred square blankie. It doesn't have to be done for Christmas, but I NEED to get it done....

Alea said...

Granny squares! I'm still sewing together/sewing in ends of one I did in August. Ahh!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Love the granny square afghan - I really do have to learn how to crochet!

Queen of...Whatever said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love new Blogettes.

Marushka C. said...

All your projects look great! What is the yummy blue yarn you're using for the cowl?

pattas said...

thanks for stopping by my blog today :))
The blue hat will look a treat when completed..:))
Ok so I have to ask also, what and how do you do double knitting.. :))

Gertie said...

Lovin' the granny blanket :-)
Wow to the hat, haven't mastered fair isle yet.Once I've mastered it I'll propably end up in one tangled mess of yarn!!

lovestitch said...

So beautiful! I love the granny colors, and the hat as well! Looks really gorgeous! Hope to see your completed hat!

Julie said...

The hat is going to be a big hit with the owner, its amazing.

The colour choice in the crochet blanket for your grandaughter is so lovely

Affiknitty said...

I'm impressed with all of your projects! The hat is very beautiful and I love, love, love that yarn that you spun and dyed yourself. How funny that your friend said he would frame anything you knit for him! I'm sure he will love wearing it.

Rachel said...

wow so many projects, cant wait to see the hat finished x