I’m having a lot of fun knitting this Silver Bell Sweater (pattern found on Ravelry). It’s an oversized sweater that you would wear with a camisole under with a pair of nice jeans – perfect for the holidays at home. There’s 6″ of positive ease, so it should fit nice and large. I’m knitting it with an alpaca blend, and I know it will require some blocking, but I love the colour and I just love how it’s turning out so far. It is also a neat construction. You knit it from the bottom up, separating after the body to a front left / right panel and the back piece. The shoulders are joined with a 3 needle bind off which I still have to learn. I’m working on the second front piece now, then the back, then the sleeves, neck, and cuffs. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
I got some replacement needles, and finally finished off this hat for my very knit-worthy husband. The yarn is alpaca & merino, pattern is ‘wurm’ free on Ravelry. I love the brim on this hat, and it was a nice simple knit that I could do at night without needing to reference the pattern constantly.
I finally finished my World of Warcraft mittens, and I am so pleased with how they turned out. I knit them with wool & alpaca for extra warmth, and added a liner inside. It’s my first complicated piece of stranded work, and I was so enthralled with crafting them it inspired me to create more of my own designs.
I knit another pair of socks on my circular sock knitting machine, but I’m still trying to get the hang of how to knit them (including the toe) and have them be the right size. These ones ended up too long in the toe, so I frogged them back and knit the toes by hand instead. Yarn is knitpicks hawthorne. Even with hand knitting the toe, these socks take no time at all to knit up and they turn out lovely. I’m hoping to get a few more pairs done for Christmas gifts.
I started a sockhead cowl as a simple ‘in the car’ knit for all of the times we have a 6+ hour drive to do groceries (we try to go once every few months) and any other car drives we might have (even going to the next town over is an hour each way). I’m using a single ply yarn from knitpicks, hopefully it comes out nice and comfortable. I am not sure I’ll get it done this winter (it’s a lot of garter stitch), but I’d also like to knit two dickies for the kids (they are too young for scarves) to keep them warm when we play outside here in the North.
Off the needles and onto my feet – these socks are finally done. The pattern is Clark Socks from Ravelry, the yarn is Prairie Smoke. They look and feel great on my feet.
I recently knit myself a slouchy hat using some of my handspun yarn from Three Waters Farm. I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s a merino / tencel blend and I did it up in a three ply. Not only was it one of my best spins ever, it just knit up so beautifully.
I’m quickly learning that just because a batt or skein LOOKS good doesn’t always necessarily mean I’ll enjoy working with it. I’ve come across more than my fair share of hard to work with materials. I’m also learning which one are a dream to process, and what price I’m willing to pay for that.
I finished knitting one of my cable socks and now I need to knit the second one (I’ve cast it on and started the ribbing so far). Hopefully it doesn’t take me too long to finish up, I love how these turned out. Next on my needles? Not sure, but I’m thinking a sweater or cardigan of some type. Winter is coming, after all!
It won’t be too long until I’m onto the toes! Then it’s time for sock two…
I still need to block the shawl, but it is now completed! I’m so happy with it, the size is lovely, the silk lace portion hangs wonderfully, and I had a lot of fun knitting it up (even if it did seem to take forever). Onward to the next project!