Friday, January 20, 2006

Showing off

Pictures, how I love thee!

Mom and I finished off our fingerless mittens last night. We met our instructor at the LYS and she showed us the 3 needle bind off, which was a new trick for both of us. Mom paid attention to what she was doing and therefore was able to bind off without any trouble. I, on the other hand, quickly went into "working stuff out in my head while knitting" mode and thus found myself with all my stitches joined and on one needle, wondering what the heck I was supposed to do with a mitten that had a knitting needle permanently attached. I should have taken a picture, because I totally could have been Wolverine's sister... or new girlfriend. (He's cute!) We laughed and I tried again. Alas, halfway through binding off I looked down and discovered that I had, yet again, not bound off anything at all. Third time's the charm though, and the second mitten was bound off without incident.

Project: Fingerless Mittens
Pattern Source: Weekend Knitting
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay, color 28 (Love it!)
Needles: Brittany US 9
Time per mitten: 2 hours (not counting binding off)

I'd like to try this pattern again, but using a finer weight yarn.

Owen's sweater vest is complete and ready for some wearing! I have yet to get a picture of him in it, which I will have to remedy shortly.

Project: The Little Man Sweater Vest
Pattern Source: Me!
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK, color Blue Boy
Needles: Denise Interchangeables, US 6
Time: Uh, a lot if you count the time I spent doing math.

I'd like to make this again and work out my v-neck issues. I actually had to do some steeking in order to make room for Owen's head to go through. After cutting into the knitting (GULP) I single crocheted around the whole top edge to stabilize the whole thing. It works fine, but I'd rather master the v-neck than to MacGyver it into working.

Bryan is going to help Dad chop up some wood on the land tomorrow. This gives Owen and me a great opportunity to hang out with my Mom and the boys. We'll do some knitting and they'll do some playing. Mom finished her twisty wrap from Wrap Style and I hope to get some good pictures. I'll be introducing Hopeful to the world as she is now finished and blocked. Mom is good at the artsy pictures, so I'm sure I'll have some to show off.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Laura said...

Woo-hoo! Can't wait to see Hopeful! I bet she is beautiful. Owen's vest looks great and good on ya for steeking.

Kim said...

That vest looks great--you designed it? Good for you!! Just popping through on weekly Stashalong patrol--Have a great weekend!

Stricken madchen said...

The mittens look great and I bet they are really yummy in that yarn! And the vest is too cute. I bet Owen looks very handsome in it. ;-)

Beverly said...

Thank you for the book and notecards and bookmark! You're the best SP ever!

Your knitting looks great.

coffeygirlb said...

Hey welcome to the neighborhood. Zarah says your new to the are? Hope you like it so far. We'll all have to get together and knit.