commission - angora baby booties
woo hoo! i just got a commission to make a pair of angora baby booties for someone! they're going to be used to hold imps from BPAL, though, not baby feet. i'm super-excited because i get to play with the yarn called for in the pattern (bouton d'or angora), which is 70% ANGORA!!! eek! oh, and i'll be using the angora baby booties pattern from last-minute knitted gifts.
non-skully skully sweater
started: ~january 2004
finished: ~february 25, 2006
yarn: lion brand wool-ease worsted weight in oxford grey, with a little bit in fisherman for the sleeve
needles: us size 10
pattern: skully by samantha bliss
source: stitch 'n bitch: the knitter's handbook by debbie stoller
well, it's done! amazing, isn't it? it just took me a bit over a year. i could deal with the sleeves being an inch or so longer, but i think i could block them to fix it. also, my intarsia leaves something to be desired, but i'm hoping that i can work on my technique some more in the near future. the main change i made was that i put "nerd" on the left sleeve instead of the skull design, and left the right sleeve plain.
overall? i'm really happy with it and i'm wearing it right now. pictures forthcoming...
#70 finish knitting a sweater for myself
well, i started the cropped sweater from vogue knitting's winter 2005/2006 issue last night because i just got the yarn. i'm using wool of the andes from knitpicks. i love that yarn. i did not one, but TWO test swatches. it was definitely too small on 10 1/2s, but only a few millimeters too long on 11s, so i'm going with those. i'm also using my new (to me) boye needles that i won off of ebay. i need to take a picture of them because i think the case is sooooo cool.
looks like someone over at vogue knitting might be losing their job, eh? i can't imagine letter that domain name expire. tsk, tsk.
i'm a bad knitting blogger.
no pictures? on the whole page?? what is wrong with me??? my mission for tomorrow will be to blitz this page with pictures of all of my xmas knitting and possibly with my WIPs.
::more cozy armchair socks (formerly: super mittens)
well, after trying to knit up a pair of mittens (the super mitten pattern from weekend knitting), i decided that the yarn* would be better used in another pair of socks (the cozy armchair socks pattern, also from weekend knitting). the mittens knitted up far too loosely to be practical during a chicago winter. i'll probably frog the mitten i have finished at some point. the pattern was a quick knit, though, so i might see if i have a bulkier yarn in my stash to use.
skully was on a bit of a hiatus because i was frustrated with picking up stitches. however, i decided to try it again last night and just went for it. i only counted the stitches to make sure that i had the same number for the front and the back. i currently have about 10 stitches more than i should, but i'm going to do a few more inches (i only have one done so far.) to see if i want to decrease at all.
i'm planning on making this sweater for myself once i finish up the skully. however, i'm not letting myself buy the yarn for it until i've started the second sleeve. i mean it. hehe...
beyond that, i really don't have anything planned. i have a bunch of noro kureyon and some bulky purple stuff from a farmer's market that i want to use. i'll probably end up doing a scarf.
*note: i'm not really sure if i consider knitpicks' decadence a bulky yarn. it seems to knit up to more stitches per inch for me. however, it is very soft and the color i got (grape) is fabulous.