This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mark's Hat

So Mark likes the colour green. So I made a hat for him and he got home today from his family's holiday feast, and found a box from me on his front step.

This is the hat.
Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 50% alpaca, 50% wool.

This is Mark in his new hat:
This is Mark in his new hat. Handsome fellow, eh? I think he looks dashing in his new toque. Of course, in his e-mail to me, he said that it is only about 50 degrees in his area, so not quite cold enough to wear a nice warm toque.

My other friends who recieved knitted goodies from me haven't sent me any pictures, but when they do, I'll post them.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hats for the Holidays

Living in New England one's ears often get cold in the winter time. What could be better, then, than hats to keep heads warm, even if they aren't heads in New England.

This is Jake's Tychus hat, in chunky Malabrigo. School colours, of course, to match the scarf he got last year.
This is Jake's scarf from last year. It looks a bit brighter than the hat, but the yarns are actually the same dye lots.

Tim's hat in Noro Silk Garden. I didn't realise that there were only 109 yards, and realised that there wasn't enough yarn to make four inches of ribbing, so I ripped it back and decided an inch and a half of ribbing would suit.  I had my doubts about the earth tones, but it did come out well.

Mark's hat, in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca. Mark likes the colour green, so rather than make a solid hat, I thought I'd do a bit of Fair Isle.

These are the hats for the holidays. When they're done, I'll post the Scarfs for Solstice.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ameeta Scarf

I am chugging along on my holiday knitting. Ask me at one point, and I am certain I'll get it all done. Ask me thirty minutes later, and I'll assure you that there is absolutely no way that I'll get it done before it needs to be shipped out. I have been hard at work on Deniss A. Saganai's Ameeta Scarf, the pattern for which can be found here:

It's a fun and funky basket weave scarf that I'm intending for a ten-year-old girl. I'm using Malabrigo Rios for it, in Purple Mystery. It is absolutely stunning. I have at least one, perhaps two, more repeats of the pattern before it's done. I'm hoping to finish it tonight.

Here's what it looked like this afternoon.
It has a scalloped edge which just tickles me!

Here is a view of the basket weave pattern.

The colour is so rich and imperial in its purpleness, that I am looking forward to taking a picture of it in the sunlight, just so its true hue can be seen.

When this one is done, I'll have only two more to go, and they are both more than half finished.