FOs: Quant and Beanie

The much-knitted Quant from the current issue of Knitty: I know black doesn’t photograph well, but the sunlight helps.
I’m pretty pleased to be having quite the good hair day today.

Pattern: Quant, from knitty.com

Needles: 4 mm.

Yarn: some stash yarn, about 1.5 skeins of Rowan silk wool DK in black

Mods: I only made a couple of modifactions: First, I went down to 4 mm (the pattern calls for 5 mm) needles because I have a small head, and I didn’t want a really big quant, just a little something to keep my ears warm when I’m wearing my hair up.

The second modification I made after scanning all 150 finished quants on Ravelry. Many people noted that the beginning and end don’t match up. So I cast off after the entrelac part, and picked up stitches necessary for the ear flap, and just duplicated the first ear flap.

Notes: The modification of casting off after the entrelac portion and picking up stitches to match the earflaps worked out brilliantly. I love the headband style of this, perfect for keeping my sensitive ears nice and toasty warm.

Also up, is this cute beanie that I knitted over the holidays, graciously modelled by my partner in yarn, Jen:
Here’s the hat in action, as we rode the streetcar this afternoon (and there’s our friend, Rebecca!):
Pattern: Only Sweet on the Outside Beanie, by Christine

Needles: 4 mm

Yarn: Blue Sky Suri Merino

Mods:The only mod was that I went up .25 a needle size, because I knit tightly and I didn’t have any 3.75mm dpns kicking around. I’m glad I did- 3.75mm would have been too small, for the way that I knit.

Notes: Christine sent me this pattern along with a skein of Suri. The idea was to test knit the pattern, and I was so happy to do it! It was the first time I had knitted with the Suri, and I have to say… wow. I love that stuff so much. It’s heaven on the hands, and I just gorgeous to touch. I love the way it knitted up, great stitch definition, and I’m in love. Love, I tell you!! Here’s a parting shot of the crown:

kate walsh’s great cowl




I wish I could knit at this fine gauge, i’d make a huge cowl to throw over sweaters.. hell tshirts too. I gotta say I’m not feeling the jackie o sunnys. Regardless of how trendy that look is these days a squarer pair would be way more flattering!

I also saw(through some stalking at Lekkercraft) that the new drops/garnstudio.com patterns have been released.

Fav 3:


love the pearls, i can picture freshwater roughed up pearls


again, the neckline grabs me. instead of a knit body, a breezy fabric to make it lighter drawing even more emphasis away from the waist (huzzah)


I don’t knit socks, but i do adore eyelets

and is this a montego bay hat? didn’t someone already design this? i totally remember seeing one on ravelry.

I LOVE FOLIAGE & FRANK GEHRY

I didn’t mention it then, but while I was at Purple Purl I picked up a skein of malabrigo worsted to make a chunky hat a la geeuknit + skrilla.


Malabrigo Worsted Olive

love me some yarn cake in the morning…

Malabrigo Worsted Olive


Pattern: Foliage – Knitty Fall 2007

Needles: 6.5mm crystal wood palace dnps, 6.5mm bamboo circs

Mods: An an extra half pattern repeat was added for a more prominent bubble slouch like I wanted.
Couldn’t be bothered to switch needles for the ribbing and it turned out better that way.
I also added 5 or 6 more round of ribbing for stability

Notes: It seems I knit a tighter than I’m convinced I do. I thought about going down a size to 6’s but I’m glad I didn’t.

Inspitationals: geeuknit, skrilla


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(pre block in this shot)


(post block)


alkie knitters rejoice, as a bubba makes a perfect blocking unit

now the bling bling,

how I lovelove love LOVE frank gehry’s torque from tiffanys

I’ve secretly been wanting a ring from toby for a while now..
not so much a promise ring, just something i can look at and smile think of him type ring bling.

Love you!



I’ve got tons more to post about, but it will have to wait. I’m off to work, and then to Mt. Ste. Anne for a few days of snowboarding and relaxing. Au yea!

Total Mackage and Coat Covetland

I can’t get enough of Mackage I LOVE their designs right now. I’m mainly eyeing their knits and fall/winter coats – lord knows I’ll wait for a sale though. Shits expen$$ive! But the leather detailing? Ugh. Perfect. I’ve got a huge covet going on. Their leather pieces are rad, but I wouldn’t wear a leather jacket unless it was this one.

Mackage-alix
-Alix

Love this one too

Have you ever heard of Soia & Kyo? I’m swooning over these two mainly the one of the left.

soia-kyo

Clearly, my christmas money is burning a hole in my pocket.

Legacy Sweater, Part 1

My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was a child. She’s the one who got me my first pair of knitting needles- They were plastic, dark green, and probably designed specifically for kids.

I guess I had the standard relationship with knitting that most kids have- I didn’t knit for a long time, churned out one garter stitch scarf for a high school boyfriend, and then didn’t knit again until my mid-twenties, where I suddenly became obsessed with knitting, and specifically with knitting socks, for no rational reason whatsoever.

My grandmother has had Alzheimer’s for about ten years now. At the beginning, she could still knit and often did- she was working on a sweater for my mom. But as you can see, her brain was have difficulty remembering the proper way to do things(not exactly the way to bind off ribbing…) (um, the front and the back are not the same. At all. And if you look closely, there is soup or something orangey on the sweater.)

Of course, she had to put it down. Then she was knitting these skinny, long scarves- it was as if her fingers still knew the mechanics and could knit, but her brain could no longer decide what a normal scarf looked like. But still, it was something for her to do.

My grandmother is still alive, but will not outlive this year. Just before Christmas, she was diagnosed with cancer, and since she already has such advanced Alzheimer’s, there’s really nothing that can be done. I couldn’t frog what she had already knitted- this is, in essence, the last thing she will ever knit. So I only ripped back the cast off edge, and decided to do some seamstress-ing to tidy up the rest. And wash it, of course.

I finished the sweater on December 24th, tried it on, knew that something was horribly wrong (how could the sleeves be so long? I thought I tried them on as I went) and the wide, square neckline results in sleeve caps that don’t stay on the shoulders too well, especially once I washed it and the yarn grew!!), but decided to wrap it up anyway and sort it out after my mother tried it on. As suspected, she promptly burst into tears when she saw it- she recognized the wool. She knew what it was. Even though it didn’t fit right, I promised to fix it. She loved it anyway.

I brought the sweater back to Toronto with me, to sort the sleeve issue and the neckline issues. I could use some suggestions, so please feel free to drop me a line! Here’s the run down: sleeve cap is bagging, not clinging to the neckline at all.

A little shapeless, which is okay in the front….

…but crap in the back. And look how low that back neckline is!

And, well… obviously, this sweater needs help.

Suggestions? I can rip out the sleeves and the neckline, that’s the part that I did the knitting for, and it’s not my handiwork that I’m trying to preserve!