FO: Eco Aidez

Ravelry project page can be found here.

Pattern: Aidez

Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool

Needles: 8mm (US 11)

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Mods: None. Knit it in pieces and seamed just like the pattern told me to.

Notes: I printed off the pattern before the correction to the back cables were made, so my lattice weaving is not perfect (the pattern page shows where the pattern correction occurs). But I don’t care- It’s beautiful, I can throw it on with just about anything, and it’s cozy and lovely. The pattern is utterly amazing- I’m so impressed by how it all came together, and how the collar was done. The sleeves are not too long- my hands were really cold, so I just automatically tucked my hands into the sleeves without realizing. It was -10 Celsius and I was frolicking on the shores of Lake Ontario in January. Cold was pretty much how it was going to be.

I have nothing but rave reviews for this yarn. The whole time is was knitting it, I kept exclaiming, “It’s so sheepy!” to my husband, who thankfully thought it was funny. This was my first time using the Eco Wool, and I will definitely be using it again, many many times in the future. It’s amazing.

If you haven’t made this sweater, and you enjoy cables, you must knit this. I wear mine all the time- more than any other sweater in my wardrobe, hand-knitted or not.

Modification Monday: Modified Stripes To Keep mMe Warm

Original Pattern: Stripes to Keep Me Warm


Knitter Extraordinaire: Islefin (Ravelry ID, Blog)

Mods: Added a split neck line and a button placard, as well as added length.

What Makes This Awesome: Having a button band at the neckline was a brilliant idea for allowing more options for how warm you want to be while wearing this lovely caplet. The jogless stripes look amazing, and how perfect is that one lovely dark stripe near the bottom? I love how the colour is echoed in the button choice. I tend to wear a lot of jeans and long sleeve t-shirts, and this could easily be thrown on top and you have a gorgeous outfit that’s perfect for this time of year. Wonderful modification details can be found on her project page, here.

Modification Mondays: Gray Sky Meander

*Edit* Oops! I labelled the title of this post an FO by mistake. For those that are used to Mod Mondays, I’m sure you were not remotely confused. For everyone else, Sorry! Holiday Brain! This is what happens when you sit in front of the TV knitting and eating box after box of chocolates… your brain gets soft. Sorry! Ana did a fantastic job knitting this, don’t you think?

Original Pattern: Meander

Knitter Extraordinaire: Ana (Rav ID)

Mods: Ana adjusted the sizing substantially for each of the ‘scarves’ and creatively reworked the way they join together to get a much better fit for her petite frame.

What Makes This Awesome:  The cardigan is composed of four plaited strips that combine moss, garter and stockinette, and then those are joined together to make the cardigan. To customize seomthing that is in as many peices as this is very tough, but Ana did an amazing job. She looks fantastic, and this cardigan looks so glamourous and rich with texture- utterly amazing.  I want one now, too! More lovely photos on her project page, here.

2010 Wrap Up: Looking Ahead to 2011

 One last little FO:
A baby blanket for a friend’s newborn baby boy. I sewed in a cotton flannel lining. Probably took me as long to iron, cut, pin, and sew in the flannel backing as it did to knit the thing.

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Pattern: Ducks in a Row
Yarn: Paton’s DK mercerized cotton
Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)
Notes: Such a zen, easy knit. I loved it, and it didn’t take long at all. The little flaps of duck bills are (I’m told) fun for little fingers to play with. the stripey flannel backing is also really soft and cuddly, and the the whole thing is machine washable. I don’t have a baby, but from what I understand, it involves a lot of laundry. 

2010 was a good year for my knitting, I think. My personal goal was to complete 26 projects, and I completed 28, with only one disappointing FO. Here’s the photo mosaic, which is always fun:

2010 FOs

2010 Also was the first year I wrote up a serious pattern, and was such an interesting experience. 2011 will bring a few more new patterns, but I approach the idea of designing with a lot of trepidation…. there are so many wonderful, talented designers out there; I totally don’t feel even remotely qualified to be writing up patterns. But I’m learning as I go, and we’ll see where it leads.

Let’s get the 2011 knitting goals written down- I’d like to have another 28 FOs to claim at the end of it, and design 3 new knitting patterns (which I’ll totally count as part of the 28 FOs!). Very soon the Stockholm Scarf pattern will be available in Swedish, thanks to Inger

December 23rd, I think I just may have made culinary history- I share the same birthday as my dad (December 23rd) and I wanted to do something special. He doesn’t like sweets, baked goods, or even many vegetables (of course, I eat all sugary foods I can get my hands on, and then pretend it’s okay because I’ve also never met a vegetable I didn’t love. Somehow I feel that my deep love of kale undoes the damages of a frequently high-chocolate diet. Anyway, I digress…). But he does love ribs. So I made him a rib cake:

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He loved it, but told me not to post pictures on the internet of him eating it. You know how it is- no one looks classy while eating ribs. And my mom made me an awesome German chocolate cake. I 
 was pretty thrilled:
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See that plastic train on the cake? That’s a family tradition, that candle train. It didn’t fit on the ribs, though.

2010 was a great year, and I’m all set for the new possibilities and experiences of 2011.

FO: Secret Christmas Gift for Mom

My mom reads my blog (hi mom!) so I couldn’t blog about this sweater at all without her seeing it and spoiling the surprise. Not that it was really a massive surprise, since it was the only thing she asked for- “knit me a sweater, please!” She’s an easy-to-please knit recipient- she loves it all.

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Pattern: Knit Lace Border Top

Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)

Yarn: Elann superwash bamboo

Mods: Modified from flat to knitted in the round for the body, sleeves were still knitted flat.

Notes: Simple but lovely. All the unfussy classic look of a lovely sttockinette, with a pretty lace border to jazz it up. And look, it fits her perfectly! I was really worried about that.

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These photos were taken December 25th, In between prep for the big turkey dinner.

Doesn’t she look great?! She’s pretty fantastic in the mom department, too.