FO: Dipped Infinity Scarf (kit) and Ravelympics 2010

First up, let’s talk about Ravelympics  February 12-28, 2010.  I loved doing Ravelympics in 2008, and I’m excited to do it again. I was thinking of putting a team together- anyone want to join me? I know I could join an existing team, but I thought it might be fun to put one together, and cheer each other on!!  Here is the link to the official rules – we can knit whatever we want, all levels are welcome. I don’t have a team name in mind (so open to ideas), but I’d love to knit with you guys, and cheer each other on to FOs for Feb. 28th!! Leave your Rav Id in the comments section if you’d like to join me on the quest to knitted victory!!! 

(***EDIT** For lack any other inspiration, I’ve called us Team Buttercream (because frosting is awesome). The link for the group is here, feel free to join!) 

And now, on with the FO!!

Pattern: Dipped Infinity Scarf

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Dipped Infinity Scarf Kit The ‘green’ colourway

Needles: 5 mm

Mods: Went down half a needle size.

Notes: I got this scarf kit for Christmas from my wonderful husband. I’m in love with Tanis Fiber Arts yarn, and I make no secret of that to my husband (or anyone else, for that matter). I was so excited to start on it- I cast on Christmas Day, even though I didn’t have the exact needle size with me- I figured 5mm was definitely close enough, and I didn’t want to wait until I got back home (which was days away) to cast on. The pattern is simple and intuitive, and really addictive- it’s so much fun switching the colours, and watching how they work together. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the yellow towards the end, but once it was all worked up– magic!

This kit makes a long style cowl, which can easily be double and tripled around the neck and shoulders for lots of cosy options. And it’s so nice to have a pop of colour in the winter. Of course,  finally having a sunny day to do FO shots helps, doesn’t it?

Modification Monday: Knitter’s Bella

Original Pattern: Bella’s Mittens

Knitter Extraordinaire: Isabelle (Rav id, shared blog)

Mods: changed the ribbing/stockinette/cabled mittens into seed stitch and cabled arm warmers. They were knitted flat instead of in the round. Project page, with full details how to duplicate her mods, can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love these armwarmers. I think they are a wonderful take on the pattern for two major reasons: the length and the stitch. The over-the-elbow length adds a bit of drama and more style than the typical armwarmer. And as demonstrated in the photo, they can easily be scrunched down for a more casual, slouchy look that is only covering the forearm. Then there is the seed stitch- such amazing texture!

Nativity Camel Update

Remember this little guy, who flew all the way to England to be a part of my Father in Law’s Church’s Nativity?


I think it is seriously awesome that his church has a knitted nativity. Apparently all the parts have been knitted by various church members, although occasionally some characters get nicked! I guess they are just too cute to resist.  Big thanks to my in laws for getting the photos of the little camel in action. And this year, I promise to get a donkey in there as well.

Modification Mondays: Luminen

Original Pattern: Luminen

Knitter Extraordinaire: Morfo (Rav Id)

Mods: Oh, so many. The body length was shortened considerably, sleeves were narrowed, lengthened, and a thumbhole was added. Snowflakes were eliminated, and the cable border was extended around the back. Changed gauge to get a better fit, and added a zipper.

What Makes This Awesome: Alright, we’ve all seen cabled hoodies, but I bet you haven’t seen a cabled hoodie with a band around the back. This conversion from jacket to hoodie is just stunning. The sleeves are ingenious and that beautiful band is so, so perfect. A lot of people have already favourited this on Ravelry, and I’m not the least bit surprised- it’s stunning, utterly wearable, and she has kindly shared her detailed notes on the sleeves and all her mods! Project page is here.

Goodbye 2009… Hellooooo 2010!

Ah, there is nothing quite like the Knitting Project Year in Review photo mosaic to really get an idea of what you knit!

My goal for the year was to knit 20 items. I did pretty good, and definitely beat that goal (although a couple never got any FO photos are are not in that square, and I included the big puff that was most definitely an UGH!). My biggest FO has to be getting married in March! Best decision ever. :)

So- time for some Knitting New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I want to have 26 FOs, and I want knit at least 6 Christmas gifts for December. Let’s get to it!

Happy New Year, everyone!! I wish you all a wonderful, fulfilling, yarn-filled 2010.