Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I finished something

So I finished a couple of things over the weekend. I guess that's a good start for the new knitting year. Let's hope I can keep it up. The best thing about it, those are all for ME! Well, somewhat for me anyway.

First up is a quick crochet beret I made up for a friend of mine after the hat her mom made a while back. I modified it a bit, just to get the type and number of stitches and the size to where I wanted it. Make up a quick pompom and here we go. A fast hat made of Red Heart Acrylic yarn from my leftover stash. It's not my fist choice in yarn, but it did the job for this prototype.

Next up is cardigan for my dad. The pattern is Veronik Avery's "His Llama Cardigan" from the book Knitting Classic Style. I even almost matched the color, but not the yarn. My sister, who is doing my dad's laundry, insisted on a washable yarn, so I substituted with Wool-Ease Worsted in Blue Heather. I started this one on Christmas Day and finished it 17 days later. Not bad, I'd say. All I have left to do on this one is find some good buttons and working around the button holes. I finished seaming the jacket on a road trip. Lucky for me, because I ended up having soda spilled on my own jacket, so at least I had something to wear. :)

The road trip lead us through Russelville, KY and we stopped by to say "Hi" to Ashley and her mom at Enchanted Yarn & Fiber. I received such a nice and warm welcome as I walked into the store and I was so surprised that Marmee recognized me. How cool is that. Well, I have to say that I had to call the store for directions, but I'm sure I'm not the first one to do that, because our GPS lead us completely out of the way onto a gravel road in front of a trailer home. So make sure when you go see them, that you follow the directions on the website and don't always trust the electronic voice that tells you where to turn. If I wasn't living about 1 1/2 hour drive away I'd be hanging out there all the time. They not only make you feel so welcome there, but they also make sure the husbands are comfortable and taken care off and can sink onto the couch in front of the fire place with a cup of coffee and a bowl of snacks, so we, the knitters, can shop and browse in peace without getting the evil eye and the silent question "Are you done yet?" (Not that any of them would ever admit to doing that)

Finally I finished what was supposed to be a travel project on our move from Georgia to Kentucky. Never would I have dreamed that this little scarf will drag out to take 6 months to finish. I'm talking about the Traveling Roses Scarf. After 15 repeats of a pattern that. up to this day, I still can't memorize without the leaflet, I finally had enough. Don't get me wrong, the pattern is very nice, but it's not one that I'll make another scarf of. The scarf was as long as I am tall, unblocked, and I figured that was a good size for me. It's made from recycled cashmere and after all that time it's going to make it worth knitting, just for the feeling of this soft yarn.
I don't want to stress you attention span too much so I'm leaving you with a snap shot of my latest project:

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At 12:52 PM, Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

The caridgan looks great and I love the scarf!

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a lot in one post! Sounds like a fun trip to the yarn store and how nice to have a spot for husbands. I love the cardigan and I bet my father-in-law would wear that. I'm curious what the last thing is now.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Yarnhog said...

I love how your dad's cardigan turned out. That Wool-Ease will outlast you all!

I know that last one is a KP mystery project, but can you tell me what the yarn is?

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous tiennie said...

Your projects are always wonderful! Good for you for knitting something for yourself!

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Monika said...

Wow, so much going on. The cardigan looks cozy, have you found buttons yet? I like the scarf, but red would not be my favorit color. The Berret looks great too. Curious about your new KP project. I like the yarn.

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Carrie K said...

The scarf looks lovely but six months! Sounds like my knitting.

That cardigan you knit for your father looks cozy and comfy. I can't let my Dad see it! lol.


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