Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Month: January 2010

FO: Nubby Cardigan

FO: Nubby Cardigan

Well, this sweater has been done for a while; I’ve worn it many times. However, it was hard to find a non-rainy-foggy day to take some photos. We finally got ONE sunny day, so in the morning I stood at the edge of the muddy […]

Two WIPs: Only One Requires a Brain

Two WIPs: Only One Requires a Brain

The “little grey cells” have been letting me down lately. My counting skills have degenerated to those of ancient humans, which had only three numbers: one, two, and more than two. I got started with the giant ball of yarn from my last post, which […]

FO: Norfolk Island Pine Cowl

FO: Norfolk Island Pine Cowl

What do you do when the sun refuses to shine for the seventy bazillionith day in a row, it’s either foggy or raining outside all the time, and you can’t decide what large project you should start knitting? Why, teach yourself magic loop and knit yourself a cowl! At least that’s what I did, since I hate/loathe/can’t stand and despise knitting with a 16-inch circ. I even used yarn from “deep stash” (i.e. can’t remember where I bought it or when)!

I used the video tutorial from www.knittinghelp.com, and it was very helpful, especially as the tutorial lady and I knit continental. I then cast on for the Norfolk Island Pine Cowl that I found on Ravelry. On the third try, I had success! The first try, I didn’t give myself enough “nascent” loop at the end of the right needle, so I couldn’t make the circle tight. The second time I thought I had twisted the stitches, but on the third try, when I thought that again, I realized I hadn’t either time. Then it was zippy fast to the end.
Norfolk Island Pine Cowl
Rose quartz on the left, cowl on the right!
When it’s too warm outside to wear it, I can use it as soft sculpture on our mantle. 😉
Norfolk Island Pine Cowl on mantle

Pattern: Norfolk Island Pine Cowl by Saccade Elyse (see link above)
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Limeade (although if offered limeade this green, I wouldn’t drink it); used about half the skein
Needles: US 8, 40-inch circular
Mods: Knit 8 instead of 10 repeats of the lace

Here’s one last look with the 660 yd ball of BMFA BFL Sport yarn in Corvid from the Raven Series that I wound up to start a big project.
Norfolk Island Pine Cowl and BFL corvid
It’s a big ball of yarn!

FO: Glace Vest

FO: Glace Vest

Well, after 2 weeks of overcast skies in California, M and I spent the holidays in Illinois and Wisconsin, dodging blizzards and arctic blasts. We came back to CA on New Year’s Eve, and for the next 48 hours I  despaired that we would never […]