Monday, January 09, 2006

Crafty Knitting Wench with Mad Photog Skills

Partly because I'm a graphic designer, but also because my own photographs tend to be less than imaginative, I'm always inspired by good photography. I especially like well done knitting photography, which often showcases the wide range of yarn palette and texture options. The Crafty Knitting Wench falls into this category with beautiful knitting vignettes of yarn. I drool every time I visit and endeavor to punch up my own photographs.

Baby Liam's Booties

Liam's BootiesThe pattern from these booties is the same as the pink ones I did back in February 2005 from Knitting for Baby by Melanie Falic and Kristin Nicholas. The first time they turned out to be way too huge, but this time I knitted them using size 3 needles and used Debbie Bliss' Baby Cashmerino in 204 Blue. I also used an i-cord instead of ribbon for the tie. This is a fun pattern to knit, but it's knitted flat and now having knitted two hats in the round, I think I'm ready to tackle socks! Once I knit a few pairs of adult and youth socks, I'd like to knit Ann Budd's Better Than Booties Baby Socks.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

I Am Shetland Wool, Hear Me Roar

I am Shetland, hear my roar
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a little on the harsh side. Though you look delicate you are tough as nails and prone to intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are widely respected and even revered.

Found this "What Kind of Yarn Are You?" quiz through Mara.

I'm overjoyed to learn that I am revered. Will someone tell my husband this?

Friday, January 06, 2006

The Sly Raccoon with Craft Inborn

Critter Scarf and HatAs a Christmas present, I knitted this scarf and hat for my 4 year old nephew. The scarf is the Raccoon Critter Scarf pattern from Morehouse Farm Yarns. Although I've heard wonderful reviews of Morehouse Yarn, I wanted this to be machine washable, so I used Lion Brand's Wool-Ease in Wheat and Chocolate Brown.

The pattern for the hat came from Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, which was a Christmas present to me from Mara at Knitting Obsession.

Quote: At Husking Time by E. Pauline Johnson

Only Teddy Bears Will Do Baby Sweater Finished!

Teddy Bear SweaterI finally finished the Only Teddy Bears Will Do Baby Sweater. I blogged about this a few months ago. This is a Crystal Palace pattern, but I used a microfiber/cashmere blend in denim blue on size 5 needles.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Oh So Soft Baby Blanket

Oh So Soft Baby BlanketThis blanket follows Major Knitter's pattern for the Oh So Soft Baby Blanket, which I knitted for my the birth of my cousin's son.

Major Knitter seems to be updating the pattern right now, and I'm excited to see how she changes it. I had no problems with this pattern and really enjoyed the project. The blanket is knit with two strands of sportweight yarn. The original pattern called for Red Heart Soft Baby, but I used Lion Brand's Baby Soft in white and pastel yellow. It's a really adorable blanket that I'll probably make several more times.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Knitting Photography

The photography done on the Little Crown web site of her knitting projects is very well done. I'm seriously jealous!

Update on Teddy Bear Cardigan: Back is done, both front sides are done. Now I have to complete the neck and front bands, including the button holes. Almost done!

Friday, August 12, 2005

Only Teddy Bears Will Do

Teddy Bear SweaterOne of my girlfriends is having a baby boy in September. The other day she commented on how her child would wear proper baby clothes with plenty of ducks and bears on them. This Teddy Bear Sweater seemed to be just the ticket. This is a Crystal Palace pattern, but I'm using a microfiber/cashmere blend in denim blue. The back of the sweater is completed, but I have to start the right side of the cardigan over because the white isn't flush with the blue. My friend Mara over at Knitting Obsession seemed to think that I didn't pass the right colors over the working yarn when I switched colors. *sigh*

Monday, July 04, 2005

Never go anywhere without your hat.

Landscapes hat
This hat follows the Saltwater Taffy Hat pattern created by my friend Mara and uses Lion Brand's Landscapes yarn. This was the first project I ever knitted in the round, and Mara started it for me to knit from the top down. I proceeded to get thoroughly confused and ended up with a Knitting Needle Ninja Star. So I ripped it all out and started over from the brim up and it turned out beautifully.