January 16, 2011

Hibernation and WIPs

I went into total hibernation this week and really got stuck into some work. I’m sort of paying for it a bit this weekend but it was worth it. I’ve been working away on some things, like my Austin hoodie.

This is coming along really easily. I’m nearly finished the front now and from there, I’ll be just two sleeves and the hood from a nice, wearable spring garment.

I did some tidying up and while I was at it, I found some handspun that was too nice to ignore. I had a huge pile of silk-merino singles from the summer. What better way to use it than for a shawl – Ishbel, another Ysolda classic.

I’m pretty surprised at how… normal… it is knitting up. I always have the impression that the yarn I spin is completely unknittable, but apparently not.

Yesterday was a truly attrocious day, with howling wind and rain from morning ’til night. Despite getting some work done, I felt like I never woke up properly. In that spirit, I cast on for just about the most mindless, chicken-soup-esque hat I could find.

Thorpe (pdf link) has been on my wishlist for a long time. I knit this on and off yesterday evening so that’ll tell you just how speedy a knit it is. Here are the specs!

Needles: 5.5mm dpns and then 40cm circular.

Yarn: Leftover Twilley’s Purity from my Heather hoodie (1 ball) and Debbie Bliss Soho (long discontinued, 1 ball). The Soho was the very first yarn I bought online along with the Denise Interchangeable needles. I got them for Christmas. I remember they were delivered on Christmas Eve and I was absolutely dying with a cold at the time. I’m going to hazard a guess that this was in 2003? Definitely time to use the yarn.

I made the medium size and it fits fine. I’m going to use the remainder of the Soho and Purity to make another in reversed colours. I will probably make the small for a snugger fit.

It was a lovely sunny day today and so nice to see such a stretch in the evenings already. I took advantage and got my resident photographer to take some of those modelled shots I was talking about. Stay tuned!

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November 24, 2010

FOs: Super Cupcake hat and Thermis

Filed under:Finished Objects,Hats,Shawls — Aileen @ 08:49

I made these ages and ages ago when all I wanted was a Malabrigo hit.

The hat pattern is from the Super Cupcake set. I actually made the set at the time. I had two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted from This is Knit. I made the hat first and then the cowl. Even though I went back and made the cowl longer, I still couldn’t get it to cover my neck properly.

In the end, I ripped it out and used the yarn to make Thermis (pictured). I got the buttons about two years ago in the fabric and haberdashery in Blackrock, waaay back when I worked for TIK in the Blackrock market! This pattern I have found much more useful as it covers my neck without creating a lot of bulk under my coat.

I ended up with a surplus of yarn even after knitting a much longer Thermis, so I ripped out the end of the hat and used it to make it longer and slouchier (a la Scot Pilgrim).

I wear these guys all the time with my light beige mac and pleather gloves I found in M&S that match exactly 🙂

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August 30, 2010

Startitis

Filed under:Hats,News!,Socks,Stash,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 08:20

…just in time for September! I was chipping away at Arielle on the road and have nearly finished it up. The sleeves need to be sewn in and I need buttons for it.

Since getting home, I have been consumed by the desire to cast on everything I see. You see, I’ve been here many, many times and have already initiated what can only be classed as damage control:

The 16-Sixteen Cables hat in Rialto Aran.

I’d forgotten just how squidgy Rialto Aran is. I can’t wait to have this done. It is already getting into hat weather a little.

I picked this yarn up in Delft. It’s been a long time since I knit a pair of socks and I just fell in love with the colour. For no reason at all, I have decided to knit these toe-up (my first proper pair!) and if I can keep going, turn them into knee socks.

The ‘only’ other yarn I got on my travels is this beautiful New England Shetland from Harrisville Designs. It is slightly heathered and I think the colour will match a lot of my other clothes. Today I plan to swatch and cast on for Peasy (ravelry link)! I am extremely excited.

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February 22, 2010

FO: Handspun Hat

Filed under:Finished Objects,Hats,Knitting Olympics — Aileen @ 09:57

This kind of doesn’t count as an FO in my book (even though it is) because it knit up really quickly. We stuck on Barfly and it was finished by the end of the movie. Anyway, I was just excited to see how my handspun knit up.

Pattern: Basic top down beanie from Knitting from the Top (Barbara Walker).

Needles: 4.5mm all the way.

Yarn: This and some left over Brown Sheep Nature Spun worsted from this.

The bumpy bits you see are actually not the cause of the handspun alone – I threw in some purled rounds to show up the texture of the yarn a bit better. I will be really interested to see how the other yarn I spun (the pink/purple stuff) will knit up in comparison to this.

Oh and hey! In case anyone has the Monday blues out there, remember there’s knitting at the Tea Garden from 630 this Friday and there’s a spin-in on the balcony of the Powerscourt Centre on Sunday afternoon from about lunchtime. This double-whammy will definitely be helping me get through my week!

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February 21, 2010

FO: Balaclava

Filed under:Finished Objects,Hats,Knitting Olympics — Aileen @ 10:00

Pattern: From Russia with Love via Craftzine.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 3 balls (almost exactly – I had about 5m left over).

Needles: 4.5mm 40cm circular and a 4mm crochet hook for the opening.

Verdict: Very snug. Very!

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