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11 October 2007

I finished something other than socks!

Filed under: baby stuff, FOs — risknit @ 3:06 pm

Ruffle Skirt
Pattern: Made it up as I went along – sized to fit a teeny three year old
Yarn: Katia something cotton and sparkley. one ball of pink and one ball of blue (still amazed at what I got out of this yardage!)
Needles: Inox 3mm (I think)
Started: mid-July, I think
Finished: Sept 12, 2007

She loves it. I used a folded down hem, and put a little elastic in the waistband so that it wouldn’t slide down. I’m hoping that I’m going to be able to pull that elastic out as she gets a bit bigger, and put a bigger loop of elastic in. When I measured the skirt flat, with no elastic, the waist measured 21″, the elastic loop is 19″ and her waist is currently 18″. So it’s cinched just a bit. It fits great now!

Maybe a sweater next.


11 September 2007

Pair #8: Complete!

Filed under: FOs, socks, yarns i love — risknit @ 3:40 pm

Vesper Broadripples aka the fastest socks I ever knit
Yarn: Vesper Sock in Crew
Needles: 2.25 mm Inox, magic loop
Pattern: Broadripple from Knitty, modified to fit my gigantor feet.
Started: August 16, 2007
Finished: August 31, 2007

Absolutely love the Vesper sock yarn. I see a lot more of this in my future! I could make much taller socks for my enormous (womens US10.5/EU41) feet with just one skein, maybe even knee socks. I have a LOT of yarn left.

27 July 2007

Finished Pairs #3 and #4

Filed under: FOs, socks — risknit @ 2:35 pm

Finally, photos!

Carol Green Striped Socks
Pattern: My own – the ones for me have a flap heel, the little ones (sized for a 3 year old with teensy feet) have a short row heel and solid cuff, heel, and toe
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Carol Green Stripe purchased at Purl Soho
Needles: 2.25mm Inox – magic loop method
Started/Finished: I don’t know, I knit both pairs this spring. April/May, I believe.

3 July 2007

Finished Pair #5

Filed under: FOs, socks — risknit @ 8:48 am


They haven’t had a bath yet so there is still a bit of unevenness.

Completed Cable Twist/Diagonal Cross Rib Socks by Hello Yarn/Ann Budd for me
Pattern: Based on Hello Yarn’s Cable Twist socks. Also the same as Diagonal Cross Rib Socks from Favorite Socks.
Yarn: Louet Gems Pearl
Needles: 2.0mm
Started: sometime in May
Finished: June 27, 2007
Verdict: I like them. The knitting was not so fun (Pearl is a bit splitty for fiddly cables) but I love the finished product.

In other news, the flap has been started on the second sock of the next pair. Moving right along!

28 March 2007

knitting for my mom

Filed under: FOs, socks — risknit @ 10:26 am

I completed this scarf for my mum back in January, but didn’t record it because I was hoping for a better shot. This shot shows the stitch pattern, but the color is off. It’s a brighter, more coral color. She loves it! Unfortunately between the time it was blocked and dried and when I gifted it to her, there were no good light opportunities for photos. And I see my mum rarely enough that I didn’t want to make her wait any longer for it.

Coraly Salmony Neon Reddish Scarf for my mummy
Pattern: Germaine Stitch pattern from Barbara Walkers Numero Uno Treasury
Yarn: Cider Moon something or other, color is Apple. I’m not sure what kind of apple they were looking at when they named this!
Needles: Have to check, have it noted but not here.
Started: December 27, 2006
Finished: January 31, 2007
Gifted: February 2, 2007
Verdict: She loves it.


More knitting for my mum.


Can you possibly guess what my mum’s favorite color is socks
Pattern: My own – just a baby cable rib and standard EOP heel flap
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, color is Gold Hill
Needles: 2.25mm Inox Express
Started: February 4, 2007
Finished: February 23, 2007
Gifted: Someday in early March, by mail.
Verdict: She won’t take them off, except to wash them. As soon as they dry she puts them right back on.
Predicition: They’ll have holes from excessive wear within 6 months.

I just finished some socks for me, too. Haven’t shot them yet. I’m well on my way to my goal of a pair of socks each month, as currently I’m three on the year with the fourth pair started already.

17 February 2007

warm ears

Filed under: FOs — risknit @ 3:22 pm

I needed something to warm my ears. I have a lot of hair so hats are not always the best option, and I have a fleece earband I wear running. I love it but it gets SWEATY. I had been thinking about knitting one for a while and then when I saw Calorimetry, I thought it was nearly perfect… and so I knit this up.

Yarn: I think I threw away the ball-band. Whoops.
Pattern: Calorimetry from Knitty
Started: Jan 18, 2007
Finished: Jan 21, 2007
Mods: I made it thinner overall, but thicker at the nape of the neck, and the thinnest part is longer than called for in the pattern. I sewed the ends up instead of adding a button.

My orecchiette are much warmer… and I will definitely be making some more of these!

7 February 2007

Lots of FOs…

Filed under: favorites, FOs, socks — risknit @ 11:17 pm

But right now my camera batteries are dying (probably dead by now) so I can only show two.

First up, boring plain jane stockinette socks that I kept forgetting to photograph!

Jewel of the Nile Socks
Yarn: STR Lightweight in Jewel of the Nile
Needles: 2.25mm Inox (I think)
Started: No clue
Finished: A while ago. I’ve been wearing these for a couple months now.
These are a leettle beet too big… but I love them anyway.


Lakeside Multi-directional Scarf for the boy’s sister
Yarn: Sundara Yarn dk merino/silk in Lakeside
Needles: 3.75mm Inox
Started: January 10, 2007
Finished: January 17, 2007
Pattern: Multi-directional scarf (here)

I adore this scarf. ADORE. It’s so silky and soft and has this excellent sheen. This was a birthday gift for M’s sister and if it wasn’t already late and we had something else to give her… or even an IDEA of something else to get her there’s no way I would have given this away. It is one of my favorite patterns to knit (this was the second time, after a kid-sized scarf that will go to Dulaan 07) and this is one of my favorite yarns. Now I need to make one for myself!

Next time, more socks, more scarves, and a couple other bits too!

5 January 2007

this produced hopping.

Filed under: FOs — risknit @ 8:47 pm

Well it started out like this:

And sloooowly morphed into this:

Kinda blurry (lousy winter light!) but you can really see the lace and color in this shot:

Elm Leaf Scarf
Pattern: Lace pattern from Barbara Walker’s Treasury (the first one)
Yarn: Interlacements Toyko, 50% merino 50% silk, not sure of the colorway
Needles: Inox US 3’s
Started: Forever ago (August! Could it have really been early AUGUST?!)
Completed: November 30, 2006

I didn’t show this earlier because I was so so lazy about blocking… since I wasn’t going to see the recipient until after Christmas.

I don’t want to knit any more lace very soon with a (somewhat) patterned WS. I like my resting purl rows!

This took forever, but it’s recipient literally jumped up and down and shouted “YOU KNIT ME A GREEN SCARF AND IT’S PERFECT” over and over and then refused to take it off until she went to bed. So. I’d say, successful. It also made my mum EXTREMELY jealous but don’t worry, mum, you’ve got some knittery coming your way.

With that, almost caught up on the FOs.

2 January 2007

xmas knits

Filed under: baby stuff, FOs — risknit @ 5:42 pm

So busy with Christmas knitting! Which is really depressing… Since I knit exactly two things for people for Christmas. One of those things is this lovely little knit for this cutie.

E’s Christmas Sweater
Yarn: Knitpicks Shine Sport, in Orchid, Butter, and Violet
Needles: Inox size 3, two circs for sleeves, one for the rest
Started: Early December, maybe the 5th or 6th
Finished: About 5pm, Christmas Eve (ha ha ha!)
Pattern: My Own, loosely based on this:

Loosely based because all I followed was the striping sequence. Once I got the pattern home I realized that my gauge wasn’t going to work, and I wasn’t too keen on the hems, or knitting all of the pieces separately. Plus, I wanted set in sleeves, with real armscyes, instead of a square body and no shaping to the sleeves. She is a little lady, afterall. So I knit the body all in one piece, attached two sleeves, and knit the neck trim and the button bands separately. So yeah, I hardly even opened the pattern.

So. Why did this wee sweater take me so damn long? Well firstly, at the start, the Shine was KILLING my hands. I could only knit a couple of rows on the body per day. But it got easier as I went on. I also ripped out one sleeve cap three times before I got it right, reknit the one buttonband about four times, AND managed to do this early on:

Nice huh.

Anyway, it turned out really well and I think she’ll be able to wear it through next winter.

More Christmas gifts to come. And some socks!

19 August 2006

cleaning up

Filed under: FOs, on deck — risknit @ 3:59 pm

I have several projects here that were just sitting, nearly finished, on the needles.

I fall out of love quicky. What can I say?

I decided that I need to finish some of them up… I have two baskets under my coffee table where I stash WIPs, needles, new yarn aquisitions, swatches, notions, etc. They were getting, um, a little full. So I finished this scarf (a gift for C) which I abandoned… in March. Garter stitch and too many friggin stitches per row!

It’s some kind of Louisa Harding mohair blendy stuff (I’ve put the remnants away already) and Cascade 220 (black).

Been working on some pieces for Dulaan 2007 too.

And I’m very excited about Glee and Rusted Root. I’m thinking both in long sleeves and Rusted Root without those poufy sleeves. Glee might be done in Knitpicks Shine Sport, maybe with a slight bell sleeve and I’ll probably keep Rusted Root in the Cotton Fleece.

Also I need to get crackin’ on the BSA Cotton Fleece pullover I have planned but I read over at Bestitched that it pilled and so now I’m nervous about it. Hmph.

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