Thursday, April 03, 2014

Happy Yarn Day

The Brava Bulky I ordered from Knit Picks arrived yesterday. I tried to find yarn locally but I couldn't get the colours I wanted. I needed a bright green, red, yellow and blue and they had exactly what I needed.

This yarn in Peapod, Red, Canary, Celestial, and Black is going to be knit into the Basic Stripes afghan.

My nephew loves these colours and this will be his Christmas present. I was going to do up another Hudson Bay blanket but instead of single chevron use the traditional garter stitch but I found this pattern and with the bulky yarn I know it will knit up super fast and I have at least one other I'd like to do with this pattern in a different colour combo for another gift so I thought this would work great and give me plenty of time to get other gifts done. I wonder if I'm the only one working on Christmas projects in April? ;)

Besides a little boy will maybe not be as gentle on a blanket so this should be nice and durable and for sure cozy. This will hopefully be on the needles soon. I've got a few WIP's that need to be finished before I start another large project.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I'm knitting a Sock...

Here I am knitting on the tiniest needles that I've ever used! These are 2mm needles on a 9" cord. The first row was tricky but after that it wasn't too bad. I didn't think I could knit on such a small diameter but it's actually not that bad. I picked up this Loops and Thread Luxury Sock Yarn form Michaels in the colour 'Ocean'. It is very nice yarn but I'm concerned that they are discontinuing it as it was labelled as 'clearance' which is never a good sign. It is very soft with a merino, nylon and cashmere blend.

So I knit, I've finished the cuff now and I'm on to the body of the sock before I have to figure out how to do the toe, which looks relatively easy but I will have to use dpn's at some point I'd imagine. I wasn't sure I'd like knitting on such a tiny project but it's very calming and it makes you slow down and relax(which is awesome). I'm not running a race here I just want to end up with a pair of socks :D

This seemed like a great place for me to start as there is no heel - Tube Socks

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Off and on the Needles

 Off the needles is this Hudson Bay inspired blanket. I made it larger than the baby version and with colours that will hopefully suit a pre-teen. I began this on January 4 and just wove the ends in last night. I'm already missing working on it, it was a fun relaxing knit. It is about 53w x 71l. It is pictured here getting a light blocking on my queen size bed.
 On  the needles(super tiny needles) I've never seen needles this small or worked with them. I'm going to try to make some tube socks with the yarn pictured below.
In the colour pictured(which I snagged from the internet) in Ocean. They only had 4 colours at Michael's and I would have tried the bright balloons but there was only one skein and since I'm a huge fan of turquoise I chose this colour. It is really nice and soft.