Saturday, June 27, 2009

FO: Woodland Collar

Here's another late FO to blog about. Technically, I finished this in March but never got around to taking FO pics until earlier.

Pattern: Woodland Collar by Hanna Breetz
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran in Black
Amount: 2.5 balls
Needles: US 9
Mods: None

It makes me a bit sad that I haven't actually worn it out yet. It's 78 degrees in San Diego today, so it's far past the season for neckwarmers. Maybe it'll be good for my trip to San Francisco next Christmas? Speaking of trips, I just came back from a 3 day visit to Las Vegas for the first time. But more on that in another post...:-)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Summer Knitting Goals

Wow, has it really already been a year since I entered Skeins Her Way's knitting blog contest? I remember last year my goals were to complete Juliet, Rusted Root, and Green Gable. They were all completed and I remember how proud I was of Juliet because she was my first knitted sweater ever. :-) Even though I rarely wear her since it flares out too much at the waist, I still enjoyed making her.

This year, I have quite a few summer knitting goals but I'm not sure if I'll be able to complete all of them by summer's end. I guess it won't hurt to hope?


1. Complete 2nd Backward Cabled Pullover (I haven't blogged about it yet, but I'll take a progress pic soon.)
2. Complete Leaf Yoke Top (same as the first)
3. Start Printed Silk Cardigan (I have started swatching, but at the rate I'm going, I highly doubt this will be completed.)
4. Start a vest for Dad's birthday (or Christmas present if I can't finish in time...hehe)
5. Finish crocheting and sewing up Sackboy

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

FO: Koolhaas

Just in time for Father's Day!

Pattern: Koolhaas Hat from Interweave Knits store
Yarn: Ella Rae Classic in colorway 33 (cinnamon brown)
Amount: 1 ball
Needles: US 6 and 8
Mods: None

This is the matching hat to the basketweave vest I knitted for my dad last Christmas. I made the woman's (smaller) version since my dad and I have the same size head. :-P

Monday, June 15, 2009

FO: Talia

The following was what I had drafted in a post in October 2008. Yeah, it took me a while to post FO pics. *sheepish grin*

Technically, Talia has been finished quite a while ago. To be precise, I remember weaving in her ends on 9/14, the weekend when I was recovering from my wisdom teeth removal.

*Front* Back

Pattern: Talia from the Spring 2008 Knitty, also available as a downloadable PDF at the Sweaterbabe's website
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Colorway 2401 (Burgundy)
Amount: Almost 3 balls
Needles: US 9 24", and US 9 12" circulars for the shoulder straps
Mods: None really, if you don't count the fact that I had crocheted the shoulder straps (right sides together) instead of seaming.

All in all, I'm quite satisfied with Talia. The sad thing was the yarn stained my needles and even after using rubbing alcohol, my needles will forever have a pinkish tint. :-( My only concern was that it stretched out a lot after washing because I had probably knitted loose. If I make another one, I will shorten the length and knit at a tighter gauge. My boyfriend actually picked out the buttons for me in Vancouver when we went to a huge discount yarn/notions store called Dressew. They were on clearance, and all 4 buttons cost me $2.00 total! (Not sure what that comes out to in USD, but it can't be too different.) Aisles and aisles of inexpensive yet beautiful buttons, and I only came away with these ones and 12 black ones. Yes, I am still kicking myself.