Sunday, November 27, 2005

Stashbusting Projects

I have taken out the book Oddball Knitting from the library. I have also been continuously unpacking which is leading me to organize my stash. I really should get rid of a lot of my yarn but it seems to have so much potential. I thought that it might be fun to list some projects which could help you use up your stash. Feel free to offer any stashbusting suggestions!

Stashbusting Suggestions
1. Stashbuster spirals socks
2. Mittens and gloves
3. Holiday ornaments
4. Knitted flowers
5. Bookmarkers
6. Winecozy
7. Nosewarmer
8. Wig
9. Balls
10. Stockings

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Another Winecozy

I have finished another wine cozy. I figured that these would make good hostess gifts for the holiday. The first one I had made for a friend who invited me for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Unfortunately with the snow coming through we are not going to be able to make it since she lives two hours away. I guess I will save the cozy for her when I see her again, however. Meanwhile I am in the business of preparing an unexpected Thanksgiving dinner.

I made the winecozy using a Fair Isle pattern from Knitting Over the Edge. I expanded the waves pattern from a 7 stitch repeat to a 9 stitch repeat to fit the circumference. I am planning to start a fair isle sweater after Christmas. My mother is buying me yarn to make the Donegal pattern from The Celtic Collection for Christmas. I have been wanting to knit this sweater for ages and I have finally gotten up the courage to do so. I'm hoping to have my Peacock Feathers Shawl knit by then. Hopefully.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

FO - Winecozy

I have just finished my winecozy, a hostess gift for Thanksgiving. Although the pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, the gauge is 4 stitches per inch. The yarn I used knitted up at 5 stitches per inch though so I made some alterations to the pattern. I also knitted it in the round because there was no way I was sewing it up afterward.

Winecozy alterations:

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch

Cast on 54 stitches. Knit pattern as written on 4 double pointed needles.

Form ridge: Turn work inside out and purl on wrong side picking up purl bumps of the row 6 rows down as written. Turn and continue to knit in the round.

Row 1: [Ssk, k2, k2tog] to end. 36 sts rem.
Row 2-3: K across.
Row 4: [Ssk, k2tog] to end. 18 sts rem.
Row 5: K across.
Row 6: [Ssk, k1] 12 sts rem. 12 sts rem.
Row 7: K across.
Row 8: [K2tog] to end. 6 sts rem.

You might also be wondering about my Peacock Feather Shawl. Last week I got up to row 193. I realized that I had made a mistake on row 191 that I could not correct. I tried to tink back to correct it and dropped some stitches resulting in a big hole. To make matters worse, I had not put a lifeline in at row 190 because things had been going so smoothly so I ended up frogging back to row 180. I figure I frogged about 4000 stitches. I didn't have enough chocolate in the house for that experience.