general adventures in craftiness

Monday, February 25, 2008

BFF



I finished the Best Friend Cardigan last night while I watched the Oscars. I wanted to wear it today, but it would have been too warm. As you can see, this is a very fitted pattern, but not uncomfortably so. I usually hate reverse stockinette stitch, but in this chunky yarn, it doesn't look too bad. I ended up buying the Twinkle's Big City Knits book, and my next project will be the Balthazar Vest, again in Rowan Big Wool in Acer, which is a warm brown shade.




I completed the stuffed pig on Saturday afternoon. It turned out much cuter than I thought it would. It was hard to visualize what it would look like just from the pieces. It was fun to stuff it, and then after adding each component (ears, tail, eyes, etc.), it started looking more and more real. It was a pleasant surprise!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Knitting Update



I finished the upper body of the stuffed pig last night. It's a little smaller than I thought it would be, but after looking at it, I don't think I'd want it to be much bigger. I cast on for the underside and hope to get that completed sometime during the weekend. I hope it will be cute!

I hadn't yet decided on my next knitting project, but I'd been eyeing this sweater, the Best Friend Cardigan, from Wenlan Chia. The pattern appeared in her first book Twinkle's Big City Knits, however, I got it for free here, via bits & bobbins. The only down side to making this sweater was the cost of any super chunky yarn. Granted, I only needed five skeins, but that would be at least $75. But after receiving an email from a LYS that was having a sale on Rowan Big Wool, I took that as a sign and bought five skeins in a color called Zing. This project should knit up pretty quickly considering it's knit up on size 19 needles!

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Pig and a Blanket [heh!]



I've been working on all the various projects that I posted about last week. Here's the upper body of the stuffed pig. I'm using Rowan DK Wool in the perfect shade of pink. I keep trucking along on the ripple afghan. So far, I haven't repeated any colors since I've got so much stash to use up. I also draped a sleeveless dress in muslin over the weekend. I have to true up the pattern pieces, sew a sample, and then refit the pattern. All of these other projects left me no time to continue further exploration with the knitting machine!

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