Friday, October 29, 2010

FO Friday 10/29/10

Originally uploaded by Paula knits
I saw this kit on Etsy and had to have it. The bat's made from a mini sock and comes with the cutest sock blocker with a bat cutout on top.

I finished a couple of things for swaps, but have decided not to display them since they've not been sent out yet.

I'll be back on Monday for the start of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). I'll at least attempt to be entertaining.

Friday, October 22, 2010

FO Friday 10/22/10

Who hat. My inner critic is screaming about this one, but Ihad fun making it.

Friday, October 15, 2010

FO Friday 10/15/10

FO Friday 10/15/10
Originally uploaded by Paula knits
The mini Doctor Who scarf is done (mini=about 7 feet instead of 22 or more feet long). The second Andean chullo hat is done. I'm really happy with how well it came out. The socks based on Selbu mitten patterns are done. I'm not happy with how they came out, but I have ideas for making them better the next time I want to try them.

Not pictured yet is a bag full of knit candy corn, made for a joke.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A very Whovian birthday

I have been wanting to knit another Doctor Who scarf. Have I written about this before? I can't remember. Sorry. I decided to click over to Knit Picks and get some yarn and do one in about half size. I'm using fingering weight yarn instead of the DK the original uses. I'm using about half as many stitches. I didn't get good matches on all of the colors, but I'm okay with that. I zoomed through nearly a quarter of the scarf yesterday.

The yarn's Knit Picks Palette. It's a teeny bit splitty, which means that the all garter stitch scarf is a little tricky for a speed demon to knit. The yarn was designed specifically for Fair Isle style knitting. It works GREAT for that. I did another Andean Chullo hat with the yarn. It was the best colorwork I've ever done.

I've decided to do a third hat, but this time it'll be a Doctor Who hat. I've got plenty of yarn. The hat kit has a lot left over plus I overestimated what I'd need for my scarf. The current challenge is to graph out the designs. My drawing ability peaked during the Eisenhower administration, so it is a teeny bit difficult.

My other birthday prezzie to me was also from Knit Picks. I bought the Harmony interchangeable circular needle set. I was using a circular with a really bad join recently and decided I'd had enough of that struggle. It'll be great to have a whole set of different sizes and different cable lengths.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Llama or Alpaca?

Originally uploaded by Paula knits
I went shopping today and gave myself permission to spend a little bit as a birthday gift to myself. I showed great restraint at Lovin' Knit (bought a ball of DK for making some charity bears) and the new location of Cast-On Cottage (two skeins of Koigu). When I was in World Market, I spotted this adorable little critter and had to have him. He's only about 4 or 5 inches tall and as soft as a cloud.

The tag calls him a llama. It also says that a llama's wool is called alpaca. Huh?? I thought alpaca fiber came from alpacas and llama fiber came from llamas. The fur on this little guy must be alpaca because it is so soft. Llama fiber isn't soft, or at least the kind I've touched isn't.

Friday, October 1, 2010

FO Friday 10/1/10

FO Friday 10/1/10
Originally uploaded by Paula knits
The purple thing is a space dog. I'm pleased with the bow tie. I knit it without a pattern and tied it properly, following instructions I Googled. The black thing is a project bag. I hope the recipient likes it. It has a kind of funky homemade quality, but it seems to suit it.