Thursday, November 30, 2006

Completed project: tea towels

Here's the last batch of tea towels that I gave away last week:

cake

coffee

cherries

teapot

tomato

I'm working on four more sets of 3 towels each for my family for Christmas... I'll post pictures when they're finished.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Monday, November 27, 2006

Completed project: tea towels

Here are a few more snaps of the tea towels that I embroidered earlier this year, all made from sublime stitching patterns. Enjoy!




Saturday, November 25, 2006

Completed project: odessa hat

I finished knitting a birthday present for one of my college friends. She's getting an Odessa hat knit in lilac with some frosty white beads. It took quite a long time to knit. I learned that I'm not a big fan of stringing 150 beads before knitting, it's a lot of work to move them every time you need a few more inches of yarn. But for this pattern its necessary to work like that, and I think the results are worth it. I tried not yarning-over (instead just picking up stitches on the next row) for the first row to avoid some of the gaps that I've seen in other Odessa hats, and I think it worked.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Completed project: tea towels

Earlier this year I embroidered a TON of tea towels to swap with my husband's family at their Thanksgiving craft exchange. I used sublime stitching patterns for all of the towels. Here's a set of the Hawaiian themed towels. I love them all so much I'm kinda sad to give them away, but I know they'll be appreciated.




Monday, November 20, 2006

WIP: ugly anklet socks

I have quite a bit of leftover yarn from the ugly socks, and I can't let it go to waste. So I'm working on a pair of ugly toe-up anklets now. I'm using the universal sock pattern from knitty, and so far it's working out great. I made one small mistake on the toe, but it's barely noticeable. I'm using size 2 needles, which is the smallest I've ever used. They are knitting up a little bit slower than the last pair (which was knit on size 3 needles) but I think they will fit better and be even warmer. I hope to have enough yarn to do some picot edging around the ankle.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Completed project: knit ugly socks

I've finally finished the ugly socks! The toes are wonky and I had to fix what looked like a ladder in the gusset, but overall I'm happy with how they turned out. They are super warm!

Monday, November 6, 2006

Completed: Amy Butler quilt + coasters

Finally finished! I am sooooo happy with how this turned out! It ended up being king sized, which is much too large to photograph all at once. At least in our house, where we don't have any bare king-sized patch of floor to lay it out on. So, here are pictures of it in two halves:



I have a grocery bag full of teeny tiny scraps of leftover fabric. I don't know what I'm going to do with them all! I did make one set of coasters, they'll be a Christmas present for the same person that's (eventually) getting the quilt.

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Completed: koolaid yarn

I finished winding my skeins of koolaid-dyed yarn into skeins. Here's a picture of the grape/lemon-lime/blue raspberry lemonade yarn in a hank:

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The yarn took the dye better than I thought it would, being that it is a superwash yarn with 25% nylon. I think I like the red/orange/yellow/pink skein better, but I guess I'll have to wait and see how this one knits up. It still has potential to be cool. Here's a picture of both hanks of yarn wound into center-pull balls:

koolaidyarn

I'm really, really pleased with the yarn ball winder I got from knitpicks.com.