Tuesday, January 22, 2008

UFO's taking over

I have almost as many unfinished projects around here as I do cones of yarn, and that is a lot. I'm very cozy today, even though the temperature outside is only 8 degrees Fahrenheit, in a sweater I machine-knit from a old Rowan book. I used 50/50 yarn (50 percent wool, and 50 percent acrylic) and the KH-864 punchcard standard gauge machine. It is a Nordic-looking cardigan and it has checkerboard at the top and fairaisle men and women holding hands at the bottom. I used cut-and-sew at the armholes and neck because I somehow lost track of my pattern and the pieces came out differently-sized. But it all worked out. The pattern (and book it came from) are pretty old, but classic. I saw the punch card design used a few years ago by Mary Ann Oger for a little-girl's jumper. I think next time I use it I will do alternating colors, because the design makes me happy and I think the colors would be cheerful too. Maybe I will do it in the Lion Brand Microfiber yarn - the colors of that yarn are so bright and cheerful - but I think it would have to go on the bulky machine.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Scarf and hat

I've been working on a hand-knit scarf (finished) and hat, which is not finished. I'm using Lion Brand Moonlight mohair along with a rayon blend, an acrylic blend, and a Shetland wool. All together, five strands of yarn (the Moonlight Mohair has 2 strands.)

I used wooden #10 US needles for the scarf, cast on 12 stitches and knitted K1P1 until I ran out of the Moonlight Mohair.

For the hat, I cast on 48 stitches, again doing K1P1 but am using bamboo circular needles in a slightly smaller size. I've got 5 rows done, work is going fast.

I'm trying to empty enough room in my craft room in the basement to even get to my knitting machines. It's been building up for a long time.