Thursday, December 17, 2009

Eggnog Lace Strip Neck warmer

So my new discovery---Cowl.

My friend, who knew of my knit-freakness gave me a beautiful ball of yarn in my favorite color (blue!) and I needed to find something to make for myself.  So I knitted myself a simple 2x2rib neck warmer.  Nothing too complicated, since it was a slub yarn and didn't really need any complicated stuff to be un-plain.

But oh my!  I loved it.  Wind doesn't blow and unwind it, I can just pull it on and off--so I think these cowls and wrist/arm warmers are going to be the main concentration for the rest of the year.

I also have  patterns for this cowl on Etsy and on Ravelry!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chosing Knitting Needles (Note To Beginners)

Since I've been expressing my love to Addi needles in the past 2 entries, I thought I should mention few things about needles.  I love them and they're awesome, but I must say it might be a little tough if you're just starting to knit.  If you are, especially if you're trying DPNs, go for the bamboo or harmony wood instead of metal.  One of the first (cheap) needles I got were metal, and I just couldn't make it work because the stitches just slid and I had no control.  Since I have been knitting like crazy for the past year, I now have good control of yarn so that 'sliding' is useful to me now.
Bamboo or Harmony wood on the other hand has a nice clasp on the yarn, so they don't slide.  When you're a beginner, this is quite handy since you don't have worry about losing your stitch caused by sliding, and you can concentrate only on the actual knitting,
Hope this helps!

Cozy Knitty Cable Strip Hat

Cozy Knitty Cable Strip Hat on Etsy!
This---I also made just because I wanted to use that new needle, and I first tried to make a hat that you knit flat too, but I kinda failed.  So I had to give in and use my old shorter circular needle (which, I also love, but I must admit the Addis are too good).
I will be selling patterns for this one pretty soon.  This may be a good starter hat for beginners and a bit more advanced beginners who wants to challenge cable knitting.  There's only one strip of cable so its easy to keep track, and doesn't even have decreases (there is one row of increases but its easy to keep track), since you seam the top with the tapestry needle.  Its basically a rectangle.
on ETSY and on RAVELRY

Wristwarmer with Belt Knitted Version

Pumpkin Spice - Alpaca Wrist Warmers with Belt $26.99

This one, I invented ONLY because I wanted to use my new Addi Turbo needle (US size 10) that I just bought (OOOh they're so good. *drool* now I want to get the entire addi Click set.) and the beautiful orange-brown alpaca yarn I found.

Anyways. Here is a quick but super warm and smooth wristwarmer for ya!
It is knitted flat and seamed on the sides in a tube. No tricky thumb/finger to knit.
I will be selling patterns shortly!
The palm is ribbed for snugger fit!



Page 2 Line 2K2P1 Rib (K2P1 on Right side, P2K1 on Wrong side) for two rows. 

Thank you Maryanne!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ganache Aran Arm Warmers (and pattern)

Ganache Aran ARM warmers on Etsy

I made a longer version of the Ganache wrist warmers that goes right up to your elbow!  This one is really fun to knit...I love cables cause you never get too sick of the repetition and have to concentrate on your row.

The pattern is available in my first Pattern Mini-Collection here,

or here,
or here
or just buy it now without having to create any account or anything.

The pattern is for the 'wrist warmer' but it could be easily made into an arm warmer by repeating the cable 2 more times (or more, if you want to make it even longer!).  I haven't tried so no guarantee, but you probably can make a "Hand" warmer by decreasing 1 cable repetition, and make the ribbing part at the wrist longer.

Mini Scarf

New Leaf - Alpaca Mini Scarf on Etsy

So this is my new mini-scarf. perfectly 1 skein.  I will create a pattern soon.
I instantly fell for this yarn when I randomly stopped by a yarn store--and of course, its alpaca.
Its a short scarf so its not super bulky, but its alpaca so its still super warm.
I have made a hole on one side so you can loop it around your neck and secure it if you want to!

I'm so going to make more of these.