Posted in Finished object, Knitting

Look, Mom! I finished something.

Two FOs to show off.

This is my beautiful mother modeling her new vest.

Pattern: Aon by Berroco Design Team
Size: 48″
Yarn: Rowan Soft Tweed in Twig
Needle size: US6 and US8

Vast expanses of stockinette with a little ribbing make this the perfect no-brainer knit for watching television.  The pattern calls for a single button at the bottom of the V, but Mom didn’t want a button.

By the way, that ball of fluff at the bottom left is Tinkerbell.

Here’s another pic for a closer view:




A few days after the vest was finished and given to her, she called to say she wanted pockets.  So on Thanksgiving I made pockets and sewed them on.  Eventually I’ll get pics with the pockets.


This next project has a story.  Once upon a time, I was paging through a knitting magazine and saw a pair of mittens that screamed, and I mean screamed, at me:  “Make me!  I belong to [NAME REMOVED TO PROTECT THE SURPRISE IN CASE SHE READS THIS BLOG ENTRY]!”  I ignored them for a while, but for the next several months I kept going back to that issue and looking at the mittens and thinking to myself, “Yes, you DO belong to [NAME].  I really must make you.”  A year later I finally bought the yarn.  And this afternoon, I finally finished the mittens.

Thus introduced, I present to you the Pagliacci Mittens:


Pattern: Pagliacci Mittens by Kristen Nicholas
Source: Vogue Fall 2008
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needle: US8

The only reason these mittens took over a year to make is sheer laziness and procrastination. The knitting itself took no time at all. The embroidery intimidated me…I hadn’t done any embroidery work since I was a kid. But, once I finally knuckled down to do it, my hands remembered the techniques and stitches. The embroidery was done over two evenings of TV watching. I made a crochet chain strand for the pompoms rather than a knit strand.



Posted in Crochet, Finished object, Knitting

FOs, at last, and Merry Christmas!

In case you all wondered, I actually DO knit and crochet, not just review magazines on those subjects.  As evidence of such, I submit to you all the projects* I've finished over the last few months.

Checkerboard Cowl 1
Pattern:  Checkerboard Cowl by me
Yarn:  Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi in Purple Club 701

Kid Quinn Cowl 1

Pattern:  July is for Quinn by Lorena Haldeman
Yarn:  Rowan Kid Classic in 822 Glacier

Zephyr Mitts 1

Zephyr Mitts 3

Pattern:  Zephyr Fingerless Mitts (and Mitten option) by Tracey Grzegorczyk
Yarn:  Rowan Plaid in (a) Moonlight Wave, and (b) Lavender Mist

San Luis Mitts 2
Pattern:  San Luis Mitts by me
Yarn:  Rowan Plaid in Moonlight Wave

Shetland Gauntlets 1

Pattern:  Aran Gauntlets by Dina Mor
Yarn:  Patons Shetland Chunky in 03526 Leaf Green

Keri Plaid Mitts

Pattern:  Keri Fingerless Mitts by Denise Tanksley
Yarn:  Rowan Plaid in Lavender Mist

Entwined 1

Pattern:  Entwined by Tera Johnson
Yarn:  Patons Shetland Chunky in 03520 Russet

Bobble Star Afghan 5

Bobble Star Afghan 2

Pattern:  Bobble Star Afghan by Ann Regis
Yarn:  Bernat Berella 4 in 01010 Soft Heather

Every single one of these pieces was given away.  Merry Christmas to you, and you, and you over there!  And may someone knit for you in the coming New Year.

*All the projects of which I've taken photos, that is.  There's one more, a triangular scarf, that has not been modeled and photographed.  Soon, though.

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