Monday, June 19, 2006

Not one, but TWO challenges

Having now done 4 pairs of socks, I was ready for a new sock challenge. First, I wanted to learn the magic loop method. Second, I wanted to learn how to do toe-up so that I wouldn't have to be paranoid about running out of yarn and thus make yet another pair of too-short socks with tons of yarn left over. So why not do the two together? Thanks largely to Johanna, the result is:

Falling off my left foot there, but you get the idea. So as to not completely blow your mind (and mine!), I've decided to stay simple on the pattern and just do stockinette. Having worked just a couple of rows, I'm having a bit of awkwardness about managing the needle but I'm hoping that I'll get used to it shortly. For now, I'm not missing the double-points. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, June 11, 2006

It's Like Buttah!

Despite feeling like it took forever, I realized today that it was only about six weeks of not-much knitting to complete this wonderful baby blanket for my bestest friend from grad school.

And look! The sun shined down upon the cape to provide an outdoor picture for sizing purposes. Never mind those ends- I was so excited that it was done that I took the "finished" photos before I actually wove them in.

Close up on the diamonds.

The details . . .
Yarn: Rowan Soft Baby in Butter (sooooo soft)
Pattern: Fiber Trends Easy Knit Baby Blanket - Diamonds
Modifications: I made it slightly smaller and did only 11 diamond repeats across instead of 14. I then modified the length. Ended up using only 4.5 skeins of yarn which means, of course, some Butter booties! Posted by Picasa