Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Excused from dusting

Nothing like having a cold as an excuse to forego household chores and lay in bed & knit. At least I got the laundry done this weekend.

Yarn4Socks kit from coughfall2007cough
Merlot Vine Sock by Anne Hanson
Twisted Fiber Art Arial ombre self-striping yarn
size 2.50 mm KP circs
mod: Judy's Magic Cast on for the toe

I actually finished this after the weekend 'cause I left the second sock at work. I love this relatively easy pattern, speaking as a lover of lace knitting (or knitting lace). I have half the skein (50 g)of yarn leftover. Plenty for a pair of fingerless mitts later. I won't do the matching lace pattern though as it biases.

Brioche Hat from Weekend Knitting
Crystal Palace Merino 5 Solid in Deep Forest & Chamois - 1 skein each
size 8 & 10 Boyes interchangeable needle set

Thankfully finished before the Superbowl game since it was actually a rather exciting one to watch, especially from a neutral party perspective. My DH is happy and appreciative of this hat, especially with the little hunting I had to do to find the right combination of "forest green & tan" that he specifically wanted and all the grumbling he overheard as I worked on it. I had a doozy of a time trying to keep the 2-color Italian tubular cast on from twisting around when I joined in the round for this hat.

The only quibble I have is that because I chose a yarn based on color rather than matching the weight that was spec'd in the pattern, my stitches, especially in the crown decreases look awfully wonky. I hope that a good wash & block will smooth them out.

Bella's mittens (apologies for the craptastic shady lighting)
Knit Picks Swish Bulky in Onyx Heather (65 g from each of 2 100 g balls)
size 10 KP circs

Since I left my second Merlot sock at work, I wanted something to alternate w/DH's hat and cast on for these adorable mittens. (I can hear my sister laughing at the geekiness of this.) A very clever knitter reverse-engineered the pattern from analyzing various movie promo pics and who knows how many viewings of the movie. The pattern is super quick and easy. Love it!

Bella's hat to match!
Knit Picks Swish Bulky in Onyx Heather remainders from the mittens
size 10 KP circs

The mittens were such a quick knit I decided to knit the hat designed to match the horseshoe cable pattern in the mittens. Also quick & easy! I cast on during the Superbowl game 'cause I could barely get 2 rows of my Digitessa sock done correctly while watching.

Who said knitters never make matching knitwear?


cupcakefaerie said...

Such lovely knits. If you have to be sick, at least you get to knit! Feel better soon!

cockeyed said... productive and everything while under the weather!

Knitting Kris said...

Those socks are my faves! I love the colors and the pattern - and so matchy! :) Even your stripes match!
The hat and mittens are lovely too. I couldn't knit during the superbowl, but I live in PA, and the push for the Steelers to win was amazing!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Seriously! You whip out those knits sick or not! Amazing!!

Love the Bella Mitts and Hat! Sister would love those!!

And I know how hard you worked on DH's hat!! It looks great!

Yay for new socks!! Feel better (I'm home sick today...hope I can get a little knitting done).

Tan said...

Lurvz that sock colorway :)

Nell said...

Bella's mittens. Gotta knit those. Yours are so pretty!!!

tapmouse said...

I so love the merlot vines socks!!! I am dying to knit some of those! And thanks for the Bella Mitts idea; thanks to you, I finally got one mitten done for my neice who has been asking for them for probably 2 years now!