Monday, December 19, 2011

FO: the natural

pattern: the natural

yarn: knit picks wool of the andes worsted in coal

needle: sz. 7

started: december 13, 2011

finished: december 18, 2011

i told a friend of mine i would knit him a hat...about a year ago, ah!!! well i finally made it :) its kind of hard to see the detail, but there are some really nice cables, kind of a pain to do (especially on the train) but i think it looks pretty good.

i hope it fits him! it fits me great, but i have a huge melon head...and a case of the mondays.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

secret santa success!

tonight was our work holiday party and there were two secret santas going, one with the peeps that work the front desk and one with the teachers...and as a manager i don't really fit either, so i did both! lol

first up we have annemarie, i knit her the orange cowl and i think she liked it! :)

and remember how i knit that calorimetry, well i lost it somewhere in my disaster of an apartment! :( lucky for me i have a stockpile of knitted goods. so i picked out a cowl instead. here is tonya striking a pose in her new gift. i also got her those slippers...did not knit them but i bet i could! ;)

my co-manager alejandra did the sweetest thing ever! she knit me some adorable bracelets and i absolutely love them. as a knitter, i never receive handknit gifts and i really loved that she did this for me. <3

also, during all the party craziness i took a little knitting break in one of the asana rooms...knitting is the new yoga. ;)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

FO: calorimetry

pattern: calorimetry

yarn: knit picks wool of the andes worsted in thyme

needle: sz. 7

started: december 13, 2011

finished: december 13, 2011

here is my final secret santa gift! the past couple times i've knit calorimetry its been so huge, and i have a big head so that's saying something! i tried to make this one smaller as the recipient has a pretty small head...and i think i might have made it too small?! it will still keep her ears warm though, so i guess thats ok.

i cast-on 88 which worked out great, but i only did 7 repeats on each side, i think next time i'll do about 10 or so (yes, there will be a next time!)

i WILL get this pattern perfect! :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FO: luxe cowl

pattern: luxe cowl

yarn: knit picks wool of the andes bulky in masala

needle: sz. 13

started: december 11, 2011

finished: december 12, 2011

this is some yarn i had left over from my oatmeal sweater, and luckily the person i drew said she loved being warm and the color orange! it was meant to be. :)

i don't think i made the cowl as 'long' as i was supposed to, but i think it fits really well. i wouldn't want it to be toooooooooo bunchy.

i hope she likes it!

now i have one more secret santa gift to knit by friday O_O woo!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

FO: chicken harry & secret santa #1!

pattern: chicken cozy

yarn: patons classic wool hand-dyed by moi!

needle: sz. 6

started: december 9, 2011

finished: december 9, 2011

last night i had a lovely secret santa with some friends, and i totally made out like a bandit! this is just one of three secret santas i am participating in :) hehe.

i picked my friend harry, whom we so lovingly refer to as chicken harry. so of course i knew i had to knit him a little chicken, i also got him some yoga books and a mala he wanted. i think he REALLY liked the chicken. ;)

i got the perfect gift! knitpicks yarn, starbucks gift card and a travel roll-on of the perfume i wear. i mean, can you say lucky?! of course i had to smell the yarn as soon as i got it lol....

here is a group shot of my crazy/lovely friends <3

Monday, December 5, 2011

FO: masala oatmeal

pattern: oatmeal

yarn: knit picks wool of the andes bulky in masala

needle: sz. 10.5 & sz. 11

started: november 28, 2011

finished: december 3, 2011

oatmeal is done! woooooooooo! i wasn't sure this would fit (because i have a very bad habit of never doing a gauge swatch, oops), but it worked out. i love top down because you can try it on as you go, even though i usually drop a few stitches every time i do that :) hehe

i ended up having a skein and a half extra, better too much than not enough though! i think im going to make a nice bulky hat with the extra...i'm about due for another hat anyways ;)

this pattern was a piece of cake, great commute knitting. seems like i will be wearing handknits all winter...awww yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Sunday, December 4, 2011

kbarr knits

my friend kristin learned to knit a while ago, but put it down and mostly sews now. lately she's been coming over for some knit nights and she just finished her first cowl! she wanted it to have some imperfections so she'd put holes here and there and add stitches, etc...i think it turned out great.

she rides a bike everyday to work (and everywhere) so this will be perfect for this winter.

i love seeing her so excited about her new knitting skills! :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

FO: where the wild things are

pattern: wear the wild things are

yarn: cascade eco wool

needle: sz. 9 & sz. 10.5

started: november 19, 2011

finished: november 28, 2011

this is one warm sweater! its the first time i've knit a hood on a sweater and i love it, i might remove the ears for everyday wear but im not sure :) the pattern was great, really fast and easy.

the crown was probably the hardest part! i went up a needle size because i have a huge melon head and i got exactly the length (before felting) that i was supposed to, and after felting it barely changed length at all! so weird. so i ended up cutting off 3 of the points and it fit like a glove :) and felting by hand is no joke, my arms were burning. hehe

also had a few hiccups with lining up the shoulder seam, but i blame that on my finishing skills.

i can now let the wild rumpus begin!