Monday, February 18, 2008

the sweater, the hat, and the back of holly

Boatneck Bluebell from Fitted Knits
Ta-da! a finished sweater. boatneck bluebell from Fitted Knits, size 33", #8 knitpicks options. i used 8 skeins of noro silk garden in color 203. I shortened the sleeves by an inch and added 2 more inches of body length incorporating more hip increases. after blocking, the neckline was too wide, so i wove black elastic thread through the garter collar to bring it in. i love this sweater--it's very comfy to wear and super warm. i got the idea to use silk garden b/c i thought that the sweater style was like a less boring hourglass pullover. i'd seen some lovely ones using noro, so i thought i'd give it a try.
Cabled Newsboy Cap from SNBN
my coworker's birthday is tomorrow, so i knit her a cabled newsboy cap from stitch n bitch nation. i used one skein of patons classic merino in red, with #7 and #10 knitpicks options. i bought a sheet of red plastic canvas to stiffen the brim. my co-worker has a similar styled hat but she says it doesn't keep her head warm, so i thought i'd knit her one that would. i actually quite like the style, and i may knit another one for myself. i think the gauge is definitely too loose for worsted weight yarn, so if i knit another i'd add more stitches and use a smaller needle size.
Holly Jacket back
i bought 5 skeins of cotton-ease in charcoal from joann fabrics to make the holly jacket from spring IK 2008. i finished the back using 2 skeins. i'm knitting the 33" size on #5 and #6 knitpicks options. it's working up quickly so far. the cottonease hurts my hands after awhile, so i'll probably alternate this one with other projects.

6 comments:

  1. Wow. The boatneck bluebell looks wonderful on you! Love the length on it.

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  2. The Noro sweater looks fab! Love the way it striped up!

    I'm sure your coworker will love the Newsboy. :) With you on the gauge, though. I've got that same note for my next one, too.

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  3. I love the BB. I've only had this one foray with Noro, but I'm having color envy now.

    Hee hee, don't you love non-knitters--you can give her that hat that when you knit it for yourself, you'll make it better...and she'll never know/care.

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  4. The sweater looks gorgeous on you!

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  5. The sweater turned out excellent!

    The hat is cute too. What a great gift!

    There's some really cute sweaters in IK spring 08 for the petites of the world.

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