Monday, October 21, 2013

Spikelets Hat

The pattern is now live - Spikelets Hat:


The Spikelets Hat comes in two versions:
  • 1 set of cables and a double seed stitch across the hat
  • cables all over (like in the Spikelets Cowl)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sweet Heart Tunic

A seamless tunic knitted bottom up with two buttons on the left shoulder:

It took almost the whole skein of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease with less then 10 meters leftover.
The tunic probably will turn into a vest very soon but it will still be wearable.

Spring cleaning

For some time now I've been thinking how to reduce my yarn stash. Obviously I couldn't just throw it away, and there were no chance for me to use it all.
At the beginning, as an inexperienced knitter, I used to buy all kinds of low-budget yarn, most of it was 100% acrylic. The color range was amazing and the price very affordable so I did what every addict does - I stashed it over and over again.
After nearly six years of non-stop knitting I finally came to conclusion that no matter how beautiful those colors are I always do my best to use yarn with natural fibers in my projects. And all that acrylic keeps lying in a box (a pretty big box - 65 liters capacity) year after year:

Recently I forced myself to knit a couple of projects using only an acrylic yarn and both times I was disappointed with a result. I haven't really enjoyed a process either. At that point I realized that it's time for a thorough yarn-spring-cleaning with no mercy.

Fortunately my mother-in-law has a friend who teaches knitting at a Community Center and at a nursing home. So the solution for my problem became very simple - all that yarn was packed and sent away.
Honestly I do not know who was happier - me or the person who received that package. I only know that for me it was like a birthday or some other big holiday to see the box finally empty.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Her first knitwear

Usually I don't do re-knitting of the same garment in different sizes. I don't like repeats because there is no challenge or any surprise in a process. That is why I rarely agree to knit for others something I have already made for my elder DD or for myself.
But this time it is different. Now I have another baby girl who needs to upgrade her wardrobe :)
This cardigan took a lot of time for such a tiny garment (probably because of the reason I mentioned above). But I love the result very much and so does my younger DD: