Monday, February 9, 2015

Delicious Cowl

OMGoodness.  Check this out. 

I think I've found my new favorite accessory.

It's so faaabulous that I finished it in two evenings.  I stayed up till 3 am finishing it up last night.

Ok.  Enough gazing.  The details.

This lovely yarn is Manos Del Uruguay Maxima, in colorway Agua.  It's a lovely singly ply 100% merino wool that's beautifully hand-dyed.  I had one skein leftover after making a baby blanket for a friend.  I just knew it would be great in this pattern: A Very Braidy Cowl by Maryse Roudier. 

It's a simple design, just a set of two humongous cables, which I knit flat and then seamed together. 

Love it!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nina's Matching Neon Hat

My good friend Nina asked me to make some fingerless mitts for her, and they turned out great.  I was so happy she texted me again and asked if I would make her a hat.  Nina looks great in bright, bold colors.  She has fabulous dark skin and the colors really pop.  So after I made her the mitts, she went looking for a hat to match at clothing stores, and said she didn't see anything that spoke to her.  Her wise husband suggested she ask me about it.  I was thrilled that Jennifer Beaumont, the designer of the mitts I made for her, also had a coordinating hat pattern.

I set off making the hat with the same yarn: I Love This Yarn in colors Yellow Neon and Fuchsia Neon.

The above picture turned out the most true color-wise.

 Nina requested a big 'ole pom pom, and while I was hesitant at first, it really turned out great. 

Now her ears will keep warm!  She reported to me that she's already machine washed her mitts and they look good as new - always a good thing to hear.  Hopefully she gets some good use out of these and wears them till they have holes.  Of course, if that happens, I'll gladly make more for you, Nina!

I'll take the opportunity to update you on my works-in-progress:
1. The super hero blanket: I'm nearing completion on the middle panel, and have all 6 hero logo panels done.
The star is still on the needles - you can see them if you look closely, and I think the middle panel will be a little taller than the space I've allowed in this layout, but it give you an idea of what my vision is.  I'm very happy with how it's turning out.  Between the logos will be solid color knitting with textured patterns.  There are about a zillion ends to weave in too...

2. I'm designing a scarf - I'm calling it "Evening on the Prairie".  Here's a little sneak peek at what it's gonna look like: