Thursday, February 23, 2012

Baby Beanie

Prior to finishing En Fuego Shawl, I finished up my baby beanie.  But I hadn't taken pictures of it yet so I put off posting about it.  Well that turned out to be a bad idea because as of this morning it looked like I had lost it.  I wasn't really worried that it was totally lost, but I was concerned when after checking my usual knitting spots that the hat hadn't turned up.  I decided to not worry about it & go about my day.  Fast forward a couple of hours and I'm still wondering if I've really lost the hat.  I've never lost a knitted item!  Actually I hardly ever lose anything (except sunglasses, I perpetually lose sunglasses).   I began rechecking where I already checked only to look in my knitting bag to find it hidden behind another hat.  Phew!!!!!!   I can now present to you the baby beanie hat knit via magic loop on size 7 needles.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Finally something that isn't blue

A couple of weeks ago my sister posted a link to my En Fuego Shawl on her facebook.  This generated a bunch of very kind comments complimenting it.  Of course I loved the compliments or as I like to think of it "positive feedback to keep me going when I get frustrated designing" - yes, it's a long phrase.  One of her friends in particular wanted to know if I knit the shawls for people, which my sister explained to her that generally I don't and that she (my sister) was posting a link to the design where you can buy the pattern and knit one yourself if you do that sort of thing.  Well her friend isn't a knitter and my sister must really like this friend because she asked me if I'd consider knitting her friend an En Fuego Shawl.  My first thought was "NO" and then I thought well maybe so I asked what color she wanted.  Of course my sister said she (the friend) wanted black because everyone always wants things in black.  Then I thought "NOOOOOOOO" but asked my sister if she'd consider any other color because black and the response I got was dark grey which is basically like saying black again.

Now, Knit Picks had recently come out with a new yarn line called Capretta and of course it came in a lovely black shade (though how lovely can black be really, it's just black) and I really wanted to try out this yarn line.  The availability of this new yarn really sealed the deal for me.  So reluctantly (though not really) I agreed to knit the shawl for two reasons: ONE - I love my sister and TWO - to challenge myself to knit lace in the color black.  I have to admit that Knit Picks also prompted me, not by telling me to do it, but by posting a suggestion in one of their weekly emails that the En Fuego Shawl would look good in the Capretta yarn.  It turns out that Knit Picks knows their stuff because the shawl looks really good in the yarn.
I made sure to always knit in VERY good light and NEVER when I was tired.  I think it was sticking to these two rules that made the knitting move along mostly error free.  There were a couple of times on the purl rows that I missed the purl but still managed to move the stitch so I didn't lose the stitch but just had to fix it when I came to it on the knit row, which wasn't a big deal at all.  I blame this on the yarn being black for not realizing it when I did it.  I also didn't think that it would photograph well, but I think the photographs turned out okay.  You can't see the details all that clearly but it's good enough. 

About the yarn, well I really loved working with the yarn and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Knit Picks Capretta yarn.  It is really soft and just yummy to work with.  The 10% cashmere really adds something nice to the yarn.  The stitch definitely is good and it works up nicely (for me anyway) on size 5 or 6 needles.  I'm really lucky that I get to work with this yarn again for a sample that I'm knitting for Knit Picks and that's how I know it looks good on the smaller needles.
It should be noted that my sister has never asked me to knit something for a friend of hers and I think it's because she knows that I have certain rules about knitting for people, well for adults in particular because unlike babies who like everything, adults only like certain things in certain colors.  This rule applies to everyone I know - even family members.  I almost only knit for them when an item is specifically requested and in the color requested.  I will admit that a few times I've gone "rogue" and knit items form them that they didn't request, but usually it was with left over yarn from a project previously knit for them so at least I knew they would like the color.  I have these rules because it helps keep me from being disappointed when I've spent the time to knit something for someone only have to have it fall short of what they wanted or to hear "well I really wish it was in (blank) color".  With my rules, everyone ends up happy including me!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New needles

I've spent the last couple of days trying to figure out what to cast on for next.  Now I wrote recently that I was going to find  a certain pair of socks that I started *cough* last June, but what I really meant to write was that I was going to spend the next couple of days looking for a new group knitting project.  I thought that maybe if I wrote that I was going to work on the socks that then I would work on the socks.  Who was I kidding??? I love starting projects! Love it!  Now it took me a couple of days to find my next project, so what was I doing in the meantime? Well I was knitting of course!  I worked on my black En Fuego Shawl (which I've yet to blog about) as well as a new design (a hat) that I'm trying to figure out.  

During this time I also made not one, but two trips to the yarn store for yarn that I had to have.  It was on the first yarn store trip that I picked up a pair of needles that of course I don't need but really wanted to try out - Knitter's Pride dreamz in a size 7 40" circular.  Why a 40" circular?  I figured that this would be a good size to try out since I could use it for magic loop as well as other larger projects.  I also picked up some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the color Silver Fox, but that's not the point.  The point is that with the needles in hand I began to zero in on what I wanted to knit!

Going through my patterns I found a baby hat pattern that would work with the needles.  I decided on the Baby Beanie by Sylvia Hager (a Blue Sky Alpacas pattern leaflet).  I'm not exactly knitting the pattern as is - the pattern calls for using a sport weight yarn held double and I don't really feel like knitting magic loop holding yarn doubled, so instead I'm using some leftover Berroco Comfort (worsted weight).  I'm knitting the 0-3 month size, though I don't know anyone with a 0-3 month old right now, so I'm thinking that this hat will end up for donation.  I'm just about done with the ribbing and so far I am really enjoying the needles.  The points are nice and the needles are smooth & lightweight.  Right now the only criticism I have is that the cord seems a little "stiff" to me.  Overall I really like the needles but might need to reserve final judgement until I knit just a little more with them.  

Monday, February 6, 2012


This is going in the mail tomorrow to my nephew! I hope that it fits!!  Now I need to find a new group knitting project....maybe that pair of socks I start last summer and then forgot about.  Yes, I definitely need to get those done! Now if only I could locate them....