Friday, 27 December 2013

Musing about: colour of the year

Pantone has announced its 'colour of the year' for 2014 - Radiant Orchid:
Image via Flickr:

Lots of yarn out in this colour:
Berroco Vintage in Lilacs
Berroco Vintage in Aster

Malabrigo Worsted in Orchid
Cascade 220 in Deep Lavender

My plan is to knit Sophie Pullover in the new year in an orchid colourway (or one close to it).  I think the ballet neckline, cables, and 'prettiness' of the pullover will suit a flowery colour.  I think I'll use Berroco Vintage Chunky in Aster. 

Monday, 16 December 2013

chroma cap - finished!

My Chroma Cap is finished, and I love how it turned out.  Lots of colours to keep it interesting, easy to follow charts, and worsted weight for a quick knit.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

chroma cap

Fair Isle seems to be in this fall and winter, so I'm knitting a hat from the book Weekend Knits (Ravelry Link).  Chroma Cap is lots of fun, lots of colour changes to play with. 
I plan to gift it next week for Christmas to my teaching partner, so I hope it goes quickly! 
I also plan to frog my "Ribby Toque" and knit a Wanderer Cap instead.  Hope it goes quickly too.

Monday, 9 December 2013

hats! and a scarf!

Yarn from previous post has been transformed to hats! 

From top to bottom:
leaves long beanie in navy blue Berroco Vintage
ribby toque in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
random in Cascade 220
speer cap in red Berroco Vintage 
Scarf is knit in several colours of Lion Brand Cashmere and is a free pattern from Churchmouse Yarns:  One-by-One scarf.
All are in the 'gift bin' and will go out to someone this holiday!

concord update

I've been plugging away at the Concord sweater, slowly but surely.  Finished a few hats so I think I'm ready to pick it up again. 

Top one is the view of the back (with a stitch that dropped, attached to a marker for now), bottom one is a little closer to the colour, and shows one of the front lace panels.  I have about 9 inches to go in the body, plus sleeves (plan to make them short) and only 3 1/2 skeins left.... we'll see:)

Sunday, 8 December 2013

knitting, fast and slow

I should be content with the process, but around this time of year the product takes centre-stage as I try to knit holiday gifts without spending extra money.  My Cape Cod is about two-thirds done.... I admit it's slow because I'm too tired from my day job to work on my evening hobbies.  Two busy kids don't help.  Where did the quiet time go?!!

But I'm on a hat-knitting frenzy right now.  Last year I knit a lot of cowls, this year it's hats.  I admit I rarely take photos as I knit and give away quickly.  My plans are:

ribby toque  in a natural shade of shelter 
random hat in a hot pink Cascade 220 (leftover from my cardigan
speer cap in red Berroco Vintage (frogged another hat for this one instead)

More hats to come, but this is a start into the holiday gifts.  Better move - it's December 8th!!!