Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Secrets revealed

I seem to have been more secure in my speed knitting abilities when, in my last post, I suggested finished Moseys, but in my defense, I've been working on time sensitive projects.  The one that was all stealthy has been gifted, so now I can reveal it here:

Jared Flood's Druid Mittens.  I loved these on the cover of Vogue Knitting this fall, and wanted to make them for me, but when I bought the magazine, a friend of mine loved them too.  So, she's got them.  They're knit in the specified yarn in the exact same colourway.  That being Jamieson's Spindrift in Leprechaun.  These were a really fun knit, and I have yarn to knit some for me too, in a turquoise colour.  

But I have other projects to finish first.  The most pressing is this one:

The Reglisse pullover.  This is the picture from the vintage magazine.  Love the collar and bowl haircut.  You can's see it clearly, but on the next page, the same little boy is also wearing knitted pants.  I decided to resist trying those out :)
Here's my progress so far.  It's getting pretty close to the wire, but three year olds aren't very big, and hopefully the sleeves won't be too heinous.  I still have to figure out how to adapt them into the round.  It might be faster to just knit them flat and deal with the seam.  We'll see.  My nephew's birthday is on January 3, so I have a small time cushion, but not enough for me to relax quite yet.   How about a close-up:
It's pretty dark, but with the licorice coloured yarn, the flash just doesn't work.  I'm actually loving this yarn and the pattern.  Who knew knitting in the round in reverse stocking stitch would be so enjoyable?  Anyway, I'm flying to my parents' place tomorrow morning, so I'd better get a move on and find out whether Porter allows knitting needles on the flight.  

Happy holidays all, whatever they may be, and peace be with you.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

This just in...

Yay!  There has been success!  I've been fighting with my Internet Explorer for the last little while.  It seems to insist on shutting down every time I close a popup window.  The photo installation window for Blogger, for example.  So now I'm using Safari.  And lo, pictures:

First up, the third section of the Serendipity (aka Mystery 4) stole.  I'm still plugging along on this, very slowly, but I'm determined to finish it before the new year.  Next up:
The first of the Mosey legwarmers.  So far, These are turning out pretty well.  I'm actually more than half way finished the second one since this picture was taken, but couldn't be bothered photographing it.  By the next post, theoretically I should be finished them.  Now for the priorities:

This is holiday knitting.  I wasn't going to post it until after the holidays, but I'm sure that the individual who will receive this doesn't read my blog.  I doubt very much that their mother does either :)  So I know it doesn't look like much, but by some miracle, or possibly merely knitting genius:

That weird piece of knitted fabric becomes this.  Elizabeth Zimmerman's brilliant, and always popular Baby Surprise Jacket.  The yarn is Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, and I used it for a blanket for another expectant mother.  This one is for an as yet gender-determined baby due in the spring.  I still had yarn left over so I thought these would be fun:

Saartje's Bootees.  Also in the same Sublime yarn.  I have knit both, but haven't done the seaming yet.  They are pretty sweet.  Next I need to walk to the notions store and get some buttons for both the jacket and the booties.  I hope she likes them.  I suspect that baby won't care one way or another.  Baby does, however have a big brother, and I can't knit a sweater for one and not the other.  So:

Three balls of Lang Jawoll Silk.  This is planning on being a vintage sweater found in an old Phildar book.  Phildar Mailles Enfants No. 54.  I can't find a date on it, but it screams 1970s.  The sweater is called Reglisse which I think means Licorice.  So the colour is a deep charcoal grey with some lighter grey flecks in it.  I'm done the ribbing at the bottom of the body, and have begun the main body of it.  It's mostly reverse stockingette stitch, and I'm doing it in the round.  I might be insane to knit an entire sweater in purl.  We'll see how it goes.

There may or may not be other stealth knitting going on, but that's all you get for now :)  I did manage to stumble across a great deal on yarn for charity projects.  I don't particularly like working with acrylics, but each one of these bags cost me a whopping $2.09.  I'm seeing lap rugs and possibly hats:
I did some researching in the rest of the yarn section at the Zellers store I was at and determined that the bag on the left (blue and lavender) is TLC Amore, and the three bags on the right are Phentex Chunky.  That's what I've got for now.  I'd better get that holiday knitting out of the way, and then I can think about what I'll do with this.