Monday, February 27, 2012

Feeling blue

More from "Selfish Knitting Month" aka January (yes, I know it's practically March!)

After wearing the same black winter coat for approximately 10 years, I finally found a new one: this Nine West wool coat in an awesome periwinkle blue. The best news: I got it at a thrift store for $5! I did have to shorten the sleeves a bit (nothing too complicated, just folded them up and hemstitched without worrying about the lining.)
Next, I realized I would need some new accessories, and I started to panic that it might be hard to find ones to match this particular blue.
(Cute pink polka-dotted toes belong to Sophie in photo above).

Imagine my surprise when I found perfectly matching yarn (and these were just the ones I bought. There were even more that would have worked.) This must be THE color of the season. For the record, these are Bamboo Ewe Stitch Nation yarn from Red Heart in Periwinkle and Bamboo Spun, which I think is a store brand from Hobby Lobby, in Denim.

First I used the Bamboo Spun to knit a scarf with two other yarns I had received from either my Mom or my Aunt Pat (or maybe from Aunt Pat via Mom). One was Berroco Lavish in Donatella, which has pastels intertwined with cream and gold, plus a third yarn whose label I have lost but which was a sparkly goldish green that matched the Donatella. I just did garter stitch with all three yarns and tapered the ends of the scarf. Unfortunately, I think the scarf is too thick. Maybe it's just this mild winter that is making me consider frogging it. When I wrap it around my neck, it feels too bulky.
The third piece is a hat I've always wanted to knit: this flapper hat by Sarah with an H. I used this tutorial from the Purl Bee for the provisional cast on (crochet #2) and this tutorial from Purlwise for the picot edge. I took the stitches off 5 or 10 at at time. I really like how the pico edge turned out, and it was cool to learn something new. However, I think I probably should have made it a bit longer. I'll have to show a photo of me modeling it.
My plan was to add a flower out of the Lavish and Bamboo, but since I've been reconsidering the scarf, I've held off on that. Meanwhile, I started some mittens in the Bamboo Ewe. I've started thinking this blue would look pretty with chocolate brown, and maybe should do a striped or other patterned scarf, mittens and hat with the Bamboo Ewe, which unfortunately doesn't come in chocolate brown.
Plus, the winter continues to be so warm that I'm hardly ever wearing a scarf and hat. :(

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Selfish knitting month

February is half over, so of course I'm just getting to my January posts. I have a good excuse: Our already broken-down camera (literally held together with tape) has gone missing. I do hope we find it because there were some family photos on it. The good news is that we got a new camera, and it's a definite improvement (though you couldn't tell from this photo. Sorry.)

A knitting blogger (I forget which one) called January "Selfish Knitting Month," in reference, I assume, to the desire to knit for oneself after all that holiday knitting. That's exactly the bug that bit me! I've got a few projects for myself from January to show. First up is this Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf (Ravelry link), which I wear all the time. (I'm wearing it right now actually!)
I used to think cowls were silly, but then the weather got a bit colder in December (well, cold for this crazy warm winter, anyway) and I thought it would help keep me cozy. I knit it from some Lion's Superwash Cashmere in the Green Tea color. I think it took two skeins for four pattern repeats. The "folds" are made with cabling, and while I thought it was going to be wonky at first, by the time I finished it, it was cool. This also required a provisional cast-on. I used the directions from Knitty, but as you'll see in my next post, my next "selfish" project also required provisional cast-on and I used another, better method.
** Would you look at those wrinkles? You'd think I'm 70! I need to use moisturizer more regularly!