Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hat and Dog

It is still very cold here this week, so I continue my knitting efforts in an attempt to provide warm items for cold friends unaccustomed to this climate.  This is Scrunchable Hat, made with Louet Riverstone Paints.  Even though there is some color pooling, as you can see, I thought it was the perfect yarn/pattern combo.  And - one skein of this stuff will make 2 hats!  Kylie approves, although he's not sure why all the fuss about the cold - aside from his paws, he doesn't seem to notice it at all!

Efforts continue on the BFF Scarf project, with the goal of completion before the end of January!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Other Things This Month

As mentioned below, I'm "sneaking" in a few other items this month in addition to the BFF scarf.

These socks are for a cold friend; yarn is Lion Brand Magic Stripes, and the pattern is from the ball band, a fairly plain sock but the yarn does all the work:

Susie Rogers' Reading Mitts are made with JaggerSpun Zephyr, doubled; they are a late but hopefully welcome holiday gift:

This scarf will accompany the mitts.  I got the yarn on sale on a whim, it's called Red Heart Boutique Chic.  The yarn is a crazy bulky with randomly tied pom-poms, and the pattern is from the ball band.  I like trying these new yarns once in a while.

I have more upcoming items for my cold friend, and of course we're all awaiting the unveilings of the BFF scarves at the end of the month. As an additional preview, February's Thing A Month Topic is New Sock Techniques, when I will be attempting Magic Loop, and Neuro will conquer Toe Up!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thing A Month - January BFF

Neuroknitter and I are embarking on a year-long yarn adventure that we are calling "Thing A Month" (the title is sort of a strange homage to Jonathan Coulton's Thing A Week project, but other than that neither one has anything to do with the other).  Our objective is to try out a few new things, maybe learn some new techniques, and, mostly, to have a lot of fun in the process!

January's project is the BFF scarf with a twist, so to speak.  As you can see from the link, this scarf is meant to be a collaborative project - each person knits 1/2 of the scarf, twice, and then sends one of their halves to the other person.  In the end, there are two scarves, one for each knitter, and partly made by each knitter.  Neuro and I selected the yarn and colors together, but we wanted to make things a little more interesting and so are each designing our own pattern for our portion of the project.

Below is a (deliberately blurry) pic of my progress thusfar.  I've got a lot of BFF knitting to do in the next 2 weeks, but so far we are off to an exciting start!

Inbetween, I'm knitting for a relocated South American friend now living in Upstate NY - imagine the shock! - and 4 co-worker babies that will be appearing in the coming weeks.