Dishie cloths

I’ve had “make new dish cloths” on my to-do list for a while now. I caved and bought some Knitpicks Dishie Multi yarn a few weeks ago.

I’ve got a couple clothes done already, but I’ll post those a bit later on. So far, Dishie seems to be a nice dishcloth yarn. Much softer & prettier than the usual Sugar & Cream department store stuff. I don’t know how it will stand up to dish-washing, but we’ll see.

Gemini update

I’ve been moving along with Gemini.

I got about 3 rounds in and realized I had messed up the lace section. I’m not sure what I thought I was doing, but it was a mess. I guess that’s what happens when you start a pattern while watching tv. It’s not difficult if you actually, you know, follow the pattern.

 

I’ve decided to stop at two repeats of the lace pattern. I’d like to wear the top to work and it was starting to get a bit too low in the front. I continued with the row increases that would have been in the lace pattern repeat, but just knit it solid. I tried it on tonight, and I’ve got a ways to go before I can divide for the arms & body.

Here’s a close-up of the lace…

And that’s all for now!

 

Lacy Batkus & Gemini

Here’s some more of the Lacy Batkus using Noro Sekku. The decreases are pretty easy and it’s moving quicker now that the rows are getting shorter again.

And my attempt at mirroring the colourway stripes seems to be working so far! I’m liking it. The second ball of Sekku is kind of annoying. It gets so thin in places that it feels like it break while I’m working with it. Then it gets slubby, thick, and very loosely spun. The first ball of Sekku was inconsistent too, but not as bad. Oh well. Making do with it.

Aannnd – I’m going to start Knitty’s Gemini (by Jane Richmond) tonight! I’ve dug out my Elann Sonata Soft.

Noro Lacy Batkus update

Just stopping in to show you how this thing is going. I’ve officially hit the half-way mark, and now I’m decreasing!

I also started the second ball of Noro Sekku. I’ve reversed the colourway, so the stripped pattern should be mirrored on the other half. That’s the plan at least.  Noro can be a little unpredictable. Here’s a pic with some bonus Bo.

Another Noro Scarf (Lacy Baktus)

I’ve been working on this scarf for a while now. I started it in the car on the way home for Christmas, and have just been knitting it on and off since then. I’m using the Lacy Baktus pattern. Size 2 needles.

I’m still on the first ball of Noro Sekku (#8) and I think I’m pretty much at the half-way point of the pattern. The yarn is going a lot further than I thought it would, which is nice. The yarn is 50% cotton (17% wool, 17% nylon, & 16% silk) so it’s not scratchy or too hot. It has a nice drape too. It’s too bad it’s been discontinued.

 

New Knitty.com

So the Spring +Summer 2012 Knitty.com is out, and as usual, there are a few things I’m particularly liking…

Gemini

Isn’t it pretty? It’s simple and clean and even reversible. I’m going to give it a shot with Elann’s Sonata Soft, in Alaskan Blue.

Carousel Socks

Holy crap! These are nuts! I need to dig through my stash and find something suitable to make them. I’m not sure if I’ve got any colourways that transition smoothly enough. The construction of these look pretty cool too. Something different.

Now I just need to find time to knit!

A dog coat for Bo

I’ve been knitting more lately! Bo’s been letting me sit on the couch and knit, a first since we adopted him. He’s definitely in that “teenage” phase, but we’re seeing a nice calm Bo emerging more and more. It’s nice.

I have started and frogged several dog coats since we got him. He’s got a unique body shape, being a dachshund & jack russell mix. He’s long like a dachshund, with a huge chest. It’s the chest that keeps tripping me up. I found a free pattern called the One-Piece Dog Sweater, and it’s somewhat solved the giant chest problem. It’s open between the front legs, so I can just avoid that whole area that never fits him in other patterns.

So here’s the finished coat. It’s double-stranded black & purple Read Heart Supersaver. Two little wooden toggle buttons hold the bottom tab on. Pardon the crap on the floor in that pic, he’s ripped up a couple toys recently.

Trying to take photos in natural light is a challenge around here with Bo. Here’s some photos from an attempt this afternoon.

 

Knitting… I remember that

Busy busy!

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog? Yeah. Me too. I swear it still is a knitting blog. It’s just kind of being eclipsed by current goings-on. This is post is about knitting, so stay with me here.

I first need to tell you about The Littlest Bobo. He is doing well. Yeah, he’s accumulating some dumb nicknames, but I didn’t name him “Bo” and it’s not my fault it rhymes with a lot of stuff. As I write this, he’s passed out on the couch beside me. He had his neutering stitches out on Monday, and the vet said it healed up nicely. Bo was really good about wearing the head “cone”, and we were very cognizant of any attempts at licking/chewing of stitches, so that’s probably why. He hated that cone at first, but by the last few days he was actually helping us put it on him by pushing his head through the hole. Especially before bed – it became a bit of a ritual and he got some late-night snacks out of the deal. Luckily, he seems to respond really well to positive reinforcement. Or maybe he’s just awesome, I don’t know.

There is one thing… he can be annoying when I’m knitting. He loves to grab balls of yarn and run around like a crazy dog. It is HILARIOUS to him. I’ve packed everything away so he can’t eat any yarn or get into trouble with it, but it kind of sucks not being able to sit on the couch and just knit away. Baby steps, I guess. My parents’ dogs went through that phase (i.e. puppyhood) where they chewed everything and wanted to play with everything, but eventually they chilled out. Or at least they figured out it’s better to chew on toys & treats, and there’s no shortage of those around here. Like everything, I just need to give it time. He’s still a little dude.

In the meantime, I’ve invested in one of these GoKnit pouches by KnowKnits, a small one in Navy, and it helps a bit. Bo’s not as interested in my knitting if he can’t see a ball of yarn moving around. Also, I’m only attempting to knit when he’s really tired or acting chilled out already. There isn’t a lot of holiday knitting happening, but luckily, I think most of my gifts have already been taken care of. It’s under control… I think.

A Summer Blanket

This past summer, while I was on blogging-hiatus, I made a blanket. I wanted a medium-sized throw blanket for the sofa, something for wrapping around your shoulders while you watch tv or whatever. I didn’t want anything too fancy. Just something machine washable and cuddly. During a trip to Michael’s, I was going through their yarn section and found some Lion Brand Homespun I liked. The colourway is “Painted Desert” (#407) and I think I used about 5 balls of it altogether.

So here’s what I ended up with. The colourway’s pretty good with the sofa, eh? Kiki offered to sit in, for scale. When I started knitting with the Homespun, it ended up really bulky and cuddly, which was nice. I had initially thought I’d do some kind of squares or something, but I abandoned that idea when I thought of having to sew the squares together. You see, I wasn’t in the mood for anything too ambitious. I just wanted an easy knit. This was definitely on the easy end.

You can kinda see my “pattern” here. It’s just a few rows of garter stitch, then a few rows of YOs &K2togs, and then some more rows of garter stitch. Solid garter stitch would have been too heavy. The YOs break it up a bit, without getting lost in the yarn’s colour changes. I’m happy with it. It knit up pretty quick – I think I had this done in about 2 weeks!


Scarves and shawls

I took these photos last week, intending to blog about them before we went away for Easter, but I never got around to that. Of course. I’m only saying that because it was dark and gloomy here in Ottawa today, with ridiculous winds that downed power lines and blew garbage all over the place. Nothing of ours was damaged, but it was a pretty rough afternoon for some people.

Anyhow, I’ve got a few things on the go, and I’d LOVE to finish them up soon. They’re almost at that point where a good solid afternoon of knitting would probably do it. Maybe this weekend…

First, this Citron Shawl from Knitty. I’ve worked on this for months, it seems. It’s getting big and pretty. I love the pattern, love the look, but after making two of these, I’m probably never making another. It’s got like, a billion goddamn stitches on the needles at this point. Binding-off may kill me.

And remember this yarn? If you go back a few posts you’ll remember that I bought this yarn in Peterborough a few weeks ago. I still think it’s pretty damn awesome. Schoppel Wolle’s Zauberball. I think it’s intended for socks, but I’d like people to actually see the yarn once in a while, so I’m making a scarf. It’s a simple pattern, the Ripple Scarf by Marlaine Deschamps, from Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders. I’m going to review the book in a later blog post, but for now I’m just making a few projects from it. So far, so good. This one will definitely need to be blocked when I’m done.