malabrigo mitts

Nov 29th, 2009 crafts, knitting

I decided I wouldn’t do much, if any, knitting for holiday gifts this year. Between knitting and spinning projects for myself, paid sample knitting, and keeping up with the weekly motif swatches, my available crafting time is pretty much booked up.  Since I like to have knitting as a relaxing and inspiring hobby that benefits me, it’s counterproductive to overdo it with too many deadlines…

pink person

Nov 4th, 2009 knitting, spinning

Even though I have other projects vying for my attention right now, the neon Jaywalkers are flying off the needles. Something about this pattern just “clicks” with me– I find it easy yet compelling to knit, and the socks practically grow themselves. I finished the first one in near-record time, and am working my way down the second sock. Have you worked with Shibui Sock…

gathered goodness

Nov 1st, 2009 knitting

In contrast to the hat I previously wrote about, I have nothing but positive feelings about this one. It’s Ana from Perl Grey. This hat has a fairly unusual construction, which I was skeptical about to begin with, but as I knitted and finished the hat, I just became more and more impressed with the design and my project. A hat success! As you can…

happy knitting

Oct 28th, 2009 knitting

I’m on a little bit of a roll with sock knitting. Making socks is like that for me– I go through phases where I can’t put them down, and then other times I’m completely uninterested in them. Everybody likes a good sock knitting binge though, right? Here’s where I’m at: I finally finished these man-sized socks. According to my Ravelry entry, I started these back…

pearl’s paper

Oct 27th, 2009 dyeing, knitting, patterns

I don’t know about this. I’m normally a confident knitter, but I’ve always had a “thing” about making hats. I’ve never been totally pleased with any hat I’ve made, usually the fit is off, and sometimes everything is off. Since I generally take pride in my ability to handle challenging knitting projects, and most people count most hats among easy knitting projects, this is a…