Monday, November 27, 2006

My inspiration

No words necessary.

A beginning: Two FO's

Hello fellow knitters, mamas, and anyone else interested in my handmade creations. Every beginning is really a middle, so I thought I'd start with my most recent creations: a luxurious scarf made with a cashmere blend wool and two strands of colorful mohair, and a pair of lovely fingerless gloves made with Koigu merino wool. Both of these projects were inspired by patterns from Joelle Hoverson's beautiful book, Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

The scarf was knit with
2 skeins of Debbie Bliss superchunky cashmerino (red), 1 skein of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Mohair (marmelade), 1 skein of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Mohair (candy) on size 11 straight needles. The whole scarf is knit in an easy rib pattern (ki, p1), and all three yarns are twisted together to create a luxurious, textured effect. I am tempted to keep this one for myself, but I will part with it and give it to my mother for a holiday gift.

The gloves were knit with Koigu merino wool on size 3 double pointed needles. The pattern is a bit tricky; it's actually a k2, p2 rib pattern that gets pushed over one every four stitches, creating a coiling effect. Almost looks like cables, without the sweat. This yarn was very thin and sometimes difficult to work with, especially on the dp needles, but the effort was worth it. These gloves will be perfect for driving, or typing on a cold winter's night. Plus they're practical for mamas who need all of their fingers available.