I got all excited about a month ago about knitting up dishcloths to have on hand for Christmas. The first cloth was knit up in no time but the second one lingered on the needles for several weeks. I finally finished it up last night. I folded and stacked them and tied them up with ribbon. It'll make a nice hostesss gift don't you think?
The pattern is Chinese Waves. I used AslanTrends Pima Clasico worsted weight cotton (white and red) in 6" X 6" squares on 4.5mm needles.
My second Easy Folded Poncho is complete and this time I added the cowl neckline. I like how the cowl turned out which is a good thing because while I was knitting 120 stitches for 8 " I had lots of doubts.
I wore it today while touring my neice around the North Bay -- Marin was where we started out when we first moved here and it was fun to go back and hike some of the old trails in the Marin Headlands.
Pattern: Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Yarn: Berroco Linsey (a cotton/linen blend). Love the way this feels but it does curl more on the edge then the Euroflax linen -- but it's soft and squishy and very warm.
The fog finally lifted and we caught sight of the Golden Gate Bridge on our drive home. But the wind was strong and I was very glad of the cowl neck to keep me cozy.
I'm in danger of making a lot more of these ponchos simply because they are so easy and such a handy project to have on hand for all those times you just want some mindless knitting to occupy you.
It is possible that some Rowan Summer Tweed might be the next Easy folded poncho -- might be a gift, might not.
I had many doubts about getting this blanket finished in time to present to my nephew and his fiance on the eve of their wedding, but I actually completed the final round of border two days ahead of the deadline.
My version, knit with Berroco Comfort (worsted weight) in 5 colors (green, red, orange, cream and black) on 4.5 needles, is comprised of 72 shells and a garter stitch border.
Each shell took about an hour to knit (weaving in the ends as I went) and then it took another hour to join all 4 sides. My mom helped with slip stitching the corners where each shell joined and weaving in those ends. I couldn't have made the deadline without her help.
After knitting up a few of the half shells for the edging I decided to skip them. I just didn't like the look of it and I really think this blanket is more fun with a wavy border.
I picked up and knit a garter stitch border down one side, leaving the last stitch on the needle when I bound off and turning it to pick up the next row of stitches. This avoided any additional seaming except for joining the final corner.
My nephew and newest neice-in-law seemed to be very pleased to receive it!
Love and prayers went into every stitch and I trust their new little family will feel surrounded by warmth and love as they embark on the greatest adventure of all -- what God has joined together, let no man separate!
Of all the garments I've knit for myself to date, this poncho has to be the most wearable. I've hardly had it off my back since I finished seaming it.
Knit in Euroflax linen, it is the perfect light layering piece for variable weather. Living in SF, I may find myself putting on/off a jacket or sweater a dozen times in the course of my commute through the city -- the poncho is far superior as it is just enough of a layer and not too much for most of the city's microclimates.
If you are cool, you simply pull your arms under and find instant warmth. If you are hot, just flip the front over your shoulder and you'll find instant relief. And if you are really warm, just pull it off over your head and it folds up thin enough that you can toss it in your purse or stuff it in a pocket. Wind picks up? Just slip it back on and you are instantly warmer. It's amazing!
These pictures were taken on Treasure Island after church on Sunday. It was foggy and cool by the bay, but I was feeling "just right".
It also makes a great layer for riding in the car and I can't wait to wear if for plane travel.
You can see I opted for the non-cowl version -- I think it is the right choice for a linen weight poncho.
My husband says it's a very flattering look on me and the gals at the yarnshop last week were amazed at how soft the linen felt after just one washing.
I'm sure there will be more of these in my future and maybe for gifts too -- one size truly does seem to fit most.
I finally completed the Metro Cardigan. It is a pretty quick knit if you don't end up reknitting most of it twice (as I did due to some mindless mistakes that had me frogging and reknitting all too frequently).
Also, I used Kollage Riveting Worsted which is a denim yarn which meant I had to knit the entire sweater 20% longer in length which added a few hours to the project as well.
Finished cardigan BEFORE washing/drying --see how long and stringy it looks?
Finished Cardigan AFTER washing/drying -- shrunk to perfection!
I learned a new technique from this pattern which was "grafting" -- something I've never tried before but is the secret to the seamless collar.
For a wonderful instructional lesson on grafting, check out this great video by Cheryl Brunette. I found it SO helpful and now that I've learned her method I have no fear of grafting at all.
Here's a shot of the collar on me. The wall in the background is our newly painted livingroom wall -- the color is Benjamin Moore's "Ocean Air". I love it!
Back view of the sweater -- I'm really happy with the fit!
The cabling up one side is the detail that drew me to this pattern -- I think it takes this very basic sweater design up a notch, don't you?
You can't beat the wash/wearablity of a denim yarn and I have a feeling that this sweater will soon be as soft and beloved as my favorite pair of blue jeans.