Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Groundhog Day Knitting Update

So far this year I have completed my first adult-size sweater, one hat, one baby sweater, and started another hat (my own design) and a cardigan.

I still haven't taken any pictures of my finished sweater.  Suffice it to say that it fits, but is bulky and certainly not flattering.  The sleeves seem really thick. I think it will become a house/yard sweater.  But as far as milestones go, it was a big one! I'm not intimidated by sweaters anymore, and will certainly pick designs that have finer gauge , or at least better sleeves, in the future. Which is funny that I say "finer gauge" when the cardigan I started last week in Sacramento is with bulky yarn on size 17 needles.... Opps!

Earlier in January I finished my third Unoriginal hat.

Pattern: Unoriginal Hat, by Yarnharlot
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, Lemongrass
Needles: US Size 15

I wanted to use up the last skein of lemongrass left over from the Sutter's Mill Afghan I made last Christmas, and knew the only way to use up one skein of such brightly colored yarn was a hat.  I still absolutely love my baby alpaca Unoriginal hat. I wear it all the time, so I decided to share the love.  Not sure yet who will get it.  It knit up quite nicely, but is obviously not as light and fluffy as my alpaca version.

My second baby sweater, knit for a baby shower last weekend is also from stashed yarn.

Project: Baby Sophistocate by Linden Down
Yarn: Filatura Lanarota Chunky Wool Blast, color 816 (Greenish-Brownish-Purplish)
Needles: US 9, 29 inch circulars

Cutest sweater ever.  Again. Recipient doesn't know the baby's sex yet, and I thought this color scheme might be appropriate.  I couldn't tell if I liked the color variegation just by looking at the skeins, but I really like the way it knit up.

I'm feeling pretty good about my start to 2012.  Only one month in and I've already finished three projects, and am well on my way to two more.  This could shape up to be my best knitting year ever.  Especially since I keep finding out more and more of my friends are pregnant!

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