Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sometime it's better to cut your losses

Purple Charlotte Web

I have been working on this Charlotte's Web (from Knits from a Painter's Palette: Modular Masterpieces in Handpainted Yarns) for a while now, and the more I looked at it the more I became convinced that I do not like that solid purple (Zinfandel) with the other two colorways, so yesterday I decided to cut my losses: rip rip rip .....

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Second and Third 2010 FO's

Carousel Handwarmers
Yarn: Fingering by Claudia Hand Painted Yarns
Pattern: One Skein of Koigu Gloves by Unraveling Sophia
Ravelry project page here.

These handwarmers were originally for Principessa, but she has decided that they are too colorful, so they are in the "unassigned knitted gifts" drawer for now.

Modern Logcabin Blanket
Yarn:Aurora 8 by Karabella
Pattern: Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Ravelry project page here.

One of my favorite patterns in one of my favorite yarns, bliss knitting, especially because is totally "idiot" knitting, rows and rows of garter stitch. For one of my friends who is having a baby girl.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Help for Haiti

On Ravelry, designers have pledged a chunk of their sales this month to the Haitian relief organization of their choice. The main patterns page now features a ”Help for Haiti” search.

I am donating 50% of the proceeds from my patterns to Doctors Without Borders/MSF.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sweater Surgery

I completed this sweater last January and the sleeves were too long, it took me only a year to decide to make some adjustments:

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Knitting plan for 2010

Having "do less" as new year resolution does not stop me from making endless lists of things I want to accomplish. The best lists are the knitting ones, after all, I want to do less so that I can knit (and spin and weave) more (for me.)

These are the lists I have made so far. UFO's are linked to their Raverly page. Projects that are struck out are done!

Stash Down Projects:
I am still trying and working through my stash from old to new, and these are yarn that have been marinating for a long time.
1. Austermann Caprice - Bronze Poncho
2. Karabella Aurora 8 in royal purple - Ingenue
3. Hand Jive Knits Nature's Palette Fingering - Purple Charlotte
4. Karabella Aurora 8 - Modern Log Cabin Blanket
5. Karabella Aurora 8 in clematis - Fence
6. Sesia New Jersey - 2 Tone Sweater by Amy King
7. Claudia Handpainted Yarns Fingering - Fingerless Mittens
8. Katia Jamaica in colorway 03 - Red, Pink, Blue, Tan - Girl's One Button Cardi #296
9. Artyarns Ultramerino 4 in color 126 - Isobel
10. Elizabeth's handspun - Short n Sweet Fingerless Mitts by Anne Sahakian
11. Newton's Yarn Country Cashmere/Merino in black - Icarus Shawl
12. Blue Moon Fiber Artist Sock Candy in Purple Rain - Charade Socks

Additional Projects for me:
1. Sahara in Vivace
2. Peruvian Baby Silk Pi Shawl
3. Krista in Cascade Pima
4. Cherie Amour in Handpainted Merino Bulky
5. Mr Green Jeans in Elann Incense
6. Ribbi Cardi in Elann Superwash Worsted
7. Leticia in Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton
8. 101-22 Jacket with collar and lace pattern in Cascade Arcadia
9. Refined Aran jacket in Mission Fall 136 Merino Superwash
10. CeCe in Karabella Vintage Cotton

Gifts Projects:
1. Organic Baby Cardi
2. Green Alpaca Earlap Hat
3. Black Socks
3. White Sugar Maple Shawl
4. Poncho
5. Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) in KnitPicks Swish DK

Misc Projects:
1. Sock Yarn Square Shawl
2. Two Socks on Two Circular
3. Knitting Basket

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010


My first resolution for 2010 is do less. And believe me, it will be a tough one to follow through. Be back here in 365 days to see how I did.

Second one, in that line of thought, is not to write one single pattern. I did write 12 patterns in 2009 (they are all free, but they are not going to be free forever, so go on to Ravelry and download them now that you can), and in 2010 I plan on working on my ever growing list of favorite patterns.

Third is to finish my list of sweater of the 2009 National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon: I completed only four out of 12 sweaters (Everything But the Kitchen Sink, One Skein Wonder, Summer Cardi, White Sparkling Shrug), but I have three more in progress (Ingenue, Karabella Fence, and Sahara.)

Fourth is to knit more for myself. Go ahead, laugh, I know I say so every year. In 2009 I managed exactly four projects for me. Out of 54.

January Arm Warmers
Click on the photo to see all my 2009 projects.