Sunday, August 31, 2008

FOs: Baby blue hats

Ravelympics made knitting ubiquitous. I did not even start my Phildar cardi. It's a pattern that'll need some modifications and I am not in the mood for that right now. My friend Magda had a baby son in June and I meant to knit something for him. The result is these two hats that still have to be blocked. I'm totally into baby patterns now and already have two next projects queued up. First, however, I have to send these two to my friend to make sure that they fit. I chose Lana Grossa Elastico for sufficient ease, but babies grow so fast in the first months that one can never know.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

FO: Shopping tunic

My shopping tunic is done. To state the obvious: I left out the pockets and the cowl-neck. I also knit it a bit longer than what the patterns calls for.

Details: knit in the round on US17 (12.75mm) circulars. I used Cascade Magnum and there's even a tiny bit of the second skein left. Otherwise there's nothing much to say about the pattern, since I substitute the yarn, I had to do some math while casting on and just tried it on a couple of times while knitting, to make sure that I did enough increases/decreases to get a fitted knit.

Forgive me the bad hair day. This is a great knit and I'm sure I'll wear this a lot in the upcoming fall/winter.

Monday, August 18, 2008

FO: Cabled glory

That's my try at Phildar Pull#486-T6-628 and I love it. I knit this small so that it'd be fitted, just as it is shown in the pattern. My size is not a 32/34, but I had this feeling that the vest in the magazine photo is clipped in the back on that thin model. That's why I still went for the smallest one. And I was right.

Details: knit in the round (that was not that hard to figure out, I only had to be careful about checking the pattern to make sure that I was looking at the right graph). I used Wolle Rödel Toscana yarn, which is a mix of cotton and acrylic and is really nice to wear. I used 2,5mm (US1,5) and 4,5mm (US7) circular needles. The pattern is very well written and I only spotted one mistake in the chart, which was quite an obvious one.

That's my first FO for Ravelympics'08. It took 10 days to knit & block it. Today it was all dry and I could finally put it on. Yey!

Monday, August 11, 2008

and shoot!

Have you heard this story yet? That's really sweet. Katerina wanted to talk to Matt and try to make him feel better when they met during Olympics 2004. Four years later, they're married and she's a gold medalist. These Olympic stories are great.

I've been doing some knitting already - I've worked on my Phildar vest, which is going along great. Today I got my Cascade Magnum. The skeins are huge! But I love this Midnight Heather colour. My picture is not that great, but I'll make sure to get some nice pictures of my fo once I get there.

Friday, August 1, 2008

ready... steady...

This is my entry for Ravelympics. I'm an optimist, huh? Well, I finally got the English version of Phildar magazine (I got sent a French one the first time). The blue cardi is doable during the Olympics. Shopping tunic can be done in a day apparently - go ask other knitters if you do not believe me. The only challenge here is the vest. But I still have a week to figure out whether I can knit this in the round.