Tuesday, January 12, 2010

winter

Europe is covered in snow and I love it. After weeks of cold weather, I in a way got used to it and I enjoy the snow. This is so much better than rain. And eventhough we don't get much sun round here in Lithuania (thus the poor pictures), the days are much nicer when there's all this whiteness around. A drive in this snowy weather inspired me to knit two white items.

A hat and a snood. These were two quick knits, I wanted something on and off the needles quickly (I have enough UFOs around to start anything big already -- swatching does not count as a start, right?).
For the hat I used Bergere de France Lima - a nice, soft yarn to work with. I got to remember to use it for a cardi one day. I knit this on 3mm circulars.

And here's the snood by Kate Sonnick. I knew I wanted to knit this the moment I saw it on her blog. So even though I started the hat earlier, I knew there'll be this beauty to go along with it. Notice how I am shamelessly showing off my new ring I received from the beloved one on our big annniversary last month.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

with FOs into New Year

First, happy New Year to all! I hope you had a great festive season and are ready to get back to work/ studies. I spent a lot of my time inside (it's sooo cold round here right now) with family & friends and with some knitting.
Here are some quick FOs that were asked for by Jan and finished just in time.

I wanted to try out some Noro yarn and since I was able to get it at my LYS, I used it for both the mittens and the hat. Mittens is the Knotty pattern. I made a mistake in the cable pattern on the first glove, so I knit the second one also just like that. There's just some extra cabling that shouldn't be there and I don't think anybody can notice it that easily, so the mistake stays. I knit these on 2.5mm circulars; it took me only 3 days to finish these (but ages to finally weave in ends).

And here's Turn A Square by Jared Flood. I modified the pattern to be able to use fingering weight. I combined Noro Sock Kureyon with Drops Alpaca and am VERY happy with the result.
BTW, after knitting the mits and the hat, there's still about half a skein of Noro Sock Kureyon left! I think there's enough for a hat + mitts/ handwarmers for me. I just have to find the right patterns for these so as not to look too dorky by having identical stuff as him.