Thursday, March 27, 2008

I make more than hats...I swear.

Le Slouch, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

This is the front of the hat.

Le Slouch from the back

Le Slouch from the back, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

From the looks of this blog it may seem that the only thing I make are hats. It's just that I always seem to stumble upon a lone skein of the amazing variety. (Of Wool, of course) This time it was a ball of Yorkshire Tweed Aran- a lovely & hardy wool. I knew when I got the yarn it was only enough to do a hat. It was the perfect guage and yardage for the Le Slouch! Not only did I have the fundamentals covered-but the texture was just as I imagined for the the seed stitch version. I have to say, it is a very warm hat and a quick knit.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Picking Buttons.

calorimetry 022, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

This I have to say was my favorite part of the project. I pulled out my beloved stash of vintage buttons. It was hard to pick the best and most suitable one. I ended up picking the simple black button with a rhinestone. It did take me a while to choose though.


Calorimetry, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

I finished this quicky project last night. This cute liltte ribbed - bonnet like thingy was a fun knit. I wore it all day today. (made with Jo Sharp Tweed DK)

I'm not worthy...I'm not worthy...

I was really lucky to be at the right place at the right time last Saturday morning. I was up bright and early for the First Unitarian Church's World Class Rummage Sale. It was an event too. I was third in line at 10:30 waiting eagerly for the doors of the church to open. They opened the sale 11:OO. I stumbled onto this great stash of yarn about 1-2 minutes later. There were a couple of plastic bags stuffed with this lovely shetland yarn, full skeins too. I'm wondering what to do with this nice yarn I have. Maybe mittens, maybe a sweater. The grey is quite handsome, I could combine it with some colors of Jamison Shetland like a chocolate brown and blue-green. Oh the possibilities...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Stand by...this is only a test!

Yellow and Baby Blue Beret, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

This morning I learned to Fair Isle using two hands. At first it was kinda painful on the left hand. After a while I learned how to carry the yarn that felt natural. So, I started this one by one project. It's actually really cute. The colors give it a vintage feel. Kinda preppy but in that anti-preppy-preppy way. Wink. Now decreasing, that will be the trick.
I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Perfect Friday Night!

Perfect Friday Night!, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

I've had bad luck in the recent past regarding making tea. I either make it so bitter that my taste buds curdle or I make it so light that it tastes like boiling water with a hint of tea. Oh, but last night things changed. Wow!
What a difference a timer makes. I gave it a five minute steep and it was delicious. I had a not so sweet cookie and the new Interweave Knits Spring Magazine. Can a Friday night get any better?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

New Koigu Hat

New Koigu Hat, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

I took this picture at my parents house. It is my fifth Purl Beret resting on the remains of my favorite tree. I thought the texture of the tree stump was really interesting. The colors in this particular skein of koigu are organic. There are hints of rust, turquoise, gray and naples yellow. I used Reynold's Soft Sea Wool for the brim. I think I'm going to keep this one. Seriously.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Old Dog's New Tricks!

Dad Knitting, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

This is my Dad desperately trying to knit the first stitch of the row. The hat I'm making is using koigu (fingering weight) on a US #3, as you can imagine no small feat for a person who's closest experience with knitting
is changing a set of spark plugs. Luckily the novelty of his suffering wore out to the smell of Mom's french toast. I'm not through with him though, this is pay back for the many, many times I spent a good Saturday morning under a leaky faucet holding the flashlight. Cheers Dad!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Knightsbridge Sweater 016

Knightsbridge Sweater 016
Originally uploaded by garnyloowho
This is a better picture of the finished but pre-blocked knightsbridge sweater.


Originally uploaded by garnyloowho
This is the humble beginnings of my Gertrude sweater by Smith Island Pattern Factory. So- what you see here is the basic staples of knitting time. Got my "bubble" jammies, journal, great yarn (kathmandu Aran) and a delicious cup of mega coffee! I started this project over the weekend being that my Knightsbridge sweater and Purl beret #4 have reached completion. I've wanted to knit the Gertrude for a while-I think the construction is interesting. I'm working on the back right now and should be up to the sleeves by tomorrow. (the sleeves are created with a knitted cast on NEATO!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Stacy's Sweater

Stacy's Sweater
Originally uploaded by garnyloowho
Yes, this sweater is now part of finished collection.
One of the customers at Rosie's Yarn Cellar called it
"handsome" and I couldn't think of a better way to
describe the KnightsBridge Sweater. YAY!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Almost Done Cartigan

Almost Done Cartigan
Originally uploaded by garnyloowho
This is an updated photo of the Mock Cable Sweater. I finished the
right sleeve tonight. I now only have the collar and seaming to complete my first sweater. Hope to wear it this weekend!


Originally uploaded by garnyloowho
Not another Purl Beret!
This is my Stripy Hot Pink Purl Beret, it is almost finished.
I'd better have a good reason for another one of these, right?
Well, I gave the first two away and finally made a third for myself.
Unfortunately, that one is lost. In the meantime what am I to do without
a super cute beret for the winter? Duh...make another one! I was really
lucky to be at Rosie's when some new colors of Koigu arrived. I got this great hot pink shade to stripe with a pale grey. I am so close to finishing!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Purl Beret #2

Originally uploaded by garnyloowho
The purl Beret is super fun to work because it knits up super fast. I used two different skeins of Koigu (1/2 skein each). I was finished in two days. The pattern can be found on under the Purl Beret. I am working on my fourth beret, it will be in HOT PINK and grey. It is a delicious combination.

My Mock Cable Swtr

MyMockCableSwtr, originally uploaded by garnyloowho.

This is a test post from flickr...