January 27, 2009

February Baby Sweater

I started the February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann during my weekend of recovery. I'm sure quite a few of you heard me whine about my wisdom teeth extraction so I shall spare you. EZ's pattern took some getting used to - the way it is written is not like any pattern I've learned, there is a lot left open for interpretation. Plus I'm not very good at doing lace - it always takes me at least a few runs before finally ""getting"" any lace pattern. This was my first EZ garment, and I have to say she is quite a writer. She is such a funny lady, and I love how much of a wool snob she is. That said, I bet she wouldn't approve of the Berroco Comfort I'm using here, but it's for good practice. I don't know about the babies around EZ, but most of my friends would probably not let their precious babies wear wool in fear of allergies. Whatever happened to the good ole days when babies actually wore wool?

After a few days, it started to take its shape, but not without hiccups. I could totally see what I did wrong here too!

Here is the completed February Baby Sweater, complete with dark lilac buttons. It kind of looks cute in its own wonky sort of way. Another great learning experience! Now that I know what to do the next one will be much improved.

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Pattern from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac

January 26, 2009

Pumpkin Capelet Modeled

I loved the Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet so much that I made one for my friend Yvonne. She loves the color orange, and I thought this style would look super cute on her. It took me a few days to complete, and I gave it to her about a week before Christmas. Today she wore it for the first time and sent me a photo and it totally made my day!!!

Is she super cute or what?! She was happy that it fit her so well, and so was I. I love seeing people wear something I made. This keeps me want to keep knitting. Thanks Yvonne!

January 21, 2009

Lake Circular Shrug

My Circular Shrug in-progress - free pattern from Ravelry. Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in colorway Lake, on sz 8 needles.

This was a super-easy pattern but stitching it together was a pain in the butt because I found the pattern illustrations really confusing. Plus I think it's too big on me >_< Oh well, it's really nice & cozy though, and I love Cotton-Ease!