Monday, January 26, 2015

A Whole Lotta Knitting

Wow, it's been awhile since I have posted... but the reason shall become clear as you scroll, scroll and scroll through even more photos of my recent knitting projects.

First up, Christmas gifts. As I couldn't share these before the holidays, here are four projects that were completed for family members last month:

For daughter a "Binary" scarf. Since she is a recent Computer Science grad at the UofM,  I thought she'd get a kick out of the design that is reminiscent of the old black and neon green computer monitor screens. The 1s and 0s represent all data on a computer, called "binary language".  I started this in July by first using an online translator to create the 132 sets of 8 “bits” to make a byte of data spelling out a secret message she will have to decipher. Good thing I started this project early - I had completed it to the last three rows by September before I realized I had made a mistake twenty sets back. So I ripped those out and re-knit 120 rows... Arrrgghh!

Next I wanted to make hubby a toque to keep his head warm this winter as he does a lot of outdoor duties at work and when it hits -40C, he needs a thick hat! So I knitted up not one, but two for him. One plain...

and another with cables!

For the gals in our family, I made up a few washcloths, wrapped up with fancy soaps:

After the holidays I also made daughter a scarf from super-bulky yarn I got her last Spring. This was the first time I had tried slip stitches to create a neat effect.

Then it was time to do a few projects for myself, using up some of my yarn stash. The last of my bulky yarn made a "Fisherman's Wife Cowl". I just need to find some wooden buttons to finish it off.

I also made this lap blanket, but it has been hijacked by hubby (and all three cats).

I used up this yarn on two leg warmers... they'll be great to wear over jeans when the temps dip. I started with an online pattern that had a simple single cable design, but I love cables, so I added more and offset them all around each leg.

I also volunteered to do a "test knit" for a designer out of Boston. Basically when people write a pattern, a few knitters try it out and make note of any corrections / changes necessary before it is published. Love this super soft cowl!

Since I didn't keep any washcloths for myself from the pile I did for Christmas, I tried out some new cotton yarn, held double to make this extra-squishy facecloth for us.

And last but not least, a project I made last weekend (took just two days to complete)... a tea cozy!

When I started knitting last February, hubby would constantly ask if I was making a tea cozy... I think he just liked saying "cozy". ;)

When a group on Ravelry announced a "Tea Cozy Knit A-Long" in January, I knew I had to participate; knitters submit their projects for a random prize draw a few months from now. There are hundreds of free patterns online, but I decided to make my own. I did use the basic numbers from a plain cozy, but adjusted them to fit my smaller teapot. Then as I knitted it up, I designed my own colourwork pattern. I call it my "Cozy Nordic Tea Sweater":

It slips over the pot perfectly and buttons inside the handle hold it on tight. I am really pleased on how it turned out - even  though there were way too many ends I had to weave in! I have received a lot of sweet comments about it and have been asked to write out my design for other Ravelers to make it too. Don't know if I will, but it was high praise indeed.

So that's why I haven't posted for weeks!

Now if you'll excuse me, I still have a cardigan, a pair of socks and a pair of mitts on my needles requiring my attention...


  1. Ahh I love tea cozies! It all looks so well made and pretty. I'm trying to pick up knitting myself but am a little afraid of getting started. This is a great encouragement.

  2. Great projects!! I must ask - is the test pattern from Boston by Kristina Olson by any chance? I know she's doing patterns like crazy and getting a lot of downloads. We went to high school together. And I love how the kitty is already claiming the blanket. hahaha So cute.

  3. Great projects! You are doing amazing!

  4. Good golly, you have been the busy girl! I adore the tea sweater and the binary code scarf. Has she decoded the secret message yet??
    You are a natural at knitting, I have to say, and it continues to amaze me that you only took it up a short while ago.

  5. such lovely look like you have been doing this all your life.

  6. You are amazing with all the beautiful pieces you create. It's even more amazing that you've only been knitting for such a short time. What a fun idea for a scarf! Love everything.


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