Friday, December 5, 2008

Sniffly and sick

Ugh. A cold has finally caught up to me. I started fighting it before my trip to Cancun. I took Airborne like crazy. I have found that it only delays the cold, so I took it to get me through the trip. I felt it lingering there, waiting for its chance to pounce, so I was hoping to just get it over with before returning to work tomorrow. I had a few days off at home after the trip. Unfortunately, it took its time and I'm just now getting sick.


Here is my latest item. I made the Urchin hat out of Manos del Uruguay 100% wool. My gauge was off, so I cast on for the largest size. It's really tight around the band, but I can manage. It's a very quick knit, and perfect for thick/thin spun yarn.

hats,knitting projects

hats,knitting projects


I have been anxious to start the Bittersweet Teak Gauntlets from "Boutique Knits."

I bought the book just for this pattern, and ordered the exact yarn. Unfortunately a wrong ZIP code delayed the arrival. I was also a bit annoyed because they are knit flat, and the only tiny needles I had are very short DPNs (double pointed needles) that couldn't accommodate 75 stitches. So I ordered some inexpensive but beautiful Harmony wood circulars from Knit Picks. I figured I could use them when I get the nerve to do two-at-a-time magic loop socks. Well, I started making my mitts last night, and after knitting a swatch (size 2 needles too small, size 3 too big, so I guess I'll do 2s and cast on a few extra stitches) I started. By row 2, the tip of the needle had splintered and my yarn was catching. I called Knit Picks today and they quickly replaced them -- no charge and I don't have to send the old ones back. The customer service was so great, so I wanted to get that out there.

knitting needles


Next up for sewing projects is my first quilt. I have taken no classes, and I'm just winging it and using a book for reference. I'm starting with a baby quilt so that I don't invest too much. I also need to finish a skirt I started and was having trouble fitting. It's very simple, so I just need to put a few minutes of work into it, but I'm just not motivated.


Meg said...

Do you have a pattern for your hat? I love it and want to make one of my own :0)

Robyn said...

I found it through ravelry, but here's a link just in case you aren't on ravelry: