Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jess's February post

I'm pretty good at knitting. I am a lot worse at keeping up with posting on the blog. I love reading blog post. I just don't really think what I write is worth reading most of the time. Which really cuts into the will to want to post.

BUT I do love that I have a blog. and I do love to knit. So lets get tho those FO's that you know you wanna see. :)

I knit myself a pair of socks.

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If they look familiar they should. I knit Amie a "similar pair" not long ago. I loved making hers so much I bought the yarn again and knit myself a pair. With a couple difference. For Amie I did a short row heel. But I have a higher instep than Amie so I knit myself a slip stitch heel flap with gusset. Other than that they are pretty much identical. I've had the chance to wear them and I'm even happier about them. They are super warm and not to thick to be uncomfortable in shoes. I would definitely knit with this yarn again.

Pattern: basic k3p1 rib
Yarn: Patons Kroy Sock FX in cameo colors
needles: 2.25mm (us 1)
Start: January 17, 2011
Finished: January 28, 2011

Next up we have an interesting little knit. Its a little odd. But was a blast to knit.

praying mantis

was a very involved knit. I wouldn't really call it a hard knit. It is however, a more advanced pattern. Mostly I'd describe it as "involved"

Pattern: Praying Mantis by Hansi Singh from Amigurumi Knits (also available as a rav download)
Yarn: Patons classic merino in purple and dark green
needles: us size 5 and size 2 (for eyes only)
Started: February 1
Finished: February 3

I used clothes hangers in his hind legs to help him stand. Chenille stems are recommended in the book. But chenille stems alone didn't allow him to stand up without help. Coat hangers however worked like a charm. I was even able to slide them in after he was completely put together. Added bonus since I didn't want to disassemble him.

I also did a little KAL with a friend in my NY knitting group.
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Pattern: IceQueen by Rosemary Hill from knitty.com winter 2007 version b
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Douceur et Soie in color 8318
needles: US8 and US6
Started: January 28
Finished: February 10

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was a pretty quick fun knit. I didn't make any changes other than yarn substitute. If I made it again I'd most likely do the stockinette version (version a) with more beads (similar to the beads in version b). For no other reason than it will knit up faster. Garter stitch in the round goes pretty slowly.

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