Saturday, January 12, 2008

A tale of amour

I fell in love with the Cherie Amour pattern as soon as I saw it so even though I was short at least a skein of yarn, I cast on immediately after Christmas. I figured the additional yarn would arrive before I ran out. I wasn't anticipating just how fast this would knit up.

I finished the body within a few days. I love how the Manos Del Uruguay knits up in this pattern. The colourway is beautiful and I'm so glad my mom chose it for me. I wouldn't likely have been drawn to it myself.

Here's how it's looking so far.

There's the body patiently awaiting its sleeves. I managed to get the full body plus one sleeve out of three skeins. My new yarn arrived yesterday so I've finished the second sleeve. I'd say that the extra small size knit in Manos, requires 3 skeins and a quarter. The sleeves are blocking now so hopefully I'll have some FO photos tomorrow.

While I waited for more Manos I knit an Ice Queen.

This pattern (from the Winter 2007 Knitty if you don't already know) is a fun, fast knit. The finished product is also surprisingly utilitarian. I keeps me warm enough for Vancouver winters without the need for both a hat and scarf. I've already received one request to knit one for a friend. I knit version A (stockinette version).

I used Rowan Kidsilk Night instead of Kidsilk haze. The flecks of silver in the Kidsilk night add a nice shimmer that compliments the beads. I quite like the finished effect. I think next time I will try the picot cast on because doing the picot bind off twice is a little painful. (Especially if you've recently spent 5 hours doing the picot bind off for a Charlotte's web.

I finished my first sock today!

The pattern is mostly the one found on the ball band of a skein of Jitterbug. I used the heel instructions from Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks. I still have some trouble figuring out sock patterns so it's not perfect but look! it fits! I've cast on for the second one already. I can't wait to wear my first pair of handknit socks.

I had a few false starts with sock knitting so I am seriously proud of these.

And to finish, below is an FO photo of my second Charlotte's Web shawl

This is my new favourite accessory.

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