Friday, February 21, 2014

More Colour

That's what I need: more colour!

So for Christmas I got a new winter coat--more of a ski jacket in bright teal with neon lime trim.  How to accessorize?  I had been using white, but it couldn't compete with the flashy teal.  Then a happy accident occurred.  While shopping, I tried on a pair of inexpensive purple gloves--whilst wearing my coat.  Viola!  I was in love!  Teal and purple looked awesome together.  Throw in some neon lime and it still works.
Vibrant Colour Combo
Now that I had the perfect colour combo, I had to find an equally awesome pattern to showcase the colours.    Knitty to the rescue!  The free pattern (Three Tams by Angela Sixian Wu) is a beret-like hat with a deceptively easy two-colour pattern.  My only mod was to alternate the second colour with the third while keeping purple as my main colour. 
Start of Colourful Tam
What do ya think?  Nice?  I love it. The vibrancy and vividness is just what this girl needs in the middle of the dull, grey days that accompany February's wintery blasts.
Hat Details
I just hope there'll be enough yarn leftover to make a matching cowl ('cuz a scarf might be too boring).  And maybe even some mittens?  Now that would be nice.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Post Love Day

Yup, my mind was elsewhere yesterday--mostly on knitterly thoughts and wintery blasts.  So I neglected to send you happy thoughts and good wishes for a happy love day.
Photo courtesy of
Have a heart.  It's full of chocolate goodness. ;)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cheery and Bright

Amidst the gloom of wintery grey weather, I'm working on bright and cheery baby stuff.
The hat went rather quickly--worked on it mostly during naptime whilst my toddlers slept.  I've made this hat twice already--hard to beat a practical and equally cute pattern.  Its Berry Baby Hat (Rav link).  The only 2 mods were to include a ribbed brim( instead of a rolled one--personal preference) and addition of  8 extra stitches after the ribbing.  I used Red Heart Smoothie which feels like a silky cotton but is actually 100% acrylic.  The spring-like colours have a nice sheen and a soft hand. 
Right now I'm working on some matching booties.  I'm using Bernat Baby Booties (Rav link) which has easy-to-follow instructions.  The plan is to add some green trim 'round the cuff so the items will match.  The recipient isn't due till April, so I hope to add either a second hat or matching socks . . . not sure which yet.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

About That Sock . . .

Remember that modified Aquaphobia sock from the holidays? It's been slow going ('cuz I only work on it at naptime), but slowly the sock grows.  
Colourful Sock
It started off badly: my first attempt was a misread; the second attempt failed in the mathematics department; my third attempt was too big and loose.  Fourth one was the right one.  
Detail of Slip-Stitch Pattern
For a yarn that pools badly, this pattern is doing wonders.  Seriously!  It looks like colourful crayons stacked neatly.  Very pretty (if I do say so myself).
I've stuck to my usual 32-stitch flap-heel.  I think the slip-stitch heel adds strength to the heel, although I am intrigued by short-row heels (not enough to work short-rows with wrap-and-turn stitches).

Sadly I've got other projects on the brain, so my sock may take a backseat.  That's okay.  It's all good, right?


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