Sunday, August 31, 2008

Works in progress

I've never been one of those knitters who work on several projects at the same time. I've always just stuck with one until it was finished, and then I moved onto something else. Lately, I broke my rule. Two projects! Gasp! ;-)
I started the Monkey Market Bag, with a single ball of Mirabela mercerized cotton I'm trying to get rid of. I used up half the ball, and I'm nowhere near the end of the bag. I don't want to buy more of this cotton, cause I'm knitting with size 3 mm needles and all the k2tog are making my hands hurt. I got this far, and then started knitting something else.

Green gable. Only in red. The yarn is Lana Grossa Estate, weaved cotton. It's knitting up quite nicely. I'm actually almost done with this one, I knitting furiously trying to finish it before fall weather, so that I can wear it at least once this year.

And a lone sewing project. I started the bag without a real plan, sewed it up and then went to look for handles for it. I was hoping the local stores would have something wooden, shaped like the letter D. No such luck. So this is still a WIP.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Rose's Wrist Warmers

In the middle of summer I'm knitting wrist warmers. And for a summer birthday no less. I'm continuing my streak of knitting Doctor Who patterns - these are for a friend who only recently became a fan. The pattern is fantastic, with an easy-to-follow chart. Color coded. Awesome.
I used smaller needles and different yarn than in the pattern, but I'm super satisfied with the result.

The only trouble with this project was finding the right colored yarn. I bought 4 different shades of pink/purple/plum before deciding on this color. Still not the same as in the show, but closest, given the choices I had.

Pattern: Rose's Wrist Warmers (also known as Doomsday Wrist Warmers)
Yarn: Iva, 1 skein and a little bit more
Needles: 3 mm DPN
Time it took: 10 days