(Jay)walk this way

jaywalkers 2

I am truly pleased with my finished Jaywalkers. The yarn is so bright and colorful, and it was a real treat to watch the colors unfold as I was knitting. The pattern itself was awesome – very well written, easy enough for novice sock knitters, and a great end result. Can you tell I loved this project?! It was a breeze and went fairly quick. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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Such vibrant colors!

jaywalkers

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June 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Show off: Rue the Day tee

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This little tee only took a week to knit up (and I’m a slow knitter). The lace panel at the top was really fun and also quite easy (a good combination, in my book). The top rolls over a bit, so I might do a crocheted edge to fix it, or I might not. Haven’t decided.

Unfortunately the shirt is a little bit big (wide). I probably should have knit the XS for negative ease, but I seem to have a misconception that I am larger than I think I am so I went for the small. I’m not sure if blocking will help, but I’m hoping it will at least get the bottom to stop rolling up.

Overall, I’d say I am pleased with the outcome, but not overjoyed. Since it’s so quick and easy (and the yarn is very affordable), I could always whip up a second shirt in XS. We’ll see.

rue 5

rue

April 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm 2 comments

Rue the day – in progress

No, I haven’t finished my wool Penelopiad Pullover yet, but I’ve lost momentum because it’s far too warm out to actually wear. Hopefully this weekend I will seam up the sleeves and…pack it away for next winter 😦

So of course I had to start a spring tee, Green Gable. I purchased a lovely color of Cotton Fleece called Rue, and I’m zipping right along.

tee wip

It’s hard to capture, but the color is a dusty greenish blueish shade – you know, sort of like the Penelopiad Pullover, hehe.

tee wip 2 

However, I’m a bit baffled by the math. My calculations do not add up to what’s in the pattern, but I don’t think I made a mistake (this time). I emailed the authors, the Zephyr girls, to see if the pattern is indeed wrong. No response yet, so I’m just going forward with hopes that it doesn’t make too much of a difference in the end.

April 16, 2008 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment

King takes a queen

So a month or two ago I posted my completed Tudora, which I made for a Tudors-themed swap. I also made a necklace and I think it came out pretty great. I’m new to jewelry making, so I messed up the clasp a bit, but you’d never notice.

elizabeth necklace

Now I want one for myself 😉

April 16, 2008 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

No longer a secret

This year I participated in the Philly Knitters Secret Pal Exchange. It’s a secret swap where Philly Knitters from the LiveJournal group send packages to their “pal” for three months, and then reveal themselves at a party in month 4. The reveal party was this past weekend and it was lots of fun. My lovely giftor was Rosemary aka Cubicalgirl who spoiled me rotten for a few months. Love! I also got to meet someone new as I was the giftor of Angela. Overall, tons of fun.

At the reveal, you give your giftee a final, handmade package. You can see the awesome cabled hat and cat toys that Cubicalgirl gave me on her Ravelry page. I am such a huge fan of cables and the hot pink is so cheery. The cats are definitely enjoying their toys – I’ll need to snap an action shot of Molly with one of the mice…too cute!

I made Angela a sewn tote bag and needle roll (with some added tools and yarn). I’m quite happy with how they came out, even though I’m still a novice sewer. Hey, practice = perfect, right?

 secret pal package

needle roll and tools

April 15, 2008 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Show off: Stripey Socks

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Hurrah! The socks are done. I love the colors in this yarn and the thin stripes. I’m pretty happy with the results. I wish they were a little more snug on my feet, but I can live with it.

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socks

The Sockotta yarn isn’t very soft, but seems like it may be durable. We’ll see after I wear them a few times.

These are my second pair of completed socks, and now I feel like I may want to venture out into something a little more complicated. I’m considering the Jaywalker socks. I love the way they look knit up in Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett, and I just happen to have two skeins of that at home! 😉

regia

April 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm 4 comments

Show off: Pear Sophie

felted bag

I used the awesome Sophie pattern for this bag – a very fun and easy felting project. I have done this before with Cascade 220, but used Patons wool for this one. I must say, the Cascade felts a bit nicer, but I’m still happy with the outcome.

To embellish the bag, I whipped up a fabric yo-yo and sewed on some buttons.

yoyo

Yo-yos are so fun and simple to make — also a great way to use up leftover fabric scraps.

felted bag 2

And here’s a pic of the Lemon Sophie I did last year.

lemon sophie

March 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

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