Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FO: A scarf

I knit myself a scarf! That's a big deal since I don't think I've knit a scarf since I learned to knit as a child. The yarn is Rozetti Yarns Tundra, a self-ruffling acrylic yarn. The pattern is the riviera scarf from Universal Yarns, but I did not need to download the pattern because the owner of knitting shop where I purchased the yarn explained how to make the scarf, and it's just rows of 8 garter stitches.

It was actually time-consuming to knit this thing because with the self-ruffling yarn, you have to knit through the thin loops on the top of the tape. I normally knit English style, but I had to knit this continental style in order to pick the stitches through because throwing the entire strand just didn't work.

This scarf looks like a boa, more or less. I figure that by winding it twice around my neck, I can pretend to be a cool city girl.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

FO: Baby hat gift

I knitted a gift hat for a neighbor's granddaughter. The pattern is an adaptation of the Tea Cozy Crown Elf Hat from the Charmed Knits book by Alison Hansel. I used up almost one skein of some leftover di.Ve' Zenith yarn, which is a washable extrafine merino wool. Since I only had one color, I threw in a band of texture stitches. I also decided to add a pom-pom to the top, although I think the pom-pom might be a bit large in proportion to the hat. The Other Half says: "Don't worry, it'll make the kid stronger -- she'll have to hold up her pom-pom".