Noo’s Aiya :)

May 22, 2012 § 4 Comments

Since recently completing My Aiya, and happily sporting it about most proudly, a friend (Noonoo) was most envious and wanted a pair for herself as driving gloves … and being my most generous self have knit her a pair of  her own (Noo’s Aiyas) as well!! :) Arent I good?!  ;-P

Her’s was knit with:

Yarn | Moris & Sons Empire 4 ply (Fingering weight)

Fiber content | 100% Australian Merino

Colourway | Scarlet Twist

Size | Small (coz she really has tiny hands)

Being a merino yarn, her Aiyas a quite springy and warm. The scarlet Twist colourway is really wonderful … I might have to make a hat or something in the DK weight version.

In any case … another happy customer.

Pattern | Aiaya … Fingerless Mitts

May 12, 2012 § 4 Comments

Fingerless mitts/gloves are easily one of the quickest knitting projects to complete!

I recently went into Country Road, specifically to checkout their current stock of knitwear accessories.

I wanted some inspiration for a quick filler project (QF project). I’m on my cardigan binge at the moment and that takes alittle while to complete, so to keep me going I need these are smaller projects that are portable, and that I know I’ll complete without too much drama :)

I love orange, and this mini pair of fingerless mitts was just adorable!

I loved it so much, I thought I should make my own … I figure it’s autumn and getting cooler, highly portable and instantly gratifying (as it would take no time to whip up).

pattern | Aiya, knit in Jo Sharp Alapaca Silk Georgette yarn (Sport)

So ….. Tadah!! It’s all knit up and it was quicker than I initially anticipated and at this very second keeping my hands warm as I complete this blog entry :). My verion is slightly longer and covers the knuckles (I’m slightly Utilitarian like that – I think knitwear should keep on warm), but pattern can easily be modified with less textured rows for those who want a more mini, trendier fingerless mitten.

This is easily a beginners project, provided you have the following skills down pat. If you would like to knit this too download “Aiya” and knock yourself out!

Skills required:

– Knitting in the round

– Knowledge of knit (k), purl (p) & knit through back of stitch (ktb)

– Longtail Cast On, Backward loop Cast On & Binding off

Enjoy!

It’s a Cardi Queue Up!!!

April 30, 2012 § 5 Comments

So here goes … my instant gratification knitting, has armed me with enough inspiration and stamina to get my needles stuck into some cardigans! Yes, you heard cardigans!! I cant believe it myself … those things intimate me.

For the last year, I’ve been lurking around bespoke cardigan project pages, marvelling at other knitters interpretations and use of yarns. Often wondering if I myself would have the patience or stamina to knit a cardigan myself, for myself!

Well, the wait is over! I’m there!! I have finally drooled myself into irevicable cardigan knitting submission, and have queued up 11 cardigans for my knitting pleasure!!! (I’m so excited I cant stop “!”ing … hahahah)

In no particular order of importance of preference, I give you my list ….

1. Kara by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

2. Chalet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

3. Leaflet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

4. Girl Friday by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

5. fall away cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier

6. Acorns by Carol Sunday

7. Old Town by Carol Sunday … Interesting construction.

8. Nanook by Heidi Kirrmaier

9. Off-Rib Cardigan by Stefanie Japel

10. Rivel Cardigan by Miriam L. Felton

11. Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti

Isn’t there something like a knitterly versions of nanowrimo?  Where you knit a shawl a month or a sweater a month for a year … OMG! I have 9 months left, can I really do this?! If I could queue and knit 5 of these cardigan, even I would be stoked.

Let me say this, if nothing else … I am abit ambitious!! :$ … hahahah … and it goes without saying abit excited too!

FO: 2nd Vanilla Sock

April 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

I’ve decided for the moment I need instant gratification knitting … So these socks are all done!

Loved the colour of this yarn, I hand dyed this myself … I find great pleasure watching the colours workup, each stitch is lovely surprise!! :D

These are my 2nd vanilla socks, my tootsies are singing my praises right now ...

If you are also prone to experimenting and dyeing up your own collection of yarns, you can find the undyed version of this yarn in my etsy shop.The sockyarn is a 85% Merino, 15% Nylon blend … has a lovely handle and will do very nicely for shawls, hats, cardigans and any project that requires fingering weight yarn.

Since I’ve been completely engrossed in knitting instant gratification projects, I’m now slightly obssessed with taking on a cardigan project! I’ve queued up (as I just realised, that 3 of the cardigans are designed by Cecily Glowik MacDonald) … but that’s story for another time ;)

Instantly Gratified, with a Simple Hat!

April 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

Rummaging through my queue I wanted something quick, simple and tasteful …

The answer was the Simple Pleasures Hat by Purl Soho, ofcourse!

Ok this hat is not all that complicated, it’s super quick to knit up … and it’s wonderfully cozy for cold blowy days, or take with you on a ski trip (or somewhere cold and has snow ;D).

I hand dyed the yarn into a dusky mauve colour … I wanted a muted pastel pink (closer to a grey tone).

Pattern | Simple Pleasures Hat by Purl Soho (FREE on purlbee website)

Needles | 4mm DPNs & 5mm DPNs

Gauge | 5sts per 1 inch

Yarn A:Yarn | 2 balls X Lincraft Angora PlusColourway | Grey-Mauve Fiber | 50% Bamboo, 35% Wool, 15% Angora

Weight | 50g per ball  ::  Yardage | 75m

Yarn B:Yarn | 1 ball X Moda Vera Mohair BlendColourway | GreyFiber | 50% Nylon, 50% Mohair

Weight | 25g  ::  Yardage | 250m

My Mods | My ribbing was measured at 2.75 inches and the body of the hat u to the crown is 7 inches. Only a small amount of slouch.

My View |  The yarn I used has a considerable Bamboo which gives it a lovely drape, and the Angora a lovely soft handle. I didn’t use all the 2 balls of yarn, more 1.75 balls. Definately a warmer hat than I initially expected!

Yes it’s another Shawl

April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve finally finished my Springtime Bandit which has been languishing since August (2011) last year, and I have to say I love it!

I love everything about this yarn, the colour, the texture and the look … (earlier shots are taken in a different light, the shawl looks more like the colour below)

Pattern | Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborn (FREE on Ravelry)

Needles | 4.5mm 29″ circulars

Gauge | 6 sts per 1 inch

Yarn | Kingcraig Merino Cashmere DK :: Colourway | Autumn Fleck

Fiber | Merino 95% / Cashmere 5%

Weight | 100gm  ::  Yardage | 300m

My Mods | The only change I made was in the edging; after the body of the shawl was complete, I began the edging chart at row 15 through to row 34 before binding off.

My View | The pattern was quite addictive … and the end result is one I’ll wear proudly. I am abit partial to leafy motifs myself ;), although I did find that edging was abit long for my personal taste (see my mods above)

Cold Feet = Vanilla Socks

April 14, 2012 § 3 Comments

So the last week has been ho-hum … and if the reports are to be believed, a fine temperature drop! Bbbbrrrr *cold*

Have we skipped Autumn and gone straight for Winter??

As a result (back to me now), it’s been a wee bit nippy, and my tootsies have been longing for afew more …. wait for it …. Handknit SOCKS ofcourse! :D.

Ok so, it’s nothing too exciting … it’s Vanilla Socks again, straight forward and quick. Details of where to find the  pattern are below or you could search ravelry for alternatives. :)

pattern | The Knitmore Girls Vanilla Socks

yarn | Spunkyarn Serena Sock yarn (100g|400m)

knitting needles | 2.75mm dpn’s

fiber blend | 85% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon

Since I’m encouraged by the weather I might knit a couple socks in heavier yarns, Sport, DK … maybe even worsted!

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