Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Res Completae: Toast, Waves, Hanami

In going through my Flickr photostream last week whilst updating my sidebar thumbnail bookmark thingies, I realized that I had left three projects of 2008 unblogged. They were all gifts that were purposefully unblogged at first, then unfortunately forgotten. For the purposes of offering a complete set of 2008 Yarniad Res Completae, I blog them now...



Pattern: Hanami Stole, by Melanie Gibbons
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, 6 skeins of a natural, off-white, ivory color
Needles: US 8 circs
Start to finish: July 17 - August 7, 2008

Mods and Notes: I fell in love with the Hanami Stole pattern when first I laid eyes upon it, however I just couldn't stop imagining it as a blanket. Using a worsted weight yarn, I knit the "basketweave only" version of the stole, doing 7 repeats of the center section of the pattern horizontally and 11.5 repeats vertically (I stopped at line 16). The end product was a little larger than 40"x60" and was very hard to part with. (P.S. I took this on a cross-country trip and I must say that blankets do not make the best travel-knitting projects).

Next up...



Pattern: Toast, from A Friend to Knit With
Yarn: ~80% skein of Harrisville Designs New England Shetland in Shetland Charcoal (color 49)
Needles: US 4 dpns
Start to Finish: October 26 - November 1, 2008



Mods and Notes: Toast (along with its sister Toasty) is the most perfect, cozy, autumny, gifty pattern ever! I knit them up on a lighter weight yarn than was called for and, though I liked the result, they'd be even cozier made with some Malabrigo or other soft and snuggly yarn.

And finally...



Pattern: Japanske bølger (Japanese Waves), by Nanna Gudmand-Høyer
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, 1 complete skein of color 1275
Needles: US 4 circs, bamboo to keep the slippery alpaca yarn from sliding off
Start to Finish: October 9 - 15, 2008



Mods and Notes: No mods - all was knitted to spec. The pattern was easy to memorize and fun to execute...it was like a feather and fan pattern, but all in garter stitch. It would have been nice to make this a bit longer, but I (the recipient, too, I hope) like the look of a shorter scarf as well.

Now I just need to write up that Bohus, and I can finally close the books on 2008!

20 comments:

Meghan said...

Hey, I have that same striped shirt! Good to know we have such excellent taste [nice knits, too!]

Hanna Otero said...

The Hanami blanket is so gorgeous that I literally gasped (aloud, in the office) when I saw it. I am holding myself from buying the yarn online immediately. So beautiful. Lucky recipient!

Susan said...

The Hanami blanket is soooo beautiful!

Jodi said...

What a creative interpretation of the Hanami stole! I just love it. It looks so cozy and beautiful. Brava!

Philigry said...

erything is beautiful.

that blanket is to die for! can't wait to see what you knit in 2009!

hyeknitter said...

Those projects are all beautiful. The green in that scarf is great.

ern said...

I love the blanket!
I have 3 pregnant friends right now and I was thinking of making them all baby blankets... great idea!

CanarySanctuary said...

You are a very generous person to give away that lovely blanket as a gift! Your gift recipients are lucky indeed :)

Ella said...

Love that hanami blanket. I love the stole too, but that blanket looks too snuggly warm to resist. Yum. :D

LizKnits said...

That hanami as a blanket is beautiful! What a great idea.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

The blanket/stole is fantastic! It looks just like a professional "stager" placed it on that chair. I'll take the whole look, please.

All your gifts are wonderfully done and must have been so appreciated by the recipients!

Eliza said...

those are all so wonderful! I'm especially blown away by the scarf-- I've been looking for a pattern like that for some yarn I got at Rhinebeck, and this looks perfect!

Anonymous said...

Im so proud of you for your knitting ability.What a list of beautiful garments for 2008. the Hanami blanket deserves the Blue ribbon. Grams

Aline said...

Gorgeous blanket! wow. I'm impressed as usual.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

That Hanami blanket is fabulous! Just beautiful.

Travis and Margo said...

Amazing, Hil! I LOVE the blanket and am so intrigued by the scarf, I think I'll try it myself :) Hope you're doing well!

a friend to knit with said...

off the charts knitting over there.
the toast look like you could knit them in your sleep next to that blanket!!!!!!
absolutely fabulous!

Anonymous said...

The cuddle up and relax blanket is amazing! Where do non-knitters sign up to order one?? : )
Aunt Virginia

Journeying Five said...

love your projects, they are beautiful...you get them done so fast too!

the Lady said...

Ooh, I heart that blanket!