Amongst all the knitted Christmas gifts (and, by the way, thank you all for your encouragement!), I've also squeezed in a couple of little cooler weather treats for myself this fall.
Pattern: Felicity, by Wanett Clyde
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk, 3/4 skein each of lilac and peach
Needles: US 5 circs
Start to Finish: October 22-25, 2009
Mods: Yarn was thinner than called for, so I cast on more stitches. I was sick-as-a-dog at the time, so unfortunately didn't record anything. Actually, I'm shocked this came out, now that I think about it, because I really have no idea what I did to mod the pattern.
I was first introduced to this great pattern by Canary Knits, who has made several of them and who also did a profile on the designer last year. This pattern is fantastic -- Nettie seems to have gotten the proportion and slouch of this hat just right and it's fun browsing the 1662 Felicities on Ravelry to see the various yarns and color combinations people have used. They all look fantastic.
Now the question is whether or not I can actually pull off wearing an orange and purple slouchy knit cap. We shall see.
Pattern: just a simple, vertically-knit, garter stitch scarf (300 stitches)
Yarn: Valley Yarns Stockbridge, 2 skeins of purple, 1 of red
Needles: US 7
Start to Finish: October 15-19, 2009
I made something similar last year for a gift and it was one of those that I kind of wanted to keep. Strangely enough, I used the same exact yarn and cast on the same number of stitches with the same size needles, and this year's scarf turned out a few feet longer. Maybe I'm knitting looser these days, who knows. My favorite thing about this scarf is how the wrong side looks; the stripes aren't quite so apparent and the colors almost start to blend into each other. Plus, it's very, very warm!
Happy Thanksgiving, all (who happen to be in or from the US)! If, like me, you "get" to travel on this, the busiest travel day of the year, be safe! And let's all collectively cross our fingers for zero flight delays and minimal traffic jams.