Sunday, March 23, 2008

Knitting Weekend

This weekend, with Tyler out of town on an expedition, I've gotten a lot of knitting done. I cast on yesterday for Dr. G's Memory Vest by Kristen Kapur. I took a few photos this morning when the light in my apartment was at its best, but I've knit much more on it since then. I love me a new project. This project supports Alzheimer's and dementia research, so I don't feel bad about starting it now, even though I have a load of WIPs waiting all around the apartment for my attention.

This is a much quicker knit than most of the other
things I've got going, especially the lace-weight number which is a secret surprise to be revealed later. (It's already on Ravelry, though.) I'm using Elsebeth Lavold's Classic AL (50/50 baby alpaca and merino) which I got on closeout from WEBS, and which I highly recommend because it is SO SMOOTH AND SOFT AND PRETTY.

I'm thinking I'll knit through this really quickly and then finish up some of the other things that have been hanging around. Maybe while wearing my new vest!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Well, here we go...

And for my first trick, a finished object!

Pattern: Le Slouch by Wendy Bernard
(free here)

Yarn: Malabrigo Angora purchased at Nina in Chicago, 2 Skeins in Cactus Flower colorway

Mods: none

I'm quite pleased with this hat, although every time I put it on I wonder whether I'm actually fooling anyone into thinking that I'm really a hot pink angora beret person. The pattern was really nice and simply written, which was good because I started it at 12:30 am when I couldn't sleep because my neighbors were having a noisy party, and stayed up until almost 5 watching The Poseidon Adventure and knitting away. I knew better than to tackle the decreases under such conditions, so I finished the top the next day.

Only time will tell whether this will actually see much wear, but I've worn it to work already and at least I know it stays on my head.

I can always use it as a pet substitue, maybe call it George?