Monday, December 05, 2005
In addition to knitting away my every spare moment (ok...and a few I should be spending on studying & housework!), I'm also learning how to spin my own yarn. I'm learning on a homemade drop spindle right now. I really would like to have a spinning wheel, but I can't afford one right now. I think that I will challenge myself, maybe with a weight loss goal, and the spinning wheel will be my reward...hmmm...I think I've found my weight-loss success plan!
This is the second pair of socks I made. I used Sirdar's Denim Sport yarn. They are so soft! I'm giving them away for Christmas, too. I also made a pair of socks using Lionbrand's Wool-ease - I haven't uploaded the picture I took of those yet. I need to make another pair of those...they are so warm & feel so good on my feet! I've currently got another pair of socks OTN (on the needles). I'm using Bernat's Sox yarn for them, and I really like them. I have someone in mind for those as a Christmas present, too. I'm very addicted to knitting overall, but I really like knitting socks!
This is my first ever pair of socks. I can't find the yarn label, so I'm not sure what I used. I know I used US 2 double-pointed needles - talk about something that feels like toothpicks in your hands! LOL I'm giving these away for Christmas, too. :)
I've made one of these for me and one for Rich. His didn't turn out quite as well because I didn't check the pattern enough when I was getting close to being done with the front part...I made it too long. So now I have to go back and knit some more ribbing on the bottom. I'll try to remember to take a picture of his later on. Both were knitted with Lionbrand's Homespun yarn. Cheyenne is making one for herself, and I have yarn to make Dakota one as soon as I get Christmas and baby stuff for upcoming family members out of the way.
And here is a picture of the Butterfly Shawl that I made. It's one of my favorites so far. It's not the warmest, but it's very beautiful. It's made with two yarns held together. Berroco's Glace and Plymouth's EROS. There is another yarn that I used at the bottom to finish off the stitches (a crocheted border to bind of the knitted stitches, but I can't find the label for it right now. The pattern I used called for a 5-chain stitch, but I used a 10-chain...I like how it turned out.
OK...here are a ton of pictures of the things I've knitted so far in my first year of knitting...at least the ones I still have. I've given a few things away that I didn't get pictures of first. This one is a picture of the poncho I knitted - one of my very first projects. I used Paton's "Twister" in Blueberry Twist. It's great for Spring & Fall...those "in-between" weather days!