This is likely the last post here. I would like to conintue posting about my knitting and other crafting endeavors, but no here. It has been two and a half years since the first post and now I want to do something different with this format. See you in another format.
Happy Holidays! Hope to see you again in blogland next year.
So, for the last post I give you our winterwonderland trip to a little bavarian village in the Cascades.
A very nice drive over the pass on Hwy 2.
Every business in town is required look something like this...
Obviously this time of year is pretty popular. Guess what everyone wants to buy when they come to this town...
The Christmas Band.
We went on the Christmas Lighting Weekend. Just a wee bit crowded.
On the needles is Kirk from Rowan 36. The pattern is a half zip front but I am making it as a full zip cardigan. I bought Knitpicks Seirra, which is wool/alpaca. Really nice stuff; soft and no splitting. The row guage is a little off, oh well. I'm eight inches into it and I do not want to frog 184 stitches!!
Urban Aran all finished. Elann Highland Chunky is thick and warm making this sweater so comfy to wear. I didn't bother to block this one. I figure it will stretch with wear.
A last minute ornament. Based on the folded fabric flower as seen on Craftster. I used eight one and one half inch felt squares.
And for the center I stuck a tree light lightbulb through the center hole. Next year I may make more to place all around the tree to give it a little bit of a theme.
Originally uploaded by pknitty.
Just another inch to go and I should be able to cast off the collar. This pattern is really strange. The schematic measurements indicate a size that is really big for the normal small. Okay, substituted yarn but it was the same weight, and somehow it cam out to the standard size small. The Highland Chunky is really soft. I knit this up in the round; there is no waiste shaping which made it really easy. The slanted cable will cinch the waiste and give a nice shaped look; it's not elastic like the ribbing.
Has anyone notice that the Elann Highland wool stinks when wet. I know wool has a bit of wet dog smell when wet, but this stuff really, really smells. Also, this Urban Aran pattern can be easily converted to a zip down cardigan(I can't remember which blog I saw that did this with pretty nice results). Just move the center cables over a few stitches.