Saturday, December 27, 2008

Friday Inspiration #3- Warming your feet

What is your favorite way of keeping your feet warm?
Entwined with Mr Frosty's warm legs. But knitting wise slippers or socks although I have no knitted sock as yet.

Do you have a favorite pair of socks you reach for to keep your toes toasty?

Yes I have a pair of super thick orange socks (Orange ekkkk sentimental value) that I am practically wearing almost everyday to sleep.

Is there a pair of socks/slippers you have been wanting to make for ages but haven't got around to?
Neither socks/slippers But these Bulky Cabled Legwarmers done with super bulky with cables I think these are really wicked. I know they are not for the foot but close enough. Or these babies Prairie Boots they are really cute.

What is your favorite finished object that warms your feet?
Knitted Moccasin SlippersWhat is your favorite yarn to use for socks/slippers?
I don't have a favorite at the moment but I could imagine some Slippers made from super soft Alpaca Like DROPS Silke Alpaca or Mirasol Miski yum yum

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Friday Inspiration #2- Warming your Neck

What is your favorite neck warming pattern?

I have been dreaming of doing this little number for quite a while now but I have not been brave enough to give it go as yet the pattern is called Ice Queen and I think it's so beautiful and feminine I love it.

However a pattern that I have actually done that I like would have to be one I recently did, a very simple bulky scarf for a friend and I am surprise at how much I love the finished scarf It was super quick and really created a nice lace-ish effect. the pattern is called Super-Fast, Ultra-Cozy Scarf. I did mine in New Lanark Bulky on 10mm needles it's about 65" long and 5" wide.

Do you have a favorite FO?

Absolutely I love the first neck warmer I ever did for my self there is no pattern as I created it myself. There is nothing fancy about it but I love the colors and it is oh so warm. I was done with 6mm Needles using an acrylic yarn :O)

Is there a style of neck warmer you particularly like?

Yes I like Cowl's because they have dual purpose as they warm the neck and cover the head as well.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday Inspiration - Warming your Hands

I have totally fallen in love with knitting Fingerless Mitts. I have only knitted a few so far but I have loads queued in my Ravelry. I love the how quickly you can knit them up for gifts or simply just for keeping your hands warm when your on the computer or reading or even on a cold day.

It's 10 days before Christmas and I still have 3 pairs of Mitts to make but I am not worried :O) they knit up pretty quickly. Thats one of the nice things about Mittens are Hand warmers.

My first Mittens where a basic pattern but I am very proud of them. Since my first pair I have so far made Fetching, Twisted Rib , Cabled Fingerless Mitts and also mittens for toddler which where a treat to knit.

I think my favorite so far would have to be the Twisted Rib warmers which where done in Noro Silk Country (yummy) the yarn is absolutely gorgeous the mixture of Silk and Alpaca are very nice to knit with and a dream to wear.

I really want to try stranding and I think I will eventually but for now I am happy to knit up the one in my queue. All of which will make excellent gifts. I would love to make myself a pair in Garnstudio Drops Silke Alpaca 20% silk and 80% baby alpaca ohhh my so so soft.:O) :O) but instead of knitting with the yarn I keep it next to my bed and constantly touching it :O).

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

UK Swap Winter Warmers Questionnaire

It's time again for another UK swap, Here is the questionnaire.......

Handmade Item Swap

What kind of items are you interested in receiving? Would ideally love a Blanket/Throw it is very cold in the North. But I can understand if someone is not willing to knit such a large item so my alternative options would be a really nice Shawl or Gloves

Do you knit, crochet, or both?I knit

What is your favourite colour?I love Neutral colors for example Beige's, Browns but also like reds and blues and have found a new appreciation for Purple.

What is your least favourite colour?Orange eeekkkk

What’s your style? (elegant, traditional, glamorous, girly, natural, sporty, outgoing, etc.)I like to think of my self as a bit traditional, elegant, and a tad girly

Do you have a favourite type of fiber or brand of yarn? I love merino wool, also love Alpaca. My favorite brands are Malabrigo,, Patons classic merino and Drops Silke Alpaca

Do you have a least favourite type of yarn? Definitely I hate scratchy wool and polyester, also frizzy acrylics like eyelash

Do you do any other crafts?Sewing and Baking

Are there any knitting accessories you are interested in receiving? Large size Circular Metal or Bamboo needles (7mm and upwards) needle gauge, needle case, and if I am allowed to dream a Ball winder and a Swift, :O)

What do you like to eat? Milk Chocolate (Lindt and Thornton's), Custard Biscuits and Cookies

Any allergies/preferences (fiber-wise or treat-wise)?None

Anything we missed that you’d like your partner to know? I always try to give of my best and I really appreciate when people take the time and effort to give the best they can. I prefer quality over quantity. Not to sure if this helps any but I love taking long baths with lavender scents and candles.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Can't feel my fingers but still knitting....

My fingers are freezing but I am still knitting :O) Just a quick update to show a few Fo's. As usual I can't seem to get good pics I really need to take a photography class. As my photos do not do any justice to my Fo's.
Airy Scarf
Needle US10
Yarn Knit Picks Shimmer
This is my first very humble attempt as knitting with a Lace weight yarn not to bad I don't think.
Drawstring Pouch
Needle US 6
Yarn Sirdar Calypso
Needle US7
Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
I think this hat is my favorite project to date and it going all the the way to New York for my cousin Leisa as a Christmas Gift. I just love how it came out.
This is a hat I did a while back but I just couldn't find the right button I think I have so here it is button and all.

Well of to bed Weather man says 15cm of snow today so it's going to be Brrrrrrr freezing.