Today I’m looking back at 2009. There are finally some crochet projects in my Ravelry notebook, and also quite a few pairs of socks and fingerless mittens.
These two projects, though, are two of my favourites for the year. I don’t think I have the beanie any more, but I do have the mittens as they are warm. I even mended the end of one once when a stitch came loose from catching it on a keyring.
My Ravelry project page is here. The pattern for this beanie is called the Fake Isle Hat and by using a variegated or self-striping yarn for the background it looks more complicated than it really is. It only took me two days to knit. This was, again, James C Brett Marble DK (the blue/pink) along with some Marks & Kattens Carolina (now discontinued).
This pair of mittens took 10 days. Same yarns as the hat, but no pattern this time. I made up the Fair Isle patterns based on the way they divided into the number of stitches around the hand. I really like this sort of thumb. It’s easy, because when you’re knitting the tube for the hand you just place some waste yarn in the spot for the thumb (within the palm stitches) and then go back and pick up the stitches and knit the thumb later. I prefer the look and the fit better than a thumb gusset.
OK, that’s enough for this Thursday. Talk to you again soon.
Today I’m looking back at 2008 in my Ravelry notebook. And a couple of things stand out.
One is that there is no crochet. I was firmly in the knitting groove after a lifetime of On again/Off again, but hadn’t yet picked up the crochet bug.
Another thing I notice is that I was experimenting more with my Bond knitting machine. Eleven projects were made by machine and some of them were published on my blog as free patterns.
This striped vest was inspired, according to my Ravelry notes, by a pattern in a book. Rather than hand knit it, I machine knit it.
It actually came out rather well, though I don’t recall wearing it much.
And that year I was really into the James C Brett Marble DK again. I had knitted two sweaters in it the year before. Well, 2008 saw the same brown colourway used in these three projects:
Marble Wrap Vest which I designed myself
and Quick Hat
and there were three other projects using the Marble DK but in other colours.
It’s fascinating to look back at what I made thanks to the invention of Ravelry all those years ago.
This week I thought I’d feature my Sunrise Circle Jacket.
Gosh, I look so young in that photo! I would have been 45 in early 2008. Looks like I was having a bad hair day though, which is kinda the story of my life!
I didn’t make a lot of notes on my Ravelry project page, but this project was quite the adventure. The construction was unique – the back was knitted bottom to top, if I recall correctly, and the fronts and sleeves started at the side/armpit and grew out from there. The curved front edges have hems knitted in. I mail-ordered some Tatamy Tweed (worsted weight cotton/acrylic) from Kraemer Yarns in the US. I absolutely loved knitting with that yarn and if they had had a decent ordering system on their website I would probably have continued to buy from them. However one had to phone, or find a Local Yarn Store to buy from, and so it never happened.
I still have this cardigan and have worn it many times. The yarn still looks like new. It’s warm too.
Apparently I started knitting this in January 2008 and finished it in March. Not bad!
Deltora Quest sweater – my Ravelry project page
This week I’m featuring a sweater I made for my youngest son who, according to my project notes, was 9 at the time (he’s 21 now). He was mad about the Deltora Quest books so for Christmas I thought I’d knit him a sweater with a Deltora theme.
Featured in the books is the Belt of Deltora, a steel belt which holds seven gems, the first initials of which spell the word Deltora. I made the front, back and sleeves on my Bond machine and hand knitted the ribbing and duplicate stitched the gems across the front.
I can’t recall him wearing the sweater very much. He wasn’t a very cold-blooded kid, and even now he rarely wears a sweater, and doesn’t bother with a coat much either, unless he’s snowboarding.
I see I bought the yarn at Zellers – that’s a throwback right there – all the Zellers stores closed down years ago. I did like having that store in town, as it was a handy Canadian alternative to the dreaded
My usual morning routine is to glug down a big glass of lemon water and make myself a huge cup of Yorkshire tea, then head to the couch with my laptop to catch up on emails, Facebook and Ravelry. Emails and Facebook can just be a few minutes each; Ravelry can take longer, depending on what interesting topics have appeared overnight and whether I want to contribute.
I replied to a thread this morning which had me looking back at an old project, so I had this idea for Throwback Thursdays. Pick an old project to talk about that stands out for me.
The oldest projects I have listed are from 2006, but the photos are dull and there is not much detail on them as they were made pre-Ravelry. Things start getting more interesting in 2007. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes Ravelry had been around for 50 years so we could have kept good notes on everything we’ve made.
Today’s is this one with the uninspiring name Top Down Raglan. (Link to my Ravelry project page.)
I don’t have a photo of me wearing it, but it did fit me well. It was my own design, constructed top down, seamlessly, and I added in a cable design from somewhere, and did folded hems. The yarn used to be a favourite of mine – James C Brett Marble DK. I actually made two sweaters from this yarn, which amazes me now because I am not a patient person when it comes to yarn, and prefer the thicker end of the spectrum. According to my Ravelry notes, it only took a couple of months to knit.
My project page says I bought the yarn at Fun Knits on Quadra Island (which is in BC, Canada) which immediately takes me back to the time I bought it. We were on holiday, Tai Chi Man, the three boys, and my in-laws, and the comment my MIL made at the time was that the colour was “dull.” (She spoke her mind, that one!) Admittedly, I do tend to wear brighter or stronger colours than this now, and it ended up going to a thrift store one year, after a seasonal closet clear-out. I wonder where it is now. Hopefully keeping someone warm.