1.27.2011

Say it Ain't So...

I was able to get some knitting done!!!  Thanks to a warm Chinook, my hands are feeling a bit better, so I made the most of it and had a date with my needles. 

First up, I had some really pretty purple bulky yarn that I got at our Secret Santa Party.  I knew right away that I wanted to make some sort of cowl with it, and sure enough, that's what I did.  I used the Holland Cowl pattern, and I really like it.  It has a nice cabley lace effect, and the cast on edge has a pretty scallop to it. 

I used about half a skein of Filtes King Van Dyck for it, and it took me less than 2 hours to make.  Though I don't do car knitting, this would be a perfect project for a road trip.

Next, I splurged and bought some yarn while we were on vacation in the mountains this past weekend.  It wasn't much of a splurge since I bought some pretty common yarn (Cascade 220), but considering that it wasn't yarn from a box store, it was a big purchase for me.  I also need to say that I was a good girl and I didn't buy any yarn at the Jacques Cartier store in Lake Louise like I wanted...so there!!

I purchased two skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers in the garnet colorway.  I wasn't sure what to make with them, I just liked the color and knew that the yarn was pretty common, so there had to be some patterns out there that I could do.  After searching and searching, I decided to make a top for Hannah.  I wanted something that could be layered, but not necessarily add a lot of bulk. 

I found the Maxi Top / Dress pattern on Ravelry and I knew it had potential...I just needed to tweak it a bit.  I made the 3-4 size, and followed the directions up until the increases.  Instead, I went up a needle size and left the stitch count consistent.  It made for a nice shape without flaring too much.  Also, I didn't want the ruffle or garter bottom, so I went back to the same 1x1 rib that was used in the mock turtleneck portion.  Finally, I decided to go with one color instead of two. 

All in all, I LOVE it!!!  So does Hannah!!!  For the first time, she was really excited about one of the garments I made her.  I really like the fact that it took me about two days and only one skein to make.  I think this is one of my favorite projects to date, and I plan on making more of these (in different lengths) in the future!!!  By the looks of Hannah in the photo, I think she's okay with that plan too!!!

Cheers!
Sharon

3 comments:

Cyndi in BC said...

Hi Sharon, thanks for the two pattern links! Did you go to "Knit and Caboodle" www.knitandcaboodle.ca in Canmore for your yarn? My son and DIL live in Canmore so I get lots of gifts from there. :)

Karla said...

Love the pose! The sweater came out great!

Allison said...

Love this! Wish I could knit something more than a square! And your DD is gorgeous!