Friday, December 22, 2006

Seven years, no itch!

This is the Tychus toque from Knitty. I made it from Lett-Lopi leftovers for my husband for our 7th anniversary - traditionally the woollen anniversary. Which I think is a little ironic given the idea of the seven year itch. Thankfully wool does not make my husband itch too badly.

The hat knit up very quickly. I shortened it by two stitches because I didn't want him to have to turn up the brim, but as you can see I didn't shorten it quite enough. It fits me really nicely too - perhaps I'll have to have one.

It looks like Kittycat is trying to sign "hat" in the first photo. She's wearing an outfit she was given for her birthday. Excuse the unfixed red eyes and the piles of laundry in that photo!
And here is my progress on Kittycat's dress. I've finished the skirt part and am on to the bodice. I'm now working back and forth on a circular needle, which means I have to purl on the circ - one of my most hated things to do. Oh well. I just can't pick-purl. I don't think I'll have it done for Christmas, but it might be done for the inlaws' family gathering on the 30th.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Birthday...Christmas...New Year's dress

This came in the post a week or so ago. It's a colour card for Jamieson's shetland wool. I want to try out some Fair Isle designing. I think I'll get a few balls in colours I like and play at swatching them - perhaps I'll make a tam, since there is a clipping posted in my LYS that says berets are in style again (and I don't think it's a clipping from 1992 or anything).
Here is the dress I'm making for Kittycat's birthday. Well, actually, since that is less than a week away the dress may have to be for Christmas. Or perhaps New Year. I've actually done a bit more than this now - the colour part is finished, and I'm on the almost plain knitting (there is a very sparse eyelet pattern).

I cast on 396 (count 'em) stitches for the skirt. I used a long tail cast on. That was one long tail, I can tell you.

Mousie pants progress report: I finished one leg, saw how long they were and decided I should do this dress first, since she will probably grow out of it faster. I'm also hoping to make a toque for my husband for Christmas and I have a sweater for him that I thought I had finished, but the sleeves are too short, so I've made extra bits for the cuffs and just need to graft on the second one. It doesn't look ideal, but it works OK and he'll finally wear the sweater I began 2 years ago!