Sunday, February 05, 2012

Reporting on the backlog

Hello bloggies! It's been too long. Work has been keeping me at the computer and so in my down time, I stay away from it. But this weekend was me-time. I've been to a knit group, a spin group and just now finished updating my Ravelry projects. Whew! Was I ever behind.

Some things will never be documented I'm afraid. A couple pairs of socks and two scarves have been released into the wild and are not likely to be photographed. But I've rounded up some of the more interesting knits for you to see.

Luke requested another pair of fingerless gloves to replace his worn out pair. He wears these constantly as you can see from the rumpled fingers and pilling on the hands:

We both love the colored cuff, a design from More Sensational Socks, and the bright yarn is Cascade Heritage. But next time, I'll find a really durable yarn for the hands. This cheap black sock yarn shouldn't have pilled up so soon.

I'm also on the hunt for a hat for Alex. He never wears the hand knits but this winter he has permitted me the honour of knitting him a "cool" hat. My first attempt was Kittiwake, also in cheap sock yarn:

Yes, that's Jim doing the modeling. Apparently it wasn't cool enough. Windschief will be my next attempt and I'm currently spinning a silk/wool blend for it. I may be investing too much effort in this project. Can you imagine if he rejects a handspun, handknit hat? Or worse yet, LOOSES it?! Still, I'll carry on. This is the first time in a long time the boy has let me show my love with handknits.

Most recently off the wheel was this 3-ply sock yarn:

I love it lots. Oh, it has it's faults, but I'm really curious to see how the colors knit up. But I hid it away from myself for a while so I could get my Christmas sweater finished off.

Yep, I'm that happy with it and I wear it all the time. It's just a comfy pullover in lovely colors. What more do you want?

Apparently what I want is a challenge. Small gauge, more color, and the niggling doubt in the back of my head that I'm really knitting a clown suit.


  1. All those lovely knits!

  2. I think the chapa red sock yarn hat is great. Of ocurse if it appleas to a grandma, it shure would appeal to a teenager. Windschief is great too though. Lovely picture of you - you look so happy.

  3. Love the Silk Garden sweater. Good luck knitting a "cool" enough hat.

  4. Your sweater is lovely.

  5. I love your pullover looks great on you.
    I would love to knit my son more things but most of my yarn is handwash and I cannot see my son (who lives in Waterloo) handwashing anything :-)

  6. Maureen2:12 pm

    Hi Laurie - I just love the picture of you in your lovely Noro jumper (I love the word jumper, it seems such a happy word in regards to knitting).
    I have had some luck with hats and 14 year old Ben, to my utter shock. And he is a stylish young gent, although we don't know where that came from.
    1) Black. blackblackblackblackblack. That's imperative.
    2) Knit an inch or so longer than you would think, to get a slight but significant slouch. Not a lot.
    3) A fairly flat top - I've been doing 6 double decreases every second round, seems to work nicely.
    4) Plain or small rolled brim - I crocheted one round of nice dark teal around the brim edge of one, only to find that he very carefully tucks it up inside the hat. No matter how nicely it accents his eyes.

    I don't know if that will help, but it's working over here. I also made, in pure black, the welts gave it just the right slight scrunchy/slouchy look. But it doesn't look welty in black, so it passes the teen boy hat test.

    I'm also planning to do Windschief for him, but you guessed it, in black.

  7. I second the comment about black for the hat. I find most popular is plain black watch caps style or beanie style ie no folded edge, but long enough to cover ears. I've seen some wearing watch cap style but without folding the edge over - so that its tall and slouches over.

  8. Anonymous12:11 am

    I've made a few of these, my family seems to like to wear them on their peak hats in fall, sort of an inbetween thing. Friends call them our "orphan hats" and laugh when I make one for them to induct them into my orphanage.