Monday, January 26, 2009

Front of Mauve Sweater Completed

The front measures 22" when on machine and I'm ready to bind off. The texture feels rather harsh than when I knitted the same yarn with needles. I am thinking of making the back by hands. Not sure though as I am quite pressed for the time for knitting.

The cables look quite pretty despite the mistake and all :-) I am not too sure what would I do with that. Shall I leave it at that or try to redo it for the second time.

You need to have a closer look to pinpoint the mistake. Here is one -

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Legwarmers and Jumper Dress

I saw these on Craftzine and love it.
I had seen another pair where the top resembled high boots. Can't find a pic of it. Anyways, I know what it was and thus, I will post my own pic if done.

One of those days when I will have plenty of both time and yarn, I will make this dress for self -

Right now the main goal is to finish what's on my Bond.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Machine Knitting

I am loving the machine knitting. I know it cannot replace the fun and relaxed way of needle knitting but the part I really love is the speed and consistency it gives to the garment. Some people, however, have the notion that you throw a skein of yarn at the machine and all it returns back is a finished piece. Well, it just doesn't work that way. You need patience, practice, and basic knitting skills for a desired effect.

This is my machine

I have the basic model and I am quite happy with its output. Guess what I saw a couple of minutes ago, a super knitting machine.

And this is a robot

I have yet to find out what this thing is and hoe it works, it looks quite robot-like nonetheless. What gives?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hats galore

Wanna see a happy hat family? Here it is -

Papa Hat

Mama Hat

Baby Hat

I made the blue hat on my machine, brown one using circular needles and crocheted the baby headgear.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Link Test

What's on...

My needles - a red multicolored child's sweater

On my crochet - a hat in two colors

On Bond - My cable sweater

I am loving the output of cables. It's looking pretty from the back side as well.

Hmmm, I feel better already. Isn't it amazing how good it feels when you have accomplished something.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Three Same Themed Paintings

I am thinking of working on three canvases simultaneously. The idea is to have a common theme for all the three. Something like Fire, Earth and Sky or may be all three in different shades of blue. There would be some harmony among all...may be all have human figures in different moods...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What's New

A crocheted multicolored hat

Part of my new year's resolution (Learning 9 new things in 2009)I crocheted a hat. Guess what, this is my first crochet project! So, I guess, one on the list is under my belt. One down and 8 more to go...

I made this with acrylic easy care yarn and used three colors. It's my new year's gift to Adya.

As always, the pattern is free and drop me a line if you'd be interested in one. I have updated this project in Ravelry too.

Upcoming Projects

I am working on a cable sweater and a pullover. I will keep updating. I have yet to put my notes and pics together for the recently completed knitted hats. Will do it in next week or so.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Modular Knits

Modular Knits: New Techniques for Today's Knitters
Author: Iris Schreier
Price: $17 (check price)

This book has a novel approach to make the knits in modular formats. When I first read this book, I wasn't very confident about the modular knitting and didn't quite understand the technique. So I gave this book a 2 star rating.

I guess, I would revisit it sometime soon and will post updated review.

Book of Yarn: The Encyclopedia of Yarn

The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn
Author:Clara Parkes
Price: $20

The best yarn book you'd ever read. This is not a typical knitting book with info about yarns and patterns (well it has that too) but it deals with origin, treatment, and final outcome of the yarn when it appears on the shop-shelves. It's more of reference book but very readable. I am sure you won't be able to put it down until you have finished the last page.
Well written, very explanatory and worth reading.

If you are a not just a knitter but a complete knitting lover, you may definitely consider buying this book. Two thumbs way up!

Joining New Knitting Forums

I just joined a group in Ravelry. Let's see how things move with it.

The main idea is to find a group of fellow knitters to knit together and have fun!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Slip

I just finished a slip for Adya. Thanks to my Bond, it's done in just two sittings!

Pictures coming soon...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Stitionary Series

Stitionary 1

Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Series) (Hardcover)
Trisha Malcolm (Editor)
Price: $19.77 (Check for deals for all books)

This book has a good number of stitches to learn from, all using knit and purl skills. I have had almost all of these but what I like about this series is the layout and the presentation. They chose very nice colored swatches to go with each stitch type. That instantly hooks you up. The swatches also are not very crowded, just two per pages. So the roomy look of every page is visually very inviting. You would want to duplicate it right away.

Stitionary 2

The Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Two: Cables: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Series)

Author: Vogue Knitting Magazine
Price: $23.48

What can be better than Stitionary for a knitter? Stitionary 2 ofcourse! This one has all the cable pattens all over. Starting from an easy cables to very complicated cables, they have it all.

Stitionary 3

The Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Three: Color Knitting: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Series)

Author: Vogue Knitting Magazine
Price: $19.77

This book is a total color blast. The layout is more or less same as the last two books on this series. But it has some interesting color combinations for knits.

New Year is Here!

Yay! It's new year! Can you believe it? I mean when you look back it's all seem like a dream, it's really hard o imagine how fast the time is flying by... I guess that's the best part of it. When you have a what you always wished for you lose track of the time and years seem to slide by so quickly.

Well, for the new year, I got these fancy earrings from my husband.

Quite cool, right?

New year brings back the time of introspection, sense of gratitude and a hopeful uncertainty for the future. This year I didn't make any resolutions, which I usually did in the past many years. I guess, I would want to learn atleast 9 new things this year.

Resolution for 2009

Why 9 things? Well, no points for guessing! 'Cuz it's 2009, that's why. I have to come up with what those 9 things are going to be. Well, with my Bond machine and a newfound interest for crochet, 2009 is a good start, nonetheless. Happy new year!