Thursday, December 29, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I love seeing everyone's versions - especially the hats and wristwarmers - such a classic pattern.
Monday, December 26, 2005
First Irish Hiking Hat!
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Alaska Hiking Hat
ETA: He loved it and wouldn't take it off, even in the warmth of Los Angeles!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
My first pair of Wrist Warmers
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Last night I added some fringe to the scarf in an attempt to disguise my weird flattened-out bind-off, which was bothering me. I think I like the way the curly fringe complements the cables.
Monday, December 19, 2005
One More Holiday FO!
2nd Irish Hiking Scarf
Friday, December 16, 2005
My contribution to the knit along
(my daughter got in on it, too)
You can't really see the detail so...here's another photo:
Oh, here are the stats for these two scarves:
These are a very easy knit - and now that I'm on my third, I don't even have to look at what I'm doing until I hit the cable row. I'm also cabling without a cable needle which makes it waaay faster ;o)
Okay I'm off to work on my third and final scarf - this one is for a man so I'm only going to use three balls with no fringe.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Hi all, this is my first post after joining the KAL. I've been wanting to learn cables and this seemed like a great pattern so I jumped in! I started with the wristwarmers as a christmas stocking stuffer. I'm using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Winter Night on size 8 bamboo straights. It turned out to be easy and very fast. Now to finish the other one!
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Irish Hiking Santa Hat - finished
(Other than the major freak-out over the slanty pixieness of this thing, it really is a pretty hat...that's slanted! haha!)
Anyone have any ideas how to bind off this scarf so the ends don't fan out? I used the cable cast on and it fanned somewhat but when I block it, that will go away. I usually bind off fairly tight but with needles one size larger. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it. I definitely made a mistake with the yarn I picked to make my first one. I was sucked in with a sale and went with Lion Brand's Kool Wool - it's just too stiff and synthetic, but I am compelled to finish it. I am excited about the possibilities for the next one - maybe cranberry tweed? or another charcoal but in a soft wool like Wool of the Andes? It's just so simple and yet so satisfying to bang out the cables. Yeah for the Irish Hiking Scarf!
Started: Dec. 8
Finished: Dec. 12
Yarn: Bernat Satin in sapphire, 2 skeins
Needles: US 9 bamboo straights
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I just cast on this past week for the IHS. I'm only a few repeats in, but I really like the way it's knitting up so far. I'm using some discontinued Lang Polar in a varigated off white/cream color. It's not so varigated that it will take away from the cables though. I only have 300 yards, so it will be a little shorter scarf, but that's ok....
Sunday, December 11, 2005
I heard about this scarf just a few weeks ago and thought this would make a great Xmas gift but didn't get around to it until now. So, I started this the evening of Dec. 7 and worked about 4 hours on it until yesterday when I got several more hours in. It's 23 inches so far, yeah I'm slow. I LOVE this pattern and once I finish this I think a hat will go on the needles!
Started: Dec. 7
Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Fog (grey)
Needles: Size 8 circs
Saturday, December 10, 2005
2 days of knitting
I LOVE this pattern. It is so easy and looks so sophisticated. I'm hooked now.
After this scarf I plan on making a few pairs of wrist warmers. Then maybe a hat. Then maybe more, just more!
Friday, December 09, 2005
All Done, ready for x-mas!
I think it took three weeks for the scarf off and on. The hat took me one day, evening to evening! I'm impressed with myself. DPNs still are insanity for me but I accomplished it with no holes. These will go to my father in law and sister for x-mas.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Finished in Time!
Yarn: Classic Elite Inca Alpaca, Kentucky Teal
Needles: Size 7 aluminum circs
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Prototype Irish Hiking Santa Hat
(The brim is meant to be thick and folded up)
I finished... first thing is first. Here is my Irish Walking Hat. I used Knitchicks adaption to the Stitch n' Bitch Nation pattern.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Finally finished wristwarmers
But I LOVE the finished product!
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Chocolate
Needles: Sz US 8 Susan Bates Circ.
Dates: Started back in late October/early November
For: one of my best friends who lives in MA, where you need a chunky warm scarf!
Thoughts: I bound off in pattern and it caused the BO edge to be wavy. Next time I'll BO knitwise the whole row.
I also completed two Irish Walking Hats:
I started out making the Basic Cable Hat from SnB Nation, but modified it into the Irish Walking Hat.
The first is a wee one for my nephew and the adult sized one is for a friend who went to UNC, I hope the color is close enough to Carolina Blue!
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool
Needles: Sz 7 Clover Bamboo 16" circ and DPNs
Dates: late October/early November to mid November
Mods: I did the first hat exactly like the Basic Cable hat and it didn't fit an adult, so I modified the second to cross the cables on the 8th row and did two more repeats and added one more cable section.
Thoughts: I would do more ribbing the next time I do this and possibly lose that extra cable section to make it more snug.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
It's an FO!
I knit it out of Clasic Elite 03 Tweed (2 and a half skeins) and US7 needles and did the second half without a cable needle (so much quicker). I hope that my father-in-law, the lucky giftee, will love it as much as I do. Here's a close-up shot.
I haven't blocked it yet and was wondering whether doing so it worthwhile? I kind of like how the cables look unblocked...though it is a little narrow. Any thoughts?
Thursday, December 01, 2005
update on cell phone cozy
I finally gave my sister her Irish Hiking Scarf and hat for her birthday earlier in November. She loves it!! And I just sent her an email with links to the Gap and Jcrew knockoffs of the Irish Hiking Scarf and Hat!! Hahahahaha. I told her that she's in style now. My oldest sister has also made a request....I think I'll start off with the hat since that knits up so fast. (I will post a picture of my sister modeling her new gift as soon as my oncology block ends and I have the time to download the pciture.)
Thanks for keeping this KAL alive!!! I learned how to do cables because of it. (Hey, I should make a t-shirt that reads "I learned how to do cables because of Irish Hiking Scarf knitalong.")