Friday, December 19, 2008

Finally Flo

Pattern source: Flo by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: RYS Cashsoft 4ply, Rowan KSH
Needle: 3.5mm, 2.25mm
Comment: If you remember, I started this back in summer during Ravelympics. Most of the knitting got done back then, however the finishing took so much longer than the knitting. Back when I purchased the pattern, it was only available in kit form, but now you can get it in the book. It was the first and only kit I've ever purchased, everything came beautifully wrapped and looked so special, and the pattern was perfectly written. I'm not sure why I was so attracted to this pattern, but I'm guessing it's because of the styling in the photograph. I'm such a sucker for such thing. It was like, I must have THAT cardigan, in the same colour, and maybe then I can look like the model. I'm deluded, of course, but I can't help but think that all I need is a blue corsage, ruffly shirt and blue polkadot pants.
I think it's safe to say that this is a labour of love. I've done 4ply cardigan before, but all those stockinette, not to mention the ruffles, I don't think I'll be tackling more of this sort of project anytime soon.

Not-quite-a-princess mitts
Not-quite-a-princess mitts
Pattern: Princess mitts by Jennifer Hagan from The Knitter's Book of Yarn
Yarn: RYC Cashsoft DK
Needle: 4.00mm
Comment: This is a last minute Christmas knit, done in two evenings. It's for a friend's mom who I really like. The pattern was a bit confusing for me, like how the stitch count suddenly miss out 1 stitch, and how the pattern tells you to do k2,p2 rib for the thumbs but the left thumb has k2,p1 after the increase. I guess I'm just a perfectionist when it comes to this kind of thing, it bugs me so much when a pattern is not clearly written. But all in all it's a pretty pattern, and I think the end result looks really sweet. Oh, and I changed the direction of the cables, instead of criss-crossing like in the pattern I made them mirroring each other instead.

Spinning has been going slow, since I'm trying to spin really fine.
Bohemian Rhapsody
My plan is to try out 3-ply since I heard it's supposed to make the yarn rounder. Plying shall be interesting. I'm missing the instant gratification of spinning heavier yarn, and I'm considering getting another spindle. See, monogamy in fibre craft might just not be my thing.

Anyway, Christmas holiday will be crazy, I'll have 2 cousins coming to stay with me. A 5000 words dissertation to write. And some design concepts to come up with.
Well if I don't get to blog again before next year, which might well be the case, I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and keep sane!


BammerKT said...

Ooooooooooooo that spinning is gorgeous! What is it? I have to ask.

Lin said...

Beautiful ... Flo, mitts and spinning. Have a lovely christmas. xx

May said...

seriously, your sweater is beautiful! Congrats on the finish. I so want to make one :)

picperfic said...

my goodness, you were brave to start such a fine knit, but how proud you must be now it is finished. It looks lovely. I like the clingy texture of those cabled mits too!

Jo said...

Love the mitts (always on the look out for small projects for handspun). If you are going to navaho ply you may want to watch/read this:
best wishes for Christmas and New Year.

opportunityknits said...

Flo is so pretty and fits perfectly!
And I love the princess mitts, even the name sounds so cute :)
And, Yuvee, have a merry CHRISTmas!

yahaira said...

your sweater is gorgeous! you have a lot more patience than me that's for sure. happy holidays!!

knottygnome said...

your cardi fits really well and your spinning looks wonderful!

JL said...

Flo is sure a beauty ! U did a good job. I love the prinecess mitten too, very sweet colour.

Merry Christmas to you !!

Peggy said...

FLO is beautiful! The color combination is great and perfect for the holidays!

Lily said...

I love to knit using 4ply and endless st st, but I guess you know it. I really love your Flo. I think it looks fab on you.

Pr3tty* Knitty~ said...

I love the sweater!!!! It really looks nice on you and of course you did such good job!!! I am so tempted to knit one now