Monday, April 27, 2009

Moss Stitch Beret

Pattern: Moss Stitch Beret by Kent Turman [Ravel it!]
Kent's Craft Blog
Yarn: Tahki
Donegal Tweed in Midnight; just barely under one skein

Needles: US 3 and US 7 circulars

When: One April Weekend

I loved this hat when I made it in Encore wool blend in a great lime green but thought it would be better warmer or in a lovely tweed. Fortunately, Tahki Donegal Tweed was just right for the job, and fun to work with. The hat feels just a little different, but I think that's because it hasn't been broken in yet.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Green Gable Sweater

Here are pictures of the aforementioned recent projects, including one of the ongoing Green Gable Sweater. I'm working it in the largest size since my yarn is smaller than the recommended Wool Ease Chunky. Oddly, my needle size is the same, so I suppose the finished item won't be as thick as the original. On the other hand, it's 100% wool instead of just 25%, so it will probably be just as warm.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

One Sleeve Down: Green Gable Sweater

My next big-sized project (though not horribly complex) is the Green Gable sweater from Vogue Fall 2008. Like a few others on Ravelry, I'm making it with Cascade Ecological Wool. This particular wool is a continuation of the Hemlock Ring blanket that I made earlier this year. One hopes that this will be the year of expanding into larger projects with relatively fine gauge and inexpensive wool.

Did I write about my wool-epiphany? I love it, for all of the reasons that everyone else does. I just finally decided it was worth it not to buy crappy acrylic.

I have one sleeve down on this sweater (done first to check gauge, then continued on), but no pictures yet. I have also worked a moss-stitch beret, a mitered beret and a pair of mitered mittens. Ravel them through their hyperlinks, while I work on pictures of my recent endeavors.

Still happy that I remade matches for all of the lost mittens this winter. It makes me happy every time I look at my winter-woolies stash that no mitten is lonely and that I have 2 of my favorite tam, but in different warmths/weights.

On second thought, I have also worked away some of the lonely balls of sock yarn that were clogging up my stash, and if I do say so myself, I have improved my photography skills considerably since I learned a few new tricks. See below (and at my Etsy website):