Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dog + Yarn

This is Napoleon, my brother's girlfriend's dog.

Apparently, my parents saw fit to leave the door to my old room open at their house. This room is not puppy-proofed, since we haven't had a puppy around until Napoleon, and the door was always closed when he was around, since I've been gone. Well, our dog, Mia, decided that she wanted to be in my room, so unbeknownst to me, my parents started leaving the door open. Behind that door lay yarn.

This is the where the yarn started.....

...And continued....

...And ended up. Napoleon was so proud to show off what he'd found to my father. No one had the heart to scold him. After all, it was just some cheap Bernat boa, and I wasn't there to be upset.

Finally, after all that work dragging the yarn all over the place, it was time for a nap.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Basic Raglan Sweater

During the huge Webs sale last January, I picked up several skeins of Ella Rae Classic Wool in a beautiful, variegated blue. Since then, I've been waiting for the right pattern to make with it. I needed something simple so that it would showcase the yarn. Enter Pink from Custom Knits.

This is the perfect pattern, and exactly what I'm looking for. It's simple enough to show off the pretty variegations, and it also is knit from the top, meaning that I will have to do no seaming and that I can try it on as I knit. Exactly what I'm looking for!

As you can see, I'm mostly done with the torso- I think it's coming along nicely!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FO: Herringbone Scarf

Christmas is quickly approaching, and I'm trying to get my Christmas knitting done early so that I don't have a massive day-before-Christmas-knitting panic. Exhibit A: A scarf for my grandfather.

Pattern: Night on the Town (ravelry link) (non-ravelry link)

Yarn: Patons Angora Bamboo

Colorway: Urban Gray

Mods: I didn't want it to be quite as wide as the pattern called for, so I only cast on 26 stitches.

The Verdict: I wanted something warm, soft, and fashionable. I also wanted something a little more complicated than seed stitch, but still masculine enough to give to a man. This scarf totally fits the bill. It's so incredibly soft and warm, perfect to keep Grandpa warm on cold days. I love it, and I know that he is going to love it too. I just wish I didn't have to wait until Christmas to give it to him!