Monday, January 30, 2012

Blooming Progress

I'm working on a pillow for Valentines Day. I love all those felt flowery wreaths you see online and I thought it would look pretty on a pillow.  A huge heart for Valentines Day seemed just the thing.  More pictures when I'm all done!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Greyhaven Cowl

Yay - a finished object!  I've had the urge to knit alot lately, mostly since the weather has cooled down a bit.  Winter in Florida is not the winter I've experienced in DC, but it gets cooler during the days and downright chilly at night.  Snuggling up on my comfy couch under a quilt with some knitting in my lap seems like just the thing!  I wanted to knit a gift for a dear friend of mine, and I thought a lacey cowl would be nice.  I found Grayhaven on Ravelry and dove into the stash.

I used Misti Alpaca in Cream and boy do I love this yarn.  Its soft and cozy and knits up beautifully.  The lace pattern on this cowl is really lovely, and she created it with a larger edge on the bottom, so it drapes nicely on your neck.  I think this is a perfect size to keep your neck warm and I think I might make another for another friend.  Or maybe for me!

My only modification to the pattern was using a US8 needle all the way through because I couldn't find my US7.  I had some difficulty with the purl cast off, but I got the hang of it towards the end.  I tend to be tight with a knit cast off, so I'll consider this in future projects.  The cast off here is still a little tight, but I think I can fix it.  I won't see my friend for a couple weeks, so I can re-finish it.  No models were available, so I took a shot of the cowl resting on an upside down flower pot. 

Do you find you knit more during cold weather?  Or maybe hand quilting or embroidery?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Keeping an Easy Resolution

One of my New Years resolutions is to burn more candles and enjoy them instead of just letting them take up space in a closet.  As I was unpacking when I moved, I was astonished at the quantity of candles I have stockpiled.

Let's not talk about my resolution to go running three times a week!

How are you doing with your New Years resolutions?