Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sky Blue Poncho

Last night I finished Savannah's sky blue poncho in the big and bulky wool-blend yarn she picked out for herself. Here she is modeling it (while eating an apple!) I think it goes well with her blue eyes. I can't wait until the weather is cooler so she can wear it around the house and out for walks like a sweater.

Tres belle! The pattern for an adult version (called the Arrowhead Poncho by Pat Walker) can be found here. I didn't follow the pattern but followed the picture after measuring her arm length and cast on 37. I love simple cables since they give such a finished look to clothing and this poncho couldn't have been easier with bulky yarn and making two rectangles that I stitched together. There are tons of other free knitting patterns to choose from for ponchos here. Have fun and send a picture if you make one!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Knitting frenzy (and quilted table runner)

I just finished up a bunch of half-finished quilting projects as well as a quilted wedding gift for someone. Here's a quilted table runner I just finished up. It's very bright and springy - not for everyone.
Springy quilted table runner - far away and up close.

And suddenly I find myself in the middle of a knitting frenzy! I recently purchased a camel peacoat for next winter. It was on sale since it was off-season and I figure I'm really going to need it since our family is moving from Colorado to upstate New York in September. So, I decided to make some new scarves to go with it. The first scarf I made is with a really simple pattern knit in threes, found here. The second pattern I designed myself and it's so soft and luscious I've actually been wearing it around the house in the evening if it gets cool. The beauty of it is that it simply wraps around your neck right inside the collar of a jacket and then tucks through a little flap to stay in place. Nothing hanging down in the way.

Savannah in bubblegum pink.

Savannah's Bubblegum pink neck scarf with slot for loose ends. Super cute on her too!

My new pink scarf (in organic cotton/bamboo blend) in cameo faggot knit pattern. It will look great with my camel peacoat next winter.

Here's a picture of the new scarf on the coffee table to show the cool texture.

As soon as Savannah saw my scarf she wanted one JUST like it, so I made her one out of a soft Bubblegum pink yarn that she picked out from Berroco. Now I'm making her a matching hat but if I end up running out of yarn for it, it'll turn out to be more of a headband/ear warmer instead.

Next I'm trying to make a cute poncho for Savannah in a bulky sky blue yarn she picked out for herself today. I'm also in the middle of a shrug for myself but I've kind of become bored with that for a while. Maybe after making a quick (I hope) bulky poncho I'll be interested in finishing my shrug.
I'm also planning to steal my knitting mother-in-law's time the next time we have a vacation together so she can teach me how to make socks from one of her time-tested knitting patterns. Will my plot work? I hope so!