October 2007


Yay! I’ve finally finished my second Jaywalker to keep the other lonely sock company. They seem to have been on the needles for ages, not because I didn’t want to work on them, but because I left them at home while at school. Anyway, they are made of Lana Grossa Meilenweit Multiringel in colour 5030 (80% wool, 20% polyamide) and they are scrumptious. They’re warm and cosy and warm. Very warm. Do I even need to say the pattern is Jaywalkers from Magknits? I’m very happy with these socks, especially seeing as they’re my second pair. I completely understand why everyone is obsessed with them and I recommend them to one and all! Also, the striping miraculously matches…almost. If you examine this picture, you’ll notice that the stripes are really, really similar. Amazing. I couldn’t have planned it better.

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I love slouchy hats so when I found this pattern I had to try it out. The first time was over a year ago and it just did not work out but I attempted it again this week and it’s finished! The pattern is at Little Turtle Knits and it’s based on the hat that Mary Jane wears in Spiderman 2. I used Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic) in Country Blue. I think that I should have done another pattern repeat because it’s a bit short and not as slouchy as I’d like. Also, I think the pattern would work better with a bulkier yarn and with a natural yarn so that it can be blocked. At the moment the stitches are pretty uneven and I don’t know if any sort of blocking would even it out seeing as the yarn is acrylic.

I kind of prefer to wear it inside out as well – it just seems to look a bit better. The picture on the left is with the right side out and the picture on the right is inside out.

EDIT: The pattern is no longer at the original url, here is the updated location.

For another friend’s birthday I knitted a pair of handwarmers using Knitty’s Fetching pattern and I’m really happy with them. I used Red Heart Soft Touch (100% acrylic) in a sort of lilacy blue on 4mm double-pointed needles. They’re comfortable and soft and they actually look a lot better than I thought they would. I didn’t think I’d like so many cables judging from the photos on Knitty’s website but I actually do. I definitely recommend the pattern; they’re so easy and quick to knit up and they make perfect presents. The only thing I changed is the picot edge – I just bound off in pattern.

For my friends’ birthdays I have made them scarves! The red one is a modified Karaoke scarf (i.e. I cast on 38 stitches instead of 22 and did four cables instead of two) and I really like it. It’s made out of only one ball of Red Heart Soft Touch and it actually is really soft. I used 6mm needles so the gauge was nicely loose so that the fabric is really soft. The white-ish one is just a basic 2×2 rib but knit sideways on using Lion Brand Microspun in French Vanilla. I cast on as many stitches as I could with my straight needles (making sure it was a multiple of 4) and knitted about 20 rows. I used size 11/8mm needles and two strands of the yarn held together. It is super soft!