Deluxe Oblique

I love love love this sweater and I almost ruined it!
Deluxe Oblique
The Pattern: Oblique by Veronik Avery Raverly Project Page
Size: XS
The Yarn: Gedifra Shetland Deluxe in Med Brown (9293) 9 skeins (1143yds/1045.2m)
Needle size: US 7 and 9

Started: 1/26/11
Finished: 2/21/11

This sweater sucked up more yarn than was called for.
I only worked 2.5” of twisted rib on cuffs (I didn't do a reverse cuff as called for), my sleeves were still pretty long. I also eliminated rows 13-16 (36 sts remain unworked at each end of Row 12) of collar and then skipped to rows 17-20.
I still ended up using every last strand of yarn (a couple hundred more yards than specified) and then had to sew some of the seams with a different yarn.

Deluxe Oblique
I really hate sewing seams, I am just not good at it. But I wasn't sure I could figure out the shaping if I tried doing this in the round. So I sucked it up and knit everything in pieces :'(

Deluxe Oblique Closeup
This sweater turned out really well. I loved the fit and the yarn was soft and silky. Then I lost my mind and put it in the washing machine where is was viciously shrunk to 2/3 its size!
After several hundred gallons of tears and some elbow grease I managed to reblock it to the correct dimensions. Although the yarn has lost some of its silky softness *sniff, sniff* it still remains one of my favorite knits.


Keeping Warm

It is a little hard to think about these legwarmers during 90 degree summer weather. But during January in Minnesota these were fabulous.
Cabled Legwarmers
The Pattern: Bulky Cabled Legwarmers with Buttons by Liat Gat Raverly Project Page
The Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 1 skein in black (220yds/201.2m)
Needle size: US 14 - I think, I forgot to write it down again :'(

Started: 12/29/10
Finished: 1/19/11

I made these as a gift for myself :) It seem appropriate to post them today since its my birthday.
I've been looking for a good pair of tall boots for awhile now, but I just haven't fallen in love with any yet and I don't want to shell out a few hundred dollars on something I don't love or $80+ on something that isn't going to last.

Cabled Legwarmers
So I decided that I would knit some legwarmers to help keep me warm until my I find my sole mates.

Cabled Legwarmers
I used this yarn double stranded and I'm pretty sure that I used size 14 needles. I'm really kicking myself for forgetting to record my needle sizes Aargh!
I really love how these turned out. They look cool and really help keep me warm.


Eggplant Ascot

Continuing with the gifts. I made this ascot for a friend's January birthday. It is being modeled by my mommy.
Eggplant Ascot
The Pattern: Huckleberry Ascot by Kat Coyle Raverly Project Page
The Yarn: Frog Tree Alpaca Sportweight in Eggplant 2 skeins (260yds/237.7m)
Needle size: US 6

Started: 12/25/10
Finished: 12/27/10

Eggplant Ascot
I really like the Frog Tree Alpaca, soft and light.

Eggplant Ascot Closeup
Short rows are used to get the ends to flair out.

Eggplant Ascot Detail Closeup
Then you pick up stitches along the edges and line them with bobbles.
A very nice looking quick knit.