Monday, March 10, 2008

That's a Wrap.

About a week ago, I taught a girl on my floor to knit. She had bought some GGH yarn from the only place in town that sells yarn, and I had some serious yarn envy. It was a really pretty dull yellow-brown-taupe sort of color, and I was really tempted to hop into town and get some myself. The above project was born out of similar circumstances. Last term, I taught one of my friends to knit, and she'd picked out some Malabrigo to learn with. As I showed her how to cast on using the Malabrigo, I fell in love with it. I wanted to take her fledgling scarf and run with it, keeping the soft yarn for myself. So this, coupled with the fact that here at knit two tog, we strongly believe in fiber therapy, led me to buy (and when I say me to buy, I really mean Mom giving me the money to buy...) a ball of Malabrigo a few weeks ago when I was feeling overwhelmed with work and sort of down with the intention of making one of those neck warmer things I'd seen peppering people's blogs. I couldn't decide what stitch pattern to use. I tried a couple of things that didn't work out for one reason or another, so the beautiful little ball of malabrigo lay abandoned in my room until Wednesday when Mom sent me a link to this Scrunchable Scarf. I decided that the stitch pattern would be perfect. So here it is ... the scrunchable neck warmer:

The Scrunchable Neck Warmer
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in 26 Continental
Needles: KnitPicks Options Size 7
Start date: March 12, 2008
End date: March 15, 2008

This was a super fast project, perfect for working on when I didn't feel like studying for exams. I absolutely adored the malabrigo! And the color was just fantastic. So I cast on 38 stitches (two for selvage). The pattern was just k2 p1 and I worked it until where I wanted the buttons to be, then used EZ's instructions for 1 row buttonholes ... my buttons were fairly large, so I made a five stitch buttonhole. The buttons came from a local shop, Digs, which I have mentioned before. So it wasn't anything difficult, but it made me happy to knit and I'm thrilled with the finished project, so I wanted to share!

Finals are coming up for me, so posting may be a little scarce over the next week -- but Mom might have a finish off to reveal and I still have an old finished object to share! Happy knitting!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Big Weekend

So, ideally, this post would have happened Sunday. Or Monday or Tuesday. Or Wednesday or Thursday. Even Friday. I had a grand plan to show off what Mom got done over last weekend, plus throw in a finish off (well, almost...) that I've been just dying to share. But there too many late nighters trying to get work done and seemingly no time for blogging. So alas, a week late, check out what Mom got done last weekend:

Above are the popular Giant Chocolate-Toffee Cookies, found online at and featured on the Today Show. Apparently they went over really well at home, especially with the boys in the family ... I just wish I'd been home to try some of that chocolate-y goodness. But Mom's promised to whip up another batch when I come home (two weeks and counting ... here we come Ms. Marigold and Juliet!)

In knitting news, Mom got the Boy's Garter Stitch Yoke Sweater all joined in the round!

Since this photo was taken last week, a lot more progress has been made on the raglan decreasing. Mom hopefully will have an update on her progress soon! I don't have much to share ... I've been knitting along on my Wear Everywhere Pullover but since it's still just a tube in the round, I guess update pictures aren't that exciting. Also, knitting time has been a bit short this week, last night I was too tired to get much done, and I've been working on a summer fellowship application all day today .. but maybe I'll have something exciting to share soon. I could show you my big finished object, but think I'll save it for another day. So, until then, I'll leave you with a lovely Gerber daisy and wish you a knitting-filled weekend!

P.S. The picture above is of a t-shirt that I got in my stocking this year.. thought some other knitters might enjoy it. It's from a little shop in the town I go to school in, but you can check them out/order online (that's how Mom got it for me ...). They have knitting and sewing tees that really amuse me.