Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fit for a Mad Hatter!

My tea cozy (cosy) is finally finished. Stared on July 7 with this, it evolved into this! You can see some of the process here. It fascinates me to see it grow, even as I have created it. You can also see the close-ups here. It was very engaging to make. and talk about using scrapes of stash!! Can you guess I am very pleased with it?

Its been suggested I should name it. I am open for suggestions!
1.365 FF
tea cost freeform 2007 side 1
tea cost freeform 2007 side 2
side view
side view
tea cosy detail


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Freeform tea cozy

My Freeform tea cozy is coming along. side one is all finished, and I am almost done with side 2. I have modeled it on a tea cozy I have, (11"x13") that fits my large tea pot. I want to make a lining for it. I wonder if I should just use the template as the lining, or use some fleece fabric I have.
side 1
side 2
the tea cozy template.
tea pot and tea cosy

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bicycle Helmet Liner

I got the idea for a Bicycle Helmet Liner from the Helmet Liner I made for a soldier. For my bike helmet I wanted it thin, so I knit it with the wonderful Alpaca Sox yarn from Classic Elite. 60% Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 100 grams, 450 Yards. Needles: addi circs 0,1,2 (don't ask...) I modified the pattern for the thinner yarn, which landed me in trouble, since I did not knit a swatch. I ended up doing short rows and improvising right and left. it worked, but I will not be able to repeat it. Next time, (and I will make another), I'll know better! It feels wonderful to knit with and to wear, and you feel very cozy, yet its thin! This yarn will be making more appearances on this blog soon!

spider wed top
helmet liner as a hat
helmet liner as neck warmer

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Kaffe Fassett sock yarn Collection from Regia

Some of you may have noticed my admiration of a certain knitting guru... Kaffe Fassett is famous in the knitting and textile community for his amazing use of color in his designs, and he has joined up with Regia to create an amazing sock yarn collection. Naturally, I had to try some! The yarn is a wool nylon blend, so it will hold up to wear and tear and is washable. There are 2 kinds- Mirage and Landscape. The color transitions are fantastic! Kaffe said that he is not crazy about using variegated in general, because he feels its not creative enugh, but even he can see that sometimes you need to "just do it."
The first pair was in the Mirage line, color Fire:
Simple top down.
Addi US1 2 on 2 circs.
Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett-

The second pair inspired me to try my first toe up! From IK summer 2007.
Toe Ups
Landscape line in Fire.
Magic cast on.
2 on 2 circs addi US1
KF regia socks- My first Toe-Up!

SO I knit two pairs of socks, top down and toes up. I wanted more! I remembered a pair of fingerless gloves I knit last year out of Austeman Step that was real easy. Its from Not Just Socks. It has really clear instructions! I now know that fingelss glvoes are NOT for me. they look so COOL, but the tips of my fingers are frozen. So it will be full gloves or mittens for me. I just knew the Landscape Twilight I had would be perfect as a pair of Fall gloves!
Fall Gloves
The Landscape line in Twilight.
From Not Just Socks.
Addi size us1 and us0 circs and bamboo DPN


And here are some of the latest in action...
glove love
the look
Have I mentioned I LOVE Fall?

Friday, November 02, 2007