Well Just had to add a couple of things I finished late - I guess this really wraps up 2008. Pretty fun year in knitting! I didn't get photos of a few Christmas presents that I knocked off really fast. A couple of cute little hats.

Spiralicious Mitts

These are the Spiralicious Mitts from Anne Hanson. This was very fun as I got to be a test knitter for these mitts. Watching the process of finalizing the pattern was very fascinating. It was already 99% there, but watching Anne tweak that final 1% to make an easy to read, error-free pattern was quite cool. The mitts are fabulous to knit - very quick, and stunningly beautiful.

These are in Malabrigo sock, colorway Persia. This yarn is fab for these mitts - really shows off the stitch detail and the color is scrumptious!

Started: November 21, 2008
Finished: Early December
Pattern: Spiralicious Mitts - Anne Hanson
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock - Persia

Needles: 2.5mm Addi Turbos
+ 2.0 mm dpts

Monkey Socks #2

This is my second pair of Monkey Socks. I love this pattern! ( Cookie A Monkey socks from knitty. )

All done! These are SO cute!


Started: November 8, 2008
Finished: November 24, 2008
Pattern: Monkey Socks - Cookie A
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM

Needles: 2.5mm Addi Turbos

Obstacles Scarf

This is a new yarn from Shalimar Yarns-Zoe Sock! It's a superwash 100% merino fingering weight yarn. Very nice to work with and I love this colorway (cocoa bean). I know the picture doesn't show much yet, but I swatched quite a bit with it before picking out this pattern and it has nice stitch definition. I also think it will hold up well as I beat the start of the skein to death swatching and ripping out!

The pattern is the Obstacles scarf from Anne Hanson. I think it will be lovely in this yarn and will be a holiday gift.

11/15 - All done! Blocked and ready to go. I was struggling to get a pic that shows how dimensional the pattern is. I blocked it very lightly to keep that bubble-wrap feeling! So on the second pic, I got a little shadow from the flash and the shadowy part shows how deep & cooshy this pattern is.

Started: October 31, 2008
Finished: November 15, 2008
Finished size: 8"x50" lightly blocked

Pattern: Anne Hanson's Obstacle scarf
Yarn: Shalimar Yarn Zoe Sock - cocoa bean - 1 skein
(450 yds)
Needles: #6 Bamboo

Knitting - 2008 Archive

 

This is a gathering of my finished objects for 2008. I am pretty tickled when I look over what I have done. Wish I had finished a few more things, but I am really happy with what I have learned over this year.

 

STITCHES EAST

Oh my. Oh my. I think this may be worse than MDS&W. At least there, the yarn fumes are diluted by real sheep. I could have easily bought twice as much yarn as I did. Everywhere you turned there was beautiful yarn, stunning colors, patterns, buttons. It was a cornucopia for the eyes and the hands.


From left, Souza Sock! kind of in the shadow, then 4 skeins of Petite Hardtwist Merino (Siobhan & Mahogany), then a skein of Glacier in Olive tones. Floating on top is Petal - 2 skeins in teal. In the middle, we have 3 Jul shawl pins, 2 buttons from Annie's Sweet Homespun that I need to get a better picture of because they are gorgeous. 2 sets of 4 Jul buttons - these are stunning buttons BTW! A pair of fused glass buttons and an antique shell button from Cheryl Kumiski. Two patterns - one from Queenie sisters called Prudence that was at the Lisa Souza booth - a gorgeous scarf/shawl and one for a very nifty diagonal vest that I forget the name of. I also spent time at our own Frederick-based Shalimar & Serendipitous Ewe yarns. They had some gorgeous stuff, but since I can score that anytime, I stuck with the "exotic" Lisa Souza yarn. Now I had better get knitting! Stash pics have all been posted on Rav.

PVDA Annual Dinner Donation scarf

This is out of some MD S&W stash. It's a silk/linen blend from Autumn House. It knitted up really pretty.

Started: October 26, 2008
Finished: November 1, 2008
Pattern: Stephanie McPhee's One Row Handspun Scarf
Yarn: Autumn House Silk/Linen blend - colorway Waterlilies

Needles: #10 Lantern Moons

Monkey Socks

Kinda fun, eh? Yarn is Sock! from Lisa Souza The color is Little Devil! They are so soft. The gal I made them for totally loves 'em.

Started: September 5, 2008
Finished: October 26, 2008
Pattern: Monkey Socks - Cookie A
Yarn: Lisa Sousa Sock! - Little Devil colorway

Needles: #0 Addi Turbos

CANTER Scarf

 

This scarf is destined for an auction to benefit CANTER - an organization that helps rehome Thoroughbreds off the track. Austin is a CANTER horse. Consider participating in the auction - donate or buy (or BOTH!)

http://cantermafallauction.proboards104.com/index.cgi


Finished pics. It came out beyoootiful!


This is as of Sunday morning - color is pretty accurate on my 'puter. It's lovely exuberant, boingy yarn and the pattern (a freebie from Stephanie McPhee - see link below) is fun and fast to knit up. As of Sunday PM, it's almost 20" long - one skein down. More pics later!

Started: October 5, 2008
Finished: October 14, 2008
Pattern: Stephanie McPhee's One Row Handspun Scarf
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM
3 skeins
Finished size: 6"x70"
Needles: #5 Lantern Moons

Rivolo

Another beautiful scarf pattern from my fave designer -Anne Hanson.

This is done in Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere. I don't remember the colorway off the top of my head, but it's a gorgeous lightly variegated yarn in shades of orchid/plum. As usual, photographing is tougher than knitting!

Rivolo is finished! I love this pattern and the yarn is scrumptious. It expands tremendously when wet blocked! I have another skein and will see how it works to block dry and just mist. Lost a little bit of the texture of the scarf when I blocked it, but it still came out gorgeous.


Unblocked.


Blocked with the light shining through. It really is yummy stuff.

Started: July 2008
Finished: August 2008
Pattern: Rivolo - Anne Hanson
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Cashmere Silk

Finished size: 14x60
Needles: #6 Bamboo straights

Teosserae Socks

The yarn is Lightweight sock yarn from the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock club in colorway "Lenore". I love this colorway!

I did the star toes from the STR club socks - a Cat Bordhi pattern - they are really quite nice! The star toe cast on is in her new sock book. You can find Tesserae at Anne Hanson's website. She is a phenomenal designer - her work is definitely worth your attention. Lots of fun socks and check out her shawls!

9/5 All done. Love how they came out. Can't wait to wear them! I did them toe up with Maia's Gusseted heel. It fits great. I will let you know if the socks stay up! LOL

Started: January 11, 2008
Finished: September 2008
Pattern: Anne Hanson's Tesserae
Yarn: BMFA lightweight - Lenore - 1 skein
Needles: #0 Addi's

Shedir Hat

Shedir is a beautiful free pattern from knitty.com. It was designed as a chemo cap and I knitted this one for a friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

It is pink - but with an attitude - and that will suit her perfectly!! Here is a link to the pattern - SHEDIR

Started: July 2008
Finished: July 2008
Pattern: Shedir
Yarn: Rowan Calmer
- 1 skein plus a smidge - Coral
Finished size: N/A
Needles: #3 Addi Circulars

Little Sister Dress

This is a darling little pattern that I found on Ravelry by Tora Frøseth Design. I used less than a skein of STR lightweight and it knitted up great. I went ahead and tossed it in the washer and dryer - handwashing would better, but it's for a baby! and I decided that I would remove the handwashing angst from mom's lap right off the bat.

I changed the neck finishing detail - knitted 3 rows instead of a crochet finish and used those rows to add the buttonholes. Buttons are just simple little pearl shank buttons, was looking for something fun in pink or orange, but couldn't find anything that floated my boat. These are cute though.

Started: July 2008
Finished: July 2008
Pattern: Little Sister Dress
Yarn: STR lightweight -
Firebird - 1 skein
Finished size: 6 month
Needles: #3 Addi Turbo
Lace

Simurgh - Anne Hanson

I am totally thrilled with how this came out. It's a very fun knit with lots of variety. After a big goof (forgot to cast on 10 stitches for the first border and had to frog and redo) the rest of the stole went very well.

Here is a link to Anne's Website - well worth the visit!

Folded up so that you can see the quill border detail.

And draped over the balcony. A little bit "wow" if I say so myself!

Started: January 5
Finished: February 13
Pattern: Simurgh - Anne Hanson
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk - Rose Garden- 2 skeins

Finished size: 18x72"
Needles: #5 Rosewood Lantern Moon

Seafoam Shawl (project formerly known as Bird's Nest Scarf revisited)

7/20 This was certainly a project! Once I finally got a stitch pattern I liked, I way ran out of yarn. Since I bought the yarn years ago, it took a little while to remember exactly what yarn it was (Blue Heron Metallic Rayon) and then there was no chance to match the colorway, so I decided to just get another colorway and do something creative to make it work. I debated between making it a day/night kind of shawl with the mysterious blue and a wild peachy orange or staying in the blue family. Found a blue that I thought would work really well, so that's what I wound up with.

Provisional cast on, used a tweaked version of the lace stitch from Folk Shawls Bird's Nest Shawl, added a knitted on border, used up about half of the dark blue, then swapped to the lighter blue and finished with that. Messed around a little with the transition to the final edging. Not totally happy with that, but it's okay for a first shot. Repeat on other side. I probably will not try to write this one up. Between the final edging that's a little meh and the fact that I forgot to write down how I fixed a little problem in the pick up from the provisional cast-on, I don't think I can write up a functional pattern.

Ultimately though, I am pretty happy with it. To me the combination of stitch pattern and the changing blues of the yarn reflect the breaking waves and flowing/receding foam on the beach.

 

Started: April 2008
Finished: July 2008
Pattern: Modified Bird's Nest Scarf from Folk Shawls
Yarn: Blue Heron Metallic Rayon

Finished size: 28"x60"
Needles: #7 Lantern Moons

Tesserae Socks

This project is waiting in the wings - it's another great sock pattern from Anne Hanson. This was my March yarn buy - a beautiful sock yarn from the Woolen Rabbit.

4/13 I knocked these out pretty fast so far - the pattern is a very easy knit and the yarn is wonderful to knit with. About to turn the heels on these too. I knitted them toe up - star toe and will do a heel gusset. These are destined for my friend Peg.
6/1 COMPLETED! These are way cute! Love that Woolen Rabbit sock yarn. The adventure was that they wound up too long in the foot and so I frogged back and redid the foot and gussets. They fit Peg perfectly and look better too!

Started: April something
Finished: May 30, 2008 (at the Eleganza Rav Party!)
Pattern: Tessearae - Ann Hanson
Yarn: The Woolen Rabbit Harmony Sock Yarn - Roasting Chestnuts, one skein
Finished size: Custom for Peg
Needles: #1 Addi Lace

Bird's Nest Scarf - (from Bird's Nest Shawl in Folk Shawls)

I started this before Christmas. This is the Baltic Sea Stole using Blue Heron Rayon Petite Ric Rac. I started it as a small version of the Baltic Sea Stole, but didn't like how it was knitting up, so tried it as a Clapotis and didn't like that either. I had knitted up a Bird's Nest Shawl for a friend for Christmas (never did a get a picture - bummer! It was beautiful!), so tried that as a scarf and it came out beautifully!

 


Started: Mid December 2007
Finished: 1/22/2008
Pattern: Bird's Nest Shawl variation (Folk Shawls)
Yarn: Blue Heron Petite Rayon Ric Rac
Needles: #9 Aluminum

I have written up my variation and posted it as a free pattern. However, you will need Folk Shawls to work this variation. If you need to buy it - click Here

Ride for Life Leaf Lace Scarf

 

I knitted this up for a silent auction contribution for the PVDA Ride for Life Gala. This is an event my dressage association puts on as a benefit for the Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Center. More on PVDA RFL here.

The scarf was a quick knit. The subtle variegations on the Karaoke are simply gorgeous - more cool in person than via photo for sure. I will be posting this as a free pattern soon.

PVDA Leaf Lace

Started: June 21, 2008
Finished: June 26, 2008
Pattern: My own Leaf Lace Variation
Yarn: SWTC Karaoke - 3 Skeins

Finished size: 9x60
Needles: #10 Lantern Moon Ebony