Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Needle Sizes

Over the past summer, I finally found some yarn for a fangirl Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf.

Berroco Cuzco, 50% Alpaca and 50% Peruvian Wool

I was very excited! After ditching my Red Heart version knit in my early days, I have been on the lookout for a soft yarn in the right colors.

I am practicing altering the color of my imges in Photoshop and I rather like how this one turned out.

I was also excited because I could use my very first knitting needles ever, 8mm bamboo straights. I have many fond memories of those needles and they have served me well. Having spent so many hours with them in my early days, I was surprised at how long it took me to readjust to them. It felt like I was knitting with awkward, stubby tree trunks. It didn't hit me fully until I compared them to the needles I usually knit with these days (2.25 mm sock needles).

Though not represented in this picture, I have retained a preference for bamboo.

WOW, that explains it. Then for fun I compared the fabrics from each needle:

Sorry about all the stripes and colors going on was an experiment in knit photography.

The one awesome thing about knitting with big needles I had forgotten was how fast the project zips along. I totally got this project done in about 8 hours (two art classes+ cast on at home+ knit group).

Hooray for quick knits that are 8+ feet long and keep your neck warm while showing my shamless HP love!

Happiness is...

Sometimes happiness be when I ask The Pirate "Yaarr me hearty, this here dead fish hat from Knitty is the funniest thing this side o' the poop deck. Would ye perch one atop yer head? What say ye?" And he says "Aye, me wench, tis indeed a grand hat! Not only would I don one for meself to keep me ears from the cold gales, but I would don matchin' rottin' fish if ye made one for yerself too!'

The first of a pair, washed ashore several months ago with a festive pumpkin.

And then we wear them around campus even if we do look a bit squiffy. Yaaar!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happiness is...

Sometimes happiness is good yarn, good needles, and a good skyline.

NYC, 2.5 mm needles and hand dyed ingido yarn!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I knit socks for myself so I can replace the odd ill fitting monstrosity (pictured below) with peices of knitted art in cool colors.

Oh my goodness, I'm not even sure where these originally came from. Aren't they awful? I am glad they are no longer in rotation!