Saturday, March 30, 2013

FO: Easter Bonnet (MN-Style)

izzy-leavesI was thrilled to have my four seasons back this year, waxing poetic about crisp fall days and snowy holidays. But now that it's nearly April, I'm more than ready for winter to be over.

This morning began with a gentle spring rain. You could see the anticipation and relief on the faces of people out walking their dogs and in the aisles at Target. But not so fast, apparently. They're calling for a return to 38° F (3° C) for Easter Sunday. So while this wasn't intended as a holiday gift, it seems the FO timing is just perfect. At least the color makes it feel like spring.


Pattern: Pressed Leaves by Alana Dakos
Yarn: TFA Yellow Label (Iris)


Sunday, March 24, 2013

FO: First Socks

After the knitting-tweaking-reknitting cycle that was the first (keeper) sock, the second one seemed to fly off my needles. Throughout all that knitting, though, I was skeptical about the yarn. It had a slightly twine-like roughness, but thankfully became all fuzzy soft after a good soak.
Yarn: Opal Regenwald / Rainforest (Buffalo Bill) 

I've been admiring the pair on the sock blockers for at least a week now — a bit scared to actually step on all that hard work. Maybe another week and I'll give them a test run. Ever had a knit that you were afraid to wear? I'd love to hear about it!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

FO: Lucky Penny Cowl

Like so many others, I was led down the Honey Cowl path by those Mason-Dixon pushers knitters. Not that I'm complaining. In fact, it was a great mindless/mindful knit and I suspect another one will grace my needles soon.


Pattern: Honey Cowl
Yarn: TFA Yellow Label (Lucky Penny)


And can I just say I'm completely in love with this new TFA color? Fighting the urge to order it in every base — but stash diving tonight so I can clear out some room...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

FO: Dowager Escargot

Me: I do enjoy the look of a good hat — just not on my head.

The Other Violet: Don't be defeatist, dear. It's terribly middle class.

Me: Well, it is knit... What's the harm in trying it on?

The Other Violet: Oh, my dear, in my time I wore the crinoline, the bustle, and the leg-of-mutton sleeve. I'm not in a strong position to criticize.

Me: Um, yeah. Next time I'll skip the ill-conceived mods.


Pattern: Escargot by Veronica Parsons
Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (Bittersweet Heather) and
TFA Green Label (Turquoise Water)