Last weekend I knit these crazy scrappy socks from Socks that Rock "Emergency Sock Skeins" I got from my 2008 club. I did them toe-up and then used more leftover STR to finish up a pretty non-matching pair of ankle socks.
Then I knit a pair of Camp Out Fingerless Mitts out of Nean's handspun. I am planning to make a matching hat with a contrast color for the body of the hat, and only the band in garter stitch.
Today I knit a swatch for a Lavina Long-Sleeved Tee. From the bottom up, the needle sizes were 5/6/7//8. I thought I liked the size 6 the best in person, but I like the fabric of the 7 best in the picture. And the drape is better, so I will probably go with the size 7's.
Now that CPH14 is completed (still waiting for its buttons), I can work on an undocumented shawl I started a while ago and set aside because it is for me.
The pattern is Nymphalidea from Knitty Fall 2013. It is also available as a free download on Ravelry. I'm using the suggested yarn Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball along with a kettle-dyed brown merino sock yarn I can't find the ball band for.
I've also been working on some sock knitting. Here's my first completed mystery sock from the Through the Loops knitalong:
And a plain sock I've been making for Jody with some of her handdyed yarn. I tried it in a couple of patterns, but it was so busy, I decided to go for straight stockinette to show off the yarn:
The Central Park Hoodie sweater is certainly beloved by the knitting world. On Ravelry right now, almost 5,000 hoodies are reported. The pattern is beloved in my family too. In 2012, I knit 6 children's versions of this sweater for my newphews and nieces. They all loved and wore them, and one of my nephews is insisting on wearing his too small version still. (I may have to rip and reknit it again next year, good thinkg there is still more yarn.) All of those mini CPH's are pictured on this post. And here is where I first referenced the pattern, right when it came out in 2006.
Prior to 2012, I knit one for myself, one for my sister Nean, one for my mom, one for my sister Jen, and then a pair of them for my aunts. That's 6 more. This winter I am knitting yet another one for my friend Staci. All the adult hoodies, except my own, have been knit out of some sort of tweed yarn, because I like the way it looks. The yarn for this 13th version is Queensland Kathmandu Aran in color 173 - purple with flecks of pink and black. It is super soft, and Staci likes it a lot. I hope to have the entire sweater finished by her Birthday a week from Friday, but in the meantime, here is the progress:
What's up next when I finish this sweater? ANOTHER Central Park Hoodie. Pattern chosen by my boss when I gifted her with a sweater's worth of yarn for Christmas. And when I finish that lucky number 14 CPH, I STILL won't be done with the pattern, as those aunts of mine mentioned above have lost an amazing over 100 lbs of each, and I will be ripping back their sweaters and knitting them in the new size for next fall! Basically, this pattern is great. I don't actually follow it anymore, but I have certainly gotten my money's worth on the original magazine purchase, and I'm sure I will find reason to knit it again in the future.
Yesterday while I was looking through my blog for a date on when I actually knit a sweater I was repairing, I came upon my first "Bet You Thought I Forgot How To Blog" in July 2006. There's nothing too interesting on that post, I just thought it was noteworthy that I am actually an on-and-off blog slacker, starting just months after I began posting!
Since fashions and bodytypes have changed a little since then, I added about 4 inches to the bottom, and 1.5 inches to the sleeves (yes, I still had the original yarn leftovers) and its ready to go again!!
I have knit and sewed a good number of items since I last posted. I think I'll slowly try to catch the blog up to speed. Tomorrow's post...Central Park Hoodies.