Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Delicate colours and textures

After a winter of bright knits (pond scum anyone?), I'm now ready for more delicate colours. Not necessarily what one would think of as "pastel", but more subtle, faded hues.

Dove and putty greys, linen whites, pale straw yellows, fawn browns...


I think this beret is a lovely example of a delicate hue highlighted with little bright punctuations. It's Koigu's KPPPM in the softest shell pink, dotted with teeny specks of peach, coral, indigo, moss.... I love this little hat.


I used the Purl Bee beret pattern, but in reverse stockinette stitch which produces a subtle texture that diffuses the variegation so prettily.

Speaking of delicate, I could live in this world for ever! It just seems so relaxing. It's probably also the lack of real life clutter: no unopened mail, dust bunnies, dirty laundry piles, unwashed dishes. So unlike my real house. A girl can dream though....

(In case you're wondering what colour the Koigu is, I'm afraid to say that the skein was bought a million years ago and I no longer have the label. I checked the Koigu website and I didn't see this colourway so they may not make it anymore...)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Perfect gift for the person who has everything?

I don't know if you've seen this, but it's just kookoo for Cocoapuffs, especially the second one.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Like Lazarus

Holy Mackerel! I've just come back from the dead, y'all.

I had the worst case of influenza, kicking me so low that
You read that right. Ten days. It was hell.

But finally, this morning I woke up and felt like living again, so I polished these babies off on my lunch hour.


You'll have to forgive me, I took excessive amounts of glamour shots.


Indulge me, will ya? I've been an unwell woman starved for a little bit of knitting.


Pattern: Snicket Socks, by Sabine Riefler, from the now defunct Magknits (whoa, the poop really hit the fan on this one while I was "away"). If you want the pattern, go to Sabine's website, she's provided a link to a Google cache of the pattern. I made two major mods: a flap heel instead of a short-row heel, and reverse stockinette heel/sole/toe.


Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight, in Pond Scum (I love love love this colour). It was my first ever skein of STR, and really enjoyed working with it. It's got a stiff, tight twist that really shows off all those knit-in-back cables. Not so easy on the hands though.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Dark and light

Many of you asked which Perl Grey kit I ended up buying. Guided by my desire for something totally mindless, cozy and neutral, I went with Jo, a simple turtleneck that's knitted sideways, in once piece.

Colour choice had a significant role in my selection, as I totally fell in love with the dark, raven-ey hues in this kit. As you know, darks are notoriously difficult to capture, so imagine this as a darker, deeper, more saturated mélange.

I also bought myself another present: a ball winder. I know, I know, it was about time, right? No more tightly-wound rolly-polly balls for me. Center-pull yarn cakes, here I come.

As a total contrast to the moody tones of Jo, I'm also working on some extremely vibrant Snicket Socks.

Socks that Rock "Pondscum".

Happy knitting!