Thursday, December 26, 2002  

Designing Success!!!

This is the hat and scarf I knit for my best friend- I finished the scarf ages ago, but I was stuck on the hat- I couldn't find a pattern. So today, I decided I would use the first day of my "knitting vacation" to try my hand at designing..... :) I am VERY excited that it worked! :) It isn't perfect, but I think she'll really like it. I will post the pattern and more pictures once I get back to my high-speed connection at work next week! :)

In the meantime, here is Cricket helping me get started on my design....

I am also making great progress on the Aran. I have reached the short row neck shaping- a little intimidating at first, but I'm trying to take my time and concentrate, so hopefully I'll finish successfully in the next few days. :) Right now, I am winding the yarn for the baby blanket into balls while watching CSI (best show on tv!). I'm hoping to start on the blanket before I go back to work. I've never done Intarsia before, so that will be a challenge- I hope it turns out well as I think it will make a great gift for the new baby! :)

Oh, in other knitting news- my grandma LOVED her hat and scarf. She wore it that day! We had a white christmas for the first time since 1993, so she needed the extra warmth of the fleece lining. I know it meant a lot to her that I took the time to make it for her. :) I wasn't 100% satisfied with my design/lining job, but I think I have some ideas that will help in the future. For example, in the baby blanket, I will do a seed stitch border, and also knit the white "background" of the blanket in seed stitch to discourage curling and to give the blanket more texture. I also think it will help the animals stand out more. But it will be an experiment- if it doesn't work, I guess I'll frog and start again!


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