I cannot believe that it has been over a week since my last post. Time has been flying by, and I have been visiting with some local friends. My knitting group has also resumed, so that has occupied some of my time. So, I guess all of that plus general home and work stuff explains time flying. Not to mention that I have a bad case of startitis.
I have joined Project Spectrum 2008, and for the last couple of weeks I have been searching for projects that will compliment the elements theme. As a result I have found at least 10 patterns that I absolutely love, and I want to cast them all on immediately. Well, you all know how well that goes down. I searched through my stash, shopped in bargain bins, and shopped a little to find all the yarn I need for the upcoming patterns. Then I sat down and picked three of the ones I just couldn't wait to try out. One is a basic sock with the new Noro sock yarn. I originally tried a cable sock pattern with this yarn, but I really hated how it was turning out. So I frogged it and started over with a basic rib. I really like the results so far. Here is my minimal progress so far.
What is that lovely wooden item you ask? Well, that is a Knitzi. It holds the DPNs in place wonderfully, and there is no fear of them breaking. I highly recommend them, and they sell these awesome bags that are a perfect fit for the ball of yarn and the sock in progress. I just throw this in my purse for knitting on the go.
The second pattern I decided on is the Noro hat by Saartje de Bruijn. I choose this one because it is fast, simple, and I could use up some of my Noro Silk Garden scraps. I used a left over skein of Noro #258 from my Clapotis, and half a skein of Noro #269 left over from my Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl. This hat was a lot of fun to finish, and it actually fits. This is a big deal for me because hats usually fit me really weird. This one fits nice and snug and the colors look great when it is worn. I love the way that the neutral Noro pops out when it is stretched.
The beehive shapes allows it to stand up on it's own. It is so cute!
Here is a photo with the hat stuffed with tissue paper. I wanted to show off the neutral Noro that I used for the knit rounds. When you wear it the white really pops. It looks a lot like an Easter egg here, but it is much more round when you put it on. :)
The third project I am working on is from Holiday Knits. I will share some pictures of it in a couple of days when it is finished. My camera battery died today before I could get a decent picture of it in progress.