Friday, October 22, 2010

FO Friday - 3 FOs checked off the list!

I go through phases of casting on projects, and setting them aside when it comes to finishing.  Let's face it, finishing is not knitting.  I love knitting . . . but sewing seams and sewing on buttons . . not so much.  If you saw my last post, you know that I let the sheer number of WIPs get a little out of hand recently.  But gift-giving season is approaching, and the weather is finally cooling off here in Northern California, so I am motivated to get back to those languishing UFOs.

Participating in these WIP Wednesdays and the FO Fridays is really helping me along.  So if you are in a finishing funk, go over to Tami's Amis and join in!

1) Ana Bandana: This one is going into the holiday gift box. I had my mother-in-law in mind when I cast on for this scarf-like hat. She wears scarves instead of hats for warmth during the winter. I think she will like this color, as well as the silky feel of the yarn.

 Pattern:  Ana by Perl Grey
Source:  pdf download from the Perl Grey website, where you can also find beautiful pewter stickpins and brooches
Materials: 1 skein of Handmaiden Fine Yarn Silk Maiden in "Stardust", and US 6 needles

2) Next up:   Another one for the gift box, even though I'm not sure who it is for yet.  I think just about anyone would like this scarf.  It is light, but still adds warmth.  I will probably make a few more as gifts, as one scarf only takes 1/2 of a ball of Kidsilk Haze.
Pattern:  Airy Scarf by Brenda Overstrom
Source:  Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson - This scarf is from the "Two-To-Four-Hour Gifts" chapter, and it truly does knit up quickly.
Materials:  Rowan Kidsilk Haze, and US 10 needles

3) And finally . . . Emily:  A cardigan for me, knit out of yarn purchased at Stitches 2010.

Pattern:  Emily by Jenny Watson
Source:  Auracania Collection,  Book 1
Materials:  8 skeins of Malabrigo Yarn Twist in "Velvet Grapes", and US 6 needles
My Modifications:  I basically followed the directions except for the fact that I was knitting at a different gauge than the pattern required.  The Twist yarn is a little bulkier than the original yarn called for in the pattern.  I just adjusted for this by following the directions for one size smaller than I really needed.  I also avoided some seaming by using a 3-needle bind off on the shoulders, and knitting the sleeves top-down on circular needles.  I still had to sew side seams, which why this sweater has been stalled for awhile.  But it's finally done, and it is warm and comfortable.
Happy Friday everyone!


  1. Look at you go! Congratulations!

  2. Gorgeous Cardigan. It looks glamorous yet comfortable. The Ana is an unusual pattern and looks lovely in that yarn. Well done on shifting things into the FO pile.

  3. So glad WIPW and FO Friday are helping you get through a lot of your projects! I love all of your projects, but especially your cardigan! It looks fabulous on you!

  4. Stop it! Everything you showed today is not only wonderfully beautiful but likely going on my mental to do list. Have been looking for a scarf pattern much like that and the cardigan is gorgeous.

  5. Wow, 3 FOs in 3 days. Nice work! The cardigan looks lovely on you. Also, I'm kind of coveting your bathtub. :)

  6. Thanks for the compliments you all, but don't forget these were all done being knitted awhile ago. It only took about 4 hours of finishing work to get all 3 done, but that didn't stop me from letting them sit unfinished for months!
    I love seeing everyone else's FOs too on these Fridays.

  7. Shannon - I love that cardigan on you. Everything is gorgeous!

  8. Wow! Love that hat and that cardigan is beautiful; perfect color for you.