Thursday, February 16, 2012

a flurry of hats.

This winter hasn't had much to offer in terms of snow and cold weather, but that hasn't stopped me from knitting some warm and woolly hats.

For these two hats I used Lion Brand's Chance of Flurries pattern and a combo of Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky and Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande, both wonderfully squishy, soft and extremely warm yarns.

It's fun to mix and match colors for the hats, then top them off with a perky pom-pom!

I've also been working on Norby, a sweet little Brooklyn Tweed pattern by Gudrun Johnston. The yarn I'm using is an angora/wool blend that is soft and light with a little halo. I've had it sitting in my stash for about a year and was thrilled to finally find the perfect project for it. Don't you just love when that happens?

Monday, February 06, 2012

not much to say

....about this sweater.

The pattern, the yarn, the sweater itself are just fantastic! Acer was fun and easy to make, no modifications needed, or troubles had.

Since I finished this in December I have been wearing it an awful lot! Something about the classic fit and neutral color makes it perfect for just about everyday.

I think that the grand total cost for knitting this was somewhere under $30. Not bad for a cardigan that will get a lot of wear. Cascade 220 is a very affordable option for %100 wool lovers and holds up with quality and comfort!

The buttons were purchased at Windsor Button in Boston, MA, a craft supplier downtown that has an exciting selection of yarns (everything from Madeline Tosh to Lion Brand!) and an even more exciting selection of buttons! Their staff is also super helpful and will take the time to pull out every box of buttons that interests you from the wall behind the register. I almost want to knit to more cardigans just so I can continue shopping for buttons :-)

I'm excited to knit more of Amy Christoffers' designs, especially after my success and satisfaction with Acer, but for now I am focusing on some smaller projects like accessories and gifts (so many birthdays this time of year!)

I guess I had a few things to say after all! Hope you're all enjoy your winter projects, knitting the short, chilly days away...