Another scarf?

I made this scarf this weekend on my knitting machine, for one of the writers at work. It’s super long, like 7′.
 
 
It’s a simple 2×2 rib, using 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden Lite, colorway 2030. Simple patterns really bring out the lovely colors of Noro, I think.
 

The bestest Christmas gift

I delayed posting this entry until I could add pictures, so here goes.
 
My dear husband bought me the most wonderfulest gift for Christmas. I usually don’t ask for gifts, for any occasion, but I’d dropped a hint or two this year. I wanted a spinning wheel. Thinking he didn’t pick up on it, or wouldn’t know what to get (the choices are dizzying), I put together a list of good wheels and discreetly "hid" it on my desk. Imagine my surprise when a spinning wheel arrived early, a week before Christmas. Not just any spinning wheel, but a Schacht Matchless.
 
I hadn’t even put the Matchless on my list because it was too nice. My husband, who doesn’t quite get my fascination with fiber, and calls my hobby "playing with string," did his own research and bought me the wheel he thought was best, before I even made up that list. If that’s not a keeper, I don’t know what is. So, thank you, dear. Thank you, thank you.
 
Here it is:
 
 
Lovely, is it not? Here’s the first yarn I made with it, spun from merino wool from a Swell Yarn Shop, purchased at Renaissance Yarns.
 
 
This actually didn’t turn out as well as my attempts on my mother-in-law’s wheel (here and here). I overspun it a bit on the new wheel, and, of course, the thickness is still all over the place. I just need some practice!
 
And because I didn’t post this before, this is the last one I spun on the borrowed wheel, with some Louet Northern Lights wool top in the Toffee colorway:
 
 
I just bought some more fiber, too. Let’s see what I can come up with.
 

It’s scarfarific!

So, it turns out I was trapped in my house for 2 weeks. I was supposed to go back to work the week of Christmas but couldn’t even drive on our street. Couldn’t connect to work from home, either. Apparently everyone from work had the same idea and made it impossible to dial in. Darn!
 
I wish I could say I used the time to finish lots of projects, but, alas, I was a lazy bum and didn’t do much. I did pull out my old Artisan 70D knitting machine and knit this scarf on it:
 
 
Pretty, eh? This is based on the Noro Striped Scarf pattern by Jared Flood. It was somewhat difficult to knit on the machine, because the machine likes nice smooth yarns and Noro Kureyon is… not. But it turned out lovely, did it not?
 
I also managed to get to my stylist, finally. I gave her the scarf.
 
Then on New Year’s Day, I went down to my local yarn store, Renaissance Yarns, for an amigurumi workshop. Meet Orly!
 
 
Oh, and it started snowing again last night. It stuck overnight, but was melting this morning. So I had to go to work. Darn!
 

Fall Forest shawl

I’m down in California this weekend to visit family and go to a friend’s wedding. The wedding was yesterday, so I can post my bride gift:
 
 
The wedding was held deep in a forest at a retreat, so I wanted to make something that signified fall in the forest. The pattern is Luscious Forests Lace Shawl by Anna Dalvi, and the yarn is Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the Loro barranquero colorway.
 
The wedding was beautiful. Much love to the happy couple!
 

See horse? No, seahorse!

My works-in-progress are stacking up (that sea lettuce scarf, still, a purse, and a one-skein scarf from the tour) and I go and cast on yet another project. That’s ok. This one was quick, and cute. Behold, a seahorsie!
 

 
The pattern is from Hansigurumi, the yarn just some Red Heart acrylic I had lying around. I made it for my husband, but he doesn’t appreciate it. At least I had fun making it. :P
 

Babies!!!

Nothing like a birth to get motivated to knit something special. One of my oldest internet friends recently had a baby, so I sent along some stuff.
 
For the newborn, a pair of booties and a hat. These were knit with Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy yarn, from the Sjartee’s Bootees pattern, and a modified Jewel baby hat pattern.
 

 

 
I also missed the birth of the baby’s older brother, so I sent him a dragon, from the Norberta pattern on Knitty.com, knit with GGH Veneto yarn. Doesn’t he look like he needs a hug?
 

 
I’m still working on that Sea Lettuce scarf. I get distracted!
 

Christmas in March

Back in January I mentioned that I was still working on two more gifts for the family. I actually completed them a couple of weeks ago, but they’ve finally arrived at their destinations, so I won’t spoil the surprise by posting them now.
 
First, a scarf for my brother. This is the Seed Stitch Scarf pattern from the Holiday 2006 issue of KnitSimple magazine. The yarn is Cascade Pastaza Paints. This was so late that I wrote a note that maybe he could use it next winter, but then I guess a big blizzard hit over the weekend. Yeah, I planned it that way.
 

 
The last "Christmas" knitted gift is for my mother. It’s another hat, again from the Three Tams pattern on Knitty. The yarns are Cascade 220 and Noro Silk Garden. My mom likes red, so I picked out the red first then tried to find a Silk Garden colorway that would work. (Actually, all of the family christmas gifts have a red theme, if you haven’t noticed!)
 
 
Merry Christmas, fam!

Fun with coworkers, part deux

I promised my friend TriXie a hat, and a hat she got. Behold the Tam 4 Trixie!
 

 

 
The pattern is from Three Tams on Knitty. It was knit with Lion Cashmere Blend in Navy and Southwest Trading Company Karaoke in Ocean. It’s soft soft soft! TriXie tells me she’ll be wearing this on her Germany trip this week. Bon voyage, Trix!
 

Fun with coworkers

Oh yeah. I do like knitting a lot, but give away more than I keep. So, I ended up making some items for people at work, just for fun.
 
First, a Quant headband from Knitty.com, using Crystal Palace Yarns Taos. I gave this to one of the editors on my team.
 

 
And then a Under Water scarf from Dorothy, for one of my husband’s co-workers. He had a neon sign that I wanted to buy off of him for my husband, but he just gave it to me and refused payment. So I made him a scarf. The yarn is Moda Dea Tweedle Dee.
 

 
And finally, a set of Voodoo wrist warmers from Knitty.com, knit with Noro Silk Garden. This was for one of the writers on my team. She told me she wore them all evening after I gave them to her. Awwww. You’re welcome.
 

 
I’ve got another one in the works, too. Stay tuned.
 

Knitted Christmas gifts

Since I just started this thing, I thought I’d step back and grab a few projects from Christmas. It still counts, right? So, I made some gifts for the fam. Actually, I’m still working on some. (Shhh, don’t tell them.)
 
First, I made some hats for my nieces (2 and 6) from a pattern in Knit Simple magazine. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted superwash wool.
 

 
Then I made a tam for my sister-in-law from the Three Tams pattern on Knitty.com. The yarn is Cascade 220 Wool and Noro Silk Garden. The Silk Garden is a self-striping yarn, so it looks like the color changes you see in fair-isle knitting. Fake-isle, it’s called.
 

 
I made my mom, dad, and stepmom some Zune cozies, too. More on that later.
 
About the ones I’m not done with yet: I have two more that are kinda almost done that I’m still counting as "Christmas." I’ll post those after I’m done and have given them away.