Saturday, October 28, 2006

Knits of the past

Ran into these pictures today and since I have been very neglectful of my camera of late, thought I’d post these past projects.

Baby Blanket
I was inspired by all the log cabin knitting going on over at Ann & Kay’s, especially by this photo. The blanket was for a friend who is a graphic designer, and I wanted it to be bold and bright – this seemed just perfect. I bought three different brands of cotton, all with their own textures, to get a set of colors I liked.

Log Cabin Baby Blanket for Ulli

Yarn: Blue Sky Cotton, Rowan 4-ply Cotton, and Manos del Uruguay Cotton.
Needles: I think they were size 7s?
Pattern: Garter stitch in basic log-cabin format – start with a square, *bind off, rotate and pick up stitches, knit a stretch* repeat.
Border: I crocheted on a narrow red border – probably 2 rows of single crochet. I was skeptical about the need for a border, but it really makes it a finished object, not just “I was knitting, then I stopped.”

Wrist Warmers
I love Excel. I love having a small stash of Cascade 220 to whip together the occasional last minute birthday gift. After making the first one, I wanted the second to not match exactly, but I wanted to make sure that I liked the stripes and that they landed in good places relative to the first, the thumb, etc. So I drafted up what I had already knit, row by row, in Excel, and played ‘til I got an arrangement I liked. This was such a last minute gift, actually, that I actually finished them AT the “birthday dinner.” They were put on immediately after they left the needles and worn rather a lot, so I never managed to snap a picture.

Wrist Warmer Chart

I also think this was the project that I figured out how to use my Denise needles to do them on 2 circs. I used to change the tips all the time so I wouldn’t have to buy more needles (yes, every freaking half-round, I clicked them on and off). The secret is to assemble 2 circs, each with one “correct” size tip, and one a size smaller. You arrange the needles so that on each circ, you’re always knitting off of the smaller one onto the larger one. What you’re knitting off of doesn’t affect the size of the stitches, and once you have them set up that way, you don’t have to change the tips. I’m totally in love with my Denise needles, despite my general aversion for all things plastic.

Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: Probably size 7.
Pattern: A classic AmberCake Fakin’ It. 2x2 ribbing in a tube. Thumb holes made by working a buttonhole.


Blogger Green Kitchen said...

I've been wanting to comment on this one, but have been running around. I LOOOOOOVVVVE the colors you chose. I'm on ring? six and have just started to reuse colors. I'm suprised at how much I like working on this project. Are you going to post yours on the Mason Dixon KAL?

10/30/2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger AmberCake said...

I should get my act on over there and post it - thanks for the reminder!

10/30/2006 11:19 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

That is most beautiful color combination I have seen yet! Your work is lovely and the colors are to die for!!!!

11/07/2006 4:26 PM  
Blogger AmberCake said...

Susan - Thanks so much!

11/09/2006 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

I've never posted a coment before, so I hope I'm doing this right. And I don't have a blog...although I want one, just need time to figure it out. I found this stripe calculator...though you might enjoy it...saw your excel version. Don't even know if the link will work, but you can always check her blog and find it. I even just play around with colors and stripes for anything. Kristen

11/09/2006 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Juls said...

gorgeous color choices, just stunning! Love it.

11/13/2006 4:44 PM  

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