#3 lace legs

Hi everyone,

I’ve been itching to knit knit knit, but life (aka grad school applications) kept on getting in the way. Now that everything is submitted and taken care of, I can sit back and get in some “Netflix and knit” time. It feels wonderful!

3cThese lace leg legwarmers took a while, and you can see from my notes that I worked on the pattern in short stints. I like to write out the pattern on a sheet of paper and carry it around with me. For each day that I work on the project I will use a different marker, so I can see how much I get done on individual days. Do you keep track like that, or is it just me? Maybe I should invest in a pretty booklet to keep all my pattern writeups in.

So anyway, this is what my lace legs ended up looking like. As I only have size 6 double pointed needles (working on that, as soon as I clear some of my yarnstash I will allow myself to buy something yarn related) I casted on 40 stitches and worked the pattern 12 times. I think they turned out great – good practice on the double pointed needles. I’ve put them in my ‘gift basket’ for now, maybe they will make a great present or I will keep them for myself.

I’m already working on project #4 and I’m pretty excited about how it’s turning out 😀 Have a good week everyone!!

 

#3 and a one year anniversary

lace leaf legwarmers Hello everyone! It has been a year since I decided to write this blog and share (as well as keep track) of all my knitting projects and the progress I make. I feel like it has been a successful first year; I shared 23 projects (if you include this one) and I am proud of every single one 🙂 It feels great to have a timeline to trace back what you started with and what you are now capable of. Also, though blogging I have been able to look at the work of others – beautiful, inspiring work! Thank you everybody! On to year TWO 🙂

lace leaf legwarmers This week’s project was a pair of legwarmers. I love how turned out in the end, with a leaf like lace pattern. The pattern is called Lace Leaf Legwarmers by Emaly Leak and can be found for free on ravelry. Instead of the recommended size 3 needles I used a size 7 (for those are the only double pointed needles I own at the moment). I had some trouble starting off, as I misread the pattern and thought it was a repeat of 9 stitches – it turned out to be a repeat of 8 stitches. I cast on 48 stitches, which turned out to be too big, so I had to cast on again with 40 stitches. It was a little frustrating to be unable to get just the very start right, but eventually it worked out.lace leaf legwarmers I love the way the leaf is shaped! Instead of using a “sl1, k2tog, psso” method I used a sl2 k1 psso2 method which I learned from my shawl project. I just think the stitch comes out neater that way.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday 🙂

#11 eleven, onze, elf

Hello again everyone — hope you are all having a lovely day 🙂

LegwarmersThis is my latest completed project – a pair of legwarmers. One of my friends transferred to a university in Montreal, and as it is a lot colder over there, so I thought it would be nice if I sent her something that would keep her warm during the winter months. When we were together in first-year, we attempted to knit legwarmers, going by a pattern we made up on the spot – the result of those knitting sessions did not turn out as nice as these legwarmers did. What’s really nice is that these legwarmers have a couple of subtle cables at the top, which makes it look more finished. It was a project that challenged me a little bit, as it had been a long time since I last knitted on double-pointed needles. Once you get going you get the hang of it though, and so the legwarmers went to class with me and took the bus on several occasions (you get really strange looks from people when you pull out 5 double-pointed needles and start doing was seems to be magic, haha). #11d

I really liked the yarn, it was a colour called ‘marble gray’ so it had little pieces of dark grey and brown in there. I find it’s always more interesting to knit with a yarn like that rather than a plain colour. And now I have successfully eliminated a yarn-ball and a half out of the pile of yarn I have stored in my room – making progress.

Another early Christmas gift finished, what will be next? Stay tuned …

Smile!