After all the classes in the fall semester and related paperwork is done, I was in no mood for anything classified as "obligation. " I knit, knit, knit, cutting housework time and sleep, on these.
Two pairs of Kitten MIttens by Alyssa Lynough, using stashed Hamanaka Wanpaku Dennis double-stranded. Yellow/brown stripe brothers for me, white/brown stripe with colorful ears and tail brothers for my daughter (her pair is used only for playing, not as hand warmers). Although double-stranded and thick, it isn't really wind-proof because they are knit single layer. I learned that Scandinavian/FairIsle colorwork is necessary to resist the windchill.
I like this yarn. 70% Acrylic and 30% wool, machine-washable gently, colorful, reasonably priced. It's not the softest and loveliest yarn in the market, but a good go-to yarn for school goer's garment.
Finished my "donut" vest. I reinforced the steeks with crochet. Highlight was executing the cutting while my friend was watching and making her scream (I have to mention she did so very lady-likely.) I gave up the bottom rib (too short and too weak) and hemmed it, added a row of single crochet at the folding line.
Two coffee sleeves, just to try a motif (dancing lady) and a technique (intarsia in the round).
A skirt for me, double-stranding my stashed fingering yarns. Love the pattern. It's simple, versatile, and fun to make. I'm literally living inside this skirt. It's a "Mary's little lamb" lapwarmer - follows everywhere I go.
Of course, the colorful skirt made my daughter want hers, too. It's made of Hamanaka Wanpaku Dennis, bought to make a bean-brothers toy (like this - Ravelry project link) but I was too slow to start and she has outgrown the book. The color reminds us of her favorite pokémon, Tsutarja (Snivy) . She even claims herself as Grass type, because her name (written in Kanji - Chinese characters) contains the grass radicals.
(The paper under the skirt, is her homework from school.)
These legwarmers are still in progress, but I'll finish them in a couple days or so. The pattern was in Kurashi-no-Techo, the bi-monthly magazine which has 60 years history. The contents are so wide-ranged - book review, craft, cooking, to health and sometimes a hard-core educational or environmental debate. Everything house-keeping, you know. My mother bought December 2011/ January 2012 issue at hospital news stand, and gave me the craft page. I wasn't really thinking of materializing it, but as usual, leftover yarns nudged me. It's a good motif sampler design, so I can change the yarn on any round.
This weekend, my husband and I had our 16th anniversary, which means we have known each other for a little more than 20 years now. Speechless.
We (Me, my husband and my - our - daughter) went for a two-days trip to Kinosaki Onsen to have a good time and good meal.
There were good inspirations for color and texture, too.
I feel so good. It's about time for a Spring cleaning!
PS; About the Ambitious gansey sweater I mentioned on the last post? I brought it for the trip and made progress, up to 8 of 10 repeats of pattern A. Two more repeats and underarm gussets starts. Looks loose stitch-wisely, but I believe the yarn will plump up after a wet block.