Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The first and the last

Here they are. The Maine Morning Mitts. My first finished project of the year. I used less than one skein of Noro Kureyon. I think the color number is 88. Actually I used the left overs from two skeins. The other part went for some fingerless gloves I made for H (of L&H fame) for Christmas.

The pattern is from Clara Parkes' The Knitter's Book of Yarn but I got my copy from Knitter's Review, her weekly newsletter. (I have since received the book as part of my Christmas and am slowly working my way through it.) It takes about six hours to knit these but that depends on how many times you have to stop to brush the cat, or in my case, how many holidays fall between start and finish time.

I made these for a friend who has a birthday on Christmas day. We're celebrating today. I just remembered she is allergic to wool. So these will go elsewhere and I'll used a cotton ribbon scarf that I have in the gift preparedness drawer.

And, finally, the last finished project from 2007, the Fiesta Scarf. It's real name is Forsa and the pattern is from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Hand Knitting Collection, Book Number Two. It's a Noro yarn pattern book. I used three and little bit of a fourth skeins of Noro Kureyon 182. I think that's the number. I don't have the labels anymore. I still have to block the scarf. It's supposed to be just over seven feet long but I'm at more like five and a half feet. I don't know if I can block it enough to get to the planned length but I can add some.

The Rose Parade is over and the bleachers are coming down pretty fast. And the porta-potties are gone. There's still plenty of trash that has to be swept up and hauled away. It's a sunny day with some clouds beginning to roll in. Rain is predicted starting tomorrow and lasting for a few days. That'll be nice, except for the traffic congestion it causes. I'm so glad I don't have a long commute anymore.


mehitabel said...

I am so looking forward to a few rainy days! For some reason, sitting indoors knitting in the rain is very enticing. If I can get The Daughter to move some of the stuff that's in front of the fireplace, I could even put in a firelog--what a concept!

sue said...

I really like the mitts, and the scarf looks great too. I hope you can get the length your after. I dont really like long scarves, much prefer shorter ones you can wrap once around. I hope you can enjoy some peace and quiet too now that all the noise makers have gone.

lexa said...

Both items are such pretty colors! Hope your neighborhood gets back to normal as quickly as possible.

Christine said...

I got the Knitter's Book of Yarn for myself and absolutely loved it. I learned things I didn't even know I wanted to know about yarn. I read the whole book in one sitting, but I must admit I didn't really pay attention to the patterns. I'll have to go back and take a look at them, now. Great looking mitts and scarf.

Monika said...

I looked at the patterns at first, and haven't read about the yarn yet. Most of the patterns are too simple for me. But I like the mittens.
I just realized, I thought getting up at 5AM is early, but you get up way earlier! I'm interested how far you can block the scarf in length!