The aftermath…..

So my apartment flooded yesterday morning…I woke up at 3am to the sound of gallon of water falling onto my teak coffee table and soaking my couch.  Unfortunately to those reading, almost ALL of my knitting books were ruined by the water, which is so sad cause I had a ton of great books that I loved.  Not to mention all my knitting magazines were lost too with all the fantastic patterns that I was dying to knit.  Hundreds of dollars of knitting patterns totally ruined….as a PhD student I clearly can’t afford to replace them since the couch and other electronics, etc are the priority right now.  This sucks so much!!  I was in the middle of knitting a pattern from one of those books too, and now I’ll have to rip it out and make something else I guess.  Floods suck, and having renter’s insurance with a huge deductible sucks even more because the replacement costs are going to fall solely on my husband and I, and we’re not exactly swimming in money these days.  The worst is that the flood was of no fault to us, we live in a new-looking building with old galvanized pipes.  This is the second flood we’ve had since August where a pipe has burst on us.  Luckily the first time there was little to no damage….wish I could say the same of yesterday.  

Missing my knitting books….

~M

Knit.1-inspired sweater

So, I was looking around on Ravelry a month ago while avoiding doing work (as usual) and I saw a finished sweater that I adored, the Gathered Cardigan from Knit.1 Spring/Summer 2008 by ravelry user knitchick2.  And I decided that I HAD to make that sweater….however after an almost exhaustive search I couldn’t find a copy of the magazine at a reasonable price, so I decided to wing-it and figure one out for myself.  The first pic is from the magazine, and the other pics are from my sweater.  I love, love, love how it turned out, I’ve already worn in a dozen times.  Mind you, the knitting did not go quickly, the gathered part is so many stitches it’s insane and I almost gave up a couple of times…..but trust me, stick with it cause the result is worth it!  If anyone else can’t find the magazine for the pattern leave a comment and if I get enough I’ll draft up a pattern for my version.

 

Knit.1 Gathered cardiganKnit.1-inspired Gathered CardiganKnit.1-inspired Gathered Cardigan (back)Knit.1-inspired Gathered Cardigan 2

New boots

In addion to the hats, mittens, and neckwarmer that I made as gifts for the fam, I also made a couple of things for myself, which I rarely get to do cause I’m always making gifts or requested items or things for my store (which I haven’t updated in AGES and really need to do).  So I made the Prairie boots (www.cocoknits.com), and I just love how the pattern works it’s super neat.  However, I definitely had to fiddle with the sizing A LOT in order to get them to fit just right, so I’m not sure how well these would work out as gifts since it was invaluable for me to try them on as I go.  Also, if you plan on making these two BIG tips: 1) Make sure they feel tight when you’re trying them on as you knit, because I found that they stretch out a lot, 2) Get something to act as a sole for these…because after wearing mine with just the yarn for a week the soles are completely worn out (maybe my yarn choice?), so I’m going to figure something out to fix them…just not sure what yet.

Prairie bootsPrairie boots 2Prairie boots folded down~M

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Hope the holidays were fantastic for everyone, mine were really great this year.  No drama, just relaxation with the in-laws and my own family, and lots of knitting 🙂  For Christmas I made hats and mittens/neckwarmers for most of my immediate family, and everyone loved their gifts.  I think that my knitting is definitely getting faster because I can easily finish a hat or a single mitten in an evening.  Here are the pics of what I made:

Snowflake hatNewfoundland mittensSnowflake hat and Newfoundland mitten setLillehammer hatRed & grey mittensLillehammer hat and red/grey mitten setButton hat (lime)Very cabley mittens (lime)Button hat and very cabley mittens set (lime)Button hat (black)Button hat (black) with herringbone ruffled neckwarmer

As always comments are always appreciated!

~M