Posts Tagged ‘red’

Two pairs of red socks

March 27, 2011

I’ve finished two pairs of simple red socks lately.

The first pair are nice thick woolly house socks for cold winter nights, knit with some vintage red icelandic wool that was given to me by a friend’s mother. The way the weather has been in Canberra lately, they’ve already had a road test. Preliminary results are very positive.

The second, altogether more svelte pair, were knit with some gorgeous Artist’s Palette smoothie sock I picked up at Woolfest in the UK last June. The camera doesn’t really do the colours justice. You’ll have to take my word for it that they’re the most beautiful mix of reds I’ve seen in ages.

My red socks are ravelled here and here.


Lipstick cowl

April 11, 2010

Allow me to introduce the fourth FO for 2010: my Lipstick Cowl.

This project is a pretty special one for me. Not only was it an improvised pattern, but it’s the first thing I’ve knitted from yarn I spun myself! This is what became of the beautiful treetops merino I spun at Spinning Camp last October. And as well as its luscious lipstick colours and incredible buttery softness, it’s wonderfully cozy. I happened to be knitting the last of this in a seminar at work on an abnormally cold day about a month ago. I hadn’t dressed warmly enough for the weather; when I bound off I simply popped this on. Lovely!

The yarn was spun (intentionally) thick and slubby so I decided garter stitch was the best way to go. From my experience making Urchins it’s fantastic for displaying these sorts of yarns, and I wanted to celebrate the irregularities, not hide them. I used 7mm needles and knit in the round because I couldn’t see any point in seaming something like this. If you’re going to make a cowl this way, I’d recommend knitting with the magic loop method. The long circular needle makes it easy to try the thing on as you go.

As you can see it flares out a little at the bottom; I find this more comfortable—and much warmer—at the base of the neck. For those of you who are interested there are more specific construction details on Ravelry. And for those of you who are confused by the concept of a cowl, just think of it as a turtleneck sweater—without the sweater part.

I think this cowl—the first item of my 2010 winter wardrobe—is going to become a staple. I love its softness and warmth, and I fell in love with the colours six months ago on the treetops website. And again when I spun it. And again when I knitted it. In fact the best demonstration of my love for this cowl is that it was never blocked—when, cold and needy, I put it on in the lecture theatre that day at work, I realised it would be difficult to take it off.

The prettiest beret in the world

May 11, 2009

Although you’ve already seen it in the photos from yesterday, I wanted to gush about my new red beret :)

red lace

The pattern is the Ishbel Beret by Ysolda Teague, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed knitting something more. The yarn I used—a cashmere, merino and microfibre blend—was so lovely to knit with too, it just made the whole experience perfect! At one point I had to frog because of a mistake I made in the lace, but I was having a such a good time I didn’t mind at all. In fact, I was even looking forward to knitting it all again, because, well, I’d get to knit it all again.


Can’t say I’ve ever felt that before.

In any case, I now have the most beautiful red beret, the subject of many envious groans. Which means it fits in well with the rest of my wardrobe, the philosophy of which is ‘if it doesn’t make other people jealous, it’s not worth wearing’.

sooooo pretty

Ravellers can find more details here.

Now I’m off to Stitch n Bitch, where I’ll hopefully have a chance to boast a bit more!