Saturday, March 23, 2013

Big Bang Jaywalkers

I've a got a bunch of projects I've finished over the last few months that I'm excited to share over the next few posts.

First up, a project I had been working on for, excuse me while I check my project notes, oh, about five months - the eponymous Big Bang Jaywalkers*.

Big Bang Jaywalkers
Socks. Socks that took me five months to make. In my defense, these were my carry around everywhere project that I only worked on while waiting in doctor's offices, and picking up my daughter from preschool and the like. I also admit that finally I Could. Not. Take. It. and just pounded out the last two inches of the sock just to be done with them.

Jaywalker's Pattern Page

Oh, and something fun about them - they started out looking like this...

Spunky Club BFL in the "Big Bang" Colorway
Can we take a second to have a " I made that" moment?

From the moment I got this fiber I knew I wanted to split it, chain ply it to retain the stripes, and then try it out with the Jaywalkers pattern to get that cool chevron** effect. In a shocking turn of events they turned out pretty much how I was hoping.

* Note to self: Form yet another sassy all girl musical supergroup and name ourselves the Big Bang Jaywalkers.

** Extra geek points if every time you see the word chevron you start thinking, "chevron one, encoded...".

Monday, March 11, 2013

Knits in the Wild

I love to knit. I also love what I produce. There is no better feeling than when your knits get put to good use. 
I tend to post clean, clear pictures of my hand knits right after they are completed onto Ravelry. And don't get me wrong - I love a pretty project page as much as the next person, but sometimes it's fun to see the nitty-gritty (knitty ha. ha.) pictures of those hand knits being put to actual good use. So here, I present, knits in the wild...
Morgan's M'gonigle and Snow Shovel Mitts

Thorpe Hat and More Snow Shovel Mitts

I actually made that hat for Chloe a few years ago out of leftover yarn I had on hand. It came out a wee bit big, so it still fits and works wonderfully for keeping her ears warm. The mitts are snow beasts. They laugh at snow. I swear they get warmer the more snow that gets on them. The whole family has a pair for snowy days and I recently got a request in from Grandpa. I have a plan for May with mittens...