Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy You Know What!

Here's hoping 2012 is better than 2011.
Happy New Year, all!

And I finished Madman's Double-knit sock.  Even with the double layer of kitchener.  Wrap your brains around that one for a minute...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Here, Piggy, Piggy...

So I can now reveal the secret knit project, since it has been gifted to the happy recipient.
It's double-knitting again, since I seem to have been bitten hard by this particular technique. 

Behold, the Pig Hat:

A fully reversible earflap hat.  With pigs.

I designed it on the fly, since I had the wonderful idea for it way too late to actually finish it in time.  By starting with the earflaps, I was able to work out what my gauge was, and then do the calculations for the body of the hat from there.  The pigs are a re-work of some charts for a sock in the Socks, Socks, Socks book, altered from the 3 colors of the charts (meant for duplicate stitch) which I changed for 2 colors.  The stripes are just because I like stripes, and they make it easy to count rows.  I finished weaving in the last end after supper at the giftee's house, after making her hunt me up a yarn needle.  (Because I'd forgotten to bring one.  Preparedness is not my middle name...)

The recipient is my wonderful Wicked Good Stepmother - since she and my dad raise pigs, it seemed wildly appropriate.  I told her that with one side out, it shows Yorkshire pigs, and the other side is flashing Red Durocs. 

She was pretty pleased with the hat...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy happy ho-ho!

Happy merry jolly holidays, all.  May your days be filled with joy and light!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Would anyone mind if I ripped a hole in the Space-Time Continuum?

Because that's the only way I'm going to get everything done...
Baking and wrapping and secret knitting don't leave me much time, energy, or fodder for posting.
And working full-time in retail is NOT helping my Christmas Spirit.  (At this point in the madness, the only ones out are the desperate and the truly truly angry.  Help me.)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Okay, quick show of hands

How many people thought I'd have to rip out the first version of the toe?

Yeah.  I guess that was pretty predictable, hunh...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Someone cover me - I'm goin' in!

Time to attack the toe. 
Someone's gotta do it...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hey! It's December 1st!

Which means I made it through another NaBloPoMo alive...
I did have an early glitch,  which I fixed by posting twice on the same day later. 
So my stitch count came out okay, even though my gauge was off.