Aidez KAL and Work Socks

I’ve got almost 17″ of the body completed.  I’m looking forward to knitting the sleeves since they’ll go along much quicker.  I’m adding about an inch and a half to the length, and will be adding some length to the sleeves too.

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Hubby is going away for a few days on a bird hunting trip.  I may have to reluctantly set Aidez aside for those days since it’s the perfect opportunity to knit him some thick warm wool socks for Christmas.  My absolute favourite workhorse wool sock pattern is Liat Gat’s KnitFreedom’s Worsted Weight Sock Pattern – Toe Up/Top Down.  It’s free (after subscribing) and super simple.  I’ve used other patterns like it, but this one takes the cake.

Here’s it’s Ravelry page: Beginner Worsted-Weight Socks for Magic Loop, Toe-Up or Top-Down. Go down the page a bit, for the free download link.

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rosyretro’s Alpaca Snuggle Socks

Check out RosyRetro’s version here!

Leg Warmers

not the ideal shoes, but oh well

I was curious about having some leg warmers for added warmth this coming winter season, so I knit up a pair of Jane Richmond’s Leg Warmers.  One could easily whip up a pair of these in a day or two, depending on their spare time.  While I don’t “love” them, I’m sure I’ll use them with boots, or even hidden under some wider leg jeans!

ah, that’s a little better

Aidez KAL

September 24th marks the beginning of a knit along for Aidez, the gorgeous cardigan designed by Cirilia Rose, which resides at the top of my queue on Ravelry.  A big thanks to Kelly at CelticCaston.com for initiating this much awaited project!

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image source: berroco

I had originally purchased a lovely green shade of Cascade Eco +, but it was bought on a whim and didn’t grab my heart as it should.  Thankfully I found the perfect colour from a fellow knitter on Ravelry who had it up for sale.  It’s more of a light brown stone colour, perfect to go with anything.

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Stayed tuned at Kelly’s blog for our progress.  I hope to start some swatching on Saturday.  Let the winding begin!

Brionay Scarf Test Knit

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Yup, another test knit. I love doing test knits for other designers as it forces you to produce an FO (you have a deadline). It’s great for practicing the art of knitting. Finally, as an aspiring designer who has a few patterns under her belt, it gets you better aquainted with all the aspects of producing a pattern that will work well for other knitters. I never used test knitters for my 5 or so patterns, and thankfully I’ve never had any problems, but now I see it’s benefits!

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Pattern: Brionay Scarf
YarnCascade Eco +
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5mm, US 10 1/2 / 6.5 mm

I feel ultra silly for blogging about a definite winter accessory, but it is what it is. I’ll appreciate it’s existence about 7 months from now!

The design is very simple and yet has a great effect. It’s done in a bulky weight yarn and I chose Cascade Eco+ because it’s a LOT of yardage in one skein. I didn’t have a lot of colours to choose from at my LYS, but seeing as I have a thing for green, and this was one of “my” greens, it was an easy choice.

Haworth Hot Water Bottle Cozy

I had determined to cut back on my volunteering to do test knits. It had become a sort of addiction, hunting and beating other potential knitters at getting in on the typically short list of testers requested. Once I saw this though, I was on it like mud to a yellow rubber boot. Three testers were requested and I was number two!! The designer, Julie, was bombarded with immediate excited feedback, so I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time.

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Pattern: Haworth Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Yarn: MacAusland’s Woolen Mills, Aran, (less than 1 skein)
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5mm, US 8 / 5 mm

I’ll say right out that I’m not thrilled with my yarn choice on this sweet project, because something much softer (like Cascade 220 or Berroco Vintage) would have been better than the rough and scruffy wool I used.  Still, despite that, this pattern was a joy to work up.  The design and execution is flawless.  Everything worked as it should, so I’d say I scored on getting in on the testing.

It was my first time knitting from a chart, and I gotta say I’m hooked!  I can check “conquer my fear of knitting charts” off my list of things to accomplish.

This would make a great gift for next Christmas, or as part of a care package for a cold fighting friend.

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Here’s the link for the Julie’s project page on Ravelry.  The pattern is still in the testing phase but will be released shortly.

Comfort Cowl Test Knit

Yes, spring is beginning to rear it’s lovely head here on the east coast, but I’m knitting up a fine collection for fall/winter 2012. Blame it on some great test knits too tempting to resist!

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Pattern: Comfort Cowl
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, Aspen (2 skeins)
Needles:
 US 8 / 5 mm

Meet Comfort Cowl, the newly released pattern from Madeleine, aka Yarn Madness on Ravelry. Here in Canada, you can’t have too many warm and cozy accessories for your neck.

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This is essentially an infinity scarf and I love how it wraps around you twice to give you that much needed cozy warm feeling. It’s definitely named well!

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I’ve worn it a few times already and I can attest to it’s comfort!  Would make a great gift for someone next Christmas. :)