New Scarf!

magenta scarf, originally uploaded by leeleetea.

I started this scarf way-o back in January (as in last winter) But got sidetracked an made a matching hat and mittens without actually finishing the scarf. However, it's been getting chilly here in Toronto, and my little Swallowtail just isn't battling the elements quite the way I would like it too. So I finally buckled down and finished the thing. Due to the enormous gauge, and the fact that it's just a basic 2x2 rib, I finished it in one day. Which means that this scarf could have taken me two days to knit, if I hadn't been so ADD about my knitting. Instead, it took 10 months!

The sort of unfortunate part about this scarf is that the 15% mohair is a little bit scratchier than I would like. The whole kit and kaboodle may end up being donated to someone who will really use it, but we'll see. I do still need a scarf.

This is the beginning of me trying to finish up my projects. I have a fair amount of gift knitting, not to mention that I really want as little on the needles once I leave the country. Lets not talk about how I'm still stash enhancing though.... ignore the STR in the drawer. It is not the STR that you are looking for.


So this picture has two stories behind it. The first is the scarf, which I am knitting for my mom. The stitch pattern is one I pulled from Vogue Stitchionary Volume 1, I'll get a close up of it later. I've knit almost all of that ball since this picture was taken. I'm thinking that it's going to take three balls total, which is a problem, since I only have two. The yarn was originally my mom's but she let me use it since I needed something red for this project.

The second story is the reason why I'm dressed up like a punk and taking pictures of me knitting in the Dufferin Mall. I had to do a performance piece for my class, The Body in Performance. My theme was judgments we place on the body based on physical appearance, using knitting to dissuade these preconceptions we have. I'll show some more of them soon!

And the Thermal sweater is all done, only waiting for a photo shoot!


A post! A post!

In keeping with my new tradition of one post a month, here I go again!

This time though, I actually have an FO to show off! Behold the Turtle booties. They were knit in Lorna's Laces Envy, from Lettuce Knit. The buttons are little turtles I got at Courage My Love in Kensington Market. I made them for a friend in England, who's wife just had their first baby at the end of September. I think I sent them off about a week and a half ago, so they should be there by now. I knit the newborn size, which would probably be too big except that wee Brynmore was premature, and was 6 pounds last I heard, so this size should do him just fine.

Aren't they cute!? I want to knit lots more of them, but I really don't know anyone else with babies right now. Though I did go to a wedding on the weekend ... we'll see what happens there in the next few months!

The booties were my part of my Socktober thing, the other part was finishing my Thermal sweater. It is knit out of sock yarn after all. I knit the whole last sleeve, finished the body, and am now slowly working my way through the ribbing for the collar. I think I have about 4 rows left, which doesn't sound like a lot, but there are a gazillion stitches in each row, so it takes a while. I think I'm going to try and finish it up during Pushing Daisies tonight, though it's tempting to just sit here and finish it now. Must resist! Homework piling up! Anyway, I really want to have it done for Wednesday so I can show it off. And yes, that's as in tomorrow. I'm pretty confidant that it's possible. After those few rows I just have to sew in the arms and weave in the ends. No biggie. Hopefully. Plus, Amy is going to show off her finished sweater then, so I might as well join the party!