Saturday, June 14, 2008

Knit in public day was today

and I missed it! Darn!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blog buddies

Ok, I really need to update the link list here on the right. I need to add the blogs of all the fabulous knitters in Garnaflækja, a virtual Icelandic knitting/craft group I belong to. I also need to go out and dig up some more yummy knitting blogs to read in my spare time (or during work time, as it were ;))

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My first Zimmermann

Originally uploaded by herdis2002
Do any of you recognize that hat on my head? It's Elizabeth Zimmermann's Maltese Fisherman Hat, from the book Knitting Almanac. I love the shape of the hat, it reminds me of medieval times and chain mail armour and fair ladies and whatnot. Although I doubt that's what the Maltese had in mind when the original was designed. Anyhow, this was my first ever EZ project and I love it! This was knit a few months ago, while we still had winter in Ithaca and holding a little bit of wool on your lap didn't cause near-fatal complications due to overheating as it would now.

The yarn is a heavy worsted weight something I bought a long time ago at the Ithaca Farmer's Market. It's really "raw" in a good sense; you can sort of feel the sheep's presence as you're handling the yarn. I like that :) I bought one skein (made immortal in a previous post about center-pull hand-wound skein) and I have just about half of it left! I still don't know what to do with it, maybe another hat??

Originally uploaded by herdis2002

One of my favorite things about this hat is the neck shaping. It's so nice to have the back of the hat hug your neck like this one does, especially since I HATE getting cold gusts down my back in the winter. There's just something about this hat that I absolutely love. And it's dirt quick to make, too. This one took me about 2 nights and that included deciphering the instructions as well and the knitting and finishing.

Originally uploaded by herdis2002
Now I'm totally enamoured of EZ's designs and general attitude about knitting and life in general. I already knit a copy of her Baby Surprise Jacket but I'm not blogging about it until the recipient has received it! I'm also planning on knitting two of her Tomten jackets this summer, for my niece and nephew. For last Christmas I knit each of them a scarf and I still have lots of leftover yarn from that operation which I plan to incorporate into their Tomtens, so that they may all match up and look fabulous!

Speaking of fabulous, isn't that knitted fabric in the hat just amazing? *sigh*

One thing I'm NOT impressed with is the "blog this picture" feature in Flickr. Or how blogger handles it. I can't get these pics from Flickr to look good within the text *darn* Any tips or suggestions??