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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Knitting Pattern-a-Day Week 8 Review

Here's the Week 8 Review of the Knitting Pattern-a-Day Calendar patterns.

Monday, February 20 -- Trio Bolero. I like this, but would like it better in a solid color with contrasting trim. The multi-colored yarn is nice, but I have enough things that only go with one other thing in my wardrobe, and think this would make a nice "go-with-anything" bolero, perhaps in black and white? (I know, me, hater of neutrals, suggesting neutrals! Never try to figure me out -- you won't!) If a dear relative emailed me and said, "I would love one JUST LIKE THAT", I would make it in these colors, but would much prefer it in a solid. I just looked at the yarn (Trio by Crystal Palace) online, and see that it's a tape yarn, 50/50 nylon/poly. It comes in some nice colorways. I can see some potential here, especially for spring or cool summer nights. Just stay away from open flames.

Tuesday, February 21 -- Thumbless Baby Mitts. A good way to use up leftover yarn, these take 1/2 oz. of either sock weight or sport weight, depending on what size you make. I can't see a 6 mos to year one kid keeping these on unless you staple them on them (which is. . . probably not a good idea), but maybe I just don't know a lot about babies. Don't newborns often get put into those cocoon-like sack things which makes them not require mitts? I'd also be afraid of a kid somehow strangling him or herself on those cords. Should they come with a hat made out of a plastic bag?

Wednesday, February 22 -- Victorian Beaded Tea Cozy. I am under the impression that many modern knitters dismiss the tea cozy. After all, how many of us have teapots? Don't we all just brew it by the cup? I *love* tea cozies, and I love this one. It is so pretty, and the set up of the picture is so elegant. Bonus: the instruction for "Push up bead" is abbreviated as "PUB". A person must love a pattern with the word PUB in it.

Thursday, February 23 -- Easy Hat. "Knit in one piece on a knitting machine." Knitting machine?!?!?! Sacrilege!!! (If I had a knitting machine myself I may change my mind.)

Friday, February 24 -- Icelandic Silk Boucle Scarf. This is one of those projects that is probably a beautiful FO that suffers from a not so great picture. It's a seed-stitch scarf done with a beautifully colored hand painted silk yarn. This is something I'd consider making as a gift.

Saturday/Sunday, February 25 and 26 -- Inca Inspired Adult Vest. Interesting charts on this, and a really nice color combo. I like black, white and red together. I'm not a big vest fan, but this could probably easily have sleeves added, and these charts could easily be incorporated into another pattern.


Blogger nittineedles said...

The mitten cords are supposed to be run through the coat's sleeves so the mittens dangle out the ends. I suppose, for safety's sake one could sew or pin the cord to the inside of the coat. Certainly is easier than hunting for the mittens when you're running late.LOL

5:09 PM  
Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

You're right, and I'm silly. I don't really know much about babies. I had mittens with cords when I was little, but that's more of a toddler or kindergarten age. I always thought babies just had the all-in-one cocoon thingamajig.

10:37 PM  
Blogger nittineedles said...

That all-in-one cocoon thingamajig is called a bunting bag. I knit those too. LOL

2:55 AM  
Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

How much yarn would it take to make one for a 5'4" average-sized woman? Those babies always look so toasty!

11:01 AM  

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