Sunday, November 04, 2007


I've been busy. I have actually finished some WIPs! Some of them have been UFOs for a LONG LONG time... Some of them were started while I should have been working on other things...

1. New Vest!
I made this over a weekend a couple of weeks ago. (Forgot to post it... )
Pattern: Back-To-School U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits
Yarn: From stash!! Elann Peruvian Highland Wool (50g, 100 m/109 yd); approx. 4.5 balls
Mods: I made the ribbed section longer, started the U-neck a bit lower, didn't do the edging on the arms and only did 3 rounds of stocking stitch (which rolled in ) for the neck.
Verdict: LOVE. Great stash buster, the darts make it fit really well, I think I may make another one from stash.

2. New Bag!
New tote bag for work.
I had this idea in my head for a while and suddenly had the urge to make it last weekend. So far I love it. I used remnant material for the outer fabric, cotton tea towels for the lining, rings for curtains for the handle rings...

The inside has 2 patch pockets and a divider with a zippered pocket. I hadn't ever tried to make a divider in a bag, and couldn't seem to find instructions, so I just winged it. It turned out pretty well considering.

3. New (and repaired) Scarf/Stole!
This is intended as a gift for my friend. You may recall the heart stopping incident of a few weeks ago. I frogged to where I had threaded yarn to stop the run, managed to find my place in the chart and completed it last night.
Pattern: I altered the charts for Icarus from Interweave Knits Summer 2006.
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multi (100 gr, 344 m/376 yd), slightly more than one skein

I love how it turned out, it's exactly what I had in mind when I started (minus the terror of the dropped stitch). I'm hoping my friend loves it too.

4. New Socks!
I love it when the stripes end up matching.
Yarn: Online Supersocke 100 Tropic-Color
Pattern: My usual "cast on 64 and go"
First new socks of the fall.

5. New Icelandic Stranded Cardigan!
Sigh. Love.
Pattern: Hela Short Cardigan free from Istex
Yarn: Alafoss Lopi
Mods: I made the body a bit longer than called for in the pattern.
I started this cardigan in May. I had about 4 inches of the body knit and then it got warm and it kept getting further and further down in the WIPs basket. I pulled it out a few weeks ago and got going on it. I love how it turned out, although the stranded section is a bit tighter gauge than the rest (should have gone up a bit in needle size).

This sweater was my very first steek experience. It was every bit as edge-of-your-seat terrifying and exhilarating as I thought it would be (complete with a broken thread on the machine steeked edge... )

6. My last "new" thing isn't something I personally did, but I like it none-the-less... New Hair(cut)!
I have bangs!! I haven't had bangs since High school! This was one of the only times ever that I left the stylist and liked how she styled my hair. (i went out and bought a flat iron...)


  1. My goodness! You have been busy! Great job. :)

  2. Wow, busy busy busy! All your FOs, and haircut, look fantastic. I especially admire that tote bag.

  3. Your blog is really lovely, Lori.
    You have a nice sense of complexity in your work that comes across as a muted, calm, sophisticated style.

    Thanks for stopping by Knit-R-Done. I just moved back here after 14 years. I never thought I'd miss these giant open spaces as much as I did. No place else is quite the same as this SK/MT/AB area. (Good and bad.)

  4. I LOVE your interpretation of Icarus, and I am crazy about the other FOs too. I've got to make that cardigan!

  5. Wow - you are a crafting machine these days! So nice to see all your finished projects - I particularly love the vest.

    *melanie from

  6. Holy cow! What great knits - and your hair looks very nice!

  7. Wow, that's a lot of finished projects! I love your icarus scarf. I'm glad you were able to fix the run. Your stranded cardigan is gorgeous! Great knitting.

  8. I love the Icarus scarf! I really liked the pattern, but I don't wear triangle shawls, this could be the way to go.

  9. Amazing stuff! Everything is lovely (including the haircut - it's pretty hard work finding a stylist that you like, so well done on that too). I really love the bag and the vest, and they go together beautifully.

  10. I love your mods to the U neck vest. I was finding the results from other FOs to high on the neck for my liking. How early did you start the u-neck in the pattern? Your shoulder straps also look thinner than most, but I guess it's the edging again. Did you size it exactly to your bust or did you make one size up from it to allocate for a shirt underneath? It's suppose to be fitted, but I'm not sure how fitted I'll make it myself.

  11. You have been so productive, and all your work is brilliant. I especially love the fair isle cardigan.

  12. It's fun admiring all your beautiful completed projects.

  13. I'm new here and wanted to say 1) love your blog title (I used to have a blog called "I Can Totally Make That"), 2) love looking at the projects, and 3) I had a very similar bangs experience lately.


  14. You certainly have been busy. I adore that vest and must find the pattern. My friend has the book and I hadn't seen anything I liked so there was no need to get it. Now that you've shown your amazingly well fitting vest (great job!) I need to knit that too.
    Oh and how cute are you! Your hair looks great and I sure wish I took such good pictures. You have no excuse for headless pictures anymore. :)

  15. I love the brown vest. Its so flattering.


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