Saturday, February 12, 2011

Infant Wear

This is an infant sweater and bonnet I knit on size 0 needles. For those of you unfamiliar with knitting, that size of needle is smaller in circumference than a toothpick.
I knit it from a booklet from Dale of Norway and it is delicately knit in basketweave pattern throughout the back and front three quarters of the way up and then changes stitches to inset V's and eyelet repeats.
It is knit with fingerweight off white wool. The embroidery details are worked in pearl cotton bullion knot roses. The buttons are pink glass.
This was my first effort in knitting on such small needles with this type of intricate workmanship.
Now I don't even think about using small needles, rather it's the big ones that I think feel funny in my hands. I have always preferred more detailed work whether I am crocheting doilies, embroidering on linen or what have you. The more detail the more I can get into it.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feb 1, 2011

This knit scarf is an example of Estonia Lace which I got out of the book I purchased with the same name.
It's knit with white wool fingering yarn and is called the Lily of the Valley Pattern.
I found the bobbles quite tricky in that to knit 5 to 7 stitches together at one time was a strain and I ended up using my crochet hook to help me with that process because although I am not a tight knitter, I also apparently do not knit loose enough to create the bobbles without trepidation!
Other than mittens, I had not knit much lace before but after completing a dresser scarf and a sampler scarf, I then tacked this little item.
I have fallen in love with knitting lace patterns because of the concentration and intricacy involved. I get very bored knitting simple stitches over and over and over again. I always enjoy challenging my skills by tackling what looks impossible. I figure the worse that can happen is that I frog it all out and start all over again or move to another project.