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Knit of 07

07 will certainly go down as the year of the knits (especially sweaters, there were 8!) here at Che Ten ten.  I was never found without needles every season of the year.  I became more confident with my knitting and really tackled a few pieces that before this year I may not have thought would be possible.  I have made such great friends via this blog and am excited to see what 08 will bring!  If you want to see more of my finished knits of 07 check out the flickery set.  I am following Lolly’s lead and doing KnitLit’s Best of 07!

1. your best FO of the year

Cherry

Such a tough call on this one… in terms of fan favorites I would say Cherry is the one. I truly admire Anna Bell and was so excited to knit this cardigan.  Cherry was made with Elan Sonata which was a surprising yarn to knit
with.  It worked up nicely and has worn better than expected. This is a staple in my wardrobe rotation.

Tangled Yoke

However, my personal favorite and what I wear more than others is the Tangled Yoke. I loved the design and am always loving everything Eunny Hang does! I think of making Autumn Rose daily!  The TY was a meditative knit with lots of stockinette simple shaping and one kick ass cabled yoke!  Don’t ask me if I’ve actually sewed buttons on that cardigan… i mean this is a Knitting Blog 😉 I do have some beautiful ones picked so I promise I won’t delay much longer on that!

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to

Again another toughy… but I must say I totally connected with Nonnahs this year and loved her Fifi which made me immediately cast on for one.  After that we just began writing each other finding that we have such similar tastes and convinced that somehow we were separated at birth 😉   And let’s not even discuss Ravelry – I’ve seen such great inspiring work from Isel, Lingy, Lolly, Kirsten, and so many more!  I am constantly bookmarking and favoring knits everyday.

3. best yarn you tried

I fell in love with Malabrigo this year.  It’s just got such a soft, marshmallow-y feeling that I couldn’t help making two Koolhaas hats and two Shifting Sands scarves with it’s goodness.  I plan on owning more in the new year! haha 🙂

4. best new book/mag/pattern of 2007

There were so many patterns I could name here.  I am always impressed with Interweave Knits and have always had at least one pattern I have wanted to make from every issue.  I also love the classic designs of the Zephyr Girls!  I’ve made Glee and Rusted Root so far and am looking forward to making another one of their sweaters soon!

5. best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007

I learned how to cable without a cable needle at the beginning of this year which perhaps is the most freeing knitting technique out there!  I also learned how to knit Continental despite loving my original English (throwing) way but noticed a definite increase in my knitting speed.

6. top 5 inspirations–what five things inspired you the most over the past year?

I think overall just seeing what people have done and created has offered me inspiration.  Reading stories of triumphs over frogging or taking that jump and cutting that steek makes me realize that we’re all in this knitty obsession together!   I am constantly seeing things and reading posts that make me want to constantly better my writing and photography and for that challenge I say Thank You.

7. designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year

I love everything that Anna Bell creates and am always impressed with what Eunny Jang creates.  As of late, Jared Flood, aka Brooklyntweed has been popping up all over the place with some very classic and pretty designs.

8. knitting resolutions for 2008–what’s next for you and your blog?

A ton of knitting, I hope 😉  I really hope to continue make some more beautiful pieces as well as experimenting with my own designs. I am also looking forward to doing some more stranded work this year.  I dabbled a bit with a mitten but haven’t really jumped into Fair Isle.  There are some beautiful patterns out there that are stealing my attention and I think it’s about time I casted on…

This blog has continually challenged me to be creative and to recognize a desire within me to do something more.  I look forward to finding out what that "more" is in the coming year!

Thank you to all those who read and take the time to come by Tentenknits!!  You more than anything really push me to do what I love to do!

Bainbridge Scarf

Bainbridge Scarf

Here’s another quickie knit done while at the numerous Christmas dinners attended over the weekend.  Instead of taking those comatose naps after dinner I found a nice cozy spot on the couch and did a few rounds.  I’m loving garter rib lately – it is what my father’s scarf was done in as well as the border of the Tangled Yoke.

This neck warmer from Mintyfresh is made from the fabulously soft Manos Silk Wool which I have been itching to work with ever since my LYS got it in.  I got the inspiration for this via another blogger, The Daily Purl ,who had used this yarn.  I knew my one ball of this stuff was destined for this!

I finished it last night and wove in the ends this morning and have yet to take it off.  I’m on vacation until Jan 3rd and today is one of those days where it’s a struggle to simply get off the couch.  The weather is that misty rainy day where even umbrellas are fruitless as the drops are really coming at you sideways.  Taking a leisurely walk outside only makes my glasses fog up and fill with rain drops. 

I’m perfectly contented with my day though – I am working on the back of a sweater I’ve been wanting to make in the midst of all my Christmas knitting.  It’s a wrap sweater from Rebecca which I suspect will be the first completed sweater of the new year. (although who follows the promises I make to myself… ha!)

It’s spoiling to make a bunch of smaller knits because working on the back of the sweater seems tedious and long.  I have to get back into the "sweater mentality" realizing that this piece won’t just take  a day or two to complete.  Once I get back into it I hope it goes a bit better, for right now I’m feeling a bit impatient.  I’m hoping these days off will make it better since I have more than enough time to knit!

’tis better

To give…

I’ve been working fiendishly trying to finish some smaller Christmas gifts in time to mail them out. I know  I’ve passed that due date to the post office but I consider Christmas to be that whole time in between the 25th right up to NYE.  So in order to keep the celebrations alive why not have a few packages be received then?

And quite honestly, Christmas this year has been everything but the 25th for me.  I  had my "Christmas" with my family last Sunday.  My brother was in town only for a moment with his lovely girlfriend.  I gave my brother a gift of old DVDs we used to watch when we were younger calling it the "Keepin’ It Real Collection" and gifted Lucinda with the Trinity Stitch Beret.  I get all nervous when I give someone something I made especially when the recipient has an eye for fashion.  The whole thought, will she even like it or wear it slipped into my mind.  It was when I saw the look on my brother’s face as she put the hat on that I knew it was a success.  She looked smashing in it!  I didn’t get to take any with her wearing it but it doesn’t matter, she loved it and that makes me all warm and happy inside!

Popi's Scarf

I also made my dad the Boyfriend Scarf from LMKG.  I made it out of
Misti Alpaca Chunky – simple pattern, soft yarn – a fabulous Christmas
gift.  I used US 11s and it gave the scarf a lovely drape.

Or receive…

Christmas Gift

On the other hand, getting presents does feel OH so GOOD.  Like this one from my "SFAM" (aka Sista From Another Mother), Nonnahs!

A knitted bangle!  I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have been loving this idea since I saw it over at Jenna’s and it’s been on hold as the other Christmas knits were coming together.  Alas, in the mail these came with the cutest packaging.  I plan on wearing it to all my Christmas parties and on NYE (among other places!)  It’s a totally cute bangle and I cannot wait to make one too!

I want to with you and yours a very very Merry Christmas!! I’m off from work this week so I’m hoping to blog a good amount especially with a fun 07 re-cap. Boy did I knit a TON this year.

Drink the spiked eggnog for me! 😉

M

Gretel

Gretel

Pattern: Gretel by Ysolda
Yarn: Cascade 220 heathers… 2 balls (second one used about 2 yards of it!)
Needles: Size 5s and 7s circs

This hat is another Christmas knit – the one that’s going to my secret santa.  Of course I’m risking the fact that she may look on this here blog and see it but I mean come on… you knew it was going to be something knitted! 😉  I really loved the pattern and made the slouchy version.  I would absolutely make this again but next time will do the regular size instead.  I also just did my regular cast on instead of going tubular.  I definitely want to try that cast on for my next Gretel but where I was at the time I casted on I didn’t have the proper tools – an extra needle – and I really just wanted to get it started.

Gretel

I am so happy with this hat and I can’t wait to gift it.  The knitted presents are still steadily coming along.  I just casted on for a Wallaby and am through the front pouch and will hopefully start on the first sleeve tomorrow.  I’m making it to fit a 1 year old so knitting is going somewhat fast.  I do though have a couple of knits that may need take priority this coming week though.  We’re having a few "Christmas Dinners" next weekend which I kinda forgot about so Christmas is really the on 16th for me!   My brother is flying in from London and unfortunately can’t be here for the 25th so we’re doing a little Christmas observed next Sunday.  He’s pretty much set but I thought I would make the Trinity Hat for his girlfriend.

I spent my weekend working at my LYS and knitting away on the Wallaby in great company.  Patricia the shop owner was finishing her own Drops A-line jacket (which looks great by the way!) and our friend David was working on a Koolhaas.  I have Dave to thank for the great Gretel shots!  It truly was a great weekend knitting, drinking wine and telling funny stories (oh and a few knock knock jokes.)

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend filled with great knits and friends.

simple beauty

Sometimes you realize that all it takes is stockinette stitch and letting the yarn do it’s thing.

Manos Mittens

I whipped up these mittens for a dear friend who’s been waiting patiently (oh so patiently!) for me to gift a knit upon her.  She was there in the beginning and even knows the pre-knitting M very well!  Who knew I’d be here doing what I do, writing what I’m writing, huh, TK!?

Manos Mittens

These mittens really gave me a chance to get back to basics and realize how such beauty can come from a simple pattern.  I also haven’t made mittens in a while so it was a nice change from a lot of the sweater knitting I’ve been doing all year.

I almost forgot how much I love Manos 113.  How beautiful is that colorway! It has a hint of everything without being too rainbow-y.  A yarn like this just needs garter or stockinette stitch and nothing more.
This pattern is from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns book.  I used the gauge of 5 stitch/in. and did it on US7s.   I highly recommend this "textbook" for anyone who wants a primer for designing their own stuff or just wants a nice basic pattern for things like gloves, hats, and sweaters.

My Christmas knits are coming along nicely – mitts done, a hat done, a baby hat almost done and a scarf, some cozies, and maybe a Wallaby are left with 19 days to go!  I figure if I can cast on for the Wallaby and knit the scarf in chunky yarn I may not be too insane with thinking I’ll get it all done in time – you know, the knitting robot that I am 😉

Mittens

Once Christmas comes I can get back to my own knitting – there’s  Tilted Duster on the needles waiting for some attention and I just casted on (in between the Christmas knits, I swear!) for a wrap sweater (#49) from the No.30 Rebecca.   So it’s lookin’ like it’s going to be a great 08!

Have a great weekend everyone!
M

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The gift that keeps on giving

There’s really no good way to start the story except for how it ended.  Me passed out face down on the couch still in my party clothes.  What can I say – knitters just throw the best parties! The next day of course was spent re cooperating with lots of Tylenol and water.  I guess I’m not in college anymore. 

This particular party was a gag gift party.  You bring one you get one.

Gaggift1

Introducing my Food Babies – from L to R, Sprinkles, Eggy, Popcicle, Bottle girl, Sprinkles Jr., Frosting.  Faux porcelain statuettes.  (pay no attention to that ridiculous photo of my boyfriend and I in the back ground… )

And of course the best one of the group:

Gaggift2

I think I’ll call this one, Pickles.  And Pickles spilled her milk all over the burger. bad baby.

One can only wonder what I will do with these figurines… maybe I’ll do a little gift it forward and leave a baby at a friend’s house.  One in the bathroom… another in a kitchen cabinet.  Or maybe on a bar?  I think everyone needs to appreciate these babies.

Anyway knitting is finished with the Gretel beret.  It came out sloucher than I expected – may rip it back but it’s a gift so maybe the recipient will like it that way.   I am also seaming the blanket tonight and hopefully will have some photos to share of it tomorrow – it’s soooo pretty!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday!!

Mwah
m