Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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FO and cardi

I finished these gloves earlier this week. I’ve sent an email to my friend and hope to have these in the mail in the next few days.

I made the fingers longer than the pattern called for in my Hubby’s Fingerless Mitts pattern. Hopefully these wool mitts will keep my friend’s husband warm in their much colder climate!

A quick update and pics of Chris’ cardigan. I’m knitting the back now and will start on the left shoulder next. The sleeves are knitted in the same pattern and then sewn on later.

The right shoulder is already completed, as you can see.

I really like this pattern and the shape of the stitching. I have yet to get bored! The pattern repeats every 16 rows.

After the cardigan is finished Chris will be able to wear it inside or out, showing the lattice (right side, which is facing) or the hollows (wrong side, seen on the left). I like the lattice-side the best.

Chris picked out a blue yarn for the collar. I can’t wait to see what the color combo looks like when I’ve got them all stitched together.

As a side note, I really want to get a new wide-angle lens for the Nikon D50. Chris passed down this camera to me a few months ago when he bought a D200, but the glass on the D50’s lens falls off! So I’ve been afraid to use it and it’s been sitting in its case.

I really prefer the D50 much more than the Canon PowerShot I’ve been using. Case in point, check out these horrid photos I also took today of the gloves and cardigan.

Now, I know a good photographer can do just about anything with any camera. But I’ve never professed to be a good photographer — only a decent one. And, darn it, I take photos as part of my job, but you wouldn’t know it by these horrible photos! (I use the Canon for work.)

Having a good camera really does make a world of difference. 🙂


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David A.’s wool gloves

OK, I actually finished these gloves more than a week ago. I just haven’t been home during daylight hours to snap some photos. So here they are:

Thanks to Chris for modeling these!

I dropped these in the mail today so they’re on their way to the mid-West. Hopefully our friend, David A., will get some good use out of them this winter!

These are made from Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Natural Brown. This is the same yarn I used to make the wool beret.

Here’s the beret in progress.

The gloves are based on my “Hubby’s Fingerless Mitts” pattern I created last year. I designed the pattern for Chris and made a size medium for him last year.

For David, whose hands are longer (though more slender), I cast on 40 stitches instead of 36 for a large size. I also knitted 6 additional rounds in the palms, or 20 rounds instead of 14.

I also redesigned the thumbs. Instead of knitting the rounds, I purled them and I think it looks better.

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What’s Needlin’ Ewe’s 2011 Sweater Challenge Update: I’ve decided on my first sweater. It’s Kim Hamlin’s “Lattice and Hollow Cardigan” from Interweave Knits Spring 2010 issue.

This photo belongs to “Interweave Knits.”
Click on the links above to visit the magazine’s website to buy the pattern or the Spring 2010 issue.

Chris picked out burgundy and navy-colored merino yarns from Malabrigo. I’ll keep you posted as I get it going. The challenge’s goal is to knit a sweater every two months so there will be six sweaters by the end of December. So I’ve got six weeks to knit this one up!