Sock Monkeys are addictive - this one has eyes from Polar Knit
My latest Sock Monkey Georgette - she has curly hair and that makes her mine. Stephen and I now each have a sock monkey cozy in the car for those take out hot and cold drinks.
I really, really like my linen sweaters. This is the same design at the yellow one with beads except I used a very simple lace pattern on the bottom, the sleeves and neck line and only used 3 skeins.
This is one of my holiday projects, I've been wanting to knit a shoulder shawl or shawlette and liked this one because it's square. Each section is repeated four times and so it sits and stays on the shoulders. I used just 3 balls of Sandnesgarn Mini Alpaca on 4mm needles. The pattern is from Knitty and called Frost Diamonds
The new Punta Yarn Montoya Beach 100% linen, the label says 20sts to 4ins on 4.5mm needles. I disagree, the bottom of the the swatch was done on 3.5mm, the middle on 3.75mm and the top on 4mm. As I was knitting the swatch I kept pulling on it as it did not look very nice, I decided I needed to knit a second swatch to show what it looked like before I pulled on it and I would wash the original swatch. What a difference after knitting, the stitches are smooth and even and the gauge changed! The washed swatch is a lot narrower.
I went with the 4mm needle and on the washed swatch my gauge was 24sts to 4ins.
This is the first sweater I've knit with the Punta Yarn Montoya Beach. The pattern is from a SandnesGarn book #0803 and calls for Mandarin class with a gauge of 22sts. Because my gauge is 24sts I had to make one size larger then I needed so my finished size was the right size.
As I was knitting the back I realize the K1 in the pattern of K4, P1, K1, P1, every 12 rows was a perfect place to add a bead. I had two packets of beads the right colour and I used a crochet hook to put the beads on as I knit the row. When I had completed the front I had two beads left!
I changed the neckline, the pattern called for a crochet edge but I just picked up stitches around the neck line and worked a couple of rounds in garter stitch.
I can see this as being a favourite sweater especially in the hot summer, it is so light and drapes nicely and I only used three skeins!