Monday, November 29, 2010

Baktus, Baktuses (Bakti?)

I have been shamefully negligent in my blogposts -- partly because I've been travelling a lot, partly because I've been knitting like crazy, partly because I've just been plain lazy.

But now, here goes:

I have become addicted to the Baktus.

I've made four of these since the beginning of September.

First, we have the Lacy Baktus, which I made to go with a black dress and wear on my trip to San Francisco at the end of September (sent the dress back and am looking for another):

Next came this larger turquoise version out of Ironstone Skye. I also made this to wear in San Francisco, but it looked so good on my travelling companion that I let her have it (plus it was her birthday). Below is another friend modeling the scarf -- think she's a little camera shy.

Next is a lime green Baktus made also in Ironstone Skye. The model is the recipient, a/k/a Birthday Girl, a/k/a Traveling Companion. Ain't she cute?

And now we come the the final version made from Berroco Borealis. I don't have a good picture of the scarf, so I'm posting a few so you can see it from different angles. Plus, the background is just so gorgeous -- Greenbrier, just outside of Gatlinburg, TN.

So, what knitting patterns are you addicted to?

Monday, November 22, 2010

When Good Knitting Goes Wrong

So, I wanted a Christmas hat to wear to a party my church is having for a small town in Appalachia in a couple of weeks. I've had this yarn hibernating in my stash for about a year -- not really my color and not my favorite weight (worsted), but in the spirit of waste not, want not, I went with it. I found this pattern on Raverly - The Guinan - and thought it was kind of cute.

How many ways can one hat go wrong?

#1 - The This-Hat-Must-Have-Been-Knit-For-One-Gargantuan-Head Look (and I must educate my photographer daughter in how to photograph from above so as to minimize the appearance of any multiple chinnage in the future.)

#2 The Star-Trek-Whoopi-Turban Look

(I have better eyebrows, or should I say, I have eyebrows.)

#3 The IHOP Special - please pass the syrup

#4 The Scottish Emo Look - now where did I put that kilt?

#5 And, finally, are those cat ears?

No. It's just that it's Monday and I can be evil if I want.