Saturday, December 4, 2010

Small Project Swap

Today was my knitting group's Small Project Swap. My spoilee was Juniper and she had asked for a beret or tam from her Ravelry favorites. So for her, I decided to knit the Ishbel Beret.
 
Pre-blocking

Post-blocking 

I blocked it twice, the first time being a bit too beret-y and not tam-y enough. The second time turned out much better. This pattern uses a fingering weight yarn but knits up pretty quickly. I had some issues messing up the lace pattern in the first repeat but eventually got the hang of it.


I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and am still dying to knit myself a hat. 
 
Pattern: Ishbel Beret by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Cascade Heritage
Needles: #2 (brim) and #5 (lace) 16 inch circulars
Began: November 14
Completed: November 23


Amy had me for the swap and knit (and felted) me a pair of my very own French Press Slippers!


I've already taken to wearing them in my house and tried to get a decent picture, but it sure is cold outside right now. So I just went back in the house. But thank you Amy!!

The scene on my deck a minute ago.  I was trying to set up the self-timer on the camera and realized I didn't feel like standing in the cold in order to do so. Notice Timber trying to drink the frozen water in the dog dish.

18 comments:

  1. I love how the hat turned out! It's gorgeous in that shade of purple.

    I have to ask, did you dog's tongue stick to the ice in the dog dish?

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  2. Love the beret and the slippers look so warm and cozy....once you are not standing outside in the freezing cold.

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  3. Love it two times! First because it is gorgeous and second because it is mine! Thank you!

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  4. Hello!! Love the goods!! I am in love with hats right now! :)

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  5. the beret turned out great! Love the colour and the pattern

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  6. Wow! So cool!

    Hazel looks like she's up to no good back there.

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  7. Gorgeous beret! And cute slippers, too!

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  8. oh this is lovely, and your slippers are so cute too. i bet they are mega cosy.

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  9. Beautiful beret! My mom would like one. Maybe I should make one like this one.
    Cute slippers too!

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  10. The beret turned out wonderful, and the slippers look cozy, like you should be drinking hot chocolate when you wear them.

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  11. what a great idea! your beret is lovely (isn't blocking a wonderful thing and is that SNOW in the last photo?!) and you definitely scored with the slippers. I think I want to steal this idea for my knitting group next year!

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  12. What a lovely hat, the pattern is lovely and the color just beautiful! Well done, a great gift my friend!

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  13. What a fun swap!!! Love the hat you made and you will love wearing felted slippers. It's so cold this year I'm thinking about making myself another pair ~ enjoy :)

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  14. That hat is be.u.ti.ful!! Gosh, Andrea you are superwoman. Really, you are a knitting and crocheting wonder. ;-)

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  15. love the hat!! it's gorgeous!

    what a wonderful swap, those slippers are great!

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  16. How pretty your beret turned out! What fun to do a group swap. :)

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  17. The beret is darling! I just finished a quick hat for myself, and you should definitely make one for yourself (of course, AFTER you finish Christmas knitting!).

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