Saturday, November 22, 2008

New cut

I got a haircut! ::dances around with glee:: Going to a nice salon and pampering yourself with a brand new look has to be one of life's greatest pleasures. I know it ranks pretty high up in my book. I got home from the boy's house late yesterday morning and could barely concentrate on anything while waiting to leave for my appointment at 1:30. Last fall I chopped my long hair off into a pixie cut. It was good for a while, but I enjoy having some curls around my face. I spent the last year growing it out and gradually shaping all the layers up. Once it grew out to mid-upper back length I figured there was enough hair there to cut into something new. And that's exactly what I did. I got a wedge cut, so it angles up in the back and is longer around my face. The ease of short hair in the back (no dripping down my back or getting stuck in my coat) and face framing curls in the front. So far I love it. So far I also haven't washed and styled it myself. After so much touching during the cut my hair gets way frizzy. Once I give it a wash today I know it will curl more. I'm excited and a little nervous to see what happens. If I like it this might be a cut to keep for a while. I'll try and get some better pics today. :o)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Frosty Morning Fingerless Gloves (Pattern)

• Frosty Morning Fingerless Gloves •
The Frosty Morning pattern is up and running!

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I love this design. Of course, I know I'm biased since it's my own creation, but still, love for something you made is good, right? The yarn used in the design is Patons SWS, which is a heavy worsted/Aran weight wool/soy blend. I personally love this yarn. It's got a nice sheen, it's soft to work with, and I can run up the street to Michaels and grab some. However, I won't lie, for folks with sensitive skin it's gonna be itchy. I am currently in the process of custom knitting a pair of Frosty Mornings using Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton. I achieved gauge easily and it's a super soft option for anyone with fiber allergies.

Frosty Morning Fingerless Gloves
•YARN: This pattern calls for approximately 100-110 yds of heavy worsted/aran weight yarn.
Yarn shown is Patons SWS in Natural White.

•NEEDLES: US size 7 straight/circular for cuff & 1 set of US size 8 double pointed needles for hand.

•GAUGE: Cuff: 28 sts & 32 rows = 4" in seed stitch.
Hand: 18 sts & 24 rnds = 4" in Stockinette stitch in the round.

•EXTRAS: 2 buttons measuring approx. 3/4" diameter
2 stitch markers for noting lace pattern.

*Buttons shown are "Sand dollar" from Roosterick Designs

Pattern is intended for personal use only. Please do not copy or sell design. Thank you.