While the weather outside is yucky, I've been knitting like a fiend. Going along with my new years resolution to attempt more intricate knitting projects - I started a latis work cabled scarf about a month ago. I have a crafting and coffee date with a friend of mine each week and this scarf was my project while we sat, chat, and sipped.
It's my first cabling project and I'm super happy with the results. I got the pattern for the cabled part out of the "99 knit stitches" book by Leisure arts. I then added a column of seed stitch to each side of the cabling. I think it looks really nice and I think I'll be hooked on cabling for a while now. The best part is, it looks really complicated and hard to do but it's pretty easy once you are in the swing of the pattern. Next Xmas will be a lot of simple cabled gifts I think.
I'm also making these cabled fingerless mitts to go with it. It's a great pattern and simple enough for a first time cabling + shaping project. I followed the link to the mitts from the Knitting Pattern Central website. This is a great resource if you are in search of something specific - like I was.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the finished set. My Boyfriend tells me the color doesn't look great on me - so the set might end up being a gift for someone. My Mom and her twin sister really like purple, so maybe I'll give it to one of them. Of course if I give it to one I'll have to make one for the other. *sigh* That's the problem with giving hand knitted items to anyone in my family. I give one thing and I get orders for the same thing from everyone else. At least people appreciate my work.