Monday, October 19, 2009

October Craft:Along: Cabled Balaclava

As I worked on my projects for Finny and Kelli's October Craft:Along over the weekend, I realized this is the third year I’ve participated in the Craft:Along challenges. I’ve learned a lot in the process and enjoyed the journey.

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One of my finished projects for this month is the Cabled Balaclava, a pattern created by Nikol Lohr of the Thrifty Knitter blog and featured on Craftzine. This is going to be a Christmas gift for one of my sons-in-law who requested a new scarf. I’m knitting the scarf for him but decided to include the balaclava as he lives in Vail, CO and can use it for skiing. My husband posed wearing his ski goggles with my knitting creation.

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The balaclava can be worn in multiple ways as it can be used as both a hat and scarf. The yarn used for my project is 4 skeins of Nashua Granite (70% wool, 30% acrylic).

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This is the top of the balaclava. I really enjoy knitting cables and am working on an Irish Hiking scarf for Philip. I’ll use a solid gray wool yarn so the balaclava and scarf don’t make for too much matchy-matchy which men seem not to like, at least the men in my life.

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Here’s the balaclava configured as simply a hat; this is one versatile piece that will be useful in the Colorado winter climate. I managed to knit this project using Nikol's carefully written instructions without making a mistake—that’s a first for me.


sassypriscilla said...

June - this is beautiful. How long did it take to make it?

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- that beautiful June! And the perfect gift for the men in our lives!

FinnyKnits said...

Stunning! WOW! Of course, I thought, "Um. A little warm for Tucson, but Okaaaaaaaaay." and then read your post. This is a great hat for the weather in Vail :)

Excellent job - I can't believe you finished that so quickly. I'm still working on sleeve #2 of my sweater, which I started a month ago.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like a fantastic hat to have in ski country June! I'm sure your son-in-law will love it!

Hello to Dub...lookin' good! ;-)

Kristie said...

I was wondering who was going to use that here!

Anonymous said...

Why would you want to cover up that gorgeous man?!

Storybook Woods said...

Well Done June, really !!!!! xoxox Clarice

Bridgett said...

That's incredible! Your SIL will love this!