Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Category: UFOs

A Super Nova**

A few weeks back, I won the most fabulous blog contest prize ever: a beautiful bag made by Nova filled with yarn! Check this out! The prize came all wrapped up late this week. I’ve saved the ribbons for some summer dresses for B too. Thank you so much for such a lovely prize, Nova!!!! I’ve been stewing about what I’ll do with each skein! More on that later, to be sure.

Nova's Contest Prize



What’s that hand doing in there? Hey, wait! Put that back! I was trying to take a picture of the yarn! Come back here!

Hey, that's my yarn!

I chased Beatrix around the living room to get the yarn back but when I found her standing like this, I pulled out the camera. What do you think? Is she coveting yarn? I hope this means I’ll be able to teach her to knit someday.


Future knitter

I’ll leave you with some photos of a nearly finished Ivy League Vest. Hopefully, I’ll have a full report for you next week!

It fits! Now to pick up those millions of stitches for the neck and armholes!

The cut!

The cut!

Neck Steek

Armhole Steek

**Ack, sorry for the wretched pun, Nova!


Why Seaming Isn’t So Bad

221 stitches on US 3 needles? I never knew my torso was so interminably long! I’m at 27 cm with another 11 cm to go before the armholes.

DROPS 88-4 Cardigan

The pattern is DROPS 88-4 Cardigan knit in Queensland Kathmandu DK Tweed.

DROPS 88-4 Cardigan

Knowing that I would quickly lose my knitting mojo on the body, I knit the sleeves first hoping that having “only the body left” would help me finish. The cabled rib sections are knit on US 3 needles, the stockinette sections on US 6. The ribbing on the sleeves took more time than the entire rest of the arms so I know that as soon as I get to 38 cm, this project will fly off the needles. Until then, I will slog along.

DROPS 88-4 Cardigan

While I complain that this is a slow, slow knit, I’ve actually made amazing time on it since I knit the entire Thanksgiving break. I started this 8 days ago and the body 6 days ago. Perhaps I’ll have a finished sweater over the weekend.


I took a break Monday to swatch Bryant’s Slipover Vest in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport as a possible knit for my cousin Ida.


The stitch pattern looks different at different distances. I put it in the mail this morning to get her opinion. More on that project in the coming weeks.

Child’s First Sock Progress

Yay! Baby Gleek arrived! Go stop by and see the little wee one!

I was able to capture some better photos of my Child’s First Sock from Nancy Bush’s Vintage Socks book. I’m almost done with the first one but my knitting will be slowing down this month since I have a big Organic Chemistry exam and four of my comprehensive exams on April 6th. April 5th is going to be a rough day, I suspect. *sigh* There will be so much celebratory knitting on April 7th, let me tell you!

Anyway, have some sock photos!

Do you see that cool striping on the heel flap? It was virtually impossible to photograph but it’s there! Between me and Stacey, there are going to be some colorful CFSs out there!

I encourage you to stop by Theresa’s blog, where she’s holding a contest in search of manly sock yarn and manly patterns. Someone needs to write a book of really good manly sock patterns that are actually interesting for the knitter to work on! I have two pairs of manly socks languishing in the UFO pile, mainly because they bored me to tears. I really ought to finish the blue pair. I am only inches away from finishing the second sock but two significant problems have arisen, one physical and one motivational. Aaron expressed doubt about the pointy toe and its suitability for what I would consider his pointy feet. I’m afraid that the 10 sts/inch gauge began to matter once the knitting mojo was compromised by said toe. Alas! The curse of manly knitting: utter boredom.