Thursday, January 12, 2012

we have WINNERS! for prime time!!!!

happy news for lots of people! congratulations to angie, bianca, calophi, carol, shirley, jody, julie, kate, lorraine, melanie, tunie, susan, tracy, and renee' for completing the entire year! (i am kind of proud of myself for finishing too! happy dancing!!!) carol and susan used cpy products for every month! great job, gals!

now on to the really good stuff!

the winner of the Grand Prize Drawing
(12 balls of CPY yarn, susan's choice) is.........



the winner of the CPY Grand Prize Drawing
(12 balls of CPY yarn, winner's choice of yarn and color)
is a no-brainer, since carol won the grand prize)



no, i'm not done yet!

1 st runner-up winner from all finishers
(3 balls of ARIA, winner's choice of color)



2nd runner-up winner from all finishers
(2 balls of ARIA, winner's choice of color)



runner-up winner from all those who used CPY for a project
(2 balls of ARIA, winner's choice of color)



congratulations to all the winners! jody, tracy, and kate: please email me with your mailing address and choice of color!

i was waiting to hear back from susan about the general grand prize! good news! carol and susan both get to pick yarns and colors! so, gals, get shopping! please email me with your mailing address and your yarn/color choices!

thank you all for playing!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Dec Prime Time

Finally time to post. My goal this month was to use all 500 yards of this yarn. The yarn is from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Luscious Single Silk in the True Blood colorway. I made an easy mobius that was long enough to go over my head. Still have lots of yarn let's make a pair of mittens, these are my first mittens that I have made. I still have yarn left. A hat to I knit a hat and still had yarn left. I made a Calorimetry. Now I thought that I would use all the yarn on these project but no I still had a few yards left. While hang the stockings by the chimney I noticed that one of the stockings where missing its hanger. The perfect use for the leftover yard an i-cord. All 500 yards where used on these item.  I had fun knitting up all of the yarn I think that this is the first time that I have ever done that.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

December Primetime

Yeah I am done! The last project is my Fear of Commitment cowl. It took two skeins and the picture doesn't really show how nice it is.
Progress is on Dec. 23rd with info.I am so excited for last year to be over! And looking forward to a new start today!

Ever the Optomist

I was optimistic that I would finish in time....and I was optimistic that the linen stitch would not drive me crazy. It was a close call on both!!
Cast on: Dec 9th
Cast Off: Dec 31
Yarn: Bernat Mosaic 1.5 skeins....314 yards
Pattern : Cerus Scarf
My Rav Page: Ever the Optimist

We may have a convert....

I bought my mil some Little Flowers when I visited her last month. She is now a CPY convert...and refers to all CPY yarn know, "that yarn you love". Here she is in her Little Flowers Scarf she knit for her 75th birthday. Just thought I would share.

Apparently, she has visited her LYS for yarn for 2 more scarves....her friends are asking for them!! I may have to get some myself! It is really fun stuff. I would probably not have tried it myself without seeing it on her. In 2012, I resolve to expand my yarn preferences!! Thanks for a wonderful year to Adrienne, Susan, everyone at CPY and all the KAL participants. Happy New Years.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oak Creek Socks

And some of you thought I didn't know how to knit on toothpicks!!
Finished these off on a trip to Phoenix for mil's 75th birthday party. Knit with about .8 skeins of Supersocke 100 in sierra-effect (about 344 yards). on size 3 toothpicks. Started around December 10th, finished today, december 31st. I know that they could use a good blocking, but they ended up on someone's feet before I had a chance. Pattern is a hand written generic sock pattern that I had stashed in an old knitting bag a few years back. No idea where it originally came from.
rav site: Oak Creek Socks
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone! I've really enjoyed reading through your posts and being inspired by your projects. Quite a few have ended up in my queue on Ravelry.

I finished 10 pairs of socks for Christmas presents - making the total 18 pairs. One pair for each of my family - except my poor Mother. But, it has become a tradition that I don't finish at least one of her gifts and give her the yarn, needles, and pattern wrapped. Out of Crystal Palace Yarn, I finished these socks for my niece. Using just under one ball of Mini Mochi in Jenny Lake (173 yards), these are Cinnamon Bay Socks by Phyll Lagerman. Knit up on 2.0mm.

To finish out the year, I wanted to try the Noro Keyhole Pattern again, this time actually making the keyhole. I got some Mochi Plus in Blueberry Pancakes on sale at my LYS. This is a quick knit on US10 needles and used about 140 yards.

Looking forward to sharing 2012 with all of you!

December Prime Time

Here's my December project! It's called Billion Dollar Hat and is from the book Punk Knits. I used 3.5 skeins of Paton's Classic Wool held double, which comes out to 365 yards (735 total yardage, but only one "strand" counts). Made this with two size 10 circulars at the beginning and switched it all over to one circular as I was doing the brim.

WIP - I think I'm about halfway down the hat here

Unfelted!  I'm like The Scarecrow. =D


kal is moving to ravelry!

after reading your comments and looking at the polls (which are finally “helpful”), i’ve decided to move the Carefree KALs to ravelry starting in january. we will finish the current prime time kal on the blog.

the plan will be to have a “no chat” thread for you to post your progress and finished pix. i will use that thread to track your completion for the kal. i will talk to susan about prizes for 6/12 finishers. if you wish to donate a prize for non cpy finishers, please pm (or email) me with what you what to donate. everyone who finishes the kal would be eligible for the non-cpy drawing. only those who complete 6/12 would be eligible for the cpy drawing.

please keep your membership in the Carefree Blog, just in case things need to change.

if you are not a member of ravelry, please join us over there. our group is "crystal palace yarns: kal's and other things."

Friday, December 30, 2011

December Prime Time - PHEW

I nearly blew it. Thought I couldn't finish out the year... I'm dealing with a very sore elbow and my knitting has been quite limited,
BUT I had this pair that I forgot to post! I think Tour de Sock left me slightly loopy. It didn't do my elbow any favors. This is my second pair from Panda Soy. The pattern is Waterslide from the Six Sox KAL. 300 yards.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

holiday kal winners!

there were 57 projects completed by 17 people!

using the rng, winners from a drawing of all the projects are:

knitting chic (stacie)
3 balls of CPY, winner's choice of yarn and color


jardin rouge (shirley)
2 balls of CPY, winner's choice of yarn and color

winners drawn from the pool of CPY projects are:

tvanwormer (tracy)
3 balls of CPY, winner's choice of yarn and color


3 balls of CPY, winner's choice of yarn and color

congratulations, gals. please email me with your yarn and 2 color choices and your mailing address.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Prime Time KAL - 12/11 Finished!!!

For December I knit a hat for my daughter, Tracie using Dream in Color yarn (with cashmere) from a Sept 2011 DIC Club and Van's Twisted Rib Hat which was a fun pattern. It had a brim you flipped up so you knitted the rib using the reverse side. I used size #7 needles for it. Then I knit a scarf from stash yarn for my Church. I used size 13 needles and crocheted around the edge and added fringe. Finally I knit a rifle scope cover for my sil. No pattern available so I drew a pattern using the dimensions so hopefully it will fit his rifle. I used size 7 needles and Red Heart Woodsy yarn.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holiday KAL prize drawing coming soon

please check that you received credit for your projects.

december prime time!

christmas gift for my bil. good: i finished it in time. bad: i didn't mail it yet.

bamboo forest

bamboo forest prog

bamboo forest pair

yin or yang scarves

mochi plus in neptune

yinyang yin progyin or yang

monaco in neptune

yinyang yang prog

yin or yang

Monday, December 26, 2011

December KAL

He are my projects for the year long KAL, I did a knitted scarf, a knitted hat, and a crocheted hat. It is hard to believe that the year is over.

December KAL

Here is my final entry of the year!  Whew!  I finished it just in time for us to leave town.

I made the Out of My Head Shawlette.  I knitted the pattern as written.  It used an interesting (slightly confusing) method to get started that I think I did properly. I screwed up the lace pattern a time or two which required many anguished sighs and much teeth grinding to get back on track. (The pattern requires at least 350 yards and I reckon I used at least that much.)

I think it turned out okay although I wish it was a little bigger. I seriously need a lesson in blocking.  I honestly don't know how to do it to good result. 

Happy New Year to everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December Primetime


Finished Pic

Made some plain old vanilla socks for myself in between all the christmas knitting. I got the yarn on clearance for $0.79 each, so less than $2/pair. Can't beat that! I used almost the entire 2 balls as i made them a little longer and wider than my usual, so 330yrds.

Almost made the whole year again. Thanks for a greay KAL.

Jill (jaerrt on Ravelry)

Friday, December 23, 2011

December Primetime

Whee, here we go! I was banning from little needle knitting until Monday. I used Lion Brand thick and quick (four skeins)
Project 1-speedy cable cowl
Project 2-speedy cable hat
project 3- Fear of Commitment cowl
they were all done on really big size 13-17 needles
Projects started 11-2011
Projects finished 12-15,18-2011 (so far.)

December Project

After the dismal failure of my Holiday (or Not!) project, I knit a pair of socks for the husband.
Andy's sunny socks
Andy's Herbstsonne socks finished
Started: 12-9-11
Finished: 12-13-11
Yarn: Zauberball Starke 6ply Herbstsonne (Autumn Suns)
Pattern: 72st vanilla socks
Needles: 2.5mm

I did get through half of the squares of the blanket for the Holiday (or Not!) KAL but I will have to use it for next year's KAL instead!  Hopefully it will be finished before the end of winter. :)

December Prime Time -- I did it!

I am pleased as punch -- I made it through 12 months! Here is December: another pair of slippers, but this time silly, and a thick, warm, stretchy brioche hat from Mochi Plus. Merry Christmas everyone (or whatever makes you festive).

Prime Time KAL - December finale

I guess I'm going out with a bang! I used 7 yarns in these socks, six different colors, although some of them look the same in small bits. The pattern is inspired by a sock in the Spin-Off sock book.US #!~-2.25 mm needles were used on the leg and US #@-2.75 mm needles for the fairisle parts.They were finished December 22.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dec Primetime KAL

I finally finished the Fiddlehead Scarf by Linda Blakely. Before blocking, 54". After blocking: 80". I used 164 gms of Wired for Fibre "Lauren" which is a worsted wt. About 300 yds. Love the yarn which is sadly discontinued. The second project is a gift for Chris and it took 2 days to make at an easy pace. ~ 120 yds of Sugar 'n Cream cotton. I had 3 gms left from a 70.9gm skein. Pattern is Dragon Dishcloth by Susan Bowlby. It is large and I know Chris will use it as a placemat on his tray for eating in the garden. :)