Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pair 6 done, pair 7 on its way

My! A very busy week, this past week. But I did find some knitting time and finished the sixth pair for Kelli. I also started the last pair for her - with a little luck I can finish this pair today or tomorrow... and then I can send 7 pairs out.

A Happy Lemming

Although I like to think of myself as being original and free-spirited, I must confess that every so often I get sucked into a trend. However, even then, I can fool myself into thinking that I'm following the trend waaaaaay later then everyone else, so I'm not really following a trend because all the trend-followers are busy following something else now.

Does that make any sense to you?

Me neither.

Anyway, I have some lovely, delicious, scrumptious cashmere yarn that's been begging to be knit up into something worthy of such a beautifully simple yarn, and I've finally fallen for it's subtle temptation. (Remember, when pronouncing the word "cashmere", you must draw out the "caaaaaash" part in tones dripping with superiority and smugness. Try it. Just say, "Daaaahling, I just adore that caaaaashmere scarf", and you'll instantly feel richer and more hip.)After browsing for awhile on Ravelry, I decided to follow the lemmings and knit the Clapotis scarf from Knitty.

Let me state, that if being a knitting lemming means doing such great patterns, then that's me, the aloha-lemming. This pattern is fantastic, simple, and easy to memorize.Plus, there's this amazing thing called "dropping a stitch". Now, when you're learning to knit, there is the overwhelming fear and dread of dropping a stitch. This fear continues long after you pass through the beginner stage and enter the "mid-life" of the knitting age. It's a bit like agraphobia - Lord of the Ring sized spiders generally don't lurk under your living room furniture, but we're scared of the possibility that they might be there. This explanation should help non-knitters understand the panic that grips every knitter when they've discovered a dropped stitch.So, when the Clapotis pattern says, "drop the stitch", it brings forth primal urges of panic, disbelief, and (dare I say it?) the fun urge to do something dangerous and naughty. Dropping a stitch for me is akin to another person running around the neighborhood in the dead of winter with only a bikini on. Very exciting and naughty feeling - all from dropping a stitch.

(Yes, I know, I need to get out more.)

~ Yarn Over

New Market Bag Started

I have started my daughter's second market bag. I am still working on the rug that I had posted earlier, but have come to a point of frustration in this. So, I have set aside for the time being to be picke up at another time.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Update on projects

I finished my basket weave socks made with the Panda Wool yarn at about 200 yards. I made them with a short cuff because I never worked with this yarn before. Turns out I have plenty left and I could of made the cuff a little bigger.

I am also nearly finished with the crocheted socks, I just have to finish the foot and toe.

I also started on making a handbag. The yarn I am using if Red Heart Supersaver yarn.

Just in case...

I don't finish the Ruffled Roses scarf by the end of the KAL (or I decide to keep it), I started the Darkside Cowl (Ravelry link) for a friend of mine in Malabrigo Silky Merino in Arlene's Purples:

and a pair of Cafe Au Lait Mitts (also a Rav link) in some stashed Lana Grossa Numero Uno for a co-worker:

I've also got a couple skeins of Crystal Palace Merino 5 (a nice workhorse superwash yarn that I think is underrated) in pink that I'll probably knit into a baby hat & booties set. I just haven't decided what pattern to use.

FO: One Row Scarf

I finished the One Row Scarf for my MIL I've been working on:


The pattern is awesome and I love how the yarn striped - no pooling, yay! I knit this with a bit over 200 yards.

Christmas Towels and more PAIRS

Notice that things in this post are done in PAIRS

Christmas towels starts. I get asked for these every years so I always make a bunch up. Buttons don't show up well but they are candy canes and gift packages. 600 yards crocheted. The towels are PAIRS.

Ken's socks out of Briggs and Little Tuffy yarns. 215 Yards. Ken loves socks made out of this yarn. He likes his feet to be warm. The socks are a PAIR. Also a dishcloth that I made.
I test knitted the Forest Canopy cowl and asked for matching mitts. So the designer allowed me to test these also. 100 yards. The mitts are a PAIR

Thursday, November 20, 2008

another dishcloth

Photo of another dishcloth - Wavy Rows Dishcloth A Christmas gift for one of my extended family.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My 2 new projects for Christmas gifts:

Photos of the start of two pair of socks - one for my dad & one for my husband.

Socks and more

Here are a few starts. There is an Irish hiking scarf, a PAIR of socks, and a PAIR of Forest Canopy mitts.

I was busy late last night...

I was up last night late and decided to start this hat. I am almost finished with it already. So here it is. My granddaughter picked the colors that match her coat perfectly.

After this I am off to find some brown yarn for my other grand daughters hat.
Happy Knitting to all!

Santa's ELF Hat for Mary - FINISHED

So this is Mary's ELF hat. The colors look a lot better in "real life" plus it is really longer than the photo looks too. I used about 325 yards of Bernat's Softee Chunky, knitting on size 10 needles. So, if you want to know the story behind the ELF hat, you can read about it here. For those of you who don't like going from link to link, the basic premise is that you knit a hat, put an Santa's ELF label in it and toss the hat outside on Christmas so that your little ones can find a hat dropped by one of Santa's helpers!
Dave Daniels did the labels in honor of his Aunt Linda who recently died. She provided him with this childhood memory and he wanted to honor her by spreading the tradition.
I made two hats. One for my seven year old son, Zachariah, and one for my six year old niece, Mary. I had Zachariah's done before the Carefree KAL started. But the pics are of Mary's hat and the label as provided by Dave.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Start of pair 6

Another pair in progress... this pair will be done in Wildfoote, in the forest colorway. Also for Kelli...LOL!

Charade Progress Photo, as Promised, lol

Finally got a progress photo yesterday, and I have a bad feeling that I am going to run out of yarn, ugh! Not sure what I will use for the toes, unless I can order 2 skeins fast!
Since the new skeins will end up on the foot, dyelot won't matter so much, whoo-hoo!

Mice in the house?

Didn't realize it was Mickey Mouse's Birthday when I started knitting these dishcloths. Between the 2 cloths I used up a total of 200 yards. I want to make another of the plain blue ones as I want to sew them together to make a potholder. But that will have to wait another day or two.

The plain Mouse pattern came from Knitted Kitty Creations, it's a free pattern. The Illusion version is my adaption of her original pattern, I made it bigger and added instructions for an illusion. I like the effect.

Completed Scarf - Strangling Vine Keyhole Scarf

Nov. 18/08 -Completed my Strangling Vine Pattern - Keyhole Scarf - This was done in Bernat Sox yarn - and I used 410 yards of a 425 yard 100gram ball. My completed yards total including this scarf is now 760 yards for the Kal. Still have 12 more days to knit in November, so it is on to another project.

Brenda in Alberta
(aka: Owlsrook)

Christmas Tree Doily Finished!

I finished my Christmas Tree doily over the weekend. I love the way it turned out!!! *grin*
Stats: Crochet
Yards: 60 yds. green, 60 yds. white, 30 yds. burgundy (150 yds. total)


Two more FO's !!

The first is the Christmas stocking for our #2 grandson Daniel. I used blue on the heel & toe so it would be different from his older brother's stocking. I added the extra 2 rows of chain duplicate stitch and the "fuzzy" edging, too, just like Michael's - see photo on November 4 entries.

The second is the first dishcloth (of many to do) that I've completed. This one will be for my DD-i-L.

Forgot to post progress pic

I checked the blog and I noticed that I did not post my progress photo on the Turquoise hat. Here it is, I hope it counts, since I forgot to post it.
Happy Knitting all!

Finally finished a few projects

Well I finally finished my grand daughters hats. I used Vanna's Choice Yarn. The purple hat is 120 yards and the turquoise hat I used about 170 yards (it is 2 sizes larger).

Now My girls have new coats and I need to knit a brown and a black hat. So off I go. Hope to get them done before end of November.

Dragon Finished

I finished the Freindly Dragon for the future son-in-law. This was made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn and about 200 yds. I am still working a pair of knitted socks and crocheted socks.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Progress & an FO

I knit a cowl for my daughter and I didn't post progress pictures. So this post is going to have the progress and finished photo of the cowl. Hopefully that is OK. I also have a progress shot of a double knit hat I'm making for her.

First up is the progress shot of the cowl.

Here's a shot of the finished cowl.

The cowl fits great and my daughter loves it. I used the Darkside Cowl (Ravelry link). The yarn is Plymouth Galway Paint and the yardage used is 126 yards. The only mod I made was to take out one pattern repeat to make it a little smaller. The cowl is about 8 inches tall.

Here's a progress shot of the hat.

I'm using Doubleknitski using Plymouth Galway Paint and The Unique Sheep Foot Prints. I wasn't sure how well the two yarns would work together for this hat since the Foot Prints sock yarn is only sports weight but surprisingly enough it's working very well. I wanted a softer yarn for the inside of the hat.

Lucy Bag

This is the Lucy Bag that I am working on as a present for a friend. Her birthday celebration is the Friday after Thanksgiving (yep, that would be a week from this Friday). My goal is to have it knit up by this weekend so that I can get it felted on Saturday or Sunday. The yarn is 100% wool, size 10 needles and is just a mindless knit (right now). Once I get to the straps, however, it becomes incredibly boring knitting. I am on row 51 which means I have another 50 rows of bag to go, plus the handles.

Pair 5 for Kelli is ready

This was a quick knit. The yarn was a little rougher, but it worked like a breeze. I have used 362 meters for this pair in Online Supersocke 100, the colourway is Hiking.

Two pairs to go until I can send them off to Kelli :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Project Started

This is a rug for my daughter. The pattern is from Interweave Knits--it is called Mitered Square Rug. The designer says that it is "surprisingly quick"!! Oh, I hope so because I have another one to complete for my other daughter!!

As usual, my picture is not very good. I think it is a problem with the camera and not the photographer!!

Plugging along

My second pair of Maine Morning Mitts are done. These will definitely be gifted since the colorway seems so very 80's pink (& black). And with the weather being so warm this weekend, I washed all my completed gift knits & have them drying in the shade

Noro Silk Garden colorway #205 - 45 g = approx 110 yd
size 8 bamboo dpns
no mods

I've been restless in trying to decide on my next gift knitting, so I decided to simply cast on for Monkey2's mini-monkey since I am long overdue in making hers. Monkey1's mini-monkey was knit during Blue Moon Fiber Arts Camp Kaw Kaw (sock camp) back in April this year.

Funky Monkey Sock kit
size 5 KP Harmony circs
Typhoon Tina is the main body colorway & the accent will be Harlotty

I should be knitting some cowls or more mitts for my co-workers, but nothing, not even Ravelry, has been inspiring me, so I took inspiration from my knitting buddy, tapmouse2, and started Annie Modesitt's Ruffled Roses Scarf pattern.

I'm not sure if I'll finish this in time for the end of the KAL, so I may end up casting on other gift knits instead. I just need to decide on what yarn to combine with what pattern.