Saturday, February 7, 2009

52 Week Challange - Debbie (Grandma 07)

I finished my pair of Salida socks this afternoon. This was a challenging project, but I think the end result was worth the effort :) These were cast on on Feb 1 and finished Feb 7. I used about 350 yards of Panda Silk in color 3003 and the leg is 5.5 inches from cast on to heel.

The color of the yarn is most accurate in the progress photo-taking skills are not the best sometimes!

3 done 1 start

I'll start with a new start. This is a test knit. They are ready to start the heel soon. Interesting pattern that will be out in April. Very interestings. Don't you agree Brenda??? lol The yarn is my prize for the Olympic Soxs KAL back in Aug.
This is the start of the December sock of the month from . I started these the last week of Jan. Yarn is a Cascade Handpainted.
Here they are done. I finished them Feb 2. They were a very quick knit on size 2 needles. These were knitted a lot taking care of my Dad.
The start of the January sock of the month from This is a trekking yarn. The matching surprised me as I was again taking care of my Dad and just casted on without thinking about matching them. I did not think there would be stripes in the yarn anyways. These would have been started Feb 2.
Here is another test knit. I started these as I needed another pair of socks going...Feb 4. Stash yarn. Yarn is socka. Bejeweled Diamonds is the pattern name.
Here are both pair completed. I think I have met the yardage for Feb. Again I am surprised at how well they matched up. The darker pink pair will go to Jess for Valentines day. The light pink pair will be for me to wear Valentines day. Also the light pink pair has beads that I am not sure show very well.

Tomorrow I will cast on for this. Again the yarn has been waiting to be knitted for a while. I am having a hard time waiting to cast on. Oh and Dad is doing great and does not need the help anymore.

The Wedding Gift Is DONE!

I finally decided that this one massive hand towel ( or really dinky bath towel!!!) would have to do for the wedding gift. I don't know if this counts or now as I started in Jan and finished in Feb...but regardless, the set is done. The towel alone has about 400 yrd in it, and whatever is in a regular ole 9x9 dishcloth times 5. Why the burgundy one? My cousin is marrying a man of Chinese descent and red represents happiness. My aunt said that my cousin will wear a burgundy sash at the reception, so I thought throwing an extra (and burgundy) washcloth might mean something to them. Or not. The thought was there. I published the towel, about a third to half done the middle of Janurary. If needed, I can go find the exact day.

Now I'm off to see if I can get a pair of socks and a pair of felted slippers done by my daughter's birthday.

I'm soooooooo behind. I really must love it here with as often as I place myself right where I am! ROFL(at myself)

Have a fantastic weekend.

Oh here. To see exactly how far behind I am.....this is the beginning of the pair of socks. And no. There is not a finished one hiding anywhere (although I really really wish there was!!!)

Blanket update

I measured the blanket this afternoon... and I am over half the length that I need. 1.15 meter is done, and 85 centimeter still to go.

Two Socks

I finished the second sock. Funky looking, huh? I have a philosophy about socks. (Yes, I know, I'm deep.)

Socks should be loud. Socks should have verve and attitude. Socks should positively scream that they're hand knitted.Pattern specs:
Yarn: Fortissima Socka Colori, 2 skeins (200 grams total)
Needle: Addi Lace Turbo US size 0
Pattern: Basic 64 stitch sock with short row heels

Friday, February 6, 2009

52 Week Challenge

One hat done and felted, the next one on the needles. I couldn't resist posting 2 pics of the finished one, as you can see, my oldest son got me good, lol, and I had to share. According to the pattern, it takes 190 yards per hat, and looking a what I had left, that's about right (I might have used a little more).

Super Slouch

Hi all! This project doesn't count for Feb. and isn't a UFO but I haven't posted here in a while so I thought I'd share anyway. I've been wanting a cute slouchy hat for ages but the ones I make (and try on at stores) are always too small because I have a massive head and a ton of really thick hair. So this time I used much thicker yarn than the pattern called for and larger needles and I looooove how it came out! It has the perfect amount of slouch and it's purple which automatically makes it awesome. The pattern is A Slouch for All Seasons by Melissa LaBarre of Knitting School Droupout (love her blog, she has such great style!) and the yarn is Cotton Ease in plum.

I really need to kick it into high gear with my charity scarf (Feb. project) if I want to get it done to donate by the 15th. I've been spending a lot of time getting my Etsy shop ready so I haven't had tons of free knitting time, but now I should be able to devote the time needed to get it done.


52 week challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Feb.6/09 - Completed my Openwork Rib Socks last night. These were started on Feb. 1/09 and progress photo posted at that time.

I used Knit Picks Essential in "Grass" Color. Ladies size medium with 5.5 inch cuffs, used 358 yards for this pair.

Brenda in Alberta

Thursday, February 5, 2009

52 week KAL

Project #1 socks - Pattern Marian by Gigi Silva - yarn Patons Kroy. Started Feb. 1.

Project #2 Jojoland Swirl scarf.

Last UFO finished

On January 1, this sweater was 90% complete. I've been knitting gifts and am not finished yet. We have a large family. I worked one square a day to finish this. The yarn is Noro Silk Garden. The pattern is Autumn Leaves Cardigan by Nancie Wiseman, which calls for Noro yarn.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

deadline for posting finished projects

for the 52 week challenge kal, progress and completed project pictures must be posted to the blog by the 4th of the following month for credit.

can you believe that january is almost over? this kal is going to make this year fly by fast. i am so glad that i am not trying to challenge myself here. i have been amazed at the projects you all are churning out. unbelievable!

so, i need to see posting by february 4th if you want your "j"!

Changes to 52 week challenge kal requirements

Dr. Laura here:

i've made changes to the rules for the year-long challenge.
these lower the yarn requirements for both crochet and knit.

they are more explicit for knit, to wit:

"1 pr adult socks with a leg of min. 4 in above heel".
also, i think that making a matching headband, i=cord lariat, baby sock or ornament would suffice.

re crochet, as i don't do this, i followed the guidance of those who do -and stayed more towards the high end.
that reminds me, LOL, did you see the David Letterman show where Lily Chin made Dave a sweater in under 45 min?

I apologize for the confusion.

NOW *** please quickly re-examine your projects for jan & what you thought wouldn't work out. I had several emails from folks who didn't feel they could meet 350 yds.

you still have some time before the end of the month!!

ANOTHER note (er um hint???): my idea in calling this the 52-wk challenge was hoping to see something every week, but i know that's tough. you might keep it in your mind to see if you can't post every week! will be interesting to see who has a post per week at the end of the year!!

blessings, :L

ufo KAL - Intense Rainbow Hexagon Blanket, II

I forgot to mention last time the name of the pattern I'm using - it's Motif #30, from Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, by Edie Eckman. I've gotten a little over 20 more blocks attached to the blanket in the past week. Not quite as many as I wanted too, as I took a brief break to make my sister a requested pair of fingerless mitts, but I'm happy I did get over the 50 block mark.

I've decided to go ahead and make this baby blanket sized, and then make another (bigger) blanket for me, using a different pattern. One where the blocks are bigger, and the method in which they attach to one another isn't so obvious. I've been playing with patterns, and this is what I've come up with :

Now, this is where I could use some help. I'd really like to use some more Mini Mochi with this, for varying reasons, but can't decide which color to use. Anybody got any ideas? I don't plan on starting this/making it for the ufo kal - that's what the Intense Rainbow's for; I'm simply looking for opinions on color choices. =)

another pair of So Square socks

I started another pair of air show socks for Fred last week (on Friday, I think) and finished the first sock last night. Will definitely finish the second by Valentine's Day for him. He asked me to knit a custom pair to match our plane and suggested cream on the top with 3 red stripes and then the blue foot starting 3" or 4" above the ankle to represent the belly of the plane. I ordered some more cream patonyle and will use the leftovers (hopefully enough) of this sock (400 yds for size large) for the stripes and fortunately have lots more of the blue I dyed for the other so square socks (Anne Hanson) I made during the holiday KAL. Here are some pics to show beginning and end of the first sock. It is in Cascade Heritage "wine" colorway and is much prettier in person than the computer shows. More of a cranberry/crimson red. Only one bit of pooling and won't show when worn. :) I hope he gets his custom socks before my prize yarn arrives. You know I will want to begin the Joyful Panda immediately. But I did choose a second colorway for him. Do you think he will have enough socks?

UFO projects

Hi I am finally signing in for the ufo projects that I want to finish by March. I put one of them into the 52 week contest and realized that I started it before January. One is a pair of fingerless mittens for my niece that she wants fingers added last minute ( not! I am too new to figure that out!) The mittens are at 50%. And a purse I need to edge, line and add handles to. The purse is at 75%.

Hi! I just got my package! Yeah. Thank you soooooo muchhhh! Now I need to pick a pattern. Does anyone have any help with this. I do not what to make baby things. I am 8 years old.


P.S. Here is my UFO. It is a hat for me. My first projekt on circle needles.

52 Week Challenge

Here's the dishcloth I finished!! Combined with Cara's mittens this gives me enough yardage for my "J"!!! I' m not exactly sure how many yards the dishcloth used since the label was written in Chinese, but I'm sure it was enough!!

I'm so glad I learned bobbles just in the nick of time in order to be able to do this. Bobbles and I were having a time of it!!

52 Week Challenge

Yikes, I almost forgot to take a pic of the hat I am making before I finished! I will be making another one anyway, as I didn't make the decreases as stated in the pattern, and didn't realize until I was almost finished with them! Oh well, it's going to be felted anyway, so it will be interesting to see how much of a difference my boo-boo makes. Anyway, here it is:

Panda Superwash Pic

Got a pic today of my yummy yarn winnings, Panda Superwash, stained glass colorway, mmmmmm!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Yarn Arrived, Too!!

Oh, it is so beautiful and soft!! I love it!! Thank you so much!! Two skeins of Panda Superwash in Mint Print!! I can't wait to get my hands into this!! But, I'm going to have to wait a bit until I finish some other projects on the needles!!


February project: socks done

My cellphone is acting up. I had to use the scanner to show you the pair of socks I knit for me. Unfortunately the scanner is not big enough to scan the pair...
But still, they are done and I am happy with them.

To answer Kadezmom's question: You can feel the silver sparkles when knitting, but it does not itch on the feet. The silver is a bit rougher on your hands compared to the yarn.

I used: 2 balls of Fortissima Socka Disco Socka (210 meters each) and had left over: 50 meter in total. So 370 meters yarn used... That is 404 yards for this pair! Used needles: US 2 / 2.75 mm

Monday, February 2, 2009

Mine, Too!

My Final Prize Drawing yarn arrived today too, sry, no pic at the moment, but it's the gorgeous Panda Superwash in the Stained Glass colorway. It is as gorgeous in my hands (well, more gorgeous because it's in my possession no, lol)as it is online. I will have to start trolling through my socks patterns to find the best accompaniment (and maybe get more needles, as all my other size ones are currently occupied, lol).
Thank you once more, whoo-hoo!

Prize yarn arrived!

My prize yarn arrived from CPY today for winning favorite CPY project!
02.02.09 003

It's the beautiful new Panda Superwash in Joyful and Neptune. Both very pretty colorways and oh, so soft!! I need to decide on a pattern worthy of this yarn! :-) Of course, I still have my UFO projects to finish... and the Inner Truth scarf... I always seems to have more yarn than time to knit. But new yarn is always good inspiration!!

Thanks to all who voted for my pink mystery socks as their favorite CPY project!!

And thank you to CPY for the generous prize! I can't wait to post photos of my finished socks knit from this pretty yarn.


52 week January totals

Hi, Here are the finished items. Wintery cowl from Jan/Feb "Crochet Today" magazine 250 yards. I used Red Heart Homespun "grape" yarn and a size M needle. I liked a larger gauge with this yarn. The Noro two-row scarf used 4 skeins of Kureyon at 440 yards. Believe me it takes just as much time to choose the yarn as it does to knit it up! My whole LYS and the "girls" have been sucked into a vortex with this one. I will make probably two more this year for gifts. (I could not find the yardage for the dish cloth that was previously posted. My husband or kids threw away the ball band. I also finished two more scrubbies and will count them for Feb too.)

52 Week Challange - Debbie (Grandma 07)

I cast on yesterday for my February project. I am using CPY Panda silk in color 3003. This pattern is called Salida and is a free download on Ravelry. It has been a while since I've knit cables, as most of my projects lately have been lace.

Victime of a crime?

My circular needle broke :-( I was working on my blanket yesterday and all of a sudden I lost several stitches. The chord broke just under the needle end... and I had to go search for a new one. The stitches are now standing on a circular that is half a millimeter larger than the previous one. Ah well :-)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Another finished project

52 week challenge

The socks were started Jan. 18 and finished today. Bernat Hot Sox yarn and a KnitNet pattern. About 320 yds used.

52 Week Challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Well for those who think I don't know what year it is, my last post should read Feb. 1/09 not 2209!! Of course I still plan to be knitting on that date too!

52 Week Challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

February 1-2209 - In progress photo - Openwork Rib Socks - Ladies Medium, 5.5 inch cuff. Using 2.25 dpns, Knit Picks Essential Solid yarn in "Grass".
Just turned the heel, and now starting to pick up gusset stitches.

I tried to get a picture with just the socks, however, I have a knitting handicap by the Name of "Pasha", who likes to help with all things knitting.

Brenda in Alberta,