Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fantasy fabric closeup

Maizy harika socks

I started another project today! I cast on the harika socks pattern from Twist Collective.

I am using Maizy sock yarn in Bittersweet and Meadow Mist.
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This is a challenging pattern, but I'm learning some new techniques and practicing techniques that I haven't used in awhile (two-handed knitting!).

This is the progress I've made so far:
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More pics to follow as I get to the fun fair isle section. This is my first time using two different colors of yarn for socks. Should be fun!

Blanket update

Jouke can wrap himself in the blanket. Although the needle is still holding the 500 stitches, I have reached the milestone of 1.50 meter. (start was 0.38 meter)
50 centimeter still to go...but I have the feeling that it will not be a problem.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Better late than never

I know I must seem ungrateful, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I'm lazy with the camera. This is the awesome sock yarn that I got from the Holiday Drawing. It's Panda Soy in Evening Blues. I have decided that the next pair of socks I knit are going to be for ME. I haven't kept a pair in over six months. We cannot allow that trend to continue. I've been scouring Ravelry for the perfect pattern. Every time I think I have it narrowed down, I get a new idea. don't you just LOVE it when that happens??? The big bonus is that even if the pattern is fussy, I only do in on the leg part....the whole thing that convinced me to start knitting socks was those little wads that those of us with short feet...and the wads show up in the most interesting of places.


52 Week Challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Here is my current in progress project - Wool Peddler's Shawl, from Folk Shawls Book. Started this yesterday with some yarn from my stash. It knits up pretty quickly so far, so I hope to get it done in February.

Also about to cast on for more socks, just need to pick a pattern. I like to work on a couple of projects and switch back and forth between them.

Brenda in Alberta (Owlsrook)

new project

I think you will get the idea of this when I get a little bit further. It is the start of a mitten that I am working on for a swap. The design is mine... And Scandinavian yarns are used... thus far I like it

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My 4 Day Shawl

Yep I started this on Sunday and I finished last night. Blocked it today. I will take better pictures but it is not a very pretty day outside. This was photo was taken on my bathroom floor because I hoped the tiles being 13" x 13" would give an idea to size.

Prize yarn arrived way down under

Thanks to Susan Druding for the gorgeous Crystal Palace Yarns grand prize which arrived on Lincoln's 200th birthday here. :) It is even prettier in person than any photos show and has a lovely hand to it. I know I will enjoy knitting with it and look forward to ordering more in the future. My Aussie friends will undoubtedly be wanting some as well.

The Joyful will be used for Adrienne's Round Robin's House pattern which is my all time favorite and what first brought her talents to my attention. I will knit it with a joyful heart, believe me!
I will use the Nightshade for Fred with a pattern yet to be decided, and will use any leftovers for stripes in another pair of socks for his air show collection.

The 2nd red sock is 10 rows short of being grafted and then the custom YFM socks will be cast on with the cream patonyle that also arrived yesterday. I can hardly wait to finish them so I can do MY socks with the Joyful. :)

Thanks also to all of the ladies who make this wonderful KAL happen. It is a joy to "meet" other knitters who share their projects, ideas, and photos. I will post pics as soon as our camera is repaired in Perth.

Cheers to all of you from way down under where our peachicks are thriving and living happily with the roos and our corgi, Razzle.

52 Week Challenge: February

My February project is finally done! I knit it for a donation the Red Scarf Project, they'll be collecting scarves at the Knit Out this weekend at the Mall of America. I used one skein of Caron Simply Soft in red and one skein of Caron Simply Soft Eco in a really nice blue. I used US size 7 needles and did a simple 2X2 rib stripe pattern. I really enjoyed making it but it took a while because I haven't had loads of uninterrupted knitting time lately. I used at least 550 yards for this project.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Elf Socks/Slippers

Just a quick pic post of the elf socks I made for my son, not in any of the knitalongs, but I promised a pic, and the pattern came out of the book Rita just posted a pic of, so I thought the timing was right. Enjoy!

52 Week Challenge

Here is my February project. It's a simple shawlette made with one skein (420 meters) of Noro Kuryon Sock yarn.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Finally I say

Thank you!!!

This is the book that I won waaaaayyy back for finishing a project, and the yarn is from the Carefree KAL, Panda Silk (don't have it with me to find the colorway), which is even more gorgeous in person than in pictures. It's soft, it's sleek, it's just....just....perfect. I was one of the finalists and got to choose the yarn I wanted.

I've been doing a lot of knitting this year, mostly for me, because it's been so nasty cold in my part of the country and I needed hats and a neckwarmer and legwarmers and all kinds of stuff, but I never have all my photos on the same computer and keep forgetting to post when I have them. Today I only have a photo of the legwarmers on this computer; everything else is on my laptop at home.

I have to run, so I'll just say that these are over-the-knee height that slouch over the ankles and still end up knee socks. I'm going to take the foot off because it's made of chunky yarn and doesn't fit in my clogs; I'll end up with the footless version of the pattern. I'm making them of Claudia's Hand Painted Yarn, chunky, in the Pink Dot colorway, at least 232 yards in the first one alone.



Thank You

I received this in the mail last Friday. But, I did not know what for as I did not win it or anything. Adrienne just told me MAZ donated her Carefree KAL prize to me. Thank You so much. It was such a surprise. Thanks again.

Thank You Susan for the yarns you donate to keep this KAL going.