Saturday, May 23, 2009

new here

I'm new to the blog. I'm going to knit some things for my two grands to be. I've some bamboozle that I'm going to knit a hat and booties to match the blanket I've already knit for No. 2 grand, and also some Cotton Chenille to knit into a hooded blankey/towel for No. 1.

52 Week Challange - Debbie (Grandma 07)

I am using my mini mochi prize yarn to knit a ten stitch blanket for my new grandbaby (due around Thanksgiving). This pattern was a bit tricky to get going, but it is now pretty mindless knitting. A nice change from all the chart reading and keeping careful track of rows I've been doing lately. This photo shows the blanket with almost one ball of yarn watching the color changes!

Anything Goes project

I love this additional KAL. I think we will all get many more ideas from these shared projects. I started this fingerless mitt yesterday morning (5/22 here) and finished the first one (shown on Fred's hand) this morning. He has not taken it off yet and it is 4PM here as I write this. We've had freezing cold weather and he is patiently waiting for the second one. I used 65 yds of Heirloom Merino Magic 8 ply for this first mitt. So the pair will be 130 yds. I did extend the length by 5 more rows and if I hadn't, I probably could have made the pair with just the one ball. 50 gms has approx 105 m. Pattern is Green Thumb by Diana Foss. Easy to follow and a fast knit. Round 25 has an error at the beginning of the written instructions. Should read K2 instead of K1. I think the chart has no errors.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thank You Susan

My winnings. Thank You Susan. I will be knitting scarves for a charity auction with these. Just had to tuck them in and among one of my rhodies.

announcing "anything goes!" kal

from now until the start of the "tour de france" in july, "anything goes" here at the carefree kal! finish a project, get an entry for a random drawing in july. ufo's, new projects, wip's! have at it! we will have a vote for favorite cpy project if there are enough entries; otherwise, we reserve the right to combine those projects with the 52 week challenge kal favorite.

short list of rules: post a picture of your project in progress (or a picture of your ufo, wip, etc) and of course, post a picture of your finished project. label your post "anything goes." limit of one prize per person. that's it!

kal will run from may 22nd to july 3rd. photos of finished projects must be posted by july 7th to qualify for final drawing.

who can play: if your name is listed on the sidebar, you are set to go. otherwise, contact laura for an invite (see sidebar).

ready, set, KNIT!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Oops, late thank you post!

I recieved CPY yarn for Susan just when I took Nathan to the emergency hospital (ear infections are back. Boo,hoo for my little guy.) He is feeling much better today as you can see!I picked two skeins I have not used yet. One Cotton Chenille in Cocoa and a pretty Kid Merino in New Blues. Not sure which pattern for the chenille (I saw an Ann Budd pattern but I only one skein.) I will do the CPY pattern for the cat paw prints scarf for the Merino. My first lacy scarf too. I can not wait to try them both. THANK YOU for the yarn and perfect timing in it's delivery. It made my day. Jody

52-week May

Hi, been super busy and sick family all around. Here are the May totals so far. Women's sock progress and one finished. Air Raid sock pattern by Emily B. Miller for Sock Wars IV. I am Past the ribbing and half of the leg section on the second sock. I hope to get it finished before my assasin kills me! She is in Oregon too, so we shall see. Plus the next traveling scarf section that I will count around August. I am now at one sock in five days! The last socks took a whole month for the pair. Yeah for socks. Still working on the Palindrome scarf. I have really bad needles for cables and it is taking longer than I expected.
I am so looking forward to getting the 50 socks book now. They are all so pretty. Thanks ladies for sharing your skills with new sock knitters. I am off to knit like the wind! Knit on!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Winter Frost socks in time for May

Finished my May project of Winter Frost socks by Brenda Lindsay and really enjoyed knitting this pattern. My friend, Jonna, is a wonderful bobbin lace mentor and I'm happy to say that she is becoming hooked on knitting socks and is knitting this pattern in some Patonyle I dyed. This project took 316 yds of Patonyle that I dyed using Landscape dyes. The color is much nicer than the camera shows. I decided to place the socks on the warm hearts afghan I knit for our 40th anniversary last June. I hadn't realized it was designed by our own Dr. Laura until a few days ago. I think it would make a fabulous wedding present with the hearts. It has not been blocked, but will be after this winter (just beginning this week) is over. Meanwhile it will be enjoyed reading by the fire. Gale force winds today (cat 1 cyclone predicted), lots of rain, hail and the peacocks are looking confused. This is the first winter for the new peachicks. Poor little things are huddled close to the windows. Good time to knit an alpaca afghan since it is nice and warm on my lap. On chart E now and hope to have it finished by our 41st in June.

May set of projects for 52 week KAL

I have finished my May projects for the 52 week KAL:

A skinny Noro scarf, using Brooklyn Tweed's Noro Striped Scarf pattern, but only 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden (colors 47 and 84).
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Cast on: 4/10/09 (cast on post here)
Finished: 5/14/09
Yaradge: 220 yards

Circle Cloth dishcloth (pattern here)
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Cast on: 4/28/09 (cast on post here)
Finished: 5/16/09
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream in Rosewood and Dark Pine
Yardage: 75 yards

Honeycomb Dishcloth (pattern here)

Cast on: 5/16/09 (This is also the cast on post because this was a quick knit!)
Here's the cast on photo:
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Finished: 5/18/09
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream in Sage Green and Grape
Yardage: 75 yards
Front of dishcloth:
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Back of dishcloth:
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This is a great pattern once you get the hang of it. It's a little tricky at first, and doesn't look like it's working, but if you're careful and follow it correctly, after a couple repeats it starts to take shape! (I did have to frog and re-start once, but I got it on the second try!!)

Total yardage so far for May: 370 yards - so I earned my "Y"!

I am awaiting the final clue on my Panda Soy mystery socks. It will be posted on Friday and then I need to knit both legs. Not sure yet if this will be an additional May project or slide into June. Here's my progress after clue 2:
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Clue 3 was turning the heel, which is done on both socks, but I haven't taken a picture!

Meanwhile, while I am waiting for the next clue, I decided to pick up one of my UFO's that I didn't complete during the UFO KAL! The Tofutsies socks are once again in progress...

Knit on everyone!! :-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Thank you

I received my prize yarn and just had to share. I picked 4 skeins of mini mochi in the Neptune Rainbow colorway. The project has been picked and I just have to go and buy the right size needles so that I can cast on :) Thank you so much to Susan for this generous prize and to everyone who voted for my shawl!

Monday, May 18, 2009

52 Week Challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

May has been a busy Month so far and I haven't had much free time to knit, but I have finally managed to start a pair of Ribbed Socks using some Autermann Step yarn from my stash. It has a tweedy look that I like for this plain type socks. They are going to be for me to wear with jeans.

Now my task is to manage to get the pair finished in May if life doesn't get in the way first.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

socks done

Catching the early rays of the sun this morning, after a weekend filled with rain... the socks I made for Jouke are done. They turned out very nice and look really warm. He wanted to wear them instantly this morning...but alas... first photo!

Green socks: knit on DPN Us 1 1/2 also known as 2 1/2 mm
Used yarn: Gr√ľndl Wolle Marathon Yale (350 meters)