Saturday, November 14, 2009

holiday ornament!

Radka designed this lovely ornament for you to knit - the pattern is up at Merino-5 ornament

we'll have a 2nd color posted soon too!

CPY ultramarine bamboo wool for Lacy Lulu

I'm enchanted with this yarn/pattern combination. I have waited a year to find the perfect pattern for my favorite yarn (and color which is like our peahen's neck) and Adrienne found it for me yesterday. I cast on and have enjoyed every minute since then. The pattern is Lacy Lulu by Birgit Freyer and I'm using fingering wt yarn instead of lace wt, but still think it is elegant.

I was just starting the second YFM sock for Fred when Lulu seduced me so here is the sock progress until Lulu is finished. I have explained to Fred in loving detail that the sock delay is due to Adrienne. :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Rainy day socks

Here's my finished lacey socks. I'm not really into knitting socks, but my dear daughterinlaw wanted a pair...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A few starts and a finish

I jumped on the shawl KAL with a few others. Here is mine through clue 2.

My MIL is having shoulder replacement surgery so I planned on making her a few shawls to wear after wards. Above is the start of Traveling Women for her.
This also is for her, it is 198 Yds of Heaven. But, I am using a thicker yarn, so mine will take more and be a bit warmer for MIL.
I did finish and block the Traveling Women. Blocking was interesting due to the curve of the neckline.

November project

I finished the socks I was knitting for November in the 52 week KAL:
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Here's a progress photo from mid-October:
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This was such a pretty pattern to knit!

Pattern: Through the Loops Mystery Sock 2009
Yarn: Sugar Bunny Boulevard - Emeline
Colorway: Mermaid's Song
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Cast on: 10/7/09
Finished: 11/10/09
Yardage: I'm guessing about 300 yards

One more month to go! I just cast on a new mystery sock in Panda Cotton (Jet Black and Picnic). This will probably be my December project:
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This is the Miss Marple November mystery sock for the SKA group on Ravelry. It's my first time trying mosaic knitting!

Holiday KAL

So I finished the Striped Hat for my neice. It looks pretty good on my 1 yr old! I also finished (finally)my Feb Lady Sweater. It's blocking (my first attempt at blocking something) downstairs then I will sew the buttons on. I'll post it on ravelry soon.

I am still working on the Spidey mittens. They aren't as "fun" as they started out, so they are stalled. (Plus I got distracted by making a baby gift, coffee cup cozies for bookclub, and a tiny Turkey KAL from Susan Anderson)

Gotta keep knitting.. more projects to finish.

Jill (jaertt on Ravelry)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Holiday Kal: Socks Progress

I finally got my hands on some Panda Silk! I wonder if it would work for Adrienne's "Lotus". But I am working on 3 pairs of socks right now and I don't think I'll be able to finish a 4th pair before the deadline for this KAL. :-(

You guys have seem my Thuja before, done in Knit Picks Swish Worsted.

I've undone the grafting since then because I think it is a bit too big for the recipient and want to do a fitting in case I have to rip back. The second one is a few rows from the toe.

Next - The Miss Marple mystery socks from Sock Knitters Anonymous. They are my first mosaic pattern ever and they are coming out fabulous. I am using Knit Picks Stroll sock yarn for these. This picture is clue one, but I am about 2/3rds through clue 2 right now and I'll add that picture here when I'm done with it.

And last and probably least, the Goddess Knits mystery socks for November. This first clue was completely boring because it was only a simple ribbed cuff. I'm hoping the rest of the pattern is a bit more complex. I also don't know if I like the recommended yarn, which is Farmhouse Silk Blend. It looks pretty, but feels really rough on my hands. I hope it softens up with a soak.

Christmas stocking for Evie

Here's the start of the stocking I'm knitting for my new granddaughter.

Finished luscious lace scarf

Here's my finished luscious lace scarf. It was a fun and easy knit!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

52 Week Challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

November Completed Project - Spring Forward Socks done in Kroy FX - These took two balls of Kroy FX with about 12 inches of yarn left over for each sock. So about 331yards in total. Cuffs are six inches - Ladies size medium. Colorway is called
"Clover Colors".

Brenda in Alberta
Owlsrook on Ravelry

Progress Photos of Finished Projects

Adrienne reminded me that I didn't post progress photos of some of my finished projects, so here are the ones I have.

The first 3 photos are the first 3 clues of the Concerto Stole, and the white shawl is the Traveling Woman after the stockinette portion and 1 repeat of the lace pattern.

My biggest problem is that I'm so busy knitting that I don't take out the time to take and post photos!

GablesDeb on Ravelry

Lots of Started & Finished Projects

I have been so busy knitting that I haven't had the time to take pictures. The past few days I've been busy blocking, so I can finally post some photos.
I am making a scarf for a friend who will be celebrating his 80th birthday in January and frequently travels up north in the winter. This is my traveling project since I don't have to worry about following a pattern or counting rows.
I am currently working on a pair of Happiness Socks. They will be fraternal socks because I am knitting from both the inside and the outside of the ball of yarn at the same time. I finished the Socktober Mystery Socks and they are beautiful. The color in the photo is very washed out; the color is actually a very deep green.
I'm doing several KAL's. The first is the Spitzbergen Shawl. Although the pattern calls for lace weight yarn, I wanted mine to be a bit larger so I am using Jaggerspun Main Line, which is fingering weight, in Teal. The photo is the first 2 clues. The next is the Tulip Shawl, and the photo is the first 10 rows. I am using Jaggerspun Zephyr in Elderberry.
The first photo of finished projects is the Textured Shawl in Silky Merino which was absolutey yummy to work with. Next is the Traveling Woman which knit up very quickly in just 3 days. Next is the Concerto Stole which was a wonderful KAL. I used Jojoland Melody and it was fun to see how the colors developed. The last photo is the Obstacles Baby Afghan in Plymouth Encore (color Wedgewood). I have also finished the Obstacles Baby Blanket but haven't had a chance to take a photo of that one. At the moment it is stretched out on the blocking boards, so perhaps tomorrow....
Whew! I'm glad I finally got caught up with my photography!

Holiday Project #3 - Noro Striped Scarf

I joined the Selfish Knitters group on Ravelry after having a gift scarf be rejected and belittled. Long story but the scarf has been returned and gifted to a knitting friend who absolutely enjoys it now.

The November KAL for the group is a "viral" KAL. Only patterns with more than 5000 projects queued qualify. I have seen the beautiful Noro striped scarfs before and have always wanted to make myself one. The yarn is not cheap but does feel lovely already knitted up. Not so keen on the hidden green tucked inside those midnight blue/black cakes but I still think it will come out well in the end.

Dayflower Lace Scarf - Holiday KAL Project #2 (complete)

First holiday project completed. While up in Colorado for a friend's wedding, my friend Andrea took me to a little LYS called The Knitty Cat. She picked this Malabrigo in the Melilla colorway for a winter scarf. To be honest - in the hank I thought this yarn was kind of ugly. Once wound into a ball I saw how wrong I was.

This is super colorful and the pinks/greens blend very well. Will definitely brighten up a snowy Colorado day! Used a total of 216 yards of the yarn. Finished size 5" x 60".