Saturday, January 9, 2010

January Project in progress

I started the Shalom Cardigan in Berocco Comfort Chunky on January 4th. The top picture is after the first ball and the bottom picture after the second ball. I'm adding the 3rd tonight. I have no idea how others have made this with only 3 balls. I will definitly need 4 (and hopefully only 4!). I do love it so far and the pattern is super easy to follow. I love anything that is worked seamless and top-down, so this is my kind of sweater!
Jill (jaerrt on ravelry)

Progress on Antarctic

You asked for it, here's my progress, a bit over halfway, heading down the homestretch. It's very soft and sheer, and I love it!

hey, let's see some more progress!

january is moving along! what are you all working on? let's see some progress pictures! i will be posting my very boring guy sock as soon as i download it from my camera. BORING! but i must get it done.

January project

For my January project, I'm knitting a scarf. It's the one row pattern by the Yarn Harlot, pattern is here. Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool, off-white, needles US 8 / 5.0 mm.

And here is the finished second clue of the MMKKMMystery kal.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First Cast On!

I have no idea how people are finishing things so fast this month! I guess I feel slower because I'm doing a mystery sock and I am hoping and praying I can get them done before January is over because they are my only January project. All of my other projects I'm doing this month were started in December (and earlier, tee hee).

Pattern: SKA January 2010 Mystery Sock by Debbi O'Neill
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk in Butterscotch
Cast On: January 1 (I just got the pictures ULed today XD)
Needles: 1 40 inch size 0 Addi Turbo circular

I am LOVING this yarn so far and I can't wait until I can cover my feet in it!  I've never used a size 0 before, but so far my sock seems to fit fine. I'm doing the medium because I knit looser than most and it's coming out as I would have expected the large to come out, which is good.

I got the beads at Bead Wrangler. They are, I believe, the size 8/0 Smoke Topaz Rainbow Matte.

I have no scale to track how much yarn I've used, so most of my projects will be socks. I thought I saw something on here for sock rules for the previous KAL. at least a 4 inch leg, and fitting a woman's medium, right? My foot is 9.5 inches long so that isn't a problem! =D

12m/12p/12boy - January - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Completed January 2010 Projects to date:
Here are my two completed short row diagonal scarves - each done in Kroy XL Sock Yarn. "Clover Colors" and "Cameo Colors" are the yarn names. I used 3 balls of yarn for each scarf with a tiny bit of the 3rd ball left over from each scarf.

Yardage for each scarf approx. 490 yards each. The pattern is "DI.VE TESEO",
Triangle/Short-Row Scarf. (CYPF121).

I am waiting for my order of Crystal Palace yarns to come from Little Knits, so don't know if it will arrive in time for me to have a CPY project in January or not yet. In the meantime, I am off to pick something else to knit....hummmmm.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Show-off Stranded Socks

OK I cast on my first project for 2010 on New Years Eve. I have about 4" done right now on the first sock and just wish I could knit faster! This is the "Show-off Stranded Sock" pattern from Ravelry and also my first pattern I'm hoping to complete using magic loop. I am using Flusi das Socken-monster yarn from Regia in #01802. I just really liked the primary colors and didn't realize this is little kid sock yarn! LOL

I had been hoping to start with a Crystal Palace yarn project but my order from Yarnmarket didn't come in until yesterday (My LYS doesn't carry - boo hiss!). I do have some lovely yarn waiting for the next project though and can't wait!

Thank you and cast ons for 12/12/12 KAL

Woo-hoo! First off, I want to thank you all again for announcing that I was the winner of the 52 week challenge. It was a great year of knitting and this is such a fun group to participate in.

I have already cast on two projects for 2010 and they are both using CPY yarn!

#1 is the SKA mystery sock for January which incorporates texture other than ribbing and knitting with beads. I cast on 1/1/2010 and am using Lacquer Red Panda Cotton and assorted red "Magma" Miyuki seed beads, size 6/0:

Here is my first sock through clue 1:
I know the beads aren't popping out much because I purled them after putting them on using the crochet hook method. On the second sock I knitted instead of purled and they pop out more on the right side. I may or may not fix the first sock... I hate ripping back!! :-)

I also started a sock from Nancy Bush's book "Knitting on the Road" which I received for Christmas. I cast this sock on 1/3/2010. This pattern is called "Friday Harbor" and I am using Sky Blue Maizy yarn:
sock 001

This sock is moving along quite quickly; I'm glad I have it to work on while I wait for clue 2 on the other sock.

I hope we have another UFO KAL this year because I am leaving some UFO's by the wayside as I cast on fun new projects!! :-) I'm going to need some motivation to get back to those.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Joining in

New year, lots of new projects. I'd like to join the 12 months, 12 projects, 12 yarns contest/program/fun/etc.

And, my first project is the really beautiful Moonchild sock by Adrienne Fong. This is what I had after my first evening (in which I couldn't put it down. Love this pattern!).

winner of the 52 week challenge kal!

it's been a long 52 weeks for some of our blog members who have been playing our 52 week challenge kal. we started with 19 contenders and ended with 9 wonderful people who managed to complete at least one project each month for the entire year. i bow to your greatness!

congrats to bianca, brenda, cathy, debi, jody, kadezmom, lorraine, maz, and peacockmom! each and every one of you deserves to win the grand prize but unfortunately, there can be only one winner. dr laura has the prize package of 52 items (one item for each week of the year 2009) packed and ready to go. using the old "names in a hat" trick, the grand prize goes to (major drum roll here):






are you ready?



adrienne! (oops! wrong person)
i am such a tease =P




a huge congratulations to her! Yeah! WAHOOO! way to go!!!!!!!! cheering from the crowd!

but wait, i have more good news! dr. laura feels that you all deserve a prize! so i need all 9 finishers to email me at

carefreekal at gmail dot com

with a mailing address. i will send the list on to dr. laura who will be sending each of you a surprise!

a huge thank you to laura for providing all the prizes for this "challenging" kal! thank you to all of you who participated. i applaud your efforts!

Progress photo of January project

Here is another progress photo of the shawl I an working on in Jan. I was concerned that I might not have it finished in time. I think I will be o.k. I am already over half way done with it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

12m/12p/12boy - January - Brenda (Owlsrook)

January 2010 - Projects in Progress photos - I am doing two short row diagonal scarves which were each cast on New Years Day morning - working them both at the same time, and they should be done this week, as these are quick to knit. Just garter stitch, so very quick. Each scarf is being done in Kroy XL sock yarn and I am using 3 balls of yarn for each scarf which is 166 yards per ball, so about 498 yards for each scarf. I am about three quarters of the way through them both, and almost forgot to post my in progress photo which I took New Years Day Evening.

The Green toned scarf is Kroy - Clover Colors and the Bluish/pink one is Kroy - Cameo Colors. They are both about 5 1/2 inches wide.

Brenda in Alberta
Owlsrook on Ravelry


Here's mine.
Panda Silk in mint cream solid for cuff [and of course planned for heel & toe]
Mini-Mochi for sock body - Tropical Ginger. (one of my faves)

it's further along now, and i'm into that lovely mauve band you can barely see starting on the needles.

it's a new design i'm calling either 'play it again Sam', or more simply 'ZZig'.

New Year, New Project

So here is the progress picture for my January project - cast on Thursday night. It will be a cardigan or a vest - I haven't decided yet. Working in once piece from the bottom up. The variegated yarn is a hand dyed wool mill end bought many years ago at the late, great Straw Into Gold retail store. The coordinating solid is Crystal Palace Sierra.
I'm suspect this won't qualify as a project made from Crystal Palace yarn, but we'll let Susan make that call. The label is pictured above. A clue as to just how long I've owned this yarn - $21.50 for 1.8 lbs of hand dyed chunky wool - that's about $.75 per ounce!

January Progress Photo

Here's my first new project for the year. I cast on last night and I'm pleased with how they're turning out so far.
Lighthouse Gansey Socks (Anne Hanson) in Briggs & Little Durasport 'Smoke,' 2.25mm dpns.

First January Project.

These are a late Christmas gift for my son-in-law, who I was supposed to see in January. They fit the SKA challenge of texture consisting of just knits and purls.

The yarn is Prism Saki. It is a slightly heavy fingering yarn. My own pattern.

first frogs of my new year

First attempt was Margaritaville and I somehow missed a stitch and tinked a few rows before taking it all off. Second pattern is also Adrienne's and is called Rainbow Over Lahaina. Great patterns and will knit each one of them for sure. The yarn is Regia Amerika Las Vegas (I think) and I won it from our own Destiknit in her blog yarn give away last October. :) Much prettier in person than these pics show. I was so excited to begin knitting the feathery pattern with the peacock colored yarn that I didn't read carefully enough and skipped the first 5 rows before the start of the pattern. No wonder it was so hard to do the ssks and the k2togs! I need to skein it and then wind 2 balls so the yarn will begin at the same place to match the socks. That's the plan. Meanwhile I am going to start a sock for Fred called "Hayrick" by Anne Hanson using yarn I dyed last year with Landscape "saltmarsh" dye. The color is much deeper than this pic shows and hopefully will show up when the finished socks are photographed.