Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gansey Girl Socks - February 12/12/12

I finished off my SKA Mystery Socks, aka Gansey Girl! They are knit with Panda Silk in Butterscotch and they have little 8/0 beads that blend right into the sock. I don't have much yarn left, but I don't have anything to weigh it with. I think 350 yards is a safe bet. What do you guys think? My foot is about 9.5 inches long, and I made the leg about 5 inches.

February Finished Project

I finished a project for February and started 2 more.

The finished shawl is Renee Leverington's Winter Mystery Shawl 09 . I used JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 in Lady Slipper with 8/0 Light Amethyst Silver Lined #522 from Bead Wrangler (although the beads are too small to see in the photos). The shawl is gorgeous and I look forward to wearing it.

The 2 new projects are Multnomah, which I am making with Rowan Tapestry in Whirlpool and Pieceful Creations Sampler Lace Stole, for which I am using Halcyon Yarn Satin Bamboo in Copen Supreme.

My Saskia shawl continues to grow, although I don't have any new photos.

Thank you very much for the Panda Silk yarn.I love the color (a beautiful gray/blue) and can't wait to find just the right pattern for it.

GablesDeb on Ravelry

Friday, February 5, 2010

Feb..Wishing for Spring

The pattern for Round 2 of Iron Knitter. The picot cast on. Just after I finished this cuff......the cable pulled out of my needle. After grabbing another needle one size bigger getting ready to find those stitches laying all over and a few deep breaths, a few hail marys (no I am not catholic but thought it would not hurt) a few swear words, and getting both cats out of the house.

Well that next needle same thing happen. Cable and needle did not want to be together.

Finally got them on another needle and started knitting again. They seemed big but you knit as per pattern.

Finally got to the heels and used the needles from the first accident.

Got to the foot and found a size 2.0mm. Only mods is I continued the diamond pattern down the foot on the sides.
Yep these suckers are way to big for me. So have a wonderful friend that happen to come by and visit just after I took the picture and before I frogged them. Yes, I used the word frog Adrienne. I can spell it, I can type it, I can say it, I just don't like to do it.

Well they fit this friend. So I am blocking them now and will take blocked pictures later. Edited as here they are....all blocked and ready.

Don't ya love my solar lights (the tulip). I have all kinds of them. Guess with as many as I have one could say I collect them.

Waiting for round 3 to start. Date is set for Feb. 12th for that round.

February project - progress pic...

It is on long double pointed needles
144 sts
needle size is 3.5 mm (US4)

Guess what it is going to be?

did you get your "J"?

everyone who finished a project for january (12 months/12 projects/12 balls of yarn) should have a "J" for janauary after his/her name. if i've missed you, please let me know! and link me to your blog post so i can give you your credit.

all wonderful projects for january! can't wait to see february's!

clarification re: contest for most cpy projects: projects knit with crystal palace yarns count for both the regular 12m/12p/12boy AND the cpy contests and must meet the yardage requirements. each completed cpy project counts as 1 credit (shown as an * after your name).

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Birthday Cowl Pattern

I have cast on a new project. This one is for a new swap group I have joined. It is my first cowl I have knitted and am really liking it so far. I am doing the Birthday Cowl pattern and I am using Cascade Soft Spun in a really nice cloud blue color. The yarn is almost as soft as Malabrigo which is nice. My partner is over in England too so I'm hoping she will like it. =)

Show-off Stranded Socks - Complete For January

I had happened to find this yarn at my LYS and was really taken with the primary colors. I thought that the stranded pattern would work well with the bright colors and never realized this is actually a “little kid” sock yarn!

The pattern was an easy knit and is a very interesting construction. Instead of a standard heel flap and gusset, you actually knit the leg pattern all the way down the back of the leg and put an inverted triangle gusset as you work down. I did mine in a double moss stitch but the pattern has instructions on two other stitches also.

The pattern does eat the yarn up fast though. I used all of the two skeins and had to do the toe of each sock in Knit Picks Essential “Dusk” in order to finish. Probably about 460 yards total.

This is also the fastest I’ve done socks so far. I did the second sock in only 6 days! That may not be fast for some but produced my first knitting related callous!

As you can see my puppy Poky likes them too! =)

January project -- posting just in time

Last week I hosted my sister's bridal shower. I added 4 calorimetries to the prize/thankyou basket. Some were started and finished on the airplane ... so they don't all have in-progress pictures. Unfortunately, no one took a picture of my aunt wearing one upside down. And she wasn't even drinking ....

There were 6 ... but the blue one got frogged, as did another greenish/reddish one that went undocumented. They were just too ugly, and I love my sister. That blue one ... way too much like wearing Grover's inelastic pelt.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Last of January 12/12/12 and gift!

Hi, I finished a pair of socks from the Iron Knitter competetion on Ravelry. Done in Cascade Heritage-tutu. Pattern by Judy Summers. They are size 5 for my mom. Tiny feet compared to mine! I also got a gift for last years 52-week contest. They are perfectly purple and my favorite color! Thanks so so much! They are lovely and being used for round two in IK. Don't expect to go far in this round. You all saw me do a pair of socks in a month and this has it to about two-weeks! The pattern this round is from Janine Le Cras and a totally monsterous lacy thing! So Wish me luck and see you all for the Oympics! Sorry for the wonky pics but my camera is super old. I wish the marker piture was better because they are awesome!

February Project

Here is the start of the February Project. Since I am going to be a Grandmother again next month, I thought I better do a baby project. This is going to be a ribbed sweater. This is suppose to be a 6-9 month size, but it looks bigger to me, which I guess is o.k. It will fit her eventually. The Yarn is Bernat Baby Coordinates.

Finished! 12/12/12 January FO

I finished my cardigan! It's also a new pattern by me that you can see in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry. Check it out, it's only $1.99! Anyway, here is my January FO picture.

February Finish

I finished the Motley Jester Socks. Five colors of leftover yarn. Needles US #1/2.25mm. The basic pattern is one I did for SWTC for their Tofutsies yarn. I used 102 gm of leftovers. Yardage is hard to figure.

The legs have four colors. The heel is eye of partridge in two colors. There are beads on the ruffle and at the seams of the leg colors.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New project for February - pics of Zachariah's hat, mittens and scarf -- progress photo

I am making my son a cap, mittens and scarf.  I had made my oldest daughter's future step-children hats and scarves for Christmas.  And I have to tell you, the look on Zachariah's face when he saw their stuff and then he asked me if I had made him a hat . . . sigh. 

So, using some of Joann's Sensation yarns (Rainbow Classic in, I believe, its called Denim) I started on his hat.  The hat pattern I used is a simple cap called a tobaggan hat, although for Zachariah, I doubled the ribbing so that it would keep his ears warmer.  The mittens were a pseudo pattern that I got from the same book as the hat and the scarf is crocheted, length wise. 

I discovered in making the hats for the girls that I can whip one of these babies out in a couple of hours.  The mittens are very very simple and I got them out of the same book that I got the hat pattern.

So lets see if I can post some pics . . . keep in mind that I was home all day today (or when i wasn't sitting at home, I was sitting in the doctor's office and a swim meet . . . I get tons of stuff sitting around waiting for the kids).

The top pooled stuff is the cap.  I was almost to the point of putting it on dpns.  I hate using dpns, so I often put off doing it until I have to do a couple things at once. 

The one mitten was done, well, except for the thumb which I needed to use a dpn to finish and the other mitten was mostly done. 

And then I finally decided I needed to use the dpns.  This is a pick of the thumb completion of one of the mittens:

I am going to use the rest of the yarn to complete the matching scarf. 

Intense Rainbow mini-mochi thank you

MANY thanks to Susan for her generous prizes to all of us who finished the 12 monthly projects last year. I understand my choice of Intense Rainbow is on the way to me and I'm delighted to say that Fred has requested it. He teaches hundreds of pilots here in the west and usually wears the red, white and blue socks I've knit. We live on what is known as the "rainbow coast" here in Oz and so wearing the Intense Rainbow socks will be appropriate. Bermudas are usually worn so the socks are seen and "make a statement" as Fred says. I can hardly wait to knit them and take a pic of Fred modeling them. :) I love knitting with this yarn and hope to do many more projects using it in the coming year.

Finished project for February

I tried to finish these by the end of January, but I didn't actually get them done until today - which is okay, I guess, because it means my February project is done early.

BFF Socks (Cookie A.) in Fleece Artist Sea Wool 'Seafoam,' 2.5 mm dpns.

I'm fairly happy with them, although I think they'll be a little slouchier than I'd prefer.

mlj1954 project progress photo - baby layette

I started the sweater on New Years (it is supposed to be five hours, ha, it isn't. I finished knitting it on the 4th but didn't block or add the buttons, etc. until the 8th. On the 5th I went into the emergency room and had to have my gall bladder removed. Since I was so sick, they admitted me to the hospital and I was on IV antibiotics and morphine. My older sister took this picture. I don't know what she thought was funnier, my trying to knit a baby cap while I was on morphine or that I was trying to figure out the math to get it right. I kept ripping it out and ended up with a very messy ball.

Unfortunately, this is the only progress picture I have. She did take a picture of me but I told her that I would hurt her if she didn't delete it.

I hope this is enough to count.
I thought I had a picture of the blocked sweater except that it only shows my daughter and her boyfriend sitting in front of the fireplace.

Holiday-or-not ... or better late than never.

Last week I flew to California and gave my mom her fresh-off-the-wires stole. Very happy day. I miss it, though.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Another January project

I finished these gloves on Jan. 31. They're for my daughter who has an iPhone.
The finger tips are needed to operate the phone. I hope she likes them. The yarn is Regia 6 fadig, and I used 68 gm.

return to the land of oz

i couldn't resist seeing what "in the land of oz" would look like in some yummy mini mochi.

in the land of oz
mini mochi in tropical ginger

bet you didn't think i had other colors besides neptune, huh!? LOL! although i think it would be absolutely stunning in neptune...hmmmmmmm.

and another one in one of the new mini solids (deep loden) and mini mochi (lake trail).

these are almost like potato chips. you can't knit just one! lol!

February Project start

Here is the start of February's project, and a picture of a UFO that is being finished. Last time I said there would be some nice colors this time. These socks are from Gypsy Girl Creations yarn, here in the Midwest. The large sock is Cosmic Storm and the small one is Winter Solstice. Both are 64 stitches on size 0 needles - only reason for the size difference that I can figure is the needles. Cosmic Storm is on Clover Bamboo and Winter Solstice is on KnitPicks Harmony. If you look closely, you can see little plastic end caps on the Harmony needles. These are from needles that are used to draw blood, the little butterfly needles for people with difficult veins. (The nurses save them for me.) They are quite handy.
The large sock was started in September and put on hold for surgery - I found I could not do socks for a while. Sigh. Anyway, one sock was finished and I had husband try it on. He wanted it a half inch longer. Okay. Knit the second one with modifications and had him try it - success. Ripped out the first sock back to before the heel, about where the small sock is here, and redid it. It's now 5 rows from bindoff. Last night, he told me he's decided he does not like wool socks after all, that they are too hot. Anyone want a slightly used husband, cheap? Comes complete with wool chewing cats.
Hope everyone else is doing well. aj in frozen Milwaukee.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


These are the SKA Mystery Socks by Debbie O'Neill using Lorna's Laces and size 1 dpn - I have been knitting all days and my hands hurt...hahaha.

January Project: Finished!

And here's my finished project for January:

Pattern: September Scarf by Heather M. Brown
Needles: US #5
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow Kettle Dyed in Clementine

February 12m/12p/12boy and a request for help

I am planning my Feb 12m/12p/12boy already.

is my plan in Zauberball black/grey/white colours for my Mom for her birthday. I hope to cast on tomorrow.

I have been test knitting a toddler cardigan that I signed up for on the Free Pattern testers on Ravelry. It is knit in the round and steeked up the centre front to make it a cardigan. I have never steeked before, but loved the pattern, so figured I could do it. So, I knit a test swatch, did the crocheted steek as per Eunny Jang, cut the ladders and it totally unravelled about mid way down and then all the way when I pulled it. Thank God I did a test swatch.

I am wondering if anyone has any advice for me about this? I have been hunting on the internet and some sites have me completly confused and others look like what I did exactly. So, I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask my "circle of knitters" as I am at a loss.

Thanks for any help. If you would like to pm me with any suggestions on Ravelry, I would greatly appreciate it. (My name is jaerrt)


Cruddy Scan of beautiful Stitch Markers

Thanks so much for my lovely stitch markers. I LOVE THEM!!!! I can promise that I'm planning on giving them a work out.


MLJ 1954 12m/12p/12boy - baby layette set

I made this baby set for my nephew and his wife.  I used Bernat Baby Jacquard in Spearmint Candy.  The skein has 346 yards and I ended up with just a tiny little bit, I thought I would be able to make two sets of booties but there wasn't enough left over.  Besides these booties and sweater, I also made a cap.  Unfortunately, I was in the hospital and forgot to take a picture of the cap before my darling hubby gift wrapped everything.  Hopefully, I will get a pic of the baby encased in these lovelies . . . she is going to be arriving on February 18.

This is really lovely yarn.  It is nice to work with and is totally washable.  The sweater is supposed to take five hours but it took substantially longer.  I also made it about three inches longer than the pattern called for.  I also used a yellow bernat baby yarn for the yoke, cuffs and bottom of the sweater (I was concerned about running out of yarn).

January project

They are done, the Cranberry socks. Strange enough this pair wanted to be knit plain. I tried to design a pattern for it, but it sank away, did not show up or I did not like it... and frogged them time after time.

So plain Cranberry it is... yarn is Schoppel Zauberball. 350 meters are used.

update 12/12/12

I am still trying to finish a pair of socks for January! I have never knit so fast! I am still alive in SW5 and IK (barely!) on Ravelry. Yeah, knit on ladies!