Friday, June 25, 2010

Dog Days Entry

I'm hoping this qualifies for the Dog Day's KAL, hah!

Ravelry Link!

I started this shawl in June 2009, and I last worked on it on 7/21/09 when I mentioned being on row 15 out of 40 for clue #4. I know that seems like more than 2/3rds, but look at this thing. It's a friggin monster. It takes me like an hour just to complete one lace row and one knit row. I picked it up again last weekend for this KAL, and worked on it on and off this week, and I am STILL on clue stupid 4!

Here's a picture of it taken just after clue #3. You can see where I marked the end of clue #2 on this also - there's a light green lifeline going through it.

I'm still on the first skein of this monster, too, but it's almost done. That's 880 yards. I have about 17 rows left of this clue and then the hellish edging, so I figure I'll get through about half the second skein. I'll have to weigh it. I'll snap a picture and post progress of it before I start the edging.

I'll be lucky if I get this finished by the deadline while trying to keep up with 12/12/12. XD

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Birthday socks started

I'm knitting as fast as I can to have these finished for Fred's birthday July 3rd. I've always made him something red, white and/or blue each year and especially since living here in Oz. We celebrate the 4th (which is still the 3rd in the States, of course) and his birthday at the same time + the birthday alone here on the 3rd and the 4th in the States (5th here) so we have a 3 day extravaganza of patriotic goodies and foods. It is VERY strange having this celebration in winter here, but we make up for the low temps in high spirit. :) Fred will be teaching in Darwin in mid-July so he will enjoy these cotton socks especially during the 90F days there. I adapted the Thuja pattern using 68 sts since it is a multiple of 4 sts. Fred normally wears a 72 st sock, but the elastic in this yarn stretches. I used a 2.5mm needle and am reducing it to a 2.25 now at the heel flap and the remainder of the sock.


I'm leaving for out of town this afternoon. Here's the progress pic on the skirt I hope to have done by the end of the month. Adrienne, is it okay if I email the picture from my phone if I do get it done? I KNOW my parent's computer doesn't have bluetooth capabilities (it's a DINOSAUR) and I don't have the cord to go from phone to computer? If not, then the competition for the 12/12/12 has just gotten one easier! *grin*

Have a great one and I'll see y'all when I get back

(and as for yardage, I have 8 balls of cascade fixation in it so far, so I know I'm good there!) Love it!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June Projects

Well, I started on Adrienne's Frog Pond socks cuz I loved the Bugga! pair she made. I found some mystery purple yarn I got in a Woolgirl kit(came without a label). Needless to say, I ran out and can't get more. :(
Purple Frog Pond socks
Started: June 10
SO--I threw those into time out until I found another suitable yarn and started some Rubik's Cube socks.
Rubik's Cube socks
Started: June 20
Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers Merino Classic "Rubik's Cube"
Needles: 2.5mm

At least I will have one project that will qualify for June I guess.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mini-mochi rainbow socks finished

Mini-Mochi rainbow gridiron socks finished today. I now know I'm officially obsessed with knitting socks. I stayed up very late last night and finished these today on our 42nd anniversary for Fred. Now I need to knit some panda cotton socks for him to wear in Darwin mid-July when it might be in the high 80-low 90F temps. He will wear these as well since he requested them representing the rainbow coast where we live. :) I have a second pair of rainbow mini-mochi to knit with some blue bugga yarn which I might be tempted to do before the cotton depending on which yarn and pattern calls to me. It is winter here and knitting with wool is lovely. Hard to capture the jewel tone colors in this yarn. The pic with just the cuff is more true to the pretty colors. The fraternal twin look was done on purpose since I didn't want a near miss in trying to match them. It was a lot of fun making these and I will definitely make more in the future.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Another Baby Sweater

I had some put away, but this year, all the babies are girls. I needed another sweater. I will need still one more to put away for another time, but not just yet.

This is a Tomten Jacket, by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I used a cone yarn for the base yarn and odd balls to carry along. It has fuzz! It has glitz! It's washable!

June WIP

I used the Treasure Lace sock pattern (Montana) by Denise Henderly from the 50 Socks - 50 States CD. I am knitting them with Simply Socks Yarn Company's solid shades Magenta and Rose. I was hoping to knit these for the 50/50 KAL but then I switched projects when I knew I wouldn't have time to finish them. Heck, I am not a fast knitter and I didn't start them till May 15th so I don't know how I thought I could finish them. I knit these with square size 2 dpn. I think they will be fun as the second sock has reverse coloring! Nice pattern and yarn!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

June Project

these were a test knit for Hunter Hammersen... fun pattern to knit!