Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Prime Time KAL - Jan 2011 -Completed -Brenda (Owlsrook)

Completed "Men's Aran Vest". I used Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool in Oatmeal colour, and the Size Large Men's vest took approximately 1100 yards. Now on to my Rodekool Scarf Kal and the It's all about Me Kal project items.

Brenda (Owlsrook)

Prime Time KAL Finished objects

Double Jeu cowl - yards 274
Neck warmer for son - yards 110
Phone covers - yards 20 crystal palace
Total 404 yards

Not sure if I need to add other info.

"Its all about ME KAL" A Clapotis for me!

I started this and debated if it could be finished in a month, but I can definitely have it finished by March 15th.  It is going a lot faster than I expected too, which is nice.  Will use about 850 yards when finished.

January done...almost!

I finished the First Grade socks

but after all the math, discovered I only used ~245 yards of yarn, dagnabbit! I altered the pattern slightly by making a slip stitch heel flap and doubled the lace ruffle pattern to make it even more girly-girl-ish for my own first-grader. To put me over the top yardage-wise, I'm also making the Flirty Ribbon Purse from "101 Designer One-Skein Wonders" using a different kind of novelty yarn from the pattern's suggestion which will hopefully have a nice ruffle around the top when all is said and done. My yarn options here in Italy are quite limited so I work with what I can find.

Me, Me

I'm feeling selfish and I need new mittens, but that isn't 300 yards.

Just because, here's a pair of socks I started at the end of December and finished earlier this week. The pattern is Drip Candles from the XRX book Think outside the Sox. It calls for a minimum of 3 yarns and I used 16. It got insane on the leg where the color changes every 2 rows. They are a gift for my daughter's birthday. The things you can do with left over sock yarn!

Friday, January 14, 2011

January Primetime Post


I had an idea in mind for a little "boy" sweater as so many friends are having babies and they are all boys. I have been browsing for a top-down, seamless, striped cardi and have been unable to find it. So, while on the Yarn Harlot's blog, I came across her posting of just a sweater that she had "improvised" from a vintage pattern. Sooooo, I thought, surely I have made enough top down sweaters that I can give it a go myself. It took about 4 cast ons, 2 complete froggings and 3 sleeves (haha) and I finished it, with it looking pretty decent and hopefully will fit about 3-6 months baby.

I used Wool Ease and nearly a full ball of each. The sweater weighs about 150gm , so about 350 yrds of yarn. I am really happy with the results and will keep playing with my notes until I get it just right!

Finished Project

Jill (jaerrt on Ravelry)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Second project of January complete and start of 3rd

Finished my ruby red "Double Jeu" cowl and had extra yarn so am hoping there is enough leftover for a headband to match.

Jan_13_2011_4567 My shy pup modeling.

Jan_13_2011_3118 Start of headband, not sure if this will work, but going to give it a shot.


As a loser but a finsher, I would like to thank Susan for taking pity on us and generously offering consolation prizes. :) Thank you, Susan! ((hug))

the post you have been waiting for....

i have lots of winners!!!! names were drawn the old-fashion way (papers in a box and picked out by hand...i sometimes wonder how random the number generator really is!).

New Members + Enablers Drawing
a surprise package of lab dip yarn goes to:

1. glumnmum

2. knitwitz

CPY Closet Cleaning Drawing
a surprise package of lab dip yarn goes to:

1. aj

2. jill

3. carol

4. denise

5. debi

6. maz

7. ikkinlala

8. jennieblue

Grand Prize Drawing for 12m/12/p/12boy
(most CPY projects)
12 balls of Crystal Palace Yarns, winner's choice of yarns and colors!!!

hmmmmmmmm, wonder who won this one?!!
(total no-brainer here!)

brenda (owlsrook)

Grand Prize Drawing for 12m/12p/12boy
12 balls of Crystal Palace Yarns, Susan's choice of yarns and colors

i must congratulate all 17 finishers again! as i've said before, you are amazing! i tip my needles to you! so i wonder who won? was it aj? angiek? bevL? calophi? deb?, debi? jardin rouge? jill? jody? julieH? kadezmom? lois? lorraine? peacockmom? or yoyosocksister? i am so totally bad stretching the suspense out like this, huh? hee-hee!

and the paper says........







you know, susan would not leave the rest of the finishers empty-handed. she is sending you a surprise package of lab dip yarn and a set of crystal palace yarns bamboo needles. the needles are wonderful!

12 months/ 12 projects/12 balls of yarn winners may select from these needles:
  • 6" bamboo classics dpns (black package) in sizes 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, or 6
  • single point bamboo needles 9" or 12" in any size up to and including us size 11 (no half sizes)
  • any star bamboo needles shown here
congratulations to everyone! i will need mailing addresses and your choices (if applicable). the sooner i get everyone's information, the sooner the prizes will be mailed out! please email me, even if you think i have your address "on file." it's a lot of work for me to retrieve all this information.

now, on to 2011 prime time! we already have 7 finishers for january! wheeeeeeee!

January finished projects

I made some gloves for the husband but they didn't meet the yardage requirements. I think that I still have half of a 400 yard skein left.
Andy's Gloves
Andy's Gloves finished
Started: 1-3-11
Finished: 1-7-11
Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers CashSock in Batwings
Pattern: Basic Glove Pattern by Ann Budd
Needles: 2.5mm

So I decided to make a pair of socks to make up the missing yardage! I had a walnut sized ball left from a 400 yard skein.
Love Letters Socks
Love Letters Socks finished
Started: 1-7-11
Finished: 1-11-11
Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2ply in Love Letters
Pattern: Love Letters by IrishGirlieKnits from Woolgirl Sock Club Dec 10
Needles: 2.5mm

I need to stop with the small projects and finish the sweater I started in October...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Prime Time entry

Fred and his 3 passengers were extremely lucky when our engine failure caused a crash landing last July minutes after flying over crocodile infested waters in the Kakadu National Park close to Darwin. We hope to get her back in the air in a week or two, and I made all of the crash surviors their own baby gator (renamed a croc and with teeth added) and gave presented them last Saturday when we finally got together again. Shirley now lives in Brunei and comes home when she can.
The pattern is fun to make and although it looks like a lot of work and fiddly, it really isn't. The directions are excellent and if you follow each step in order, you will have a baby gator in a short time. The "mama" used the same pattern with double strands of the yarn and 7mm needles instead of 3.75 with a single strand of yarn for the babies. I used Kid 'n Ewe worsted for the green and Merino Magic Dk wt for the red mouths. The first one used worsted cotton for the mouth and I found the lighter weight yarn fit into the green jaws a bit easier. I magic looped them and think that made a difference in ease of making them. They are also cuter before all the teeth, and maybe 3 teeth would be my choice next time.
I saw the red mouth done on Kcarlyle's project page for the Baby Gators by Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land patterns. See "baby gators" for pattern info on Ravelry. I wrote to Kate and to Anna (designer) and each wrote back an encouraging reply with the free pattern information. I'm hooked on these little tiny projects and have more planned with the patterns I did buy from Anna. Stay tuned for some cuties in the future.
I became "friends" with Kate who has joined our Carefree KAL I'm happy to say and also with Anna who is going to use some pics of the Kakadu incident and the baby crocs in a future posting on her blog. :) Knitters are such special people and sure do bring us closer together. Amazing when I think about Kate being in Saudi Arabia, Anna in New York and I'm in the bottom of Australia. :)
The map dishcloths as well as the round cloths are by Rhonda White who is one my favs for fun and interesting short projects. I am never disappointed when I choose one of her designs. I decided to use a provisional cast on and then kitchener for the last round cloth and think it makes a much nicer finish.
The guest towel became a face cloth for the guest bathroom. I decided it was too narrow for the guest towel I had envisioned. Another project for another time. I still have to finish the December socks for Fred and hope to have them ready by Valentine's Day. They won't count for February, I know, but I'll have him model them and post the pic when he does get them.

My entry is made up of several projects and does exceed the minimum of 300 yds for sure :).
I posted most of the starts, so will do just the finished pics unless the start wasn't posted.

the moment is almost here!

winners for all the assorted contests will be posted soon. =D

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Prime Time- January

Hi, here is my first project that was finished this year. I used Cascade 128 and the whole skein. Just after I finished weaving them in (I got a nudge from God while praying) and then gave them away to a friend who super needed a blessing. They are based loosely on the first class sock I made my son. Off to work on my next project. It will be the Molten sock from the 50 Socks 50 States cd.

Prime Time - January

Crocheted a blanket called Morning Glory by Rebecca Leigh. It's in a little book of circular baby afghans that I picked up for the cheaps. I did another one of these last year for the 12/12/12 KAL, using the same yarn (Bernat Baby Sport). This one used a bit more yarn than the last one, coming in at just under 750 yards, with a size I hook. I still have yarn left from both blankets so I guess I'll have to make a third one. Smaller, though. I think I only have like 450 yards left.

January post

Two items came ready in the past week and a bit. First - a hat for Wietse. Made out of red and white, especially for the cold winter days. Ironically the snow disappeared, and rain came in return... 100 meters were worked into the hat. Started: Jan 2, finished Jan 4

Second - another pair of socks in Trekking Maxima. I love that yarn for sure. 300 meters were used to make this pair. Started: Jan 5, finished: Jan 8

Monday, January 10, 2011

Updated Progress Post

Ok I am thinking I understand now. . sorry for the confusion.

So I have progress photos for my matchy Chroma hat (pre pom pom but if thats not soon enough no worries)
and my black wool-ease 220 fingerless gloves . . .
I also started a purple bowl (to be felted). I usually keep a pile of prefelted items until I think there is enough to make it worth the process so I am working on using up leftovers.

First Post/First Project(s) progress

I started and finished a pair of childrens fingerless gloves using the free "220 Fingerless Mitts" pattern and the new knitpicks Chroma Worsted.
The remaining yarn made a matching hat and I have every last scrap reserved for a pom pom on top :)
I had a request for an adult pair in washable black so those are started in some trusty wool-ease and am hoping to get some new socks on the needles tonight!
Thanks for letting me join in! I am enjoying seeing everyone elses projects.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

First project

I'm knitting a short-sleeved sweater out of some lavender CPY Shimmer that I've had in my stash for about 6 years or so.  The pattern is by Kathy Zimmerman, called "Opulent Options", and was published in Knitter's magazine in Spring 1999 (no. 54).

I'm enjoying knitting this pattern as it's simple but pretty.  I've cast on the back so far.



to the carefree kal family!!!

New Projects 2011

First of all, I want to thank you for the 2 beautiful balls of Sausalito. I can't wait to find a project for it!

My first finished project for 2011 is a pair of socks. The pattern is Forward and Back Socks, a free pattern. I used 2 skeins (about 430 yards) KnitPicks Felici yarn in the Coastal colorway. I am posting the progress photo and the photo of the completed socks.

I also started another pair of socks. These are Primavera Socks, and I'm using Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett. I used this yarn for a pair of socks for me, and my daughter loved then so much that I found 2 more balls of the yarn and these socks are for her.

New Year, New Start

I have a couple of left over projects to finish, but I have started a new project. Started January 3, these socks are knit from Claudia Hand Paints fingering yarn in Periwinkle. The pattern is Niagara by Janel Laidman. Needles, size 1/2.25mm.

I have yarn for the Rodekool scarf project. My LYS didn't have Mini-Mochi, and not wanting to mail order one skein, I chose Jojoland Melody, which also hasa long color repeat.

One of the projects I'm finishing up is scrap yarn Drip Candles, from the Think Outside the Sox book. I think I'm up to 17 different left over yarns in this one. I have completely used up 2 yarns so far. It doesn't count for Prime Time, but here is the first sock.