Saturday, March 5, 2011

ALL ABOUT ME....again -- tvanwormer

I have decided that I just can't part with my project -- So I am going to make it an ALL ABOUT ME KAL Project. I know that I posted a progress photo as my March KAL project, but if it is oki....I would like to switch. So here it is all done:

I started out with the Meadow Bolero pattern, then switched the linen stitch on too for stockinette. I knit a little longer on the top portion, and then increased the stitches slightly before the stitch change to make it a little more empire. The lower pattern is called little waves, another switch from what was originally called for. But I wanted a scalloped edge. I finished the bottom with 3 rows of garter. The sleeves were picked up, I added about 10 stitches for a total of 64 stitches and repeated the little wave pattern for a total of 8 more rows, then 3 rows garter.

All this is with James Brett Marble Chunky on 10.5 needles. I used about 1.3 balls - each skein is about 341 I made the min yardage. Here is the wip photo:

It's All About Me - Finished

I finished my!!! I used several different needle sizes but the end result is they fit - yipee!!! Waterfall Socks (Missouri) from the 50 Socks - 50 States CD and Mountain Colors Weavers Wool Quarters in Sweet Lavender. My socks were a little low in yardage so I decided to also make a little phone bag. Excuse the progress pic... but the finished bag is cute. I used an old soap sock pattern that called for CPY Baby Georgia.

Friday, March 4, 2011

prime time blue bliss

Some more blues - this time a shawl for the AC at the college. Who knew moving to Saudi Arabia would result in a closet full of shawls and wraps? I wanted a triangle to cover my neck and shoulders but leave my hands free to wave around during lectures and computer demos. This yarn is worsted weight 65/35 wool and acrylic, has lots of drape and does not really block well. I knit "Nancy and Judy" on size 10.5 needles which led to a problem with the center of the shawl peaking due to elongation of the gauge I blocked it twice to try and control it but the yarn was having none of it. It doesn't affect the functionality of the shawl too much, pulls back off the shoulders a bit. If I was going to knit it again with worsted I would add an extra center increase every 5th row at least for the first third of the shawl to compensate. I also knit an entire extra repeat of the larger pattern at the end to extend it a some.

YarnArt Stripe Colors 120 yards x 6 (plus I ran out during bind off and had to nick a couple of yards from the 7th ball. I'm making a tea pot cosy out of the last two balls :)

cheers, kate

Thursday, March 3, 2011

prime time february final

Hi I have wrote this out twice and the kids erased it before I posted! Here is my last item. It is a chunky cowl, pink in honor of my new breast cancer saga! I used 1 1/4 skeins of Lion Brand wool-ease. I like it very much. But, for some reason I couldn't get a good picture with me in it. The color is closer to the one on the table. It is called blossom. And every chunky thing I have ever made has used more yarn than they said it does. It is thwham Bam thank you Lamb cowl on ravelry.
No treatment plan yet. Looks like radiation (and maybe some chemo too?)

February PrimeTime Entry

I still haven't figured out how to get the pictures lined up, but can't mess with it anymore before I go to bed. I did several projects for February, but I'm really happy with these two shown. The first one is a pair of Gentleman's Socks (Kristi Schueler) in Mini Mochi Feldspar. The hat is the Hatticus pattern and done in Chunky Mochi in Neptune. Both were fun patterns and I'm happy with the results. I used 350 yards for the socks and about 76 yards for the hat. Bring on March!

new Crystal Palace blog started!

Hey ya'll,

my first project for 2011 is to blog n share  KnittingCrystalPalaceYarns blog

  to that end, i'd love it if you - YOU - would give me/us permission to share your lovely knits on the blog
  so email me - with your name as you want it on blog, pics of your knit - or crocheted - item using CPY, and i'd love to put it on the blog!

 will also be putting up pics of new yarns n new designs

a belated happy new year & blessings


March Project

I've got a good start on this pair of socks, after a couple of days of "the stupids". There was a disconnect between what the pattern said and what I understood. The pattern was correct. I was having a brain dead episode.

Cast On: February 24, 2011
Yarn: Spaghetti by Chewy Spaghetti, color Lovely
Needles: 2.5 mm
Pattern: Fireworks socks by Anna Zilboorg, published in Piecework Magazine Jan/Feb. 2011

My "ME" Post

I feel so lucky - this KAL thing is a real racket! Knit with beautiful yarn and Susan sends more yarn. {{{Susan}}}.
The Panda Superwash was my Closet Cleaning prize. It is a bit more green than in this picture. The others were for finishing the Rodekool - Sausalito in Mediterranean and Mini Mochi in Spice Market, I think. They are all gorgeous and I can't wait to use them.

These are for ME. Knit in lace with very little give, I ended up adding stitches and dropping a needle size. They are Niagara Falls by Janel Laidman knit in Lorna's Laces, the Midway colorway.
85 grams = 323 yards.

All About Me - Kate made a pair of socks :)

I made a pair of socks :) I've never done that before... these are: Norfolk Ramblers from Loumms Year of Socks. I'm working my way up to some really pretty yarn a friend gave me last year, in the mean time I'm quite proud of myself. The yarn is Schachenmayr Regina in some color I can't translate from the German :) it's 125 meters/50 g they weigh 80 g so I think I used around 215 yards..

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


The socks after a design of Cindy Craig are finished too. I modified heel and toe as I didn´t manage to follow Cindy´s directions without creating holes along the heel (it´s my fault, I saw other better examples) and the toe had to be round for me. They are cozy and I love them.
What a fine idea to make us knit something for ourselves.

Prime Time February

There is some more new yarn!!!!
A soft envelope came and two wonderfully soft Pandas found their new home.
Thank You, Susan!

This is the Baby cardigan finished.

Someday there will be buttons too, but the colour is difficult to find.

Meanwhile the camera has changed, but the photographer didn´t. The camera is good now and the photographer will adapt to the options given come time.

February Project

Here is the second pair of gift socks, this time for his aunt. Yarn is out of stash again, Schoeller & Stahl Allround, color 23. Hopefully they will fit. Doing socks based on her daughter's estimate of foot size compared to her own foot size is a little nervewracking. However, with several females in the family, they should fit someone, or they can mail them back with details of what needs adjusting. One pair to go, and then I can start playing with some of the lovely CP yarn. Regards to all, aj

Casting on for March

I cast on for March on Sunday and started working on a stained glass purse.  This is where you carry novelty yarn along with your wool and then felt it.  I am using fun fur in pastels.  I have so much of this stuff and this seemed to best way to get rid of it.  Here is the beginning:

It's all Easter egg colors so I am calling it the "Easter egg" purse.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

prime time february

Hi , here are is one more. It is a puppy sweater for my neighbor's furbaby. She is adorable and just a little bullet running around she is so cute. Unfortunately they are on vacation. Papa is an Oregon Ducks fan so I had to do green and yellow. I posted a progress pic earlier ( I am looking for a Ducks icon/badge to put on the back. But, since it is something specific that I want I can not find it! .And the progress picture of my final item to make February's amount! I also have three lip balm holders to add too. ( They are for the two receptionists and my surgeon and little gifts.) I do not have a needle large enough to weave in the ends. The yarn is huge and I am not sure how to do it. Any ideas would be cool.
I used Encore for the sweater and Lion Brand for the cowl. I picked pink because of me going through my cancer thing. Tomorrow I will know what treatment I will be doing too. I am so excited to just get going and being able to knit again! YEAH. Missed the whole me,me,me thing but got this done. It was way too much really. I like when I can just do a pretty pair of socks instead.

Monday, February 28, 2011

February items

Three smaller items came ready this month. Two hats, and one little octopus. The octopus sure was fun to do, as were the hats. One of the hats was a small experiment for a stitch combination that looked difficult, but was really simple.

Ok... yardage...
Both hats took 200 meters of Mohair, and the octopus 115 meters of Knit Picks Palette; recalculated in yards I came at 344 yards.

Onwards to March ;-)

So, my February primetime got off to a rough start. I picked a project, cast on, knitted away happily... and then I tried it on. Ugh. Too small - got frogged. I think it'll become a sweater for the other half (it's the Cascade Eco wool - really nice, I think he'll like it).

So, project #2 for February needed to be something quick, easy and useful. I had been dying to make the Lanesplitter skirt ever since I saw it up on Knitty, but I just couldn't justify the cost of the yarn. Lucky for me, it came on sale (half price) at so I snatched up what I needed and cast on for the skirt.

I have to say - this skirt was a lot of fun. And it was fast. Alternating the skeins every two rows and getting the colors to not match was a bit of a challenge as some of the colour changes lasted longer than others. I think it turned out rather well though, and I'm looking forward to wearing it. I have a pair of black suede boots that will look awesome, just need black tights, and of course for the snow to melt! Oh and for the yarn details - it used 6 balls of Noro Kureyon, at 100m/ball, so I got the required monthly yardage - yaay!

ME ME ME finished

Pettine by Corrina Ferguson with Crystal Palace Panda Silk I dyed in the crockpot. 2 skeins used with 8 gms left. I am delighted with the results and enjoyed every minute knitting with this yarn. I think it might be one of my all time favorites. It feels great and drapes beautifully. I LOVE this yarn and definitely plan to knit with it a lot more. I bet you've guessed that, right? :)
The color is prettier in person and so are the feathers. Hard to capture the color in this light.

February Primetime Post

My first pair of knit gloves were a bit of a challenge but I finished. The pattern is Knotty Gloves and I used Knit Picks Gloss Sock yarn which is wool and silk blend. I used 1.5 skeins which is about 330 yrds.

The colours on my camera are not working great but they are a dark purple and look better on my hands than off them. They fit okay. The thumbs are a bit weird but overall, I like them.

Jill (jaerrt on ravelry)

Just for me

I have spent a lot of time sitting in different doctors offices in Feb. I kept these socks in a bag that I carried to all of the appointments. So I named these Doc's Orders. The yarn is Hazel Knits. A yarn I had never knitted with before but promise I will again. The pattern is
tiki-tiki. Yes, it is another Adrienne Fong pattern.

February Prime Time odds & ends



February was loads of fun. I finished my Groenenvaren (Rodekool but not red or cabbage). I'm done with using my shirt with my cast iron pans, because I now have little felted pan handles. I've wanted these for a long time and just never had enough wits to remember at any time other than at the stove. Finally, I got tired of my US coins mixing with my euro coins, and made a couple of little pouches. I really like the fat purple & white one. It all came out to a skosh more than 300 yards.