Saturday, April 9, 2011

KWTP -- Taos Slouchie Hat

Toas Slouchie Hat

Pattern is from Crystal Palace Yarns.

I knit this one is colors #11 & #19 -- about 1/2 ball of each -- on #9 needles. I took a little liberty with the patterning. The photo does not do the colors justice. I will try for another photo outside!!

I found this yarn wonderful to work with. Just yummy. I will knit more....

Tracy Van Wormer.

kwtp mini mochi Sakaki

Romi Hill's new pattern for Japanese earthquake relief. I will omit the leaves in the back for this one using Tapestry Rainbow colorway #105. I am still entertained with the color changes in mini mochi. I'm also knitting Coquille in mini mochi Intense Rainbow. :) I live on the Rainbow Coast as our area is known and see rainbows almost daily.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Prime Time Socks

I'm still knitting lace. This is the ninth project this year. The sock starts with the lace motif. After that the toe, sole, and heel are worked in that order. The leg is stockinette. I added a lace ribbing. One sock is finished.

Pattern: Grun ist die Hoffnung by Stephanie van der Linden
Yarn: Oasis Yarns Aussi Sock
Needles: Kollage 2.25 mm/US #1

Purely Delightful Prime Time April Finish

My April finish is the Purely Delightful Baby Blanket by Rebecca Leigh. It used 1024 yards of Bernat Baby Sport Solid, crocheted with an I hook. Much bigger than I expected it to be! I went up two hook sizes since I usually crochet tightly and my other blankets were about 700 yards, and I only had a wee bit of yarn left over.

My apologies for a blurry picture. I suck.

knit with the palace

debi's pick your wrap
in my favorite mini mochi neptune

pick your wrap prog

and of course, i am tweaking all the way. making the ends pointy and the middle section "rounder."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April Prime Time entry: Joyette

This was such a pleasure to make that I will make another one in DK wt yarn soon. It looks much more complicated than it is. Easy, enjoyable knit that produces a lovely shawl in several options for sizing. I have many more details on my Ravelry Peacockmom project page. Bellsisters Design is clearly written and resulted in my first successful crocheted edging. I can just see this in cream for a bride. :) My next will be in some shade of aqua or teal. What a surprise...

Monday, April 4, 2011

March Project, UFO

This was going to be my March project. It uses the gift yarn from Crystal Palace, two balls of Panda Cotton. Originally it was going to be socks for my husband, but he kept looking at the color dubiously, and finally said "Make them and maybe I will wear them. Otherwise you can give them away." Unfortunately, he has hobbit feet (EEEE) and no one else I know has that size feet. So the yarn decided it wanted to be a gift for one of son's friends who just had twins. Since they are only 5 pounds each, there would be time to make two sweaters, if they were not newborn size. I went hunting for patterns. Since this was CP yarn, I went to CP site and looked at patterns. The Panda Cotton Layette Set had a nice looking jacket in 6 months size, and the lace pattern was interesting but would not detract from the multicolor. Plus, it called for two balls of yarn, which was exactly the number I had. Jackpot! So it got started. Unfortunately, no circulars in the correct size showed up, but there were enough dps to manage - seven in the correct size - don't ask where the other ones in the sets are, they seem to be hiding. Sigh. Chugging right along, finding I have problems counting above twenty. Ah, well, frogging builds character, right? Got to the yoke, got all the pieces juggled together, and kept going - uh oh - suddenly there were no more yarn. It ran out, halfway through row 6 of the yoke - and there were only 22 rows in the yoke. Looked through stash - closest was KnitPicks Shine. That's the loose thread coming off. It is not a good match. This is going to the UFO pile until/unless I can find more of the yarn, Note: the UFO pile only has one thing on it, a jacket my MIL rejected for being too large. Since it was totally done, I did not have the heart to frog it, and since she died earlier this year, it will go to the Rehome pile instead. Ah, well, at least we got a refund on our state taxes - all of $16 - which can go for yarn.

March: Felted Spring Bag Finished

I finished this up weeks ago but am finally posting it now.  I used about 400 yards of felting wool plus the carry-along of the eyelash.  Finished pictures:

It is on the big side but it is very colorful and pretty. 

"it's all about ME! ME! ME!!!"

who won?! who won?!!!!!

each project was assigned a number as it was posted as finished. the random number generator selected...

mostly munchies
who selfishly completed 3 projects

but wait. i'm not finished yet. you know how susan loves to give out prizes.

come on down...

close academy

oh, look....i have another number. who will it be?! it's


you've each won 3 balls of CPY yarn, which will be selected for you by susan's wonderful helper! if the winner had used CPY yarn for her project, she would have been able to select the yarns and colors (perks for using CPY!). please let me know if you need non-wool blends.

winners, please email me at carefreekal at gmail dot com with your mailing address and i will get the info to susan.

thank you for playing! and once again, a huge thank you for susan of cpy for supporting our blog contests with prizes!!!!

Prime Time 2011 March

Here is my March project. The colour in the WIP pic is better than in the finished project pics. It´s made from 600m MAZ LS (Lace yarn wool/silk) and a very long moonshaped shawl (>600sts). Searching for a name.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

"knit with the palace" KAL

time to dig out your special crystal palace yarn balls and get knitting with them. this kal will be a little different. your projects have to be knit/crochet with a crystal palace yarns product. but, what? if you use your yarn, then you won't have any more?? well, no problem there! the winner will get to pick what's behind door #1 or door #2!

door #1 grand prize
12 fulled bags (a book filled with wonderful felted bags)
plus enough yarn to knit a couple of the projects


door #2 grand prize
8 balls of CPY yarn

and knowing susan, she will probably throw in more prizes at the end!

rules are simple
1. project must be made with CPY yarn.
2. project must use at least 50 gm of yarn.
3. one entry per project. one prize per person.
4. KAL will start on april 1, 2011 and will end may 31, 2011.
5. post progress photo and finished project photo by june 4, 2011. tag post with "kwtp"

eta: no double dipping between the "knit with the palace" and the "coquille" kal. sorry.

kal name was suggested by debi (who tortures me endlessly....)

MAR KAL PROJECT - tvanwormer

Baby Isabella's Cocoon & Hat Set (Tracy Van Wormer) This was made from James Bret Marble Chunky yarn -- about 310 yards for both. And a litte scrap yarn in green for the leaves.
Cocoon in Progress:

Hat in Progress