Saturday, December 24, 2011

December Primetime


Finished Pic

Made some plain old vanilla socks for myself in between all the christmas knitting. I got the yarn on clearance for $0.79 each, so less than $2/pair. Can't beat that! I used almost the entire 2 balls as i made them a little longer and wider than my usual, so 330yrds.

Almost made the whole year again. Thanks for a greay KAL.

Jill (jaerrt on Ravelry)

Friday, December 23, 2011

December Primetime

Whee, here we go! I was banning from little needle knitting until Monday. I used Lion Brand thick and quick (four skeins)
Project 1-speedy cable cowl
Project 2-speedy cable hat
project 3- Fear of Commitment cowl
they were all done on really big size 13-17 needles
Projects started 11-2011
Projects finished 12-15,18-2011 (so far.)

December Project

After the dismal failure of my Holiday (or Not!) project, I knit a pair of socks for the husband.
Andy's sunny socks
Andy's Herbstsonne socks finished
Started: 12-9-11
Finished: 12-13-11
Yarn: Zauberball Starke 6ply Herbstsonne (Autumn Suns)
Pattern: 72st vanilla socks
Needles: 2.5mm

I did get through half of the squares of the blanket for the Holiday (or Not!) KAL but I will have to use it for next year's KAL instead!  Hopefully it will be finished before the end of winter. :)

December Prime Time -- I did it!

I am pleased as punch -- I made it through 12 months! Here is December: another pair of slippers, but this time silly, and a thick, warm, stretchy brioche hat from Mochi Plus. Merry Christmas everyone (or whatever makes you festive).

Prime Time KAL - December finale

I guess I'm going out with a bang! I used 7 yarns in these socks, six different colors, although some of them look the same in small bits. The pattern is inspired by a sock in the Spin-Off sock book.US #!~-2.25 mm needles were used on the leg and US #@-2.75 mm needles for the fairisle parts.They were finished December 22.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dec Primetime KAL

I finally finished the Fiddlehead Scarf by Linda Blakely. Before blocking, 54". After blocking: 80". I used 164 gms of Wired for Fibre "Lauren" which is a worsted wt. About 300 yds. Love the yarn which is sadly discontinued. The second project is a gift for Chris and it took 2 days to make at an easy pace. ~ 120 yds of Sugar 'n Cream cotton. I had 3 gms left from a 70.9gm skein. Pattern is Dragon Dishcloth by Susan Bowlby. It is large and I know Chris will use it as a placemat on his tray for eating in the garden. :)

Baby fumes

So, my niece was expecting a baby in August. And I did become overcome by a huge urge to knit for the baby. And new mom too. I made socks and hat for baby, and socks for mom. But then a friend said her daughter-in-law was expecting her second child in November. No problem, I thought. Surely I could knit several pieces of a baby set (pants, socks, hat, sweater, blanket). This was my thinking back in August. My friend didn't get the yarn untill the end of September. No problem. Surely I can knit the pants and another piece before the baby is born, right? Ha, ha. Not quite. Second baby was born around Thanksgiving (USA) and I finished the pants yesterday. I blame it on baby fumes :)

my rav project page

yarn: heritage solids by cascade yarns, 116g = 507yds

P.S. fingering weight yarn + baby pants = still a lot of stitches (doh) P.P.S. why,yes. that is a leather grain look counter top in my kitchen, lots of interesting texture (what were they thinking?? grr)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Carefree Blog or Ravelry?

Do you prefer to keep the current format for the yearlong kal? or would you prefer a move to the crystal palace group on ravelry?

you can either leave a comment here or vote on the poll that i've set up on rav.
12/20: who, on the blog, is not a member of ravelry?

KALs for next year

i am sure that all of you will agree that susan and crystal palace yarns have been more than generous with the donation of prizes for our kals. at this point in time, it is hard to have susan be the only provider of prizes.

what are your feelings about continuing the year-long type kal without prizes? or having member donated prizes? susan would still donate prizes for a drawing where members use cpy for 6 out of the 12 months.

we can continue to have themed kals but prizes will depend on member donations or the use of crystal palace yarn products.

ETA: I've set up a poll on ravelry. Please go "vote."

for ever & ever

As in....I'm going to love you ..... Although I originally thought the name would refer to the length of the garter stitch rows that just seemed to go on...for ever and ever.....

This was made with CPY Fiord --2.1 skeins/191 yds(jet) and Mini Mochi(market spice) -- 1 skein/195 yds on size 9 needles.

How to: Cast on 260 stitches in solid color(fiord), alternate solid color with striping yarn(mochi) -- 2 rows each. End when you run out of yarn, or like the way it looks, or just get tired of knitting it. Bind off in stretchy bind off. Pick up and add 4 rows of garter stitch on ends. Weave in ends...block by throwing it around your neck and dashing off to work. Squish into your pocket when not around your neck.

Came out to 8" by 58"
Started Dec 14th,
Ended Dec 21st.
Rav site:
I am keeping this one. really, really soft.

Prime Time KAL - 12/11 WIP

I am making several gifts. A hat for my daughter Tracie, a charity knitting scarf, and of all things - a rifle scope cover for my son-in-law.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Prime Time December

One pair socks ready, and I sent these to my partner in the Christmas swap. Used yarn is Tausendschön Winterträume - 325 meters were used.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Prime Time December

This is a SKA challenge. It combines the Entrelac and the leftovers options. The pattern is inspired by an entrelac sock by Kathryn Anderson that was published in the Spin-Off sock book. Six colors of leftover yarn have been used. I may have to add another grey to finish the second sock. They're a birthday present for my daughter-in-law. Needles size US #1-2.25mm for the leg and US #1 1/2 - 2.5mm for the foot.