Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Trish knit a beautiful blanket for her daughter (the kind that I've drooled over for a while..so I tried to make a simple dishcloth in a similar type of pattern, but I messed it up...and frogged it...anyways...back to my new yarn)
The contest was to guess how many ends Trish had to weave in when she finished that blanket...and I won! So, here's what she sent me:
See that...it's Lime & Violet Sasquatch sock yarn and the colourway is "Midnight in the garden of loopy". Hehe, and look...the skein is all loopy :-) It makes me giggle....I love that name.
I suck at taking pictures that actually look like the object I'm taking pictures of...but I think this one maybe shows the colour a bit better.....it's probably actually somewhere between the dark and light pictures... I love it I love it!It's really fueling my recently found love for sock yarn, and staring at it, squishing it, spending far too much time on Ravelry deciding what pattern I should knit out of it. Oh, how I love the yarn.
Thank you Trish! You rock!
Oh, and seriously...she just posted her knits of 2008...man...I aspire....to knit even half...heck..who am I kidding, if I finished a quarter of that knitting I'd think I'd done pretty awesome!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
So, since I'm so spurty I have a few things to show you....I'll move from most recent, and move backwards through time. Here is H in his new very VERY thick hat. His last hat was knit in a cotton blend, because he didn't want it to be too warm. He said his head gets too hot in most hats, but too cold without one. It serves it's purpose for the not so frigid days when he doesn't have to be out for too long, but now since his building moved he has about a 10-15minute walk outside to his office from our parking lot and his head gets tooooo cold. So, I grabbed some lion brand wool ease thick and quick and found a quick pattern on ravelry called Brangelina. He doesn't like the name because he thought it was girlie...but I convinced his it's a perfectly acceptable man hat.I have his full permission to post these pics because he actually likes how he looks in these pictures...which is really very unusual for him...he rarely likes pictures of himself. I glad he likes these ones...I do too :-)
I started this scarf a bit before Christmas on a whim. I think if I eventually finish it I'll give it to H's father. It's a really nice and very simple pattern. I've already recommended it to a couple of newer knitters one who was struggling with a plain ribbed scarf and getting discouraged because she saw no progress....I hear she's liking this pattern much better. I guess I'm not the only one who finds ribbing so tedious I want to poke a needle into my eye.
Oh, and I can't believe I forgot to blog the mitered mitts when they were finished. This is such a great pattern. The more I knit the more I appreciate the ingenuity of Elizabeth Zimmerman. I must admit that when I first saw much of her stuff I thought it was all frumpy and old fashioned (gasp! I know....I said it outloud too!), but now I see much of it as classic, or if not classic, then a lesson in how to make it classic or change it to your own design based on techniques that you learn from following her. These mittens though...I think they are just classic and elegant. I love them...I picture them in black or white and a very fine weight yarn going all the way up your arms with an elegant evening gown (I guess you'd want fingers then though huh?), but these are just normal toasty warm wool mitts.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I haven't even mailed my Aunt's socks...although they've been done forever! They've not made it into the mail. Mostly because I have to actually go to the post office to mail them (get them weighed and all that jazz) and I've just been too tired and lazy! I'm positively terrible!
Merry Christmas everybody!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I hope I get them done.
I really love this pattern, I think I will end up making it again (maybe even for me). I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, but almost elegant looking mitten. The girls at work are all quite impressed and "elegant" was their way of describing them. So, hopefully I'm able to do this afterthought thumb and not ruin them :-)
Oh, yes, that is a knitpicks harmony wood interchangeable needle I'm using for magic loop. It's the only one I have. I actually bought the tips and cable to use for Harolds sweater..hehehe...poor chilly Harold.
I LOVE these needles, they feel nice like bamboo, but they're a little bit "faster" because they're so smooth. The points are perfect for me, long and tapered, and sharp...but blunt at the very very tip so I don't end up with a sore finger from pushing the needles (subconscious habit I'm trying to break). Oh, and the price is right, considering each of my bamboo circulars is $13 and I have some in 2 different lengths. I could have the whole set of harmony wood needles for $69 ...US funds...ugggg...which totally sucks right now when buying anything in US funds...the Canadian dollar is soooooooo low, but still they're worth it!
OK I'd better go knit!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
With a short row heel from "Simple socks: Plain and Fancy" which I bought as soon as I realized she explained short row heels and toes so that even I could do them without big holes! And an elastic bind off.
I finished the second sock…this one was much faster! The elastic bind off on this one isn’t as nice and loose as the first though :-( Hoping it will be loose enough for Aunt Mary, it’s OK for me.
Yeah! Socks that count: 1 pair (I've made others before, but they were fat yarn on bigger needles) So this is the first pair for my official sock count. I think I'll be making more...but first some Christmas knitting. I'm about to cast on for some mitered mitts!My first tiny needle skinny yarn socks!Hmmmm, don't zoom in too close on the first picture...you might end up finding some stray leg hair :-P
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I've had a few weeks of migraines, but yesterday topped them all. I think it was because of the snow, rain always gets me, but I hadn't considered snow before, so now I realize that's probably why winters are so bad for me....Hmmm, maybe I'll move closer to Wool Winder. Looks nice there doesn't it!
I haven't really made any progress on the socks, but I did finish my blanket square (so we have enough squares for our Christmas blanket, I casted on a tomten jacket, knit about four rows, and decided that I didn't like something, either the needles or the yarn, not sure which, but that's the end of that. I also casted on another baby bib o'love, because I wanted to knit, but needed some plain old garter stitch. Sooo, no work on the sock :-(
Here is a picture of the baby kimono finally finished and gifted at the baby shower. I finally finished sewing it up. I finished the knitting around September, but the sewing up didn't happen until Wednesday night...because the baby shower was on Thursday!
Instead of ribbons I opted for just a crocheted tie, because some moms have told me that the ribbons get caught on velcro in the washer and end up ruined. I hope this looks OK. Sarah seemed happy with it, but I also got her a one hour massage, so I think she was drunk on the idea of someone rubbing down all her sore spots..hehe....
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
They were supposed to be in the garage already...but we've been cleaning and organizing, so didn't really have a place for them yet...oops
Oh, and here's where my sock is at.... it is hard to take pictures of your own feet yes/no? Anybody have a fancy nice way to do this? Anyways...I can't believe how long it's taking me to knit this sock! LOL
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
- Socks for my secret recipient (the purple ones I'm working on now...) they're doing quite well I think. The first one is about 30 rows from finished.
- Seam up the baby kimono, because it is a shower gift for a friend...it's been finished for a while... just not sewn up...I'm weird
- Blanket square for the knit night blanket project (I have only one half done..because I decided to be fancy and do a ball band blanket square instead of plain knitting...and well honestly the sock it taking all my attention)
- Harold's sweater, I ripped it all out, and casted on again...but...I only have about 1 inch knit...it's lost its intrigue since I had to rip :-( poor chilly sweetums with no sweater to warm him
- Harold needs a new hat too...the one I made him last year has too much cotton (requested because he's bald and wanted soft) anyways...it's perfect out of the dryer...but too big after a few days :-( (Totally my fault...what gauge?
- Mitered mitts, just because I want some and Jennifer's look so cool!
- More socks! More socks! With my fantastic sock yarn! Also, I just got my copy of "simple socks plain and fancy" So I'm ready to go!
- Hemlock ring blanket to put away for any future possible babies
- Cotton dishcloth blanket...made of lot's of different cool dishcloths with textured pictures on the....also for babies (because seriously...pregnant people are popping up all over the place!
- Cancelli fingerless mitts with the one skein of light blue alpaca I picked up because I just had to!
Well, that should really keep me busy forever...since I don't actually spend nearly enough time knitting to complete much of anything! :-P
Monday, October 27, 2008
When we came home from work on Friday there was a box in our mailbox. It was from Barb at Happy Handwork. Have you been to visit? If not, go check out her blog. There is always a story to be told and it's always told in a very creative and entertaining manner. If you're reading Happy Handwork, you usually get to feel like you're walking around right beside it's writer!
Inside the box was a real treat! A beautiful card was right on top with a note from Barb. Then, I started unwrapping, and unwrapping, and unwrapping...I was amazed it seemed to never end! You are so generous Barb! Thank you sooooo much! You really made my day!...weekend! Week!
There were some Peeps, which I've heard people talk about, but never seen before and I was so curious about them...I haven't broke into any of the candy yet...but it won't be long! And there was the cutest packet of teas with a little spoon rest in the shape of a teapot, with those yummy stir-spoons! (Can you see them...they're next to the peeps...it was hard to make them show up with my little camera). Anddd..there's more...Choxie chocolates! Yummm! Two different kinds of chocolate, solid milk chocolate bars and dark and milk chocolate truffley goodness. To top it all off..there is yarn! Sock yarn...and beautiful sock yarn! Now, I'll really have to have a contest...so you can all help me decide which pattern to match up with which sock yarn :-D Wait for the post...it will be coming soon!I tried to take a close up of the colours in the yarn...but it didn't work out that well, it's beautiful....lighter blues...darker blues...even some purple tones Thank you Barb! And keep posting! We are all so blessed to know you!
Monday, October 13, 2008
They're far from perfect...but it's my best attempt so far. The toe is kindof messy and I think I maybe should have done one more pattern repeat before the heel (hindsight is 20/20 isn't it), but I can get my feet in them...they're just snug...and I'm pretty sure that the recipients feet are significantly smaller than mine....so I'm hoping they'll be OK.
Here's where I'm at now with H's sweater....after starting it over on Saturday night.....
Here's what's left of the first time I started H's sweater...I finally took that same knitting friends advice (from a comment from awhile ago...I've been trying to tink back for quite some time) anyways...I met a place where things were just really messed up..and I couldn't make it look pretty again..so rippy rippy...it's all gone. I think it actually feels better...you wouldn't believe how stressed I made myself...sheesh...knitting is supposed to be enjoyable! I put these balls back in the box...and started with some fresh stuff. I'll probably have to use them in the end, but right now I just wanted to start fresh.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Then H and I dig some garage organizing...whew! that made a difference, we're not quite done yet, because we plan on buying some shelving, but will have to wait. Even so...it's SUCH an improvement. I could actually put my car in there now!
Let see, other than that, I paid our bills, made some mushroom chicken tortellini, nearly injured myself throwing around the mini football in the back yarn with H, and made a short row heel!!! Well, actually the short row heel was Friday night...I couldn't stop until it was done :-) Stayed up until 1am! Yes...that's late for me...heh I'll post pics soon, right now, I have to go get ready for church....H and I aren't "on service" this week, so we got to sleep in ...nice!
Monday, October 06, 2008
I should say up front, that the chocolate is already all gone, so ....sorry, I can't share :-) Really, I'm not joking, the chocolate IS all gone ...and it was TASTY!
This was waiting for me on Friday when I got home from work, how nice is that?!? What a great end to the week! It's from the football swap on Ravelry. My secret swap sender was NEredhead, and she really spoiled me (what a great first swap experience this has been!)
There's a football in Chargers colours (we be Chargers fans in this house). We almost broke a couple of things and so I had to reinstate the no throwing in the house rule,...but we had a lot of fun before things got carried away hahahaha Yes, we are BOTH over 30, but still, we were throwing the football around in the living room!
There was also some dark chocolate M&Ms ..they were tasty...and we ate them too quickly (really you'd think we are both 5 years old!) And there were these really great truffle chocolates called Choxie...yumm! The mint was my favourite, I've never seen them in Canada.
Oh yes! And the yarn! Go figure I've been dying to knit socks lately! And check out this yarn...it is soft...very SOFT...and I love the colours in it! These socks will be for me... :-D I think I will try to pick a pattern and knit them right after I knit the ones for my Christmas gift (and I hope those go well)
Sooo, Here's my sock progress! Thanks for all the suggestions....I decided on Bayerische, because it's beautiful! But, then I got a bit scared by all those charts, and thought perhaps I should try something a weee bit easier for the first pair of socks on tiny needles with tiny yarn, so enter "Mockery" but it's not toe up...... So, I've done the toe of Bayerische, and then started the pattern of Mockery...hopefully I can figure this out..... I definitely want to make Bayerische some day...woo beautiful! But....maybe a couple of pairs from now.
They're maybe a smidge big on me for width, but I do have oddly skinny feet (something on me had to be skinny I guess) so I'm hoping they're not to wide for normal people...also they're not pointy enough on me...but...most people don't have an oddly long second toe turning their foot into some sort of weird arrow...so again...hopefully better on a normal person's foot.
My increases are kinda ugly....but not terrible so I'm keeping them...wish me luck...If I finish these it will be the first pair of fancy socks I've ever made (I've just done thick hiking type socks before)
I can't wait to make some with my new swap sock yarn! Thanks again NEredhead! :-D
Friday, October 03, 2008
My latest question:
I think I would like to make a pair of socks for a particular person for Christmas. I don’t think she reads my blog but just in case I won’t say who it is. A lady, about 60 years old (I’m totally guessing here, she’ll be really offended if she’s only 57, but rather pleased if she’s actually 65)
I bought some knitpicks essential in the colour African Violet. I also bought some needles size 2.0mm and 2.25mm to try the magic loop method, hopefully one of those sizes will work for me. I’d like to do toe up, and I prefer to do the magic cast on thingy rather than short row (because I had short row hole issues last time I tried…but I’m willing to experiment at bit).
Any pattern suggestions? I’ll look at all suggestions and then hopefully cast on tonight, or sometime this weekend. I would love any input you guys can give me. I’ve never successfully made socks on tiny needles with thin yarn…so this is new for me, but I’d like to do something pretty, that won’t be too boring either.
Hope you're all feeling toasty and warm this morning. Things are cooling down here fast!
Actually on the weekend we were wearing t-shirts outside. Now, it's all about the sweaters and jackets. Tuesday was the first really cold day, when we realized that it's officially NOT summer anymore :-( My garden isn't even put to bed yet.
So I ask you all, when do you decide to turn the heat on? Yesterday we came home and it was 65F in the house, we resisted. This morning we woke up and it is 63F.
Edit: I should say...I mean the temperature in the house...outside the house it's been about 38F with a high of a nice balmy 58F. I'm fine with that outside...but...not so much on the inside :-)
So, what is you threshold for flipping the switch? I'm just curious :-D
Monday, September 29, 2008
tink, tink, tink,
tink tink tink tink tink tink tink tink tink tink tink tink tink
that's all I have to say today :-p
oh, yeah, and I royally messed up my back on Saturday...thought it was better Sunday, but then today at work I gradually progressed to not being able to move my head...ha! I'm very funny looking....I can't move much...so I'm not going to feel guilty about the pile of dishes in the sink! I'm just going to tink....cuz I can move my arms :-)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I should have done it before, but it took me so darned long to get through doing that part in the first place that I avoided it. MISTAKE! Now I'm not only redoing it, but I've ripped out hours of work, and I have to try to undo knitting the inside and outside of the them together, and then tink back a row, and then do it all over again. I have 240 stitches a row.
Ok, backup, here's the problem, I knit one of those hems where you do a provisional cast on and then knit 2 inches or whatever, then a purl row, then the front side for 2 inches then unzip the cast on and knit a stitch from the cast on together with a stitch from the outside part. Here's a old picture...before I messed it up:
Anyways, I was right to begin with, I had the two sides even, but then I started knitting the sides together and it seemed like the outside was shorter, and I was afraid that would make the bottom sort of swoop out. So I undid that and knit another row before doing the knitting together part. Well, now that it's a big longer, there is a big pucker on the outside, it's like you can tell there is a seem there, but the inside is beautiful and flat! Grrrrrr. It's the outside that should be beautiful and flat! So, last night I was happily (but not completely happily obviously) knitting along and in one split second I decided I must rip. I yanked the needle out and started pulling.... ugg, you wouldn't believe how long it took me to pull it out....it was just a mean reminder of how long I'd blindly knit refusing to admit the truth because I knew how much work it would be. Oh well, it's not even fully undone yet. I'm so dreading it. I hope I get it done today, but I doubt it. I still have all those k2tog to undo while separating it back onto the 2 separate needles so that I can undo the one side by one row. Did I mention that it's 240 stitches around....
Remind me why I decided I must knit a very large sweater for a man who doesn't wear knits.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I'm trying to convince myself that it won't be so bad, by thinking of all the comforting things I like to do in winter. For example, this year we have a fireplace. I betcha sitting in front of the fireplace knitting with a hot chocolate will be positively delightful. Annnd, I'm pretty sure this new house actually has insulation in the walls, so hopefully we can afford to keep the house at a nice balmy 69 instead of the 63 we were keeping the old rental place at (65 if it got the point where I couldn't move my hands to knit...67 if we really felt like splurging for an evening, but boy did we pay for it...like stuffing $20 out the window every 10 minutes or so!) So, now if just sprang into my head that I should have knit myself some fingerless gloves (which I was planning on, but never got around to it) ,....now I'm not sure if I'll need the fingerless gloves. Hmmm, maybe just plain old mittens for OUTSIDE, not inside :-)My sweetums turned 38 yesterday. Happy Birthday Harold! (That's a scuba diver on the ice cream cake...what was I thinking...rubbing it in that we haven't got in the water a single time this summer! Grrrr...think Debbie..think! He was very happy anyways...he's good like that :-)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
...mostly because I was washing a gauge swatch for H's sweater and had nothing else on the needles....that's right...nothing...not one other project...although I could have taken the time to seam the baby kimono that I finished earlier in the week...I didn't.
I resisted...by trying to cast on a few other things...but in the end, the socks for H are what I'm working on .... I don't like working on them anymore.. I realize that I prefer working with more natural fibers on smaller needles now...hmmm apparently this was not the case before... now..these will be finished, simply so that they are finished.
What am I going to do with all that acrylic yarn that I stashed in the early days?
Well, at knit night on Thursday I asked a few ladies what they thought about doing some knitting for others, we figured if we go for blankets then we know everyone will be at a skill level that they can feel comfortable with the projects, and if we do it in squares then it's not to overwhelming for anyone.
So, I think next night night I'm digging out my box of odd balls of yarn and old afghan acrylic that I don't want for anything and everyone can grab whatever they fancy and knit away. Any old pattern block they choose. Maybe we'll have another night for sewing them all together (because that is not my favourite part :-) I looked up a couple of places that accepts knit donations in our city, I think we decided on one. Woo hoo, we're hoping to have some things to send on time for Christmas.
Friday, September 05, 2008
But whatever, here it is. I've actually worn it several times (and even got some compliments). Harold says it might be his favourite of the things I've knit.It is growing though, which has me a wee bit worried. It's longer now that it was in this picture...but ooohhh soooo comfortable. It's like wearing pyjamas...but it looks more decent in public :-) If I was to knit this again I would go down a needle size...and I was sort of wondering about that as I was knitting, but to be perfectly honest I was just too darned lazy to do anything about it, and well, the result is still pretty pleasing to me...so no harm done.
I'm almost done a little baby kimono, then I think I'll finally cast on for H's sweater, which I was going to do immediately after I got the yarn in the mail...funny...I'm pretty sure I ordered that around March or April...but it's still sitting in a box :-)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I don't usually post card pictures...but these ones I'm really happy with. They are made using tutorials from Michelle . Seriously..even I can make nice cards following her instructions...so nice of her to help us all don't you think! The one with the flower is supposed to be a leaf floating in water...I don't have a leaf so I used a flower..I still like it :-)
Here's the baby surprise jacket I finished knitting on vacation, I haven't seamed it up yet, or added buttons. I'm sure I get around to that eventually :-)
..but for now..it's much more fun to just keep right on knitting, I'm working on a baby kimono now...and I'm loving it. I really like this cotton, and the colour striping was going so nicely...no pooling even...but then...wait for it....yep...when I started increasing it messed up the colour sequences so there is now pooling in the back of the arms...especially noticeable is the cream coloured patch at the back of the neck...doh! and I was so happy with how it was coming along up until that point....
So, here's a question, what does everyone else do when that happens? I just keep right on knitting an pretend that it's not there...but I'll always see it...oh yes...I will. Do you fix it in some way that I don't know about...are you all very clever..if so...let me know please...there are a lot of babies on the way, and this is a pretty quick and fun knit..so help me ....heeelp meeeeeee!
Ok, must calm down...awww yes...the Muskoka chairs from vacation..remembering reading and relaxing and drinking coffee on the deck...
Oh...and another favourite spot...the hammock...nice for naps..although...a bit of a mosquito buffet if you go there too early in the morning...eek!
Now, I'm off to go soak in a bubble bath, and read my book :-) Goodnight all!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Strangely enough, when we stopped at a grocery store to pick up some Tums, I found the book I'd been wanting to read..but hadn't managed to get ahold of before we left. It was their last copy...I grabbed it...and some Tums!There was a whole lot of book reading this week. It was great. I also did a lot of swimming, and napping :-) and even some knitting (I can't seem to upload any more photos...so I'll post them later)
Only one campfire the whole week! But it was nice...and I ate some marshmallows :-)
I went for a little canoe around an island and back with Harold. This actually isn't us in the picture....if you notice...most of the pictures with me in them involve me looking rather goofy because I'm trying to hold the camera and take a picture with me in it...That's because I'm the only one who takes billions of pictures...so I usually have lots of pictures of everyone else's fun..but very few pictures of my own! This is Harold's brother, sister in law and neice...I thought I'd just throw it in there...because you really can't tell the difference :-)
By the end of the week, I missed our home soooo much. Today, I'm glad to have had the week with family...but I'm so glad to be at home again. It was a nice trip away.. and ...I have tomorrow off!
anyways...I just thought I'd share something completely unrelated first. I had a comment come through on the post where I gave my Grandma Telford's slipper pattern, about posting a pdf version. (I didn't publish the comment because it had an email address in it). So, after contacting the commenter...she told me about box.net . You can sign up for a free lite account and upload your files, then just paste a link to them in your blog. Woo hoo! Finally...an actual pdf file, and it was so easy I did it in less than 5 minutes. Thanks Karen!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I'm off next week, we're going up north to a cottage...I can't wait! The whole family is going, (well Harold's whole family).
I've finally finished my brown silk top (no pics yet...silly camera batteries are dead! Must buy more batteries before vacation!), and I'm working on a baby surprise jacket and that is it!!! You know what that means! I get to cast on something new! I'm so excited I really can't narrow down the choices! hehe
I'm thinking...my lacy little top, or a baby kimono, or a tomten jacket, or harold's sweater, or buy a big long circular needle and try to figure out magic loop with some new sock yarn, or a few fun washclothes one of the kit's of baby girl or baby boy sweaters or the tank top that I got at mary maxim. Hmmmm...
Monday, August 04, 2008
Lamby was pleased to model them for you :-) She is not part of the gift....oh no....I could never give her up....she is mine :P
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Have I ever mentioned my food scale and how much I love it. I use it all the time in the kitchen, but also, occasionally for yarn. Here are the booties I've been working on. Actually I started and finished the one while I was in Philadelphia, but didn't think I had enough yarn left to make the second so I never cast on. Also, I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but it's kindof huge. Maybe I'm delusional about the size of baby feet, but seriously this thing looks like it would fit a 2 year old (I made the three to six month old size, and even used suggested yarn weight, although not exact yarn I substituted worsted weight cotton for worsted weight cotton which the pattern says is totally acceptable, and used the suggested needle size...no actual gauge was given). So maybe I am baby size delusional.
Anyways, the weight of the booty and extra yarn is 22g.The finished (but not seamed) booty is 15g....uh-oh...Yes, as suspected, (like I needed the scale when it was this obvious) the remaining yarn is only 6 grams. :-( A forever lonely booty.
Since these little projects are just my "guesses" for a friend who is pregnant, but waiting till birth to find out the sex of the baby, I thought I might just seam up the single booty (or bootie, I couldn't figure out what the correct spelling was of the single form of booties) and maybe fill it with some baby stuff, like maybe a pacifier, or a little washcloth, perhaps a knit washcloth...I already made a hot pink baby bib, that was my "girl" guess, so now this is my "boy" guess. What can I make next? I'm working on a couple of other things, but they're longer term, and I need lot's of super quick, (and inexpensive...dishcloth cotton or stash busters are perfect) little things to make and keep giving every month(ish) I've fallen behind...this is only my second thing and she's almost 1/2 way there!