Monday, February 25, 2008
Knitty Socks 101
Magic Cast-on for toe-up
I've also considered bringing the yarn to make a back to school u-neck vest-that would only be three skeins, and I'm confident I could make a huge dent in it on the trip.
So the next three items on the list are the vest, learning to make socks, and Square Cake, which will be a wedding present.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
It's pretty nice to look out the window and see color.
Of course, Bella supervised to ensure the plants were properly handled.
In knitting news, I worked for a while last night and this afternoon to seam up one side of Twiggy Tweed. The other side is blocking, and I might seam it up tonight.
The colors are so much fun, and I'm pretty sure I'll do a little embroidery to jazz it up a bit., or at the very least, a little contrast color stitching.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The stitches look so gorgeous! This hat is going to be my new favorite knit.
I'm working on this, as well, as finishing up Jill's Twiggy Tweed (her birthday is fast approaching!)
Also, thanks to everyone for the shrug compliments. :)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Two Toned Ribbed Shrug, by Stefanie Japel
Paton's Classic Wool Merino in leaf green-1.5 skeins, Berocco Touche in dark blue-2.2 hanks
Size 8 Knit Picks Options circular, Size 4 KP Options circular
Made for me
As I've described in detail in previous blog entries, this was difficult for me, but mostly due to overconfidence with correcting a mistake. I learned a lot with this shrug, and it's my first large FO. I'm really proud of it, and I think the color combination is pretty rockin'. I cut the pattern a bit short, mainly because I liked the length of the ribbing, and didn't know how crazy I would be about the way it folded over around the neck. I haven't blocked it, but I might, as the ribbing looks a bit uneven in these pictures. We'll see.
Also, in search of an instant gratification fix, I cast on this afternoon for Stella's Hat in my Malabrigo Worsted. I wasn't sure about the colorway (it was a gift), but I'm loving it. It's so me.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Hence, the freakout I had. After pulling out the needle, I started frogging, and I stopped myself before I ripped the band-aid off completely. I put the shrug out of sight until I could calmly decide how to fix my problem.
That time finally came last weekend. I ripped back all the ribbing, including the stitches I picked up. Last night, I picked up my stitches again, and got 3 rounds of the ribbing complete. I joined properly this time, and all is right with the world. I'm so glad that this road block is gone.
I think I can finish the shrug over the weekend, and then I've got to finish seaming Jill's purse, and sewing the lining. So, two FOs are just around the corner!
Monday, February 11, 2008
I got one yard of each fabric. The inside of my sister's Twiggy Tweed will either be lined with the blue dots or the green/turquoise print on the left. I'm not sure what I'll do with the others yet, but I couldn't resist.
I also got another yarn gift from Jan. I helped her assemble a mailing list for her store, so she brought me this in return.
Classic Elite Inca Alpaca, 2 skeins
I'm not sure what I'll do with this either, but it's lovely.
Also, Le Slouch from the entry below: my friend April came over Saturday night for dinner (what a meal!) and she loved the beret, so I gave it to her. I wasn't sure how much wear I would get out of it, and I'd rather that it was enjoyed than sitting in my closet.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Le Slouch, by Wendy Bernard
Classic Elite City Lights, 1.3 balls
Size 8 dpns
Made for: maybe me, maybe a gift
Fetching, by Cheryl Niamath
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, Snickerdoodle, 1 skein
Size 6 dpns
3 months (most of it being hibernation)
Made for: Jenny
Next up, I think I may be ready to make amends with the shrug. Also, I'd really like to whip up something for my mom before her trip (the scarf was too boring, so I frogged, and don't plan on restarting).
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The good news is that Saturday night, while needing a break from the severely monotonous stockinette CC panels of Twiggy Tweed, I decided to pick up the neglected glove, and give it some love (I don't know what's wrong with me, excuse the ridiculous rhyme). I was able to knit back enough to then pick up my lost stitch (with a crochet hook! I've never done that before!) and through some miracle or intoxication, I figured out how to properly complete the thumb. Wow. What a road block that was. So, feeling successful, I finished off the first glove, woven ends and all, and cast on for the second. I just knit in the waste yarn for the thumb, and I plan on finishing before the weekend. I don't have any new pictures of the glove, but here's one of the wip as it stood in November, which coincidentally, is close to where I'm at on the newer one.
In other knitting/yarn news, I just bought a ton of stuff on Knitpicks. I wasn't going to buy anything else, but I did use a gift card from Christmas, so it's not as bad, or at least that's what I'm telling myself. Only a month until my New Mexico trip, so seriously, no new yarn until then.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Ah, it was lovely.
No real knitting news to report, although I'm still finishing up Twiggy Tweed. All I have left is the CC panels for either side, and I'm contemplating a pocket or some other embellishment. I bought some really fun fabric for the lining from one of my stash enhancement favorites.
I get to have sushi again for dinner tonight. I'm the luckiest girl.