Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I used Lucie Sinkler's Mary Jane pattern for these booties. The yarn is Ornaghi Filati Praemium. I bought the yarn at Passionknits on sale a year or so ago, so it's a stash busting project. And they took only a couple of hours last Sunday to knit. The delay in posting them was finding and attaching buttons. I looked at the tiny pink hearts, but the pearl buttons keep the booties neutral so they'll go with anything.
I made the kimono sweater for Madeline's baby, she hinted that Nate never got to wear it because he grew too fast. I guess that's a chance you take. Perhaps it will be booties for work friends from now on.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I haven't done it in while so I'm assessing where I stand with my knitting goals - mostly because I don't have anything else to blog about.
I finished two of my goals the golf club covers and the Greensburg Squares. I'm downgrading the hats so that leaves two pairs of socks and a pair clogs for the rest of the summer.
As it's written, I want to finish one pair of socks, start another pair and work on Marshall's clogs.
However, I've been itching to do lace and I have quite a bit in the que. It may be I move the lace up and push the Loden CTH down a little. We'll see how I feel when I finish Mad Weave.
- Finish Mad Weave Socks - doable - I'm 2 or 3 repeats from the toe on both socks. I could be done in a week.
- Finish three more hats - I destashed the charity hat yarn by giving it to my sister, but then...Adrianne gave me hers. I guess the goal stays, but I'm moving to the rest of the year section.
- Finish three Greensburg squares - DONE - Yea!
- Finish - golf club covers for Jeff - DONE - Yea!
- Knit Marshall's clogs - I'll probably work on my socks first.
- Cast on (at least) socks using Loden CTH - I have several leaf motif patterns to choose from.
Rest of the year goals:
- Cinder's Fairy Godmother beaded scarf - should be a quick, fun knit just need to make the time.
- Cast on and enjoy knitting linen beaded shawl.
- Knit a few more hats - they are for a good cause.
- Knit the loksins sock pattern probably with co-op sock yarn.
- Knit at least 15 minutes a day, not because there is pressure to knit, but because I'm worth it. This may mean keeping a project in the bathroom, but hey, that is "my" time. Was that sharing too much?
- Spend less time on the computer talking about knitting and more time knitting.
- Really, stop buying yarn. I don't need another thing.
I've given up on not buying yarn. I enjoy it so why fight it. The SOWs are having a dyeing weekend at Heritage Arts in September. While I'm tempted to dye lots of sock yarn, I should consider other types of yarn. You know, so I can make other stuff.
As for knitting 15 minutes a day, no, but I am spending less time on the computer and more time knitting, hence all the finished projects.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Here are the details:
Cast on 24, k2p2 for 12" (here's the part I had to reknit. It came out too small the first time.) K a round. Using the K2 sections as a guide I increased 6 times by knitting into the front and the back of the stitch - 30 stitches. K2 rows navy, 2 rows cream, 1 row navy, 2 rows cream, 1 row navy, 2 rows cream, 1 row navy, 2 rows cream, 1 row navy and start decreasing. I decreased the stitches I increase. K1 K2T, K3, K2T...
K a round
K2T, K2, K2T
K a round
K2T, K1, K2T...
By then you should have 6 stitches left. I ran the yarn through the stitches, pulled it tight, took the yarn to the inside, wove in the end and I was done.
I recognized that my gauge was much tighter than the sample, but for the k2p2 section it stretched as wide as the sample so I didn't stress. I did change up a needle size for the top. That still wasn't enough so I went back and increased the number of stitches and still knit on the 7 needle. I'm just hoping it's big enough. I'll have him try it on before I affix the pom pom. And I still have to make the smaller pom pom.
Jeff is excited about his covers. I mentioned it to Chip and he thinks they're ugly. I guess you just can't tell what people are going to like.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
That's it and for me that's a lot. To have so many projects going at one time in unheard of. I'm also considering starting DH felted clogs. But I may wait until the baby booties are done.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
I ordered some KP Shine and KP Cotlin for my sister's birthday. It came Saturday while she was here. I opened the package and revealed each skein with a flourish. Where I tend to neutral, comforting colors, Jeannie describes her taste as "french-whore." She got loud pinks, purples, yellows and green. She loves them. She particularly asked for the Cotlin, but started knitting the Shine.
Jeannie also prefers small projects she can finish quickly. Hats, scarves and miniature stockings, sweaters and mittens. What we each like to knit is very dissimilar, but we both like nice yarn. I had several bits and pieces I was saving for no particular reason so I destashed (what a feeling) and she scored.
She got one ball of dark den-m-nit and the two tidbits of the light and natural. Jeannie likes making hats. I would have knit a hat just to use up the yarn. So it works out nice for both of us.
I think she got both skeins of the green. Again for a hat. That's what I would have done, but again, just to use up the yarn and she enjoys it. I'm not sure, but I think I still have the natural. I don't know why. I think it just didn't jump in the bag. It should have.
She also got several pieces of leftover sock yarn. Just enough for her cute stockings and mini-hats and mittens. It was too much yarn to throw away, but the perfect amount to give to my sis.
A total bonus all the way around.
It was a great visit. My hubby is an awesome host and Justyne, my niece totally made him feel good by asking him to cook breakfast this morning. She said she likes whatever he cooks. It made him feel so good.
The girls swam for about 9 hours yesterday. They should fall asleep on the car ride home. Which will be nice for Mom and Jeannie.
Dad and Jus took the truck. Just not enough room for everyone in one car.
Baby Girl is napping now too. She is worn out. All this excitement just did her in.
Friday, August 03, 2007
I do have a story about golf club covers. I cast on about 2 weeks ago. Since I don't knit everyday, it takes time for me to finish projects. When I travel I get knitting time on steroids, so I finished one of the golf club covers.
It wasn't really finished in this picture, but now the ends are woven in and it's ready for the pom pom, it's crowning glory.
My sister (and two nieces and mom and dad) is coming this weekend. We're going to see about making a giant pom pom. I plan to use 50gms of yarn per pom.
This is actually my pattern. I made it up as I went along. Of course, it's really just putting together things you already know, cast-on, K2P2, changing colors and decreasing. It's sort of like a long sock with no heel and a hat on top.
I forwarded the picture to the recipient, he apparently forwarded it to his girlfriend who emailed me and offered to help me market the covers.
I think if I were to sell them, it would be on a very small scale. They would be very exclusive. Just enough to support my yarn habit. I knit these on Denise needles. Love the flexibility of having the needles, but if I was going to do this with regularity, I would need some addi's.
Loosely cast on 40 stitches, K2P2 for 12", then knit stockinette for 10 rows, two rows of natural (with the jogless jog) knit 4 more rows navy, then each row went K8 K2T, knit a round, K7 K2T, K6 K2T, K5, K2T and so on until there were 8 stitches on the needles. Cut the yarn pulled it through the stitches, wove in the ends - wa-la.
I used WotA Bulky from KnitPicks. I have a super dense fabric because I used size 6 needles. It's crazy I know, but I like how it looks.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I was surfing channels in my hotel room when I caught the news a bridge had collapsed. It was surreal to realize I had just come from that direction. I went down to the front desk just to be sure and they confirmed that yes, I had crossed that bridge.
I remember getting on I-35W about the time Chuck called. I checked my phone and he called at 5:47pm. The bridge collapsed at 6:05pm. It is frightening to me how close I came to being there.
It is only by the grace of God that I wasn't.