Tuesday, June 27, 2006

FO- Socks for Hannah

I finally finished the socks I've been knitting for Hannah. DD's feet grew A LOT since I took the original measurements, and now the socks intended to fit DD this Fall, fit her now perfectly. I used the Peaks and Valleys Pattern (I used the infant version of the pattern, but size US3 needles instead of US1 to allow for a toddler size) from the book, Knit Socks!, and I used some Knitpicks Simple Stripes yarn in the Vineyard colorway (no longer available). In neither of the pictures can you see the lacey pattern on the leg and top of the foot, but it's beautiful IRL.

In other news, We are moving this weekend, so I might not be able to update my blog for a little while. I don't expect anything to pop up, but you never know what's going to get messed up during a move.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Yeah.....When pigs fly!

Earlier this morning, I saw on Sybermoms, a link to THIS pattern (thank you Box of Rain!!). I thought "this is fucking CUTE!" So I looked in my stash bin and found some pink yarn and some white yarn, then I sat down and crocheted my little piggy. It worked up a lot quicker than I thought it would. I started at 8:30am, and he was finished at 11am, and that was with me getting a few juice refills and snacks for the kids too. Mr. Piggy still needs eyes, I'm thinking of sewing some little buttons on for them. Maybe one blue and one green or something? I don't know yet.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stuffed Fish

One thing DD goes nuts over, something she absolutely LOVES, are fish. She loves to just cuddle with me and watch the fish in our Aqurarium swim around. So, when I saw THIS pattern, I decided to knit up 2, sew them together and stuff them for DD. After I knit the 2 fish, I picked up stitches in the stockinette triangle section and knit on some fins. I did all of the knitting yesterday (maybe 2 hours total, and that includes time taken to play with kids) and I did the sewing and stuffing this morning. I used some cheapo red heart acrylic yarn for both the knitting and the stuffing. I figured it would be durable and washable, and good for a toy for a toddler.
I've also got some WIP's that are close to completion. The socks for DD, the special something for my nephew, and the Summer Swing Top for my niece Laney are all almost done.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Look, I can do something other than knit...LOL

I read a discussion on craftster, about melting beads into bowls and other things. So, I decided to try it, and this is what I got. I used the cheap kids beads (found anywhere -walmart, JoAnns, etc...) I love my first attempt. I want to go get more beads so I can make designs with colors for other bowls.

In knitting news, I've worked a bit on each of my projects this past weekend. Now, I'm on sock #2 in the pair i'm making for DD, i'm on sock #2 in the pair I am knitting for my mom for Christmas, I am almost done with the special something for my nephew, I did a few more rows on my Peacock Feathers Shawl, and a little more on the Summer Swing top for my niece. I also started another pair of socks for myself. I'm not using a pattern, I am using size 2mm needles with some very yummy Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn.

Friday, June 16, 2006

FO- Cable Knit Hat

This hat will be a Christmas present for my bil, Ricky. I used my soon to be 5 year old ds to model it. I used THIS pattern, only I knit it alternating left twist and right twist cables. I used Patons Classic Merino Wool in the color Deep Olive.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Pictures of my wip's

This pic is of a Cable Knit Hat, I'm loosely following THIS pattern, But I am alternating left twist and right twist cables. I currently have it about 6.5 inches long, another .5 inch and I will start the crown decreases. I am using leftover Patons classic Merino Wool from the Boobholder I knit, color Deep Olive and size 7, 16" circs.

This is what I have so far for a birthday present for my niece, Laney. The little cutie pie will be 2 in August. It is a Summer Swing top, and the pattern can be found HERE. I love this pattern, it's adorable and perfect for all of the beautiful little ladies in my life. I'm trying to make one for each of my younger nieces and DD (total of 5), but I'm afraid they will grow out of the sizes the pattern lists by the time I can get around to doing all of them. My Niece, Justice is already too big for it, she's 9, and I want to find a special pattern to make for her, too. (any ideas?)

Here is my never ending Peacock Feathers Shawl. I am ready to start row 211, out of a total 250. I used some pins to stretch part of it out so you could see some of the design. I've made a few mistakes in this shawl, but they're small and I don't think they're very noticeable. I am also ready to join my second ball of yarn. I am using the Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool-Silk that comes with the pattern kit from fiddlesticks knitting. It is so soft and wonderful, a 50% wool, 50% silk blend, laceweight yarn.

This is a sock (#1 in the pair) that I am knitting for DD. It is the Peaks and Valleys infant pattern from the book, Knit Socks!. Since DD is almost a year and a half old, the infant pattern wouldn't have fit her, so I decided to just use bigger needles (size US3 instead of US1) and add a few rows to the pattern to make it fit her. You can't see the lacey part of the pattern very well in the picture, but the multi-colored yarn looks pretty cool with it. I am using Knitpicks simple stripes sock yarn in the colorway Vineyard (discontinued?).

And.....this is the pair of socks I am knitting for my mothers Christmas present. It's the Cascading Leaves Sock pattern found in THIS yahoo group. I am about an inch into sock #2. I am using Knitpicks Essential Sock yarn in the color Ash, and I am knitting the pattern on 2 circs instead of DPN's.

I haven't been working much on any of my projects this past week, because I've been knitting a something special for my brand new, absolutely beautiful, nephew, Aiden. Congratulations Trish and Jared! I am almost finished with Aiden's something special , and I will post pictures of it after I know that he's received it....Well, after his mommy receives it...LOL.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

FO- Traveler Socks

The Traveler Socks are finished!!! I love how they turned out, but the color just isn't me, so I decided to put them away and give them to my mom for a Birthday present when her Birthday comes around in October. I Used Cascade 220 in the color Baby Rose Heather (#9442), and size 5 DPN's. The pattern is written for Magic Loop, but it translates really easily to using a set of 4 dpn's. One needle for the front/top of foot 20 sts, 2 needles for the back/bottom of the foot, 10 sts on each, and one needle to knit with. The Pattern for these socks can be found on THIS page.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Our WIP's (brag about DH)

yes...The title says OUR wip's. Mine and DH's. Dh is helping me to get a start on Christmas presents for this year. He has started his very first sock. He is using the 'Madder Ribbed Sock' pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush, Knitpicks Palette yarn (color: Blue) and size 1 needles. In the WIP pic to the left, it's the blue at the top left corner, and I tried to take a better pic of the detail, and it's a little fuzzy, but it's posted below. He's doing wonderful on his sock!
Back to the WIP's, the gray below DH's sock, is my peacock feathers shawl. I've been working on it a little bit each night, doing anywhere from 1 to 4 rows (considering that each row is now 400+ stitches, that's a lot of work) after the kids are asleep for the night. The blue beside my shawl, is that baby sweater I posted about below. The Gray on the other side of the baby sweater, is what I have so far of the pair of cascading leaves socks I'm knitting for my mom. I am only about 1 cm into the cuff of sock 2 in the pair. And, the purple at the top right, is what I have so far of the Summer Swing Top I am knitting for my niece's 2nd birthday.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I finished my Boobholder!!!

I love the feeling I get when I finish a project. I knit Glampyre's Minisweater aka Boobholder, only without the border. I used Patons Classic Merino yarn in the color Deep Olive.

I also finished sock #1 of the Cascading Leaves socks that I'm making for my mom for Christmas. Also, last night I picked up my Peacock Feathers Shawl and did 4 rows, and today I added another few inches onto the Summer Swing Top I'm making for my niece. Woohoo! It feels good to be on a knitting roll again.