Friday, December 19, 2008

I doubt I'll make it.....

I have serious doubts that I will get my Christmas knitting finished in time, but that's okay. I'll come close. As of now, all that I have left to finish, is a hat for one of my nieces (which is no problem, I can knit that in a few hours) and a pair of mittens for my best friend. These mittens are just over half way completed, but I'm having problems finding more than a few minutes at a time to sit down and work on them. These mittens are another pair from the book 'Selbuvotter', but I'm taking a glove pattern (Annemor#8) and making it a mitten pattern, and changing the cuff pattern.

Here's some pics of some of the Christmas knitting to do have finished:

This hat is for my niece, Talia. The pattern is Butterfly Hat (Rav link). Since Talia is only a year and a half old, I went down a needle size from the pattern. I'm a tight knitter who usually has to go up a needle size, so I went down 2 needle sizes from what I would need to get gauge.


This is Foliage from I knit this one for my niece, Justice. I knit the worsted weight version.


And, I finally sat down and finished my Mom's mittens! I've needed to knit just the thumb on mitten #2 for over a month now. This pattern is NHM#7 from the book 'Selbuvotter'.


I also have a Halley's Comet Hat finished for my niece, Laney, but I keep forgetting to take pics of it. I used Knitpicks Swish Superwash worsted in the color Bordeaux.

I'm going to give it a valiant effort, and with any luck I'll get those mittens finished before Christmas.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

lots of FO's.....

I may not have been blogging much lately, But I sure have been getting a lot of knitting (and some crocheting) finished.

First, we have some crocheted snowflakes. The pattern for all three is HERE. They were quick and easy, I did 4 snowflakes (3 above and 1 below) in one day. I used basic white size 10 crochet thread and a 1.80 mm crochet hook for all 4.

This Snowflake pattern is called Aunt Lore's Snowflake. I blocked mine out a little differently than the one on the website was.

These Elegant Crocheted Ornaments (free pattern but you have to register to download) were a little trickier than the snowflakes, but were still pretty fun and quick to work up. The pattern is for a set of 6, and I only have the 3 in the pic done. I'm not sure If I'll be doing more or not. We'll just have to see where to mood takes me. I used basic size 10 crochet thread, and on the gold and red balls I used a 3.5 mm hook and on the silver I used a 1.80 mm hook. I did that just to see the difference in the fit on the ball. I think you can see in the pic that the silver one in A LOT tighter, but I like the look of the other 2 better.

This bag is Via Diagonale from I wanted a new purse, so I knit this one up in under a week. It does have a sewn in fabric lining, but I didn't get a pic of that. This was a pretty easy knit, and I enjoyed knitting it. It was also my first time lining a knit purse. The yarns I used were Wool-Ease worsted in Black, and Valley Yarns Northampton in Amethyst. I also decided against sewing on the handles and I attached them with D-rings. I'm debating about going back and adding on the i-cord top border.

My Oldest sister asked for a hat for her Christmas gift, she wanted something thick and ribbed, so I double stranded some worsted (wool-ease in dark rose heather and black) and did a 2x2 rib. In the pic the hat is being modeled by my 3 year old.

Here we have Thuja Socks from I knit these for a friend of mine, and he has big feet. Well, when knitting socks, anyone whose feet are bigger than mine has big feet. I used (again) Wool Ease in Black.

And, finally, here we have the last project in this post. These mittens I knit for my other sister's Christmas gift. The pattern is NHM #1 from the book 'Selbuvotter' by Terri Shea. I used knitpicks Palette yarn in Blush and Ash. My row gauge was off, and I needed to add a few rows of length, so I added in the 3 dot things at the tips of the mittens. These still need a good blocking, but I'm calling them finished :)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Pinwheel for Hannah

I knit a Pinwheel Sweater for my 3 year old, Hannah. I love this pattern, it's quick and easy. Well, everything on it is quick except for the loopy edging. This is the second pinwheel sweater I've knit (you can see the first HERE), and I don't usually knit a pattern more than once, so that has to tell you something about how much I enjoy knitting this one.

For this sweater, I let DD into my stash and she picked out her favorite colors. Pink and Pink....LOL. It's actually Rose Heather and Dark Rose Heather colors of Lion Brand Wool-Ease. I chose to do the 2-color loopy edge shown on the adult version of this sweater instead of the single color loopy edge shown on the baby/child version. I think it turned out great :)

When I first finished this sweater and showed it to DD, she told me that she didn't like it and that she never wanted to wear it. But, she's 3 years old and I think we all know how fickle they can be. This Morning I showed it to her again and she told me she liked it, but she still didn't want to wear it. Just before I started writing this blog post, she brought it to me and asked me to help her put it on. So, it all worked out well.

Now, I'm going to concentrate on finishing the socks for my friend, and then I can focus more on doing some Christmas knitting.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

insert clever title here

I'm sorry it's been almost 3 weeks since my last update. Let's see, what's happened since my last update?

Well, on the 10th, my Cousin had her baby! It's a Girl! Baby Grace Ann was born on 10/10/08 at 12:53pm. Click here to see her online birth announcement. My cousin loved all of the little baby things I knit, and I can't wait to see baby Grace wearing them :)

I haven't done much in the way of knitting lately. I've been pretty unmotivated. I've worked a bit on sock #2 in the pair I'm knitting for my friend. That sock has suffered a little set back though. Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I found that sock WIP laying on my bed, needles missing and it had SEVERAL dropped stitches. Before this incident I was almost done with the gusset, now I need to frog it back to the heel flap and re-knit. I don't have a dog or cat to blame this on, so it had to be one of the kids. When the boys get home from school, they're all going to get a talking to about owning up to their actions. They should know by now that if they would have told me about it when it happened that it wouldn't be as big of a deal.

I've also been doing a row here and there on the mittens I'm knitting. for the pair I'm knitting for my mom, I'm about 3/4 of the way through mitten #2, and for the pair I'm knitting for my sister, I'm about 1/3 through mitten #2. If I were more motivated It wouldn't take long to finish both pairs, only a couple of evenings if the movie I put in isn't too

It feels as though we only had about a week of Autumn weather. The past several days the temps have been dipping into the 20's at night and hovering in the 40's at mid-day. Oh well, this means that it's time to use the wonderful handknit socks I've made. The other day I wore a pair of commercially made socks and my feet were freezing all day. UGH! I'm sticking to my handknit ones from now on.

Once I get a bit more progress made on some of my projects, I'll update with some pictures. Until then, Stay warm!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Sick Knitting

For the past week, I've been suffering from a cold. Which is both good and bad. Bad in that I feel like crap and have no energy, and good in that since I had no energy to do housework, a good amount of knitting has gotten done. So, here's what I've been working on:
First, here we have a baby hat. My Cousin, Shelly, is pregnant with her second child, and is due to pop and second now. I had cast on-itis so I figured something cute and quick was just what was needed. The yarn is Vanna's Choice from Lion Brand in the color Dusty Green. The pattern is Cabled Baby Hats by Julie Hentz. The only thing I changed, was instead of having all of the cables twist the same direction, I alternated right twist and left twist cables.

On Saturday, October 4th (the day before I got sick) I went along with my Mom (btw-it was her 50th birthday! Happy birthday MOM!), my Aunt, and one of my sisters, went to Prairie Peddler Arts & Crafts Festival. I had a lot of fun, and ended up buying some fresh honey, some homemade soap, and the wool fiber pictured above. I've started spinning some already, but I'm still a beginner spinner and it shows. That doesn't stop me from having fun with it, though:)

Here we have Mom's Mittens that I'm knitting for her Christmas Gift. I think I've only done 3 or 4 rows since I lat posted about these, but progress is progress no matter how small. I love knitting these, but I can't be trying to watch anything interesting while working on them. The yarn is Knitpicks Essential in Grass and Black, and the pattern is NHM#7 from the book Selbuvotter.

More mittens! This is mitten #1 in the pair I'm knitting for my sister, Dawn. Another from the book Selbuvotter, this is pattern NHM#1. I am using Knitpicks Palette yarn in Blush and Ash.

And, Lastly, here we have sock#1 in the pair I'm knitting for Bleahy. Sock #2 has been started, but I'm still on the cuff.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Achieving Serenity

There were a few times while knitting this baby blanket that I completely lost all passion for knitting it, but I still loved the pattern so I kept on (in the long run, I did enjoy knitting this). I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment for finally finishing the Serenity Baby Blanket. I started this blanket back in July, and just finished it today, September 30th.
I LOVE the finished product, but I doubt that I'll knit this pattern again. I think I'm done knitting baby blankets for a LOOOOOONG time. Now that this is finished, maybe I wont feel guilty for working on Christmas gifts instead of baby gifts.

The intended recipient for Serenity is due to arrive in mid-October (and we don't know the gender), but the last time I saw the expecting mom she looked more than ready to pop (and completely adorable, picture a model skinny person with a beach ball shoved in her shirt). Adorable.

btw- I fully intend to post pics of the baby wrapped in Serenity after he or she is born :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Troll Socks are finished!

I've been working on these socks sporadically since May, and I finally finished them last night.
The pattern is Diagonal Cross Rib Socks from the book 'Favorite Socks'. The pattern was easy enough for me to keep my mind on TV or conversations, but still there was enough to concentrate on so I didn't loose interest in knitting. The yarn is Regia Strato (now discontinued) in color 5740 - Troll.
These socks don't really photograph well, it's really hard to get a good picture that shows both the pattern and the yarn colors, but I think these do a decent job of capturing both. All I ask is that you ignore my pajama pants in the pics...LOL

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Knitting by Candlelight

Remnants from Hurricane Ike came through Ohio on Sunday. We lost power Sunday afternoon, along with approx. 1.9 million other Ohioans. We were lucky though, we were without power for only 20 hours (just long enough for everything in our fridge and freezer to go bad), while the electric companies are saying some people could be without for a week. My Parents and both of my sisters are still without power, and one of my sisters and her family live just down the street from us. Local airports are reporting that the winds got up to 75 MPH in some areas. There are fallen trees and branches everywhere. 6 deaths have been reported so far. My kids are on their second day of no school due to power outages. My next door neighbors tree in their front yard split and 1/2 the tree fell, blocking our driveway and the street. It missed landing on DH's car by only a few feet. Click here to see some pics of the downed tree. Dh and I got the larger branches removed from our lawn yesterday, and today I'm going out there with the kids and we'll get the sticks, twigs and leaves taken care of.

However, in all that, I managed to get some knitting done. While the power was out, after the kids went to bed, I didn't have the distraction of TV or Internet, so Knitting by candlelight it was.
I had a lot of candles, so it wasn't too stressing on my eyes, and I made a decent amount of progress on Mom's Mittens. I know, I'm crazy for doing colorwork by candlelight, but it's the only WIP I have going that the pattern was not on my laptop, and no power= no laptop (the battery for my laptop is kaput), and I didn't want to start another WIP.

Time to get back to the cleanup. Fun....

ETA: almost 48 hours after power went out, my Mom just called me to say her power is back on!!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

yet another boring WIP update post...

I started working on some of those mittens I mentioned before. Please ignore the fact that these pics need to be fixed, I had to do a system restore and I haven't reinstalled any photo editors yet.
I am about half way done with mitten #1 in the pair for my Mom. The pattern is NHM#7 from the book 'Selbuvotter'. The yarn I'm using for this pair is Knitpicks Essential sock yarn in the colors Grass and Black.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Justice's Birthday Sweater is FINISHED!

Another FO! YAY! This sweater I knit for my Niece, Justice's 11th birthday. The pattern is February Lady Sweater. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease, and this sweater only took 2 1/2 balls! I knit the xxs size, and I'm still amazed it didn't take more yarn. I know, lace can be tricky like that though :)

Monday, August 04, 2008

I *might* be a little bit insane.....

I've decided that I will, after all, knit a few gifts for Christmas this year (despite my previous attitude of 'this year, Christmas can go fuck itself'). That's not the insane part, though. I've decided that a few really special people (6 including me) will receive some really special knit mittens or gloves. All the patterns I'm going to use are from the book 'Selbuvotter, Biography of a Knitting Tradition' by Terri Shea. I want to tell you who all of the mittens & gloves are going to be for, but some of the intended recipients might read this blog post.

So, 6 pairs of Selbu mittens/gloves by Christmas, plus all of the baby gift knitting and birthday gift knitting I need to do between now and then, 4 months..... That is the insane part. It's okay though. I throughly enjoy my insanity :)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Laney's Sweater, FINISHED!!!

I love that feeling of accomplishment a knitter gets every time she/he finishes a project. This sweater I knit for my niece, Laney, for her 4th birthday. It's the Eyelet Yoke Cardigan sweater from Lion Brand, and for it I used Lion Brand's Wool-ease yarn in the color seaspray. I knit the largest size for the pattern (4) and it took all but a few yards of 2 balls of the wool-ease. I didn't really enjoy knitting this one. Each and every time I picked up this project I just kept thinking of better construction methods that would provide the same result. Knitting the pattern as written, there's just WAY too many seams to sew.

The other birthday present I'm knitting is nearing completion too, it's the February Lady Sweater I'm knitting for my niece, Justice. I finished the body and am about 1/4 done with the first sleeve. I still have a week and a half to finish it, so I'm sure it'll be ready in time.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday = kicks yesterdays ass

I have had nice, calm and rather productive day today! Well, so far I have, it's not quite noon yet, so I guess my day *could* still turn to shit, but let's hope that doesn't happen.

I wanted to pop on here and show off my progress on 2 of my WIP's. First up we have my Nanner socks. Say it with me "ooooooOOOOoooo PRETTY!!" The pattern was a limited time only thing from WendyKnits, and is no longer available. The yarn is BMFA STR lightweight in Socktopus. This is my reward project. I get to work on it ONLY after working on either the February Lady Sweater or the Eyelet Yoke Cardigan for at least an hour. This method has turned out to be really effective for me. While I haven't touched the Eyelet Yoke Cardigan for a while now, I have made a lot of Progress on the February Lady Sweater.
I've only got a few more inches (2-3) for the bottom of the body of the sweater, and then I need to do the sleeves. I've been primarily focusing on this sweater because it's a lot bigger and will take more work than the eyelet cardigan, so it'll take longer to finish.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

add another to the pile....

Considering my last blog post, I shouldn't have done it. But I did. And I like it. It feels good. I've been working so hard on the 2 sweaters that still need to be finished for gifts next month, that I became bored of them. I didn't want to knit. I was sick of those sweaters. I NEEDED something else, something new. I'm sure you can guess what I did. I CO a new project. Socks. Not just any socks, but Nanner Socks (Ravelry link). My fingers needed some luscious sock yarn sliding through them. They were tired of the yarns I'm using for the sweaters, they were protesting, demanding better treatment. So, my Nanners are being knit with some STR lightweight (my absolute favorite sock yarn) in the Socktopus colorway (ooohhh.....pretty). I only have the toe of sock #1 done (toe up socks), so no pics yet. I'll post some when I get more knit.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I have WAY too many WIP's...

and I don't yet have pics of all of them.

I technically have 11 projects in varying states laying around the house, but honestly I think 3 of them have become UFO's and I don't know if I'm ready to admit Those 3 would be my half finished pair of Twisted Flower socks, my half finished pair of Earl Grey socks, and a dishcloth that I started one day at my desk because I was bored and haven't picked it up again. Some other projects have just been pushed aside for a little while because I have to concentrate on some projects with a deadline. Those temporarily on hold are Annemor #2, my Troll socks, my granny square blanket, and my Icarus shawl (which has been completely frogged and re-CO, no pic yet). For those not counting, we've mentioned 7 projects out of 11 thus far.

Now for those projects I'm actively working on.

First we have a baby blanket!!! My Cousin, Shelly, is due with her second child in October, and is waiting for delivery to know the sex of the baby. I'm using the Serenity Baby blanket pattern with Caron Simply Soft yarn in Grey Heather. A beautiful pattern in a gender neutral color, and still isn't a typical baby color.

And second we have an Eyelet Yoke cardigan that will be given to my Niece, Laney, for her 4th birthday next month. The pieces in the back are the body up to the armholes waiting on scrap yarn, and sleeve #1 is on the needle cable. after I knit sleeve #2 all pieces will be placed on one needle and worked together for the yoke. I'm using Lion Brand's Wool-Ease yarn in the color Seaspray.

Third, we have a big messy pile of crochet that will eventually be a blanket for my bed. See those long chain columns? those will be laced up when the blanket is finished, creating kind of a lacy cable look. I'm using Caron One Pound acrylic yarn....I despise knitting with the stuff, but when it comes to crochet afghans, it works beautifully.

WIP #4 has no picture because my camera decided to be a big monkey licker and crap out on me. The project is a February Lady Sweater that will be a birthday present for my Niece, Justice, next month. I can't believe that booger is turning 11. I am, again, using Lion Brand's Wool-Ease yarn, only this time I'm using color Dark Rose Heather.

There, now that I've posted about all of those projects here, maybe I'll be more accountable for them and they might actually get done.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

I Love Yarn Mail!!!

My most recent KP order arrived today! I was sucked in by the book sale and the new fall colors :) The book I got is 'Spin to Knit' by Shannon Okey, and for yarns, I got Gloss lace weight in Pinot, and the balls top to bottom are Essential Kettle Dyed in Boureaux, Essential Kettle Dyed in Soot, and Essential in Lantana. I need to get some gifts off of my needles, and then I can start working with some of this yarn :) I'm going to go back to smooshing my new yarns now.

Friday, June 27, 2008


I really enjoyed the process of test knitting these socks. And now you guys can knit them as well! The Ornette pattern is available to purchase now on Cookie A's website. I just kitchenered the toe of sock#2 last night, and got pics first thing this morning of the FO. I am already thinking about knitting another pair. Since these socks are mirror images there was absolutely NO second sock syndrome, and the cables are complex enough to keep me interested without being too complicated at the same time. The yarn I used was BMFA's STR lightweight in Rose Quartz, and if you are planning on making Ornette, you'll either need to use a yarn with more yardage than the STR, or buy 2 skeins. Since I only had 1 skein, the legs of my socks are pretty short.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I finished Talia's Baby Pinwheel Sweater!!! It took less than a week to knit, and it was just the project I needed to get my sock mojo back! Now, it gets to go sit in a box until :) I needed to use a machine washable yarn for this, so I choose Lion Brand's Wool-Ease yarn in the color Rose Heather. I really enjoyed this quick knit, I think I will definitely have to knit another one in the future.

Now that I have this off the needles, I'm going to focus on finishing my Ornette socks and then I'll allow myself to CO the other birthday sweater (Justice's sweater is already started (Starsky Jr.) and sitting in my knitting bag, I need to start on Laney's) and the baby blanket for my cousin.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

sinus meds are fun.....

Forgive me if this is short and makes no fucking sense at all, I'm on the good antihistamines that make me a little stoned, but at least I can breathe! :) Also, there's no pics today, I need to recharge the batteries for my camera.

I got a little tired of only working with fingering weight yarn, so I decided on Thursday (the 12th) that I needed a worsted weight project. So, I CO for a sweater for my niece Talia's birthday present. I know, her birthday isn't until the end of August, but it still needed to be done, and I was smart enough to choose a pattern that she will be able to wear for years. I'm knitting a Pinwheel Sweater for her, only making it a solid color instead of striped. I'm using Lion Brand's Wool-ease yarn in Rose heather. It's turning out to be a really quick knit, I'm only a few inches away from finishing the second sleeve, and then all that's left is weaving in the ends.

Ornette is close to being completely finished. I am working the foot of sock #2 (almost to the toe), but it's going pretty slowly right now because of the much needed break from fingering weight yarn. Troll is coming along at a similar pace, only I'm working the heel of sock #2 of that pair.

Once I get some of this stuff off the needles, I need to CO for more birthday presents (My Niece's Justice and Laney have birthdays coming soon, too) and a baby blanket for my cousin (due in October). Unless I have a drastic change of heart, I'm not knitting for anyone's Christmas gifts this year, so that's freed up a lot of ME knitting time :) it's been rather refreshing.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Ornette, Half Finished

I finished the right sock of Ornette!!! It has been a really fun pattern to knit, and with this pair, there is no chance of Second Sock Syndrome, as the Left sock is a mirror image and the stitches are different! I plan on casting on for the Left sock tonight.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

TROLL!!!!!! In the dungeon!

I am working on another pair of socks. I haven't really had the urge to work on anything else but socks lately. The latest pair to be cast on is the Diagonal Cross-Rib socks pattern from IK's Favorite socks book. The yarn I'm using is discontinued Regia Strato in color # 5740, otherwise known as Troll. I took a lot of pics of my sock in progress, but in the end it came down to either choosing either a pic that showed the color off well or one that showed the stitch pattern well......I choose one that showed off the yarn colors.

Last week I finally finished a pair of socks that were intended to be a Mothers Day Present for my Mom. I cast on for those on May 3rd, and worked my ass off on them, but I only made it to just past the gusset on sock #2 by Mothers Day. So I took my time working on them and finished them on May 20th. I totally forgot to get a pic of them finished, too. It was the Anniversary Socks pattern , again from IK's Favorite socks book, and I used KP gloss sock yarn in Parsley.

How's test knitting Ornette going? Well, I'm working the right sock, and it's going really well. I've worked the foot and now I'm just waiting for the last part of the pattern to be given to us test knitters so I can knit the toe and get started on the left sock. When that happens I'll post another pic of the finished Right sock. I really have loved this process of test knitting, and I can't say enough how wonderful this pattern is. I already have plans to knit another pair using something from my stash with more yardage so I can make the leg portion longer than I can with the STR. Did you ever think you'd ever see me post about wanting to make a sock cuff/leg longer ? LOL :)

BTW- I just counted, and Ornette and Troll are my 6th and 7th pairs of socks in 2008. Not too bad...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A New Picture

There was a break in the rain but it was still cloudy so the pic doesn't have the best lighting. I also need you to ignore my pasty pale skin :)

Enjoy ogling the pretty cables!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I Love this Sock

Test knitting for Cookie A's new sock, Ornette, has started, and I'm one of the lucky test knitters!
I'm starting with the Right sock (Right and Left socks are mirror images) and we've been asked to pause at 3 inches, which is where I am. Problem is that I love working on it so I want to keep working on it. But I'm being a good little So, to keep myself in line, I cast on a pair of socks to give to my mom for mothers day. I hope I can get them finished by Sunday. I'll post about them soon. Back to Ornette, I'm using STR lightweight in Rose Quartz, and I'm using 2.5mm dpn's.

The pattern for Ornette will be released in June 2008.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Holy Bleeding Monkeys, Batman!!!

A pair of socks in 10 days......damn that was fast! I knit up a pair of no-purl Monkey socks using STR lightweight in Tlingit. I love the pattern and I love the yarn so I couldn't keep my hands off of them. I finished the socks yesterday, and this morning I got them photographed. After I was happy with the pictures I got, it was time to put the Monkey's in a bath. I knew some dye would rinse out in the water, as it had been bleeding on my hands while knitting (I love this yarn so much that I SOOOOO did NOT care).
I was surprised, though, by the color that the water turned. I was expecting a muddy grey because of the amount of black in the yarn, What I got was a really pretty shade of pink. The pic was taken when the socks had been soaking for about 10 minutes, but the water didn't get any darker/more dye than this.
The socks are still drying, but they still look as good as they did before the bath.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Do you know how hard it is to take a decent picture of the back of your own head?

I knit a snood. I've always liked the way they looked in movies, and I've wanted one since I started going to Ren Fest 10 or so years ago. So, when I saw this pattern, I had to knit one.
The pattern is Snood Deux by Twisted Stitches. I'll need to use a few bobby pins to keep it in place when I wear it, but I still LOVE it :) I had it on earlier today, and I tried several times to get an okay pic of it (hence today's post title), but I failed my in quest, miserably so. Oh well, when I get someone willing, I'll have them take a picture of it on for me. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but I didn't have any in my stash that was a color I wanted to use for a snood, so I combined 2 strands of lace weight for the substitute. I used leftovers of Jaggerspun Zephyr in Charcoal, and Knitpicks Shadow in Vineyard Heather.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I finally got off my ass.....

and I finished my Phineas socks! Well, depending on how you look at it you might as well say I got on my ass to finish them because I knit sitting down....LOL
This morning I sat down and finally knit the toe of sock #2 for Phineas. These socks were really easy, good, mindless knitting. They would have been a really quick knit if I hadn't gotten sidetracked with other wip's and a little thing called! The pattern is written to knit these socks toe up and magic loop. When I started these I wasn't in the mood for that particular sock construction method, so I knit these cuff down on DPN's instead.

The yarn I used is Knitpicks Essential sock yarn in the color African Violet. Ever since KP re-did the Essential line (a long, long, time ago), I've been loving this sock yarn. The old Essential was really rough and splitty, but the current essential is a million times softer, and isn't nearly as splitty (I haven't had any splitting problems, but have read that a few others in blogland have).

Right now, I'm trying to get as many of my WIP's off the needles as possible, because I don't want them distracting me in a few weeks. I'm going to be participating in something I'm really excited about. Cookie A is coming out with a new pattern, and told readers of her blog that she was looking for test knitters. I volunteered, and was one of the 24 that were picked! If you're wondering about the sock we'll be test knitting, go to Cookie's blog, and it's the purple sock pictured in her April 1st post. When we get started, I'll post progress pics on here (don't worry, Cookie said we could post about it on our blogs, I'm not breaking any rules).

Monday, April 07, 2008

I love baby knitting

I love to knit baby things. They go so quickly :) I've started knitting some little things for my Cousin, Shelly. She's pregnant with her second baby. I've been itching for another baby to knit for and she and her DH were more than happy to oblige....LOL! Shelly mentioned to me the other day that she wanted something handmade with love for her baby (and she went on talking about maybe making a quilt for the baby), and I started grinning. I've already started. well, at that point I just had some yarn bought for a baby sweater and had Serenity (ravelry link) picked out to knit for the baby. Anyway, this past Saturday, I was sitting around with the kids and I wanted a small project to work on because I'm kind of sick of looking at all of my other WIP's. So I looked through my stash for inspiration. I saw my skein of Lime & Violet Sasquatch Superwash in Buster Keaton sitting on top. I thought it would look great as a baby bootie & hat set. So, I wound the yarn into a ball, and cast on for Saartje's booties and a few hours later I had this:

hehehehehe....aren't they cute? I'm still trying to decide on a hat pattern though. I need something gender neutral because they aren't going to be finding out the sex of the baby. (pattern suggestions, anyone???)

Monday, March 24, 2008


I couldn't think of a title for this post, so I asked my 6 year old what I should use. He said 'Flurp', so there it is. :)
I bought a book that can only be described as beautiful. The book is 'Selbuvotter :Biography of a Knitting Tradition' by Terri Shea. (btw- i ordered it from knitpicks and it was, I think, the quickest I've ever received an order from them. I placed the order Wednesday morning and my package arrived Friday morning) Looking through the patterns in it, I just had to run to my stash, pull out some fingering weight yarn, and CO something, any of the patterns would have done. I decided to start with Annemor #2, one of the child sized patterns in the book. They're intended for my DD, Hannah, even though she probably wont be able to wear them until next winter, as it's already the end of March and I doubt we'll have very many more mitten wearing cold days (if any). I'm already itching to buy some new yarn and start a pair of mittens for me.

There's also a small chance that I *may* be getting a spinning wheel. A friend of DH's has unfortunately fallen on hard times, and his wife has a spinning wheel that they're talking about selling. I told DH to tell them that if they do decide to sell it, I would LOVE to buy it from them. I don't have any details about the wheel, DH didn't think to ask about it, but I don't really care, because at this point, I want a spinning wheel SOOOOO badly that I don't care what it is, I just want one.....LOL

Friday, March 14, 2008

My Purple Greenjeans is DONE!

I finished my Mr. Greenjeans! I had to shorten the sleeves, and I added some buttons, but those are the only pattern changes I made. I used WEBS Valley Yarns Northampton in the color Amethyst. This sweater took about 3 weeks to knit.

Other than finishing this sweater, I've started a cardigan for my niece Morgan's upcoming birthday (march 25th), and I bought some yarn to knit my niece Justice a Starsky Jr for her upcoming birthday (in august). I have two more nieces with summer birthdays that I need to plan gifts for as well. One will be turning 4, the other turning 1. Any pattern suggestions?

Friday, March 07, 2008

Where the F%$# have I been?

Long time no post....nice to see you again....yadda yadda yadda....LMAO

Here at home I have been going on a HUGE organizing and purging crap kick. I'm just sick and tired of looking at the clutter and we really don't need this much CRAP sitting around the house. Soooo, I've been busy getting rid of old kids toys that no longer get played with, old baby, kid and grown-up clothes that don't fit anyone anymore and general odds and ends that I'm just sick of looking at. I'm slowly feeling better about the clutter levels around here, but I still feel like I don't even want to sort through it anymore, I just want to throw it all away. But, I can't do that. There are some important documents that need salvaged and I really do want to keep the coming home outfits that each of my kids wore on their trip home from the hospital after being born. Once I get those things out, I'm just going to chuck the rest.

Even with all the lugging of boxes and sorting of crap, I have been working on some yarn projects. I started 2 new projects that have been my primary focus and I still don't have Phineas or Earl Grey done....oops. oh well, they'll get done eventually. My 2 new wip's are a Granny Square baby blanket I'm crocheting for my cousin who's pregnant, and a Mr. Greenjeans sweater for me.
This first pic is the baby blanket. I'm using a crappy, frustrating, snaggy yarn, but it's soft, squishy, warm and machine washable. It's Joann Sensations Rainbow Boucle yarn that self stripes in shades of red. It was on sale for $5 and it's over 800 yards so I took a gamble on it. I wont be buying anymore of it (but I did buy a ball that shades from black to grey when I bought the red ball so I have another ball to use up, maybe I'll use the black/grey ball for a boarder on the red) This blanket is working up pretty quickly, I've only been working on it for 2 days now and it's big enough to cover my legs (but not my feet) when I have my footrest up. Granted, I'm only 5'2", but still, it covers my legs....LOL

This is my Mr. Greenjeans. I'm using WEBS Valley Yarns Northampton in the Amethyst color. I'm really pleased with this yarn so far. It's not the softest yarn, but it's not scratchy and totally wearable against your skin. It has great stitch definition, It's just a fantastic all purpose wool yarn. As for the sweater, it's a really simple top down raglan sweater (and if you've been reading my blog long, you've seen I really like doing the top down raglans) with cables. I'm finished with the body and I'm several inches into sleeve #1. Still left to go is the rest of sleeve #1, Sleeve #2, and then the button band/collar.

damn...I'm out of things to write about on here, so I guess it's back to de-cluttering the house.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

More Socks!

So, I still haven't started sock #2 for the Earl Grey socks I'm making for DH. I'm seriously suffering from second sock syndrome with that pair. It's just that pair, too. Since starting Earl Grey, I've started and finished the Carolina socks, and I'm about 2.5 inches into sock #2 for a pair of Phineas Socks that I started. Granted, I think this is partly (ok, maybe mostly) due to the fact that my feet are tiny compared to DH's , so socks for me take a lot less time to knit. Plus, I'm kind of an instant gratification whore and socks for me give me that FO high a lot quicker. Anyway.... the socks pictured are what I have done on Phineas right now. While dragging the chair outside, I accidentally dropped the socks in the snow. Oh well, they may be wet right now, but at least the snow is pretty.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Down to 1.....

This morning I finished the Carolina socks! This means that I am down to one WIP, The Earl Grey socks for DH that I had originally wanted to finish before yesterday. Yesterday was DH's birthday, and I only have sock #1 completely finished. I'm working on sock #2, but I'm not very far into it yet. Maybe the socks will end up being DH's Valentines gift instead.

Anyway, back to Carolina. It was a fun pattern, very good for mindless TV knitting. I will definitely be knitting this again, maybe eliminating the purl row from the repeats. I'm just not a fan of purling in the round. I used Yarn Lust's Merino/Tencel blend yarn and size 2.75mm dpn's. I LOVE how the yarn pooled into pseudo-stripes. I really want to get my hands on more of the yarn from Yarn Lust.