Cold Weather FOs

October 3, 2007

mittensBrown Noro Mittens
Pattern: my own
Needles: 7US dpns
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted & Noro Kureyon
Notes: I switched yarns every two rows. These started out as fingerless gloves in January but decided on making them just mittens. These will be perfect with my new coat. I can’t wait for the weather to turn really cold.sockssocks close-up

Boyfriend Socks
Needle: 1.5 US
Yarn: Regia Tweed 4-ply
Notes: I thought I would repeat a mistake I made inthe first sock in the second to create a design element. I did and added another miss-crossed cable a couple rows after. So much for making a matching pair errors and all. But I am happy with them and so is B. But its still a little to warm for him to wear them.


Up and Running Again

August 6, 2007

Cece progressCece was off to a very slow start. I ripped back to the ribbing after messing up somewhere in the first repeat of the pattern. Then I was on my way gain but it just wasn’t feeling right as I was knitting with my bamboo needles. Things weren’t sliding along smoothly. I love bamboo needles but with this combo of Reynolds Saucy cotton yarn and the bamboo, it just wasn’t working. I switched over to the Knit Picks Option needles and it is a great improvement. I love how the yarn glides over the needle and the pointy tip are exactly what I needed. I made more progress in a short amount of time with the new needles. I have a much brighter outlook about this pattern. Plus, I added some stick markers between the pattern repeats.

Excellent Mail Day!

August 3, 2007

Knit Picks Option Needles and KnitsI’ve been stalking my mail box for my shipment from Knit Picks. B bought me the Option needle set plus another size 1 circular needle. It finally arrived today along with the new issue of Knits. Double bonus day!!!

I haven’t knit a stitch on my Cece because the yarn and the bamboo needle combo just wasn’t working for me. I’ve been anxious to get back to it using the new needles.

I got another #1 needle because I’ve been a crazy sock knitter recently. (I still need to take pictures.) I love the pointy tip and the very flexible cable of the Knit Picks needles. I’ve been swapping my only set of #1 as I switch from one sock to another. Now I can have two socks going at once. Yeah! I can finish B’s socks and have and easy sock on the needles.

I ‘m off to go play with my new needles. And flip through Knits again.

Yum! Yarn cakes!

July 13, 2007

red koiguI love yarn cakes. They look so pretty and good enough to eat. It is such a lovely color of red. I love red. (Blue is my favorite color. I just have an unusual obsession with red. A secret love affair.)

My friends and I have SnB tomorrow and I need an easy project to do. I don’t think I could concentrate on the My Boyfriend Socks or my Must have Cardigan with all the gabbing we’ll do. I’m starting an easy project. Simple socks. I’ll be modeling my socks after Black Dog Knits Picot Eyelet Socks. But instead of a top-down I’ll be doing a toe-up. I will use the toe-up to get all I can out of the yarn.

Languishing projects:
Must Have Cardigan – I can’t decide if I want to continue knitting the body in one piece or rip it out to knit as separate pieces.
My Boyfriend Sock – I just have’t picked it up in the last few days.


July 4, 2007

Must Have Cardigan - The BeginningI started my favorite sweater. The Must Have Cardigan. I fell in love with this sweater years ago and just had to knit it. I bought the yarn with a gift certificate even before I had the pattern. Both the yarn and pattern have been marinting in the stash as I chose other projects to knit. This past week I pulled the yarn out of the stash. After swatching and swatching some more I found the right needle. I searched the internet and Ravelry for tips and tricks. For some reason I chose to knit the sweater in one piece. I’m not sure what I was thinking. It takes so long to knit just one row. I have more markers than I know what to do with. I know once I get further along I’ll be able to remove some of the markers are the pattern starts to unfold. But it is just getting past the beginning that has been the hardest. The sweater has sat untouched for several days and I try to cope with these first rows of the patterns. I keep wondering what I was thinking when I decided to knit it as one piece. I’m just frustrated because I’m not seeing the progress I would if I was knitting it in pieces.

CrochetWhile I sat onthe couch with the MHC just inches away from me I was practicing my crochet. I’m a super beginner and had fun practicing. I’m still not too sure about adding a new color or weaving in the ends. It has been fun practicing but no real projects are in the works yet. Practice makes perfect.

So so so excited!

June 13, 2007

My invite arrived in the mail this morning.  I’m getting ready.  The batteries are charging.  Time to go through the stash.  Figure out those projects, past, present and future.  Oh, so exciting.

I could’ve

May 30, 2007

This past weekend there were many projects I could have worked on. Many many projects. These are the only ones that need to be done now. (Except I’m not event thinking about the one for my mom.)

K's Graduation Sock

I could have worked on friend K’s graduation socks consedering her graduated 3 weeks ago.

Ballband dishclothes

Or I could have worked on the “Welcome to your new House” gift for some griend moving into their new house next week.

Wrap Jacket

But instead I decided to fix the collar on my Wrap Jacket. The collar knitted up way too wide. It was nearly large enough for a hood. I ripped it out and started over with few stitches and worked half the increase. I think it turned out much better. Picture will come soon.

Up next: Mom’s scarf. After 4 starts I think I’ve found a pattern for the yarn she picked out.