Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy...

OK, I am excited!!! several of my designs are being sold at The Loopy Ewe. This alone makes me very happy.... but what really brings a big grin to my face is that when I last checked, 2 of them had sold out. How cool is that. I am so unbelievably happy :) OK enough of the shameless plug and onto knitting.
I have been plagued with a headache and sore throat, chills ...etc this weekend and yesterday. I feel a little better today. You know you don't feel good when you can't even muster up the energy to do some light knitting. I have been knitting on a baby blanket. It is pretty mindless knitting, and other than the fact that the huge needles hurt my arthritic hands, this is what I worked on, well off and on anyway, this weekend. I should be further along on this, but I was late in getting the yarn for it. The baby is due next month and I am hopeful it will be done before that. The yarn is Plymouth Encore, machine washable, which is a must in my mind for any baby knitting.

I can't remember when it was, I am thinking in August, I won some Peaches n Creme from Romancing the Yarn. Barbara had bough several balls, and was not happy with her dishcloth knitting results, so she had a give away, with the stipulation that if you are a winner of the cotton, you show the dishcloth you create with it. This is the dishcloth I made. The variegated is what I won and the black is from the cotton stash. The pattern is of course the Ball Band cloth. As I was weaving in and trimming the last end, I showed my DD1 the new cloth I had made just for her, you know, to make that dish washing experience more enjoyable. Let me just tell you, she was less than enthusiastic about it. I was shocked :) And I even put trim on the sides so it would be prettier, just for her.

And lest you think I have abandoned sock knitting, I have a few progress pictures to show. The Wollmeise in the Zenzi colorway are coming along nicely. The design in this sock reminds me of pretzels, so I have named it Pretzel Twists. Karen thinks the yarn makes it look like chocolate drizzled pretzels, yumm!!





And the Classic Elite Sox yarn in Baby Blues is becoming this. It is so soft and nice to work with. I was worried it would be splitty, but it is not. The color in the larger view is more accurate than in the other. I may take the foot out and carry the lace down the instep. Any suggestions for a name for this one??

I think my flowers are confused by the weather. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this one, but it has looked exactly like this all summer. Through the heat and the drought, and with no care (shame on me). I seriously think it has thrived being neglected. I searched the yard and the neighborhood for some changing leaves, but no luck. It is cooler today, and very little humidity. It was 90+ yesterday, but they are promising more seasonal temperatures for the rest of the week. Sock wearing weather is coming... yay!!!!

14 comments:

Karen said...

Congrats on your patterns selling so well. Soon everyone will know how wonderful your patterns are to knit.
The baby blanket looks wonderful. That will be one warm baby this winter.
I love the way the black makes the colors pop in your (Kaitlin's) dishcloth. I may have to get some and do the same thing.
I love the new socks, I will have to start the "pretzel" sock very soon. And I can't wait to get the blue lace one too, very pretty!

Diane said...

Shamelessly plug away. Great to see your patterns being published.

Dee said...

Congratulations on your patterns selling well. That's so cool.

The flower looks like Lantana to me. :-)

Your dishcloth is lovely too. I'm sure it will make washing the dishes much more enjoyable. ;-)

brooke t. higgins said...

I LOVE that washcloth. That is potentially my favorite dishcloth ever, and I've seen a lot of them.

And I can't wait to get my hands on that pretzel twist sock pattern. I love it!

hakucho said...

That is one pretty ballband! Just when you think you have seem them all ...another very pretty color combo. I don't think I'll ever get tired of that pattern! Your baby blanket is lovely. I know the feeling when you have a deadline, but you look like you are almost there. It is beautiful and I agree with you. A baby blanket HAS to be EASY care :) Your sock are gorgeous as always and kudos to you for having your patterns being such a big hit. That is really great news. Best of luck with all your future works :)

happy knitting :)

Angela said...

Congrats! I feel the same way about my newsletter...can't believe people are actually subscribing...and liking it! Whoo-hoo! Hey, you may actually be able to quit your day job!! Too cool. You deserve it, though. Your patterns are really nice:)

Ang

Shannan said...

Congrats! Your patterns look awesome and I'm sure I will be adding some to my library soon. I love the new socks, too.

~Tonia~ said...

Congratulations on your patterns. And even better that 2 have already sold out.

The new sock looks great.

Jane said...

I love the new pretzel socks. And the ballband is eye-popping. Congrats on your pattern sales. That is terrific!

Janice said...

I TOLD you they would do great!! Yeah for you!! It is fun to see the Zenzi knit up in a different pattern! A whole different look. I love it!! Of course now I'm hungry for chocolate covered pretzels!!

Jknits said...

That dish cloth would make me want to wash dishes! Congrats on the patterns - it's great that you can share your vision.

Shelley said...

Congrats on the success of your patterns! That is so awesome!

The dishcloth looks so bright and pretty - don't know why your daughter wasn't more enthusiastic about receiving it, hehehe.

The socks are looking great. I printed out a couple of sock patterns today and will hopefully choose one and start it tonight. I am really feeling the pull to get back to my sock knitting.

Alisha said...

That is so cool about your patterns!!!


I love the dishcloth...great colors!!!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

That's fantastic about your patterns! Well deserved I would say.