Friday, May 16, 2008

A Little This and That

I really don't feel like I have been doing much in the way of knitting lately. Must be that I haven't knit any socks. I don't know what is up with that. I did order some yarn from The Loopy Ewe this week, and it should be here tomorrow. And I got some lovely sock yarn from Karen for my birthday. She sent the Folk Shawl book too.... you know what that means .... yep, I need to buy yarn for shawls : ) The Paca Peds is the Fireside color. She doesn't know how close I came to buying that myself this week. Thanks again Karen. I got money for my birthday so I am waiting on orders with yarn and needles and bath products and we will see what else I can find to purchase. There is some yarn at The Yarn Grove calling to me.

I am almost finished with driving daughter's top. I just swatched, took some measurements and cast on. Top down, no pattern required. I still need to figure out what I am going to do with the neckline, and of course weave in all those ends. I doubt seriously she will wear this (but I hope she will). She picked the yarn out more than 5 years ago. I bought it when Threadbear was still here, and that has been a while. And you know how tastes change in young girls. I really could not get a decent picture of it, I think all the bright pink and yellow was wreaking havoc with the camera. She was clowning around, not wanting her picture taken. She is such a silly kid.




I also seem to be on a dish cloth/towel kick. This is what I have finished/started this week. The dish cloth is of course the ballband dishcloth. The dish towel is a pattern I saw on Hakucho's blog. It is a free pattern from Creative Knits. I have always liked the hand knit dish cloths, and now I have found I prefer the hand knit dish towels too. Needless to say, I purchased several balls of Peaches & Creme when I was out this week.

I knit up a little doily too. The pattern is titled, Small Doily , and it is. I think the youngest has decided she want to give this along with a candle to her teacher for the end of the year gift, which is next week ( I can't believe the school year is over already). I still need to weave in ends, put some kind of edging on it and block it. It just looks like a lump of lace right now. It was super fast to make, even with crochet cotton and size 1 needles.



Remember me mentioning that the driving daughter found an afghan she liked, and wanted. You know... a crocheted afghan (yikes). I am not much of a crocheter, so keep that in mind.... I started the squares. We saw the design on Ravelry, and she decided she had to have it and it had to be in blue, brown, and cream. I have started the endless squares. I have more than this finished. I am almost done with the 16, needed, small squares. Then onto the medium and large ones. The pattern says to make all the small squares in the same sequence, but I just couldn't make 16 identical squares. There sure is a lot more wrist action with crochet, and my wrists don't care too much for it. I hope to get the desire to work more on this, hopefully this weekend.

Well, I think that is it for today. Have a great weekend. We actually had a break from all the torrential down pours we have been having. It was so nice to have a partly sunny day today.

15 comments:

knitting bean said...

The afghan looks nice. I feel for you - you are soooooo right about all that wrist action when crocheting. Hated it! I am sewing my squares into rows now and starting to feel good about getting to the end of this madness. Hang in there! Socks will be on those needles soon enough. Oh - Happy belated Birthday!

hakucho said...

Happy Birthday! You have lots going on here...love your cloths. Very pretty colors...I don't think I'll ever get tired of the ballband. Knitted cloths and towels are the best :)

Hattie said...

Yeah, I grew up crocheting, but yeah, once I took up knitting that pretty much stopped. It kills me to do it anymore!

Love the granny squares, and they look perfect!

Helen Knits said...

A very happy birthday to you Monica!

Well there goes me trying to learn to crochet. If your wrist didn't like it I am certain mine won't be able to handle it either.

That sock yarn is a beautiful colour. Looking forward to seeing a shawl from the book. I've had my eye on it for a long time but have never bought it. You'll have to tell me what it's like.
Glad to hear you finally got some sunshine!!

Angela said...

Oooh! Shawl knitting! I am working on the Orkney Pi, myself. I would like to finish it by my son's graduation. It would go perfectly with the new dress I bought for the occasion. Hope you enjoy it. I find it addictive.

Ang

Karen said...

You're quite welcome (I know you've wanted that book for a while now)! Kaitlin's sweater looks great and she appears to be having fun modeling it. Love the dish cloths (I really need to make more myself). And the squares look great (I would never have guessed Kaitlin would choose those colors). Love you!!!

Janice said...

Wow! Even if you haven't been knitting socks, you have sure been busy!! I LOVE the colors of the afghan! I learned to crochet in 6th grade.. but that's a LONG time ago! Good for you!

Diane said...

I just bought that same shawl book ... and mentally knit every last one at least twice.

gypsyknits said...

Shawls: Shawl knitting is big in this knitting household right now. I just bought the Fireside. I love the color.
The knitted top looks fantastic on the driving daughter:)
So....you've gone to the "other side" (crocheting) LOL Have fun!

Alisha said...

I am always in awe of all the thngs you accomplish. Wonderful!!

I am adding that dolly pattern to my ever growing wanna dos. Cute!

Kathy said...

Love the daughter top. So cute. She is so cute. I also love the dishcloths. Crochet is a wrist stressor.

Sheila said...

What shawl will you knit first? I have no shawls on the needles right now. I really love shawls and want to start a lace shawl soon.

Cindy said...

I love your squares!! They are so pretty, See--We CAN crochet if we have to--LOL!! Actually I am thoroughly working on Lyllie's Christening Gown. It is so filled with love in every stitch, as I'm sure your afghan squares are for your daughter!!

Jane said...

Happy Belated birthday, Monica. I too love dishcloths. That's all I use in my house is my knitted ones. Love the crochet squares. I tried crocheting on 2 different occasions, but ... I quickly learned it wasn't for me!

trek said...

Don't necessarily have to buy yarn for shawl. Might be able to use some worsted or some sock yarn already in stash.

I know: where's the fun in that?