Friday, March 31, 2006

A Little Progress

I have been working on the yarn I brought home the other day. I am making a little progress. The pile of cotton is soon to be a toddler dress from the Knitting in the Round book. The pattern is called Summer Treats. I am relatively happy with the way it is turning out. It will definitely need a good soak to smooth things out a bit. But I am having fun knitting it. I am not sure what the little blue things are supposed to be but my youngest informs me that it is cotton candy the others are popsicles and ice cream cones. I am almost to the armhole gotta love those toddler size patterns for a quick knit. .

And the ball of gold Cascade and the Mango Moon Bali Sky recycled viscose became yet another Sophie Bag. I wanted to see if this material would hold up in the wash , and it did. It lost a little of its luster though, I was expecting it to "pop" a little more. Overall I am happy with the way it turned out.

Well, I think that is all to report today. The oldest has a band contest tonight, I need to decide which pair of socks to bring along with me to work on. There is always a lot of time to knit during those..

Happy knitting to all.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Yarn Heaven

I brought home a lot of yarn today... I am in yarn heaven!! Some more sock yarn of course, I am addicted to the stuff. My sister asked me if I needed an intervention, but I don't want to be cured of this affliction.
Some more Opal in the Tiger colorway and Trekking in 133. I really need to buy some more size 1 needles.

This is the Trekking I brought home last week. I am knitting Peaks and Valleys from the Knit Socks book. This yarn reminds me of Easter eggs, nice spring colors

This found its way into my bag today also. It is going to be a toddler sized jumper from the Knitting in the Round book. It is called Summer Treats and has lollipops and cupcakes and ice creams on it. I am glad I am knitting it in a small size because that is a LOT of stockinette stitch..

This yarn is probably going to turn into something felted. I haven 't decided just what yet, I will just have to see what comes off the needles after I cast on. The colors are much nicer in person. Maybe I will have something made out of it to post soon.

And this a shawl I made for my niece for her birthday. It is knit in Dive Teseo. She likes hot pink, but this will have to do. It is a mixture of pinks and reds. . I made a shawl for her mom (hi Karen) for Christmas and she put in a request for one for her birthday. This one is not as complicated as her mom's but I am sure she will still love it. And I finished it way before her birthday.... so unusual for me.

Well that is about it for tonight. Maybe I will have something finished to post tomorrow of the next day. I have several things in the works.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Some knitting going on

I have been knitting baby socks for the longest line of baby socks. These are such fun to knit and they are sooo cute. And quick ... Which is great for when you need to finish some thing quickly so you can feel like you have accomplished something. These are going to Germany but I am going to knit some for local charities too.

This week end I finished another Lily bag, a Black Sheep Bags pattern. I knit this one in Crystal Palace Merino Stripes and Cascade 220 held together. I like the way this one turned out. As I was knitting it I was thinking how nice this combination would be for a bulky sweater for the fall. It was so soft prefelted

My LYS just started carrying Opal and Meilenweit Sock yarn. I stared a basic sock in Opal Parrot for a shop model. I like the colors in this yarn but this ball was a tangled mess. I brought some home for my sister too. It was going to be a surprise but I am going to go ahead and post them so I will know whether or not to trade the one in for a different color. I get a yarn allowance at the shop so I am going to share a little with my sister . I brought home Meilenweit Inca and Opal Flamingo for her.

I also cast on for a baby sweater from Magiges's Rags called Wiggle Worm. I am knitting it in Lana Grossa Cool Wool. I do love this yarn, and the colors are so vibrant.. The picture isn't the best. It is a seed st. pattern with cables going up the front

Well, blogger has just about gotten the best of me tonight , so I am going to end this post. Karen, let me know if you like the yarn

Friday, March 17, 2006

Almost ready for the mail

I am finally finished with my knitting for the scarf exchange. I couldn't decide on what type of scarf to knit for Michelle, my exchange partner , so I knit 2 for her. I am going to have to knit another of the diamond aran for myself sometime. The aran scarf is a free on line pattern, knit in Schoeller Esslinger "Merino Light", a very soft yarn and very warm too. The other scarf is just a simple drop stitch scarf knit with Crystal Palace Waikiki and Little Flowers held together. She also has a 9 year old daughter, so I thought she should get something too , so I made her a Madeline bag, knit with Cascade 220 a purple heather and Little Flowers held along on the flap,,,, I hope she likes purple. I just need to get a few goodies to throw along in there and it is ready to go...13 days before the deadline, I might add.

Also on the needles is a pair of cables and ribs socks in worsted wt yarn, it is an intro to cables class I am teaching at my LYS for advanced beginner sock knitters. This is based on a free online pattern which I have modified for this class. This one is knit in Cascade 220 Superwash, but the ladies in the class are knitting theirs in Lorna's and they are lovely.

Some of the new Trekking in the spring colors followed me home from the yarn shop today . I have that started and will take a picture when I have a little more on the needles. It makes me think of me of an Easter egg right now. I am off to see which color come next....

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

It followed me home

This weekend my youngest came bursting through the front door, yelling throughout the house....."it followed me home Mom" ...."It" was a pregnant cat. No thank you, all three of my children are allergic to all furried animals. Anyway, if she can use that line so can I . This is what followed me home to today from the yarn shop, some beautiful Alpaca with a Twist Fino. 70% Baby Alpaca and 30% silk...the picture is not very good, but trust me... it is beautiful. It is destined to become a sampler lace scarf.

I also started a pair of socks yesterday. The pattern is in the Fall 2005 Interweave Knits, cables and ribs. I am knitting them in Mountain Colors, Mountain Goat in the Pheasant colorway. It is pooling, but for me Mountain Colors always does. This yarn is so wonderful. I had the heel turn done last night and then decided that I didn't care for the heel flap and heel turn the pattern called for so off to the frog pond I went. I am going to just do my favorite heel flap and heel turn.

Also on the needles are these ribbed socks knit in Cascade Fixation. This is the pattern I am using for a beginning sock class at my LYS. I just may get these done with this class. My oldest daughter had said she didn't like the color when it was still on the ball but as soon as I started knitting she changed her mind and has laid claim to them. I tried to teach her to knit socks but she prefers the bigger needles and knitting felted bags.... someday though I will have her knitting her own socks.

This weekend I finished this felted bag. It is the Lily Bag from BlackSheep Bags. I knit it in Lopi. It still needs a button or a toggle and then it is officially finished

I have a scarf almost done to send off for a scarf exchange I am doing and probably a dozen or more things to finish.... so I better go knit.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A few recently finished things

I have been working on a pair of mock cable socks in the new Austermann Step sock yarn I wanted to see how this yarn worked up. It is the one with the lotion in the yarn. It is pretty soft, and I like the way it stripes, but this yarn splits quite easily. I opted not to continue the cable down the instep because I was tired of fighting with it I really ought to finish these socks as they have moved into the second sock syndrome bin.

I have been knitting mostly shop models for the last few months. My family is feeling neglected. Apparently they think I am obsessed with knitting...... They may be correct in that.

I recently whipped up this little felted Easter Basket. It is my own design. It was fun to just sit down and knit and see what comes off the needles. It is knit in Cascade 220 and a variety of novelty yarns. I am pleased with the way it turned out.

I have been making a ton of felted bags too. The yarn shop recently started carrying Noni Bag patterns. I made this one last week and have another one in the works, for some reason it is taking me quite awhile to get that one done . I am so tired of knitting round and round. I knit this one in Cascade 220 also in two shades of blue

Well that is about all for today. More soon. I am waiting for my Lily Bag to dry so I can give it a shave. I knit it in Lopi and it is extremely fuzzy and definitely needs a haircut.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

She talked me into it

My sister, and best friend, started a blog and talked me into starting one too. I am a knitter, my other titles are wife, mom, sister, aunt, and nurse. I enjoy reading all the knitting blogs and have often thought about starting one myself ... so here I am, a new member in the blogging community.
I have several projects on the needles and will post them soon. Most are shop models for my LYS.
I will be back soon with pictures.

Have a great day and a better tomorrow!