Thursday, August 16, 2007
More yarn photos. This is stash I picked up at the summer sale at the Knitting Bee a couple weeks ago. There is some Brown Sheep Wildfoote, a bit of Baby Cover superwash wool (who doesn't need more sock and baby yarn in their stash? exactly, everyone does) and a single skein of Cascade 128 Tweed in Black-Most likely a hat for DEC, but you never know. It's always fun to get useful yarns on a great deal!
Well it has been a while since I've posted so tonight is just full of pictures and updates on knitted things. This one is of some very lovingly made items I've received for our new baby girl, Baby B. The Pink Flower Power/Fuschia blanket was sewn by a great girl, Sarah, whom I've known for about 2 years now. She does not seem to have a blog yet, but trust me, she's awesome. We met at an SnB group before I moved out of that heat and I've always had fun with her and think she is a great woman. (Sarah, if you're reading this, don't worry, I'm still my sarcastic goofy self, just being sentimental for this post only).
Next up we have two baby hats made by one of my very best friends, Heather. I think she got the bunny hat pattern out of the IttyBitty Hats book and made up the other one. They are both so very soft and are going to fit perfectly when late fall/winter hits here. I already put them on Baby B after baths to keep her head dry and warm. Heather is another person who I love and if you ever get a chance to meet her, take it, she's awesome!
Next up is a full size blanket that was gifted to me by the great ladies who help make up the weekly knitting group at the Bee. Each of the 12 ladies made up a square of their choice using Blue Sky Cotton and put it together to make an absolutely beautiful and soft blanket. I almost want to save it but know that I and Baby B are going to do much snuggling in it. Soon I will have a little card documenting who made each square to put in the baby book. Christina used her extra yarn to make the little bunny pictured. It's a great size for B. to snuggle with when she is resting. All these women are great, inspiring knitters for different reasons and I am so honored that they'd make this gift for us. Oh and they all helped on the always (for me anyway) dreaded seeming and edging!
The first picture is the cloth and goodies I received from this quarter's exchange over on the Monthlydishcloth yahoo group. Bethany was very generous and included some beautiful hand made stitch markers and nice tea. The cloth is in my favorite colors too. Thank you Bethany!
The second picture is of some nice wool that I won over on this nice blog
She doesn't identify herself by name so I won't either but it's a fun blog to read and she must be awesome to do a contest that I won :). Thank you! I am thinking the pink and yellow blend will make a nice hat for my Baby B. The bright yellow may be enough to do a hat for DEC but may blend the two somehow and make a baby sweater or something along those lines.
Ok, I finally got a few moments to upload pictures and post some here on the blog. The first is the package I received from Jeannie in CA. The great cloth she sent me is of the state of Oregon with the state abbreviation on the bottom. I am a really lousy photographer so it doesn't show up well but it's there trust me. And a very pretty glass bead. I do beading sometimes so I'll have to think of something nice to add this to. Then the two skeins of yarn are Hot Purple and Violet Veil. I used the Hot Purple for Laurie in IN (no blog :(
Jeannie must know that I like purples cause the skeins I had already picked to send to Laurie were Soft Violet and a variegated purples colorway. This whole game has been a lot of fun and I hope if Emily does one again I will get to be on another great team.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
So, if you read the Yarn Harlot's blog you know she has knitted a few of these cute sweaters, the Tulips baby cardigan using Dream in Color worsted. Of course I read it and I love anything rainbow. Rainbow patterned/colored things just call out to me, I don't know why since really I am not a girly rainbow kinda gal usually. Anyway, I have been seriously pondering contacting the Canadian LYS she got her kits from to order one for myself but put it off because I really don't know anything about things being shipped from Canada to the States in terms of customs, costs, length of time, etc......yep, I am ignorant about these things and too lazy to do anything about it right now, like look it up online......
Anyway, on Wednesday night I go to my LYS, Knitting Bee, for social knitting time and as soon as I walked in I saw she had kits put together for sale. So I was good and knit for an hour then walked around the store for an hour convincing myself why I didn't really need another pattern when I have so much on my to-do list. Then decided that this is better than all that other stuff on my list because it is rainbow colored and bought it anyway. Also, convinced myself it was really ok to spend the money on the kit because it is much better to get the kit, which comes with the right amount of each yarn and the pattern, than to give in one day when no kits are to be found and spend money on whole skeins of each color when so little of each is needed. How's that for justification? I am very excited to cast on but don't think I'll get to before tomorrow or Sunday night.
Ok, I don't know exactly where a pattern can be found for this bib, I have gathered from reading other blogs that there may be one like it in the Mason Dixon Knitting book, but I don't have that book so not sure. Anyway, what I did was just cast on 8 stitches of Sugar 'n' Cream cotton, made a buttonhole on the third or fourth row and kept doing garter stitch until I thought the strip would be a good length to go around a baby/toddler's neck. Then I used the knit-on method to add 30 more stitches, knit in a button on the 6th or 7th row using Lily Chin's method that I saw on an episode of Knitty Gritty and continued the garter for another 60 rows or so. Then I folded up the bottom a couple inches to create a pocket for fallen bits of food and seamed the sides. I basically just kept knitting until there was very little of my skein left. I haven't blocked it or anything cause, well, it's a bib, and it'll get washed and shrink a bit, etc so it looks messy in the picture but I think it will work very well in its intended use.....p.s....Heather if you're reading this.....Miranda may get a little summer bib set...how's that for a surprise?
This is a quick little knit I did to dress up a bear for the Camp Erin bears that are given out to the campers. I used a pattern supplied by my LYS, the Knitting Bee. The grey and red yarn is some Encore and the blue is LB Worsted Wool-Ease. The button I found at Jo-anne's. I really enjoyed making something so small and fast and may have time to do another before the deadline, maybe something in orange with fun fur.......hmmm, now the ideas are churning.....first I need to finish updating the blog though.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
1. Pedicure/Spa socks found in SpunMag
I am using Cascade fixation in a lime green color and just a regular 2 x 2 ribbing for the top, no the cable cast on. I have 2/3 of the first one done.
2. Widdershins: I have one completed and haven't started the next. Somehow they ended up way too big for my size 8 feet so I will gift them to my sister, maybe for Christmas, so no rush on them. I am using Brown Sheep's Wildefoot in Vinca Minor, a very pretty pure purple color on size 2 dpns
3. Another pair of Horcrux in Sockotta, a blue/gray/purple colorway, for myself. Boy am I being selfish with the socks for myself lately, huh? They are only 1/3 of the way done on first sock, again on #2 dpns.
4. A set of baby bibs using Sugar and Cream cotton for my cousin's little girl, very cute, simple construction, will post pic when they are done.
5. The Zodiac sleepsack that is in the current edition of Knitty. I am doing this without the zodiac symbol though so just plain sugarplum lavendar Cotton-ease. I am all done except for applying the I-cord trim and attaching a zipper. I keep putting it off because it looks like I should have made the next size up based on baby's current inutero size. Oh well, someone I know will have a normal size baby someday
As always, I also have a dishcloth on the needles, so easy to do especially when tired in front of TV and I fall asleep with the needles and yarn in hand (yep, it happens ALL the time lately). Just finished the mid-June KAL from MonthlyDishclothKAL yahoo group. I also joined Dish Rag Tag. It seems like it's going to be a fun race/swap thing.
that's about it for now.....as soon as I download more photos, I will post a couple finished objects.
This is a string/mesh bag that I knit while the yahoo Knittingparents group was doing a KAL...the pattern I used can be found here. I say it is backwards because I didn't realize until after I gave it to my MIL for mother's day that I had seamed it together with the wrong sides facing, not that the seams are that noticeable due to the mesh pattern, so she just kept the right side out anyway, but I think this picture is of the wrong side out....oh well...I used Peaches and Cream cotton yarn in a country blue color and kept the original cast on number of 45 stitches instead of 35 like she suggests. It was a fairly quick knit even for me and I will probably do at least onee other for myself soon.
These are from a Fiber Trends pattern, Butterflies and Blossoms, using Louet Gems fingering weight in a pretty aqua color. I used about 1 and 2/3 skeins on size 2 and 1/2 crystal palace dpns for size 8 women's feet. I liked doing these because it was really easy to make them the same size just by making sure I had the same number of repeats of the butterflies. I have decided though that lace socks don't look fabulous on my wide feet.
So I kind of dissappeared from this blog shortly after creating it but want to try and be much better at updating it. That being said, I have a whole bunch of photos of stuff I've knit in the last few months and now I am going to thrust it all into blog land. Here goes......
This is a set of felted pot holders I made for my MIL's birthday last november. They are from a pattern found in an issue of the UK mag Simply Knitting-September issue maybe? I used the Rowan Big Wool on size 17 needles. My front loader took a few extra cycles to get the felting but they seem to work wonderfully to protect her hands in the kitchen.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
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