Thursday, August 11, 2005

I've officially started knitting for people I've never met



I was desperate to make some baby things...but don't know anyone who is going to give birth anytime soon...so I made these for my sister's friend's soon to born child lol

And I'm still working on (well, I shouldn't say that as I've not touched them all week...too busy trying to wrap up some wedding embroidery) the Super Mittens from Weekend Knitting...and I just cast on for the Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers from S&B yesterday to see how they felt...quite neat I must say...

and I'm about to start a practice Clapotis for my boss (she's leaving in December and I want to give one to her as a going away gift)...but I've got to wait for some yarn from knitpicks...I'm thinking either the Andean Silk...or Wool of the Andes...both in cream so I can dye the yarn myself...

I'll post updates as they develop!

Friday, July 29, 2005

Volunteers of America, sometimes...I love you

I got a skein of partially used yarn from what appears to be the 60s-70s...from when Red Heart still manufactured virgin wool...


I don't have a pic of the skein still on the wrapper...but here's the wrapper...
and then I took it off and wrapped it into a hank, measured it...and twisted it into a skein...


and ended up with 112 yards of 100% virgin wool...worsted weight....for .60!


Oh, I love the yarn...oh cheap yarn...you will make beautiful chained mittens...


Thank heaven for cheap yarn

Well, it's been forever...



Since I promised...I finally got around to photographing (badly mind you) my one skein wonder...knit up quickly (minus the picking up a million stitches that I was too silly to evenly mark out and make easier) on Cascade 220...love it...gonna CO another for a friend soon...and have one for my sister 90% finished and sitting on my denise needles right now...


Since finishing the OSW...I started a Tivoli Tee Shirt in some organic cotton from elann.com (love it) but it's been pushed to the side latetly in my recent burst of creative indecision. I don't have a progress pic of the shirt yet, but I'll get one soon for reference...

I'm also working on a modified Branching Out in a strand of cream sport alpaca and baby pink lace alpace...but it's been the bane of my existence lately and i've been systematically casting on and frogging it out...I'm on attempt 7 now I believe...

and then my knitting got interrupted by a sudden burst of excitement about....yes, embroidery...so I did this (my first embroidery attempt) ...

and then...I became obsessed....

And then I decided that I should start making hand-made, hand-embroidered purses and bags....ending up with this...

So I was obssed with those for a few days...and spent $55 of my saved up allowance (shut up) on purse making supplies...thinking that I can make and sell at least a few to cover all costs...but the $55 included a floss organizer and a few stencils and a SEVERE expansion in floss colors...

And then the next day I decided that recycling goodwill sweaters for yarn would be mega fun and bought about 8 sweaters to rip out and recycle (though, my husband snagged one for himself to actually wear :-) and spent the whole evening yesterday tearing about a beautiful Banana Republic sweater that looked fabulous on a hanger but AWFUL on a person lol...This, of course after I made my own Knitty Knoddy...

I managed to get the sweater totally apart...and mostly balled into a manageable chunk...and two hanks measured and wound into skeins on the knitty knoddy...so I've got to finish that tonight...and I bought some ANCIENT red heart virgin wool in rainbow colors from goodwill yesterday with the hopes of making a pair of mittens on a string...so I plan to start those tonight too because they will be easy to take along places...unlike a sweater...

So yea, my conclusion...I think I have craft ADHD or am crafy Manic Depressive...and if you can't tell....this would be a manic phase lol

Monday, July 11, 2005

One Skein Wonder ...

Well, I finally managed to finish up my One Skein Wonder from glampyre last week while on my way to Chicago for a Billy Cogan concert...That is after I frogged out about 2 hours worth of work once I realized that I'd picked up all my stitches on the wrong side of the fabric lol

The lesson I learned from this experience is...Shrugs really aren't meant to be knit from wool...As my itchy armpits can attest...But other than that, I love it...I'm gonna order some more Organic Cotton from Elann and whip up a few more methinks...

This weekend, I whipped up a couch quilt in a frenzy for the bridal shower of a friend...On the morning of the shower...I meant to get it done earlier, but mis-cut the pieces the night before and ruined all my progress so I had to start from scratch 2:00am. I got up early the following morning and managed to finish cutting blocks, stitch it all together and get it ready to go before the shower at 3:00. I ended up really liking the results but in my hurry, forgot to take pictures...so... :-(

On a happy note, I found graphs of Nintendo characters that I'm going to morph into quilt blocks to make the sweetest quilts EVER!!! I'll be certain to take photos of those and post em!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Rowan disappointment...And subsequent approval

I ordered enough Rowena Polar to knit up a nice cozy sweater for fall before it's gone for good...And the color I wanted according to the online swatches was zucchini green...A vibrant springy green with yellows and a beautiful brightness..Well, it came in the mail yesterday and the color swatch wasn't even CLOSE to accurate...It's a much darker, richer color...And not nearly so vibrant...

At first, I was very disappointed and upset because I bought it on sale and can't return it...But after showing it to my husband (who likes this color better than the swatch anyway) and looking at it in better light, it's growing on me. It's not what I had in mind, but I'm learning to love it. Plus, polar is such a fabulously light and wonderful fiber...I just love it already and want to buy more!

But I'm limiting myself till it goes on MEGA sale or something because my yarn budget is through the roof right now.

Still working on the one skein wonder for me...I ended up frogging all I had done yesterday (about 1/2 way finished) because I kept dropping stitches while trying to pick up other ones...So I gave up and ripped it out...Oh well...This time I'm just being extra careful...No more paying attention to people and television while knitting LOL

Sunday, June 26, 2005

My knight in knitted armor

I drug my husband to the local fiber arts store today because I finally convinced myself to spent $26 on a pair of Addi Turbo needles (size 17, 24 inch) because I managed to find at least 2 projects to justify them...As we were walking around I kept showing him really lush yarns in bright, vibrant colors in the hopes of enticing him to attempt knitting. He had mentioned wanting to learn a few months ago but his thrill petered out and he forgot about it.

So I showed him the misty baby alpaca in a lush, earthy green...And he fell in love...So we picked out a hat pattern he could handle (which I have in a book at home already) and I'm gonna teach him to knit!

I'm so excited...The thrill of making something for yourself out of a beautiful fiber....It just can't be matched...

In other news, I also picked up a lovely mohair to knit up a quick cowl/shawl/wrap thing in the summer edition of Interweave Knits....Which helped justify the needles.

Friday, June 24, 2005

so much for my beautiful green one skein wonder

Yup...got it finished to the point of adding the ribbing...and tried it on to see how it fit...WAY too small...my arms look like they are being squeezed out of a sausage casing...so, I started another one (though I wanted to be able to wear it to a party tomorrow...that probably won't happen...I don't have 5 hours between now and then) and I'll either give the too-small green one to my tiny sister, or sell it I guess... :-/

Ah well, I've learned a lesson about actually testing for guage I suppose lol

Finished projects of the past...











Unfortunatly I don't have pictures of all of the projects I've finished...I taught myself to knit last November...and many of my early projects were Christmas presents...so no pictures of those...

but I do have a pic of an enlarged knit kitty I made a few months ago (I gave my mom the traditional apple sized one) and the iPod cozy I made for my husband shortly after Christmas...

Split second knits

Gotta love these remarkably simple knit patterns that only take a matter of hours to go from hank to article of clothing!

I'm working on the One Skein Wonder from glampyre knits...I started it on Wednesday night, and despite a sort of dropped stitch issue at about midnight last night (which I dreamed about, and subsequently woke with the answer for) should be able to finish it in about an hour today.

As soon as I finish, I'll post a picture...And then I'll begin another one in purple for my friend Sara...To replace the felted purse I made for her, but doubled the bottom somehow (making the item sad and disfigured) and therefore never felted. It will only be about 6 months late for her birthday LOL

For my little shrug-let I'm using Cascade 220 in a fresh green apple color...And since I have an abundance of this particular yarn, I'll likely make several in several different colors...Though I would like to make a black one in misty alpaca or Debbie bliss cotton alpaca for dressy occasions, and perhaps embellish with some beads and a ribbon closure...Things to think about...

I'll try to get a picture posted tonight once I wrap this little baby up.