Sunday, November 25, 2007

Quick knit

I started the boatneck bluebell sweater from fitted knits. I cast on late tuesday night and did just a few rows. It's such a fast project that I was at this point sometime on Thanksgiving. Then to this point on Saturday. The ribbing is seriously slowing me down though so I might actually start working on a sleeve to give myself a rest from the ribbing. I really haven't put that much time into knitting
this sweater a few minutes here and there.
This weeks goal is to finish the sweater and turn this pile of stash fabric into a X-mas gift for Mom.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I love sweaters

Cropped cardi from Anthropologie and the Button tab hoodie also from Anthrologie are catching my interest these days.
Not that I need any new projects unless they are Christmas gift related.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

frogging to the music

I have decided that this Clapotis is to be frogged. I made three of them and only really wear one of them. I have never worn this one. I love the colors but they are not colors that I wear and
it' s made out of Noro Silk garden so it's very heavy and warm. Not terrible practical for my sunny california weather. So here are a couple of farewell photos.
I think the yarn is going to be brought back to life as the Counterpane carpet bag from Handknit Holidays. If your on Ravelry go check it out 40 people have pictures posted of it.
Not planning on starting it anytime soon, I have too many projects stacked on my desk at the moment.
In other news, Last Saturday was G's Birthday we went Guitar shopping but didn't buy anything. This saturday, today she decided that she really wanted the guitar she had fallen in love with so we added a little bit of money to what she got for her birthday and went to get it.
What happened to the little girl with the curly blond hair who used to live in dresses and watch winnie the pooh. Now she's a brunette, who plays heavy metal and talks about boys. That's ok she's still my little girl.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tunisian crochet finally

You know how sometimes you can try and try to figure something out and it just doesn't click in your brain. That how it has been with Tunisian crochet. I first started looking at how to do it when I saw some patterns on the Stitch Diva website. This pattern in particular caught me attention. I always end up with these odd balls of yarn and I thought this would be a fun way to use them up. So I headed out to the local shops in search of the Tunisian hook, wich turned out to be very hard to find. I wasn't able to find the super huge one I needed for the blanket but I did get a # 1o Susan bates needle to practise with. This was months ago, I could not figure out how to get past the first part. I put it aside and this weekend I pulled it out again. I was inspired to try again after seeing a sweater in the new Crocht me book that uses this teqhnique. I don't know why but for some reason when I sat down to figure it out this time it made perfect since and seemed easy. I started out with that little hook I had originally bought and some plain worsted weight yarn. Here is what you get. Then it was ime to pull out the huge hook that I had ordered from Stitch Divas after not being able to find one locally. This is a size "s" and lion brand wool ease thick and quick. I am getting about 2 stitches to the inch.
Then I decided to try the stash blanket pattern, which has you switch yarns on each row. This is three colors of the lion brand. In the pattern you hold multiple yarns together to make up each strand of yarn butI thought it would be easier to just start out with bulky yarn. I had this yarn in my stash so I am going to see how far I can get using it. If it turns out ok .I will give it as a gift. It's very cozy but has a nice drape to it. You would think it would be heavy and dense but its actually very open, not lacy obviously but just enough open space to give it a great feel.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

ohh spooky

Although she is too old to go out begging for candy she isn't too old to dress up. The mighty Ninga. I'm not sure which is more scarry the fact that my daughter is a ninga or that I can't figure out how to post the darn picture so that you can look at it without laying sideways. In knitting news, I got this book this week. Don't you love it when the bookstores send you coupons. Everything you ever wanted to know about yarn is in here. I'll post a proper review after I read it.

And the bag is comming along.