Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
and a baby hat: I have one and a half booties done. This is the one. Not the half. I love both the hat and the sweater, but I don't love the booties. I think I am going to see if I can find a different pattern to make for her. I used Lion Brand's Baby's First and although the yarn splits sometimes, in general, I really liked working with it. It's part acrylic and part cotton, totally machine-washable, and it's bulky, so it knits up quickly. I think I must knit really tightly, because I knit the sweater on size 10s, which it calls for when you use dk or light worsted yarn, and this is definitely bulky. I wish I didn't knit so tightly because I like the way things look when the knit is smaller.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Argh. If I didn't love this yarn so much and if it were still available from whatever company made Trellis, I would have returned these all right away. But I'll still be annoyed by it...
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Someday, I'll think about these things in advance and have lots of baby sweaters made ahead of time like most smart people do...
This is the sweater:
And this is the close up of the super-cute button:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
- Make at least one charity project per month. This can be as small as a chemo hat or a square for a blanket that will be joined together by others.
- Work down the stash before buying new yarn. I know that this is is a pipe dream, but i am going to make an effort not to just keep buying yarn. S o I am going to try to make at least two projects for any one project's worth of yarn that I buy.
- Make scrapghans out of whatever leftovers I have that aren't really enough for anything else.
- Finish UFOs.
So let's see. I have not really made one charity project per month. But I have made about 30 granny squares, and they are all going to other people, so I think that sort of counts. Not *really* but sort of. I have, been generally pretty good about working down the stash. Not amazing - not by any stretch of the imagination, but pretty good. I've definitely gotten rid of a lot of the stash by knitting it up and some by sending it off to other people. Scrapghans. Hmmm.. well, not so much, but again, granny squares. All in all, I'm using up yarn. And as for the UFOs, I ripped a few, and finished a few, and have a few left.
Final tally: I haven't *quite* lived up to my resolutions, but I'm not doing *horribly* with them, either. Making a few blankets for C's knitting group should help get rid of some of the stash, too.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Fast forward about 25 years, and my friend C is making blankets with her knitting group to be donated to newborns. I pulled out some red heart baby clouds in pink, light purple and the ever-so-faintest of light blues. I started doing two lines of each, rotating right around, blue, purple, pink, blue, purple, pink, and lo and behold, what I came up with was striped ice cream. Or, well, striped cotton candy is what I really think it looks like. Did 78 lines, then edged the whole thing in the pink. I love it. I want to give it to C., but I may wait to find out if either of my two pregnant friends are having girls... Or I may just make another.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
However, I have been in stash-busting mode for a while now, and am trying to get rid of as much yarn as humanly possible without just sending it all to people (although I am doing a bit of that, too). To this end, on Ravelry, I joined a "Friendship Square Exchange" in which people trade 6" squares. I don't want any, I just want to be able to send them to people. So I contacted the moderator, and she said she would keep me as an "angel" which I guess is just kind of what you have when someone doesn't get whatever it is they are supposed to get in their swap. To be on "angel" status, I told her I would commit to one square a month, and would go from there. I was just going to make one straight-across six inch square, but I thought, "hmmm, let me see if I can make a granny square because then I know it will be 6x6 rather than 6x6.5 or 5.5x6 which is what usually happens when I try to make squares. So I tried it.
And O.M.G. Granny squares are SO MUCH FUN!!!! I made 20 of them this weekend. I blew through a bunch of my smaller balls of scrap yarn. I did different combinations. I did solid squares, squares of variegated yarns, squares of two or more yarns. I have ones that look like flowers because of their colors, and ones that are color-coordinated with others. I have ones that are so ugly that I cannot stand to look at them. I have five made out of the Lion Brand Imagine in a sea green that I think would work well as four corners and a middle of a blanket. As soon as I take pictures, I am going to post them and figure out how to get them to the best homes possible.
I still hate Granny Squares. I still think they're ugly as sin. But I LOOOOOOOVE making them.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
It is so me. When I was a kid, I used to do this with reading. My father would come in and tell me to turn out the light. I would say, "I just want to finish my chapter." He would make me show him how much I had left, and he would say, "Okay, I'll be back in a little bit." I would read voraciously until he returned, and would make sure I was into the middle of the next chapter. He would say, "Time to turn out the lights" and I would say, "Oh, but look, I just have a few pages left until the end of the chapter." I cannot even imagine how many extra hours of reading I scammed in this fashion while I was a kid. Now that I'm an adult, I have to be the bad guy myself. If I don't have work the next day, I have been known to stay up until 3 or 4 to finish a book. I'm not always such a good bad guy.
And yeah. Now I do it with knitting, too.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
- Cattle Disease
- Death of the Firstborn
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
- Talk on the phone
- Watch TV
- Carry on a conversation at a cafe
- Listen to music
- Enjoy live sporting events
- Ride in/on trains, planes or automobiles
- Eat sunflower seeds with the shells on.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Lesson learned. Tonight, I knit. Tomorrow morning, I nap.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I figure, though, that I do have nearly 2 weeks, and I might be able to finish a nice lace scarf for H, my birthday girl. I am going to attempt this: http://hockeymomknits-donna.blogspot.com/2007/08/easy-lace-stashbuster-scarf.html -- I think it is beautiful, it looks fairly easy, as I do not have a lot of experience with lace, and it was made for a "fuzzy sport weight acrylic" which is exactly the yarn I have for it. So I hope I can do it, I hope I can get it done, and I hope she likes it. It's a friend from London, so I hope a hand-made gift looks charming and thoughtful, instead of cheap.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I've been very busy knitting, and not so busy blogging. Since last post, I made a blanket for K, a bunch of scarves, two hats for L, a bunch of squares to send out to people on the RAK list on Ravelry, a blanket for K&L, a garter for C's wedding, and a scarf out of the Sunday Market Shawl Pattern that I wound up ripping because I didn't like it.
Last weekend, I joined up with the Ravelympics, and have been having fun challenging myself. The challenge for me hasn't been so much of the sort where I say, "I'm going to make three sweaters during the Olympics" but rather something where I can look at my stash and my projects and let the Ravelympics sort of guide it. I think it's been fun.
I'm also test-crocheting a pattern, and apparently, not doing it right at all... That will be remedied this week, I hope!!!