Sunday, November 28, 2010

Round Two

So, after two Thanksgiving dinners with both sides of my family,  I finally sat down and actually knit today. AND, I did finish the hand warmer. I still think the thumb sucked, but I guess it is the best it is going to get and I was not planning to rip it back again. Instead, I got out my size E crochet hook and went to town on the inside of the thumb to fill the hole gaps. I think it looks better, but not great. If you look at the other examples on Ravelry, I would say others have done a much better job, but oh well. I am making these for my friend Beth, so hopefully she can overlook the thumbs. My friend Gina said they looked just fine, so I am going with her opinion. My daughter Elizabeth is modeling these for me since it is impossible for me to wear them both and take a picture at the same time.I feel warmer, just looking at the picture. Maybe its just thinking about hot chocolate?
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Mini Mittens

I get inspiration for projects from a lot of places and one is the library. Recently I was at the library and I saw a book called Christmas Stockings, by Interweave Press. I was not planning on knitting any Christmas stockings this year, but I always like to browse and get ideas. So, I am flipping thru the pages and half heartedly listening to my son tell me about the latest Star Wars movie he watched when I came across a pattern for miniature stockings and mitten ornament patterns. They are so cute and quick to knit. So, after I finished one of the hand warmers, I decided to break in and make one of the mini mitten ornaments. I grabbed some leftover stash sock yarn and went to town. I used #3 needles for the whole project because I don't have any #2 dp needles (I know that is hard to believe). I think that it wasn't a big deal. I was surprised the thumb was actually just an i cord made of 9 stitches, pretty darn clever. Looks like I have another project to use up my leftovers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

When Persistence Pays Off

Today I was successful because of persistence. First, I have been struggling with the interface between my digital camera and my computer ever since the VIRUS OF 2010, which was this summer. Since that wonderful time, connecting said camera to said computer resulted in nothing, nada, zippo. As you may remember, I have an extremely short temper for these types of stupid things and so I resorted to  a work around, my work laptop. It was a solution, but kind of a pain in the neck. So today, I bit the bullet and tried again and this worked!!!!! My electronics are talking to each other again and we are one big happy electronic family.....until the next virus comes along. OK, deep cleansing breath........started work yesterday on a cute hand warmer pattern that I found in Ravelry. It has been sitting on the shelf for quite a while forever since I had a queue of knitting to address first. My friend Beth is going to be the recipient of the test product, of which I finished one today. Back to my title of persistence, I finished the hand warmer but I really hated the look of the thumb (no fault of the pattern, simply the knitter). There were gapey holes where I picked up stitches and it looked crappy. I could have left it there, but I was determined that I was going to have a good looking thumb. Try two is not so bad, should be interesting to see how the right hand thumb goes. I also learned a picot cast off, which is really easy and looks pretty cool. Did I mention we are onto goldfish #6? Is that persistence or something else???
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Not Just Fluff

After getting sidetracked several times (I admit it, I have project ADD) I have finally finished the pearl haze scarf. I wrapped it around my neck during the knitting process to check fit and I must admit, although mohair is extremely thin and visually non substantial, it is incredibly warm. Add the softness and the cushiness and you have a scarf you want to wear EVERY DAY in the winter, especially here in Holland, where we are about to embark on cold weather for the next 3-4 months. I hope my sister, who is going to be the recipient, really enjoys it. A big thanks to Skacel, who provided the free pattern and Lizzie Ann's Wool, whose sample hanging next to the kid silk haze, inspired me.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Right on Target

This ornament is the result of a joke between my husband and his boss. He works at Target. The other morning his boss was commenting that she was putting together her list for Christmas. Wanting to "one up" her, he told her he was knitting her a sweater......from his belly button lint. She laughed and laughed as did everyone else. So, everyday she would ask how the sweater was coming along. She told others at the store and it became a standing joke. After I made the mini sweater ornament, Don asked if I could make one of these for his boss. So, I whipped one out today and added the Target logo for kicks. Every Christmas when she hangs it on her tree, she will remember my silly husband. Happy shopping when you hit Target this holiday season!

Illinois Target StoreImage via Wikipedia
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Don't It Make My Blue Eyes Bluer?

I got to feeling a bit guilty the other day, people ask me if I make sweaters for my husband and I always say no, because he is always hot, he never wears sweaters. But after I made Andre's cap, he said he would like one too. He never complained or asked when I was going to get to it (if ever) and I really appreciate that. But I I put down the pearl haze scarf and picked up the homespun and started knitting his hat. When I got to the stripe, I was inspired by hub's blue eyes. I think when he wears blue clothes it really makes his blue eyes even bluer. So, if you see him with his hat on, tell him his eyes look really blue!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Knitting and Cooking

Yesterday my husband went to the library with the kids and picked up some movies for us to watch as well. Our choices for last night were Julie and Julia or Amelia. I was very intrigued by the Julie and Julia, so we decided to go with that one (or I guess I decided we were going with that one). So I got us all set up in the living room and brought over my latest knitting project (pearl haze scarf) and proceeded to watch the show. I thought it was kind of cool that Julie decided to write a blog about her cooking experiences with Julia Child's cookbook. Cooking was her therapy and knitting is mine. Julie got a little crazy about her blog, but in the end learned a lot about herself, her husband and cooking. It was a very fun movie.

I am cruising along on my scarf, it is so relaxing to work with kid silk haze as it is simply wonderful to the touch. If I stay focused (which is REALLY HARD for me) I will finish in a couple more days.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pearl Haze

So, I went shopping at Lizzie Ann's and I found this yarn on sale, Berroco's Seduce. Believe you me, I was seduced by its shine and deep green color. I could foresee a drapey scarf in my (or my sister's) future. So, I come home and decide to roll the yarn into balls so I can knit. As I have mentioned in the past, I am not always good about rolling into balls, it just seems like wasted time to me that I could be knitting; but I digress. So I start rolling and OMG, in about 4 minutes I have what looks like a rats nest. I work and work at it and finally pick the whole mess up and toss it into a bag, perhaps never to be seen again. I pull out a second hank and carefully try to roll it up, wow, I think it took me an hour! I was pretty cheesed off since I didn't even get to knit this day. So the next day, I promise myself I am going to knit today. I pull out a drop stitch pattern and cast on in 9s (pattern recommends going slightly larger than posted on ball band). After 4" I am not impressed with the look, it is too loose. So I frog and try with 7s. After 4" I am disgusted with the visual, it sucks and so I frog the whole thing. By now I need serious therapy as I am in a BAD MOOD. So I pull out my pattern for skacel ripple scarf and a ball of kid silk haze and start knitting. I am transported. I am happy. I am knitting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Feeling Fringe-y

It has been a l-o-n-g week this week and I have not gotten very much knitting in (which probably is why I feel it is such a long week without my yarn therapy). Between conferences and other activities in the evening, it felt like we had way to many things to do and not enough time to do them in. I am sure I am not the only sister in this boat! Today I PROMISED myself I would knit tonight (or at least work on a knitting project). So I pulled out my sister's lacy linen scarf and decided to add the fringe and finish the project. I looked around for a piece of cardboard to wrap the yarn around and then I realized that I could wrap it sideways around a Wii game case and it would be the perfect size I was looking for (how handy is that?) 50 some wraps later, we have fringe!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Andre's Cap

When I was at work the other day, a friend, Andre, stopped me and commented on the sweater I was wearing and asked if I had made it. One thing led to another and I offered to make him a hat. His requirements were orange, no wool and machine washable. So, I whipped out this little number using a free pattern from Ravelry. After I finished it, my husband said he wanted one as well. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to that yet :-)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thinking About Christmas

As we get further on into the year, I start thinking about Christmas and gifts that I can make for my friends and family. Digging around on Ravelry's site, I found a free pattern for a sweater ornament that is too cute! AND there is no sewing involved (BONUS). So, grabbed some left over sock yarn from my stash and gave it a try. It didn't take too long, but my hands do get tired using tiny needles, so I don't think this is something I could wait until the last minute to start cranking out a bundle. I gave this first sample to my friend Beth and I hope she enjoys it for many Christmas seasons to come.