Finally finished objects!

6 08 2008

Despite the serious lack of knitting content (ok, any content), I have been knitting and even finishing things.

First up:

 Pattern:  Beech Wood by Ilga Leja. 

Yarn:  Cascade 220 hand-dyed (by ME!!!).   I did the last Saturday in July with Anne & Denise.  Anne is a master color dyer (don’t listen to her when she protests!).   She had faith in this yarn even when I didn’t, which was pretty much the whole entire process.  

Needles:  US 6 Circs

Thoughts:  Cowls are fun to knit.   Round and round we go.   The cascade won’t be too soft, but I didn’t really think about that until this was 90% finished.  

Second: 

Pattern:   Fake Isle by Spunky Electric

Needles:US 6 Circsand dpns

Yarn:  Cascade 220 in pink and Noro (gray/green) Kueryon

Thoughts:   This is a gift for a friend moving to Michigan.  I have a feeling it is too small.  My gauge is a little small.  If you have a teenager with pink fiber obsession or a small head, I’d be willing to send this your way….   

Third: 

Pattern:CravenDISH by Cindy Colbert

Needles: US 8

Yarn: Sugar & Creme in yellow

Thoughts:What a great pattern.  Fast easy to knit when you follow the directions (which I forget sometimes).   It is great for scrubbing.  I’m thinking of modifying it to fit my Swiffer. 

Fourth:

Pattern:Market Bags.  I’m too lazy to link them all, but I finished up the 1Bag (1st pic), Bagstopper (2nd pic) and Mineco (not pictured).    

Needles:  US 5, 6, 8, & 13 Straights and Circs.

Yarn: Mainly dishcloth cotton. 

Thoughts:   I need about 3 more bags to make a full 2 week grocery shop fit with all knitted bags.  Right now I have 3 I have knit and 1 I purchased.   Harris Teeter does a great job with packing the bags.  Walmart makes you pack them yourself–at least the cashier I had made me do it.   Boo to Wallyworld.   No matter which pattern I choose for the remaining bags, I will use a canvas handle and not knit them.   Those knit handles stretch out way too much!  

Fifth:

Pattern:EZ Norwegian Mittens & Hello Yarn Norwegian Mitten Chart hybrid

Yarn:Cascade Dolce.  Buttercream & Teal.  Love, love, love this yarn.   B’day yarn and if the Common Threads hadn’t done a reorg, I never would have found it.   Soft, squishy alpaca, silk, wool goodness.  

Needles:US 5 dpns

Thoughts:  I have new respect for designers.  Tough work.   $5.00 doesn’t begin to cover the time it took to create the chart for these mittens.  The worst part is, I felt like I was redoing something that someone else has probably already done…. Oh well.   I do have the Norwegian/Selbu mitten bug…stay tuned for more mittens.  

Doesn’t seem like much knitting for one summer, but there are still 20 days left until school starts.

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Baby Kimono Wrap & Hat

2 04 2008

After sitting on beside my knitting spot for almost a month, the MDK Baby Kimono is finished.   The child is now well over 2 months old and there is no way it will fit.   Sunshine Husband took it to work today to give to said child’s father.   The hat will fit.  Small consolation.   I should have knit another Feb. sweater.  Oh well. 

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Pattern:  MDK Baby Kimono & Simply Baby Hat

Yarn: Bernat Denim.  I really liked knitting with this yarn.  Comfy stuff.   The look grew on me. 

Needles: US 7 for the Kimono and US 8 for the hat.  

Thoughts:  Love, love, love this hat pattern.   The little stubby umbilical on top is too cute (IMHO).  The kimono pattern was good.  If I make it again, I will make it longer and the sleeves seem a little tight to me.   Hopefully, she doesn’t have chubbo wrists.  I would also put a ribbon tie on the inside.  I should have done this, but I was sick of sewing the ribbon. 





Knitting?

4 10 2007

Yodel-lay-hee-hooooo!   

I have been knitting.   I have not been blogging and honestly, I don’t feel guilty in the LEAST about it (ok, maybe a litte, but it is just the Irish Catholic, with a side of Jewish mother-in-law).  

So here is what I’ve been working on since school started:

PTA!  Meetings, boring.   Why is it there is always ONE person who has to act all “I understand by-laws, nuclear physics, and can speak in 32 different languages” to make everyone else feel dumb (even the PTA president with Ph.D)?   I don’t like those kind of people.   

Red Scarf Project.   Start knitting your scarf now.  Its due on the 15th!   Mine is done.     I love it so much I am delaying sending it out.   It really isn’t red, but I still love it.   It was great carpool line knitting.   img_0598.jpg

Carpool line.   It has taken me almost 5 weeks, but I have FINALLY figured out that in order not to wait for the sunshine boys, I need to not arrive early than 2:40.   If I wait, then I knit.   I am currently knitting socks in the carpool line.   It is slightly difficult to juggle size 1 dpns and the steering wheel.   I think, I’ll knit another scarf! 

Hats On!   This is a great book.   I cast on for a hat and completed said hat in one day’s time.   Great huh?  Not so much.  It doesn’t fit.   I am thinking of changing it a little and making yarmlke’s for the in-laws this year for Chanukah.   It is quite comical really.   And yes, I did use someone’s head as a measure, but once again, I fell into the trap that gets me EVERY time, the directions.   I read the diretions, but CHOOSE not to follow them, for surely, I know better than the creator of the pattern.   I have never knit a hat before, but I’m sure I can change several things and have it turn out the same.   Apparently, not. 

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There are a pair of socks, the Leisel scarf, and a sweater that is having gauge issues.   More on that later!  

I’m allergic to angora!  Yuck.   I wish I wasn’t, this yarn is SO yummy.