Monday, March 05, 2007

Progress as we know it!

I've made much progress on the knitting front. I have completed a pair of socks - the pattern is 'the jaywalker socks' by Grumperina. I love the pattern and the yarn is fabulous too. I'm wearing them right now. Here's a picture of them. The second picture is close up of the pattern. Not sure it shows well.

I've started to rip a sweater that was given as a hand-me-down - The color combinations aren't really in my style and the sweater was very large - so I decided to deconstruct it and use the yarn as a colorful scarf or something like that. Here's a picture of the sweater - minus one sleeve. That was when I got the brillant idea to take a before picture of it.

This other picture is the yarn from the one sleeve that i took apart. Nice little stash, don't you think?

This next picture is yarn that was given to me by Lynn. I love the colors. Originally I was going to knit a scarf like the one in the picture - but have decided since it's fingering weight wool -

to knit it with two other colors combined -
so three all together for this scarf pattern.

I can't wait to knit it further so the colors will show up better. These pictures don't do it justice really. I'll show more when I have it knitted up more.

Here's a scarf I'm making that I'll probably end up giving away. We'll see. I like how it's knitting up. I got this in the bargain section of WEBS.

Okay all! That's it for now! On to more knitting and more gaming. WoW is calling me.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Where I have Been - Still Knitting, sort of

Where the heck have I been you MUST be wondering. Of course you have since sooooo many people read my blog - or should I say, have read my blog. Actually, I'm not sure if anyone reads it.

Well, I've been busy with the Wizard of Oz. I played Glinda the good witch and Auntie Em - it was a lot of fun and when I get the pictures back, I'll post what I looked like. The costumes were fabulous.

The other thing that has been taking up so much time is I've found a new addiction that doesn't have to do with the fiber arts - it's an online game called World of Warcraft (WoW). I love this game. It's a fantasy game that lets you be different characters and run around and kill things. I know it sounds funny but I've always been a gamer and now I've found a game that I actually want to play all the time. AND the things that you kill are bad things that plague the lands so it's a 'good' thing. For a while there, I only knitted for an hour a day because I was too busy playing WoW on my off time. But now I'm back to knitting more - OH, I'm STILL playing the game, let me tell you, but this last weekend got me interested in doing more than just a few rows a day.

Here's what I did last weekend. Christopher's sister Sue and her/now our friend Lynn came up for the weekend so we could visit and go to SPA Knit and Spin in Portland at the Double Tree hotel. Talk about fun!! I made some great purchases, made some new friends and knit up a storm. Here's some pictures of the yarn I bought.

These three skeins are from Spunky Eclectic! What a great gal and what FABULOUS yarn. I've been reading her blog so it was fun to meet her in person - I felt like a groupie!!

This next yarn is Lorna's Lace - though I'm telling you, the pictures don't do it justice. The first picture is the whole skein and then I took a close up of the yarn it's of the left side of the first picture.

And then I bought some beautiful sock yarn. Here it is:

I love this shade of green. Then I went to our local yarn shop and bought this wool for a multi-directional scarf - I'm looking forward to starting that project. I ended up giving away the last one that I made - hopefully I can hold on to this one!! We'll see.

Okay, that's all I'm going to write today. I may write again tomorrow or later in the week because I have lots of pictures of my WIP's and want to share them. If the mood strikes you, write me a comment so I know this blog actually has readers.

Have a great day!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Can't Stop!!

I've been working away at all my projects. I've made great progress on many of them and will post pictures of the finished objects. Here's one now. This is a pair of socks I promised a cousin:

I think they came out cute and I love the colorway. I'm also working on some socks, using leftover sock yarn. I got a lot of mileage out of this yarn and as soon as I'm done, I'll post a picture. I'm not minding the different color change.

I've started some socks for my sister-in-law Sue. The pattern is Jaywalker from - it's fun to knit, though different than I imagined. Here's a picture of my progress.

I've also started another pair of socks with this pretty variegated yarn from Webs. The colors are vibrant and I love the colorway:

As you can see, not much progress, but I only started it yesterday.

I was making some fingerless mittens from, but they are way too small for me. Next time I'll pay attention to my sized hands - but they're a good gift to my niece. Here's a picture:

But never fear, I made another pair for myself out of the same yarn and it was inspired by someone elses patter - though I made up the dimensions, etc.... Here is the finished product - one hand shown:

I think it came out nice, if I must say so myself.

I can't believe that Christmas is around the corner. So much to do and so little time, so I'll sign off for now.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Knitting Progress!

Today is all about progress. I've made some great progress on a lot of my UFO's. I'm sure there are other people out there that do what I do. I have at least 10 projects open and it's just not enough. I'm always on the lookout for more, MORE, MORE! Here's 2 questions for my visitors. How many UFO's do you have? Do you look daily for more patterns?

Okay, on to my progress. Remember my orange scarf? Here's a picture of it so far. I try to do 8 rows a day (full pattern rows):

The next scarf, I started a long time ago and I just recently picked up again. I try to do 8 rows of this a day (1/2 the pattern rows of 16). Some will recognize it from scarf style. I'm using a nice cotton - although it's a real thin yarn and will take me a while to finish it.

The next is another scarf that will take me forever to complete but it's a good meditation. And the changing of the yarn is fun. I'm planning on switching direction of the stripes as soon as the bottom right corner makes it to the top left.

This next is being made with Manos de Uruguay - I frogged a scarf that I'd made with a pillar stitch - I didn't really like the way it came out - so, I found this scarf that really shows off the colorway - and I'm very happy with it.

An another view of it. Rather artsy, isn't it?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Knitting News!

Boy! Twice in one week? How is it I have time to blog twice in one week? Anyway, I've got some pictures to show. Two weekends ago, my hub and I went to Northampton, MA to visit his sister and we went to WEBS. I LOVE that store. I got some great yarn.

The first yarn is my prized possesion. I got it (partly) with a gift certificate given to me for my birthday in September. I've been eyeing the Alchemy yarn at Webs but haven't felt like plunking down the money to buy it. So, when you get a gift certificate, it doesn't feel like it's expensive. Here it is.

I must say that the colors are actually more vibrant, (if you can believe it), in real life. I love the look and sheen of this yarn. I'm going to make a scarf/headband thingy with it. It's something I found on the internet. Some yarns are so yummy and this is one of them. I have visions of me laying the skeins out on the floor and rolling all over them.

I also bought some Noro Kureyon:

I'm going to make The Lady Eleanor Entrelac stole from Scarf Style. I don't have nearly enough, so I have to order some more. It's more vibrant than the yarn usually used for the stole - but I'm a vibrant kind of gal! :)

I dug out a scarf I started probably a year ago and have continued along with it. This is a picture of it before I started working on it and I'll post an update next week.

I did a silly, silly, silly thing when I started to work the above orange scarf. I picked it up and did the pattern for a few rows and THEN I noticed that I was using one wrong sized needle. Have you ever done that? Here are the two needles I was using.

One is a 10 and the other a 6. How funny is that? Like I couldn't feel the difference? Where was my mind? It's not that difficult a pattern, but you do have to pay attention. Obviously I was paying attention to the wrong things. Anyway, I finally realized my mistake and was able to fix it before I got too far.

Ok, that's it for today.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Back to the Knitting!

Boy, oh boy, I've been a bad blogger. I can only blame it on the relaxation I needed after the show - that and getting back into my school work. But hopefully I will blog more now that I'm BACK!!

I've completed a total of two pairs of socks. I previously posted about one of the pairs - and in this picture , I'm wearing one on each foot.

The second pair (right foot) came out better than the first pair. I'm proud that I figured these out all on my own. I love making socks - in fact, I'm working on another pair. Here it is:

I love the yarn and it's patterning out rather nicely, if I do say so myself.

I've also been working on some scarves. Here's a picture of one of them:

I originally was doing a scarf with these two colors that I posted about (What I'm Knitting now) but didn't like how much yarn it was taking since I was holding both strands together. So I ripped it out and now it's looking kind of cool.

I also went to the LYS and picked up some half price yarn - Louise Harding DK 55% merino wool/35% microfiber/10% casmere. It is a dream to work with and I'm making a nice scarf - here's my progress so far - not much.

That's all the time I have today to update this lonely blog. Hopefully I'll get to it again tomorrow.
Have a grand day!!

Friday, October 20, 2006

More COC Knitting

I've made great progress of the color on color scarf. Here's some pictures:

Like I said, it's great fun to knit this. I just hit a snag though. On the end of section 16 and attaching the garter band (blue strip on the bottom) to the rest of the piece. I don't like the added stitches. Looks awkward - so i'll be pulling that out today. Not looking forward to it since it took me forever to attach it and knit the added part. But that's life, isn't it? I'm keeping my happy face on while I frog it. Hey, it's only 68 - 3 needle bind off stitches. I can figure that out, right? The picture below sort of shows the area. It's under the multi-colored section and peeking out is orange. I plan to take out the extra stitches and just 3 needle bind off the blue garter stitch band to the multi part.

Below is the strands in the middle for the icords. I'm looking forward to knitting them.

I've been a bad blogger lately. I promise to write more. Have a great weekend.