Thursday, March 26, 2009

Holding out on you, have I?

There's a contest at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn. I wasn't going to enter ... but couldn't help myself. I whipped up a bunny ... Bella the Knitting Bunny was born!

Bella Bunny

I wanted to link to Seed Stitch for an explanation of the contest but couldn't find it there. But what it amounts to is that you bring in a Bunny that you made by March 31st and there will be voting taking place by the public as to their favorites. One group will be from customers to the store and the other will be staff. I'm in the staff group since I teach crochet and beginner sock knitting. So there's still time to enter yours if you live near by to drop it by on March 31st. There's a prize for each group winner!

Bella Bunny

Bella said she would love to win ...
but I don't know if her face is 'cute' enough to get the votes.

But I could be wrong.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"Just because I love you ... "

DH wondered while he watched me knit these socks and finally asked, "Who are you making those socks for?"

for Christmas?

For you, Dear.

"For next Christmas?" Nope.

"For my birthday?" Nope.

Garter Rib Socks

"They fit so nice." "Are they for next Valentine's Day?"


Garter Rib socks

I knit them for you just because ... I love You!

First handknit socks

Just because I love you.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

What's this? Another WIP?


Nope ...

It's another FO !!!


Opps, I think I have the braid cable on the wrong side ...


: Sideways Grande Cloche by Laura Irwin for my Einstein Coat.
: Rowan RYC Soft Tweed (2 skeins)
: Oatmeal

Now ... what else might I have on the needles to finish?
Or should I "cast on" again? My fingers are itching to cast on.

Did someone tell me that knitting is an "obsession"??

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WIPs? What's a WIP?

WIP in the "Knitting Dictionary" means: Work In Progress. So WIPs must mean "more than one" or "many" works in progress. Right?

This Winter has really been a good time for yarn to be jumping onto the needles too don't you think? An early March snow storm is my clue to stay in my pj's and knit. DH agrees. It means he gets to relax and watch TV while I sit with him and work my magic with needles and yarn.


Now I confess I have many ... or rather many works on the needles, not necessarily being worked on. So here's a pictorially record of what I'm actually working on right now while other projects remain hidden and marinating and waiting for me to return.

And what could be better than knitting with a fireplace going in the background?


Every morning I work on ... the first pair of socks for my DH.


Yup, that's right. DH has virgin hand-knitted sock feet! I'm about to change that with yarn from "A Swell Yarn Shop" sent to me in the Lucky Lurkers Club.


And then the other WIPs ...



And this just might jump on some needles today ...


But I've got my eye on something in this book also...


Could I be "Biting off more than I can chew?"

Or casting on more than I can knit?

Time will tell.

Wait .... wait ... wait! One of those just became a Finished Object ... an FO.



Project info
: Side Slip Cloche
: Side slip cloche by Laura Irwin

Needle and yarn
US 5 / 3.75 mm
: Rowan RYC Soft Lux
: 2 skeins = 274.0 yards (250.5m)
: Blue 63873

Well ... back to my WIPS! Happy knitting!!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Spring must be just around the corner ...


Project info
: Beginner's Bear for Jayden
: Beginner's Bears by Sandra Polley

Needle and yarn
US 3 / 3.25 mm
: Naturally Magic Garden Buttons
: 1 skeins = 135.0 yards (123.4m)
: burgundy with colored specks

Yarn is left over from the Darling Sweater for Jayden. This is a teddy bear for her doll.

What "Darling" Sweater did you just ask?

How about ...

Project info
: Darling Sweater
: Lousia Harding
Jayden (age 3 in March)
: 4/5 years (she's a big girl)
Needle and yarn
: US 8 / 5.0 mm
: Naturally Magic Garden Buttons
: 7 skeins = 945.0 yards (864.1m)
: Burgundy
Notes: for my little Jayden's birthday. She'll be 3 this month.

I can't wait to see it on her ...

The Darling Sweater

Pictures will hopefully happen. (if she let's me take a few)

And before it gets too warm to wear, I FINISHED my Eistein Coat. Yah ... the one I started in November of 2007.

Einstein Coat

Would you say it's about time that I finished it?


It sure is warm!

Now ... what else can I pull out of my bag of unfinished projects? Got to be at least a dozen more to finish.

Well ... I better get knitting!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Progress happening in all areas ...

Not only is my DH doing better and more each day, I'm also getting some knitting done. Yes, I seem to be a fast knitter AND I knit in between a lot of other stuff that's going on whenever I can. It's because I can ... and it helps to relax me too.

I taught a "Beginner's Sock Knitting" class for the last 3 Saturdays and completed a Basic Rib Sock along with the class ... pattern is similar to:


I used size 3 dpns because the sock yarn I used was Brookline Handspun "Instant Gratification", which is a DK weight sock yarn. Looks like "Springtime" socks don't they? Well the colorway is "Springz" so you're not wrong about that. I do believe I'll wear them for Easter.

I've also decided that from now on I'm reinforcing my heels. I can never seem to remember to knit it in as I go ... so I'm weaving in the nylon sock reinforcement "after the fact". Ah well, next time I'll try to remember to knit it in. Save myself that extra step.


And then I also finally decided what to make with the Lobster Pot Cashmere gift that the ladies at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn gave me as a "cheering up" and "healing" gift this past Summer. I pet the yarn for a long time but now I can wear it around my neck. Here's my Cashmere Neckwarmer ...


Just one more reason to be smiling huh? PDRM4997_edited