Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Cable Scarf Epiphany

I've been looking at patterns for cool hats that have a cable brim and then a 'regular' hat on top of that.

And it came to me: I have the cable scarf that I started and sort of lost interest in. Why don't I adapt that into a hat?

The brim is a little wide, so it will make sort of a 20's looking hat, and blocking may shrink it a bit. But I'm going to give it a try.

With sewing up the two sweaters and now this, I feel quite the completor.

Monday, August 30, 2004

It Felt Good!

Lots of projects completed this weekend. The felting of the tote, the purse and even the mosaic went great. Will post pics this week. Also, finished the sleeves on the weekend warrior so definitely will assemble this week.

I 'created' my own shawl pattern (I'm sure there are about a gazillion just like it out there.

Sapphire Shawl (named because I'm using the frustrating slubby yarn from a previous bad experience but it works well now).

CO 3 stiches.

R1: k1fb, k to last stitch, k1fb
R2: *k1, yo* repeat from * to * til last stitch, k1
R3 *k1, drop yo off the stitch* repeat from * to * til last stitch, k1
R4: k

The slubby nubbly yarn makes it look like a string of sapphires (yarn is blue) between the dropped stitches.

Feeling very creative and knittery right now.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Mosaic State of Mind

I woke up this morning wanting to try mosaic knitting...I don't know why. Part of it was a Saturday morning with no plans, I guess, and the feeling that I could 'play hooky' and just knit on something new seemed in the air.

So..I adapted a pattern from Roxana Bartlett's book, Slip Stitch Knitting, and knitted it up. It may be a hot pad. It may be a disaster (as I knit it with plans to felt it). We'll see.

Anyway, everything (hot pad, Carin's purse, felted tote) is in the washing machine right now. After 20 minutes, the felted tote (made of Lopi) is felting, other two things not so much. I've had good luck with the gjestal but we'll see if it holds.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Summer's Back!

Or, at least, it is trying to return today.

I am casting on the sleeves for the weekend worrier oops warrior. Did the two-sided neck edge yesterday, a new skill for me. Also did a lot of knitting on the felted back and am about to start mitreing (sp??) the bottom and then that will be ready for felting.

Purchased more squiggle on ebay, so I'll do some scarfs in that for gifts. Also received some ebay yarn DGB Confetti, enough for four pairs of socks, one for DH and the rest as either gifts or for me. I love getting yarn in the mail.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Another Good Knitting Day

Another grey wet day yesterday, translates to another good knitting day. The Weekend Warrior is moving along swiftly: about half of the front is done and the back is completely finished. The only problem is that the Paton's Bella that I love gets very heavy once about 20 rows or so are on the needles. It HURTS to knit with it...especially the right hand pinky finger...it has to work very hard to grip. Oh well. I rest the needles on my lap a lot.

The tote bag is also good...about halfway done....and the tentative plans are to felt next Monday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Hints of Winter

It has been cool and rainy here in Oregon since Sunday. Generally August is a very hot and dry month, so this is a bit of a surprise. It is great knitting and reading weather, and now that I've honed my skills in knitting and reading at the same time that is what I've been doing.

I've started a new felted tote, mostly because while I can indeed read and knit at the same time, I can only KNIT...not purl or do anything that requires anything other than straight knitting. So the felted tote is knit in the round, and I can read while I'm doing that. I got the pattern online at Hello Yarn , thanks to Christina C at KR. I had lots of lopi in my stash, so I'm doing this tote in light grey with trendsetter charm for the top, then red in the middle, then dark grey for the bottom. I will probably give this to my friend Eliz. for Christmas.

I've also made progress on the morning surf scarf, it is just about a foot long and the pattern is really pretty.

And I've also made progress on the weekend warrior. I love, love, love Paton's Bella yarn, although it will probably make me look like a football player. Oh well.I think it will end up being a sweater that fits with the comfort of a sweatshirt. I'm looking forward to that.

Oh..the reading. I read Monica Ferris' Crewel World. I had read all the other books in the series but never read this one, and it was in the library when I was there yesterday. So I started it yesterday and finished it today. I guessed the murderer the moment the charachter appeared in the book...but that was probably because I knew the character wasn't in any of the other books thus the person had to be guilty.

So that book is done. I'm thinking about starting on re-reading Jane Austen, although my collected works is going to be difficult to read while knitting. We'll see.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Stuff is finished!

The sideways sweater is done, will block tomorrow and stitch Wednesday. yay.
Carin's scarf is done...but I don't like it. As a scarf. I think instead will make it into a purse and felt it. Should be fun for a little girl, I hope.

So I started on a new project, the 'weekend warrior' sweater from Yarn Girl's sweater book. I'm making it in Paton's Bella (love this yarn).

The Roadshow was fun! One of the things I brought...an old Folk Art Doll from the Civil War era, was valued at $3,000! But it was fun to just go and see the things others brought.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Knitting to the Roadshow!

First of all, let me just pat myself on the back...I cruised on the second sleeve yesterday and now am 14...14!!! rows away from finishing the sweater sleeve. yay. I've already figured out that my next sweater will be the 'weekend warrior' (I first typed weekend worrier, which is what it will be in the end) from the yarn girl's book. I have some paton's bella in a coral color that I'll make it with. So, once the sweater sleeve is done then on to the next sweater. yay!

So...today DH and I are driving up to Portland to go on the Antiques Roadshow. I'll take Carin's scarf to knit in the car...the sweater sleeve needs counting etc so won't take that. Taking two old dolls, a shawl, and a man's purse (long story) to the Roadshow. Should be sort of fun!

Friday, August 20, 2004

Morning Surf Scarf and Sleeve Update

Morning Surf Scarf
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I've just started on this scarf...I'm using a wool-linen mix variegated yarn in fall-ish colors. Lots of wrapping and dropping of stitches which I kind of like. The pattern is available here .

The second sleeve of my sideways sweater is going much quicker than the first. Hopefully it will be done by Sunday and I can block and assemble the sweater next week. I'm excited...getting close to finishing is a good incentive.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Red ribbon day!

My felted bag got a red ribbon at the Lane County Fair! DH's pot got a blue ribbon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Good Knitting Day Today

I finished...and blocked...the hat for Jack. It fits me, so I'm sure it will fit a 5 year old. Oh well, he'll grow.

I played around with some mosaic stuff, and got a new book, Slip Stitch Knitting, that has some cool charts in it. I will do some potholders with cats (black cats, just like my little Stella) for some of DH's family, with wolves and cacti for my mother with the native american decorating fixation, and cows for my SIL (there's always a Christmas cow exchange in the family). Mosaic knitting takes a bit more concentration than i'm prepared for right now, so will start on that soon.

I will also start on a drop stitch shawl to be made with the wool/linen variegated yarn that I bought at the Black Sheep festival and that DH spent hours...HOURS...untangling.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Mosaic Knitting

I'm going to start on a mosaic knitting project...I thought I'd do some pot holders for MIL and felt them. I want to experiment with mosaic...have two balls of grey Cascade 220 from aborted projects so I thought I'd try some mosaic with that. And potholders won't be too boring. And then her gift will be done.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Knitters for Kerry

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
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Back to normal!

Camping trip with the niece and nephew was a success. I didn't get much knitting done but got a good start on Carin's scarf that I talked about below. The weather here is hinting at fall which makes me feel more like knitting which is good.

I spent some time on the evil sleeves last night and am almost done with the first one. I figured out an additional reason why the sleeves are uninspiring. Gauge. For example, on Carin's scarf 100 stitches is about three additional inches of scarf: rabbit racing progress! On the sleeves, 100 stitches is an additional row on the sweater: turtle-esque progress. I guess I'm just an instant gratification kind of gal.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Off to Camp and Knit

We're going on a short camping trip this weekend with my niece and nephew. I started a new, more portable project than sleeves or a five needle in the round hat. A scarf, of course! I am making it out of golden gestal naturgarn (pretty sure I screwed up the spelling of both those) and CP squiggle, which is an eyelash yarn only a bit more restrained, if such a thing is possible.

Will post pics soon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Plugging Away

I've just been plugging away on the sleeves for my sweater, I'm probably 50 or 60 rows from finishing the first one.

It just seems to be taking forever. At KR I refered to it as the sleeve time vortex.

Oh well. Makes me wonder if I'm meant to be a sweater maker.

Monday, August 09, 2004

What kind of yarn am I? Merino!

You are Merino Wool.
You are Merino Wool.
You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to
keep you close because you are so softhearted.
You love to be comfortable and warm from your
head to your toes.

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Felting the Hat

I felted Elizabeth's hat yesterday. I've felted purses, oven mitts, and pot holders but have never felted a hat.

Now I know why.

Um, duh, it doesn't stretch when it is felted! So you have this hat that BETTER fit PERFECTLY, I mean PERFECTLY on your head or else 1. you'll get a headache or 2. it will just slip and fall off.

And so the challenge with knitting for a friend...who by the way lives on the other side of the country, is that our heads must be the exact same size.

Who knows what will happen? DH had the great idea of doing a 'hat band' that could be tightened if it is too big. I'll do an icord with the remaining sensuale from the trim. Which looks great by the way.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Next Project!

OK I decided. Finally. I will make a hat for my friend Elizabeth's son, Jack. Just a simple knitted hat, in Cascade 220, in a sort of a burguny heathered color. It is the yarn that was wound for the abandonded scarf (see below) and will make a cute hat. Now I have to figure out how to 'top' it...what is appropriate for a 4 year old boy? I'm guessing a pom pom.

I don't know why nothing was working or making sense yesterday. I have told myself I need to use up my pretty big stash before I buy more yarn, but I bought a lot of single skeins when I first started felting and so can't do a 'big' project with most of what I have. Plus, I have also told myself I can't start another sweater til the dang sleeves on the current sweater are done.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Knitting Goddess is frowning at me

Today I started--and abandoned--two projects.

The first was a scarf in a pretty pattern that I saw at KR that used three shades of blue. Well, I tried it using two shades of grey and a burgundy. It just looked sort of dorky...not pretty enough for me or for most of my female recipients but not masculine enough for my DH or brother. So after hand winding three hanks of Cascade 220, I gave that up.

Then, I decided to try something (a shawl maybe?) with this pretty variegated yarn I bought at the Black Sheep Gathering in June. Well...that yarn is a mix of wool and linen and I would guess mostly linen...anyway I spent three hours winding the hank into a ball and the last 100 yards or so is a complete knotted mess so I don't want to have anything to do with that one any more. Maybe I'll feel better about it tomorrow. DH has offered to try to de=knot the last mess. We'll see how that goes.

I just stared at my stash this morning waiting for inspiration that did not come. Hmm. Maybe the knitting goddess is telling me to finish the darn black sweater and then start something new!

Hat Accompli

I finished Elizabeth's hat last night (finished knitting wise, not felting wise, but still, a hat in a day! Yowza!).

After spending what seems like a year on the sweater it is great to zip out something in a few hours.

Anyway...did the hat top down (first time) in sapphire yarn and once I got to the brim, I added in some yarn called sensuale made by skacel that I picked up at the local Ben Frankling (which sometimes is a feast and sometimes a famine for yarn lovers...), anyway, this yarn is a variegated blue/purple yarn with shots of gold, and as a carry along type of yarn doesn't overwhelm the hat...so it makes the hat special without looking too over the top.

I've never felted with a novelty yarn but rumor has it that it works well.

So now...what to start! Only one project, sleeves for the black sweater, going on. I might make another hat for Elizabeth's daughter, start on a somwhat complex scarf pattern (is that an oxymoron)? or just do a straight garter scarf, not sure. If my squiggle arrives in the mail today I'll start on something with that.

Oh the decisions!

Friday, August 06, 2004

Next Project:

My newest project is a felted hat for my friend Elizabeth for Christmas. It's a top down style and I bought the pattern from a nice lady on eBay. I'm knitting it up in Lamb's Pride Bulky in Sapphire, which is a beautiful color, I also bought some fancy schmancy novelty yarn to work in too.

Finished Trio Bag

I finished the trio bag.

Click here for the pic from the Crystal Palace Web Site (with the whole pattern to boot!

I used different colorways: the 'jeans' colorway for the major part of the bag and the straps, and the 'circus' colorway in white for the tops and bottoms. Someday I'll figure out how to post some pics so you can see.

I liked, no loved, working with the trio yarn...I like how it feels. I ordered some more yarn to make a bolero jacket which should be cute. I'm a little dissapointed in the bag though, it is floppy floppy floppy so I'm not suer what exactly i'll do with it. But I like the colors and I really liked knitting it up. Seed stitch rocks!

Monday, August 02, 2004

Current Projects

Right now I'm about halfway through the sideways sweater from knitty.com.

I'm also about halfway thorugh the trio bag from straw.com.

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