Monday, December 31, 2007

Pattern corrected and moved

The pattern for the Stormy Morning Shawl has been corrected and moved to my Yahoo site. My ISP decided not to offer webspace anymore. :( The the pattern is here. There is also a pattern for a pair of elbow length gloves. They were my son's Christmas present.

December project

Here is my December project! Just under the deadline too! I have dubbed these Dobby Socks. I used the monkey socks pattern by Cookie A. I love this pattern. The colors came about due to the fact that I used the wrong size needle on the first sock and used too much of the ball and did not have enough for a second sock. I refused to go and get another ball of that yarn and just used what I had! I love them and will wear them when I am around the house and listening, reading or watching Harry Potter!!! Vive le' house elf resistance!! ;D

Saturday, December 29, 2007

First Finished cabled hat/project...

Gianna hat The Gianna hat from SWTC made for a good friend as a Christmas gift was a fairly quit knit and my first finished project involving cables!

I was desperately hoping to get a chance to do mittens and a scarf to match but with Christmas being only days away as I finished the hat and so many other non-knitting, non-crocheting things on the burner, it never happened.

Ah! Maybe an after-Christmas special or for her birthday!

Wishing you all the best for a wonderful New Year!
See you soon!


Thursday, December 27, 2007

December Project done and pattern posted

I finished the Stormy Morning Shawl and posted a link to the pattern on my blog. Here is a pic of the unblocked shawl. I designed it for chunky to bulky yarn. I don't know how much yarn I used for the original shawl, as it was a group of skeins that I had spun last winter.

If you find any mistakes in the pattern, please let me know. I uploaded a corrected version on 12/30/2007 to here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

December FO: Mittens

The Very Vanilla Mittens (a.k.a. Classic Mittens) are done. I just wrote a post about them on my blog, so I won't go into too much detail here.

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate). See you in the new year. =)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Felted Clogs for Christmas

Here's my something new: felted clogs, lots of 'em. Since I had never even completed a knitting project until 2007, knitting for Christmas gifts is new to me. Since they are felted, the clogs incorporated . . . ummmmm, felting. I had felted a purse before, but it didn't go well, so I'm counting the felting as doing something new. The clogs require a 3-needle bind-off and that technique is genuinely new to me. I might try doing it instead of kitchner for my next socks.

Merry Christmas--Annie (anniam)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Mittens for December and some socks too

It snowed here in Kansas last week and the kids were low on mittens. Since I haven't knitted them before I'd thought I'd give it try.

I used the House Mittens pattern from Charmed Knits.
US/3.75mm - 32" cable needle for magic loop
Harisville New England ww wool

Mittens for Corbin

These are for my son and he loves them which just tickles me. He keeps saying how excited he is to have them and how he wants to show them off. It's quite an easy pattern and I'm working on another pair for dear daughter. I want to make more to have on hand when the next snow comes.

About a week ago I finished off these socks. The main first for these is the color toes and heel and the fancier stitch pattern.

Twist sock pattern from Hello Yarn
cuff down/heel flap
ww cascade 220 heathers in purple and green from my stash
US4/3.5mm 32" cable needles for magic loop

Twist socks

These are for me and they keep my feet toasty! The only thing I wish I had done differently is make the entire toe part out of green. I like this pattern it's easy to get the rhythm of it. I'm sure to make more. I still have some sweater yarn and other worsted yarn.

Tonight I skeined up some singles from my first forays into spinning. So in January I plan to dye these then knit up a hat or maybe some fingerless gloves.

Mittens To Match

My project for December is mittens. They're being made to match the Sugar On Snow hat that I knit last month. I love the pattern I'm using, and am planning to file it away for many more future mittens - it's a great classic pattern that could be embellished in so many ways. And it's free! You can find it here. One mitten is already finished and blocked, and the other is knit to the point where you increase for the thumb.

Now, a confession. I feel a little like I'm cheating by submitting this as my project for December. Here's why: while I've never knit mittens before, I've done all the techniques involved with knitting them - knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, ribbing.............there's not much to it. Considering that this is called "The Do Something New KAL", I feel like I should be challenging myself a little more. BUT, this is the month of December, which for obvious reasons, is a very hectic month. So I'm cutting myself a little slack. =) But I feel better since getting that off my chest. For January I'm thinking about doing Fair Isle to make up for this months laziness. You'd appreciate that if you knew how much fear the thought of Fair Isle instills in me. I don't know why that is, but it always has. Which probably has a lot to do with why I've never done it before.

My humble December project...

Is a lace bookmark knitted in some leftover yarn. This was a great way to find out that I surly never never are going to knit a lace shawl! I stick to other things than lace in the future - AND I ADMIRE you all that actually have knitted lace i larger scale!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

December project - done!

This is the Brioche Man's Vest - knitted in Knitpicks CotLin. This is a wonderful pattern by Erica Alexander in The Best of Interweave Knits. A quick knit and highly recommended. My first attempt at the brioche stitch, but not my last...

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For more specs and photos, why not hop on over to my blog?

Sunday, December 2, 2007

December Project

I am working on a shawl of my own design. :) This is the first time that I have designed one, and it is for my oldest dd for Christmas. It is a triangle shawl with a lace border, done in hand spun yarn. I will post the pattern to my blog when I get it written up.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

December project

I have started on my december project. At first it was going to be a pair of beautiful monkey socks. However, I don't think I will have enough yarn to make two, so instead of beautiful monkey socks in Fleece Artist Seawool . I will have on sock in Fleece Artist colorway Mermaid and another monkey in another colorway. I have dubbed them my Dobby Socks. I have posted the first sock in Mermaid, now I just have to decide if I want another multi color yarn or a solid as the second sock! Happy knitting!!!!


It is way past my bedtime. But my Sugar On Snow has been 90% finished for over a week now. The whole hat part was knit, I just needed to make the I-cord and pom poms. Holidays/life and I confess, a fair amount of procrastination kept me from finishing it until tonight. But it would be such a shame to come that close and not make the deadline. So I sat my butt down and finished, though I really wasn't feeling like it. =) Because of the cables that pull in, this is one of those projects that looks WAY better when it's actually on the body, as apposed to lying in a tight squished up blob. My daughter is not available at this hour to model it, so I borrowed her Barbie make over doll.

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I'll be putting together a more detailed post about this project with better photos on my blog Monday or Tuesday, if anyone is interested. Goodnight. =)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Just in under the wire...

Although they've been done for about two weeks, I've not had the chance to photograph or post them.

The Wave Hand Warmers

"The Wave Hand Warmers"
Pattern from: One Skein Wonders
Fibre: Valley Yarns Berkshire (85% wool/15% Alpaca)
Colour: #6 - Charcoal
Needles: KP Harmony double points 5.50mm (US 9)

Super quick and easy to memorize pattern.

New to me: binding off and casting on mid-project!

I missed October BUT...

I am doing new things this month! Last month I was busy knitting (and reknitting) a demo for the local yarnhouse I work at. Turns out that the published pattern is just full of errors and I had to email the designer for the corrections as the company that published the pattern (Plymouth Yarns) never returned my email inquiries. Little stinks. But now that it is finally done, and knitted correctly, I am moving on to creating spa kits for gifts this year. This includes knitting dishcloths...something I never had the desire to knit up till now.

So I knit the pink "I Love You Mom" dishcloth for my mum and I am also knitting a Dolly the Dolphin cloth along with soap sacks, wash mits, and handmade MP soap! The soap is being made at the moment and the wash mits have yet to be knitted.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

November Moebious!

Project: Moebious Scarf by Cat Bordhi
What's New: Lace Knitting, Moebious Knitting
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft - Autumn Red
Participant Name: Claudia

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Finally something to share for November

I'm finally caught up with most of the posts. Everyone is doing some amazing stuff. I went missing in action around September when I got my Ravelry invite. What an amazing place. I started focusing on my many crochet wips that my knitting took a back seat.

After I finished up my crochet stuff I finally finished my very first knit project, a Harry Potter Scarf.

Hubby wearing the Gryfindor Scarf

I made it for dh. I think he looks very brave in his Gryffindor Scarf don't you! I used the free pattern on atypically knits and did the Prizoners of Azikaban style. I used Plymouth Encore yarn.

Then I finally tackled those dang short rowed heel socks. This has a bunch of first for me: first pair of socks on magic loop, first short rowed heel and first toe up sock. It's my own pattern too. In the sense that I did a gauge swatch a figured out what I needed in gauge taking into account some negative then cast on and knit.

First Toe-Ups

Other specs:
US 1/ 2.25mm 32" circs - I used two circ. needles with one sock on each using magic loop
Most of the ball of Sockotta

Thanks for looking.

my plan for December...

Hi all: I should just note as well how much I've enjoyed visiting here and seeing everyone's firsts - which all look like professional efforts from where I sit!!! We are a talented bunch, aren't we?! ;)

For my December "first" I propose to knit in brioche stitch style for the first time. I just started the Men's Brioche Rib Vest by Erika Alexander (from The Best of Interweave Knits - also in the Autumn 2003 Interweave Knits mag - cannot find a completed photo on line!!):

Size: 45" (ack! so much knitting!). It's for JJ, my partner in crime. The yarn is Knitpicks CotLin (70% cotton, 30% linen - highly recommended) I'm also thinking of making myself a brioche-style sweater of some sort in December.

I've even bought buttons for the vest (which is a cardigan). Here is a picture of them:

(I know they look like UFOs - the space kind, not the knitting kind!). My first for January 2008 should be "taking a decent photograph of anything related to knitting, really!) :-)

Pet me!

My December project...

For December I will do cables - or Lace - I'm not sure.
The month is extremly buzzy so I need a small project. And I have found the cutest Lace bookmark pattern, so if it turnes out ok I can give it away as a Christmas gift. Yes, I think it will be Lace.... At least today I think so....

Monday, November 26, 2007

Still on November's Project!

I missed a yarn over and when I tried to fix it this happened:

Moebious Scarf

I had to restart it and I just got to the point where I was before my mistake so I am hoping I can finish before the end of this week!! =)

I have already started on my December project

I have chosen the Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits Fall 2006 issue. It is the first time I have ever knitted from a chart. If I successfully complete this project it will be a Christmas gift for my mother.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

November Project

OK, I wanted to do an entrelac scarf or a double knit hat for November but it just didn't work out. I did however finish the HP scarf for my son. My first in this was this was the first time I had knitted circularly when I started the scarf way back when. My other first were the duplicate stitch and fridge. I am so very happy I am done with it. Next time I will most definitely CO less stitches.

I only did ten of the requested fourteen bar repeats and it is still a little over five feet long!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


November is flying along, so here's my little project. (Does anyone else feel like they have to do smaller project to keep within the time frame of a month? With 2 kids, a dog, husband, and work - knitting falls to the wayside!)

This project was an amalgamation between two projects from two different knitting with wire books. The gauge wire is 28; needles are 3s. The beads are just a mix of golds, silver, and clear. All materials came from the local craft store.

I thought the project was worth the try, although I much prefer working with yarn. You can't beat the feel of it. I also need to work on my camera skills.

For December I am waffling between an intrelac scarf and knitting with fabric (knitting rag rugs, pot holders, etc.). Gotta decide soon!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

November project

My November project was to knit with beads. I chose Odessa from Knitty and I really enjoyed the pattern. It was a lot of fun and a pretty quick knit. I will knit with beads again. The results are definitely worth the extra work messing with the beads.

I couldn't manage to get a good picture of it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Two Birds With One Stone

I need a project for November. My daughter needs a new hat. I've never knit cables before. Problem solved:

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My November project is Sugar On Snow from the Fall 2006 Knitty. I'm going to try to make time to swatch in the next day or so.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The October winner is . . .

Sorry it took me a while to post it this month, but I've had some unexpected things come up and steal my time. Anyway,
The winner is
(imagine a drumroll here, please.....)


Shelley, if you could please send me your smail mail addy, I'll get your prize package in the mail to you, post haste! Congratulations.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Knitting with beads

My November Odessa is finished!
Knitting with beads was about so difficult as I thought... I had to frog several times because the beads did not want to stay in the front, but when I got the hang of it - it was fun!
This is unfortunately for me a Christmas gift, but I will make myself another one cause I like it!
Hey Knit - what about yours?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

November project - done!!

This must be some kind of record for me (although I did backtrack on my original plan, which was to dye yarn. Next month...).

The new aspect: this is my first project using proper "freeform" technique in knitting (and crochet). It owes much to Jenny Dowde.

As usual, far more info than you wanted to know and pictures than you wanted to see on the blog.

Let me just add that I really enjoy coming here and seeing everyone's projects! They all look so good...

Sunday, November 4, 2007

November project

Well, I started on an entrelac scarf. I love entrelac but I am not sure I will finish this before the end of November because I have become interested in double knitting. I want to one day make a double knitted blanket. I have found a double knit hat pattern on Blue blog and have been tempted to try that instead. I don't know. One of those two items will be my November project!!! :D

Saturday, November 3, 2007

First Ever Sweater

I just finished seaming up my FIRST EVER SWEATER!! It was made with a bulky yarn, Trendsetter Savvy. I wasn't exactly sure what I would use to secure the edges while I sewed the seam. THEN, I noticed a #2 circular needle, all lonely and needing something constructive to do. I sort of basted the seam together by stringing the needles and cable through the seam. It made the sewing easy to complete and was simple to remove. That's probably something other knitters do all the time, but I've never seen that suggestion.
So, do I get an "N"? Annie.

November's Project

I will be working on Patons' Hobo Bag with Cables along with my House Sweater, since row after row of stockinette on size 6 needles is going to kill me.
I haven't decided what yarn I'm going to use yet. This will be my first bag.

My November project.

I hope that eveyone else has forgotten my original list, because, as I have mentioned before, I am not good at following the lists I make.....
So for my November project I have choosen to make an Odessa. My cohab has a little niese begging for a bead hat as a Christmas gift, so what else is there to do....
Maybe cables for Desember - we will see.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Great Job in October!

What a great job y'all did in October! I am constantly amazed at the beautiful things everyone is creating!

I'm sorry I didn't post as much as I would have like in October, but I have been awfully busy with the puppies and with homeschooling. I didn't even get my October project finished, but, being optimistic, I at least have a jump start on November's!

I will catch up on adding the 'O's this weekend, and I'll announce this month's winner around Monday.

I can not wait to see what y'all knit up in November!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

In the nick of time... again.

October is finished, and what a finish it was! I spent the morning at my children's school partying it up in both of their classrooms. Being the parent in charge is WORK! Sadly, I can't blame Halloween preparations on my last minute post. My project was actually 98% done weeks ago. My tardiness was in sewing on that button. Sewing is not my thing.

About the bag: I used Lion Brand Wool for the bag- quite fall-ish if I do say so myself. It felted quite nicely. Maybe someday I'll be motivated to line it... The top picture is the "after" and the bottom picture is the "before".

My November project will involve wire and beads. More to follow. I'm trying to find the "right" pattern.

October FO: My First Knitted Stuffed Animal

I finished Mr. Rabbit just in time. Here he is:

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Follow him over to my blog for additional pics and to read more about him, because.....well, I'm too lazy to write an entire second post about him. =)

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Here it is. This was my first time knitting lace, and it honestly was not hard at all. I didn't add the buttons, I intend on just wearing it as a scarf. The yarn is Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush and it is insanely soft!!

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I'll have pictures of me wearing it as soon as I get my senior pictures on CD.

Delinquent Again...

You know, when I finally finish a project I should get two letters: one for the project and one for the post! Grrr!! November. I"ll get my N.

Panda Wool Socks

Here are my Panda Wool (bamboo/wool) socks for my October submission.

So what's new about them? In my VAST experience of knitting 3 pair of socks before these, I have always followed a pattern exactly. These are the first socks I've knitted where I branched out and sort of made them up as I went along. I chose a 4-stitch rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks

AND varied the heel for a wide heel, as per the instructions in that book. I made a mistake in doing the heel flap, but it looked OK, just different--so I did the same thing on the mate. And I did the Kitchner Stitch on the 2nd one from memory (that is HUGE for me).

For November? I might actually seam up the UFO that lurks in the closet. That would be the 1st completed non-scarfy, sock, shawl, hat, mitten (ummmm, maybe it's called a . . . sweater?) that I've ever COMPLETED.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Pair of Fair Isle Socks

done for October.

Baltic Socks

This was a huge learning process for me and while both socks fit they aren't exactly the same size. I learned a lot about "floats" and the importance of making them loose enough. Socks, mittens or any small-ish project is prefect for an introduction to Fair Isle knitting for anyone wanting to give it a try.

I will wear these as they are extremely warm (knit with Peace Fleece wool) and since long pants will cover any of the slight imperfections, well, no one will ever know but me :-D

Where has October gone?

First my camera got sick, then came college applications and a mountain of homework every night. I promise I will get my Wisp posted tomorrow.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Progress on Lace Legwarmers

I've been getting a lot of knitting done while me and my boyfriend go to karaoke, plus we've been spending at least an hour on the porch each day this long weekend (I have every other friday off) just sitting while I knit and he smokes his new pipe. I'm not quite done with the first legwarmer but considering the late start due to needing to swatch I think I can catch up and have everything done by the end of November.

Ive actually gotten through another repeat since I took this picture yesterday. I'm also anxiously awaiting the arrival of the yarn for my Dec/Jan project that will be a scarf for my boyfriend . I have some nummy suri alpaca/merino yarn coming. I can't wait to cast it on, just knitting it is going to be sinfully sensuous.

The End Is Near

It looks like I'm going to make it in time to submit my October project. =) Here are all the pieces knit up and blocking.

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The three tear-drop shaped pieces will be sewn together to make the body, and the two (kind of) rectangle shaped ones will be the ears. They've been drying on my ironing board since this morning and I think they're ready to be unpinned. I made the fluffy pom-pom tail this after noon. After every thing's sewn together and stuffed with fiber fill, I just have to embroider eyes and a nose. Here's a closer pic in an attempt to show you the fluffy boucle texture, but due to taking the pictures in dim artificial light, it's really hard to see the true character of the fabric.

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When it's time for FO pics, I'll venture outside for natural light. My five year old daughter has already claimed this project as "hers" when it's done. She likes to pet the fabric, and seems in awe (and somewhat skeptical) that all these flat funny shaped pieces will eventually be a rabbit.