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!