Sunday, September 30, 2007
My September project is in, with 2 hours and 15 minutes to spare. I will post more details and pictures on my blog later. For now, here are the four hanks hanging to dry in my shower. They kind of look like four hippies with toe-length hair, don't they?
I think we have 11 'S's so far. If you should have one but don't, let me know. Here are the ones I see:
I have a hank of lace weight yarn I want to dye moss green. Anybody know how to get that with Kool-aid?? Any ideas?? Really, 'cuz I don't know!! I'm thinking of trying to mix two shades of green and maybe throw in a teabag or two. I just do not want it to turn out lemon-lime neon, but more of a mossy sage instead.
Finally. Gee Im slow. But got them seamed and everything.
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Colorspun Worsted
Needles: Size 9 wooden straights
Pattern: 2x1 rib, then decreased to 1x1 rib, knitted flat then seamed.
This is the first project I cast on for knitting and only the second project Ive ever finished.
My September project was "working with beads". I think I passed, if I may say so myself, especially considering that there are over 1500 beads in this scarf!
More specs on my blog.
My October project will be: learning to knit cables without a cable. I will be trying it with this sweater (pattern in Twilley Denim Freedom booklet): and instructions in Melissa Leapman's Cables Unlimited.
Everyone else's stuff looks great! Happy end of September! ;-)
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
it will be touch and go as to whether I finish...I'm through about 1/4 of the pattern now (15" - 45" or so to go). Really liking it so far, though - although pushing the beads along is a bit of a hassle (River Rock scarf from NSFY...)
For more info, see the blog, post dated 24 September (the length has doubled since then).
Also: a wee plug for another unofficial "Do Something New" for September: set up a cohosted foodie blog with a friend. If interested, check it out: Legal Eagles Who Lunch. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
Someone asked what a pre yarn is. It`s when the wool is at a stage between carding and spinning. The pre yarn can be used for knitting or decorative felting. I´t can be knitted alone or together with spun yarn. The pre yarn is very very soft, and I love it. There is probably another word for it in English. Please tell me which one. Now I have to hurry to get done before september 30.
Good luck with your projects everyone.
Monday, September 24, 2007
The obligatory "in progress shot" of the Cozy House Socks from the One Skein Wonder book edited by Judith Durant. These socks are truly perfect for a beginner and while I didn't have the yarn the pattern required, I substituted a Knit Picks yarn from my stash that worked out just perfectly. The pattern stated that the socks could be completed in a weekend and it really is true!
These are more like slipper socks but do fit comfortably in my beloved better-than-UGG boots as well as another pair that I wear to death. They are slightly cushy and toasty warm but because of the bulk of the heavy-worsted yarn, the toe area it a bit bunchy so I decided to make another pair with a slight modification in a different colourway and then a third in an altogether different yarn with several modifications to the pattern. I love the third pair the best and could live in them if the weather would just cool off! (See them all here.)
And we silently forget the Clapotis for a while.... No - it will not be an UFO, I have learned something new on Ravelry - it is a sleeping project - ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz......
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I felted the sushi wallet yesterday and it was dry this afternoon. I am shocked that the zipper included with the kit actually fits after felting.
The pictures are of my 12 lb jack russell terrorist modeling the pre-felted pouch and a huge Noni bag that I was afraid to do anything with. There was good reason. I love the stripes but after felting this bag, it is still ginormous. I don't know what I am going to do with it.
I started my Christmas stocking this morning and can't wait to see how it turns out. It is in Noro Kureyon and I love the self-striping colors.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
My September project was going to be lace, but that didn't go so well. You can see the details of that on my blog.
A saltire g-string for my proud Scot DH. He never wore it, though. I wonder why?
If anyone wants instructions, feel free to E me or drop a post on my blog... you could have it started and finished on 1 October! ;-)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
So, I've been knitting a long time and have always avoided novelty yarns like the plauge. (Yet, I still keep buying them whenever they are on clearance because they are so soft and fluffy!) Why have I been avoiding them then? Well, furry ones in particular have this little tiny thread that you knit with and then all these crazy eyelashes sticking out obstructing your work and it gives me a headache.
Therefore, my do-something-new project for the month will be to knit with novelty yarn. I'm going to make the princess snowball cat bed from stitch and bitch. I don't know if I'll make it for September, but that's my goal! Wish me luck!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
For my opening act I am going to be working on the Sushi Wallet by Pick Up Sticks. I have chosen the Sushi Stripe because it has less finishing and fewer pieces to felt. I have never successfully felted and my GF wants a striped Christmas stocking so this is the perfect project to practice on!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
A question for you all; Do you know the word maby??? I do, but my dictionary don't.... So I think maby I will change to maybe - is that more easy to understand? So to all of you that have seen the word (and will see it in the future, bad habit is not easy to change...) just think of the word maybe and then you get it right!!!
We have in these days a big discussion in a Norwegian knitting forum whether to have a mulitilanguage blog (Norwegian/English) when the English are not fluid... Many people means that it just looks silly and don't do it because they will have a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes.... I think - don't be so pompous - just do it and make a lot of foreign friends! It is fun!!
You are all capable to ask if you don't understand me - aren't you? Yes, I am sure you are!!!
Monday, September 10, 2007
I don't know if there's a rule against it or not. I had originally planned learning to knit cables without a cable needle as my September project... largely because another project I want to do is knitting with beads but I didn't think the beads would get delivered to me so soon.
So - today they arrived from Earthfaire:
(shown together with Handmaiden Silken - 1 skein peridot, 1 skein pewter) and with this loot I would like to endeavour the River Rock Scarf by Sivia Harding in the No Sheep for You book (the linked photo by Marianne on the NSFY KAL convinced me to go for beads).
Any objections? :-)
** edited to fix bad bad link. ;-)
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
My first yarn spun in the grease and washed after plied. It is actually easier to spin oober fine lace weight yarn this way as the grease creates some grip and the yarn is not ripped from my grip. I have avoided spinning in the grease for the longest time. I got impatient at waiting for my newly acquired fleece stash from the annual Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival to dry after washing it, so I decided to give it a try. What did I have to lose? Nothin apparently! HA! This will be knit into my gauge swatch for the Secret of the Stole KAL. The wool is a Targee X Salish and I blended in some tencile. The tencile looks a lot like silk does, but it is 10x easier to work with. Sweet!!
Friday, September 7, 2007
So I bought some Kool-Aid, wound the yarn into hanks, and there it has been sitting-- for over three years now. I guess it's about time to try the Kool-Aid dying, especially since now I would be kind of skeptical about drinking the Kool-Aid.
Because I have so many other projects to get done right now, including one for pay, I picked this challenge specifically so it would be new, but quick. I don't have to knit the yarn up this month, just dye it. I'm planning on doing it this weekend so I can get ahead of the game.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
WHEW! One week in...I think this is great progress!
I am gonna need to spin up some more yarn. I am half way through my second skein already! Check out the variegation! I love making my own yarns!!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Here are the names of everyone who earned an 'A', so please check and make sure your name is included if it is supposed to be. I will be drawing for the prize this evening. (My name is listed below but will obviously not be in the prize drawing. Wouldn't be fun to give myself a prize, now would it! ) Also, I retyped the Participants List in the sidebar in HTML so the emails would show up correctly - the regular widget thingies made them show up wrong, but now it is fixed - so if everyone could check and make sure your info is correct there, I'd appreciate it.