September 30, 2004
And I picked up the stitches for my under the hoodie sweater last night... so I'm getting closer to finishing it. Can't wait to wear it!
September 28, 2004
The manos yarn that will be my knit along hiking scarf:
And the never ending purple 2x2 rib scarf (54 stitches wide on #7 needles) This has been in progress for over a year. It's turning out really nice but it is SOOOOOOOOOOO boring to work on:
ok that does it for tonight... off to work on my under the hoodie.
It turned out quite well and now I'm about ready to start one using dark blue and olive green manos for the knit along. I'm thinking the center cable will be in blue and the 2 outer cables will be green. I'm so excited to find a good use for this yarn that I have been stashing for about a year. And this one will be ALL mine ;-).
I'm just going to have to focus on the manos scarf and my cable and lace poncho since I'm currently in knit alongs for both. It's too bad I have to work full time... it's really eating into my knitting time.
September 25, 2004
September 24, 2004
But I have promised myself that I will start no new projects until I finish at least two that are already on needles. I think the Irish Hiking scarf and my hoodie will be the next ones finished. Then I need to go back to the cable poncho I am working on for my cousin. Then the bulky cardigan... maybe this weekend I will frog the body... that leaves me with one arm that is done. And I thought I was so close to done.
Perhaps 8 wips is just too many for me... I think 4 is better. I feel kind of overwhelmed by 8.
September 22, 2004
September 20, 2004
The bad part is I don't really like the way my yarn stranding looks on the body. I used a strand of the pink and a strand of the gray together and the more I look at it the more I really wish I had just done a striped body and solid sleeves. So I'm going to rip it out. The sucky part is that the back and both front pieces are all knit completely to the armpit. But I know I'll like it better if I just start over :-(
I think I'll do large gray stripes and smaller pink ones. Well it's not the first sweater I've restarted.. at least it's not sewen together yet.
September 19, 2004
Well I started a Besotted Scarf on Friday. The yarn is Artful Yarns Jazz in a color called Ella. It is so yummy to knit with. This ball of yarn has been started into a scarf not less than 10 times. First I tried seed stitch and that didn't really suite it then I tried ribs then a broken rib pattern... none looked right with this yarn. But as it turns out... this yarn needed cables (which show up much better in life than in this photo... the flash flattens out the cables). The cable pattern is actually really easy.
Who knew that cables were this fun and easy? I now have like 4 cable projects lined up in my head. A sweater from the Fall IK and one from the Fall VK as well. Not to mention a few cable patterns I want to stick on a normal st. stitch sweater. Suppose I should finish a few projects before diving into another new one. I've made some good progress on a chunky tweedy cardi. The body is about 15 inches long, so pretty soon I'll need to split it for the reglan shaping on the 2 fronts and the back. And tomorrow I have to go back to work after having a week off. I was making such good progress on so many projects... but alas I have to work so I can aford more yarn ;-)
September 16, 2004
This is the back and both sleeves of my Under the Hoodie from Stitch n Bitch. Just finished the sleeves last night.
This project has been on needles for months... it's so boring to knit. But the Kid Classic yarn is really nice to work with and makes a very cozy fabric. So glad I found some on ebay ;). Once I finish this one I'm sure it'll be a favorite to wear... just not a favorite to knit.
I didn't keep the stripe pattern the same as the pattern at all. The pattern calls for a large 2 tone stripe across the chest and the arms match the color of the stripe. This one has the stripe arms (obviously) and I'm going to put the same stripes on the hood and one stripe on the front pocket. I'm still in the ribbing for the front but hope to finish this one before the end of October.
I sewed it together and this is how it turned out. It looks better than I thought it was going to. Just couldn't visualize how it would look once sewen together. This is a gift for my Aunt for Christmas... just have todecide if it needs fringe or not. I think my Aunt Judy is a fringe woman. Ok so it's now 95% done again :-)
September 15, 2004
Oh and last night I finished one of my poncho's (the beaverslide wool one). It's in the washing macine soaking as I type.
I'm really enjoying my time away from work. This week I decided to take a vacation from working and I'm amazed at how much knitting I've gotten done already. The real purpose of taking this week off is to scan, retouch, and color balance about 90 old family photos. I'm working through them but it's going slow. And I have to admit... as much as I love all of the old photos... knitting is much more fun than Photoshop work. Especially since that is about what I do for a living. But I offered... I just didn't want my mom to drop all the photos off as some photo lab and have them get damaged or lost. So I'll work through them with MANY knitting breaks.
Ok off to block my poncho.
September 14, 2004
I really love starting projects.... I like working on them... and I love completing them. That middle part can be hard to muddle through. At least this one will be a quick knit. Which is not going to be the case with the other pattern I just have to make from VK. The cabled cardigan (#17). I did a swatch in rowan kid classic in a great shade of green and love the way it looks. But it's the most complicated pattern I've even thought about trying. I'll really need to pay attention while knitting that one. But I have promised myself that I'll finish my under the hoodie from stith n bitch before I start the cable cardi. I need the needle that is in the hoodie. I only have the one 24 inch 7's so that's good as I have to finish one before starting the other :-)
September 13, 2004
I haven't sewn the buttons on yet but it's otherwise complete. It's knit from Valley Yarns 2/2.6 Chunky. The yarn softened a bit after washing... but I would not make a scarf from this yarn.
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I used a seed stitch edging and a crew neck rather than a collar.
You might notice a blue bar across the top of the image. That is the picked up and knitted add on I did once I realized that 18 inches in stockinette stitch (54 stitches cast on) is 14 inches with ribs and cables.... oops. So I added 4 inches after the fact. I think it'll work out. The second side is about a third of the way done and I'm making it with the same blue bar. So now there will be a blue stripe at the top around the neck.
I think this will be the next project that I actully complete. The cable pattern is easy to remember so I don't need to keep track on a chart like I do on the other poncho I'm making.
Ok off to bed with me. My boyfriend went to sleep over an hour ago (he has to be up at 6am... yuck)
September 12, 2004
The green is one of Quinn's mom's favorite colors. Quinn is the baby who will wear this once I finally finish... she just turned a month old.