Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I entered a comments contest on the Hither and Yarn blog. In the random number part of the contest my comment was selected! Yay! I'm getting some yarn, which will be picked out by the blogger this weekend. When asked what type of yarns I like... Earth tones/Fall colors, variegated/heathered, worsted and sock. It'll be a surprise what I get! The blogger apparently has an endless stash (sending jealousy eyes to her!) and will be picking something from it for me this weekend.
I'll post pics of my new yarn when it arrives!
My aunt also wants me to make her a pair of gloves and a scarf from the black mohair I got on a swap on Knittyboard. I got a good pound and three-quarters of dyed black mohair roving in a trade for 2 ounces of dyed angora batts. It was all I had and the person was very generous.
I also got, in a swap, 483 yards of yarn. Someone had recycled a thrift store sweater and sent me the yarn. It's cotton, we think, and a 5 ply. Pinks and oranges, but looks bright pink from a distance. Here it is:And, here is a picture of the scarf I'm making for Daddy...
It is the, you guessed it, Country Blue Caron Simply Soft. I just have too much of it lying around. He really wanted something handspun and natural, but I don't have it. And, I think it needs to be machine-washable. Anyway, the ends will be the basket weave and the body is mesh stitch. The mesh stitch has 2 raised bars that will be on both ends also. You can't really see it that well in the pic, though.
This is a scarf I had made for my brother earlier this fall, before I had my blog. I spun it up. It is wool (40% Merino, 40% Colonial) and tussah silk in "The Gentleman" from Copperpot. It's basketweave in design.
These two pictures were taken by Nick, my almost 4-year old cousin. He is pictured below, dressed up as Remy from Ratatouille. (yes, that's me in the picture, with my head almost cut off)
Isn't he the cutest little boy ever? And such a ham!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Ouch! I did finish Fetching number one and have 6 rows of number two finished. I'll post pics next week once I'm back from Thanksgiving break. I'm using the olive green Corriedale wool I spun up.
And this is Rowan. He was napping and I had to get a picture! He's being so inappropriate!
This is Mike (pronouced Meeka, like from EuroTrip). She was a panda for Halloween. She was very pregnant in the picture, poor thing... her belly was huge! But now she has 5 adorable babies.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Moma's secret gift is about 45% finished. I'm so excited.
I changed (again!) what I'm making for my dad. Haven't started it yet.
I've been designing and will be casting on some fingerless gloves soon.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
And the Soap Holder Thing. I modified it a bit, but it's mostly the same as the pattern. I really love this and it was one of those "instant gratification" pieces. Knitted up very fast.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I finished my angora scarf and also the bag I was planning on making!!! When I finished my scarf Saturday I had nothing else to work on really, so started the Twiggy Tweed Bag. I didn't make the panels on both sides, just one. I blocked it today and will be putting it together tomorrow. Black fleecey material from Wally World's scrap bin for a liner with a pocket, zipper closure. Pictures of the scarf and the bag up tomorrow (or, since it's 0108 right now, I guess actually I'll post them later today).
Friday, November 2, 2007
The row counter on the left can do up to 109 rows. Each white bead is 1 row and each green bead is 10 rows. I made it kind of small on purpose. I don't like the idea of wearing it as a necklace or bracelet. I added to clip so I can hang it right from my knitting bag or even the tail of a piece I'm working on if it's sturdy enough not to stretch (like my bookbag). I know which side I'm moving the beads to by the clip... I keep it facing away from me. The pattern row counter on the left can do up to 5 rows before repeating. I clip it to the row counter. I can actually make it count more rows of pattern by clipping it twice. I used glass and stone beads (I used to make jewelry before knitting came along and took over my life), beading wire, and jump rings. All sterling silver. I like the nice stuff. You can see in the picture I just finished row 58 on my bookbag.
Oh so excited about this weekend. I like going to Shawn's house and his truck-driver dad will be there this weekend. I haven't seen him in a while. This is also knitting weekend for me. Shawn at drill all day and me with nothing to do other than sit at Barnes & Noble and knit.
Since I'm bored, I've started a new project... I'm making a messenger-style bookbag. I like my bag I'm using now, but want something I made. I'm using the cotton I have (Peaches & Creme Ecru and Desert Sands held together). But, like the scarf, it isn't exactly trying my skill. Just a simple stockinette body and I'm not sure how I'm doing the gussett and strap yet. Don't want to do garter because of the stretch factor (I swear my books/notebooks weight 20+ pounds!). But don't want to do stockinette because of the fold thing. I'll have to give it some thought. Maybe something a little fancier, like something a touch lacy. Or maybe even something cable to liven it up a bit.
It will have a flap with a branch for a button. There will be pockets on the front that I'll add some sort of design to. It's going to be so cute. And functional. I'm making it up as I go, so I don't know exactly what it will end up like, but do have a few ideas floating around my head.
Shawn has drill this weekend, so I'll be with him. We are staying at his parent's house, but will be gone tomorrow night and most of Saturday and Sunday. I will be going to Barnes & Noble to knit and read about knitting while he's working on his helicopters (did I ever mention he's a helicopter mechanic in the Nat'l Guard? He is qualified to work on Blackhawks and Kiowas). I hope to finish my scarf and get a lot of my bag finished before Monday. I might even work on the afghan some. But might not. It, like my scarf and bag, is boring. But VERY boring, since it's just garter, moss, and seed stitch blocks. How exciting. I really need to do something a bit challenging! Anyone have any ideas? Not too hard, but more than stockinette or garter!