Knitting during my computer hiatus

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been without my laptop and therefore I didn't spend hours upon hours in front of my computer on the weekends, and so spent much more productive time with my needles. I started some projects, worked on others, finished some old ones and have decided I now need to have a seaming party. :-) I usually don't mind seaming but here lately, I haven't been too good about it.

In July and August, LYS Haus of Yarn organized a charity knitting project for Warm Woolies. For every project knit, you received an entry ticket. In August, they drew a ticket for their $50 gift certificate............yup, it was me. Hoooorrrrayyyy. I was terribly excited and immediately put it to work. Their next charity project was Gilda's Club and since I lost my Mom to cancer, I knew I was going to knit some hats.

These are the hats I've finished so far.

This one is knit with Chinchilla. This is Shedir, knit with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.
This one is knit with Poof.
On to the projects I've been working on........

Moderne Log Cabin:

From Mason-Dixon's first book. This is knit with Bernat Satin, a very soft acrylic yarn and perfectly machine-washable. No plan to the number of rows knit for each color, I just knit until I got tired of the color and moved on to the next. I then went around all the edges with 6 rows of ecru and the 20-25 rows of the dark blue.


Peace Shawl:

I first saw a sample of this shawl on display at LYS Haus of Yarn in pale yellow. I tried it on and it fit beautifully, I just had to make one. So, I bought the yarn and started and finished this project in about 2 weeks, it was a very fun knit.

It is knit with Brilliance in an off-white color that goes with just about anything. Called the Peace Shawl because of the peace sign on the back that was so popular in the 60's. It gives just enough coverage on the back to eliminate any office air conditioning chills. Instead of a traditional triangular shawl, it is wing-like and is comfortable tying in the front. I feel that it doesn't scream "Look at the girls" as a shrug does to me. It's comfortable, light-weight and looks good.

Triangular Shawl:

This shawl I knit with Noro Kureyon Sock yarn. I have not blocked it yet so I'm not completely done. The colors are absolutely gorgeous. The rows got to be soooo long, I thought they would never end, but thankfully I got to the end of the 2nd skein and finished. The yarn itself is what did the striping.



Oktobergurumi

I recently took an Amigurumi class at my LYS and although I already knew how to crochet, this was a fun class. These lovable Japanese stuffed animals are just adorable. They are typically not made to scale which makes them look that much more adorable. For class I made the Papa penguin.
He ended up being a lot bigger than I had expected, so I then made this one...
isn't he cute??
I made the octopus but decided to make curly legs rather than the stuffed ones they had in the book.
I love the puppy too and I made hin as a gift.
Here's the family. (sorry there is so much clutter in the background) with my newly rebuilt laptop, I lost my photo editing program and haven't reinstalled it yet.
To add to the family, I plan on an elephant, rabbit, hedgehog and a turtle. The baby penguin is also a gift, so I will have to make another one of that.

A Long Computer Hiatus

As some of you know, I have been sans laptop since almost mid-August. During this unrequested hiatus, I realized how much of my weekends were being spent reading knit blogs (which I absolutely adore), perusing Ravelry and managing my finances with Quicken, etc.

Without my laptop to keep me so engrossed on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I have gotten so much more knitting done (notice I didn't say how much more housework I accomplished). I started and finished the Moderne Log Cabin from Mason-Dixon Knitting, several baby sweaters, started and finished the Peace Shawl and have almost finished the Noro Sock Yarn Triangle shawl. I've also started the Eiffel Tower top and the Best Friend's Jacket.

And although I know how to crochet and did that craft for years, I took the Amigurumi class that Haus of Yarn was offering. How fun those little critters are to crochet. I started the Penguin in class and by this weekend I was nearly done and also worked on the baby octopus. Pictures will come next weekend.

We have season tickets to the plays at the Renaissance Center in Dickson. There are two different sets of plays, one in the master theatre upstairs and the dinner theater downstairs which is small and very quaint. This past Friday we saw Greater Tuna and I have to say it was hilarious. If that play ever comes to your town, you have to see it, I highly recommend it. In December, we get to see the followup to it, A Tuna Christmas. It's going to be great, I already know it.

OK, it's almost midnight and I have to get up in 5 hours, so I have to go to bed and try to sleep. I am on vacation next week, so I will take pictures and update the blog with knitting information.

Oh yeah, did I mention Stitches South is coming to Atlanta in April 2009??? I am soooo there, I can't wait.