Café Au Lait Mitts – 2 pair
Baby J Cardigan
Garter Stitch Toes socks
Baby Bunny Toddler Dress
Baby Blankets – 2
Capelet for me for winter
Feather and Fan Scarf
Kicking Bags for baby – 2
Garter Stitch Loop scarf
Baby bibs – many
I welcome 2010, it's another year closer to retirement. :-) I have some great projects on the needles and a good list of projects to start. Some I have already purchased the yarn, so I've got a good head start.
I did do some surprise holiday knitting. I've given the goodies to her now, so I can post about it. I made a pair of Cafe Au Lait mitts, in Misti Alpaca. Did I mention I love this pattern? They are wonderfully warm but not bulky. The other item made is a scarf made with Poppin. It has a very nice feel and although it's polyester, it's very nice against the skin. Very easy garter stitch pattern, looks more difficult than it was.
I always enjoy the last week of December because this is when I transfer information to my new paper calendar. Yes I have a Smartphone that has all the calendar functions and address book and excel documents, but I like having my paper calendar, for note writing and at a glance calendar notes. I have lists of my current knit projects on the needles as well as future knit projects. Post-It Notes with yarns I want to try, books I want to read or authors I want to try, etc. Transferring to a new one every year lets me cull out what I no longer have an interest in, especially the Future Knit Projects. I've culled a few out that were on my list from last year. I have no problem doing that as I feel that our interests change over the course of a year and I'm ok with that.
Have you ever been out and wished you had your knitting label with you? Does it get lost from your knitting bag? I don't think I came up with this idea, I actually think I saw it somewhere, but can't remember. But go buy yourself a portable photo album (you grandparents out there will know what I'm talking about) I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can find them anywhere. I purchased the clasp kind so that I made sure it stays closed. Instead of photos, place a knitting label with a small strand of the yarn of your current projects on the needles. It never failed that I started a project and someone would ask.....what yarn is that? and I wouldn't remember. This solved that problem. It just stays in my knitting bag now.
The other item made for the shower is the Baby J Cardigan by Cabin Fever. This adorable sweater is knit with, hmmm, I've misplaced the label, the buttonholes are made on each side and that way you can knit ahead of time and then add the buttons once you know the sex of the child. It was well received.
Obviously vacation is over but it was a glorious week. Of course by the time I have rested and actually realize, hey I'm on vacation and then actually feel like doing something productive, it's Friday and I only have 3 days left. So I tried to be somewhat productive those remaining days.
I had finished knitting the "straight" part of the Kid Merino Easy Lacy Shrug quite a while back. Before I could seam and knit the frilly part, I had to block it and I had put that off. So, I rinsed and blocked, seamed it and then finished the frilly part this past Thursday. It is a very versatile shrug and I love it. It can be used as a scarf or a shrug. I knit mine with one strand of GGH Soft Kid on size US 10.75 needles. I bought the yarn half price at Haus of Yarn and it was a great purchase. I cast on for it on April 3 and unfortunately I don't remember when I finished the straight part. Since I'm not a monogamous knitter, I think I may have finished that part late summer, but really don't keep track of the true knitting hours. Mine doesn't fit quite as loosely as the pattern picture reflects but at least it doesn't scream look at the girls as most shrugs do. I also finished the Capelet and it is wonderfully warm. Our winters in Nashville aren't too harsh and this will be a perfect late fall/early winter coverup. It is knit with Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Chunky in a beautiful red.
I started a pair of handwarmers to go with the Capelet. I'm using the tabbed cuffs pattern from Mother-Daughter knits (the Melville team) I decided to make them in black to go with the black button I got for the capelet. I'm using Berroco Pure Merino on size US 8. What a fun pattern and I will need to find some cute buttons for this as well (looks like the picture shows 12).
More to come.......................
After 2 painful cortisone shots on Friday, by Saturday afternoon I was feeling much better and decided to take a little jaunt outside with camera in hand.
I am also working on a baby blanket in the Feather and Fan pattern and it's looking beautiful so far.
These past two weeks have reminded me of the years when DH was in school. Instead of studying for a test, we would play chess or chinese checkers or something similar. We didn't have a tv when he was in school either, so this has been quite reminiscent. We have spent quite a bit of time together, actually eating dinner at the dinner table, playing Mastermind and Colorku (a colored marble version of Sudoku), lots of fun.
What I have come to realize is that I have not been getting much knitting done. So I guess I do most of my knitting while we sit on the couch watching tv. So if I'm not watching tv, I guess I don't knit much. Now there will be times when I would sit on the couch listening to a book on my mp3 player, but that was in lieu of watching tv. Now that there has not been one, we've been spending more time together. It has been great!! All that to say, the fall season is ready to start and we decided it was time to get serious about buying a tv. We have decided on the Samsung 58" Plasma. It sounds big, but we are dropping down from a 64" Sony behemoth. At least the Samsung is flat screen. I assume we'll have it in the next week or two and maybe then I can get back to some serious knitting.
I have been updating Ravelry with some stash photos. My internet line is not conducive to uploading photos on Ravelry so I will probaby not continue that endeavor. I will continue just to keep stash photos on my hard drive and my stash list in Excel. I am almost done with the Capelet in Nashua Handknits though, it will be very nice. Photos will come later.
I have been thinking of holiday knitting. I'd like to make a few things but I'm not sure for whom at the moment. On to my planner so I can think this through.
à toute à l'heure!
Had some good beach time on Saturday morning, temp was great, the water looked beautiful. It was a little rough, especially on my knees, but the water felt great. Here are a few pics:
I purchased some wonderful Lisa Souza silk at Stitches South and have been wondering what to make with it. I decided on the Feather and Fan scarf. It's knit with a multiple of 18 + 4 for the garter edging. I'm knitting on US Size 8.
I'm using yarn conveniently made in France :-) from Anny Blatt in a salmon color. It's 100% wool that is machine washable and it feels wonderful. I believe I can get it done with just 2 balls.
I'm still working on the Kicking Bag mentioned in the previous post. I'm on the 3rd ball of Sirdar Baby Bamboo.
It has actually been quite relaxing, I know that's contrary to what I said a year ago, but I have grown to like it. Had I been smart, I would have practiced with the spindle before I took the wheel class, that way I would have had the drafting concept down. Strong recommendation to any of you who are contemplating spinning.
As for knitting, I am still working on the Ty Dy Cardigan, knit with Delicious. I'm also working on a Kicking Bag, it's a free pattern on Ravelry. Here is one from Ravelry, compliments of SarkaFarka:
The bag is knit a little narrow I think, so I will add some increases to make it a little wider so that their legs won't seem so confined. I'm knitting it in Sirdar Bamboo Baby.
Did I mention Billy Arr was my Dad? Yep, that's why we moved to Nashville in 1970 when I was a mere child of 11 1/2 years old. My dad has stayed true to his craft in the nearly 40 years of living in Music City. I respect his perseverance in this mighty tough industry. As much as the media touts the overnight successes, they don't show you all the hard work and years of playing in dives and playing on the road that so many musicians and writers have to endure, so my hat is off to all of you that have endured that life. My Dad has written many beautiful songs, many of which have never been recorded and heard on mainstream media, but they are forever embedded in my brain and in my heart. I love you Dad and you are still my favorite singer. Keep on writing.
Here are some "old" pictures of him in action. I'm sure he'll appreciate me putting these up on the internet.
As luck would have it, this one appeared today. We assume someone just dropped her in the country because we believe she is pregnant. At first we thought she had just had babies, but she's seems a little young, she's not a year old yet. So, we'll see if she sticks around. I've named her Callie because she's obviously a calico.
Should he have had a pink nose? The book showed black but I think pink may have been cuter.
I've since done a little more shaping with the needle and his nose is not as pointy, but his tail is still too big and there are other flaws, but I love him nonetheless.
This weekend I have been making an excel spreadsheet with my stash and taking pictures of my stash. It will not be done in one weekend, I have waaaaayyyyyyy too much stash. Where did it all come from? I won't be loading it into Ravelry, uploading pictures on my slow internet connection takes too long, and in addition, if Ravelry or Blogspot goes away (as they always eventually do) I don't want to have to rush to try to get everything logged elsewhere. I will always have it in my spreadsheet and the pics on my external drive.
Here's what I've done so far.
I don't know how the colors will come out on the computer but to clarify I knit it in celery green and white, color # 206.
I will post pics of some of my purchases, but meanwhile, I am posting some items that I have either finished knitting or am in the process.
Fingerless Mitts: I find that they are used more in the spring and summer when the office has gotten so cold because of the air conditioning. My co-workers always want to borrow mine, and they are the wrong color, so I made her a pair of her own to go with her red sweater that never leaves her shoulders in the spring and summer while at the office.
The bank is consolidating some of it's functions into one location and therefore a co-worker lost her job. She loves bunnies, so I made her this little cutie.
I've also been working on a Baby Bunny Toddler Dress. Baby Bunny is wonderful yarn to work with, it feels so wonderful, like knitting with butter.
I've also cast on for a couple of summer tops for me. I will post about them separately.