Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
It is burgandy and gold, as are the movie colors rather than scarlet and gold, simply because I didn't have any scarlet yarn, well not any I was willing to use, the reds she had were more like Ronald McDonald hair red, than anything I would put in a sweater for my son to wear. (See I'm still picky)
The fabric is really dense because the yarn is a heavy worsted and I'm using size 7 needles, and I do not knit loosely ;) 4.5 sts/inch. I figure that will work since it is going to be an outer sweater to help keep him warm, and it isn't wool which has real insulating properties. (yes I'm still confllicted about knitting this in acrylic why do you ask?) Eh, we'll see, it shouldn't take too long to knit up and then we'll see what we see. He wanted it to be the exact same colors as last year but when i told him I would have to buy the yarn he looked sternly at me and told me, yet again, that I am not allowed to buy yarn while I still have a garage full of yarn. ;) (he takes after his father in many ways)
Socks, what am I doing wrong? I don't think hand knit socks are all that cofortable. I think it is partly because I'm getting the fit all wrong. the last pair I knit E are really too tight to pull on his feet. How to you make the heel so you have extra room to get them over your heel/arch? He has skinny legs so to keep them up they need to be pretty small at the top but then they are a bit too tight to get over his heel. Also I think I'm running into problems because I tend to knit tight and so they don't have much stretch. Hmmm maybe if I knit them in a k1p1 all over pattern (well except for the sole) they would give enough stretch? Anyone have an idea?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
As you can see they have become fast friends and both enjoy sleeping with a 6 year old boy. Who knew that nearly alien sea creatures could be so darn cuddly?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
First out of the pipeline is a little purse. I figured it would serve a dual puporse. It would knit up quickly, and it did, and it would kill some of my stash, which it did. I used Patton Merino Wool, in black, and Noro Kureyon in colorway 170. I have no idea why I had 2 skeins of the Patton's in black but one is gone know. the Kureyon was a left over bit from a purse I made myself awhile ago. My Brother-in-Law brought it back from Japan when he was visiting his then fiance.
This shows the color work I did on it, very little, and the lovely pre-felting floppiness of it. I was pretty pleased with the color work. It turned out a little too tight but not bad.
Here is a close up of the color work, very basic but since it was at a light color point in the Noro I think it showed up well and show the gradation that I love about Noro yarn.
Here it is in the post-felted state. I need to figure out a strap and a button for the closure. Anyone want to give a suggestion for the strap? A leather strap from the fabric store? A felted i-cord strap? Something else entirely?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
So dear Internets anyone know if all the acrylic yarn needs to be treated for moth infestation the same as the natural fibers? There were little cocoons on some of the acrylics but only the ones in boxes that also had natural fibers in them. I don't think there is anything in them since even if there was eggs they would have nothing to eat at this point in the game.
I'm going to go buy some dry ice today and gas the buggers on the wool and like. Well that and I will likely make dry ice bubbles with the boy. No dry ice rockets though.
I have more pictures to share but I have a feeling I'm going to run out of disk space before I can get pictures of all this yarn online. Not that anyone really needs to see what 100 lbs of off white acrylic yarn looks like.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
That said I have some exciting news. First I am now a stay at home mom. For this month anyway. I'm staying home with my son E to help him transistion to Kindy. We'll see what I can find starting in Sept.
See isn't he a cutie? Dh thinks with a couple of wings, and something about longer tentacles I could make a Cuthulu plushie. I may have to. E loves him and that is what I wanted the most.
I also have started on a pair of socks for the boy made from Schoeller & Stahl Fortissima Socka Teddy, in blue. It is fuzzy and cushy, should make for some comfy socks for this winter.
All that said, the really, really big news is that my sister and I inherited a lot of yarn. A friend of ours grandma passed away and no one in her family did any crafts. She had a room full of yarn, material, embroidery projects, hook rag projects, and the like. I have 4.5 13 gal trash bags filled with wool, wool blend, mohair, angora, and camel hair yarns. The sadest things so far is that the camel hair has been eaten by moths. I have to treat all of the natural fibre as though there is moths in it. There are 3 bags full of cotton and cotton blend yarns, and we have more bags and boxes that I have counted yet full of acrylic yarn. This yarn runs from the mundane to the sublime and everywhere in between. We are sorting now.
Since we had to start somewhere, the first sort was by fiber content, and in the case of the acrylic by color also. The next for the acrylic will be to sort by weight.
Much of this yarn is going to have to find a new home and for that I'm going to be looking at the charity knitting groups here in Colorado and seeing if any of them would like to have it. Yesterday afternoon I was drowning in it. I'm starting to feel a bit better about our chances of passing it on.
Monday, June 16, 2008
It meant driving up to the mountains a second day in a row, but it was worth it. I bought a Maggie spindle and I am in LOVE! It is a 35 ounce, medium, midwhorl, maple spindle. I spun up what I was given that was already preped. I was given some locks that I will attempt to prep and continue spinning. I think I'm going to take what I've made so far off and then ply the two together. My production with this spindle is so much smoother for a couple of reasons. First there was a wonderful woman in the 'children's tent' who sat and showed me how you card the wool, start it on the spindle and where to hold it to draft it. Second was because this is a much light and well balanced spindle. My other one is a pine one that was not well constructed.
Happy, happy, E spun a bit of yarn himself, and I think I'm going to get an inkle loom from my coworker I was there with on Saturday. Yippee!!!!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I am done with that baby sweater I was making for a co-worker. Woo Hoo!!!! I can't tell you how happy I was to have that damn thing off my needles. Teach me to knit the same basic thing 3 times in a row. She said she would talk to me the next time she knew someone having a baby & I told her that I have lots of baby sweater patterns to choose from. To which she said, yea I really liked the one you made for K. Ummm yeah see that was the same pattern just different yarn, not different enough for my brain. Thank you very much.
Oh so what I'm knitting right now is a cuttlefish for the boy. He is very exctied about it. I'm actually pretty excited about it as well.
Monday, March 31, 2008
I want to take the cuttlefish pattern with me to Disney World so I can get started on that for my son. I also want to see if I can knit up a better snake pattern for him. One that would involve stranded knitting. I think the markings on a boa or anaconda would be lovely in stranded knitting. I need to think on that.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I've been wanting to try the magic loop method and really want to use it for the kilt hose I'm going to knit up. This has given me the needles I need to do it.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I'm considering different options. I don't spin, yet. I have had some turns of dyeing but I'm not sure I want to sell dyed yarn, although that isn't a horrible idea.
I've knitted up some items for people as gifts and I apparently can knit evenly enough that they think they are well made. Ok they are well made, I knit well, not quickly but well. I could knit up some items of my own creation and sell them.
I could work in a yarn store, but I'm sure everyone wants to do that, well everyone who is fiber obsessed, and I'm not sure how much I would actually make after I spent my earnings on new yarn. ;)
Oh well I'm still working it out.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I know how to make socks, I know how to knit cables. This shouldn't be too hard right? Right? Ummm I guess I'll see. She wants it to be machine washable, and mentioned making it acrylic but wanted to make sure it wouldn't strech out too much. Yeah I think I'm going to see if I can make it with either a superwasher wool or else with a wool acrylic blend.
Wish me luck. At least it isn't another baby sweater right?
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Hurray. Now I can move on to the Clapotis, I started it last night and will work on it at lunch after the buttons get attached.
That said someone at work has asked me to make a sweater for her. I will work one more up. Really people need to let me move on to other things, ummm maybe I need to let myself move on to other things. HA!
I'm going to order the Cuttlefish by Hansi Singh and start that for Everett soon. He saw the Knit Picks Essential sock yarn in Gulfstream that I bought planning on making socks for him and he said it wants to be made into a cuttlefish instead. Who can argue with that?
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Nope it is here. 9 balls of Knit Picks Andean Silk in Lettuce to be used in a Clapotis as a prayer shawl for a co-worker with uterine cancer. She is fine and they belive they got all of it early and completely. The sentinal lymph node was clear so she is now just recovering from the surgery.
So this weekend will be the start of a new project that has nothing to do with babies and I did not have to worry about the washability of the yarn while picking it.
Still I'm going to let her know it is for her little one and that way I can knit it in front of her at lunch. That has been a HUGE kill of my time on it.Well that and the stomach flu that knocked me out over the weekend.
Monday, March 3, 2008
I'm working on #3, I have the hood finished and will pick-up the stiches for the body tonight. I need to knit like a fiend so I can hopefully have it near compleation on Weds for the baby shower. Last weekend was nearly devoid of knitting time. Friday and half of Saturday I was sick and unable to to knit. The other half of Saturday I actually played with my son, which sadly does not involve knitting since he does not consider knitting 'playing'
I've ordered yarn to make a Clapatois as a prayer shawl for a co-worker. The yarn should have been here today I'll give it until tomorrow's delivery and then call Knit Picks to see if they can find it.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
That said, I'm going back and forth on how much I like this sweater knit with this yarn. The cotton yarn is making it floppy, what I can't decide is if that is a bad thing or a non-thing with a baby sweater. I'm making the judgement that it is a non-thing.
Friday, February 15, 2008
This morning I went to put on my favorite sweater. It is a cotton cable knit sweater my Mom bought me 20 years ago. I love that sweater. This morning the love shone through. I had a 3 in hole in the right elbow. It has compromized 4 or 5 rows of knitting, plus I have none of this yarn to darn it.
I went looking on Ravely for a pattern I could use to make a new one for myself, I found it, guess where the pattern was published? Damn it! Wish me luch dear internetz to find the magazine again so I can knit that sweater. Well that or accept that there is another pattern out there that will work as well.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I'm waiting for yarn to show up so I started a baby had with the left over yarn from the baby sweater I just finished. I was going to try to add some basic cables but realized I don't have the proper understanding of how to start them to do it. I finally figured out the layout but the actual execution was not what I had wanted.
It is basic 2x2 ribbing at the rim and st st to the crown. I'm not sure if I'm making it too small or not. Eh it will be what it will be, it is keeping my hands busy and that is the main thing I wanted it to do.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I've ordered the yarn for version 2 of the sweater to be made for another friend's baby. Knitpicks Shine. Woo Hoo I've very excited to see that one take shape. I'm getting a blue and green color and plan to frame the hood in green as well as the bottom of the sleeves and sweater. Hmmm and maybe even the ribbing at the neckline I'll have to see how it looks.
I SWEAR I'm going to upload pics soon, maybe this weekend.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The Noro My So Called Scarf also went the way of the frog pond. The fabric was just too dense, I'm sure it is because I'm using too small needles. I may try it again on larger needles, or I may see if something else calls to me for this yar.
Pictures to be added tonight.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I went to take a break and knit on what I'm carrying with me and found that I'm unhappy with the scarf. I'm knitting "My So Called Scarf" in Noro Kuryon on US 9 needles. I'm not happy with the fabric, too dense for a scarf to my liking. I want something that has a little movement in it and this has nothing. Although I'm thinking it would be really nice as a hand bag or a structured jacket so I may come back to this stitch later and see what I can do with it then.
So I figured I'd pick up the socks I'm making for my boy, except my 4th needle has made a run for it and I can't find it. I thought I had a duplicate set of needles in the bag but nope they are US 0 and I'm working on US 1's for this pair. Sigh. No luck there. Then there is the shawl/what do I want it to be ball of yarn. I'm not happy with it either so I've got to rip it out as well and then see what I want that yarn to be.
Today was not a get projects done or even worked on day. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Maybe tomorrow I'll upload pics to add to this.