Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A big ole thank you.,..

I was just thinking the other day how much it means to me and brightens my day when people comment on my blog. So I wanted to say thank you to all of you that take the time to comment. you are all awesome!!!

:) That's all I wanted to say.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Endpaper Mitts

These were my second official stranded colorwork pattern. I am in LOVE with fair isle-ing!! I had so much fun making these, and they went so quick. I am still not totally comfortable with how to hold the yarn in my left hand but it is getting more comfortable, I don't know how to control the tension all that well. Anyway, here are the pics!!

Dorky artsy shot:



Inside out:


Close up: (you can see how it isn't totally smooth, tension isn't the greatest)


Project Specs:

Pattern: endpaper mitts from Eunny Jang
Yarn: Dale Baby Ull, a little less then one ball of dark and light blue each
Start Date: February 12, 2007
End Date: February 16, 2007
Comments: I had to adjust the needle size due to guage problems, I am a really tight knitter, so I made these on size 3 and 5's instead of 0's and 3's. But they fit me perfectly, I made the largest size, as my measurement is 8.25. It was SUCH a fun knit though!! I think I might make another pair of these someday. My next colorwork project will be the anemoi mittens, but first I am halfway through the left front of the cardigan for arwen. It is turning out really nice, I am using knitpicks andean silk. Pictures of that to come!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tis a beautiful thing...

I love learning new techniques. I fair isled for the first time the other day. I would post a pic but I am afraid my SP might see (you never know!) so I will have to post a pic at a later date.

Anyway, because of my success I decided to make the endpaper mitts from Eunny. (Coincidentally I have wanted to make these things from the first time I heard the name. Endpaper Mitts. How freaking awesome is that name?)

Well you need to do a tubular cast on. Eunny prefers the Italian method, but after 4 tries and dropping a stitch EVERY SINGLE TIME, I decided to try the Turkish Tubular Cast on. It is a thing of beauty. I almost want to just use this cast on for everything from now on, it is so gorgeous. :) And of course I took pics:

Straight off the needles:
Turkish Tubular cast on

In the round:
Side view of turkish tubular cast on

Close up of the bottom:
Turkish Tubular Cast on bottom

I can't wait till these things are done!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

My SP rocks!! (and a slingshot)

My SP is so awesome!! She sent me all kinds of goodies!! I got some bubble bath stuff, some scrapping goodies, some yarn, C got some socks and little man got a bib!!


and a close up of the yarn (and yes, it has CASHMERE in it!!)


And also, I made a
slingshot during the superbowl!! I was done by the time the game was over, a very quick knit!!




Pattern : Slingsho by knitty

Yarn: STR in lightweight, Chapman Springs

Started: 2/4
Finished 2/4

Modifications: I used size 3 needles, and I actually wish I had used size 4. I couldn't get guage on ones like it called for, but I am really tight knitter, which is actually the main problem I had. It called for a "tight" bind off so that the cup wouldn't slip through, however, even on the three's, I think I bound off TOO tightly as evidenced by this picture:


You can see I couldn't make the finishing look nice and also have it fit around the coffee cup, so I chose to have it look a little crappy and have it fit.


Friday, February 02, 2007

Yummy Yarnage, and other BIG NEWS...

So I think I am addicted to Socks that Rock. I just bought 4 more skeins when they came out with their new colors. Behold...

STR Yarn Pr0n

So I had another colorway, called Chapman Springs. I am making a pair in Christmas Balls, but I wanted to something a little different with the Chapman Springs. So I decided to make a
Dreamswatch headscarf. (that is a pdf btw) It is so fantastic and working up really really fast. I started last night during the office, earl and grey's and I only need about 8 or 9 more repeats to be done! I am very excited, I LOVE the way it is turning out!

Closeup of Dreamswatch

Dreamswatch in progress

And as I was knitting away I looked over and I spied this:

Little buddy crawling

:( At only 5 months, he is finally able to move forward bit by bit. Not full out crawling, but forward motion has been achieved!!

*sigh* so stinkin big.