Thursday, December 20, 2007
I casted on this morning and mid-way through finishing the upper back. A pretty quick knit so far and it's looking good.
If I didn't knit up my last cardigan in gray I probably would've chosen a gray shade for this one. I love green, but not sure about this green. There's a bit of gold in it that I didn't catch before and not sure if this will suit me. On the other hand, how can I go wrong with Oakland Athletics colors?
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The blue Handmaiden Sea Silk yarn on the bottom I received via UPS today also. It's for the Montego Bay scarf from the IK Summer 2007 issue.
Gosh I love green. I can't seem to steer myself away from it.
Anyone have a clue on how I can sprout 2 more sets of arms and hands so I can start all these projects at the same time?! I can't decide on what to start next! These are all selfish purchases BTW. It's all for me me me! Well, except one pair of socks if all goes well.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I made a few modifications inspired by a cute slouchy hat I found at Old Navy the other day. It was chunky with a soft brim. I think it was crocheted, but I had to figure out how to make a knit version.
- Knitted double stranded for chunky Foliage version.
- Added brim. After looking at knitted hat patterns with a brim I settled on using knitty.com's Topi brim.
- Repeated leaf pattern 2.5 times (instead of 2 for chunky version) to make a bit slouchy.
I'd like it to be a bit slouchier and maybe blocking it will do the trick. The brim is a bit thick and should have knit it single stranded. It's not exactly how I wanted it to turn out but close enough. As much as I love Malabrigo, this colorway isn't the best for the lace pattern.
I suppose I have no excuse now to not work on gift knitting. Back to working the socks. Maybe after I make more fingerless mitts with the extra Malabrigo left over.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Alrighty...gonna get a move on and work on my Foliage. I'd like to make one modification to it. I don't want to mention what it is to avoiding jinxing and botching my idea.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
One Christmas gift done...more to go.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Of course I bought some yarn to practice what I learned. No way I was leaving Artfibers empty handed. I purchased a cone of Ming (half silk/half merino wool) in a bright teal color and a ball of Bambusa (97% bamboo/3% silk) in a mossy green. Bambusa is soooooo soft that I'm considering making another Juliet Cardigan out of it. They were out of the color I wanted so I'm waiting for them to notify me when their next shipment comes in.
I'm do plan on taking some more classes at Artfibers again and learning more techniques.
Friday, October 12, 2007
All it needs are buttons. I'm headed to SF this weekend for a knitting class at Artfibers and afterwards I want to go to Imagiknit to find buttons. Last I saw they had a cute collection of them. Can't wait to start wearing this by next week. I'll have better photos to post by then.
In the meantime, I'm going to get going on the next project.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Sheesh. I don't have very much luck with picking out the correct size. Not sure if it's the patterns, the raglan style, or me. Probably all three...the latter more than anything.
I didn't think starting the lace pattern right after binding off the sleeves would've looked flattering for my chest size. Instead, I started the lace pattern right under my chest. I'm hoping I made the correct choice.
I'm 3 lace repeats in. I'll decide what to do after 3 more repeats...stop or move on. We'll see how it goes. I'm so anxioius to get done. I'm taking longer than I wanted to work on this. I have some other little projects I want to get my hands on. I'm really tired of the feel of cotton fleece.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I waited a week before I casted on Juliet. That's as long as I could handle. I received the pattern for my birthday from Bubba's aunt last weekend. I squealed inside so as not to let his other family members feel bad since I didn't want to be overly excited about showing how much I LOOOOVED the knitting stuff she gave me (not that I didn't like what others gave me because I did and I'm very appreciative...but ya know..it's knitting stuff!!). =)
I REALLY want to love this cardigan when I'm done. I'm way too excited about making it and I don't want to be disappointed. The only thing that concerns me is the size I chose. I've done 2 other Zephyr Style top patterns and I've always had to go down a size or two. I did the same with Juliet and *crossing my fingers* I hope it comes out fine. Fortunately I'll be able to try this on as I knit it. This will be an incredibly fast knit since it's a chunky yarn pattern. If I like it I may have time to make a second in a different yarn and color.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I forgot to mention I finished Bubba's Dashing fingerless gloves last week.
They are much longer and snug than the Fetching gloves I made for myself. I don't know if the snugness is due to the yarn not being as stretchy or the small gauge. I'd like to make another one of these gloves for myself but I have too many future projects in mind that I'd like to start. I'll get another Dashing on the needles eventually. OHHHH but wait, I wanted to make the Mermaid Fingerless gloves too. SEE? Too many projects. Moving on...
Monday, September 10, 2007
I'm working on my filigree scarf with the yarn I purchased from Artfibers in SF. I was doing just fine until I lost concentration about 3 inches in. Bah! I'm the only one who'll care or notice the mistakes but it's still annoys me to no end trying to figure out how I screwed up. I know I'm not that far into the scarf but I'm not the kind of knitter that will frog and start over unless I've really messed things up.
I got a surprise thank you gift from my brother and his girlfriend for dog sitting for them back in July. =) A tote bag from knitty.com!!!
It was very thoughtful of them. Do they know me or what?!
I also found myself at Imagiknit yesterday. Fortunately I found parking a block away uphill. I can never walk away empty handed! I purchased enough yarn to make the Juliet cardigan. I chose Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Slate Charcoal.
I nearly had a heart attack getting back to my car but this store is worth it. I totally forgot to look at the button section there before I left. Then again, it'll be an excuse to go back to pick out yarn for the Trapeze cardi. I'm always thinking ahead when it comes to the next project. =)
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Well, not now but it moved up to the top of my knitting queue. It doesn't look like a difficult pattern and it can be modified to your liking - long or short.
As soon as I finish my mermaid gloves (after knitting Bubba's Dashing gloves) I'm going to knit this baby up so I can get good use out of it in the fall. They suggest using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece and knit it double stranded. I may substitute different bulky yarn so I don't have to knit it double stranded. I'm not very good at substituting yarn though.
Red Socks for a friend:
Only got through my first ever sock. I don't like the heel. There seems to be too much material there and I don't know what happened. The foot seems gigantic too. Hmph. I'll have to figure it out with the second sock and make some modifications if I can.
Erin and I left today's A's game early and she took me to an amazing yarn store in the SF financial district of all places. It's called Artfibers. There's a lot of yarn in that small shop, but you couldn't tell by how well organized the place is. The yarn is beautiful and high quality. The pricing is quite reasonable too. I walked away with only one cone of lovely 100% tussah silk and will transform it into a Kira K (store manager at Artfibers) lace scarf design.That's all for now. After I get all my instant gratification projects out of the way I'll get started on Juliet. I keep forgetting I want to learn to crochet though. I'll fit that in sometime.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
It's a simple feather and fan pattern but it turned out wonderful.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I also need to find pretty buttons to sew on. I'm so picky it will probably take me forever to decide on something I like.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Problem: I have to purchase 2 more skeins to finish. I only need 1/4 of one of those skeins. You know how much each skein of Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb costs?! This is my most pricey project yet. =/ Holy crap.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Finished: July 14, 2007
Materials: A little over 4 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Size 6 ciruclars for body, Size 4 circulars for finishing
I actually finished it weeks ago in June, but didn't weave in the ends until today. It's a bit fitted for my "curvy" body. When I block it I hope I can stretch out some parts where I need it. I've never worked with cotton before so I'm not sure if it will work.
I'm trying to figure out what to make to use up that last skein. I looked up some projects in Ravelry.com and I think I'm going to make a grocery tote bag...doing my part to help the environment.
Speaking of Ravelry.com, check it out. I was invited to the community a month ago and you can see other knitter's projects and get ideas on one site. Pretty neat.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
This morning I woke up thinking about the progress I'm making and that this sweater hasn't given me any trouble. I wanted to do some more rounds before I have to get ready to go out.
A few minutes ago I came to the sad realization 45 rounds into the pattern that I missed the M1 stitch before the lace pattern. I frickin' effing f*cking messed up sooooooo bad. It's not so bad just looking at it but knowing me it'll bug me forever if I keep going.
I'm trying to not go running through the house screaming. Instead I want to cry.
Back to the start...
I DID go run through the house screaming. Then I flopped on my bed and had a temper tantrum like a teenaged girl who had her cell phone taken away. The cotton fleece is all ripped out. Bah.
*Update No. 2*
After reading the SKC blog, I found out I was wrong about where that M1 stitch is supposed to go. It actually goes somewhere else. I'm such a knitting rookie and so thankful for the tips I've found in KALs.