Thursday, June 28, 2007
No Sheep For You
Yarn: Undyed Black Laceweight Alpaca from Rich-Nes Farms
Modifcations: I used Size 4 needles and did only 9 repeats.
I enjoyed this pattern. It was easy to memorize, but not too boring. It starts at the bottom and grows each row so it's easy to see when you'd like to stop.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and Sophie was ecstatic, which is all that really matters in the end, isn't it? :)
Added bonus: The yarn Sophie picked was Lily Sugar 'n Cream. It took about 2 balls of each color so the total cost was only about $6!
The heart blanket lovey is made by Shannon, and the booties are a Dani creation! Aren't the heart stitch markers Gina picked out cute?
Monday, June 25, 2007
I decided to go with the Handpainted, and picked up one skein..then another and another. (Good thing Vince decided to just wait in the car!) Because it was a special day at the LYS, the cashier told me to draw a piece of paper from the bowl to find out how much of a percentage off I would receive. I let Dominic have that honor...and guess what he drew? 50% off! Woo Hoo - I ended up getting a very unexpected good deal!! I told Dominic he'd have to always come to the yarn store with me.
Friday, June 22, 2007
I cannot say enough good things about Claudia's Handpainted yarns. Love it. Elisa, this is great sock yarn if you are looking for something new to try. That is, if you can fit it in between Sock Club shipments. LOL! Those sock clubs remind me of those CD clubs I joined in college, that kept sending CDs every three weeks or so. Except a lot more expensive. I've had good luck ordering from Loop in the past. They photograph their stuff well, so you can really see what you are getting.
Remember when I commented on Elisa's stash by saying I don't usually buy yarn without the project? Ahem, well. I made the mistake of stopping into a new (to me) yarn shop in Alexandria, Virginia (HEY, ONLY THREE HOURS FROM PEZ'S HOUSE!) called Knit Happens. The gals in there were so nice. And had such good salesmanship. Behold:
It's "Paris," by Fleece Artist . I think it's going to be a Print O' The Wave stole. FOR ME. So selfish these days.
I feel like crap these days. But I did get a great hair cut. I call it The Carmela Soprano. Doesn't it look like I can whip up a mean batch of meatballs and sauce?
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Here is my new Booga bag before and after felting. It was fun to knit and I loved the wool. (Noro Kureyon #126; pattern at http://www.blacksheepbags.com/.)
I just love it! I can't wait to start using it. My dd wants one of her own, too, of course! She had to model it for me.
Thanks again to Gina who sent me the awesome yarn and the idea in a Magic Yarn Ball swap! Here is a picture of the goodies she sent. (& Gina- the ladybug stitch markers came in handy and are sooo cute!)
I always love knitting for others, but hey- this knitting for myself is kinda' cool too! :D I might have to try it again sometime. ;)
Here is the very cool sushi wallet...
Needless to say, while staying in the hospital, waking up several times a night with the nurses, worrying about my little d, and having to go into work - I've been a little brain fried. There is a part in the pattern that describes how to make a little tube where the zipper would be. I'm sure it's a pretty basic thing to do - but I could just not wrap my brain around it. I couldn't get it to work - I kept trying different things but they just weren't right. I went to sleep that night and woke up in the middle of the night and realized I knew EXACTLY what I was doing wrong. I had to wake up Vince to tell him that I solved the problem while sleeping!
Next project will be a flower that I can't kill - a knit daffodil.
I've not posted a public thank you to those of you that sent me some wonderful goodies yet...I want to make sure I know of everyone I need to thank. I suspect however, that most of you here were part of it...so thank you so very much. You girls knew just what I needed!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
My youngest brother just graduated high school! Woohoo! It is a big accomplishment for him, and he is college bound which is exciting. However, commencement exercises can be long, drawn out and pretty much uninteresting, except for that moment they call the name of the person you are there to see walk across that field and accept their diploma. So I knit...while I waited.
It was wonderful seeing my brother afterwards- he could not keep the huge grin from his handsome face, and he is so popular, I took loads of pictures of him with friends and
family. Even got one of me with him. :)
Also- I tried bamboo needles for the first time and I fell in LOVE! They felt so good sliding through the cotton yarn I am knitting with. (A sweater for my niece that I think she has already outgrown! lol)
Unfortunately, this was my first and last time kntting with them, as my knitting bag had a hole in it apparently. Waaahh. Now I have one lonely needle beckoning. No where in my town sells them, so I might have to go online to find more wonderful bamboo.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Originally uploaded by pezdiva.
Finally done with this mega trade, feels so good to be done.
It is not like the knitting is hard, or that it takes a long time - it is the little things, the extra color changes, knitting stems, tomato tops, that is what makes these knits seem to take forever.
Off to Florida with my girly tomorrow, eat well, be well.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
I have finally finished the dreaded Girlfriend Shrug. I won't even dare mention how long it took to make as it was way too long. Lesson learned: size 2 needles are not my thing. lol As happy as I am to be finished, it was a bit of a disappointment as it barely fits. I recommend adding more length across the back...the ribbing makes it a little tighter than it appears and she has to put her arms straight up in order to get it on.