January 31, 2009
January 30, 2009
Yes, it is here - Finishing Friday! Presenting my finished baby blanket for my sister who is due in a week or so. Just in time. Now, my daughter keeps asking "how do you know she's having a boy" and I had to explain to her that I didn't want to make a mint green or yellow blanket - I wanted something with strong color. My sister's two older kids have BIG blue eyes so I'm expecting this blanket will go with those eyes.
My mom follows my blog and she thought the color is perfect. She is heading out to California in a few weeks to be with my sister and help out. She promised she'd wrap the baby up in this blanket - maybe she'll take a picture and I can post the bundle of joy wrapped in a blanket made with love.
January 28, 2009
My Ingenue is trucking along. I'm still doing the increases for the raglan sleeves and am almost at the point where I start the body. Some wonderful comments and discussion on my post about Fudging It on my Ingenue. Seems like fudging is okay and I definitely can't see where I forced in an extra increase...good thing it is dark yarn.
I had some substitute teaching this week and in between classes or while the kids are reading, I knit and read. I cranked out number 8 mitten but didn't embroider it yet. Number 9 is on needles now...I sub tomorrow and should finish that off too.
So, while all this snow is great for my knitting, I'm ready for summer - aren't you?
January 27, 2009
Use the first letter of your name to find a word for each of the following:
Your Name - Estella
Four letter word - Edge
Boy name - Elliot (my nephew's name)
Girl name - Emelyn (a family name I wanted to name Miss America but DH declined)
Occupation - Educator
Color - Eggplan
Beverage - Eggnog (yuck)
Something found in a bathroom - EPT (not in ours though)
Place - Europe
Reason for being late - Everything related to kids
Food - Eggs (I'm using the egg thing a lot, huh?)
Something you shout - EEEK!
January 26, 2009
So, what do you do in a case like this? I guess I could say I'm lazy but I know if it was really off I'd be ripping it out. One stitch - no big deal.
January 22, 2009
I realized I took a picture of Ingenue INSIDE OUT! Here is the right side...much better, more interesting texture. I think this stitch would make a wonderful cowl. When I picked up this last night I realized I did a whole section wrong so I had to rip out 8 rows of knitting. Now I'm back on track.
I also read about this cool tool which was introduced at TNNA. The Knit Kit - coming out in March. Kind of clever...especially with the crochet hook tucked in the side and the stitch counter with a lock (I always accidentally click mine when I put it away). They are suggested retail for around $20. Hmmm...maybe I can ask for one for my birthday in May. I won't ask my knitting sister though as I might not get it until next January!
January 21, 2009
Here is my Ingenue - I'm just on the neck now. I LOVE the detail of this stitch.
My sister's baby blocks blanket - this is great mindless knitting and is coming along quickly. The color is growing on me...if she has a girl I might put the baby's initials or first initial in pink on a corner block.
January 20, 2009
Well around 8:30 as I found out one gas station wasn't open (step 3 on the list) I pulled back onto the road and was heading to another gas station when a big Boars Head Meat truck pulled into my lane trying to go around a stopped car. I slammed on the brakes and next thing you know I'm rear-ended by someone.
No one was hurt, the truck kept going and this poor woman and I were stuck dealing with a morning mess. I will tell you that a Toyota Sienna fares better than a Toyota Prius. Her car's front end was crumpled in and had to be towed away. My car has some heavy scratches on the bumper. After waiting for over an hour for a police car to come and write the report, I got on with my morning.
Got gas, got groceries, ate a quick lunch, hit the library and then went to substitute teach - so in the order of my day I got almost everything done except take pictures and post them on my knitting.
Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett.
January 17, 2009
End of rant. Tomorrow pictures.
January 16, 2009
Well the mailman brought me a bounty from both my sister and Little Knits. Yesterday I showed you my sister's gift and today I'm showing what I ordered from Little Knits. All this yarn was on sale and I only ordered stuff I had something in mind to make.
First this Uruguay Chunky to make another cowl or mittens (Bella's Mittens are speaking to me right now but I might use the yarn from my sister...or make 2 pairs).
This Debbie Bliss Cathay is to make this sweater (ravery link) - it was on such a deep discount I couldn't resist.
Lastly, my yarn to make Ingenue - Ella Rae Classic.
I just cast on for the baby blanket and I know I have to swatch for Ingenue right away too. There just aren't enough knitting hours in the day are there?
January 15, 2009
Neither rain, sleet nor snow (nor 90 minute delay, lots of traffic due to the snow and car accidents) could keep me from my sit and knit date with Jennifer. This time to sit, knit, continue a blogging/email conversation was long in the plans and so much fun.
Jennifer has a wonderful Knit Nook which is full of yarns, patterns, inspiration (my daughter loved seeing the bookcases of colors). Thank you Jennifer for a lovely morning - we will plan another sit and knit soon!
Jennifer is working on a baby blanket and it inspired me to whip up one for my sister who is expecting in February. I went to the LYS on the way home and came back with some Berroco Comfort which is inexpensive, washable and dryable...all good things for a 3rd child.
My bounty increased even further when I got home and found a package containing my birthday present from my knitting sister, Beth. Now mind you my birthday WAS in MAY! I completely forgot about the belated gift and she could have waited and gifted it to me this year...one year I got my present when Miss America had her birthday in October but this year she broke the record.
It was well worth the wait! Lovely Saphira yarn which will look great in a Just Enough Ruffles scarf I think, some fun glasses for my knitting (a little stronger than I wear but it will be good for detail work) and some starfish earrings.
The bounty continued with a delivery of the yarn I ordered last week...I'll post that tomorrow. Why can the mailman spread out such fun deliveries???
I think I'll make him this summer - he really is cute.
Today we have snow and cold and a delay for school - I'm hoping it doesn't mess up my sit and knit plans with Jennifer.
January 14, 2009
Here are the first 6 mittens for the advent calendar I'm making. It is a bit addicting working on these and I already have #7 done just not embroidered. At this rate I could make 2 of these before Christmas!
Tomorrow I have a sit and knit date with Jennifer - we were supposed to meet in December but #1 son got the stomach flu and there went that plan! I'm looking forward to it and to meeting Wilma her dog.
I just got an email saying my yarn for Ingenue has shipped - I hope I can cast on by this weekend.
January 12, 2009
January 11, 2009
Okay, I'm loving this project! No rush, plenty of time, and quick little knits for when I need to fill the gap between big projects. Mindless knitting - got to love it! There is a method to this color selection...can you guess what color the next mitten will be?
I think I'm going to have to rip out the embroidery for the #2 - it can be better.
I'm still waiting for my yarn to start Ingenue. I've cast on for Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell and will post pictures soon. I'm about 1/3 done and should have more to show after today's football games (GO GIANTS!).
January 7, 2009
So I went online to find an affordable way to make it and ended up with five skeins of Ella Rae Classic in Deep Sapphire Blue Heather. It was on sale for $3.25 a skein - you can't beat that!
Until my yarn arrives, I'm working on the Adventskalendar which I first saw on Leslie's blog and have completed two mittens so far. My numbers are different sizes but I can't worry about it - freehand embroidery isn't easy.
I think I'm going to cast on either Camisa or Lutea too - I have some Berroco Touche I've been looking to use and I could wear it when I visit my parents in Florida this spring.
Okay, now I'm off to knit before the darlings get home. We had an ice storm today and I was really surprised they had school - while the main roads are fine side roads and driveways require ice skates!
January 6, 2009
Some contenders shown in order here:
Drops Tailored Cardigan (have any of you done a Drops pattern?)
I'm looking for something fast, satisfying to knit, warm for use soon. I'd love your input, advice, suggestions, inspiration...HELP! I've spent so much time trying to figure out what to make.
January 5, 2009
This sweater fits like a dream, it is warm, it is comfortable, it is versatile. I can wear my required cold weather/cold house (we keep it at 56 most of the time) Cuddleduds underneath and they don't show (a problem with my Poppy sweater).
I've included a few closeup shots of the detail at the neck.
I just love this sweater - it hasn't been blocked yet but I had to wear it today!
January 4, 2009
So I was reading Sheep in the City's blog and saw she had joined up for NaKniSweMoDo 2009 (Ravelry link). I looked at it and thought I could do this too if I really tried....call me crazy if you want. However, I think it will tie in nicely with my Finish or Frog It 2009 efforts. While the guidelines have you knitting 12 adult sweaters over the course of the year, I can adapt the rules a bit and include a few sweaters for my daughter (she's 11 going on 25 so let's say she's an adult). Oh, and I do have a head start - my Braided Pullover is almost done so that could be my first sweater completed!
Then I saw Lucia had a wonderful adaptation which I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with patternwise for us to knit.
Now, what will I include on my list of 12??? Some are already on my yarn resolutions list.
- Slinky Ribs (already have the yarn)
- Ingenue (yarn is on sale at Webs and I'm going to have to cash in on that today as it is the last day of the sale) which looks like a fast knit
- another sweater for my almost adult daughter
I'll keep you posted on what other ones come to mind.
January 2, 2009
So, it is Friday and I'll just let you know I'm going to Finish my Braided Pullover...I will post pictures tomorrow. I'm on the second sleeve and hope to be done in a week or so.
Why don't you join in on the fun?