November 29, 2010

All Done Aidez

Well, the day before Thanksgiving I finished seaming my Aidez and put it out to block. I then wore it Thanksgiving Day to my mother in laws - it was still a bit damp but I didn't care. I just had to wear it. I had my camera - did I pull it out and get some pictures? No. So, here are a few shots of it hanging out in my room.

I love how it seamed up at the sleeves and the neckband worked like a charm.
Now, all my family knows I knit. I love to wear what I make. I love to give my knitting as gifts. What I love most is when someone compliments what I have made. Not one peep from anyone except from my proud husband about this sweater. Must say it took the air out of my balloon. However, I won't let it bum me too much as I LOVE this sweater and I know I'm going to live in it.

November 19, 2010

Lots of Knitting and Not a Lot of Blogging

I'm still know sometimes I wonder why I blog because I have Ravelry too as an outlet for my knitting and creativity. Then I realize I can't write on Ravelry the way I do here. So, sometimes I have a lapse in posts as I start to write one and realize I don't have anything to say.

Today, however, I have somethings to show you. First is Aidez by Cirilia Rose which I've changed the back too look more like this Aidez. It looks so small when you put it on the floor - the back looks more like a sleeve but this is very stretchy and I can put it on me with no problem. I'm using Cascade Ecological Wool and it is a fast knit. I'm almost done with the front.

Next I cast on for Big Frill using Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK (long name but lovely yarn). My sister wanted a sweater and she survived going to the yarn store and being told about weight/gauge/yardage and went from wanting $400 of cashmere to make this sweater to $130 of bamboo. I'm halfway up the back and am making it a bit longer for her.

Last is my first lace project ever - I've knit with fingering but never laceweight. Thank God for Addi Lace needles. This is Citron and I'm using Skacel Merino Lace. I keep trusting in the magic of blocking and know it will be stunning...I'm making it for my mom. I had the chance to give her that pink scarf I recently made and she loved it.

November 6, 2010

Another Successful Knitted Gift

My niece's birthday was on Thursday and I had sent her a few scarves I had made (2 I made specifically for her) and 2 books. At the time she was opening her gift from me, my mom's gift arrived via UPS. She had purchased her an outfit with all the same colors that were in the scarf I made - it was as if we had planned the whole thing. Last night she went out for a birthday dinner wearing her new scarf and her new to love when your knitted gifts are used right away!

November 4, 2010

This Year's Endless Christmas Knit

I started my string of Christmas lights from the Knit Picks Snow Day kit...this is going to be another endless knit but I'm having fun with it. This is how far I've gotten since Sunday...13 bulbs worth.

November 2, 2010

A Visit from One of My Sweaters

Today my godsister and her kids came over before we went out to lunch (no school today for election day...I know, ridiculous but that's how it is). As her daughter came in I spotted something pink under her very pink coat...I asked and yes, indeed, it was the sweater I made for this summer. One of my sweaters came for a visit. So we had a modeling session...the first photo was Robin's idea...the rest are poses that Miss America suggested.

She loves the sweater, wears it a lot to the point her pre-school teachers asked for adult versions. We also learned at lunch that a hot pink sweater is great camoflage for to love a washable knit.

November 1, 2010


It started with 4 skeins of yarn purchased at Rhinebeck 2 years ago...a bad start to a project and it sat there for another year. Then I pulled the yarn out and Miss America drew a sketch of what she wanted with it. She picked out the lace panel pattern and directed each step of the sweater...length, waist shaping, sleeve style and a last minute lace edge to the sleeves.

My job - figure it all out - and I did! She loves it and that makes the challenge worth the effort.