Thursday, August 31, 2006

The New and The Previous



Look, a finished object! Yay! There is only one thing that a knitter loves more than a finished object. A new project. That is pictured below. I am hoping that by the time my husband gets home later I will really have something to show him. Not just a few rows of ribbing, but some pattern. To my amazement, he actually seems to be excited about me knitting socks for him. You all KNOW I am wearing the new socks, right? Who doesn't love new socks fresh off the needles?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Husband Socks

I've decided on a pattern for my husband's socks. Last week I picked up the current issue of IK and there they had a pattern for some men's socks ( Fall '06, Father and Son Socks, p.92). I was finding that with most of my patterns, I didn't have enough yarn. Men's feet are bigger than women's and seem to take a third ball of yarn much of the time. This pattern doesn't. I was thinking about doing some toe up socks, but I wasn't sure if I really wanted to do toe up. I have the Priscilla Gibson-Roberts book Simple Socks Plain and Fancy and I may still change my mind make some toe up socks for him out of that book.

Today feels like fall. It isn't very warm and there is a goodly, cool breeze blowing. It's the sort of cool weather that makes you want to knit all day long. And I just might.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The REAL Mr. Rooster


Well, whataya know, it finally worked. Ain't he a fine specimen of a rooster flask? Oh the fun we will have, the places we will go. Heh, heh.

Mr. Rooster

It's a rooster flask! How cool is that? It is a birthday gift from my best pal, Hillary. She is my neice's mother. My birthday was about 2 months ago, but we almost never send the presents at the right time. Every once in a while it happens. I almost forgot about the fabric in the picture. It is a vintage print from Jo Ann's that is going to be a new top for me. I got some vintage looking buttons to go with it.

I have to thank Lone Knitter for the link to the spinning and roving swap. For once, I found out about something in time to sign up. I am usually too late. Tomorrow is the last day. It looks like a great opportunity to get started spinning.

The other day, I switched to a circular needle on Marihone. I was using 5 dpns, but I was getting these horrible ladders in the sweater. On socks and hats, I usually use 4 and don't seem to get ladders like that. I had been using the dpn's because I didn't think my circular was small enough. It is working out well now and I am actually happy about knitting on the sweater. There is nothing worse than when you just hate working on a project.

ps. sometimes blogger hates you and won't upload your pictures. GRRRRR!!!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Summer vs. Winter

Another delightful, hot august day. Yay. That is what the archives are for. By that, I mean it is absolutely delightful to look at pictures of last winter in the archives of blogs. It makes you think of how when the snow comes you suddenly want to knit socks or a sweater. Then there is the beauty of it still being summer. You can still wear sandals and your cool summer clothes. That leads on to my picture today. A red halter top that I made a few weeks ago. I love it. I had to alter it to make it fit right, but that's what makes sewing fun. Why make things for yourself if they aren't going to fit just so?

the lovely red halter top

I can't decide if I want to sew or knit today. Maybe I will just surf the net and drool over accessories. Knitting accessories, like a swift, a spindle, maybe a ball winder. I can't drool over a spinning wheel until I know how to spin on a spindle. My own rule to keep drool levels down. I am really envious of someone who got a spindle and roving from their secret pal. You know who you are. I am going to learn how to spin if I have to rob the neighbors sheep of their wool. I have wanted to learn how to spin since I was a girl. There were a lot of things I read about as a child that I wanted to learn how to do. Spinning is probably the last one for me to learn.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Is That A Sock?


Yep, it is a sock. I have made loads of progress on it lately, too. I decided it would be okay to focus more on the sock than the sweater since I would like to make a pair of socks in less than a year for once. After the sweater is done, I may even wait before starting the next kiddo project and make another pair of socks. My husband gets socks when this particular sock is done. It is kind of embarrassing that it takes me this long to make a pair of socks. I love doing them, but they always seem to take the backseat to the bigger projects.


We also have sweater progress to show off. I love that baby sweaters are so fast. Too bad I can't make one for me this fast.... Ladybugs, ladybugs, and more ladybugs. I love them.

Some day I am going to join some KAL or something. They look like they would be fun. Rather than knitting something up all by myself here. I will just have to like something that other people like. How hard can that be?

Today I spread out all the yarn I bought earlier this year. I had forgotten some of the colorways I had. There are a lot of socks in that box of yarn. One of the sweaters I have already made didn't take as much yarn as it said, and I am anticipating that happening with some more of them. I am going to end up with about 15 balls of unused yarn, I think. Maybe not. It is all fingering weight, so I can always make socks with them. It's always fun to pet your yarn. I have noticed lately reading other blogs, some girls get yarn from their men for birthdays. Naturally, I alerted my husband to this fact. When Lone Knitter got yarn, I thought it was very cool. Then Cari at Dogs Steal Yarn was given yarn for her birthday. Hmm, I thought. I would LOVE to get yarn from Brent for my birthday. Wishful dreaming, perhaps.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

So Many Weaknesses, So Little Time

I was excited to see the little booklet from the community college come on Friday. I am always excited to see it because it is fun to see what sort of community classes they have. Just in case some day I am one of those people who could take a fun class. I think I have arrived at that time. They have a drawing class for Friday afternoons. Better sharpen my pencils.....

I have made progress on the ladybug sweater. Progress in colorwork is so pretty. You can always tell that you have made progress by the new colors. Last post I mentioned Knit Pick's new yarn. I decided I have to wait to buy more yarn until I get some of the current stuff used up. I have no place to keep it. My knitting hamper is running over. My knitting hamper is a large, lined willow laundry hamper. And then there is the large basket my husband brought me one day. It has loads of yarn in it. And, there are also plastic bags of yarn...... Granted, most of them are packaged up as projects to do. Still, I must be strong and not lose total control of myself. I am saving the loss of control for the pattern sale at the fabric store on Friday. Naturally a sale means I will be buying fabric for sewing. I know a little knitter who just needs a little corduroy jacket.... And a snowman sweater.

And now to explain the picture. My mother in law was given leopard print fleece fabric, so she decided their little dog needed some blankets. One for each house. I took my cutting mat and rotary cutter over and we made the blankets in a snap. She even helped by tying some of the knots. She isn't a crafty person, so it is an accomplishment that she got it done. If you want to organize a party, she's the lady to talk to. Anyway, I took a picture of one of the doggie blankets. Happy, happy doggie.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

No Knitting Allowed

As if I needed temptations, Knit Picks has new yarns and new colors. I am not actually drooling, but I could. Really.

I have reached the heel flap on my sock. And I made my wrist sore working on it yesterday, so I don't think I can knit today. A good excuse for updating my knitting list. So, I updated my list of socks I want to make. It is getting long. I really need to spend more time knitting socks, I guess. The other knitting lists are mental because they aren't as long. How convenient that I happened over to the Knit Picks (with all the new yarn) site this morning when I am planning projects today. Hee hee. (no, make that a maniacal laugh)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Enough Projects?


As if I didn't already have enough little projects to do, I took advantage of a pattern sale at JoAnn's this weekend and now I can do even more sewing. Today, I picked up embroidery floss so I could start a little quilt for the now 3 year old knitter #2. Last year I bought all the fabric for it thinking I would do it before her little sister was born. I was pregnant and couldn't keep up with projects or knit for the first six months. The quilt never got done. I might be able to get it done for christmas this year, though. Let's see how many projects I actually finish by the end of the year!

I may be biting off way more than I can chew. Fortunately, that stash reduction promise I made to myself only applied to yarn. Of course, then I went out and bought a load of yarn from Knit Picks. See, I am just as weak as everyone else. I do have some stash reduction projects planned. And I can always knit/crochet a load of toys for my knitters and my neice.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Zinnias

And here it is friday, again. I haven't gotten enough knitting done to merit pictures. Instead, we are having flowers. Zinnias from the flower garden. I love fresh flowers in the house.



In a strange twist, I think I have some Knit Picks sock yarn in a colorway called Zinnia. I've been in the sock knitting mood lately. The next pair I cast on for will be for my husband. He's a great husband and deserves loads of handknit socks.

That brings me to last night. We had a freakish wind storm that kicked up loads of dirt and soot off the area that burned early last month. The storm covered a pretty large area and resulted in power outages all over the place. I spent my time knitting until it got too dark. After that I had to resort to folding laundry for fun. Fun?

Monday, August 07, 2006

Duckly


This is Duckly with a couple of her friends, a buff orpingtion and a buff bantam cochin. They are thinking how nice it is that Duckly is having her bath in their drinking water. Duckly is a runner duck, the cutest sort of duck ever. She is a lonely duck since all of her comrades have passed on. We are going to get her new comrades next year. We were going to this year, but for various reasons, we didn't. Runner Ducks are SO cool.

Now that it is summer again, I am desperate to get to my summer tops. I promised myself I would sew the little girl projects first. Yesterday I bought a book so I could make those gathered, piped seams look prettier than they might have otherwise. I think the book has helped.


There hasn't been much knitting progress on the sweater. When we went off shopping yesterday, I took the sock with me. It may be done by the time the snow flies around here. Usually that is November. Sometimes we get cold before the snow comes, though. Hopefully, by that time I will have finished several pairs to keep my toes toasty.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Marihone

Here is my new project. The picture doesn't really show the green in the color that it really is. I am using Knit Picks Palette for the sweater. It is Marihone from Dale of Norway's Soft Treasures for Little Ones. I have been working on it along with my sock. Maybe I will post pictures of the sock in a few days.



I also have pictures of my latest fabric finds. I draped the sheer fabric over the white because they are going to be sewn up together. It shows off the sheer much better than rolled up against itself. I hope my persnickety sewing machine will sew the hem on the sheer part of the top I have planned for it. I haven't started sewing on the little watermelon dress yet. Maybe later this afternoon.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Sewing Watermelons


Here we have sewing. To be precise, we have a little girls dress. Butterick 6361. It is a watermelon print that I have had for years floating around in my fabric stash. Originally, it was intended to be a set of kitchen curtains. It will be much cuter as a dress.

The new baby sweater project is coming along. I'll have to take a picture of it to post. I didn't want to post a picture until there was actually something to see. I love doing colorwork. My first knitting project was colorwork. It was a yoked fair isle. Really, it wasn't my very first project. That one had been done several years before the fair isle and was a complete disaster and I was never able to wear it. I did it in what turned out to be a sport weight yarn. The pattern called for a bulky yarn. I learned how to knit on it, so I guess it wasn't really a total loss. That was 13 years ago. My knitting has improved over the years.