Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Recycling


This is what I made today in a few minutes. What used to be my favorite overalls (I loved them to death) is now a handy bag for my drawing things when I go to art class. It needs straps and a closure before Friday. I really don’t know what I am going to do about straps. I probably ought to go through some things I never wear. That is how I came upon the overalls. I am debating whether to use snaps or velcro for the closure. The bottom trim was one of the goodies I got in a bag of trim scraps from Walmart.

I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough on my knitting techniques list. The sweater with the attached I-cord is also knit in one piece from the top down. Two techniques in one fell swoop.

I want to thank Lone Knitter for the moral support on the sock. It’s always nice to know people are pulling for you even if it is just a knitting goal.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Those New Year's Resolutions....

I really was going to make that third post last week. But my world got turned upside down when I got a call saying my Dad had had a heart attack. Luckily it was a minor one and he is already back home from the hospital. He got a stent in the offending artery and they are going to keep an eye on another one.



I have finally finished my first January sock. I think I am running behind if I want to finish them by the end of the month. Not that I’m not going to try to get it done. Next month is a short month and the socks I am making have a pretty long leg. I need to get a head start on them if I can. Could this be the first resolution to go down the tube? Hope not.

I’ve been looking for projects with new techniques. One of the sweaters I found a couple weeks ago looked like it had attached I-cord for an edging. I am going to do a toe up sock for another technique. When you have knit for a long time, it can be hard to find new techniques. Short rows, cables, and intarsia are out. I don’t care for that geometric stuff that I can’t remember the name of. I haven’t done any real lace patterns, so a lace shawl may be in order for one of my techniques. By the time I pour over my books and magazines, I will probably have forgotten why it was I drug all of them out. New techniques are fun, so I am really looking forward to finding them.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I Love Red

Since I know there is at least one reader out there thinking about taking up quilting, I thought I would share a couple things when it comes to tools. Several years ago, my husband got me a cutting mat for Christmas. At the time I was a bit disappointed that he bought the largest size he could find. Since then, I have decided it was a bit of genius coming through. It is wonderful when I am cutting clothes out and gave me plenty of room when I cut my fabric strips for the quilt blocks. The other thing I want to share is about quilt rulers. Get one of the long ones. I bought a big square one some years ago, and I am going to get one of those long ones. My big square one was rather inconvenient when I was cutting those fabric strips because it didn’t go all the way across the fabric. I am all for making my job easier, so I am going to invest in a long quilt ruler.

I am in love with a color of yarn called Candy Cane Red. It is so bright and beautiful. Believe it or not, I have a sweater in mind for it. Yeah, I know. I want to knit half the sweaters I see. When I get my current projects taken care of, I am really going to knit myself a sweater. Possibly in Candy Cane Red. I love red.

How about those current projects, then? Here are two of them. First is the window covering. You will note the bit of puckering. Now you will, anyway.



I think I have avoided the puckering on the vest below. I am half way through the chart for the flower pattern. I am not sure if I will add anything else. Probably not, I want this to be a quick knit.

Monday, January 15, 2007

January Socks and Quilting

I am getting terrible about posting. I have promised myself that I will post 3 times this week. Hopefully, I will get around to it AND have something to talk about.

My January socks are coming along pretty well. I am not sure I like the way the heel was done. Previously, most of my socks have had your every day run of the mill short row heel. I think I prefer it. Someday I will make up my own perfect sock pattern. My husband has asked for more socks to keep his feet cozy while working. We are suffering in the cold now. My sweetie likes to have warm feet while all his coworkers whimper about their frozen feet.



My current new project is making up a vest for my aunt. She decided she wanted a vest instead of a sweater. I am using The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Bud and Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor. I’m working at a goodly gauge, too. 4 stitches to the inch. Love the quick knitting.


At long last, I have a picture of my log cabin blocks for you. There is a lot of work to do, but I still have plenty of time. I will probably let it slip away and have to get in a big hurry around the first of next month.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Socks and Yarn

My first finished object of the year! Yay! I am wearing them as I type this. I finished them Sunday night and was probably lucky to do so. I sewed quilt blocks all day Saturday (husband was gone) and we had a birthday party to go to Sunday afternoon. I didn’t take any pictures of the blocks yet. The quilt is going to be a birthday present for my husband.



I am now working on my January socks which are a discontinued yarn and colorway from Knit Picks. Sock Garden in Daffodil. Anyone remember the lovely yarn I got from my secret pal back in October? Mountain Colors Bearfoot. It is going to be my February sock project. I felt that this very special yarn needed a special pattern. The pattern is going to be Nancy Bush’s Traveling Socks from Knitting on the Road. I can’t wait to feel the Bearfoot on my feet.



Yesterday, I spent half the afternoon online looking at sweater patterns for my aunts. I now have 2 aunts enlisted, and that means 2 sweaters. I may use the same pattern for each of them. However, I managed to find 3 patterns I liked for myself. Fortunately, I am not keeping a number count of the sweaters I have been seeing that I NEED to have. I might feel ashamed if I did.
Speaking of yarn shame, I think that perhaps I really shouldn’t feel any when I look at my stash. I’ve been reading for the past couple years of people who have enough yarn in their stash for X number of sweaters. I don’t have that kind of yarn laying about here. I couldn’t make an entire adult sweater with the yarn I have. Unless it had A LOT of colors in it. It would seem that I rather NEED to do some stashing. The only thing I can make with my stash is socks and baby sweaters. It is sort of disappointing to think that I can’t go to my hampers and baskets and knit a sweater from it. Maybe I’ve done a good job of knitting what I buy over the years. I may have to punish myself with yarn this spring….

Friday, January 05, 2007

A New Look

As you see, we have a new look around here. I think I have figured out how to use this new layout/template thing. I can’t get it to put up the info for my Pacific Northwest Fiber Bloggers ring, though. It is going to require more study, I guess. I saved the old template on my computer before I started updating to the new stuff. Much nicer than what happened the last time I played with my template last fall.

I finished all the bits and pieces of the bears. I just can’t get up the courage to start sewing the little beasts together. Finish work. Yuck.

Instead I have been working on some socks and my window covering. I’ll take a picture of the window covering when there is something to show. I hope to have this sock done this weekend, because I decided not to count it for my sock a month goal. It seemed like cheating to count a pair of socks when I was half way through the second sock. They are some of my Socktoberfest socks that didn’t get finished. The pair I will use as my January socks were also Socktoberfest socks, but I didn’t have much of a start on them.



I haven’t told you all about my knitting experience just before Christmas. This girl working in a McDonalds came up to me and asked me if I had knit the hat I was wearing. I told her yes and she started talking very excitedly about how she was learning how to knit. She was so new to knitting she had to ask me what stitches I used to make it. Apparently, she was REALLY new to knitting because she didn’t know a knit from a purl. She told me she had some needles, some yarn, and some stuff she had gotten photocopied at the library. After she went back in the kitchen, I could hear her telling people about my hat. I have never seen anyone so excited about knitting and I really hope she is succeeding with it. Learning to knit was very easy for me, and I hope it is just as easy for her.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Some Unfinished Objects


Happy New Year all! It seems like everyone makes up a list of things they have knit in the past year. I don’t think I will. How about a list of things I would like to do in the coming year?

1. Become better spinner
2. Sew better
3. Knit a pair of socks every month
4. Learn 5 new knitting techniques
5. Drink green tea every day

Here are some things I really think that I will knit this year. A sweater for my aunt, a sweater for my husband, 12 pairs of socks (ok, this could really be pushing it!), a sweater for me, and I think we all know I will knit some sweaters for the kids. This is going to be the year I go back to knitting with worsted weight yarns. Last year was the year of fingering weight yarn.

Here is a list of what I have on the needles now. Generally, I keep to 2 items, but things happened and I have a bit of cleaning up to do.

2 pairs of socks (see picture above)
A window covering of my own design (see pic. above)
Boo from Knitty (see above, though there really isn't much to see)
Some eyes and noses for 2 teddy bears
Neck of a sweater that I am altering so it doesn’t choke my husband. (and maybe then he’ll wear it)

Yes, that is ALL I have on the needles. I know there are loads of people out there who start projects and don’t finish them all the time. I don’t want to be the little old lady who passes away with a room full of unused yarn and ufo’s. I try to finish my projects or rip ‘em and send the yarn back to the stash.

Today was the day of undecorating the house. Funny, it all comes down and goes back in the boxes so much faster. It takes me hours to decorate the house, but about 30 minutes to get it all down, packed up and put away. Well, maybe 45.