Thursday, May 31, 2007

pRoJeCts oF tHE dAy...mAy 31

Just a few more row's left do complete the border of my linen shrug. I have to decide how big I want the ruffle to be. I tried it on and it fits just right and had a nice feel to it even though it hasn't been washed yet. Supposedly it will soften up a lot after a couple of washings.

One corner is finished on the border and I'm just about ready to work on the next corner then down the the second long side.. not too much more to do.. that gives me 2 projects close to completion. yay!!

Which means .. of course I'm planning new ones. I have made a pair of these socks not too long ago and really liked the pattern.. I just didn't care for the yarn I used and wanted to make a pair with nicer yarn. (I really need to stay away from the yarn shops) any way I bought one skein of Louet Gems in the soft champagne color ..100% merino wool.. and it's machine washable and dryable.. This is the sport weight...I need to read the fine print on yarn labels more often. I looked at most of the sock yarns in my stash and all but one are machine washable... they do not say superwash wool though.. but they do say non felting.. I just assumed that the 100% wool sock yarns were not machine washable... well being able to machine wash your hand knit socks is a plus..

Yes... I had a birthday.. and my bf surprised me with this pretty pink Pooka cake. ( NO I'm not 1.. heheh).. he forgot to get the candles and that was the only candle in the house. It's the thought that counts right?!.. any way it was very yummy.. and..

birthday presents from my lovely daughter Brooke. woohoo!! Stefanie Japels fitted knits.. a starfish candy dish ( I think) and dish towels.. Thank you!! <3

Saturday, May 26, 2007

tHinGs thAt wErE, aRe Now AnD wiLL bE..

I was thinking again.. ut oh... well this project came in to mind for some reason.. and for some reason I saved it for a very very long time in the state that it is in which is 95% finished. Every thing is there except the needles which I probably needed for a different project and never replaced . Weird right.. well I supposed I planned to finish it at some point.. but that never happened. I was knitting it for my daughter when she was younger.. a lot younger.. it's a child size medium.. my daughter is now 18 with a baby of her own. Omyw .. (oh my word).. well I'm thinking at this point... there is about 1 evening of knitting left.. so I would like to finally finish this project..why you ask.. why bother.. I guess it's the principle.. of finishing what I started.. for some reason was unable to get back to it and finish it. Part of stash cleaning and moving on to new projects I suppose... any way...

Here are my wips.. this is a crochet V stitch shrug. The yarn I'm using is Geneva Euroflax.. I'm doing my part in being green..using 100% linen.. a natural fiber. The yarn is very sting like and a little abrasive on my fingers.. after you wash it a few times it gets very drappy and soft.... but before washing..I can only work on it so long and then my finger gets irritated.. so...

I continue on the border of my diamond shawl.. the first side and the first corner of the border are finished... no problems with abrasive yarn here.. this yarn is so soft, fluffy, silky.. like knitting with fibers made from clouds.. (^_^)

Which brings me to a project I would like do...the Leaf Camisole in the summer issue of VK knit.1 magazine..I have to do a gauge swatch and make sure I can get the gauge with some yarn from my stash. The original was knit with lion brand cotton ease. The yarn I plan on using is called Coton D"Egypte .. it's an old phildar yarn that has been stuffed in the closet for years and years and years.. I've knitted a few things with this yarn recently and it's very soft and has a nice shine to it... and it's green.. 0.0

Thursday, May 24, 2007

OOOO no!!! magKNITficent tagged me.. this is what I have to do...

The rules of the game are that I must reveal 7 random facts about myself. I then need to tag 7 others & list their names on my blog. I also have to leave those I tagged a note in their blog comments letting them know they have been tagged & to direct them to read my blog for the rules of the game.

1. I have an obsessive personality..

2. I'm obsessed with knitting and internet gaming.. (my bf said I should add tattoos to this list..)

3. My first ever knitted item was a mangled mess.. at age 8 I knitted an orange garter stitch head band with many holes .

4. At age 16 I taught myself how to crochet and proceed to crochet my mom a queen size granny square afghan .. the colors were garish.(the poor woman still has it)

5. I have small feet .. size 5 and shhhh don't tell anyone.. sometime I buy kids cloths because they fit me better and the adult ones do..

6. My favorite colors are Pink.. white and black... why do I always buy green yarn..

7. I'm not a perfectionist.. really .. I'm not..

Man I don't know 7 people to tag that haven't already been tagged that have blogs.. so I will tag a few..

I tag...

Brandon.. (snicker.. snicker)
Linda.. ( check out her blog she makes beautiful things)

Well 6 is all I could come up with.. >.<

Monday, May 21, 2007

Little by little.. kind of slow progress.. but there IS progress.. I started the border on the diamond shawl yesterday.. this shawl is a bit bigger then the shawl/scarf so I think it's going to take me awhile... I have been working on this exclusively up to this point and I have a few other projects I have put to the side that I'm going to start working on again.. mohair is very beautiful.. just don't make a mistake.. ripping is slow and can be messy... (there has been some ripping going on too..0.0) I was on the last 4 rows and I noticed that there was a hole missing where there was supposed to be a hole... 6 rows down.. so I had to carefully tink back.. but all is fixed and now I'm on the border.. yay

These are the current issues of spring and summer magazines I picked up in the last couple of weeks. There are a few projects in each i would like to the near future..(^_^)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The shawl is coming along .. I'm addicted to it right now.. there are a total of 36 pattern repeats and I'm on #28.. not much left to do on the center.. yay!!

I found a yarn replacement for what I am now calling the green monster..

well I'm off to do more tiling.. and knitting.. (^_^)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

I'm at the halfway mark for the center part of the diamond shawl... Just spending a quite day knititng and watching movies.. very boring hehe..

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Something fun.. I stole this from maKNITficent..!!

Knitting meme

Mark with bold the things you have ever done, with italics, the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Here's mine:

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug (I crocheted a rug.. does that count?)
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Thats a lot of knitting!!

*Knitting update... my shawl is growing.. and .. um.. there was a trip to the LYS yesterday.. and damage was done!!.. (^_^)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

No knitting pictures today.. I have made a little progress on the diamond shawl but not much.. not enough for a picture hahaha. I had started another quill lace sock but scrapped it .. I didn't like how the yarn was knitting up. You couldn't see the lace at all.. I'm also working on a shrug and ran out of yarn and went to purchase more and the whole bin was gone.. so I'm hunting down yarn to finish that. I called my LYS and she has some cotton yarn that might just work.. I plan to make a trip there tomorrow.. I hope something will work.. I don't want to scrap that too..

Today I organized some of my patterns and yarns and papers.. I'm about to get rid of a load of yarn I will never use.. although.. I'm still going to horde a good amount of yarn .. If there is the slightest chance I could or would use it.. it stays.. (^_^)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

You can never have enough chocolate!!!... the darker the better...when the knitting gets tough .. eat chocolate..

Here is the progress on my diamond shawl.. it's growing little by little.. there was a little ripping but I'm back on track..this shawl is so light and airy.. so soft and snuggly.. it makes me want to finish it asap so I can wrap myself up in it.. 0.0

Friday, May 04, 2007


Here is the beginning of the diamond center shawl(the second shawl in the book Victorian Lace Today). The yarn I'm using is so soft and light.. I'm just loving knitting with it. I'm not sure how the little stripes of color are going to look as it gets bigger, but I have been hording this yarn for about 9 months. So... I think I needed to use it for a special project.. and this is a special project to me. Lace is not easy for me to knit.. there is some kind of miss communication between my brain and what my fingers do for some reason.. so for me knitting lace is very slow and careful ... but very addicting .. I am truly addicted now..

Speaking of hording.. I think I can knit lace for the rest of my life without buying anymore yarn..!!!..All of these cones are fingering weight yarn some.. cotton, alpaca, rayon or nylon..and were horded from my knitting machine days.. geezzzz I just can't get rid of anything ..

Thursday, May 03, 2007

*sCaRf * ShAwL*

It's finished.. finally.. I tucked in the ends and blocked it last night.. not perfect but I'm pleased with it. I forgot to put my camera back to a larger picture setting sorry about that.. The shawl is very sheer and light. The yarn I used is Feza kid mohair in the verigated brown..on size 7 needles.

and of course.. I casted on the diamond center rectangle shawl. For this shawl I'm using Colinette Parisienne

I already like this pattern because there is a plain purl row in between the lace row.. and the yarn is just yummy!!!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


I have been working exclusively on my scarf/shawl for the past 2 days and the end is near..!!What helped a bit was watching The Holiday twice.. a cute chick flick..maybe with a glass of wine or 2 ..
There are just 3 repeats left to knit of the edging before the last corner is turned and the grafting.. wow this has taken me a very long time.. that's what happens when I only knit part time on a project. I'm hoping to be able to finish this up today sometime. My bf and I are going to be grouting the tile we installed in his mom's house. I don't know how much time that will leave for knitting. Maybe tomorrow will be blocking day!!! YaY.. hummm .. well.. I don't have blocking wires.. so see lots of pinning in the plan.. I'll be pinning tomorrow..

I don't know about u.. but I'm getting tired of seeing pictures of this shawl.. I promise u will only have to see it on one more post.. I promise haha..