Tuesday, September 29, 2009

project of the day..

I'm hoping to turn this fleece into yarn by the end of the day.. can I do it?? I also have to run a few errands and run all over town.. and then there is INOKissimmee meeting tonight.. hum..
I'm still feeling anxious here and there through out the day and when using the medication I start feeling depressed for no reason at all.. Someone suggested some herbal treatments that I'm going to look into today. Hopefully that will help without the side effects.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

apples and pumpkins.. yay

When apple picking.. it is important to taste all the apples before bringing them home. They sure look good. This reminds me so much of autumn something that we don't get to experience in Florida. I guess that's the sacrifice we make for the beautiful winter weather. Apples and pumpkins.. yay. Nothing taste better then a NY apple right off the tree..










































Now it is really finished. I sewed on the buttons. Now I have to decide what to knit next. I have a list of Christmas gifts to make, but which one to choose.. humm

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ta dah!! 2 projects completed in one day!!

Just to make the record clear I only completed them on the same day.. I didn't knit the whole project in one day. First project finished was the entrelac wrap or Orchid Wrap from Knitscene magazine.
Yarn: Lion Brand Alpine wool
Needles size 11 circulars.
Over all this was a fun and fast project.






















The second project I finished was the Reverse cable rib sweater.
The pattern link is here.
Yarn:Bernat Natural Blends Soy.
Needles size 7. This yarn is very soft and silky perfect for a baby. Hopefully the sweater will fit the baby. Now if I can choose which buttons I like and sew them on I can pack it up. I think picking out buttons is the worst part..

I want to thank you all for your concern and to let you know I am feeling a lot better as of today. I'm on anti anxiety meds and they seem to be working. They are only for short term use and I still have to go to the doctor again for one more test.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

cuties!!

As I type.. I'm on the last row of the entrelac wrap which means this project is going to be finished very shortly. I have to run to Joann fabri some day soon and pick out 2 large buttons for the closure. I'm still not sure if I will have enough of the black yarn to finish. It looks really close. I took a picture of back side of the wrap because I figured you are probably tired of seeing the front of it by now. For some reason I like how the back looks almost better. If you need a fast gift to knit up for the holiday I would recommend this project. It was very fast and only used 4 balls of yarn.







































Abby and Cameron went apple picking the other day with Mom and Dad .. What cuties.. I think Abby tasted every apple. They will be visiting me in November. I can't wait to see them and give them both a great big kiss and hug. (^_^)

Monday, September 21, 2009

speedy knitting..

Wow.. this seems to be knitting up really fast. ( maybe I'm knitting faster from all my anxiety!!) I'm at the halfway mark right now and just added the second ball of black yarn. I'm hoping I will make it to the end without having to purchase that one more ball of yarn and only use a few yards out of it. I actually like working with this yarn. I think I'm going to stock up on some for later use. There are a few more projects that call for this wieght yarn that I have on my queue. Also my brother would like me to knit him a red scarf and I think this yarn will make a nice warm fluffy scarf for him. After I finish knitting this and if I really like it I might make a few in different colors as gifts. (^_^)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

anxiety....

Well the last few days have been very stressful and so there isn't much knitting to show. I did start my entrelac wrap though.
The other night I woke up with chest pains and shortness of breath. Took a trip to the ER to get checked out. They did all the tests, blood, exrays, monitors. My blood pressure was high but since I have no risk factors they told me it's anxiety and gave me a prescription for anti anxiety meds. I was also told to see a physician as soon as I could and I didn't want to take anymore days off from work so it went to a local doctor later that evening. He said it could be my thyroid.. told me to take my blood pressure everyday and keep a log of it and see him next week. So that's what I have been doing the last 3 days. I still feel breathless now and again. Knitting does help to make me feel a little calmer. I'm trying to figure out if I have some kind of anxiety trigger. Who knows.











Tuesday, September 15, 2009

slowness...

Here is the progress on my socks. I just finished the funny little heal gusset. This gusset starts from the center of the sole rather then the side of the ankles. Right now I'm trying to figure out what to do next. The photo on the pattern is showing a slip stitch heel flap, but the directions just say knit the heel back and forth on needle #2. Humm.. I'll have to research this online because the next sentence is talking about decreases.. I'm confused..
















The next project I'm planning on knitting is this entrelac wrap from knitscene magazine, the winter 2008-spring 2009 issue. My yarn budget is super small and so finding the right yarn has taken a while. I ended up purchasing Lion Brand Alpine wool in black and natural and decided to dye the natural in reds and purples. I'm not happy with how the purple came out so I am going to over dye it today maybe add a little blue in with the purple and see what happens. I notice that the colors were muted that the yarn didn't seem to take the dye well. Usually the colors are very bright. I'm also going to use less water in the dye solution. ( fingers crossed heheh)


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I love these sweaters!!

Here is the new project I'm working on. Only it's not so new. I started this last year in October when I hear I was going to have a new grandson. But as I was knitting it I realized that he wouldn't be about to use if for about a year and decided to put it away until a later date and work on projects that he could use for the winter of last year. So it has been 9 months now and it's time to get this finished so he can use it this year. I picked it up yesterday after I finished my Leaf Motif Jacket and worked on the reverse cable pattern on the front. I was able to complete that in an afternoon. I go to work later today and will get at least part of the sleeves done. All that is left is the cable pattern on both sleeves.




















Anthropologie always has the nicest winter sweaters. Here are a few that I liked. There were a lot more and some really cute dresses.

























Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Complete.. almost..

Hot off the needles.... I just finished tucking in all the ends and now she just needs a wash and a little blocking and ta-dah.. and winter jacket. I started this project as a way to get rid of all the left over balls of yarn in my closet, but once I started I didn't want to add all the colors that I had.. so I went and purchased more plum and one skein of black to finish it. Now there are more left overs... hummm. Anyway I'm happy with the out come.
Pattern: Leaf Motif Jacket by Mellisa LaBarre found in Vogue Knitting Fall 2009
Yarn: Lion Brand thick & quick, colors Fig and black
Needles: size 13 circulars. ( the longest ones that I had)
So you know what that means... I get to start a new project today!!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Sunday Morning

Progress on my Vogue Leaf Motif Jacket. I'm trying to finish the second sleeve this morning before work. I enjoyed my Sunday morning watching Sunday Morning on ABC. Then browsing some beautiful knitting patterns on Ravelry . So many beautiful patterns are making my ravelry queue grow even bigger! One of the patterns that I queued is Bonnie Sennott's Rising Fog shawl. It's a beaded rectangular shawl.. something I would like to knit after the holiday knitting is finished.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

knitting and rain...

Last night was my knitting group meeting. I working on the jacket while there. I encountered a problem at the point where I did the last Russian join.The yarn slipped out from knitting with it and made a hole. It was about 2" back so I ripped and rejoined the yarn making sure this time that It was joined well and knitted on. I'm now 2" shy of finishing the body. Next .. on to the sleeves..




















Lately we have been experiencing some pretty intense rain storms here in Florida. The clouds actually look black. This picture was taken right before almost hurricane type rain. The only difference is that the wind wasn't as intense and the storm was short and didn't last hours.