Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hold everything... I'm knitting for baby!!

 Whats on and off the needles today?.... Some quickie baby items. I whipped up the blanket this morning on the knitting machine and now I have to crochet the edgings. Hopefully that will not take me long.. this all has to be finished by this Saturday. Below is a little baby sacque I'm also trying to get finished. I'll see how much I can get finished tonight after work. Somehow I want to use the mesh yarn as a ruffle edging. I hope it works. The colors are purples and silver and I'm pleased that the blanket came out good. The yarns were two different weights. Yay for Joann fabric coupons. They took four coupons which saved me $13. Got to love that. 
 My wonderful daughter agree with much persuasion to model my scarves for me. You will now find these on my etsy shop.

Ok .. she is like.. how much longer!! Thank you Brit!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Off the needles!!

 Yay.. Holden Shawlette is off the needles, washed and blocked. I think I should have made the points a little more visible, but I still like how it turned out. I can always reblock it.
Pattern: Holden Shawlette
Yarn: Noro Taiyo sock, Berroco Ultra Alpaca fine.
I plan to wear this with a sweater that hasn't made it on th needles yet. I am now down to five projects on the needles and having to add one more.
 My sort of bf's both children are having babies in the new year and he wants me to knit something for each. Why is it non knitters always think you can knit something over night.. sigh..  I will be nice and try to fit them in. (^_^)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

holiday knitting ahoy!!!

 I just ordered these new labels for my etsy shop. I still need to sew them onto my projects and take some pretty pictures before I list the items. I'm excited about that. I just have to find the time and energy. Lately I come home after work and zone out and knit on projects.
This lovely afghan is being knit by one of the wonderful ladies I knit with on Tuesday night. I think it's awesome, vibrant and very autumn.
 What am I knitting? Here are four projects out of seven on the needles right now all in various stages of completion. I'm actually in the process of binding off the Holden shawlette which is taking really long for some reason. Maybe because of the picot bind off. It's not hard just time consuming.
 This is Abby's sweater. The Fabled cardigan from interweave knits. This is working up very fast and I added quite a few inches to it last night at my knitting group. Needles were just flying there last night. She requested a pink sweater with a blue heart. I will probably use the lighter blue for the heart. I love the construction of this sweater, top down, all in one piece, circular sleeves, pretty cables. I would like one in my size!!
 The Holden shawlette... Yay I pasted the half way mark on the picot bind off.
 I have only added a few sections to Simple Sprinkle #2,  but this is a fast knit and I work on it here and there.
 These socks are growing a few rows a day. There is only a little more than an inch to knit before I start the heals. This was a quick update. Back to knitting and hopefully getting some of these finished!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

once again...

 I gave this another try on the knitting machine and it did work out except that this has a right and wrong side. As you wear it though, it doesn't seem to show.
What I did:Used my Singer 155 bulky knitting machine. Cast on only 7 stitches using every other loop of the yarn. Manually hung every other loop onto the needles and pushed my needles back and then forward again by hand and repeated this until there was just enough yarn left to bind off. I slid the stitches onto a knitting needle and cast off by hand.

 While I was at it I wanted to see if this yarn could be also knit on the machine and it can. Again I am knitting it all manually by pushing all the needles forward picking up every loop, hanging it on the needles and pushing the needles back. I have not used a weight on this but just push the knitting back under the needles and then holding the knitting back as I push the needles back 3 at a time. Even though it is a little tedious it goes a lot faster than the hand knit version. I will post a picture when it is complete.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

all my wips...

I know it has been quite awhile. Lots of personal stuff going on in my life and I'm trying to adjust. I have also been working on some designs for my etsy shop and I get very single minded when I do that. I had actually thought I blogged more recently.
Here are all of my wips that I am working on, sort of in a round robin style. Sometimes I will pick one project and work on that for a day or sometimes I will knit a little on each one.  First is my Holden shawlette. I have finished one repeat of the lace edging. The shawl looks nothing like I thought it would. I had pictured all the stripes being dark and not fading into a very light beige which now blends into the border. It looks like a summer shawl and I could never wear a shawl here in the summer haha.
 Next are a pair of socks that are part of my holiday knitting list. I only work a row here and there but they are actually growing,  very slowly. I'm about half way to the heal which isn't bad considering the amount of time I spend on them.
 This scarf was an experiment. I tried knitting this on the knitting machine. I did a couple of mistakes and have frogged it and will try it again. I used every loop on the yarn instead of every other loop as I did when I hand knitted a similar scarf, plus I casted on too many stitches. So I will try this again with less stitches and picking up every other loop and see how that works.
 Here is simple sprinkle #2. This one is on size 8 needles instead of size 9's and a little bit smaller than my first one, but it is very soft and stretchy. For some reason the colors always look better when I pick them out.
 This project is hopefully going to become a beautiful sweater called Yuuret (roots). I loved the pattern the first time I saw it on ravelry, but it is a bit challenging and requires all of my attention. I was really excited to start it and basically that is where I'm at the moment and haven't worked on it since. So far I cast on and knit the cable neck and set up for the front, back, and sleeves. I think I will work on it more when I complete one other project. I love this yarn too.. Berroco Remix.

It is always exciting to meet people in person that you have met  online through ravelry or blogs. This week I was able to meet Jackie who came and  knitted with my knitting group on Tuesday evening. It was a pleasure to meet her and see all of her knitting projects in person.
 Well I'm about to run to Disney in between the rain.. happy knitting until the next time.

Wow! Don't ever blog in a hurry... sorry if you read this yesterday I have looked it over and fixed all the bloopers..  >.< 10/5/12