Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Knit-along Day

Tuesday is supposed to be knit-along day so I figured I should start updating my knit-alongs on Tuesdays like a good little blogger. *hehe* First let me say most of my KALs have been put on hold so I can finish my daughter's poncho, it's almost done and I will be able to get back to the KALs this week. First Sweater KAL: I finished 2 sweaters and the group was dieing so I dropped out. I felt kinda bad about it, but I was finished, noone was posting . . . I know 'get over it'. Branching Out: I have the yarn and I am planning on starting it this weekend. We will be driving to the other side of the state to see family so I will have plenty of time to knit in the car. Clapotis: Almost finished with the increases, kinda on the back burner for now. Marker Mania: Names for the swap will be handed out this week, this will be fun. I know, technically not knitting, but knitting related. Mystery Stole Along: I want to finish Branching Out before I start this one . . . heck everyone will be finished before I even start at this rate. *sigh* Kiri: Haven't even decided on a yarn. Thinking of maybe a sock or sport weight . . . not sure if I have anything in my stash . . . hmmmmm Felted Bag KAL: I did knit up and felt a variation of Sophie, but not having a working digital camera really sucks because I can't post pictures. I'm thinking of doing felted bags as holiday gifts this year. Sock it 2 Me: I have been really bad about this one. I have finished a pair of socks for my daughter but didn't post about it there because I don't have a working digital camera (thanks to my 3y0 son). I am also planning another pair of socks for my DD to match her poncho (ok, really it's just to use up that yarn, but who's counting). Guess that's all for now . . . I will try to keep my KAL's updated from know on.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

sewing on the horizon

I went thru my fabric and pattern stash and while hubby took the kids to NW Trek yesterday I cut out several dresses for DD and pants for DS. Since I have a few things cut out sewing can’t be far behind. ;-)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

It's here!

My yarn finally arrived today, I was starting to get worried. One skein of Alpaca Cloud in "Mist", and six skeins of Shimmer in "Grape Hyacinth" from KnitPicks. Wow, this is thin yarn, makes me a little nervous. *eek* My plan is to use the Mist for Branching Out and originally I was going to use a double strand of Shimmer for Clapotis. I changed my mind about the Clapotis and am using Mountain Colors: Mountain Goat, so I will prolly use the shimmer for the Mystery Stole KAL and I bet I will have enough that I could use it for the Kiri Shawl KAL. I need to unearth a set of #8 needles before I can get started on Branching Out, seems they all have something on them. I have enough sets of 8's you wouldn't think it would be an issue.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Another UFO bites the dust

Yesterday I finished a sock for my daughter . . . the same sock that has been sitting sans needles, since my (then) 2yo pulled them all out, for five months. I wrote about it and posted a pic in my blog here, then the next day my son pulled out the needles. I was so upset I threw it onto the hall table and there it sat.

Yesterday, I finllay picked it up, put it back onto the needles and finished it. Last night I started the 2nd sock and got half way thru the gusset. This morning I woke up an dfinished the 2nd sock! I am so thrilled, another project finished and another skein of yarn out of my stash!

Clapotis love

This is a great blog page with poems about and pictures of Clapotis.


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I pulled the Quatro Clapotis off the needles and then I went ahead and dropped the stitches, 7 of them, and blocked it a bit. I love the way it looked, the color is very nice and it has some nice drape to it (from what I can tell).

I was reading through The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook and I may not have needed to rip it out after all. It says turning your work clockwise instead of counter clockwise, which I do, minimizes the yarn twisting back onto its self. Shoot, who knew?

Looks like after I finish the Mountain Goat Clapotis I may have to start working on the Quatro one again.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Finished knitting the zip cardigan

Thursday night I finished knitting up the KPS Neckdown Cardigan. I blocked the front edges yesterday so I could figure out what size zipper to put into it and today I will go buy a zipper, weave in the ends and sew in the zipper. woohoo! Another project almost done. =)

Friday, June 17, 2005

Ripping good time

. . . well, not really. After working on the Clapotis the last two days I am ripping it all out. I did the set-up and several increases, and I love how the yarn looks knitted up, but the yarn keeps kinking up as it comes off the ball and I keep having to stop and unwind it. I am not going to keep doing this for another 60”. One of the LYS is having a sidewalk sale today and I went. I did find some lovely yarn I think I’m going to try for the Clapotis. The yarn is Mountain Colors Mountain Goat (55% Mohair,45% Wool) in Silberbow. Two of the women who work there commented on how nice it is to work with, and hey, it was 1/2 off.
While I was at the LYS I also picked up 3 balls of novelty eyelash, one skein of Cascade 220 (that was supposed to coordinate with one of the eyelash but when I got home the color was not what I thought it was at the shop), and I also bought A Good Yarn: Knit Along With Debbie Macomber.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Finally a decision

I went to my LYS today to pick up yet another set of circular needles, this time size 1. While I was there I picked up some yarn so I can start my Clapotis, Cascade Quatro #9440. I’m planning on casting on as soon as the kiddos go to bed tonight.

Saturday, June 11, 2005


I've been messing around with my blog setup and now I have lost the archives and previous posts on the pages . . . grrrrrr . . . I hate sorting thru html trying to figure out what I did wrong.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

First Sweater Finished!

I finished my son’s pullover last night, wove in the ends and everything ;). This is my first sweater and I am so glad I finished it. pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Children's Neck Down Pullover #9730 yarn: Cascade 220, I don't think I will use it again for this pattern as it is a very light weight worsted (update 9/9/05: I was finally able to get a picture of my son in his sweater, without too much screaming and crying. Yes, the sleeves are actually even, he just insists on pushing one of them up.)

Now on to the next UFO, son’s zip cardigan.

Branching Out

I think before I knit the Kiri Shawl I will knit up a smaller lace project, like Branching Out. There is a KAL for this pattern also. Don’t know if I will join or not (prolly will) but I think the smaller project would be better for getting my feet wet with lace knitting.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


I finished felting and blocked my daughter’s hat yesterday and todya I finished my son’s pullover sweater! I’m on a roll.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

lace shawl

I would love to knit a lace shawl, don’t know that I would wear it but I think it would be great to knit one, maybe as a gift. I found a beautiful pattern on-line called the Kiri Shawl that I may try and do, there is also a knit-a-long for the pattern over at Yahoo!


I have several UFO’s sitting, waiting to be finished. I finally picked up my DS’s sweater this week and started working on it again, I think the last time I worked on it was around Thanksgiving. Right now I have a hat felting in the washing machine that I finished this morning. The only thing that it needed was to bind off eight stitches and trim off some ends. The hat has been sitting, waiting for me to finish it since the end of December, it was supposed to be a gift for my daughter’s birthday in January.

This goal is part of my stop procrastinating, knit or sew everyday and knit up my yarn stash goals

Monday, June 06, 2005

Found it!

I found the knitting project I thought I had lost (or the kids had hidden). It was in the sewing/computer room, also known as the “just stick it in there” room. I seem to remember asking DD to put it in the sewing room, someone apparently threw some other things on top of it and I found it today while I was cleaning.

DS's blue pullover

I did some knitting last night while watching Dr. Who. I knited one sleeve and about 1/2” on the rolled neck of DS’s blue pullover.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Trip to the LYS

In an effort to knit up my yarn stash I took a trip to my local yarn shop. I know, sounds like a bad idea, all that yarn just begging to come home with me, all the beautiful colors, all the fibers calling your name. I was strong, I had a skein of Opal self-stripping in my hand at the register and I put it back. I PUT IT BACK, I say!!

I did buy some patterns, for the yarn I have at home: Knitting Pure & Simple Children’s Neckdown Pullover, so I can finish DS’s pullover that I started at Thanksgiving; KP&S Children’s Poncho, for a poncho for DD to wear at the beach in the evenings when it gets chilly; Minnowknits Button, Button…, I thought this would be a nice sweater to give as baby gifts; and the book the knitter’s handy book of sweater patterns by Ann Budd, I had been looking for a pattern for a child’s seamless yoke faire isle cardigan, could I find one anywhere, no, it’s in this book, after looking for six months it was in this book all along. well, at least I have it now.

I also bought two addi Natura circular needles, size 2, 24” and 32”, so I can kit up some socks using the book “Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles” by Cat Bordhi. I bought them in 2 different lengths because I hate the idea of have two sets of the exact same needles, crazy I know, but there you have it. I also have instructions for knitting both socks at the same time on two circulars that I found on-line here that I want to try next.

grrrr . . . kids!

I was going to do some knitting on DS’s sweater, but it has disappeared! I remember taking the project to DD’s swimming lessons and working on it there, and I am sure I brought it home, but now it is nowhere to be seen. I called the pool and noone has turned it in to Lost & Found, I’m hoping DS (3yo) just hid it somewhere and I will find it soon. sigh

Saturday, June 04, 2005

It's curtains

I already have curtains cut out for the kids’ room, they have been cut out for at least 6 months. I also want to sew curtains for the livingroom (I saw some I really like and want to reproduce), a valance for the kitchen and curtains for my bedroom. . . guess I should start with the kids’ room.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Pattern Release

While I was going thru my stash of patterns to plan DD's Summer SWAP I found a bunch of patterns that will no longer fit her so I listed them as a lot of 15 patterns on e-bay. I am really enjoying clearing out the house . . . sing along with me . . . pleeeeeeeeese release me, let me goooooooo.