Monday, February 26, 2007

Green Sock Knit Along

My green socks are finished, finally and yes I did have enough yarn, just barely.
I suppose that I need to pay more attention to the yardage when I buy yarn. If I had made them just a little longer there would not have been enough yarn.


This is the first pair in green with more to come. But first I have to make a pair of socks for my sweetie and I have some nice black wool from Norway that I'd like to use. It's going to be a little difficult on the old eyes to knit with black but I'll give it a shot. I may cast on later today.

I'm also getting a fair bit knit on my navy cardigan and still working on the pink leggings. They are not going as fast as I'd hoped but hopefully by the end of the week I'll see more progress.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Yup, that's my big foot...size 12 actually so more yarn than normal is needed for socks. Notice the small amount left over to finish the toe. I hope I make it because getting more will be a pain.

This yarn is from KnitPiks and is an Ultra Merino and is lovely to work with. I hope that it is durable since I didn't knit anything into the heel and toe to strengthen it. Maybe I should have but I hate working with nylon thread.

Stay tuned to see if I have enough yarn.

I have to make a correction here, the yarn for these socks came from Kpixie and at 9 bucks a skein US dollars (that's over 20 bucks Canadian) that will make them the most expensive socks ever.

The pattern comes from Pink Lemon Twist and it's her own pattern. This is my second pair of socks using this pattern and I just love it. I am using a generic sock pattern and incorporating the pattern. I also use a different cuff, I like to do two knit, one purl, I find it stretches nicely.
This will be the first finished pair for the Green Sock Knit Along.
So sorry for my mistake...


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Knitting's A Little Slow

So I went surfing and ran across this. The story of a substitute teacher in Connecticut who faces up to 40 years in jail for having pornographic pop ups on her computer monitor through no fault of her own, and failing to protect her students from seeing it.

She claims to have been a victim of malicious software infestation. Do I believe her, yup I do because I too have had weird pop ups from time to time. The difference is I'm not a teacher and don't have to worry about protecting anyone from seeing them. I can take the time to just clean up the computer which Julie Amero obviously couldn't do.

Can this happen to you? If you access a computer in a public place anything is possible.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A Little Felted Bag

I started this little bag because I bought the OneSkein book and was tired of all my current projects (there are four things on needles).

I finished it late last night and because I sufferer from insomnia, decided to felt it right away. I couldn't wait, that's just not my nature.

So off I went to the basement, filled up the washer and threw it in. After about 20 minutes I started to get desperate, it wasn't felting, or at least it wasn't felting as quickly as merino does. But finally, I could see the changes happening and at the end it was only a couple of minutes that made the difference.

Now I learned a little lesson here, do a test swatch, it's worth it. That was also the same advice I was given by a blogger buddy. The second is Alpaca/Silk blend doesn't felt very well and so I won't use it again. I was trying to clear out my stash and had 100 grams left over from a sweater. Considering that this stuff cost me about 20 bucks I could have used it for a small scarf or gloves and it would have been better...definitely a learning experience.


Friday, February 16, 2007

A Boy Named "Sue"

I have just been informed by the offspring, that ultra sound tests can be wrong and they have been advised to have a boys name as a back-up. Well tough, might I suggest the name "Sue", you know, from the Johnny Cash song A Boy Named Sue.

Pink Sweater

I have enough yarn left to do leggings which I cast on yesterday. There hasn't been much knitting progress this week, there have been medical issues and tests for me, the outcomes of which were happily positive. Bit of relief actually, I have seen three specialists in two weeks and I've had enough of doctor's offices and hospitals. Now I can happily go back to knitting. I'd better find another color....grrr, I was enjoying pink.

Monday, February 12, 2007

A Little Something In Pink

Almost Finished

I have never knit anything on the round and certainly not from the neck down, so this was a new experience. This is my first attempt at anything Baby but I thought I'd make a stab at it since the "peanut" is due April 10th or so. That would be grandchild number four for me, all from one offspring.

I should have this finished in a couple of days and then I will see what else I can make for this kid.

Friday, February 9, 2007

The Hat Has Found A Home

I want to introduce you to Mila. She is the woman who helps take care of my Mom. She comes four days a week to do showers, help Mom dress, does her laundry, cleans her room and makes breakfast for her.

In reality, she does so much more... she is a friend to both Mom and me. When my sweetie and me want to go away for a few days Mila will come after her job and stay overnight with Mom. They are one heart and soul.

When Mom was hospitalized, it was Mila who came to the emergency room and told me to go home, she would stay until a room became available. It was Mila who settled her down that night and who came every night after work so I could go home and rest.

When Mila admired the hat, I put it on her head, it fit and that's where it stays. She's also getting the little purse, as soon as it dries and I can add the finishing touches.

Looks great on her don't you think?


Thursday, February 8, 2007

Another Finished Project - About Time !

There is a warning in the felting book that one minute can make a difference. I guess I wasn't paying attention, this hat may be just a bit to small for me...oh well, I have friends with smaller heads than me.

The other thing is the I-cord length. I was instructed (and I always follow instructions) to knit it 42 inches. Problem is, I'm 6 foot tall, therefore for me it should probably be 10 inches longer before felting.

Although I wouldn't really have had enough yarn to make a longer I-Cord, if you see the picture the amount of yarn left over is minuscule. Cutting it close as usual, I hope that doesn't happen with my cardi...

I guess I'm going to have to try again, I really want a hat like this for myself, maybe next time, sigh... as for felting, I guess I really need to pay more attention.

I don't think I'm going to get much knitting done in the next week. We have company from California (fools, it's freezing here) and we have to do some of the touristy stuff, like Niagara Falls! I hope to get some pictures of the frozen falls and post them.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Attention Deficit Or What?

There are all of a sudden four projects on the go. I started the Navy Cardi from Vogue a month ago. I had done about 6 inches when I decided it wouldn't be roomy enough and frogged it. Now I have reached the arm hole stage and I think it will be fine. I'm already calculating to make sure I have enough yarn. The pattern calls for 1400 yards, I have 1476 yards but I am adding an inch to everything. Am I going to make it, I sure hope so.

I'm still working on the green socks and this past week started a new pair in blue/orange/yellow stripe. I knew I would be spending some time at the hospital and needed an easy project, no thinking.

Since my Mom loved her felted hat so much
I decided to make one for myself in a beautiful cream color.

I hope to have at least the hat finished this week.

As an aside, the tablecloth from my pottery studio; if I make 36 more circles it will fit the whole table. Oh well, maybe some day.


Saturday, February 3, 2007

My Green Socks

This is a beautiful green merino from Kpixie, a company I had never heard of. I just followed another knitters link and there I was. I couldn't resist.

I hope to finish them within a week, but there is a pattern where I need to pay a little attention. Not mindless knitting.

This coming week we are getting company from California. We are a blended family with my offspring living in Cowtown (that's Calgary) and my sweeties offspring living in sunny California.

Well, the Californians are coming to T-Dot during what is meant to be the coldest spell of weather we've had in years...I feel sorry for them already.

Of course that means only mindless knitting for the next 10 days, stuff where no counting is required. I'll keep you informed how that goes.


Friday, February 2, 2007

I Won, I Won, I Won a Contest!

I never, never, never win anything. It's just not in my Karma so I was ever so surprised to receive an email from Helena over at Midnight Purls.

Seems I have won 50 grams, 270 yards of beautiful Angora in a beautiful buttery yellow color. That will make some nice wrist warmers. Thank you Helena, I am sorry you are allergic to it but it will get used here in the great white north... no joke were going down to -17c tonight.