Sunday, February 22, 2009

Some Finished - Some In Progress

Yes there are socks, there are always socks somewhere in my knitting basket. These are knit from Regia Galaxy "Saturn" and I brought two balls back from Germany. It was such a good price I couldn't resist, I'm a sucker for bargains.

This yarn cost half as much as some Tofuties I recently bought and seems a lot nicer to work with. I started some socks with Tofutsies and last night my hands got red and itchy. Am I allergic to the shrimp and crab in this yarn? Maybe... I may have to abort those socks. Meanwhile I'm in nor hurry to finish these as this is my sit and wait in doctors office project. Keeps me sane while I'm waiting.

Feb 22 2009 007

I'm finally finishing the cardigan for Steve and I'm embarrassed how long it took me. It was started last spring for crying out loud. But by the end of summer since we were heading for the warmer climes of Greece I simply relegated it to the bottom of the pile. Now I'm into finishing stuff.
Feb 22 2009 004

All those ends to sew in, grrr...

Feb 22 2009 006

All done just needs a little blocking. I'm going to wash it a bit warmer than normal and hope it shrinks down just a little. My husband is not really that big. He likes it though and that's important. There was no pattern for this cardigan, it was just loosely based on the Central Park Hoodie without the cable and without the hood. I had all this yarn leftover from other projects that I wanted to use up. I couldn't get enough of the beige in the same dye lot so I simply alternated the dye lots between brown stripes and you really can't tell.

Feb 22 2009 012

That's it for now. I now need some new projects but I might wait until my eye gets sorted out. It really is hard to knit with blurry eyes...

Friday, February 6, 2009

More Stuff To Finish

In the spirit of finishing objects I decided it was time to finish this tablecloth. Before knitting, my first love, dare I say it...was crochet. Not the normal blankets and granny squares, although I've done my fair share of those as well, no what had my heart beating faster was filet crochet with nice really thin cotton yarn and a 1.5 mm needle. That's the size of hook that hair dressers use if they are pulling you hair through a cap for highlights, really, really tiny.

Filet crochet is really just a series of triple crochet and spaces to create flowers, leaves, birds, whatever and this table cloth did fit my previous table.

Feb 6 2009 003

It's not quite wide enough for the new table and my intention was to add a border to both sides of about an inch. When the knitting fever struck it was relegated to the back of the shelf. Today it's time to finish it.

Feb 6 2009 001
Once it's washed, starched and blocked, I think it will look a lot nicer and I'm going to enjoy using it. It's not to every ones taste and I know my offspring's not crazy about it but it suits me

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Compulsivley Obsessed

I have this compulsion to finish every single work in progress before my appointment with the Retinal Surgeon next week. I have this awful fear that he won't be able to help restore the vision in my right eye. To say that I'm scared would be an understatement.

I started this Lace Shaw over a year ago and finally finished it last night. In the picture below it is unblocked.

Feb 4 2009 001

Below it is washed and blocked. See how it grew in size.

Feb 4 2009 003

I really love the pattern.

Feb 4 2009 002

This pattern is a freebie from Knit Picks and is the first lace I ever attempted. It's called Dimple Shale Lace Scarf and was just meant to be a scarf but I had about 600 grams of Alpaca/Wool hanging about that cried out for something pretty, hence this shawl. The pattern calls for a cast on of 53 stitches for a scarf but I used 155 stitches for a nice width.

Now I'm back to my husbands cardigan. The back is done and the two front panels, which I'm working on one circular needle is just about finished. I'm going to do the sleeves at the same time on circs so I get the increases and stripes in the right spot.

There's also a crochet project, yes I do that too...that's just about finished. I'll have pictures of it real soon, as soon as I find a really good place to photograph it. It's really, really big...

Labels: ,