Christmas knitting finally finished!

February 25th, 2007

I’ve been dragging my feet on two christmas presents that were gifted on the needles and taken back to be finished – socks for my Dad and a shawl for my Mom. With the weekend off and dinner invite from my parents for today, I thought it might be a good idea to finish both.

First up, socks for my Dad, knit in my own Twin Ribs pattern, with Regia on US 1’s. Here’s Dad with the finished socks. He can’t wait to wear them.

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Next is the Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits Fall 2006 knit with Misti Alpaca Lace on US 4’s. When the magazine came out, my Mom dropped a big hint that she would love this shawl. Here it is blocking. After dinner today, I blocked it, and left it drying. Once dry, all she has to do is take out the blocking wires, and she’s ready to go. I really enjoyed knitting this pattern and highly recommend it to experienced lace knitters.

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And not to be left out, here’s my parents’ dog Daisy, aka Devil Dog. She’s a King Charles Cavalier and the most spoiled but sweetest dog around. She’s a bit tired from running around with my 3 year old twin cousins all afternoon. A good time was had by all.

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Sleepless Nights=New WIP

February 24th, 2007

Not that much knitting happened this week, until last night that is. I woke up around 1 am completely alert and bored out of my mind. Earlier this week I got to see some amazing WIPs at the shop. A child’s aran sweater class started last week and the sweaters are coming along beautifully. Since I don’t have anyone that size to knit for, I figured it might be time to begin some charity knitting. I haven’t done any charity knitting for about a year and a half. The last time I had lots of items to drop off – scarves, hats, mittens, a few baby blankets and a baby sweater – I put them in my car trunk to drop off later in the week, and my car was stolen right out of my parking garage, never to be seen again. The car was replaced, but I’ll never be able to get back the time and effort expended on those charity items. And I’m sure whoever took the car dumped everything in it (including a longaberger basket, the best ever ice scraper/window cleaner that I can’t find to replace, a handknit scarf that I loved and other miscellaneous car items). But those charity items. I imagined children pulling on the mittens and hats being cozy and warm. A preemie growing stronger, wearing one of my hats. A mother who has never had a handknit item, dressing her baby in the sweater I lovingly knit. All that warm and fuzzy goodness that is no more. It jaded me. I’m finally ready to move past it and begin again.

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So I cast on for the sweater with some left over yarn, and got my knit on. The sweater is knit in pieces up to the armholes, and joined for raglan shaping. I knit the back, fronts and began the sleeves. The sleeves are a contrasting color to mix it up a bit. I’m loving this pattern. It holds my interest and is a quick knit. This week’s class will have us join the pieces together to begin the yoke – I can’t wait. And I can see a little girl pulling on this sweater, smiling because of the softness and warmth, and bright cheery colors. And her loved ones delighting in that smile. You see, if you push me down, I do eventually get back up, with more resolve and strength than you might expect.

As for other knitting this week, my tofutsies socks had a heel flap, a turned heel, and half a gusset. Then I realized I didn’t center the pattern on the top of the foot. Me being my anal self, ripped back. Here is where it stands now – ready to start the heel flap.

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And I’m still on the 5th repeat of the lace rectangle shawl. Not bored yet.

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Now I’m off to enjoy the weekend – the first weekend I have had off in about a month. Enjoy yours!

More lace…

February 19th, 2007

Well, my knitting ADD has kicked in again, I started something new: The point about cuffs from Lace Style. I’m using Kid Silk Haze in Chocolate Brown and size 3 needles. I brought the needle size down because I didn’t want such a wide cuff. I love working with Kid Silk Haze, regardless of what other knitters think. Yes it is a bear to rip back, but doable (I speak from experience). The softness and lovely halo make just the right fabric for these little cuffs. One down, one more to go.

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And check out my new Maya bag from Lantern Moon in the top pic. It’s the perfect size for a small knitting project, and oh so pretty!

As for my other projects, the rectangle shawl from Victorian Lace Today looks the same – 4.5 repeats down, 25.5 to go. Not bored yet. The Tofutsies fancy ribbed socks are a little longer. Almost on the verge of being bored, but I’ll hit the heel soon, and that will fix that.

And I’m taking more pictures of my older FOs, so check the completed links every now and again for more FOs!

Snow (Sleet) Day Knitting

February 14th, 2007

So much for all the snow we were supposed to get. It has been sleeting since I woke up at 6 am. I tried to get into work, but I live at the bottom of two hills (so it’s uphill all the way! hehe!) and I slid down the hill I was trying to get up. So I turned around and went back home. Not worth it. So, what to do with a free day? Start a pair of socks of course!

Yarn: TOFUtsies, Color #731 Ten Foot Tall
Size 2 Needles
Pattern: A Pair of Socks from Interweave’s webKNITS

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This yarn is so soft and naturally anti-bacterial to boot – I’m enjoying knitting with it.

Amazing Crochet

February 12th, 2007

This is not your grandmother’s crochet! Doris Chan has written an amazing crochet lace book inspired by old-fashioned lace but updated with today’s style. This is the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl (the one on the cover). I used SWTC Twize – love this yarn. The tweediness, softness and drape combine to create the most amazing fabric. It’s a little splitty, but worth it.

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Now go crochet something amazing!