Monday, July 26, 2010

Started a few things. . .

I finished a few projects and the projects I have on the needles are, for me, things I will knit over time because they go on and on and on.  Like this scarf.  It is half way there but it has a few feet more to go before it will be the scarf I know it can be.

Really, I  have to make some room in my stash boxes for this years goodies from
Rhinebeck's Wool and Sheep Festival. 

So I decided to start a  few new projects. . .
I am knitting myself a sweater from the early fall 2010 issue of Vogue Knitting out of Rowan Plaid. I picked up this yarn at Smiley's Annual Hotel Sale here in NYC back in 2009.  A bag of 10 skeins was $30.00.   The yarn seems to be made up of 3 different colors of sport or fingering weight yarn (turquoise, lime and grey). I am glad I stashed this yarn, this pattern is what it has been waiting for.  I modified the pattern, or rather simplified it, by leaving out the center panel on the back.  I didn't really like it.  Besides with this colorway it would have been too busy.  To conserve on yarn I also left out the pockets.  I did the math and will be cutting it close on this project.  I'm working on the front right now.  I might have to purchase a couple more skeins to make the sleeves longer and I'm afraid those 2 skeins will cost me more then the other 10 did put together.  Isn't it pretty though?
I am also making the Lazy Mock Cable socks that my friend and fellow knitter, Suzy (aka KnittingKnoobie) has made several times over.  They are very cute. I messed up the 2x2 ribbing at the start - it was late at night - so it stayed that way.  I promise to do right on the next pair.  Yes there will be a next pair.  This is a fun and really cute knit!  I totally get why Suzie goes back to this pattern often, I think I might too.  By the  way this is some of the Socks that Rock yarn that I am making room in my stash for.
I am going to use this to make my next pair of socks.  Also STR but in medium weight instead of light weight.  I haven't picked a pattern for it yet.
I'm thinking I might do a second pair of Lazy Mock Cable Socks
or maybe something else.  I'll decide by the end of the week.
I have to have my vacation knitting lined up by then.
Next week we are going camping by the Jersey Shore.
I don't know if we'll be anywhere near the folks from the show, Jersey has a big shore,
but if I run into Snookie I'll teach her how to knit!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Finshed a few things . .

I've started a couple of projects a while ago.  Oh who am I kidding?  I started a lot of projects a while ago.  So I have been trying to finish them all. Yes all at once.  Yes kidding again.  I knit happy, drunk on completed projects.  How sweet life can be when I "keep it simple stupid".  Not really sure what the exact meaning of that is but for me sometimes it means don't over complicate and sometimes it means ahh - stupid you over complicated.  But I digress, I stupid. 
I mean I finished a few projects and here they are. . .
The first is a blue version of my smoke ring cowl.  I designed this with the help of a stitch pattern from one of Barbara Walkers' stitch pattern books.  I am finishing up the pattern and will have it posted on Ravelry shortly.
The second finished project is my O-Link socks in a solid color.  I made them out of Lion Brands new solid color sock yarn.  It's not luxury yarn like say STR, but it on par with other sock yarns of its price range and the colors are pretty nice.  Next time I use this yarn I think I'll double it for a more substantial fabric.  This pattern, too, is getting the final touches for posting.
And I also finished knitting A Swallowtail Shawl out of Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Lace.  It was a bit of a challenge to get used to this skinny yarn.  But after a few repeats I grew used to it.  The biggest problem I have with this pattern are the nups.  They kicked my butt several times. They were frogged several times. I knit the lily of the valley repeat so may times I could have grown a few real ones! 
And I managed to get this out of my frustration . .
So with all of this finishing of projects you know I have to add a few new ones. 
So what if I have 2 Walker swatches, a house blanket,
a very large scarf and a rather skinny scarf to finish.
Shouldn't one always have a pair of socks on the needles and I haven't knit a sweater in a while. 
Besides Rhinebeck is coming and I haven't finished knitting a big enough hole in my stash yet.
Gotta make room!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Walker Treasury Project Donation

A couple of posts/months ago I wrote about joining the Walker Treasury Project.  See that big obnoxious button on the right (--> ) - press it, after you read this of course.
I finished 3 of the 5 swatches I signed on to do.
This is the first one.  Its called Double Eyelet Rib.  Its from the first book - A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
This is the second one.  It is called Shadow Cable.  Also from the first book.
And the third one is called Block Quilting.  It is from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
They were all knit with Paton's Classic Wool.  Your basic all around blah yarn.  It is great yarn for felting though if I felted these swatches we would have to send them on a trip with Alice when she shrinks.