Monday, August 30, 2010

On Vacation

I took my son to college last Thursday.
I have plans to make a sweater to send him.
He has to have that Ron Weasley moment before he graduates- hehehe.

But for now I am taking some time
and finishing a sweater for myself. 
I'll show ya when I get home.

Happy Labor Day everybody.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Project bags

A couple of years ago I made a few project bags out of quilting fabric I bought when I had delusions of making a real bed sized quilt.  I made a doll sized quilt and a baby sized quilt and then the allure quickly faded.  When I made my project bags a couple of years ago it seems that I did not make enough.  So since I had some time and a lot more fabric on hand I decided to take a few hours and make a few more bags. 

Mostly they are one or two skein size bags. 
I can also fit a nice lace weight or shawl project in it. 

I made one rather large one for a good sized project, now I have two larger bags.  This time I also made a wide and short one for that unusual project or to have a few extra yarn cakes at hand, just in case. 

I am enjoying my sock knitting so I like having the yarn, needles and pattern
in the bag ready to go when I am. 

Well for now I think I might have enough bags.  And its a good thing too because when sewing the new bags I realized how badly the older bags needed a washing. 
Yarn and traveling can be dusty.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Yes, it does look a little different

I changed the look of my blog today.  No reason.  Just playing around with the new template thingy and trying stuff out.  Not a big change to things, I do have my preferences. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sock it to me!

Here are my latest pair of socks.  This is the Lacy Mock Cable sock.  I enjoyed knitting these.  They are my 5th pair this year.  I had set a goal for myself to knit 6 pairs of socks this year.  I think I am going to up that goal and really challenge myself.

I finished my first pair of socks in Sept of 2008. I worked on them for 3 months. I worked on nothing else for those 3 months.  I did every aspect of that sock many times over.  Toes, heels, insteps, soles, cuffs.  Such a small item with so many parts.  I borrowed books from the Public Library.  I expanded my sock knitting library.   I devoured any magazine with anything written about sock knitting.  At last I felt comfortable enough to go forth and jump into the sock knitting world.

Considering it took me the 3 months to knit my first pair of socks I thought 6 pairs would be a good goal for this year.  Then I counted how many pairs of socks I knit last year and now I'm thinking I'd better step it up a notch or two. 

In 2009 I knit 8 pairs of socks.  So I've decided to knit a minimum of 8 pairs and an ultimate goal of a dozen in 12 months. Yes 12 in 12.  I think I'm ready. I'll have to cast on a pair or two today to make my goal.

I love wearing hand knitted, yummy wool socks.  And don't get me started on how much better wool socks are in the northeast winters then any other fiber!  Whether its top-downs by Cookie A. or toe-ups by Wendy D. Johnson, I love them all.  I am now an intrepid sock knitter.  I think I will always have at least one pair of socks on the needles at all times. 

I think by the time holiday season rolls around I might be ready for a sock of the month club - hint, hint ;)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Barbara Walker Treasury Project - Part 2

I finished and posted my last 2 swatches for the Treasury Project.  Here they are . .

The first stitch pattern here is Ears of Grass.  Maybe for a baby Blanket.  I would probably alternate the motif - sort of off center - in the rows.  Its pretty and very sutle.

I was surprised by how much I liked the Feather and Fan stitch. It is fun to knit, makes a nice curvy wave and has just the right amount of "squish". It was the last swatch I made but I think I liked this stitch pattern the most.

I am going to have to make a neck warmer or 2 with this stitch.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Baby Lace Fern Hood Pattern

I posted another new pattern on Ravelry.  It took a bit of time.  This is my second pattern posting and I'm afraid too much time has passed since the last pattern posting so the memory is old faded not what it used to be.  Hopefully the next pattern is posted soon enough for me to remember how to do it without reading the entire tutorial again!
But anyway - here it is ... the

Baby Fern Hood / Hat  / Cowl

And the pattern is available on Ravelry for free - right now!