Monday, May 30, 2005

Drum Roll Please...

Taaaa Daaaa! One down and as soon as I finished I cast on the second. It's much more fun the second time around now that I know what I'm doing. I'm definately more of a hands-on learner. The pattern originally made absolutely no sense to me until I started doing it. I'm going on vacation soon and looking forward to having some compact, but satisfying knitting to bring along. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

True Confessions: It's Supposed To Look Like This...

(only with a bra) ,but instead it hides in shame in a box under my nightstand. Posted by Hello

Green Apple Flame halter top is coming along nicely, which is encouraging considering this same Rowan Magazine #31 gave birth to my monster in a box (my apologies to Spalding Gray.) It's cursed.

I lovingly ordered the kidsilk haze in this candy pink which is now discontinued and eagerly cast on while visions of myself like a modern day sweater girl danced in my head, and then, it all went sour.

I won't go into the gory details, but it involves young people with no appreciation for the art of handknitting, a glass of red wine, some intensive psychotherapy, perhaps a mild sedative. It's all a little foggy now.
Posted by Hello

Friday, May 20, 2005

Green Apple Destiny

I think the Knit Picks, Shine & Twist has found it's place in the world. I'm in love with this yarn. Maybe it's just a post-sock rebound thing, but if this is wrong I don't want to be right. The colors are great, it knits up even and feels like a dream and it's cheap to boot.

And the lucky pattern is......
Flame from Rowan Magazine #31. Wish I had a better picture of it, but you get the idea. The neckline is a wee bit J-low as shown here, but fortunately the straps tie behind the neck, so I plan on adjusting that.
Posted by Hello

A Time of Heeling

I did it! The heel is turned. All I have to do now is knit around, do the toe decreases and graft the toe. I'm considering building a shrine to the lovely Amy Finlay, seeing as her free online heel turning video saved my sanity.

I was feeling pretty good about the whole thing and then my husband ominously reminded me that socks usually travel in pairs. I think I feel a case of early onset SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) coming on.
Posted by Hello

Friday, May 13, 2005

Feeling Sorry For Yourself?

Check in with the Mossy Cottage blog and see how the Dulaan Project is coming along. You'll have to scroll down to around May 2nd to see the latest pictures. Then, in the name of everything good and decent in this world, grab some needles and wool and knit them something.

Reunited (and it feels so good.)

After a brief seperation, the sock and I have worked things out for the sake of the child who will one day wear it. I found a spare size 1 dpn that used to belong to my Nana. She's the one who taught me to knit by the by.

Ever since I made it past the ribbed cuff things have gone well, but there's a heel to turn in our future. I'm not at all sure we'll make it.

*heavy sigh* Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Way We Were...

See How It Mocks Me!? This is supposed to be a sock, but I knit and I knit and it refuses to grow. Now one of my eensie size 1 dpns has gone missing. We've started avoiding each other, this sock and I. It's just so awkward when we bump into each other in my knitting bag. Posted by Hello

Friday, May 06, 2005

Mission Accomplished

Realizing I needed a little instant knitting gratification I decided to knit up a buttonhole bag from Mason Dixon Knitting with the various skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky I've been collecting. It was my first time felting (intentionally) and I can see why it's so popular. I couldn't wait to knit up another bag just to see how it turned out. Oddly enough, I used the same exact pattern with the same brand of yarn, but ended up with 2 different heights. I guess that's just the way the fiber shrinks. I love them both and can't wait to use them.

Now that I've got the felting bug I've added the cloche hat from KnitPicks and the French Market bag from Knitty to my "must knit" list. Can you believe I thought knitting this project would help make that list shorter. Ha ha! I should know better by now.

You can't knit just one. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 05, 2005

FlyGrrrlz Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Orchid From Rowan #31. Next project in line...maybe.... Posted by Hello

Too Many Options...

There are far, far greater knitting problems I could have, but right now I have so many projects I would like to start that I just don't know where to begin.

I may eat my words about my green apple cotton yarn from Knit Picks. Remember when I said I couldn't imagine an entire sweater knit in that stuff? Well...ahem, that was until I knit up a little swatch of it and realized how incredibly soft and cuddly it was and how nicely it reflected the light which softened up all that green. Anyways I'm thinking of using it to do the pattern Orchid from Rowan Magazine #31.

On the otherhand I recently received my copy of the Spring Rebecca Magazine and I have enough kidsoft in my stash to knit that beautiful eyelet wrap cardigan.

But then there's that short sleeved pullover from Vintage Knits and the felted Buttonhole Bag from Mason-Dixon Knitting and my first sock project and that lacy cardigan from the Spring Knitty and I'm still finishing the wave shrug and................

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A Day of Firsts

My first order from the new Knit Happens online store was delivered today and the only way it could have arrived quicker was if the Yarn Fairy had left it under my pillow while I was sleeping. As if that wasn't nice enough, the yarn is bee-yooooo-teeful. 2 Skeins of Lorna's Laces sock yarn in "Knit Happens".

So I've added my first Lorna's Laces purchase to the stash and soon hopefully my first socks.

Aren't you pink & green with envy? Posted by Hello

Yay me! Finished Rowan's "Bell" Pattern Posted by Hello