Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
However, I didn't do much knitting. I worked on socks on the plane on the way. But nary a stitch while we were there because the lighting and sitting arrangements in the hotel room were very poor. And then on the flight home we were packed in like sardines.
But I do have some knitting to report on. First the Pondemonium sweater. I have the front and back done to the neck. And the duplicate stitch on the worms is done. Next step is to do the duplicate stitch on the bugs, frogs and ducks. Then on to the sleeves. This is a really cute pattern.
And since it's unhealthy to have only one (or two or three or four) projects OTN at one time, I'm also working a Fake Isle hat. I purchased two skeins of Noro Kureyon at the Mannings in October and this pattern spoke to me. It only uses one skein of Noro and the black is Wool of the Andes. It's really turning out nice. It's a birthday gift for a November birthday that I need to get sent off pronto! But now, I have a lonely skein. Might have to order two more to make another hat and matching mittens... hmmmm, stash enhancement!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Plus on the way home we stopped for apples at the Round Barn. Cool place. This barn is actually round. The apples I got there were excellent too!
I'm working my way around the Pondemonium sweater. After a frogging incident, things are progressing nicely. At first I was going to use intarsia to put in the worms, bugs, frogs, and ducks. But I've decided that duplicate stitch would be nicer and it is. I'm just about to the point now where I have to split the front and the back for the sleeves.
And I finally got my invite for Ravelry. What a great place! You can look up a pattern that you like and see how other folks made it their own. You can research yarn that you have and see what others have done with it. Excellent idea. Right now it's in beta for testing, but once they are up and running, you won't need to be a member to search through it.
DH and I are heading to Las Vegas for a week. He's playing in a poker tournament. I'm planning sock knitting for the trip. Should be tons of fun. DD is going to bond with her Nana and Amy the dog is going to visit Nana and Sam the cat. My office is moving to new quarters this week. Exciting and stressful all at the same time.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
And there has been some knitting going on. I'm working on the Slant Pocket Bag, which is a free pattern at Jimmy Beans Wool website. I have the body done and have now started on the strap. The slant pocket part is going to be made from a coordinating bit of varigated wool. Then it all has to be sewn together and felted and then lined. The pattern calls for the bag to be knit with Size 9 needles -- I used 10 1/2. It's the usual size I use for felting worsted weight yarn. Also, the pattern calls for the strap to be knit 16 stitches across. That would be too wide to match with the bottom strip of garter stitch. So, I'm doing 10 stitches. (It will save yarn too, because I'm down to the end of the skein.) The yarn is Lion's Wool that was purchased to make slippers. I was trying out a new felted slipper pattern and it was not a good thing. I spend two evenings frogging the one slipper that I made and I'm recycling. Much better use of the yarn!
I also took the opportunity to practice a bit of continental style knitting. With my wrist and elbow problems, I think it's good to learn different ways to knit. There's a great video that I heard about on the KnitList and I learned a lot. And I believe that I can actually knit faster continental style. Goes to show, you can teach an old dog new tricks!
My DH won a poker tournament, that was the culmination of a series of poker tournaments, and it entitles him to participate (for free) in a big poker tournament in Las Vegas!!! So, we're hoping that we can swing being off work, coordinating the plane tickets, and can be lucky enough to get one of the discount room deals at Binion's where the tournament is being held. We were to Vegas about 16 years ago and just had a blast. This would only be a quick weekend get-a-way, but I think it would be great fun. I've already picked out the knitting that gets to go! (Socks, of course.)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Next I started reading a book about the Bayeux Tapestry. My two favorite things. Needlework and British history. There's pictures too! Plus, if you're interested just Google Bayeux Tapestry. There's ton's of stuff including an animated version on You Tube.
And I found this nifty sunglasses to help me read on the beach. They are actually reading glasses, to help those of us who's eye sight isn't what it used to be...
Then I got to see these marvelous sunsets each and every night from the confort of the swing on the balcony of our house.
And here's a shot of some pirate wenches that we just happened to find hanging out in with a lovely pirate skeleton!
And in spite all this fun, I actually did knit some. I'm nearing the finish of the front of my sweater. Then it will be on to the sleeves. Photo's on that later.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
I acquired some lovely silk and sea cell yarn for an obscene amount of money, but it's REALLY nice. A clever little pattern came with it for a scarf and I'm working on it with the addition of clear glass beads. First time I've ever tried beads. I like it. It does slow things down a bit, but I think the end result will be worth it. As I get a larger chunk of the knitting done, I'll post a better picture so you can see the pattern.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
It's a good way to keep cool in this 90 degree weather.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Then I've been working on the lining for the Landscape bag. I want to enter it into the local county fair and I think it should be lined. I found some great lining guidlines/directions at Noni Felted Bags. Some pretty creative bags, too!
My lining is some 100% cotton (left over from my quilting days) I used some iron on lining for some added body. Made some pockets for the inside. And folded over the corners of the bottom to square it off. I'm going to pick up some plastic canvas at Wally World this afternoon for some more body, add a magnetic closure on the inside and stitch to top edge in place. Hopefully tomorrow you'll get to see a finished picture.
But for now, we're off furniture shopping. The recliners in the living room are absolutely shot and leaning to the left.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Many years ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing, my friend over at A New Day, and I made small angel quilts that were presented to the families of those who's loved ones died that day. I've always felt honored that our two quilts were given to the lady who lost both of her sons that day in the daycare. The quilts were rustic, county-style with an angel pattern and sewn with much love. I bought the buttons for on that quilt, but they never got sewn on -- I thought it might be a little over the top. So, the bag of buttons was never opened. Until now -- I'm going to sew them on the outside of my French Market bag.
The other bit of info for today is how I repaired the wavy top edge of my other felted bag. I used doubled quilting thread and ran a running stitch along the top of my bag, drew in the bag a bit to make it not wavy and then refelted it. Much better.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
And now, here's the felted version. The color in the photo is just about true. I blocked it with a round wooden bucket. Just couldn't find something square that was the right size. However, after doing a Google search of the French Market Bag, I think next try I'll use some DVD's.
My complaint is the finished size. I've placed a pair of my reading glasses in front so you can get an idea as to scale. I did run it through the washer twice for felting and I think once would have done it. The yarn felted up fast. The version took three and three-quarter skeins of yarn. Next time, I'm making it taller and making the handles longer. The pattern calls for decreasing the handles every four rows. I'm going to try decreasing every six rows. Also, the pattern calls for knitting the body for eight inches. I'm going for more. The plan on the next one is the bottom is being knit from black. When I get to the end of the increasing the circle for the bottom, I'm switching over the the lovely purple yarn I bought. I'm going to knit the sides for three and a half skeins. I'll let you know how many inches that is. At least twelve (instead of the 8 called for in the pattern).
Don't get me wrong, I do like my bag. I have some coordinating buttons to sew on and I need to find a jazzy lining. Maybe I can get to a fabric store this weekend. Unfortunately ( or fortunately) my transcript business has picked up and that really cuts into my knitting time. But I'm not complaining. It's going to buy me a new pair of recliners. The early Salvation Army look in my living room is out the door!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Here's the before felting picture of my tote bag. It's huge! I really like the colors. And it was all done with yarn from my stash. Wool of the Andes and Patons Wool.
And here's the "after" picture. I've got it stuffed with plastic grocery bags while it's drying. The idea is to have a tote for my laptop for when I need to take it with me. And it's a good fit. I have an IBM Thinkpad and it will fit nicely, including the power supply and maybe even some files. I'm very pleased. I'm also going to enter it in the fair.
Now, I'm done with "fair" knitting. I have a cotton towel I'd like to work on, socks that need to be ripped back past the heel because I didn't make the leg long enough, and the "Pirate Queen Booty Bag."
The weather here in Central PA has just been beautiful. Highs in the upper 70's, low humidity. But it is going to heat up the middle of the week. We got all our air conditioners in place in anticipation. But it's to cool off again before the weekend. Only draw back is it's very dry. The yard is parched. I did some home improvement over the weekend and did some painting in my bathroom. The wood work is now all a nice light blue. The color is called delight. And it is. But painting the baseboard behind the toilet was not a delight.
Monday, June 18, 2007
We've changed internet providers (my old company isn't going to be providing residential service anymore.) I must say, we switched to Embarq. It was relatively painless, less expensive, and MUCH faster. Now to work on changing over my e-mail. At least I have until the end of July.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Anyhow, here's a shot of my Garterlac dishcloth. You'll find the pattern here. The border around the edge is my contribution to the pattern. I'll be entering it in the local fair as a set with a towel.
The towel shown below is just a test drive of the pattern and the yarn. It turned out very nice in person, but the white in the red-white-blue varigated yarn is really cream. So, I'll be keeping the test drive for myself. I'm currently working on a towel that matches the dishcloth. I know there's been a thread on the KnitList over the past week about towel toppers/kitchen towels and the like. Yes, they are an old fashioned thing, but a strategically placed towel is a God send in the kitchen. Plus, this is much nicer than one that's made from the cheapest dollar store tea towel with a crocheted topper made from Red Heart yarn. In this case the entire towel and topper is made from cotton dishcloth yarn.
I even have hot pads on my table that are round dishcloth pattern made from cotton yarn and they are great. They serve as hot pads, placemats, clean up for emergency spills and the like.
Anyhow, I'll keep you posted as to what items I'll be entering in the fair. So far, I have two felted bags, two pairs of socks, a pair of felted clogs, a shawl, dishcloth and dishcloth/towel set. My only goal is to win a few bucks to buy more yarn with.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
It's so hard to come back to work the day after a long holiday weekend. Even more so when I had two extra days and turned it into a five-day vacation at home. But today's lunch hour made up for it. It's warm, sunny, not humid, nice breeze and there's an easy knitting project and iced tea waiting for me on the porch near the glider. Lunch time bliss!