Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I impulsively picked up a copy of this book two days ago and I love it!! When I get a new book I usually sit down with my coffee and a pad of post it notes. As I thumb through, I mark pages of projects that I would like to make. This book is so nice I have at least 12 pages marked! Lots of easy one skein projects in lovely yarn. I don't like cheap yarn so this book was right up my alley. I understand the first book from this author had lots of errors, so I hope that is not the case with this one. Hopefully you will see lots of projects from this book on my page in the days ahead.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Hat Attack II was an interesting experience. Would I do it again? Probably not for the game. It was very frustrating to not hear from people that were my immediate competitors. I guess I was taking the whole game more seriously that others. I spent most of my time waiting and waiting for communication. I only got to take out two people for the time I was still "alive". I did get a great pattern which I will make again AND I also got a great pink and brown hat out of the deal. So, it's onto other projets now!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Well, I'm still in the game with Hat Attack II. I took out my target the first week but I have been patiently waiting for my next hat to complete to take out another target. The target I took out had taken out her target, so I contacted her. It turns out she has had the unfinished hat she needed to send me in her car for TWO WEEKS and she forgot about it. Darn. Hopefully I will get it and can take out one more contestant before I am assasinated.
In the meantime I have been working on Wendy Bernard's Looks Good on All Sides Scarf from her new book Custom Knits. I am using the same yarn for the Hat Attack called Therapi. The rows of the scarf are easily memorized, but it is a 44 row repeat and my brain can't remember that much so I've had to tally. This scarf is worth it though. It is SO beautiful and knit with the Therapi yarn, it is so soft and supple. There has been some complaints that Therapi has had knots, and blobs of yarn in it but I haven't had that problem at all. I absolutely love this yarn and it comes in LOTS of colors. I hope to have the scarf finished this weekend for Wendy's book signing at Renaissance Yarns. Maybe I can get a picture of the author wearing my scarf!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
So, I haven't been locked away just absorbed in life....more later
Friday, May 23, 2008
Next stop was The Knittery in Renton. They had designed a cabled bucket purse that was adorable and uses one skein of Cascade 220. How could I resist?!!! They didn't serve any treats or drinks, but I think their pattern was best on the tour of the shops I visited.
I then headed to Burien to the Yarn Stash. They had designed a lariat made from one skein of silk. It had three sliding flowers on it and it was featured as neckwear or around a hat as a band. Again, no treats but I have found the owners to be friendly and helpful.
In West Seattle I visted Seattle Yarn. Their project was a big disappointment to me. It was a stuffed baseball or dangle earrings. I was regretting that I had stopped their until I spotted the cheese, crackers and chocolate. They have one particular young girl that is always helpful and sweet, so I decided even though the baseball wasn't my thing, I was glad to have visited. I then headed about twenty miles north to Mill Creek to visit Main Street Yarn. They were my biggest surprise last year. It is a nice airy store with lots of nice yarn and great books. They get the prize for getting the most of my money. Their project was a feather and fan scarf. I did take the pattern but since I already have one in progress I bought an Alpaca scarf pattern instead with pink yarn to make it in. I had three more stores to visit but it wasn't mean to be.
As I left the last shop I entered a five lane highway and got about three miles down the road, when all of a sudden my car started to accelerate to a very fast speed. My first thought was I had accidently hit the cruise control button, so I tapped the brakes to disengage it. Nope, that didn't work and I was going faster and faster. I then firmly put on the brakes and my car wouldn't stop. I was approaching an intersection with five lanes in all directions and I saw my life flash before me. I quickly got over to the turning lane, SLAMMED the car into park and pulled out the key. I then literally shook for about five minutes before I put on my hazard lights. To make a long story short, I ended up in a tow truck, then at a repair shop and my yarn tour was over. Not a very good ending to what had been a great retail high! I waited all year for this tour! The good news is that it's a week later and I finally have my car back. The bad news is the bill was $2100! Ouch! Think of all that yarn I could have bought. :o(
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Well, here's another knitting bag, that wasn't needed, but oh, how I REALLY wanted it! I found this Lexie Barnes bag to be so unique! First of all, I love pink and black, secondly, this bag is SO functional with all the pockets! It is also big enough to carry a good sized project. The thing I was really amused by was the subtle pattern. If you look very closely you can see the design is made up of little tiny skulls! Who would have thought to combine flowers and skulls? This is one of last years fabrics so I had a hard time finding it, but finally snagged it at Knitting Sisters! What a happy retail moment!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
The Girlfriend Scarf ©
Gauge: 4-4.5 sts per inch
Materials: One skein Collinette Jitterbug sock yarn. You will use every bit of this.
My color: 159 Morello Mash 291m
Needles: 40" #6 circular needle. I used a Knit Picks Harmony Needle. This should not be knit too tight because you want it to drape nicely.
Cast on 696 stitches. (Yes, you read that right.)
Work 4 rows stockinette stitch beginning with a knit row.
Ruffle Row Decrease Repeat:
Row 1: (K1, K2tog), repeat to end of row
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these two rows four times
Work 22 rows of Stockinette Stitch ending with a purl row.
Ruffle Row Increase Repeat:
Row 1: (Knit 1, and knit and increase in the next stitch.) Repeat to the end of the row.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat these two rows four times until original 696 stitches are on the needle. This can be approximate.
Work five rows Stockinette Stitch ending with a purl row. Bind off.
Weave in ends.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Well, here are my beloved Valentine Socks! I'm not sure if I was supposed to WEAR them for Valentines Day or just knit on them for Valentines day! So, I opened my kit on February 14th and starting knitting. The kit was purchased from Woolgirl and she just does a fabulous job with her kits. You get an original pattern, a cute little knitting pouch, an appropriate stitch marker, special indie yarn and of course, CHOCOLATE!! The chocolate was long finished before the socks by the way. This yarn is from White Oak Studio TV Yarn and the colorway is Be My Valentine Charlie Brown. The pattern was so much fun that I finished the pair in a week! I can't wait for the Charlie Brown Easter kit!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The other activity this week was my first two quilt blocks from the Connecting Threads quilt club. Easy, easy blocks to do. It is an online quilting group with a blog to discuss the project. So, for this week, socks done and month one of the quilt. Yippee!!!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I love, love, love stitch markers! I have way more than I need, but to me they are like collecting charms. I can remember what shops I bought most of them in and what kind of a day it was! So, my friend and I decided to make some. I love beads, but I get frustrated with wire. It just won't do what I want it to do. It takes control and bends the way it wants to. So, as a result they aren't perfection, but I thought they were a pretty fair attempt. My friend traded me the bottoms ones and she will pick from my pink and green group at our next get together. I would love to be able to trade at classes I take or even trade online! So, enjoy the newest endeavor!