Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Everyone is well and the women had many a new knitted project to show off! Lovely shawls and scarves that I had missed being made. Let it be cold and thoughts immediately turn to yarn for warmth it seems. Every time I turned around, my mother was sporting another scarf she had made that I had never seen before. I was tempted to sneak into her closet to see just how many of the things she has made!
As for me, I am still working on those rectangles:
The current count is 14 rectangles because after taking this pic I made two more. Most need ends woven in, but that goes quickly. I think I've got a few more in me before I send them off. They are great for parties and travel as they do not require me to look down all the time. I can feel the next space with my fingers and double crochet away!
Hope you are all enjoying your holidays.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Reclaim my apartment from the pit into which it has descended. Yes, there is much cleaning in my future. Added to that is a desire to get a handle on the craft supplies. The living room has been tackled but there is still that pesky yarn stash that is taking over my walk in closet and the stacks of card making/rubber stamping supplies hiding behind my bedroom door! I'm thinking some serious podcast listening will be just the thing to keep me motivated.
I'll be donning this duo again tomorrow as I go off to work my part-time retail job. Should be wonderfully hectic. I know you are probably thinking I'm crazy, but I love retail during the holidays. You get to spend all day making people happy. They come in looking for stuff, you help them find it, the stress goes away and they smile. Some are just having such a good time they are a joy to be around from beginning to end. Are there some Crankies? Of course. But they are so few and far between! So, Happy Merry to you all. I hope your shopping is done and you are having fun.
Just saw this...had to share the cleverness!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I'm still going round and round. Many kippah designs made and scrapped, a finished baby blanket, and progress on the lace shawl!
My latest addiction? Granny Squares.
Don't all gasp at once. If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember my aversion to squares. Especially grannies. This has been slowly waining. The death knell occurred with the purchase of the latest Crochet Today. It had an article on basic granny construction. I had a small ball of yarn left over from the baby blanket. I had some gray and purple yarn of the same type staring at me from the stash. Viola, granny squares were born. These will be worked into a snuggle for donation to the local animal shelter. (lower right picture)
The granny again struck when I read this in the Daily Chum. How could I resist? Kids, special needs, and Judaism. I was done for before I got to what they wanted. Squares that are 5x7 inches. Of course grannies would be quick, easy, pretty, and use up some more of that stash yarn. (see center square of mosaic) They specifically want washable acrylic. I went stash diving today and found some more small balls that would be beautiful as little rectangular grannies! So, I'm still going round and round - this time for charity!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I was wondering if people think it looks too much like a snow flake? I'd appreciate opinions!
My concern about the "snowflake thing" led me to give this yarn a try...
In other news, here is the beginning of a scarf that has now traveled to the frog pond. I still think it is a good idea, however, in this yarn the body was too stiff. Since my goal is a scarf for a nine-year-old, I'm on to plan B.
Lastly, as promised a pic of the center of the baby blanket. Haven't worked on the edging since my last post. It will take some uninterrupted time and concentration. It will have to wait for the right moment.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Want a progress pic on the baby blanket? I'd love to show you one, however, after two days of trying to get Blogger to upload it...I give up! When it cooperates, I promise you'll see. =-D It is looking good. The center and one round of the border are complete. Just cross your fingers for me. I'm doubtful I'll have enough yarn to complete all 7 rounds of the border. I'm hoping that when I run out I'll like the way the edging looks!
Monday, the giving tree went up at school. So, now I have plans for two more skeins of Caron Simply soft in Iris and Grey Heather (scroll down they are side by side) to go with the requested present. I'm envisioning a vertically striped scarf with corkscrew fringe in the same color as each stripe. We'll see if it works...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday I had a realization. My stash is officially mature. How do I know? Well, the last three projects I've started have all been worked with stash yarn! I saw the pattern for the Olde Peddler Shawl on Ravelry and thought, "Perfect! I've got some pretty lace weight that will work." Then there was the skein of Berry Blast from Sereknity that was the perfect match for my new winter coat. However, I didn't quite realize yet that there had been a change in my usage until I went "shopping" in my stash for yarn to make this:
Yarn I didn't remember was in the stash. Yarn that was just what, according to those on Ravelry who have made this blanket, I needed. It was even the right color. The down side? I need to reorganize my stash (again) because it no longer fits in its corner of my closet! LOL The up side? I'm making room by using up some of the yarn that has been residing there. Maybe it is time to give away some more acrylic to charity...
Friday, November 16, 2007
I'm not sure what to think of the fact that she seems to be the only model with just one photo, however, it's still kind of cool to see her turn up there!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
At long last here it is, the finished afghan sans blocking.
And a close up of the stitches...
Why sans blocking? Well, when it was done and I climbed underneath, I discovered with just a little gentle pull the afghan would tuck under my feet and tuck under my chin! I'm thinking the weight of the finished piece and simple use will stretch it enough without blocking. =-D
Can I just tell you how happy it makes me to glance around my living room and see something beautiful that came from the work of my hands? Priceless!
10 skeins of Universal Deluxe Worsted LP color 09
Hook US I/9 (5.50 mm)
Foundation: Chain 130.
Row 1 (sc then dc) in 3rd ch from hook, *sk 1 chain, sc then dc in next ch* repeat to end. Turn, ch 2.
Row 2 in each sc across work a sc then a dc (you skip over the dc).
Repeat Row 2 until you run out of yarn! =-D
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Not only is it a powerful message, it uses "Clair de Lune" as a background. This brings back memories of my sister sitting at our piano. I actually taught myself to play a very small portion of this piece from my sister's sheet music when I got older because I loved listening to her play it!
And speaking of my sis, she surprised me last week. In the mail was a package which after squeezing it I thought contained yarn. Well, only sort of...see?
So soft and cuddly! It's made from Lion Brand's Landscapes yarn in Country Sunset. Such a lovely surprise that matches the new winter coat! (Yup, it is the right blue.)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
One lovely new scarf to match my new winter coat. I'm loving the curls for fringe, so fun! The left over yarn is slowly becoming a hat. If there is enough yarn left after making the hat I am tempted to add some spirals to the crown. =-DHere's that yarn I purchased for 25% of its regular price at the JCA sale. It is a lovely combination of blues and greys. I have NO idea what it will become. It was just too pretty to pass up!
This is the other yarn I could not resist. I LOVE red. It was 10 skeins of DK 100% Merino for only $20. Could you have passed it up?
Sunday, October 28, 2007
After dipping the scarf in some Soak I got another surprise: the 53 inch scarf (before spirals) became 64 inches. SIXTY-FOUR . I left the scarf a little short to allow for some growth. But, eleven inches? I never imagined that it would grow that much. It's a new record! If only my afghan will follow the scarf's example and grow as generously when I get it done.
Pics tomorrow if I get home early enough to have some light and if the scarf is dry. The JCA yarn will also be part of the photo shoot, promise. I looked up the regular price for one of the yarns and now realize I got it for 75% off. Yipee! =-D
Saturday, October 27, 2007
With thanks to my Harmony Guide and the Crosshatch Stitch I, these little diamond allow the colors to pool. In person it is more textured dimpling forward and back with the alternating diamonds. It is quite fetching. My only problem is that the tension is not even so the sides are bowing. I'm trying to decide if I should block what I've done so far to see if it fixes the problem or just restart the pattern now that it is familiar. While I cogitate, I've started the second scarf for my new coat:
This is the Lace and Spiral scarf from Ruthie's Easy Crocheted Scarfs which is working up very quickly. The yarn is Lamb's Pride Worsted 85% wool/15% mohair. It will certainly be warm despite the openness of the pattern!
And last but not least, an FO. This wash cloth was begun ages ago on a night when I needed something simple to work. I didn't realize it was languishing in one of my project bags until I came across it the other day and finished the border. Now it is done!
Coming soon...goodies from the JCA sale!
Oh, and BTW I also fell down and went boom for this today in Sereknity's Etsy Shop. Oh such yarny goodness just cannot be resisted!
Monday, October 22, 2007
So, I spent the weekend at Rhinebeck. I planned to have much fibery fun and much was had...by others. I never even set foot on the fair grounds. I did see lots of my hotel room and last night even an Emergency room (because where else do you find a doctor at 7pm on a Sunday night?). Don't worry, all has turned out well with a clear plan of action for symptom resolution. Life's good. =-D
On the up side, my generous sister was able to procure a commemorative Sheep and Wool embroidered project bag for me. It is just the perfect size for transporting the ever growing afghan. Also, she and my mother scoured the booths for a yarn that incorporated black to match my new winter coat. No luck. I'm glad they looked because otherwise the thought that I had missed out on finding the perfect yarn would have haunted me. I got to enjoy their stories of what they had seen and admire some beautiful yarn purchases.
Thankfully, I was well enough on Saturday night to make the Ravelry get together. It was so much fun to meet in person folks I've only "seen" on line. Mom even won one of the raffle prizes and had her picture taken by someone from Webs. Wonder where that pic will turn up...
KINEARING THE HARLOT
Just three people away from me when the pic was snapped. You cannot tell from the dark cell phone pic but she is wearing the finished Kauni sweater. It is just as beautiful as you would imagine. I wish my pics of Jess and Casey standing on chairs to address the throng had come out. It was quite a sight, and let me tell you knitters are LOUD! Shy? Retiring? Aged? No way Jose! lol
So, it was a fun and semi-relaxing weekend overall. Best laid plans my go awry, but all is not lost!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I love to make scarves. They are relatively quick and easy, use a reasonable amount of yarn, and the possibilities are endless. Living in New England, I'm sure, has something to do with my affection for this garment seeing as it is a necessity if you want to go outside several months out of the year.
So, I set off shopping for a new winter coat with the knowledge that anything I found would match the existing scarves in my wardrobe. Particularly the one I made over the summer (I did say I like to make scarves, right?). Alas, such was not to be the case. I found a coat. It is wonderful. It is one of my favorite colors, blue. However, it has the amazing distinction of MATCHING NOT A SINGLE SCARF I OWN. Stunned? Yup, I am.
On the bright side, the crocheter in my is suddenly atwitter that I have the perfect excuse to make another scarf (or two or three - vareity is the spice of life you know). Not only that, the yarn gods are continuing to aid my stash reduction in preparation for Rhinebeck next weekend. I have a perfect yarn in the stash to match the coat!
As you can see I started a scarf immediately, but have now decided to frog and try another pattern. Why? Love the pattern, hate the drape. I could adjust the hook size and try again, but it won't be warm enough given it's openness. So I'm going to try this one without the poms. I've added a diamond repeat so that it will be wide enough in the lighter yarn I'm using. I'll give it a go today. Wish me luck! =-D
Monday, October 08, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Plan #1: Finish the first afghan that I'll keep! With all the yarn I play with one would think I'd have some lovely finished items gracing my home. Nope. Not one. This will be the first and I'm really looking forward to using it as the weather turns colder. Six balls of yarn down and four more to go. =-D Plan #2: Save the Baby It's Cowled outside for Rhinebeck. It occurred to me that a small, mobile project would be key to enjoying my first experience at this renowned Sheep and Wool Festival.
Plan #3: Blame/Bless Ravelry for my next project. You see, it is rare, extremely rare, for me to shop on line. I can probably count one one hand the number of times I have done so. Generally, I'll look at what's available then CALL to place the order. Why? Well, despite security measures, I've heard too many horror stories. So I save instances of on line purchase for moments of great need like this:
I have a full skein (2400 yards) so there will be almost half left over. Hmmm...maybe I could make two?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
What is it? A beautifully unusual dish filled with little pieces of index card. On the cards are the 41 inspirational phrases/actions they came up with for stress relief! I've needed some of that as the school year has begun with a bang! (Hence, why I dropped out of view for a bit...) As you can see, it went immediately to work and is sitting on my oh so lovely industrial green desk. They are so thoughtful.
On the fiber front, Ravelry has struck again. In wandering around the patterns I found this:
Which I am attempting to make in this:
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Did I mention that blogless Amanda who did the shopping picked out a yarn that I have been lusting after for about as long as I have been crocheting? Great Adirondack Yarn Company's Sireno Grenada. It is 50% silk and 50% wool. Oh the soft cooshiness! (The colors are even richer in person.) I just loves me some blues and purples.
Thank You! Thank You for a wonderful birthday celebration! I feel very lucky to have found you just over a year ago.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Have a wonderful looooooong weekend!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Now this Lantern Moon Rice Basket, is pretty but just not practical. It is too inviting to the cats so it must live up high where it is harder to get to. The plastic bags my WIPS live in sticking out of the top are also not all that attractive...
I also tried these cubby holes. The problem here was too much space. Yes, I know that is hard to believe. However, I found myself putting the next projects I was considering on the shelves and then going on to different ones! So, those projects-to-be are going back in the stash closet where they belong. The cubby holes have been reallocated as book shelves. Goodness knows I have plenty of books!
So what's next? This!
Looks like a picnic basket and is the exact color of my coffee table. Fits underneath with no trouble. It is just big enough to hold several live projects, lined to prevent snags, pretty, and has a cover to keep out the cats. Yipee! I hope this is it. Can I maybe, just maybe, stop looking for the perfect WIP container now? Fingers are crossed.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
SCATTERGORIES ... and it's harder than it looks!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Not long afterwards, Gina started a secret project for Ericka, a beautiful shawl (scroll down on Gina's blog and you will see its red loveliness). That was the key. I'd make a purse to match! If you look at the shawl, you'll notice they do not match. Why? Well the shawl yarn was too heavy looking. I accosted Heather in hopes that she could dye some yarn to match the shawl, but it was not meant to be.
That was when I remembered. I'd seen some Pima Cotton by Tree Frog when our group visited the Yarn Sellar back in March. I'd grabbed a skein with the idea that it would be a good back up. Yipee! Problem solved. It was a neutral natural white and should work with the dress. So, I started to crochet. Life was really good until I realized, one skein would not be enough. Sigh.
A call to Maine and, lucky me, the Yarn Sellar still had the same dye lot on the shelf! Enter the intrepid hero, Melissa, who stopped in and grabbed the yarn for me on her way back from visiting a friend. By this time it was July and I was running out of time! Some quick stitching, miles of braiding (from which I earned myself a blister - love ya Ericka), some weaving, and some knots then it was done in time for the wedding shower! (Of course I forgot to take pictures, so the one above was lifted from Ericka's blog.)
Much love and joy to you Ericka and Chris. Looking forward to the impending wedding!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
So, here's the story...Last post I introduced Miss Elizabeth, then left you hanging. Well, here is the rest of the story. Miss Elizabeth is actually Elizabeth #2. The first Elizabeth was one of many, many bears created by my Nana. Never did I visit without seeing a cadre of bears sharing her living space. Why so many? She made some for family, some for sale, and some for charity! Occasionally grandchildren such as myself were allowed to pick out a bear or two to take home. Miss Elizabeth was one of the last two such bears I ever owned. Unfortunately, after keeping them for years and years, I succumbed to a moment of idiocy and allowed Elizabeth and her sister Zebratta to go into a yard sale. Dumb, dumb, dumb!
My sister has been claiming for years that she once wrote down the pattern as our Nana knit away on a bear. She observed each step and carefully recorded it. We had practically given up hope of this record ever resurfacing. Not long ago, however, I got a call:
"You'll never guess what I'm holding."
"No. You found it?!"
"Yes! I found the bear pattern!" Insert much squealing carrying on... Before the call was over my wonderful sister promised to recreate Elizabeth.
Miss Elizabeth's knitted pieces were all complete and ready to be assembled by the next time I saw my sister at the 2007 Pops by the Sea. (It was awesome - go next year if you get the chance. We sat in the cool shade of that big tree you can see on the right in this photo.). I got to insert the first bit of stuffing and consult on plumpness and the location of certain features. A fascinating discovery was how the pattern had evolved over the years. The bears from my sister's childhood were smaller, wore pants, and had suspenders! I suspect the growth and simplification of the pattern were a response to our Nana's advancing age. Larger is just easier to create with older hands and eyes. =-D So, we altered the pattern to reflect my childhood memories. By the end of the day, Elizabeth was ready to make the trip home. My sister gave her the first hug then handed her over. Squeeeeee!I have discovered that this Elizabeth is not shy. She has made herself right at home. Here she is mugging for the camera with one of my cats Peneenah.And here she is exploring my WIP basket. She just dove right in! After rummaging around for a while through the projects she found one that is almost done.
Miss Elizabeth is just the first of many bears that will be knitted. My Nana's skill, memory, and the joy she brought to others with these little bears will now go forward emerging from the needles of her granddaughter. Thank you KnitOwl for bringing the bears back to life and recreating one of my sweetest childhood memories! Love Ya!