Mondays…

I got some knitting this weekend. I working on a seed stitch baby sweater. It’s fairly easy, especially since it’s done in one piece, starting with the sleeves. Once it’s been blocked, I just need to seam the sleeves and sides together & it’ll be done.

I also finished knitting up the Felted Bucket Hat from ChicKnits. I just have to throw it in the washer to felt it & I’ll be done.

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Not quite…

turbo chargedYou are “turbo” charged. Fast moving and classy, you get things done with power and grace. Your expensive tastes can be deceiving, since what you really value is quality and efficiency. As you’re careening around those corners in life, finishing a dozen knitted objects each month, stop and smell the roses. Don’t miss the beauty of process!

Hmmm… More like starting a dozen knitted objects each month (see items to the right)!

So… What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Interchangeable?

Today I feel a little different, so I took the quiz.

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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interchangeable

You are interchangeable. Fun, free, and into everything, you’ve got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it’s amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!

Awwwee… it’s making me blush!

Secret Pals Three

Secret Pals Three

I came home today to find a package from my Secret Pal.

My secret pal has discovered my new passion for felting and gave me a pattern for felt purses & shoulder bags from Fiber Trends, two skeins of Reynolds Lite-Lopi (color 0423) and a tin of Ginger Altoids. In addition, my SP’s thoughtfulness extends to the minute details… also included was a needle! I love ’em all!My SP included a nice card and drew a picture of Shaun (from “A Close Shave”). And yes, I think your likeness of Shaun is excellent! The envelope was addressed simply as “Happy Pals-Day!” It certainly is. I can’t wait to felt another bag!!!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

Autumn Leaves Scarf

I finally finished the Autumn Leaves scarf I was making for a friend of mine.

It took a total of 2 balls of Lion Brand Incredible in Autumn Leaves. The pattern was simple, using a size 13US needle. The final length is 70″. I opted for no fringe and am quite happy with the way it turned out. The picture still doesn’t do the colorway justice. Other than completing that, I’m picking up the Classic Wavy Cable sweater. It moves surprisingly fast now that I’ve gotten the hang of the 8-row pattern repeat. I was getting too meticulous on keep track of the number of rows I was making. It’s pretty easy to pick out the rows & the back is slightly different than the front where you just have to match the length. I decided to drop the counter & just knit away.

Making some progress on the boyfriend sweater

I’m slowly but surely starting up on the Classic Wavy Cable sweater. Here is what I have so far of the front:


It’s hard to get a good picture of the detail since the sweater is a dark navy blue. I increased the flash intensity so some detail is visible. I ordered the extra long cords (40″ & 52″) from Denise. I’m working the sweater on size 8 Denise needles with the 40″ cords. It’s current 33cm & will be approxmiately 63cm before I work on the neckline. Hopefully, I’ll get it done by Christmas!

That’s Incredible!

While a lot of knitters out there are self-proclaimed yarn snobs (myself included), many allow a select few yarns to slip through. I think many may agree that some of the Lion Brand yarns passes the muster. Although I’m not a huge fan of novelty yarns, I find myself drawn to Lion Brand’s newest yarn, Incredible, which Michael’s carries now. Mind you, it was not the fact that it was a ribbon yarn that attracted me. Quite frankly, the fact that it was ribbon yarn turned me away from it. I had no desire to knit up something with ribbon yarn… until I saw Autumn Leaves. For those of you who clicked on the link I provided, Lion Brand’s website does not do the true color any justice. I must not be the only person to like this color since it seems to be the one that sells out quickly. It’s difficult to find, given only a small width of shelf space is alloted for it and only a few balls of each color is present.

I decided to make a scarf for a friend of mine. I wasn’t sure if I would like how it would turn out so in a temporary lapse of thinking, I bought a ball of it thinking I could come back a few days later to get another one. I went back a few days later & no more autumn leaves. There were quite a few left when I was there originally. Suddenly. Gone. No stock at two other Michael’s I happened to visit over the weekend either. I can certainly understand the attraction. It’s slowly turning into fall and the colors are just perfect for the season. I had resigned to the fact that I will not be able to get hold of another autumn leaves until who-knows-when they’ll receive another shipment when I was back at Michael’s today only to find two balls calling my name. I snatched them up quickly & went straight for the cashier. Plus, I also had the 50% coupon from my weekly paper.

This leads up to where I currently am on the scarf. If you notice the WIP progress bars on the right… those are on hold. I need to add another 1-2 more items to it updated. The scarf is quick, so I’m just working on that for now. It will be done by tomorrow if all goes well. It’s slippery, so I used size 13 bamboo needles. I’ve been knitting for a while now, but I have to admit, this is my first scarf. I got the pattern from Lion Brand’s website.

Here is a close-up of the ribbon yarn.

Here is an extreme close-up of the garter stitch scarf.

The scarf is supposed to have a length of 72″. Currently, it’s a little over 40″. The pattern calls for fringe, but fringe makes me cringe. No fringe. Although it’s fun to make. I think the colors will really come through when worn with a black shirt.

Quiz: Are you a knitter?

Are you a knitter?
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Granny knitter
“You may not be a granny, but you’ve got the mentality.
Hard work and artistic vision lead to your beautiful knitted results.”

For not being a “granny”, they sure supplied me with a granny picture. Is that old lady knitting in front of a cave??? That was my result, what’s yours?

Quiz: What kind of knitting needles are you?

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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plastic

“You are plastic.
Futuristic, milky, and silky, you are willing to go where no crafter has gone before. You can do just about anything, with strength agility, and pretty colors to boot! While you are good at slipping and sliding out of sticky situations, remember to stay where and when you are needed. Don’t overdo it on star gazing when there’s earthbound knitting to be done!”
Apparently, today I am plastic. We’ll see what kind of knitting needles I am next time!

Booga Bag Deux

After my first successful attempt at a Booga Bag, I’m itching to make another one. I went to my LYS today & picked up three skeins of Noro Kureyon in color 149.

Noro Kureyon (color 149) & Abbey Yarns  (Jacob)

It’s a grey/brown with a splash of ecru combination. The extra ball of yarn you see in the picture (bottom) is a ball from Abbey Yarns in Jacob, which I got at Stitches. I’m going use it to reinforce the bottom of the bag. Stay tuned for more!

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