Saturday, November 24, 2007

Busy Thanksgiving Weekend

Summer Shawlette is completed. I made a couple of mistakes, but I think the lace is so busy no one will notice! Overall I am very pleased with how it came out. The only think I did different was add 4 lace rows to the bottom to open it up a little bit. The yarn was Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora.

Ravelry Dishcloth Exchange Group Dishcloths

These next 2 dishcloths were for the red, white, green exchange. The red/white one is my first ballband cloth. I'm still not sure how I like the pattern, but I hope my partner is pleased with the results.

This green one is a favorite pattern. I love how you can combine two cloths and get a pretty cloth. I just follow the regular grandmother's favorite, until 39 stitches, add the second color, continue increasing until 48 stiches, decrease to 39 stitches, go back to the original color and finish off.

These 2 are for the I'm dreaming of a white christmas. You had to do 2 dishcloths in white/blue with snowflakes or snowmen. I did the white cloth is a knitted-in snowflake and the blue one is a crocheted snow flake.

These 2 are for the Hark, the Harold Angels Sing. You could do either angels, musical notes or plain red/white. I decided on the plain red/white dishcloth. I still have to go find 2 dish towels to go with them as I like to send everything as a set.

Happy Knitting

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sock it to me twice Questionnaire

The Questions
How long have you been knitting? 2 years. Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced? Intermediate
How long have you been knitting socks? 1 year
What are your favorite fibers to work with? cotton or wool blends
What is your favorite color? blue
What are your current WIPs (works in progress)? 2 sweaters, 2 socks, baby blanket
Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.). Cotton Classic (any colors) dreambaby (have to take care of the new one on the way!)
What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from. acrylic
What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?) Married, 2 grown kids, 1 black cocker
Name some of your hobbies. Knitting, reading
Name some of your favorite movies? Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
Do you like to read? Yes
Do you collect anything? Piebirds
Do you own an iPod or mp3 player? No, hoping for an Ipod for Xmas
What are your favorite type of knitting needles? Addi circulars
What knitting notion could you not live without? markers
Who are some of your favorite designers? None particulary
Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.) No
When is your birthday? May 31
Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)? No
Do you have a Ravelry ID? cindybmw2004
If you had a sheep, what would you name it? baby

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Latest Projects!

This is the Summer Shawlette project I am working on. After "frogging" 3 times between rows 7 and 9, I finally got the rhythm down! Whew! It took a bit let me tell you! I put in 2 lifelines, but now I have them out as I pretty much am on target. Unfortunately, I didn't estimate the yardage right, so I've had to order more yarn from here. I want to add a couple of inches to it as it says overall length is 15-1/2". 17 or 17-1/2 would be a little better I am thinking. So now I am at the point where I have to wait for the yarn to come in. I just ordered it today, so I'm going to start this:

This is an easy pullover from Berroco. I found the yarn here on clearance so it is a very big bargain. AND I get to use the new KnitPicks that my wonderful secret pal 11 sent me! Yes, I finally found out how I managed to get these in the mail. AND they are mine, ALL MINE!
Remember the square that my embroidery machine ate? Well, I knitted it over and guess what? I finished all the embroidery on all the squares (praying the entire time!) and they all came out great! So now I have to sew it together and work on the border. The border is going very slow as it is 4 strips, 4" wide by oh, maybe 30" long. That's a lot of boring knitting, but I still have plenty of time, the baby isn't due until March. Figure it will be easy knitting for the winter.
The newest baby sweater. I'm figuring this is 6 months size and it is done. I just have to sew in the sleeves and buttons (check them out!, little blue bears - they are so cute!) and then block it. Yes I do it backwards, but that is what I have always done! LOL

Anyways, thats a few projects and of course I am still doing socks as my on-the-go project. It takes care of the 14-15 stoplights on my way to work! A few of them are very long lights, good for a couple of rows!

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Embroidery machine ate my knitting!

I'm working on the surprise blanket. I did a sample of 4 squares to decide how I was going to sew everything together. Sample came out okay. It is do-able. So I was originally planning to do duplicate stitch of names/birthdates, but realized I only have 37 stitches across (8 are not usable because it is the border), so I was left with 29 stitches across. Mine, my hubby, and my daughter's names are all too long to do duplicate stitch with 29 stitches, so I decided I would try on my sample, embroidery.

It worked just fine. Initials are one of the hardest on sewing, so I did that. No problems.......
Ooops....I get the name done, going good....getting to the birthdate, so far so good. The LAST NUMBER, break the top thread. Re-thread....going along and bang! The stitches get stuck. By the time I realize it's NOT's too late. The only thing to do is cut. It was stuck on the bottom at the bobbin level. Luckily, I only have to knit another yellow square, but now what am I going to do? I have no idea....I guess I'll let it Purculate in the back of my brain for awhile and see what comes out.

Friday, November 2, 2007

If I didn't order, can I keep?

There was a box on the front steps today when I got home from work. I didn't order them, but here they are....Do I get to keep them? There was no note, no nothing, just these in a box. So, right now they are sitting back in the box and I will keep walking by them over the weekend to look and admire. I have the Denise set (which I do not really like) and have been wanting to try the knit-picks options, but didn't want to spend the $$ until I could see them. A secret santa perhaps? But it's kind of early for if anyone knows where they came from, please drop me a hint, so I know that I can use them! LOL Dyeing to try them.....

Happy Knitting all! :)

My son was very Surprised!

This is the cake I had the local bakery do for my son getting on the Fire Department. Boy he really was surprised! If I could have taken a picture of his face! LOL