Monday, December 31, 2007

Last Sweater of 2007

Last night I finished seaming up my last finished object for 2007. The pattern is Oblique from the fall 2007 Knitty. The yarn is Beaverslide Drygoods. More details on raverly.

Monday, November 26, 2007

A November Update

I just realized today that I hadn't posted since the beginning of October. I think Ravelry is to blame. I update my projects there a lot more regularly.
Anyway... here is what I've been knitting...

Here are some descriptions of the above pictures:
1. Pink Cotton Ease Kid Sweater

2. Zepher Style's Juliet in Cotton Fleece

3. Noro Hat ( Silk Garden Lite) (Holiday present)

4. Noro Hat (Silk Garden Lite) (Holiday present) (

5. Blue and Brown Anastasia Socks

6. Yarntini Anastasia Socks

7. Shibui Embossed Leaves Socks

8. WIP: Knitpicks Memories Embossed Leaves Sock

Friday, October 12, 2007

FO: Juliet

Pattern: Zephyr Style's Juliet
Yarn: Lion Brand's Cotton Ease, Color: Violet, 3 balls
Needles: Knitpicks circs, size 6
I first started knitting this with the yarn doubled but I didn't like how it knitted up (too stiff and heavy). So I started again and using only one strand of yarn. It knitted up much softer.
I had read that many people find the pattern to be knitting up big. So if I was knitting it double I would do the size S. So I picked the size M to knit with one strand. This seems to have worked for me and I am very happy with the sweater.

Blocking Hemlock Ring Blanket

I finally finished knitting my Hemlock Ring Blanket. The binding off took me several days.

Here is a picture before I started blocking it.

I am blocking the blanket on a queen size bed and I have also run out of pins to block with. So the scallop edging is not perfect.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Quick Sweater

Pattern: Knitty's Mr Greenjeans
Yarn: Dream in Color, Classy worsted weight (3 1/4 Skeins), Colorway: Deep Seaflower
Needles: Addi Lace, size 6
This was a very quick and easy sweater pattern to knit! It is top-down and seamless. I loved the cables. I definitely will knit this pattern again.
Plus today the weather was kind of cool and I wore the sweater.

Monday, September 17, 2007

What did you do over the weekend?....I saw the Harlot!

On Saturday morning, I loaded the kids into the car and drove south 2 hours to my parents house. I dropped off the kids with their grandparents and then drove into downtown Los Angeles to the LA Public Library to see the Yarn Harlot (about 30minutes from Pasadena). I had made my reservation at the library to hear her speak almost a month ago. I got to the library a little before 1 o'clock and the Harlot was scheduled to speak around 2 pm. Inside the library, knitters were already lined up out side the auditorium waiting. The library had security guards (2-4) watching us wait in line. Then they started ordering us around.. "Stand single file against the wall." "No sitting on the floor." Many in line thought this was pretty funny.
One of the guards (a female one) did say she knitted too and used big needles, not tiny ones.After the library checked us off of their reservation list, we had to stand in line again before going into the Auditorium. I think there was almost 230 to 250 people expected.
There are many pretty and interesting details in the building to look at the LAPL.

Inside the auditorium, as I was picking out a place to sit down, a friendly group of knitters asked me if I was here all alone. I said yes and they invited me to sit with them. Funny thing is they were from Pasadena! (Where I grew up! and where my kids were hanging out for the day!) They meet on Colorado Blvd at a coffee house called Zephyr.

Next the Yarn Harlot came out. She gave a very funny and interesting talk. Everybody was knitting as she spoke!
Lots of people wore their handknits to the event and so it made it very fun to people watch.

After the talk, I stood in line about 1 hour to get my books signed. The library had the Yarn Harlot was standing at a "bar" to sign books.

I told her that I used my Knitting Rules book all the time. She said was glad and that she worked really hard to write that book. I also mentioned that not everyone was tall in LA. I'm 5 foot. At the beginning of her talk in the library she mentioned that everyone was tall in LA and was it because of the sunshine?

Overall I had a great time and parking in downtown LA cost $8 on Saturday.

Monday, September 10, 2007

New projects started

Here is the start of one of my new projects, Brooklyntweed's Hemlock Ring Blanket. I got the yarn (Cascade Eco Wool in Chocolate) on Friday and worked on it all weekend. If it turns out good, I'm thinking of making more of them as presents for the Holidays.
Also last week before I got the yarn to make the Hemlock Blanket, I started knitting a cardigan in Dream in Color worsted weight yarn. It is a wrap type of sweater. I stopped working on it since I got the yarn for the blanket. I'll get back to it eventually.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

More Toe Up Socks!

I've really really been enjoying knitting 2 toe-up socks at the same time on two circular needles. I keep wanting to knit more socks this way. My Pattern for these sport weight socks:
1. cast on for the toe - Judy's Magic Cast On
2. then increase every other round until I get 48 stitches on the needles,
3. knit the foot round and round in plain knit stitches until it measures to my ankle bone
5. leg: knit knit knit....
6. cuff- knit 2, purl 2
7. sewn bind off
Needles: 2 Addi Lace circs, size 1
Over Labor Day weekend I started another set of toe-up socks using lightweight Socks that Rock in Watermelon Tourmaline color. They are toe-up version of Monkey Socks. I'm using the lace pattern from Los Monos Locos! – The Crazy Monkeys! In this lace pattern there are no purl stitches.
I'm still slowly working on the Print o' the Wave Stole. I have done about 19 repeats in the body section.