Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
On to the results. I based my wristers on the Leftover Mitts I found through Ravelry but I used the leftover Urchin yarn in combination with a solid corresponding black I had. Since I had the two colors, I just didn't start the cable until row 15 in the pattern and then I worked one extra twist in the cable pattern up the arm. I'm pleased with the results and so is Jess. (Try to hear Madonna's Vogue as you scroll through these photos)
Or he could just be an alien...
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- I really prefer music where someone plays instruments, not a computer
- I didn't really like the fashion of the 80's in the 80's
- Blue eyeshadow can actually look pretty cute on some kids
- High school Algebra is a lot harder when you're 40
Well, I think you get the picture. But there was one thing that I was really surprised to learn and thus the reason I write this post. So let me take you back in time a bit...are you hearing Scooby Doo flashback noises? Good, we're almost there.
Seriously though, a number of months ago I decided to make the Urchin Hat by Ysolda. I love the look of it on the Ravelry project page and the construction looked interesting since short rows were pretty new to me so I decided to give it a go. I bought some Debbie Bliss yarn from my LYS and cast on. The hat went super quick and I loved it until I realized why it was going so quick; it was way too small.OK, time to try again. This time I want found some Rowan yarn called Spray from Webs and that was my next mistake. I loved knitting the hat but the yarn was way too bulky and the whole thing ended up much to stiff to be very wearable. Bummer.But alas, I am not one to be so easily deterred. As I said, I really enjoyed the knitting of the hat and I knew if I just found the right yarn, the hat would be great. So, back to Web's sale yarn to find some Rowan Chunky Print. I really like this yarn. The colors are pinks and charcoal greys and I just loved it. I got started right away on the hat and I think it was finished in maybe two nights. As I finished sewing in the last end, I placed it on my head and really...nope.
This weekend Jessi asked me to see some of my knitting, and who am I to say no. I pulled out the bag of finished stuff I have in the corner and I came across the third knitted Urchin. I held it up to Jessi, she put it on her head and viola...something I never expected...it just looked darn cute on her. (ignore the 16 year old expression of near tolerance)
It really did look great on her and I really did learn something; sometimes you just have to find the right head for the hat.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
So you ask how my knitting has been going. Well, so-so I guess. You see, I have three projects I am actually actively working on right now. I have the simple Garter Rib socks out of Mini-Mochi for Steph: My version of the "My So-Called Scarf" pattern out of the hand dyed yarn with a color called Poison I bought from 100PureWool on Etsy.
And lastly my Cropped Raglan Sweater from a pattern on the Lion Brand website and in Knit n' Style April 2008. I don't even have a picture of this one yet but it's being worked with some pretty Cascade 220 Heathers.
So what's the problem you ask...I have made a mistake on each of these projects that has caused me to stop. What are my mistakes?
- Steph's sock - time to turn the short row heel on the second sock and I'm getting big holes where I'm adding a stitch for the short row turn. I know that makes no sense to people who haven't knit a short row heel, and maybe even people who have. Sorry
- My So-Called Scarf - I've managed to loss a stitch. I think I simply forgot one of the increases on the purl row before but I have to rip back and figure it out.
- My Cardigan - I forgot one of the raglan increases...12 rows ago. I need to drop the 3 stitches of the raglan increase down the numerous rounds and try to add the YO I missed and then knit my way back up the stitches to where I am. I'm hoping to do this instead of ripping out the 250+ stitches in 12 rows of knitting and doing a "do-over."
So what is a girl to do when she has three projects being actively worked on and all of them have mistakes that must be fixed before she can continue? Well, start something else of course! In order to make sure I don't have to worry too much about mistake, I decided to get started on some dishtowels that I owe as part of a trade I've worked for some new jewelry. I went to Michael's last night a bought a bunch of kitchen cotton (and some other stuff for a Christmas gift but no need to talk about that just yet) and got started last night. I got the first towel done and now I just need to pick the next color to knit.
My next goal, to get the right mindset to sit down and fix my three errors and get on my way!!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday mornings..Getting ready for a ride..
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
So here's the first "Little Thing" that made me happy these last couple of weeks. I got pictures of my niece in the Fiona Sundress I made for her. How could this sight not make an auntie happy?
I made this dress with some Peaches and Cream 100% Cotton yarn from my stash and I am just thrilled with how it turned out. I made the 18 month size and Eva is about 16 months right now so the sizing seems pretty good. She might even get two seasons out of it if she wears it as a top with little jeans or something next summer. She's got a little growing room but I think it looks great!
I took a little time to learn a new technique. I have this great Mini Mochi yarn to make a pair of socks. I have one skein per sock and the skeins together are only 390 yds. The recipient of the socks has larger feet so I wanted to make sure I was making these socks as tall as possible without running out of yarn. Well, that means only one thing, start from the toe and knit your way up the leg until you run out of yarn. Cool, time to figure out how to do that. I found the "Lifestyle Toe Up Socks" recipe, so to speak, on Ravelry and I got started. I started by learning Judy's Magic Cast-On (surprisingly easy), increased for the toe and started my way up the foot using a garter rib pattern on the top of the sock.
How about a little pink to take your breath away?
A much more pleasant smell than the usual found in the alleys and definitely beautiful.