October 25, 2009

Who says California doesn't have any beautiful fall color?!

October 21, 2009

Another Finished Object!!! I'm on a roll!
Pattern: Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in UNR (not sure what color that's supposed to be)
Started: 09/07/09
Finished: 09/18/09
Mods: Added an additional repeat of Pattern A
Same deal with this one as with the shawl for my Grandmother. I just wouldn't/couldn't do the finishing work. It was a very simple little lace shawl-ette. Fun pattern but as with all lace it was a disaster until I blocked it. I'm not really thrilled with the color but since it's a gift and I think the giftee will like it, I'm happy with it. I might make a second one for myself some time in the future.

October 20, 2009

Ugh. I ran out of yarn. My February Lady Sweater was coming a long nicely and then...I ran out of yarn. I finished the first sleeve over the weekend but the second one is only a couple of inches long. I need to order one more skein of yarn to finish it. So sad. I haven't ordered the yarn yet because I just know that as soon as I do I will decide that I want some additional yarn and will have to pay shipping for two orders.

My Central Park Hoodie is still stalled. I just need to block the finished pieces so that I can seam them together so that I can pick up the stitches for the hood and move forward on that one and hopefully complete it before Christmas but right now it's looking a smidge hopeless that I will meet my Christmas deadline.

So that's two projects stalled. I have the yarn to cast on for Celeste from French Girl Knits by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes. I chose Shadow Kettle Dyed Lace Yarn from Knit Pick in Grasshopper for this project. But right now I seem to be stalled on this one too. Is started swatching for it on Sunday but I'm really intimidated by the project right now. It's lace weight yarn on big needles and that makes it a bit difficult for me to knit because the needle points are very dull and it's hard to slip the needle in to knit, at least for me. I think I have huge clumsy hands or something. I'd really like to start moving forward on this one too but I just seem stuck.

Of course since I'm stalled on three projects and am not actively knitting on any project my fingers are dying to cast on for something that I can work on right now. I bought Knit Scene last night and Custom Knits by Wendy Brenard. Oh my gosh, if you haven't picked up either of these you really should. Custom Knits has tons of great sweaters and Knit Scene is a great magazine. I think it's even published by Interweave Knits or is part of the same company. It has tons of great stuff too. All of it makes me want to knit even more. I'm going to have to try and show some restraint and only do one thing at a time. I still need to do the finishing work on the scarf that I knitted for my Mother-in-law for her birthday next month. Not to mention the fact that Christmas is right around the corner and I still don't have gifts for everyone. Yikes!

October 19, 2009

I "stole" this from another blogger cause I thought it was a good idea to do…

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting: knitting items on, or to be left on the street
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Household items: dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…
knitting socks- or other small tubular items- on two circulars
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

So...what have you done?

October 16, 2009

Pattern: Convertable by Rebecca Hatcher
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow Kettle Dyed, Lace Weight in Atlantic Kettle Dyed (blue)
Started: 08/07/09
Finished: 09/19/09
Mods: Left off the button band called for in the directions.
Finally another finished object. The knitting portion had been done for a while as has the blocking section. It just took me a while to finally get around to finishing weaving in all the ends. For some reason I hate the finishing work.
I made this shawl for my grandmother, for her birthday in December. I love the color. It's a very vibrent blue. Now I just have to wait 2 months before I can even give it to her. I hope she likes it. My mom is predicting that she won't use it becuase it's "too nice". lol, sounds about right for our family but that's ok. It's hers to do with what she will!

October 14, 2009

Pattern: February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Tidepool Heather

Started: 09/30/09


Mods: None...yet.

This is my current project along with the Central Park Hoodie that I'm working on. I don't think I've posted any pictures of that one yet but as soon as I get it blocked I'll try to post some. I've been so busy at work that I haven't been able to do much when I get home from work. I've just been too tired to anything other then sit on the couch and knit. It's a pretty sad state but now that I've moved into the new office hopefully things will settle down. It's been a big change for me. My office moved downtown and I've had to start taking the light rail into work. I'm not one that embraces change will or gracefully to say the least but I know that if I give it enough time I'll adapt. I've never had to use public transportation before so it's a huge change for me. I thought I was going to cry the first time but I got to work and was just fine. I'm sure I'll survive! lol

October 11, 2009

We finally got another chance to do a little camping over the weekend. We headed about 2 hours North to Collins Lake. The weather was perfect, so perfect it was very hard to believe that it was almost the middle of October. There was a nice cool breeze during the day and the temps were in the mid-80's. The evenings were so mild that I only needed a light sweater the first night and none the second night.

Home Sweet Home (away from home)

The lake from our campsite

I did a little fishing but never caught anything.

Hubby with his prize catch, a piece of a bucket

I did a little knitting on my February Lady Sweater.

Hubby was so proud of his truck, it pulled out little trailer with no problems at all

The boys had a couple of beers

Hubbs and I enjoyed a snuggle

Even the sunrise was beautiful there
Who wouldn't want this view?
There was doggy love
There was bun stealing squirrels
And dogs on the look out.
On the way home, we stopped for a closer look at a rice paddy

I eat rice and I know how it's grown, but I had no idea what it looked like on the plant

It was a great trip and I'm ready to go again. Too bad I haven't won the lottery or found out about some long lost relative that wants to give me a ton of money so I can travel and never have to work again. If you know my long lost relative...send'em my way! lol