Monday, November 12, 2007

where did the time go?

Yes, it's been a while. I had finished some projects, and I have started several more. I will have to take some photos to show you. I finished Lola socks (two socks on two circs toe up) and I finished a pair using Meilenweit in bluish green colors (possibly colortweed). I also knit up a scarf using Misti Alcapa bulky while at a meeting in Chicago. My shawls are at a standstill. I have just the edging to do on Shetland Tea Shawl. I promise to get pics up soon!!!!

P.S. The swan is no longer. I did not have the enthusiasm that I did starting, it has been ripped. I am considering several other potential lace projects for this yarn. It is a purdy pink.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


So I finished the first clue for mystery stole 3. It was a little cumbersome with the tiny crochet hook and the beads, but I'm getting the hang of it.

Here is a look at the product:

A closer look:
It is very sunny out today. Nice breeze, not too humid. I can have many days like this. It is expected to get warm and humid in the next few days. I'm liking this pink. The beads are nice, too. I can't wait for the next clue.


So I finished the first clue for mystery stole 3. It was a little cumbersome with the tiny crochet hook and the beads, but I'm getting the hang of it.

Here is a look at the product:

It is very sunny out today. Nice breeze, not too humid. I can have many days like this. It is expected to get warm and humid in the next few days.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

me too!!!

It didn't take much to convince me to join MS3 (mystery stole 3) on the Yahoo Groups. Just a visit to Ellen's blog was all I needed to get me to sign up. I'd participated in mystery knit-a-longs before. I've made a triangle shawl and a square shawl through those groups. They've been given away, but I think I may have the photos somewhere. The square shawl was mentioned in a previous post.

I wonder what this stole will be. I chose to knit is in very light pink (color 831 from Skacel Merino Lace) with pink 8/0 beads. I'm using 2.75mm needles.I could go to 3.5mm, but I think the stitch definition is better with 2.75mm. I'll have pictures later. I'm just getting started with the first clue. I don't know if I will end up with a scarf or a stole, but I really don't care. I enjoy the mystery and the act of knitting too much to let the size of the end product be an issue. I just hope I have enough yarn. :)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

A New Place

Well, since the last post I have moved to a new home in a different state. I'm back in the Mid-West to be closer to my folks and the in-laws, not to mention my new niece. I'm close enough to get to them in an emergency, but not so close that they are living in my house. You all know how that goes.

Knitting should continue, but the weather here is quite a bit different. I left Maine around the same time juju did; we left some awesome knitters at our LYSs. I hope to find folks here to knit with, but I think my schedule will be quite different than before. I did do some stash enhancement before leaving town. Once all the yarn and paraphernalia were packed, I needed something to see and touch. I invested in some cashmere lace, sock yarn, etc.

More to come later.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Patriot's Day "Hurricane"

This year's Patriot's Day was supposed to be a nice day off for me. But, NOOOOO! We had a Nor'Easter!!!!!!!

This makes my property look like water front, doesn't it? This is during the time when the winds had slowed abit to around 35mph gusts. The horizontal rain was rather scary and the noise that went with the winds....

More knitting content soon.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

April Snow brings May Mud!

WHAT!?!?! It should be warm and showery, not snowy. No knitting content today. Just this lovely view from my kitchen as the sun sets. It has now become sleet.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Just in Time

I got this neck warmer finished in time for Pete to wear before the ski season ends. I used GGH wollywasch in navy and light blue...the Maine Black Bears colors. It is a basic k2p2 ribbing, size 3.5mm Aero circulars.

It looks like he'll keep his neck and chin warm while whooshing down the slopes of Sugarloaf.

(By the way, Maine Black Bears are going to the Frozen Four. I'm not a hockey fan, but the regional semifinals and finals were exciting. Go, Black Bears!)

Also, the socks and the mitts from a few posts ago went to Pete's wife, Allison. They fit her perfectly. I like it when people fit into my knitted items. :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Snow storm...last week

Well, we had a loverly snow storm on Valentine's Day. I have pictures to show you.

This is what I drove through to get back home from work. Yes, I was going slow enough to dig out my camera from my bag.

This was about a mile away from my home. I couldn't tell where the road was.

I'll have knitting stuff next time. Aren't you surprised that I have two posts
this month already?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy New Year!!!

From Little bit of...
This is my "little" niece, born 15 January 2007. I knit her the Baby surprise jacket in Lorna's Laces Tuscany. I had enough left over for accessories. She was 8#7. Two of the newborn hats I knit her were too big. I'm going to revise so that she'll be able to wear them at least for the next few months. As Dominique was born before the Chinese New Year, she will NOT be a PIG. She will be a DOG! I don't think she cares very much about that.
From Little bit of...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

New Year, new FOs

I did start the new year off with several quick projects.
On New Year's Eve day, I was at Ellen's for the Football Widow's knitting Club. Melissa (of Loose Ends Farm, Brunswick, ME) walks in with her usual one or two skeins of hand dyed, hand spun loverly yarn. It is customary for the "football widows" to each handle, sniff, rub, pet the yarn and pass it around. Occasionally, one of the skeins will not make it all the way around the circle of friends. Well, when this one came in, it was tossed to me (I caught the pass) and it came home with me. The colorway is Flames. Ellen has a more flashy version of Flame, but this was just orange enough to grab my attention. I usually have to stew about yarn before buying, but I could not let this go. Well, when I got home, I HAD to wind it into a ball and get started. I looked around the house for just the tight pattern. I found it in Cat Bordhi's Treasury of Magical Knitting. It is the Lotus Blossom. It has patterning that allows one to wear either side and it looks great. I used a little over 50% of the 5.1oz. skein. I did not have enough for a second hat, so I knit up a mistake rib scarf. Just the right amount of yarn. The photo is rather pathetic, but there you have it.

I started the hat when I got home from Purl Diva, while watching the Packers beat the Bears, then on New years Day, watching the Rose Bowl, I finished the hat and knit the scarf. It was the fastest I've knit in a long time.

I then followed the crowd and knit the Misti Alpaca Chunky scarf. You know, the one with the ruffles at the ends? It's a free pattern from the yarn company. It's easy to do.

I've been working on a sweater for the last two months. The end is near. I've finished all the "parts" and I have to put it together. I seamed the shoulders and I am working on the collar now. I'll have pics soon. It's mohair. It's very pretty. It will be extremely warm, but very light weight.

In the mean time, I've cast on two more socks, one lace project, started a baby blanket, ordered and received the "Wedding Ring Shawl" pattern from Sharon Miller. It is no longer available. I think my copy is n.476/500. I also need to finish the edging on Shetland Tea Shawl, get back to the Frost Flowers and Leaves, finish baby sweater for my sister's newborn who is due to arrive this month, finish baby blanket for said baby. I truly do not have time to start any more projects!!! What do I do with the newly wound cakes of Merino Oro, on in navy and one in white??? OK, I gave in. I started the Print O' the Wave stole with the navy .

catch-up time

Well...all my hopes of being a better blogger is slowly fading. It is already half way through the month of January and this is my first post. Blechh!

Well, I do have FOs to show you. On the left is a pair of Trekking socks that I finished early December. They are leaving me to be gifted.

I used 2.25mm needles, toe up with short-row toes and heels. The cuff is 2x2 ribbing. I cast off using knit two then knit them together. It is one of the most elastic cast off I've tried.

This is a one skein scarf using the lace pattern provided by the label. It is Portrait Mohair. I knit this as a shop model for Purl Diva.
The mittems are make from yarn by End of the World farms, located in Maine. These are 100%wool hand handpainted. I thought they were a bit too scratchy for my feet, but sturdy for mitts.

The background quilt was made by my MIL. She found a magazine with patterns from Korea, so she designed her own version of it. It is very pretty AND I am allowed to use it. :)

This hat is a "Prime Rib" hat knit using Elizabeth Wimmerman's recommendations in "Knitting without Tears". This is hat no.2. Hat no. 1 is mine and the picture of it can be seen here. They are both knit with Sheep Shop Yarn's Sheep 2 and size 11 needles. I did mine in the greenish colorway, knit flat. This turquoise coloway is knit in the round. It was not as difficult as I thought it would be knitting brioche ribbing in the round.
This one has been gifted.

Finally, but not the least: I have photos of the Mystery Shawl 3 that I finished a while ago, but did not have the time to block. It has been sent away as a gift, as well. She wrote that she'll wear it for Christmas. I think she likes it. It is Zephyr, Jade, size 3.75mm KA circular, pattern here from Bo Peep's Wool Shop. It was originally a mystery shawl knit with a Yahoo! group.

Well, that's it for 2006.

There are other item that did not get finished, but that's another story .