Monday, March 22, 2010

The Rundown...

What I'm working on...
Heel Head scarf

What I want to be working on...
Revontuli (Northern Lights Shawl)

What I'll be working on soon...
Commissioned Baby Hats for a local photographer

What I want to be working on...

What else I SHOULD be working on...

Infinity Scarf
Argyle Lace Hat

What I want to be working on...

Notice a trend??


Monday, February 22, 2010

My Knitting Olympics efforts

So this year I really wanted to knit something in the KO just to see if I could do it. but I ran into a few problems...

1. I really couldn't find anything I wanted to make with yarn I currently had that would consume 17 days.

2. With potential move home looming ahead, I really needed to stash bust as much as possible as it's easier to ship a garment home vs ship balls of wool home.

3. I only have a gazillion UFOs, #1 be namely Pa's Christmas Sweater, that I should give some consideration to.

Looking at all these factors, I decided it would be my best interest to participate in the Knitting Olympics unofficially. I decided my 17 day challenge would be to consume as much of my stash as I could work through. No new yarn purchases; for any reason. If the project needed more of a certain yarn, then it was an unacceptable project. We're 10 days in and I think I've done really well.

So far my list of accomplishments are....

1. Neighborly sweater for Hazel (used up all but walnuts of my Trivori Irish Aran Wool x2 colors)
**please note that due to massive amounts of knitting, and some boogers, I haven't been able to take pictures of anything but this top. Will update later...

2. Weekend Fingerless Mitts (used up a tiny amount--far less than I hoped--of mystery wool obtained from a class I took last spring, and originally for Lindsay, but didn't turn out the way I hoped so I'm adopting them)

3. Extra-Toasty Toddler Mittens for Hazel (used up most of my Cascade 220 overdyed)

4. Marian Cowl for Marina's Birthday (used up almost the whole skein of Robin Super chunky left over from Mom's birthday cardi)

5. Speedy Cable Beret for ME (used up the last walnut of Robin Super Chunky and 1/2 the ball of Adriafil Spillo)

I think 5 things in 10 days is awesome, especially as they're not all tiny things and I've been sick for 5 of the days :)

Right now I'm 1/2 way through a Mossy Jacket for Callum to come home from the hospital in June/July. I have a ton of light fingeringweight sock yarn from Lidl that I'm holding tripled for it. Quick and easy knit so far, and I'm hoping to have it done by tomorrow.

Mom gave me an idea to make Lindsay some Christmas items that would consume stash (super yay!) and get some of my Christmas knitting out of the way as I figure I'm not going to get a whole lot done by way of knitting once Little Mister is here.

I'm also thinking I may make Callum some longies to match his Mossy jacket. I want to make Emma's Unmentionables for Hazel amoung other things!

Sigh, so much to do, so little time....back to knitting...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Anthropologie headband knock-off

I've become the biggest Anthropologie addict. Seriously. I told T last night that if I was a bit thinner and a lot wealthier, I would have all of their clothes as I just love almost every item they sell. It's a good thing I love my daughter with all my heart and soul, otherwise I would see if they'd trade for a cute coat...just kidding. Seriously.
Browsing their site last night, I found this little headband and I was in love. It's not a good example of the cost of their products as, well, it's not expensive, but it is knit and I have a gazillion tiny scraps to use up, so I thought I'd give it a go.

This isn't yet perfect, but it's about as cute as it can get, so I'm going to share pictures of it with everyone, just, well, cuz I can :) and she's getting a ton more as I just am in love with how it turned out. I'm think of changing up the flowers, using ribbon for some of them, adding buttons, etc. Let's see what I come up with. It only took me about 2 hours and that's with trying to figure out the mechanics of the whole thing, so I'm sure I'll whip up more in no time.

Here's my first for your viewing pleasure...

Friday, December 04, 2009

What I'm REALLY Doing!

Dear Carli,

So, I determined what I am REALLY doing for Chirtmas knitting! Anything else is going to have to wait! Here is my list:

1) Layla's shirt in brown and Mint green
2) MIL Head scarf in Bright Red, my own design
3) Jillian shirt in purple and white
4) Marshall vest in Blue and Grey

That's it. If I get anything else done, it is total luck! :) So, here is hoping as MIL scarf is going to take FOREVER!!!

Hope your holiday knitting is going well!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


So I've been forcing myself to knit the past couple nights and during the day as I can. I know that sounds really bazaar coming from me, but it's true. I'm doing it, though, and making some progress.

I admit I hit a slight blackhole on Daddy's present. But we're through and sailing away. I managed to get quite a bit done on it last night after H went to bed. yay!!!

Then I've been just blowing through Mom's gift. I have to say that DPNs beat magic loop any day of the week when you'redoing ML on a 60 inch cable needle. Far too much extra cable. But I'm loving the color work and now that I've finished 1/2 of the second one, I've gotten the hang of keeping the colors less tangled and it's a breeze. Plus knitting colorwork that is intricate is like painting with yarn. you just knit along, doing nothing different than switching colors as you go, and presto, you have this cool design. Way addicting.

I am determined to get atleast mom's present DONE and the piece I'm currently working on for Dad's DONE before we leave in 2 weeks. Anything outside the one piece on Dad's is just bonus that won't keep me up until the wee hours of the morning Christmas day.

Determined. It WILL happen...

Lotsa Love

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just one knit....

So, I usually knit every evening. I always knit something when riding in the car, and I'm rarely anywhere without one of my projects, especially since Christmas is coming quickly.

In the past 2 weeks, I have knitted one evening and once in the car. I just have no desire, no energy, and spend 90% of my life fighting off Morning Sickness...

Christmas presents aren't ever going to get done. I'm DETERMINED to get Dad's and Mom's finished. The rest will have to wait...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

My Knitting List...Ever Shall It Grow!

OK, so I have started auditing what I need to knit in the next less than 50 days! Carli has pointed out that Christmas is LESS than 50 days away! Holy Geez! Here is my list as of right now. I am not even going to actually ACT like I am going to get it all done, but it is wishful thinking. I fully admit that some of it is for me, but it is stuff I was hoping to have done to wear for Christmas. We shall see!

1. Caroline For Me! :) Done in Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Avocado.
2. A Scarflette of my own design for Me! :) Done in Malabrigo in a blue/green/yellow mix
3. Some sort of Fingerless Mitts for Me! :) To be done in Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Avocado
4. Telemark Pullover for Marshall done in really pretty blue
5. Some sort of dress for Layla's Bear. I am designing it myself, it won't be complicated, but will be done in Caron Simple Soft
6. A hat for my dad (I can't remember the name of the pattern, I will have to find it!) done in Ultra Alpaca in a really pretty orange.
7. Thank you Scarflette for Claire. Just garter stitch on the bias...just have to weave in ends. Done in Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick.
8. SO want to make Sprite for Layla and for cute is this?
9. Market Shawl for Me! Done in Moonlight Mohair...there is no hurry on this, just mindless knitting as it is all stockinette!
10. Something for my MIL...I have to make her gift but she is giving me NO ideas. Any ideas? Please? Anyone? She isn't a fancy type person so I am just at a loss!
11. Baby hat for friend, simple easy, shouldn't take long!

I have sewing to do too as well as other knitting that I haven't even figured out yet. AAGGRRHH!!