Tuesday, September 25, 2007

oh, deer

It's been a very busy few days. I had quite a weekend - knitting with friends at the Apple Festival, a cookout, babysitting....and then last night, Mickenzie and I were hit by a deer! It's true - I did not hit a deer...it hit me. We're fine - my poor little car has sustained a few more dents, but it's still driving.

So tonight, I'm just relaxing! I plan to spend most of this week finishing the unpacking...but I'm spending tonight with my 3 favorite men - Mr. Greenjeans, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. I am hoping to make it to the sleeve seperation on greenjeans tonight. I saw a finished one on ravelry, and now I cannot wait to be done! Now if only the weather would cooperate - it IS fall, right?
My Hedera socks are on the back burner...I think they're too small and I have temporarily lost my desire to work on them. I like them a lot, but now that my knitting time is so limited, I really want to work on the sweater. I may need to become a one project at a time knitter..we'll see.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

It's done!

The Not So Shrunken Cardigan made it's debut yesterday...I finished the ruffle and sewed in the ends on Tuesday night, and wore it to work and Knit Night yesterday. It was a great success! I think this is topping the list of my favorite things. It fits perfectly and was a fun, low maintenence knit. I am now hooked on Silky Wool...I will certainly be using it again. I got several comments on my sweater at work - it's so exciting to hear someone say that they like it. Jo took some pics at the shop last night....(there are a few more on Ravelry.) Stats:
Pattern: Marilyn's Not So Shrunken Cardigan, but Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 4.10 skeins
Needles: KP options 6 and 4, size E crochet hook (for ruffle)
Time: month and a half?
Mods: I only did one row of the ruffle - one seemed just right to me. My ruffle seemed more pronounced than the others I've seen on ravelry or blogs.

So, since I'm done with the cardi, I can cast on for another one! I've ordered some more Silky Wool in parchment for the Tangled Yoke, but it's on backorder - so, tonight I'll be casting on for Mr. Greenjeans. I can't wait - this is the cardigan I've been waiting for. I spent many hours browsing blogs for the perfect cabled cardigan, and I think this one is it. It involves 3 of my favorite things - top down raglan, cables, cardigan....yeah, this is it.

I finally picked up the Hedera socks again! No pictures yet, but the first sock now has a heel flap - the heel has been turned and the guesset is ready to be picked up. I'm slowly making progress on Cozy. I worked on it during a yarn lunch with the girls last weekend, and will probably take it babysitting tomorrow.

And again - the Fall into Autumn Topic of the Week...

Whenyou knit or crochet dishclothes, washclothes or face clothes, what do you use? What size needle or hook? Wood? what type? Metal? Plastic? A specific Brand? Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Is there one you are dying to try? Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for clothes? What is so special about it?

When I knit dishcloths I usually use Peaches/Sugar and Cream yarn, and metal needles. The slickness of metal needles makes the cotton knit a little easier. I ususally use old Susan Bates straight needles - I like the shorter 9/10 in length needle. I rarely crochet anymore, but I always use Susan Bates hooks - they have the perfect hook. As far as yarns...I love a lot of yarns....
Alright...I'm leaving off here - time for some quality knitting time!

Friday, September 14, 2007

finally friday...

I am so ready for the weekend. It has been one long week. I'm looking forward to some lazy time.

So...the new Knitty is up - and again my queue gets longer. I am dying to make Mr. Greenjeans. I have some heathery green/teal Cascade 220 that would be perfect - I was originally going to use it for Wicked, but I think this'll be better. I tend to wear cardigans more than pullovers, although Wicked will stay on my queue - who knows when I'll get to either one of them. I also really like the Tussie Mussie cardi - but I don't really like reverse stockinette that much - if I decide to make it, I'd probably do it in stockinette, but with wide purl gutters around the floral pattern....we'll see. (How many cardigans does one girl need anyway?) There were some really cute hats too.

Speaking of cardigans....the Not So Shrunken one is nearly done! I've finished the body and sleeves, and sewed down the hems last night. All I have left is the button bands, neckline and ruffle. I have never knit anything that needed a button band before, so it will be somewhat of an adventure. I'm hoping to be done in time to wear it this Wednesday to Knit Night. I can't wait!
I've been working pretty exclusively on the cardi, so there's not much else to report knitwise. If only I had more time - there is so much I want to do!

And before I forget - the Fall into Autumn topic of the week....Do I change my knitting habits with the weather? Well, I've really only been knitting seriously for less than a year. But I did notice I did a lot of knitting with cotton and cotton blends this summer, and all the projects I have coming up are wool/wool blends - So I guess I tend to knit my garments seasonally. And speaking of seasons - Hallelujah....Fall is almost year. I was actually a little chilly on the way out the door this morning. Bring it on!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

magic sleeve!

I'm making progress on the Not So Shrunken Cardigan - I hope to have it done within the week. I finished the first sleeve last night - so far, it seems like it's going to fit really well. I used magic loop for the sleeve, and I think I like it. I don't think I'd want to do it for socks, but I liked using it for the sleeve - it seemed a little more sturdy - and, it's easier to try on as you go along. Mickenzie and I are watching the office: season 3 on dvd, so I'm taking advantage of that as knitting time!I'm still moving along on Cozy - I accidentally did one of the lace rows twice in a row, but didn't notice for a few rows later....so, there was some ripping, but I managed to get it back on the needles and I've made my way back to where I was. So, I can't quite decide what I want to do next. There are a ton of things I want to do...I think I've narrowed it down to the Minimalist Cardigan from the latest IK, or the Aspen Top Down Sweater from Knitting Classic Style. I have some stash yarn that will work for the Minimalist Cardi, so it will probably be that. But the Aspen sweater is soo beautiful.
What I really need to do is finish what I have going...including my poor neglected Hedera socks....

Friday, September 7, 2007

Fall into Autumn

So, I had so much fun with my last swap, that I thought I'd do another one! There's a fall dishcloth exchange, and I love fall. So, here is my questionnaire...

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
I do both, though primarily knit.

2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
Yes - I use dishcloths is my kitchen, and I think they make great gifts.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before?
I usually use Sugar/Peaches n Cream for dishcloths - I like Knitpicks shine for facecloths. I'd like to try Cotton Chenille or something with linen in it.

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
Um, I use my knitpicks options for almost everything, but I usually use straight needles for dishcloths....I like metal or wood.

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
I love reds/pinks/burgandy/brown and blues/greens/purple. I don't like neon/really bright colors.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?
Wearing cozy sweaters, taking walks in the leaves.

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks
I love pumpkin and apple! yum!

!8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
Well, I was usually up early the first few days, but by the second week I had to be dragged out of bed.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap).
I LOVE Halloween.

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
ooh, tough. Popcorn, cheese and snickers ice cream bars.

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
nope...

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?
hmm - maybe a merino - I get a little pilly sometimes, but brush it off, and I'm back to normal!

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?
mostly dishcloths

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays. The past few years, my roomates and I carved pumpkins the night before and then dressed up to hand out candy - we lived in a great neighborhood.

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?
um, cats - both an allergy and an aversion... :)

yay- I'm so excited!

coming soon - a post with knitting progress!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

laboring away

Happy Labor Day! I hope all of you are enjoying a 3 day weekend - I know I am!
Well, I have to confess - there has been very little knitting lately. I haven't picked up the cardi or my socks all week, which I hope to remedy on my day off tomorrow. But, I did get started on Knitty's Cozy wrap. I'm making it with Miss Bab's handyed in Chocolate Roses (the same yarn as my monkeys.) I emailed Miss Babs through her website to see if she could dye me the colorway in a worsted weight. She emailed me back right away, and I had the yarn within a week! She has fabulous customer service, and wonderful yarns. I highly recommend her.
I am loving this Cozy wrap. It's a simple lace pattern, and looks great in the yarn. I've made it through 5 repeats (it's an 8 row repeat, and I'll just go til it's long enough.) It's a little chilly in my office - and my cubicle is right under a vent - this wrap will be perfect!

As I said, there has been very little knitting lately - the apartment is still full of boxes, and if I focus on getting unpacked and settled, then hopefully soon I'll have my evenings back. Even though I haven't been knitting much, I've spent too much time browsing magazines and ravelry lately. There are so many things I want to knit! I'm in love with the Tangled Yoke and the Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall IK, and the latest Magknits has a pair of socks that will be perfect for some yarn in my stash. And this is just on top of all the things already in my queue.

The weather has been slightly cooler lately - not cool, really, but not sweltering. But it's bringing glimpses of fall - I need to get started so I have some sweaters ready!