Sunday, December 30, 2007

the last FO's of '07

So, it's been a while! I hope you all had a delightful Christmas and time with families, etc.! Mine was very nice, a little chaotic - but when isn't it when you get together with everyone?
Since it's been so long since I posted, I have quite a bit of knitting to share :) I finished the first of my toe up socks, but the bind off is too tight - needs to be redone...I planned to do that tonight, but I can't find it! So hopefully it'll turn up - pictures soon!

I finished Aaron's penguin with plenty of time to spare. I think another Pasha is in my future though - this one came out sooo cute I didn't want to give it away. I wish I had started it earlier, so I could have shown it off in person. Aaron seemed to really like it. I made it with bulkier yarn than stated in the pattern - I used a bulky novelty yarn from JoAnn's - Angel Hair Sensations, but knit it at a tighter gauge to keep the stuffing from popping out. It's very soft. The yarn for the beak is some TLC Amore knit doubled - it was left over from a crochet pillow a few years ago - I don't even know if that yarn is made anymore. I think I got it at a Walmart, or AC Moore. Pasha took just 3 evenings to make, and then stitched her up the next morning.
I also made a hat over Christmas - Foliage, from the fall Knitty. This was a quick knit - just 2 days. I love the way it turned out. Excuse the photos - it is very difficult to photograph one's own head, but by the time I found a friend to help out, there was no natural light anywhere. I used Malabrigo worsted in Geranio. This was my first top down hat - the first 3 rows were a little fiddly, but once I made it past that there were no problems. I have quite a bit of the yarn left over, but I'm not sure if it's enough for another hat - maybe a child's hat? I did the top increases magic loop, then used a 16 inch circ for the body. And, last but not least, Lara is complete - well, she's been done for a while, but the only pictures I've managed to get are terrible. So here's one modeled by Marilyn. Soon I'll get one on me. I have worn it a few times - it is incredibly warm. Perfect for my office. This was a super fast knit - only 2 weeks! But it took me another week and a half before it was seamed....and now here we are.Now I'm off for some Ravelry browsing - I have some single skeins that I'm trying to use up!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

in which I have startitis

It seems like just 2 nights ago I was at the Knit Picky holiday party....yeah, it was actually a week and 2 nights ago! I'm not sure how that happened. The holidays have hit full swing, and I'm being dragged along.

Last weekend, I got to hang out with the coolest knitters and friends I know at a fun Christmas party. There was food, martini's and yarn - what could be better?! I got some beautful Tofutsies in the gift exchange from Christina, and I won some new sock yarn from Berocco as a door prize! It must be super new, because it doesn't have an entry on Ravelry yet - I'll add it when I get some pics.

The past week and a half have been a little crazy, so there hasn't been much progress. I wasn't feeling well for a good part of the week, the Christmas prep...I took Kristen to the airport on Saturday morning, and did most of my shopping after that. I still need one thing for one of the brothers.

So, knitwise...Lara is all seamed except for the collar, which will happen tonight - the curved shawl....we're not speaking of that at the moment. Don't have the focus - so I'm working on some super easy stuff...I'm still deciding how I feel about the red/white socks. The stripes are 3x wider than I thought, and I'm not sure if I love it. The blue socks are my first toe up - and the first I've done on 2 circs. So far, I love them! The black blob is Knitty's Pasha, a penguin for my little brother. I got him the movie Surf's Up for Christmas, and I think he'll love it.

Tomorrow is my Holiday Luncheon at work, so I'm off to the grocery store so I can pick up ingredients for my dish....Then back for seaming!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Rose Garden socks

I finished my Rose Garden socks last night, and they kept my feet nice and toasty today at work!The yarn is Miss Bab's Yummy Superwash Sport - and it really is yummy! I used size 2 dpns and cast on 56 stitches - they fit perfectly. I did my first short row heel on these. I used this workshop from Kathleen Taylor. It a no wrap, no yarn-over method....interesting, and with good results. It's a little lumpy on the outside of the sock, but that may be due partly to the thicker yarn. I'm not sure if I'm crazy about this fit, but I'd like to try this sort of heel again. I think I need to do just one or two less short rows to fit my heel - but overall, I'm very happy with them. The slipstitch heel flap is so thick with a sportweight yarn, and I really think it made a difference in the way the yarn spiraled - which I Love! If I'd done a heel flap it would have interrupted the flow of the color. As for my other knitting - Lara is nearly done. I'm down to just the right sleeve, and then it'll be ready to sew together. I can't wait!

I haven't made much progress on the Curved Shawl, but there will be much knitting on that this weekend - I hope!

Monday, December 3, 2007

This post...

... is brought to you by the color red.

In the name of holiday spirit, I hung up a wreath and put out a new welcome mat - I love decorating for Christmas and I'm trying to decorate outside too, where people will see it, other than just me. I also hung some lights outside - they are a really cute string of stars...However, I didn't realized that they flashed, and now I'm concerned they're going to give someone a seizure. If my blinds are open and the lights are off, it looks like a disco party in my living room - which rarely happens these days :)
I took a a long weekend from work, and anticipated much knitting time and some holiday shopping. And then I twisted my ankle getting into the car yesterday, not too badly, but enough that I don't want to stress it. Nothing's broken, but it's bruised and ugly and rather sore. So instead of shopping, I spent nearly all of yesterday and today propped on the couch in front of the television with my knitting. Much progress has been made!

The Lara sweater is zipping along. It has a rather interesting construction - I knit a lot of things that you can try on as you go, and there is none of that with this - so I'm hoping for the best as far as fit. But my guage is spot on, which makes me feel good! The left sleeve and front are done, and about 2/3 of the back. I've just finished the ribbing for the right front - regardless of the bore factor, stockinette goes fast!
I finally began my Curved Shawl, from Victorian Lace today. This is began in hopes of wearing it to a wedding at the end of the month...and while that would be lovely, I'm not quite sure I'll make it. I'm 12 rows in, and so far it requires every bit of my attention. This is not a shawl made for tv watching - which is when I make the most of my progress...But it is starting to show the pattern - the first few rows looked like what happens when thread gets caught in the vaccuum - hopefully soon it'll be better! The first few rows were difficult and loopy, but once I got going, it wasn't soo bad.And now that my eyes are clouded over from charts and tiny stitches, its back to Lara and the tv!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Leaf Lace!

The Leaf Lace Shawl is done! Ok, it's been done for a week, but it took me a while to get pictures of it (thanks Cassie!)
I absolutely love it. It blocked out amazingly, and it really is the perfect size. I wore it to Knit Picky yesterday, and to church today and got several compliments. The color is perfect for the leafy look, and it is delightful to wear. I was looking over the blog to see when I started it, and realized it didn't take me as much time as I thought - just about a month and a half. I thought at one point it would never end, but then the next thing I know, it was time for the edging.

I never thought I would be a lace knitter, or a shawl wearer, for that matter - but I have been converted! The pattern is Leaf Lace by Evelyn A Clark and the yarn is Sweet Georgia laceweight in Coffeebean. A perfect match, if I do say so myself :)