Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Before I was a knitter, I did a lot of sewing. I still love to sew, but it's been taking a back seat lately, for a number of reasons. But I miss it - and I have tons of fabric that needs using up! My hands were bothering me a little last week, so I thought I'd take a few days off from knitting and use up some fat quarters I had laying around. A girl can always use a new project bag! A tutorial for the zippered bag can be found here, by Kelly of Drago(knit)fly. I just threw together the drawstring pouch.And peeking out of the first bag are some socks! I haven't had socks on the needles for a few weeks, but I needed a more mindless project for a movie at a friends house last weekend. I'm attempting two at time, in Brown Sheep Wildfoote - we'll see how long they both stay on the same needle!

Once my hands were back to normal (man, spending 8+ hours at a computer all day takes a toll!) I attacked the fronts of my CPH. I finished the back last weekend - it was too long, so I ripped back past the armhole decreases and redid. Over the last week and half I got both front pieces up to where I needed to start armhole shaping, and then finished those up this weekend. I've been knitting along and watching reruns of The Office....I can't wait for new episodes! (The pieces aren't blocked yet, but they are all the same height, despite what the picture may be trying to tell you!)
Yesterday I met up with Gena and Kristen for a few hours of knitting, and my hands and eyes needed a break from grey stockinette and cables. So I cast on for a Swallowtail Shawl with some Malabrigo laceweight that been sitting on my coffee table for a few weeks...calling my name just a little louder every day! It's not a very big shawl, but I think it'll be perfect over a white summer top.

I hope you have all had a very happy Easter! One of my best friends from childhood was in town and we got to spend a few hours together Friday night - and we ran into Renee - hi! I got to spend some time with my family for Easter dinner last night, and then today I drove my little sister back to school. She's back to her dorm, and I'm in for the evening now...Just enough time for another episode of The Office and a little more knitting :)



Sunday, March 9, 2008

blog-iversary!

Hello! So, again, it's been some time - Life has been crazy lately, but I do have lots to share. But first -I was looking for an old post, and realized that it was one year ago today that I started this little blog! I know that the posting has been sparse lately, but hopefully there are still a few of you reading :) I love reading your blogs, and it makes my day that there are people that actually read this thing! I have really grown a lot as a knitter over the last year, and it's fun to be able to look back at it.

First up - I finished the Southwestern Socks (by Wendyknits) a few weeks ago. They went really quick! I finished them while in Georgia a few weekends ago with my Grandma. These are my first finished toe-ups, done Magic Loop. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersocke DK in Indian Summer. I also learned the Sewn-Bindoff, which is super simple and nice and stretchy. These socks have a gusset, rather than a short row heel, and I love it!
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I'm still on the sleeves of the Gathered Pullover, but no new pictures.

I started the Lelah Top with some Pima Silk last week. The lace on the bottom is knit on size 10.5 needles, and it's just flying along! I think it'll be a great summer top.
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So, last Saturday, Kristen, Gena, Melinda and I all started our Central Park Hoodies! I am using Valley Yarns Amhearst in Charcoal and it is wonderful! I'm ready to start the shoulder shaping on the back. It's going pretty quick and I can't wait to be able to wear it. I somehow reversed the center cables, but I'm ok with that - in fact, I think I like it even better.
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Well, that's all for tonight - I've gotta get working on those shoulders!