Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Whew!

That was a close one.

112g of yarn used up, 1 gram left over! Forget Me Not is off the needles and ready for blocking...FO pics coming soon to a blog post near you :)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday WIPS

It's been a rainy Sunday, and I've spent most of it on the couch nursing a sore throat. Which isn't getting my laundry done, but it is making a dent in my knitting.....so, quick update:

Forget me Not: Nearly done! All that's left is the edging. This photo doesn't really do justice to the size, color or lace - but it will make the "after" that much more lovely.Reversi Socks: I'm don't think I've blogged these. Since this photo was taken, I've made a bit more progress. These have been fun to work on, and the yarn is lovely.
Stormy Socks: I started these last Thursday during the tornado. I needed something I didn't need to think about - which came in handy when my power went out. I finished the first one Wednesday and am in the gusset increases on the second.
Back to couch for me...hopefully I can kick this cold before work tomorrow!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! My own mother doesn't read this blog, but I hope the day is wonderful for the rest of you Moms out there.
This might be one tattoo my Mom will actually like!

Pattern: Winged Heart Tattoo, by AnnyPurls (also available as a free Rav download).
Yarn: leftover Malabrigo from my Foliage hat, and Wool Ease for the ribbon. I used black embroidery floss for the "Mom." I made it without wings, due to time constraints and no white feltable wool on hand.
Time: just a few hours! Knit up during SNL last night, and stitched together this morning. Stuffed with leftover poly-fill from some project earlier.

More pics on my Ravelry page here.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Finally Finished!

Finished - 2 at a time socks! I actually finished these a week ago, and just haven't had a chance to blog them....Our local NBC affiliate has overridden the series finale (!) of Scrubs due to the crazy weather happening nearby, so I thought I'd post while I watch the news. Things here are fine, no rain, even, but tornado warnings abound in surrounding counties.

Anyway! I knit these toe up (WendyKnits toe-up gusset heel sock) at the same time - magic loop. I am now addicted to magic loop. It seems to go faster to me, and I love not having to keep track of 5 needles! Both at once is slow going - I'm not sure I'll do it often, but maybe on occasion. I also love this pattern. I'm not big on short row heels, and I adore this gusseted heel. It fits my foot very well. I think I made the foot on this just the teeniest bit too long, but nothing i can't live with. The construction of the socks lends itself well to knitting 2 at a time.

The yarn is Brown Sheep Wildfoote - Luxury handpaints. While I wouldn't quite classify it a luxury, I hear it holds up well - I hope so. I didn't love the yarn, and probably won't use it again. It's splitty and feels a little coarse to knit with. However, it feels fine on the foot, and will hopefully soften up more in the wash.
I've got another sock on the needles, and my forget me not shawl is about 75% done....I should make good progress this weekend. I've been running myself ragged lately and am looking forward to some quiet time this weekend.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Day

I took a teeny break from knitting last weekend to do some sewing. Sewing involves so much set-up, that I go a while and forget how much I love to do it. But I had the urge last weekend and stopped by Sew Original while I was out running errands. I picked up some fun springy fabrics (on sale!) for the Piping and Striping tote by U-handblog. I came across this tutorial sometime last week, and when I saw these fabrics I knew these would be perfect. The fabric is by Benartex, in the City Girl collection. I cut the pieces out while watching The Goblet of Fire on Saturday evening, and did all the sewing Sunday afternoon. (It really isn't wrinkly and crooked - but I love it so much I've been using it all week!)
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I am super happy with the way it came out. It's a great size. I have some more fabric that I may make another one with. I think I'd give it a boxed bottom next time, instead of the curved one, for a little more room - but I love the way this turned out. I'm really happy with the chevron striping. Cutting the fabric on the bias makes it stretchy, and a little harder to match up - but I got it on the second try :)

There may be more sewing on the blog soon - I have a half done wedding gift for a couple that's having their first anniversary in less than a month. (How did it get to be May already?!)

Knitwise - I've been concentrating on the socks lately. I started the cuff ribbing last night, and these should be an FO by the time Grey's Anatomy is done tonight. It's about time!