Friday, December 21, 2007

Update on projects

I thought I'd give you a quick update on how my projects are coming along. I really liking the sweater, as you can tell, I've gotten quite a bit done. I wish more, but one has to make a living right? They can't knit all the time -- although that would be nice! I'm just about to start decreasing for the armholes. Once I get that done, I hope the rest of the back will go quickly. One would think it should since there will be less stitches to contend with.

Also, here's an updated pic of the socks that I'm working on. It seems like I'm not making very much progress (and I'm probably not!), but I enjoy working on the sweater more so at home. The socks are just a "take-along" project and basically the only time I get to work on them is break-times at work. I guess I should take into account that I'm using fingering weight yarn and size 1 needles! But they will be great when I finish them.

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone! And if you know how, keep knitting!!! And if you don't know how, gosh darn it, LEARN!! It's so much fun! :-)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hurray! It's done!

My Christmas project is finished... early! I can't believe it! My husband just framed it today, doesn't it look fantastic?! I love giving handmade gifts, they're so unique. I just wish I had time to make them for everyone. Oh well.

I've also started working on the Starsky sweater I talked about last time. This yarn is fantastic, so soft and easy to work with. Alpaca yarns and blends are becoming my new favorites! And because it's bulky-weight, I hope that means the project will go relatively quickly. There are several 2-stitch cable twists in this pattern. I'm going to try to figure out how to cable these without using a cable needle. Wish me luck!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Merry Christmas to me!

You guessed it. My yarn shipment arrived today! It's like Christmas early. And I opened it already because the gift I ordered for hubby arrived a few days ago and he's been sitting on pins and needles waiting to open his. I wouldn't let him until I got mine. All's fair in love and war!

I didn't get all this in the current shipment, I included some from a previous shipment that I didn't blog about yet. This time I got the 12 hanks of bulky-weight Cadena in Natural. This is what I'm making with that. It looks so warm, which is good for those chilly days at work. They seem to think it's a good thing to freeze us out there. I also got 8 balls of sport weight Telemark in Alpine Frost and 6 balls of Telemark in Icicle. I plan on making this with that yarn. So cute, right?!?! :-)

And what you see from last time is 3 different types of sock yarn: 2 balls of EssentialSolid in Fawn; 2 balls of Felici in Arugula; and 2 balls of Risata in Burgundy. My favorite is the Felici, it's soooo soft! I also got 3 hanks of laceweight yarn called Shimmer in Turquoise Splendor. I plan to make something from this book with that yarn. But that is more of a summer project, so that's put on the back burner for now.

What to start first? Good question... what do you think? I vote for the Starsky sweater.

Ok, the yarn is calling, must get knitting... Food for thought: Can one ever knit too much?? I don't think so :-) HAPPY KNITTING!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Okay, like I said earlier today, I promised I would post pictures of my WIP's.

Here are a few Christmas projects I actually finished on time. The big one is actually going to be a wall hanging and my wonderful hubby will frame it for me. The smaller ones will probably be stiffened and used as ornaments. I'm currently debating on whether to make more snowflakes. What do you think?

Here is a ripple afghan I'm making for friends of ours (actually another Christmas project, but we won't be seeing them until mid-January.) I wanted to make something to use up some stash yarn.

And here is my favorite project that I'm working on -- my second pair of socks. These are made with Tofutsies. A wonderful yarn from SWTC. I got this yarn at my new, favorite yarn store, The Cultured Purl. Be sure to check it out if you are a knitter/crocheter and live in the Erie, PA area.

Well, that's all for now. I'm sure I'll get more projects going once I receive my Christmas yarn order that hubby bought me.

Stay tuned...

Please stay tuned to my blog. I'm making a pre-New Year's resolution to update my blog more often on the advice and cajoling of a friend. I will post pics of my WIP's (work-in-progress for those of you not familiar with that term.) However to do this, I will have to wrench the computer away from hubby who is constantly on it playing his video game.

Oh! I've ordered some yarn from KnitPicks and I just got an email this morning that it has been shipped. YAY! I will let you know later what I will be making with said yarn. Until then... Happy Knitting! :)