Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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Another attempt to be current with this blogging business. There are just too many sites to visit, too many patterns, too many yarns - I haven't even been keeping up with my email lately.

and I still haven't figured out how to get those buttons on my page.

I have finished my rpm socks in cth life's a beach supersock and I am wearing them today. I am not that please with my variation on a frill. I finished it. It's done, but . . . now what? it isn't a look I can carry off, it's not quite a shawl, but very long for a scarf. It is soft - but . . . I haven't decided what to do with it.

In the meantime I will content myself with socks and washcloths. I did make a baby feet washcloth from the leftover mandarin petit - I like it. I may just frog the whole thing and make a lot of washcloths!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Catching up

Finding time to do both photos and write something just isn't going to happen!

anyway - the one skein secret pal has been fun, but 3 months was long enough. My upstream OSSP has sent me a pink scarf - along with a thoughtful letter telling me a little more about her.

Then I thought I would check my downstream OSSP - and guess what? Her current project that she has a photo up is also a pink scarf -

are you trying to make me feel guilty? well, it worked -

my sugar maple socks and peach "Knitting Nature" wrap are now on hold - I have started my own pink scarf.

I have been looking at knitty's variation on a frill for a while already and decided to try it now. I am using Mandarin Petit in a soft pink. I thought that since it is made with a fine yarn it could be used as a scarf or shawl.

I am pleased with the start I have made on it. The yarn seems to do better when knit with a larger needle, the yarn seems softer that other attempts I have made to knit with it. The frill part is fun to knit - I had trouble putting it down! darn that laundry and work that take me away from knitting!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

One Skein Secret Pal

And the OSSP goes on!
So far I have received one skein from my secret pal.
She's emailed me to let me know the 2nd is packed and should be coming my way soon.

I have sent the June package to my secret pal
The July package was sent, and I have just completed her August Package.

I am not usually that organized of a person, I just needed a new project to do - now that's done, sigh.

Then I went on to the bracelet shown on the current I made the Lily of the Valley but my gauge must have been all off because:
1. I probably could have quit at a total of 3 pattern repeats.
2. I ran out of yarn. If I had quit at 3 repeats I would have had enough yarn.
3. I didn't have enough yarn for the last two rows so I kitchenered the bracelet together - and it still is a little big.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Log Cabin Knitting

I used 5 colors of Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran for the blanket. It comes out about 35" square and I really used all the yarn. The border was stretching it, but I had some of that color left from another project. Posted by Picasa

This is what has kept me busy the past couple of weeks! Posted by Picasa
I just can't seem to say away from Mason Dixon Knitting It is addicting! warshrags and all! Of course, now the girls each want a log cabin blankie also!

My Log Cabin blanket - Baby Size Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 13, 2006

my inner me

what do you look like to yourself when you close your eyes? This is me, and will be me, even when I am really quite old and a few pounds heavier than I should be.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Saturday, June 24, 2006

It's Here!

I got my package from my secret pal! (photo coming soon!).

Sunday, May 14, 2006

So much to say, so little time!

I am excited about this whole secret pal thing. I got my assignment, but no one has contacted me yet. I forgot which blog I wrote down as the one I was going to post my secret pal stuff on.

You see, I am just learning to blog and trying out several sites. I have pretty much decided between this one and

So, I guess I will have to cross post until I find out! I hope my SP likes me, I hope she hasn't changed her mind after reading about me, sigh. I am an insecure knitter I guess. There is what I knows and what I don'ts and then there is a whole area I just don't get bothered over. So there! I try not to be too meredith gray about my knitting. I would never knit a sweater to sooth my soul, but I might have a beer while knitting a washcloth or something.

Now I am excited about a couple of things. My current work in progress - Lilith, in Regimental Red KidLin. I think mine looks better than the picture on the pattern, IMHO

and Mason-Dixon knitting. I saw a few mentions on a blog, saw a blog for it, saw it at Borders and it is a must have. I saw it at Borders, wondered if B&N might have it discounted as a new book and got side tracked by a roadside flower stand. After all, it is mother's day and I wanted to get something for myself. So, I reasoned that I would buy the flowers today with the money I could save if I made myself wait and buy the book online from Amazon.

So here is the book - Borders price was $29.95

The pictures are great and there are some awesome patterns.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I was so excited about this knitalong and secret pal that I went ahead and ordered the book from Amazon.
Is anyone else disappointed in it? The projects are lame, but I can understand it being a "jumping off" place. Some ideas of what you can do with one skein. I almost bought into that idea, until I tried making one of the patterns.
The patterns are written badly. They are no better than the free patterns that people who have been knitting all of six months have posted on their blogs! Nothing personal, but you know to take your chances with free patterns from someone's personal website, when you pay Interweave Press for a book - you expect something a little more professional.
I should have been warned, like anything else that is hyped a lot - it usually is because the product is unable to stand on its own. I hope that Interweave Press learns that this attempt to get this book sold will hurt their other publications. I will now wait to check the book out at the library before spending my yarn dollars on a book.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Finished! It even stood up to a quick machine wash & dry - here is is on it's first day out. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New stuff is always fun

I keep forgetting how to add buttons to my site, so I just copy them into my blog entry. sigh. If I can't put buttons on, how will I ever figure out how to podcast?

Anyway - here is what is new in my world.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

One Skein

It's here!
Supersaver shipping comes through! One Skein is here - but I am afraid to do more than just glance through it. OK - I did more than glance through. The spiral rib bag is calling me! I have one skein of Fiesta Yarns Zia that I had worked up a few bags with but have frogged them all. That pattern might do it!

I am trying to focus on Cashmere Crossings. I am about 3/4 through with it. I think I will be done with cables for awhile by the time I get through it. It is as big as an afghan, so I really shouldn't be too hard on myself for trying to get through it. I really want it done for soccer season!

So cross the first 2 books off the previous list!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

I am starting early on my birthday wish list. It isn't until July - but sometimes wishes take time!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

What a great use for my new 60" Addis I got on ebay!
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trying in on for size - almost to neck opening Posted by Picasa

Cashmere Crossings not done in Cashmere Posted by Picasa
I am using Cascade Cherub Aran in Royal Blue.
To make this a better size, I cast on less 48 than what the pattern called for. This is 2 less repeats of a main cable pattern.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

This shows the pattern on the blanket pretty well. I think I like it. Posted by Picasa

This is the kidlin - it looks so pretty, my fingers are itching to do something with it - soon! Posted by Picasa

Lola wants to say "Hello" Posted by Picasa

Anyone want to do a KAL on this? The pattern is Lilith from Louet Sales. The yarn is KidLin - a mohair & linen blend. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

another week gone by

and what have I to show for myself? Hmm. Well, I didn't like those purple striped socks after all. So what do you do when you don't like a sock? I couldn't decide. To frog or not, hmm. I just made another one in my "usual" pattern and now I have 2 purple striped socks that do not match. And a blue and green one, I can't find the other skein of yarn to make a mate for that!

I did finish the baby blanket - see pics. Now, what do I send? Both or just one? Now I need to find a hat pattern that will work with that yarn.

I have officially given up on the Aran Weight Victorian Lace Shawl. There seems to be too many problems with the pattern. I don't like to have to work that hard on a pattern.

My friend has decided she wants a "sassy shawl" - any thoughts out there?

Monday, January 30, 2006

It wasn't easy trying to take a photo of this. Do you block baby blankets? It does make them bigger - but it shows mistakes that you wouldn't otherwise see. Posted by Picasa