Friday, November 18, 2011

FO Friday

I know it's not Friday anymore ( it's actually 12 am as I type), but since I haven't gone to bed yet it's still Friday to me. I didn't have time to post earlier today, it was one of those one thing after another days. Then it was GNO and we can't miss that especially when it's ogling over love-struck vampires and werewolves on the big screen. Enough about that here's what I finished this week:
Tracy's(my bff)slippers
I actually finished knitting and felting a while ago, but it took a while for them to dry and then I got doing other stuff and I couldn't decide what color of buttons to do I hope she likes the yellow.
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes worsted
Colorway: Fairy Tale
Needles: US 15

Bootees for Emma
My neighbor just had a baby girl, her 6th child WOW! I feel every baby should have something new even though they are sure to get hand me downs.
Pattern: Saarte's Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn
Yarn: Stash yarn I bought a long time ago and I don't have the label, 
but I'm sure it's pima cotton.
Needles: US 3
This pattern is really easy once you figure it out. If you plan on making them watch this video on youtube for a tutorial on the button holes on the straps it will make the process much nicer than trying to guess by the pics of the tiny bootees.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I've had these booties on my ravelry queue for a long time, 
but I just haven't gotten around to making them. My neighbor just had a baby girl 
so I decided what a good excuse to do some baby knitting. 

Pattern:Sarrtje's Bootees by Sarrtje de Bruijn
Yarn: Left-over yarn that I lost the label to. It's pima cotton if I remember right.Sport weight
Needles: US size 3

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

WIP Wednesday

French Press Slippers for sil Heather and my baby girl Sophia
Pattern: French Press Slippers by Melynda Bernardi
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes
Colorway: Blossom Heather
Needles: size US 15

*For Heather's I am following the pattern exactly, but for Sophia's I am following the adjustments made by Melynda's sister for girls age 4-5 (found here).

Friday, November 04, 2011

FO Friday

Socks for the Woman who walked me through life and really let's face still does!
Pattern: Duckies by Samantha Hayes
Yarn: ONline Supersocke 100
Colorway: Melange
Needles: size US 4

I really enjoyed knitting these socks they knitted up so quick.
The best part is look how much yarn is left over.
I guess I'll be knitting some for myself because the colors match my Belfast Hoodie

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Holy Freakin' Felting Cow!

This is a picture of the French Press Felted slippers all knitted up.

All sew together.

Now time to felt it can't be that hard so I looked it up online. Ought oh I don't have a top loader! Okay look up how to do it by hand here
Okay cool I buy myself a brand spankin' new plunger and get to work. 
I practically broke my back doing this. By the time I finished I was in shorts and actually in my tub straddling my bucket.
It is not easy, so I put my kids to work. What's that, child labor laws...what?
Anywho I am really worn out truly it's so hard. My arms kinda feel like jelly.
The slippers are blocking now and need the flaps and buttons sewn on. 
Hopefully tomorrow I will have an FO for my Friday.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WIP Wednesdays

Socks for Mom
Pattern: Duckies by aquaknits for sKNITches
Yarn: ONline supersocke 100
Colorway: Melange
Needles: US size 4 dpn's

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Tracy's Christmas present
Pattern: French Press felted slippers
by Melynda Barnardi of French Press
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted
Colorway: Fairy Tale
Needles: US 15

Friday, October 14, 2011

FO Friday

Sophia's Headband 
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Mulberry Merino
Colorway: 5605
Needles: US size 10

 Gift socks for the Man who walked me through life and made it possible 
for me to walk my own children through life.
Yarn: 1 skein ONline Supersocke 100 
Colorway: Linetto
Needles: size US 1

Now I get to look for a nice sock pattern for the Woman who also walked me through life.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WIP Wednesday

This is not your average WIP Wednesday, but who wants to be average anyway? Because I promised myself that I wouldn't start a new project until I finish dear old Dad's socks, I really don't have any 'knitting' wip's to share. I do however have a work in progress.
My Craft Room!
Really I should say that this is my honey's WIP, but it's for me. When he gets past the hard part, I will be the one to paint it so it's kind of my WIP right? 
I get to do fun things in it, like ball yarn with these fun tools I just got.

And I will fill the walls with shelves full of yarn. Like this fun yarn I just ordered to make French Press Knits slippers.
And of course I do other crafts like sewing and some occasional low key scrapbooking.
I am so excited for it to be done I hound my honey often, poor guy!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Passing on the tradition

Not this weekend but last my sweet niece came up from Mona to stay with me for the weekend. My little ones just love her and request her often; so when I needed a babysitter for Zac's since Max would be coming with us to the dreaded (I dread them, the kids love them) arcade for the party, Lydia came immediately to mind. She is such a sweetie and gets along with everyone in the family, I've always thought of her as a little bit mine even though she has a 
wonderful mother ( my awesome sister).
So it was conference weekend and while the men went to priesthood meeting us girls did girly things and the kids played. Lydia taught me how to make jewelry and feather headbands and while watching conference on Sunday I taught Lydia to knit. 
 Zac took some goofy pictures of us but notice the cute feather earring I'm wearing and the cute feather headband on Lydia's head.

Listening to the spoken Word on Sunday
I bought Lydia some essential notions, but we'll have to visit the lys soon because Hobby Lobby didn't have the needles and of course the yarn I like!
She learned quickly and I wrote her a pattern for an easy bag that we'll later sew to some liner fabric for a notions bag. I can't wait for our next lesson, I love passing on the knitting tradition. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Just Like Karate Kid

Since these socks have already been posted about as a WIP and they are not totally done I can't post them as an FO, but I am so proud that I finished one sock that I just had to post about it. I know I can do some fancy schmancy magic loop knit 2 at a time thing, but I don't know how so for now I'm just doing one at a time.
At the end of knitting a sock from the top down you have to close up your sock and the best way I think to do that is kitchner stitch. If you're not acquainted with kitchner then a good place to learn how is here. She says to chant knit, purl, purl, knit which is a good idea to keep yourself on track. I take a tip from Daniel Son and chant knit off, purl on, purl off, knit on. check out the link and you'll see why. Now on to the next sock!
Happy knitting!

Friday, September 09, 2011

FO Friday

Here is my latest FO. Another 
slouchy hat.
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes; Jalapeno
Needles: size 7 US
Pattern: Slouchy Beanie by me

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Happy WIP Wednesday! I love progress, but it's hard when it's slow so I'm not even showing you my dad's socks I was working on last WIP Wednesday. It's not that I'm not making progress it's just that well it doesn't look like I am when there are 2 socks. It's like starting over when you start the new sock and I'm not even that far...Boo Hoo.  I get bored when things don't move along fast enough so I start new stuff. Plus I just bought gorgeous yarn so who can blame me? This first one is the Ethereal Triangular Shawl in Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace. It's for Nate's Grandma for Christmas. I really hope it turns out good. I started it and then realized that I need a chart keeper so this one may sit like this until I find one.

Next we have the Lovely Belfast. I'm using Berroco Inca Gold which is being discontinued. So sad because it is truly a joy to knit with and it knits up so beautifully with such a nice twist.I am really excited for this one and I work on it a little too much I even brought it up to my cabin and knit it there. I usually don't get the chance to knit there because we go on hikes and stuff, but my nieces and I had a little impromptu craft circle. They were making friendship bracelets and so I joined in and knitted. Now they all want to have a craft sleepover and I'll teach them to knit. So fun! I really should work on Christmas presents so next week will probably be full of those. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

FO Friday & Happy Yarn Shopping Birthday To Me!

So I've been a bad blogger and an ADD knitter, starting projects left and right and then abandoning them to take care of my children's hectic sports & music schedules. So finally I have an FO to share. I actually finished the sweater part a while ago, but I didn't want to show it until I had the flower done which isn't actually part of the pattern. I think the flower is too big though :( but it will have to suffice for now. And just so you know it's paper clipped on in the pics because I don't have anything better right now. I know crazy that I could not find one single safety pin even.
Here is a pic of the flower alone:

Pattern: Ross's Hat ( just the flower from this pattern)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran
Needles: size 10 US

I think it looks better here on the bed, cuz I'm a total goofball posing in my closet.

See TOTAL goofball!

Pattern: Antropologie-Inspired capelet by Julia Allen
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Pewter
Needles: size 11 US

 Now for my birthday my hubby didn't get me a present. In his defense he and the kids got me a cake, ice cream and made me a really cute movie. I was pretty mad about the no present thing (a new phone that I hinted at) cuz it just made me feel unimportant. Anywho he said he thought I would just want to go buy yarn (which of course I always do)...I hope he doesn't regret it and I actually think I was pretty thrifty about it. Isn't it pretty?

Here's what I got:
 Cascade Yarns ALpaca Lace (blue-green)
Plymouth Yarns Mulberry Merino (pink)
  Plymouth Yarns Mulberry Merino (purple)
Berroco Inca Gold (blushy red)
Gotta love my LYS Unraveled Sheep in Sandy!
               I am totally loving this last one it is so soft!

I couldn't wait to start gauging for my next project. Normally I hate gauging (neccesary evil) but Inca Gold (a travesty that it's being discontinued) is such a joy to knit with I don't even mind gauging. Belfast Hoodie here        
     we come. See you on WIP Wednesday!                                                                                      

Here is my lovely gauge swatch with Inca Gold:                           

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Christmas in July, er I mean August. I had hoped to start all my Christmas knitting last month, but I came home from Lake Powell in such a funk I didn't get much of anything done really my house was a mess, then football started and that's a whole other story. But now it is August, the kids are back in school, my house is finally tidy most of the time so I can focus a little better. I am really excited that I have gotten this far on these socks because the last time I attempted them my stinky Milo pulled all four DPN's out. GRRR!!! Really can you blame the guy it must be quite an interesting thing for a 2 year old. Anyhow I was very upset and needed a brake before I started again. So my dad did not get a pair of Mr.Pitts socks for Christmas last year, but maybe this year will be different (I hope).

Yarn: 1 skein ONline supersocke 100 in Linetto
Needles: size 1 US

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Another slouchy hat is on the needles this week. It's a different yarn so I hope it turns out. I'm getting faster at the pattern since it's the second time around.
Hopefully I can make a bunch and sell them. Hopefully they are cute enough that people will want to buy them. I'm trying to think of a name for my brand. I thought of Emma Sue but that is too girly, I may want to make stuff for men. Another one could simply be EM with a funky font or something. What do you think?

Friday, July 29, 2011

FO Friday

After hanging out with these cute people

And doing a little of this (I'm wakeboarding)

I came home and finished my hat, then I soaked it and thought I would block it like a beret to show the lace and cable detail.

I liked the way it showed the detail, but when I put it on...

I just didn't have the look I was going for plus it felt kinda heavy. Weird.

 So I re-soaked it and just threw it on my drying rack without any shaping. I like it much better. I think you can still the detail, in person anyway.

I look like I'm a teenager in these pics with my headphones Lol!

I almost forgot I made this with 2 skeins of  Cleckheaton Country Silk 8ply from DBNY on size 7 circ's and dpn's. I still need to type up the pattern, I hope I can read the notes I made :)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Regretfully, I am not the most consistent blogger. I don't know if anyone even reads this blog. I read/stalk several knitting blogs so just in case someone else in cyber space needs some inspiration, I would like to be able to offer that. To help me be more consistent I will be starting some new features, (plus it might help me finish projects)such as: Work-In-Progress Wednesday and maybe Finished-Object(FO)Friday, and maybe Sunday Inspirations. Hopefully this will produce at least one post a week.

So...for this WIP Wednesday
I give you a lace and cable hat that I hope will be slouchy once it's blocked. It is made with Cleckheaton country silk 8 ply in chocolate that I bought from DBNY. Love that place, but it can be bittersweet because I love this yarn and of course it is discontinued. I am hoping this hat doesn't become a lesson in gauging because I am an idiot and didn't check my gauge because I have knit with it and the same needle size before here, but not this particular stitch pattern.

This project is still coming together in my head. I started out wanting to make just a simple swingy-cardi-vest type thing, but I got bored so it will probably end up still a swingy-cardi-vest, but with some lace up the back and around the front. I just need to do some math. It is made with yarn that I bought for another project here and here, but it failed so I ripped it out thus the new design. Both of these WIP's are my designs by the way. The yarn is Naturally Caron SPA ocean spray and it's super soft, but a little splitty. I know that's not a word, but it's the best way I have to describe it.

So that's it for my works in progress, next week I have to skip because we are going to Lake Powell for some fun in the sun! No knitting in the sand for me!
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