It feels like it’s been forever since I last finished a project! I have been casting on way too many projects lately, and I think at this rate I will never get anything finished. Because I really enjoy the feeling from finishing a project, I have made a new rule/guideline for myself. I will pick one project to work on, and will not work on any other project until that one project is finished. Technically I am doing this in regards to my sewing, since I will not start cutting the fabric for my needle holders until I am finished with my messenger bag (which may not be for a while since I have not touched it since Sunday).
I followed my new rule yesterday by casting on hat five of my Hat a Week Project, and I did not work on any other project until I finished the hat this afternoon. The hat is the Trinity Stitch Hat in Bernat Satin Sport yarn in the color wine. It looks very nice, but I hated working with two yarns at the same time, especially with all the bobbles. The top of the hat looks a bit wonky since the magic loop method didn’t work very well to close the hat, I ended up having to switch to dpns. I also found two areas where I apparently dropped one of the yarns, but this was pretty easy to fix and conceal because of all the bobbles. The hat is very slouchy, and Anthony called my Rasta style hat. I think it looks awesome, and it is so soft and drapy. I wish I had made the Spring Beret with a softer yarn. I imagine that it would have looked much better in either Caron Simply Soft or Red Heart Soft Yarn. Well, here are a few pics of the hat. I didn’t take pictures of the hat on the needles, since I mostly worked on it at night and early morning when the sun could not provide very good lighting. I have noticed that the pictures I take at night do not do my yarns justice.
After I made the hat I picked up a blue Autobot square I have not worked on for a while, and I finished that pretty quickly. I was pretty excited to work on it since I got to use my new row counter (I love my row counter!). I will try to finish the five Decepticon squares I am working on either tonight or tomorrow. After I am done with those I will switch to my socks, which I have almost finished. Once the socks are finished, the only thing I will have left on the needles is my mom’s sleeveless shell. I will probably stick with the shell for about a week or two and try to get it finished by this time next month when she comes to visit.
This Mother’s Day was awesome! I got some funds from my mom and my hubby, and I went shopping, of course. First I went to Yarnivore, by myself (gasp!), and I found some sock yarn for my Monkeys, it is called On Your Toes Bamboo. The yarn color is seashell multi which is a mixture of pink, blue, and cream. I think they are going to look awesome, and I can’t wait to cast on! I also got some Feza Baby Yarn in pink. I got two balls, which is enough to make a vest/tank so I am going to make the Sexy Vesty by Canary Knits. Also, I have chosen a pattern for my Hat a Week Project. It will be the Trinity Stitch Hat . I will use that dreaded Bernat Satin Sport yarn in the wine colorway. I have decided that this yarn will just have to go on and become hats. I am seriously tired of ripping it out and making it into yarn balls again and again! Well, I will take pics of the gifts I got later and post them. Did I mention I got some sock needles and a row counter? I also got Peanut several books from Half Price Books.
I have also started sewing some things! I started sewing a messenger bag that I was making in 2005. I don’t remember why I stopped making the bag, but I have decided to finish it. On Sunday night I got most of the body finished up, but then I had to stop sewing since Anthony was falling asleep. I have plenty of yarn left over, so I will use it to make a needle case holder for all my straight needles, double pointed needles, and crochet hooks. I am still contemplating whether I will make three separate cases or one big case. It will all depend on how much fabric I have to work with. I started to take measurements, but Peanut decided that he wanted to use my measuring tape to play with, so I had to admit defeat. I will try to finish the bag this afternoon, and will hopefully get the needle cases started.
I have finally started knitting my mom’s lacy sleeveless shell. I was apprehensive about the chart and the sizing, but I just decided to go for it. After all, if it doesn’t fit I can always unravel it and start over again. I could also just give it to her and let her decide what she wants to do with the yarn since she has started knitting and crocheting, too. I think I will pick a pattern for hat number four of my Hat a Week Project. I know I want to use the wine colored Bernat Satin Sport yarn that I used for my duckies. It’s sport weight so I am going to check Ravelry for a hat pattern I like.
I am also excited right now because Kyle Busch won the race tonight! It is his birthday today, and he has been winning all weekend. Yay for him!
So I was knitting some house socks out of Bernat Satin Sport yarn, and I am sad to say that the socks were a disappointment. 😦 I completed the first sock, put it on, and was horrified. The pattern was okay, but I would have changed the placement of the heel flap. The directions didn’t clarify that I should center the lace, and as it was y first lacy sock I didn’t know I was supposed to. As soon as I began knitting the length of the foot, I noticed that the lace was lopsided! The eyelet/yarn over section should have begun a few stitches later, not where I put them.
Also, the yarn is a nice choice for scarves and hats, maybe even a sweater, but it is terrible for socks! I could literally feel the acrylic rubbing against itself when I put the sock on! Needless to say I was very disappointed with my sock. I will once again rip out a project made from this yarn. So far I have ripped out two blouses and one sock made from this yarn. I think I will try either a hat or a scarf pattern with this yarn (I have about 2 1/2 balls at about 220 yards per ball). I wish I had it in both white and black so that I could make my nephew the pirate hat I have been meaning to make. The pattern calls for sport weight or dk yarn, and I only have worsted weight yarn in black and white.
On a completely different note, I decided to cut Peanut’s hair today while he was in the tub playing. Hubby ran in with scissors, snip, snip, and it was over. Peanut didn’t even notice. However, I want to cut it more since it is starting to look more and more like a bob hair cut to me. Maybe we should just shave it all off. We have slippers, but I am just afraid to accidentally cut him in any way. We have discussed cutting his hair while he sleeps, but I am apprehensive since that would mean that his hair might be very uneven and there would be hair all over the sheets.
Last year when I started to knit I immediately got to blogging. But so much happened this last year! I moved, lost internet access, and even stopped knitting so much! Well, now I am back at my own place, and I have internet again! I tried the twitter thing, but it just wasn’t my thing. I am on ravelry as Topacio and I have all the older stuff I’ve knitted on there. Slowly I will post my recent projects on my blog. I will Probably start with my oldest projects and of course I will blog about my recent WIPs.
Right now I have 2 projects going. I am making a Scarf Front Cardi from Knit.1 spring/summer 2008 with Bernat Satin Sport yarn. I have completed the back, and now I just need to work on the scarf front part.
I am also working on a crocheted giant granny square afghan. I am using a big bag of acrylic worsted weight yarn, mostly Red Heart. I have so much scrap yarn, and I am not in the mood to make hats.
I will post pics later. Right now I am starving and am going to throw a pizza in the oven. Yummmm.