I haven’t stopped creating things, but unfortunately I stopped going online for the longest time. So what’s new? I moved from making other people’s designs to creating my own which is the most awesome thing I’ve done. My son started school and I began volunteering at the school, and the new environment introduced me to so many people who want to buy my stuff! It feels great that people are willing to pay me for something I’ve made, but I’m not ready to make sales my priority. I love making things and I fear that a switch to making things for the purpose of selling them will take the fun out of my hobby.
Well,I have tons of pics to share and I’ll slowly post them all in the next few weeks.
Here’s the first, it’s a seed stitch cowl I made in December. I knit Caron Simply Soft double stranded on US15 needles. The recipient loved it when I gave it to her and loved it even more when she found it after she had misplaced the bag it came in.
I finished up the Lacy Shawl, and I think it looks really nice. I haven’t taken a good picture of it in the sunlight, but the following are pretty nice. So far, this shawl has become very handy at night when my house is freezing. 🙂
I have also started working the Fairly Easy Fair Isle Sweater from Stitch n Bitch Nation. I am omitting the fair isle part, and making the sweater in a red bulky yarn. It looks really nice right now, but I may have to redo the bottom part since it is rolling up. I will try to get pictures of it soon.
Oh, and one last thing, I have to say that I love this new toy I bought for Peanut. It is one of those magnetic fish games that I used to have when I was younger. He got it last Friday, and already two fishes have taped on eyes and I had to tape up a fishing pole. What can you expect from a toy that costs $1.50?
Last night I got zero hours of sleep, and I blame the very loud rain. My son fell asleep about one hour before I turned off the lights, and about two minutes later the lightning and thunder began. For the next half hour I had to keep patting my son so that he could go back to sleep, but the rain won. My son was wide awake and ready for his day! I stayed awake til about 8 am when he decided it was nap-time, and I was so relieved! I slept til about 3 pm, which made me very happy. My son’s schedule is really off tonight, and he is still wide awake at 1 am. I took a short power nap at around 9 so I am ready to stay awake til whenever. I am sure he will get back on schedule tomorrow. I hope.
I did get a lot of knitting done on my lacy shawl last night and this afternoon. I have one more 16 row lace repeat, and then I can begin the edging, which I am still not too sure I want to make. I need to go look at some ravelry FOs to see if I like the way the lace edge looks. Hopefully I will have it finished before Friday so that I can take it to Yarnivore and show off my first lace shawl (I made a garter stitch shawl for my mom a few months ago, but it was too easy to be considered a lace shawl).
This is a very blurry of how big it was Wednesday night. It has since grown a bit.
I have been really good about not buying yarn, but my mom has not. She has been knitting like crazy, and I am benefiting from her yarn binge. She is going to give me 6 skeins of yarn on the 16th when she comes to visit. Four skeins are cream colored and two are red, so I will make a sweater with the cream stuff, and a hat/scarf set with the red. I am very excited, but I must finish all current WIPs before starting anything new (this is my new rule for myself). We’ll see if I can actually keep my self from casting on too early. 🙂
This week I started my Marlene socks with my bamboo yarn, and I also started my Cherie Amour sweater from Knitty. The Marlene socks were extremely frustrating! For some reason my family wanted all my attention the day I casted on, and I had to unravel my sock 3 times! The first time 2nd time I unraveled was the worst because I had already knitted 2 inches of the sock, and 2 inches on size 2 needles are a lot of rows! Saturday morning I casted on for the Cherie Amour sweater, and I am still unsure about the yarn for that sweater. I think I will just keep knitting it until I see a little bit more of the pattern knit up. Right now it just looks like a bunch of holes! I am also going to need to pick a hat for this coming week. I am thinking of just making a plain black beanie, since most of the hats I have made are women’s hats. I think a plain beanie will be quick. I will begin my hat on Thursday or Friday.
Wow, it has finally rained here! It really caught us by surprise yesterday at four-thirty-ish. I was on my way to Yarnivore for knit night when I felt some sprinkles on my cheek. By the time I got to the highway the rain was pounding on the roof of my truck! Luckily the rain had slowed down near the store, so I didn’t get too wet. Knit Night was fun, and productive since I got to finish all five of the decepticon squares last night. Today it was raining when I woke up, so I decided to stay in and knit the day away. I finished my ankle socks, and at about three I found out that some yarn had came in for me from Kate. It was an awesome package of four 7 oz. balls of chunky yarn. I knitted up a gauge swatch and realized that it will make a thick garment. I think it will make something very nice, since the colorway is really nice.
Here are the socks I made. I used the Pom Pom Peds pattern from the Purl Bee website, and the yarn was a trekking yarn I got from a thrift store last summer. I took pictures with different backgrounds to show how the different colors stand out.
Beige carpet makes the blue pop.
Peanut’s Alphabet carpet makes the black pop.
The wood linoleum in my kitchen makes the orange pop.
Here is what was left of the yarn after I finished the socks. Not much for anything.
Here is the yarn I got in the mail today. As soon as I opened the box I ran for my camera.
Here’s a nice close up of the yarn.
Knitted a gauge swatch with size US 10 needles, 17 sts and 19 rows.
This is a blurry picture, but it shows the color best, without the flash.
This is what it looks like with the flash on the camera on. Not as nice.
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.