Friday, December 31, 2010

Final Finished Objects of 2010

I didn't finish the 10 in 2010.  I finished 8 and I am pretty happy with that.  This is the last one that I finished.  It is the Holden Shawl made from Wisdom Poems Sock.  I really enjoyed knitting this one and I think it turned out pretty good.

This is the last pair of socks that I finished this year.  The pattern is Blueberry Waffle socks.  These socks took me three months to knit for some reason.  I kind of lost my sock knitting mojo this year.  I think it is coming back though.

This is one of the last yarns that I spun this year.  This is some Louet 70/30 merino silk blend.  I have already started another shawl out of it.  I hope to get going gangbusters on it soon.

This is the other yarn that I finished up in December.  This is about 615 yards of a single out of Ocean also by Louet.  I really enjoyed spinning a single.  I was always a little afraid of it before but I have conquered that fear.  I plan of using this to make a Clapotis maybe.  

My blogging Mojo also kind of bit the dust a little this year.  I really enjoy seeing what I have done so I plan on continuing next year. 

I am ready to begin the new adventure of 2011.  

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cables Galore

I seem to be on a cable kick right now.  I started the Habitat hat yesterday.  I am using Wicked Stitch Cauldron Dyed from the Wicked Stitch.  This yarn has a lot of sproing I think.

I have been working on my Twist sweater a little here and there.  I have finished the decreases for the arms.  I just need to finish the back and start on the two fronts.  I would really like to finish this sweater before it gets hot so I have a few months.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Maine Comes to Kansas

I was in the mood for a "quick knit".  I think these fit the bill pretty well.  I started them on November 21,2010 and finished them the next day.  These were made out of the Sea Dreams Handspun 2.0.  These will be going to live with my sister in law, Denise.

The first pair was such a fun and quick knit I made another.  These are going to live with the babysitter that watched the kids on Saturday last week while I took a Spinning Self Striping Yarns class.  I started these on Sunday and finished on Monday.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winding and Rewinding

I am having a mild case of startitis so I wound some yarn today.  I have been cleaning the house getting ready for Thanksgiving so I took a little break.  This yarn is for a pair of Maine Morning Mitts.  It is some handspun I spun up a few weeks ago.

This yarn is so I can keep working on my sweater.  This color is actually a turquoise.  The weather is kind of cold rainy/snowy mix so not so good for taking pictures.

These two yarns I actually rewound.  They were both failed sock attempts from this summer.  I am feeling a strong urge just to knit vanilla socks.  I am hoping that these two failed attempts at other patterns will make it to a couple of completed pairs.

Monday, November 15, 2010


I am still trying to finish my 10 shawls in 2010.  I have finished 7 of the ten.  I am not sure I am going to finish.  This will be #8 when it is done.  It is the Holden Shawl.  I am using Wisdom Yarns Poem Sock and a size 6 Knit Picks Harmony Needle.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Promised a FO

I promised a finished project yesterday so here it is.  This is the scarf that I spun from Barley and Daisy's fleece.  It is just a fifteen stitch garter stitch scarf. I plan on giving it to my sister.  The size is 3 inches by about 6 feet.

I was able to get a very cute model to show it off.  He works for yogurt and candy corn.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sock Knitting Black Hole

If you can't find me it is because I have entered the "knitter's black hole".  I keep knitting and knitting on this sock and it just doesn't seem to get any closer to being done.  I am always four more repeats from starting the toe decreases.  Hopefully I will find the exit soon.

I do have a finished object but as Ferb would say "Wait for it".

Monday, November 08, 2010

New Handspun

Sea Dreams Handspun 2.0  spun from a Gale's Art Corriedale Sibling.  This is a light worsted to a worsted weight yarn.  I plan to use it to make some fingerless mitts for my sister in law.

Garden Party spun from another Gale's Art Corriedale Sibling.  This a heavy fingering to sport weight yarn that I plan to use to knit a pair of socks.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Is finished!!!!!  I finally finished binding off  the stitches yesterday and I blocked it today. I have to say I LOVE THIS PATTERN.  I so need to make one for myself.

This one is going to live at my LYS, The Wicked Stitch.  It was knit out of Jennifer's hand dyed sock yarn.

Pattern: Ishbel
Yarn : The Wicked Stitch Cauldron Dyed Sock Yarn
Started: September 25, 2010
Finished: October 25, 2010
Needles: Hiya Hiya Circular Size 7

This makes number seven for my 10 shawls in 2010.  I am hoping to knock out three more small ones before the end of the year, even if I don't 7 is pretty good for me.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I must have taken Socktoberfest to heart this year.  I am in the middle of knitting two pairs of socks.  This pair is out of Rio De La Plata.  I have no idea what the color is but I am liking it so far.  I am using the Blueberry Waffle pattern.

I also started another pair this last Thursday.  These are just a basic 3/1 rib vanilla sock.  I am using the Opal Rainforest Cassandra colorway.  I am using size 0 square DPN's.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Hermione's Everyday Socks

I finished my Hermione Everyday Socks this morning.  I think they turned out pretty well.  The color is so happy and cheerful which will be a good thing this winter when I get tired of brown grass all over the place.

Pattern: Hermione Everyday Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Fuschia
Needles 2.5mm Kollage Square DPN's
Started September 5, 2010
Finished October 7, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

New Experience

Being a spinner, I find myself on occasion thinking I want a fleece.  At the LYS, the owner has some already cleaned fleece that she sells by the ounce.  I brought it home and took a brush to flick the locks open.  This is what I had after I finished flicking it.  I took it back to the LYS and ran it through the drum carder.  

I spun the two batts and then plyed them together.  This is my finished yarn.  I have around 210 yards of a light worsted to worsted weight.  I think the finished yarn is awesome.  I am not sure that I will ever get a raw fleece since I am really not that into dealing with cleaning it but it sure was a fun thing to try.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Projects

When you are a knitter, when you finish a project you start another or maybe even two.  I started two.  This is the beginning of an Ishbel.  I am really enjoying knitting it and it is going quickly.  I think almost anything would seem to go quickly after the end of the Pi Shawl though.
When this is finished it will be #7 in my 10 in 2010.

I also finally got over my sweater fear and decided to cast on Twist.  This is potato chip knitting due to the fact that I want to keep going so I can turn just one more cable.  I am setting a goal of having it finished by Halloween but time will tell if that really happens or not.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ta Da!!!!

I finished the 100th Camping Anniversary Pi Shawl last week.  It sure seemed like it took forever to bind off those 895 stitches at the end.

Pattern 100th Anniversary Pi Shawl (Camping)
Yarn  Knit Picks Gloss Lace in Port
Needles Size 6
Started August 10,2010
Finished September 22, 2010

The blocked shawl is approximately 52 inches across.  I love how blocking a shawl makes it look incredible.  I am tempted to knit another Pi Shawl but I have a couple of other projects to finish first.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wow!! September is Almost Half Over!

I have been busy with all sorts of projects.I finished the hat for my friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I had everyone in the family give it hugs before I send it off.  I hope she will like it and I hope she  kicks cancer's hiney.

I finished a sock yesterday while watching the Kansas City Chiefs play.  It was a really late game so I only watched the first quarter.  It is the Hermione Everyday Sock in Colinette Jitterbug in the Fushia colorway.  It was a pretty quick knit for me.

The progress on the Port blob continues.  I am on the third of four repeats of the last chart before starting the border.  The rows at this point have 576 stitches so they take awhile.  I am excited about finishing this shawl and casting on another Pi Shawl because I am really enjoying knitting this one.

For some reason, I thought I needed to crochet something this morning.  I dug out some kitchen cotton and crocheted this dishcloth up.  I am not sure what the pattern is, it was something one of the ladies at knitting was told me about last week.  The dishcloth only took me about 90 minutes.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Is That a Pair of Finished Socks????

I finally finished one of the three pairs of socks that I cast on back in June.

Horcrux Socks
Yarn Colinette Jitterbug in Mardi Gras
Needles Knit Picks Options size 1.5
Started June 19, 2010
Finished August 19, 2010

This is my active sock project that was started at the same time as the finished pair.  I am sitting on the deck and  working on it this morning while Little Buddy is outside playing.  The yarn is Fleece Artist Cosmic Dawn.  I am using the Stansfield 196 pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Mess

That is what this shawl looks like right now.  I am on the 576 stitch rounds now.  I am done with the first of four repeats and then I just have the border.  I am really liking this project and I am already thinking about knitting a Girasole or a Shipwreck (ravelry links).

I also started this hat.  I am calling this project on my Ravelry page Hat I Wish I Didn't Have to Knit.  I am knitting a Shedir for my friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer last week.  She has to have four months of chemotherapy and then surgery.  She could use lots of extra prayers right now.  I am knitting this out of Rowan Cashsoft.  I want to make her one more hat before I mail these off if anyone has another great pattern I would love to know.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Anniversary Pi Shawl

Earlier this week was EZ's 100th birthday.  My friend AmandaCathleen (Ravelry ID) decided she was going to knit one of the Anniversary Shawls.  I decided to join in so we are doing a little KAL between  the two of us.  I can't remember which one she chose to do but I am doing the Camping version.  I frogged the Shetland Tea Shawl that I started over a year and a half ago and I am using that yarn.  It is Knit Picks Gloss Lace in Port which I think is no longer available.  I am using a size 5 needle.  I started this on her birthday but had to rip it out the next morning after I made some mistake that I couldn't seem to fix.  I have to admit I am not found of casting on circular shawls but I love how you just get to knit knit knit and not a lot of purling.  If I finish this without too much trouble and it I may try to knit one or both of the others.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Trucks and Trees

Just don't mix.

The night after the moving truck came and got all of our belongings we had a storm.  The tree fought the storm and the storm won.  I am sad that the tree fell.  This is the tree where we raked up leaves every fall and the kids played in them.  The tree that kept the swing set shaded and the one that we sat under and watched the kids play.

I didn't realize just how big that tree was.  The top of the tree reached all the way over to the other side of our breezeway.

The men in our neighborhood were amazing.  There were about six guys with chainsaws helping to get it moved so we could get out of the garage so we could leave for our move.  It only took them about 45 minutes to get it all cleared away.  I think the neighbors that we had are going to be one of the things I will miss the most about Minnesota.

The truck is totaled and I am thankful that no one was hurt when it fell.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Now Posting from Wamego, KS

Wow, what a couple of weeks it has been.  We have moved from Minnesota back to Kansas due to the husband being relocated.   I will save all that excitement for a later post.

On a knitting front (since technically this is a knitting blog), I do have a little to show.

First, I have an LYS that is not 40 minutes away!!!!!  It is right here in the town that we moved and it carries spinning fiber.  I am so excited.  

This is the bump of Merino/Silk blend that I picked up when I went to check out the store after a day of unpacking boxes.  

This is my current spinning project.  I am still working on the Chocolate Cherry Frabjous Fibers BFL  I have about three more feet of roving to spin.  I am going to do a two ply and hopefully make a Clapotis with it for winter.

Since most of the boxes are unpacked, I have found a little bit of knitting time.  I had started this before we moved but I made a mistake so I ripped it and started it over a couple of days ago.  It is the Traveling Woman and I am using some of my handspun that I had in my stash.  I am going to increase the repeats to 13 instead of 11 since I still have 81 grams of yarn.  I will probably do two repeats of chart A and one of chart B like the pattern calls for unless I have still have quite a bit of yarn after the first two repeats of chart A.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Shetland Triangle

I love how blocking a shawl makes it look so awesome.
I finished the Shetland Triangle earlier this week.  This is #4 for the 10 in 2010 Shawl KAL.

I used some handspun Tussah silk.  I think it looks really shiny.

Pattern: Shetland Triangle by Evelyn Clark
Started: June 29, 2010
Finished: July 5, 2010
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony Size 6
Yarn: Handspun Castle Fibers Tussah Silk Batts 270 yards.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A New Project and a Tiny Bit of Spinning

Since I finished the Seas Shawl,  I needed to start the fourth shawl for my 10 in 2010.  I am knitting the Shetland Triangle.  I have a few yards short of 300 so it won't be very big, but it will qualify for one of the smaller shawls.  I am knitting in out of my handspun Tussah Silk that I recently spun.

I haven't been doing much spinning this month.  I had grand plans to get through a couple of bumps of my stash but alas that didn't happen.  I am currently spinning up some BFL from Frabjous Fibers.  It is the Chocolate Cherry colorway.  I was a little disappointed when I went to weigh it and it was quite a bit under the 8 ounces that it said it was supposed to be.  I am hoping to knit a Clapotis from it.  I am even considering just knitting it as a single.