Monday, January 31, 2011

My Mara Models

Having two daughters I am very lucky to have models to show off my knits.  I hate to have my picture taken so the only time you see me is when I am showing off new socks.

Pattern: Mara Shawl
Yarn: Peace Fleece Worsted in Samantha Katya Pink
Needles: KnitPicks Options Size 7
Started: December 6, 2010
Finished: January 31, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Last Handspun for 2010

I finally got around to giving my last handspun yarn a bath.  I finished this in the middle of December but it just hung out on a bobbin for about three weeks.

All Spun Up Spin a Long Fiber for October/November of 2010
366 yards of approximately fingering weight
85/15 BFL/Silk blend in the color Rustic

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Soap Opera of the Needles

Pattern: Vanilla Sock w/Hemmed Cuff
Yarn: 2 Windows Dye Company Sock 2
Started: December 19, 2010
Finished: January 19, 2011
Needles Size 0 Hiya Hiya DPN's

This pair of socks ended up being worked on with three different sets of needles.  I started out trying the 9 inch circular.  I really hated them.  I knit for about ten rows and I couldn't take it anymore so I switched to KnitPicks Harmony DPN's.  They were working fine until I broke one.  I know that you get six in a package but I broke one a long time ago so I only had four and I prefer using five needles when using DPN's.  After I broke that needle I switched to the Hiya Hiya's.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Keeping the Toys Warm

Punkinbug has been knitting again.  She finished her scarf for Froggy today.  She likes to sit and knit with me.  She calls it "Knitting Club".

She started a scarf for Little Buddy's Ironman figurine today.  I think the toys in this house are going to stay pretty warm.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Project Started and a Project "Found"

I must be one of those people that can't just have one pair of socks on the needles.  I finished the Cassandra Socks and just had one pair of Vanilla Socks on the needles but I had to cast these on.  I am using the Stansfield #14 pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Lorikeet colorway. They remind me of the KU Jayhawk so I am calling them my Rock Chalk Jayhawk Socks.

This year, I decided that I was going to finish up some UFO's that had been laying around.  This is one of those UFO's.  It is the Mini Mochi Fair Isle hat. I started this hat back in June or July and my goal is to have it done before the end of April.  As I am sitting here typing this I thought I would love to finish this by Valentine's day but then I remember all the other projects I have on the needles and the wheel.  I think I need more hands and feet.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


One of my knitting resolutions this year is to knit the Fiddlehead Mittens.  I started them last week and today I decided to try to finish up the outer portion of the first one.  I thought they might be a little large because I have small hands but I kept knitting thinking that when I got the liner in they would be perfect.  Nope.  It didn't work out that way.  I started the decreases on the top and realized that the mitten was going to be about two inches too long.  I have decided to rip them out and try them again on a size smaller needle.  I think they are really pretty though.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Another UFO Bites the Dust

I decided at the beginning of the year (hard to believe it was just last week), that I would finish up some projects that had been hanging around too long.  This pair took me two and a half months for some reason.

I was able to match them perfectly and to be honest I didn't really try it just worked out that way.

Cassandra Socks
Pattern 3/1 Rib over 72 stitches
Yarn Opal Rainforest in Cassandra
Started October 13, 2010
Finished January 7, 2011
Needles Size 0 Kollage Square DPN's

I had planned not to cast on any new projects until I had some of these UFO's finished but I failed at that one.  I did cast on a new project that I will post about next time.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

First Finished Object of 2011

I have finished my first project of 2011.  I finished this on Sunday before we went looking for a new computer.  We ended up with a new computer yesterday.  

So the first finished object of 2011 is Habitat.  I knit this as a shop sample for the Wicked Stitch.  I used her own Cauldron Dyed yarn.  This yarn is so squishy.  I just love it.  I am thinking of picking up a hank of it to start one for me.

Habitat Hat by Jared Flood
Started November 27, 2010
Finished January 2, 2010
Yarn Wicked Stitch Cauldron Dyed in Green
Needles Size 8 and 9 Knit Picks Options 

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

I am making some resolutions this year.

1. Knit four sweaters.  That includes finishing the one I already have started.

2. Knit a pair of Fiddlehead mittens.  I think I would like to knit them out of hand spun.

3. Knit 12 pairs of socks.  That includes the two pairs I have on the needles right now.

4. Finish some of my UFO's.  I have too many and I would like to see some of them finished.

5. Lose fifteen pounds by the end of the year.  I think that is doable.  I actually used my Wii Fit this evening and I always forget how much fun it is.

Have a great day and click those sticks.