Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Gold Metal Socks

Olympic knitting is over. My socks are finished and they fit! The bag unfortunately did not make it to the finish line. I'm ok with this as it did get me motivated to dye the wool and get the bag started. Actually, it is probably over half done and I am really liking the colour combination. I am using three colours: sapphire, purple and lilac. It looks much better knit up than I thought it would. If I can take a picture that the colours show up close to the actual colour it will be in the next post. If I can manage to fit in as much knitting as I have the last couple of days it may be finished in another couple of days. That would be great. Then I could felt it and start using it and move on to the next project. That is the big question. What should I start next - Dad's socks, friends gift, or the samples for my next class....

Happy Knitting!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Shopping Trip Without Wool

What a wonderful way to spend a day. My daughter and I spent the day in Toronto shopping for clothes yesterday. We had a great time. Before we left she made me promise that we would NOT stop at any yarn shops. I agreed, somewhat disappointed as I was hoping to have time on the way home to swing by Lettuce Knits to buy some baby wool. After thinking about it I felt much better when I remembered that they do mail orders! Our shopping trip was a success. Lots of trying on and lots of buying. As we were ending our shopping trip we decided to stop for a drink before heading home. At this point my daughter stops, looks at me and says "oh no we are not". I swear I had no idea that we were across the street from a yarn shop. I had actually never heard of this shop before. Americana was the shop name or something very similar on Queen Street. After a little bit of begging and pleading (who is the adult!?) I went in for a really, really quick look around but no buying. Lots of beautiful wool. Seen a lot of llama, alpaca and a cotton linen blend. Nice shop. Worth another stop on a yarn shopping day.

Olympic knitting is coming along. Updates tomorrow and there should be pictures! No time today as the kids and I are heading out for a fun filled day with Dragonfly Girl. Probably no yarn shops in the picture today either unless we head home through Guelph....

Tonight is the Knitting Goddess Knitting Guild meeting. It is sure to be lot of fun!

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Olympic Knitting Underway

What a relaxing morning. I am watching the Olympics on TV, knitting my sock and dyeing the wool for my bag.

I am making good progress on the sock although I did change the pattern and wool. I decided to knit myself a pair of socks with a ball of Hempwol that I had in my stash. This is a really great wool/hemp blend to knit with. As for the pattern, I am designing as I knit. This is not as clever as it sounds as I was intending to follow a wonderful pattern that created a nice lace zigzag pattern on the leg. After four rows it was apparent that I didn't fully read the instructions before I started knitting!! So I am now working on a "random" lace pattern that is turning out quite nice and as a bonus I think it will fit. Did I forget to mention that I forgot to check my gauge before I started. I was so excited about starting the sock that I casted on and just started into the pattern! (Wrong I might add!!) I did check the gauge after a few rows and it is ...close.

As for the dyeing it is going great. The sapphire and lilac are outside drying. The dye bath was not exhausted from the sapphire so I am using it again and this skein is a beautiful baby blue. With some luck pictures may follow soon.

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ravelympics is Almost Here!

Well, here we are one day before the start of the summer Olympics and the Ravelympics on Ravelry. I am very excited about both. I am not a huge sports fan (except for synchronized swimming and football!) but I do really enjoy watching the Olympics!

During the last winter Olympics the Yarn Harlot organized the Knitting Olympics and my knitting challenge then was to complete a pair of socks which I did. For this Olympic challenge I have signed up for the Sockput and the Bag and Tote Backstroke. I am going to knit a pair of socks using the Magic Loop two at a time technique and also knit a felted bag using some of my hand dyed wool.

Today is all about my Olympic training.

* Sorting through my stash to find the sock yarn I want to knit
*Knitting a gauge swatch for the socks
*Dyeing the wool for my felted bag (no, I have not done this yet. Lots of time...)
*Knitting a gauge swatch for the bag

Wish me luck!!

Happy Knitting!