Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank Goodness for Trial Runs


The mini version of the vest is finished. Or at least as finished as it is going to be right now (it has no collar or ribbing along the front or bottom). I am so glad that I did my test run on this tiny version.

It allowed me to play around with the increases and found that on the knit side the M1 worked the best and on the purl side the pf&b worked the best; and that the decreases needed to be worked on the last two sts without leaving the end st to be knit in order to have the nicest edge. I was able to do a trial run of my calculations using my row and stitch gauge along with my finished measurements to figure out where to place the arm holes and work the v neck shaping and they seem to have worked out ok with one exception. The biggest bonus was finding out that I had made a huge error in the shoulder shaping. Mr. Bear doesn't seem to mind the odd shaping but if I had knit a whole vest for myself only to discover the mistake, I would not have been a happy knitter.

If I had more time, I would test knit this again in a childs size. But, like always, time is in short supply so I am moving right on to the adult size. This version will have ribbing along the bottom, the shoulder problem fixed and will have some shaping added at the waist. Off to find some yarn.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A New Vest in the Works


Well, Christmas is over again for another year. We had all the kids home together, had lots of great food, visited with all of the family and everyone loved their knitted gifts. I had a wonderful Christmas!

Now with the pressure of gift knitting out of the way, I am moving on to a new project. This is the beginnings of me designing a vest that will be knit sideways all in one piece. This mini version is being knit out of chunky weight yarn in a doll sized version. I am keeping my fingers crossed that what I am visualizing in my head and what I am calculating on paper actually turns into something wearable when it is knit. Already I am thinking that the arm hole looks too big but overall it seems to be working out according to plan.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Better Luck Today


Well, I gave up on all the fancy patterns that I had intended on using for this scarf. I split the ball of yarn in half, doubled the yarn, grabbed a 9mm needle, and started knitting garter stitch. The crazy thing is that I like it better than all the other patterns I swatched. I guess sometimes plain and simple is the best.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last Night's Knitting


As you can see, last night was not a very productive knitting night.

This was to be an easy project. I had the pattern picked out and it should have just been straight forward knitting; and it would have been if I had not decided that I didn't like the pattern. The rest of the knit was spent swatching until I found something that I liked.

I started the scarf again in the new pattern only to realize after a few rows that this pattern is not reversible like I wanted. I gave up at this point and went to bed. So even the little bit that is started has be be pulled out. I think I am moving on to mitts.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

One More Hat



Another finished hat!

With Christmas morning only 4 days away I am going to try to start and finish a scarf and a pair of mitts.
















Sigh, someone found a stray ball of yarn. The up side to them destroy the yarn - they are leaving the Christmas tree alone.

Monday, December 20, 2010

5 Days to Go


Yikes, today is Dec 20! Five knitting days until Christmas. On the weekend I decided that the gifts I hadn't started yet needed to be seriously down sized. So it is going to be a week of knitting hats, mittens and maybe a cowl.

This is the first finished hat knit using two strands of chunky weight acrylic from my stash on 7.5mm needles. It knits up quick and you end up with a really warm hat. Just what I am looking for.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mitten Swap

Wednesday night was the Knitting Goddesses guild meeting and it was our mitten swap night!! We began our meeting with yummy Christmas goodies. Here we all are anxiously waiting to see the mitts everyone has knit.














Back in September everyone who wanted to participate filled out a sheet with their hand size and the colours that they liked. Everyone was secretly matched up with another knitter. Everyone had lots of fun searching for just the right yarn and pattern for the person they were knitting for. Everyone came up with creative patterns and wonderful yarns.








This knitter is expecting a baby in January. Not only did she receive a wonderful pair of mitts for herself but tucked inside her mittens was a tiny matching pair for the baby!









Beautiful cabled mitts!












What can you say about these mitts except WOW!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mitten Progress



I can't show you a picture of the mitts that I am knitting just yet for a couple of reasons. 1) They are for the mitten swap we are having tomorrow night at the Knitting Goddesses guild meeting so they can't be revealed until then. 2) There really isn't too much to see yet. So I thought I would show you what I can and that is the wool that is not knit into a mitt yet which, as you can see from the scale, is most of the skein. The original skein weighed 104grams. I have only knit 8 grams.

After trying out many patterns, I have decided to knit this one. It isn't as fancy or as complicated as some of the first patterns that I looked at but I liked this one.

This is my second attempt at the first mitt. On the first try, I had the mitten over half knit before I finally admitted to myself that the pattern wasn't turning out like the picture. I did notice it earlier on but I thought maybe if I kept knitting it would work itself out. It didn't so I cast on for the other mitt and worked the cuff and left it sitting until I figured out the chart. After spending a considerable amount of time last night reading the chart, reading the line by line instructions, counting stitches, counting increases and trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, I gave up and went to bed.

When I looked at it again this morning. It made much more sense. I ripped out the first mitt, and knit a couple of rounds on the second mitt just to make sure I had my problem solved. I seem to be back on track except for this nagging feeling that it is taking me too long to get all the increases knit for the thumb gusset which will place the thumb too high up on the mitt. I am going to ignore this feeling

Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Family Christmas



This afternoon is our first Christmas get together this year and I am set with my dishcloths and knitted Christmas balls to hand out.

Last night I started swatching for a new pair of mitts. This morning I am still working on getting the correct gauge and I am now desperately searching for a set of 3mm needles to continue swatching so I can take this project with me. We are leaving in less than an hour....so it is back to sorting through my needles.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Snow Day

When the weather looks like this, what should any knitter do? Of course we all know the answer to that question - knit!



It has been snowing for the last two days and it is still coming down. I have been knitting dishcloth after dishcloth and have started a pair of mitts. I have also been knitting Christmas balls. When I ventured outside to help with the snow shoveling, I couldn't resist hanging a few of them in the tree outside.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Finished Scarf



This scarf was finished last night! It feels good to be finishing things!!

The yarn is Katia Triana, 100% acrylic, 30m
The needle was a 7.5mm bamboo
The result is a cool looking frilly scarf that was fun to knit once you got the hang of separating the "yarn" and keeping the working "yarn" from twisting. It was a quick, fun project to knit.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We Have Pictures!


This was my to knit pile on Sunday. The afghan and sock were finished by Sunday evening. The purple dishcloth was started and the black scarf was started Monday morning.


Finished items!



A finished shawl!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Quick Update

Yesterday's knitting went quite well I think.

The pink socks are completed, the blue afghan is totally finished (ends wove in and all!), another dishcloth almost half knit and I am ready to start the black scarf. It would have been cast on last night but I couldn't find the circular needle that I needed; but I found it this morning.

If I can find a couple of minutes this morning to cast on then I will be back on track. (Sorry, still no pictures)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Loose Ends

This weekend has been all about finishing up the many projects that I have had on the needles for a couple of weeks.

The shawl that I knit way back in September has been just waiting to have the ends wove in. That job which took me all of three minutes has been finished and the shawl delivered to its new owner. My husband's birthday socks are finished and I have three dishcloths finished for Christmas gifts.

So, what is left for me to work on today are my daughter's pink sock - it needs a foot, the blue afghan is still waiting for its boarder, another dishcloth needs to be knit and a Christmas scarf needs to be started.

Sorry for the lack of pictures once again but it seems that the computer does not want to download anything at the moment. Maybe later today...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Birthday Socks


This pair of socks seems to have been taking forever to knit. They were my husbands birthday present. Yesterday was his birthday. This picture was taken earlier in the week when I had high hopes that the second sock would be finished in time. It ended up being close.

The first sock was finished but I didn't sew the toe closed. That turned out to be a good thing because they are just a bit too long. I am going to pull them back so they will fit perfectly. The second sock only has a couple of inches to go before the toe shaping. My goal is to have them finished for tonight so he can have warm feet when he is curling.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Other Afghan



Finally, I have a picture to show you! This is the blue afghan that I am putting together.

The sock knitting is continuing. I will have three pairs finished very soon!

The next projects are some Christmas decorations with beads. The beads are strung on the wool just waiting...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Afghans

Afghans seem to be consuming my knitting time this week. While neither of them are a part of my Christmas knitting I have felt the need to get them both finished up quickly and send them on to their new homes.

This has put my Christmas knitting WAY behind schedule but that is ok. If some people gets half finished projects Christmas day it will give me something to knit on for the rest of the day! And really, when have I ever got all of my Christmas knitting finished on time anyways! At least this year I have a better excuse.

The green lap blanket from a couple of posts ago is now finished. The man it is going to will be home from the hospital soon and hopefully it will bring him some comfort knowing that all his friends from the knitting group he belongs to knit a part of the blanket for him.

The blue afghan was dropped off at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting store to see if someone would finish it. A grandmother was knitting this afghan for her granddaughter for Christmas. Sadly, the grandmother passed away in the summer. The mother would still like for her daughter to get the afghan at Christmas as a last present from her grandmother. How can you say no to that? So I brought it home. All of the strips are knit so it just needs to be put together and an edging added around it. It is almost put together and it isn't too big so the boarder won't take too long.

I am off to an appointment this morning so my sock is coming with me.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Computers

Computers. I have been working on the post since Saturday night and I am still not sure if it is going to work.

As I have been logging in and out and trying to download pictures for what seems like a million times it seems that I still can't download pictures, I was thinking that knitting is so much less complicated than computers. Needles and wool. How much can go wrong with that? Then I caught myself, lol, and realized a lot (dropped stitches, mistakes in patterns, cables twisting the wrong way, etc etc)! But at least I can fix those problems.

So for now this will be a post without a picture. The afghan picture and its story will have to wait.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tonight's Project


Work is finished for the day, we have eaten and cleaned up the kitchen and I have done all the housework I am going to do for the evening. It is knitting time!

This is what I have chosen to work on tonight. The afghan is a group project that a few of us are working on. It is a lap afghan version of a prayer shawl. One of the fellows at work is sick and we thought this would help to make him feel better as he is recovering. I will have this project with me for the weekend so I am hoping to get a lot knit on it in between working on the socks.

The socks are progressing well. Both the pink and brown sock are ready for their heels to be turned. That may be tomorrow night's knitting. Right now I feel like curling up on the couch with my book and the afghan and work on mindless garter stitch and seed stitch.

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Socks, Socks, Socks


November is officially sock month at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting Store! I have started 3 pairs.

The brown sock will be a birthday present for my husband. It is knit out of good old Kroy sock yarn. The colour is Buckthorn Stripes and they are being knit on a set of 2.75mm 4 dpns. This sock yarn is washable and dryable so that equals non felting. A good choice for a man who some times does his own laundry.

The pink sock will be a Christmas present for my daughter. It is knit out of Regia Softy Color. It is so soft. This sock is being knit on a 3.5mm circular sock needle. Again this yarn is washable. Also a good choice for a teenager who does her own laundry.

The green and white sock is a sample sock. I am trying out knitting two socks together, one inside the other. This is so much fun to knit!! The sample sock is being knit on worsted weight yarn with 4.5mm dpns until I feel comfortable switching to sock yarn. If all goes well the actual socks will be a gift for someone as well.

Happy sock knitting!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day Two

Last Sunday was our trip to Toronto's Creativ Festival. We had another successful day of yarn shopping. I spent the morning taking classes. One was on steeking and the other was knitting two socks at the same time with one sock inside the other. Both were a lot of fun and I learned something new in each class.














This is what I came home with. Books, needles and NO yarn! There was a lot of yarn that I liked and I was tempted a few times to buy but I didn't. Truly amazing.















After a busy day we stopped for something to eat and discuss what we all bought.















It was one knitter's birthday. What a great way to spend your birthday!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day One of Two

What a great day we had at the Woodstock Fleece Festival.














Outside there were alpacas, llamas, sheep and goats to look at before heading inside. I am sure that everyone was trying to figure out a way to take the tiny baby alpaca home with them. She was so cute.

Inside, there was so much to choose from. We spent the morning looking at beautiful yarns, rovings, patterns, kits and spinning wheels.

This is all the yarn I came home with.














The red and black skeins are washable wool from Shelridge Farms and this will be knit into a gift. The three balls of Triana each knit up into a wonderfully clever scarf pattern. Two of these will be gifts as well. The top two skeins of varigated yarn are to knit the vest and it will be for me. The yarn is Fleece Artist Scotian Silk 65%wool 35% silk. The varigated yarn in front is what I won as a door prize. It is Fleece Artist BFL Sock yarn.

Now to get ready for tomorrow. The Creative Festival in Toronto!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Finished



One finished project! I think this owl is very cute and mom to be seems to think so as well.

Pattern ~ current issue of Knitsimple.
Needles ~ 3.75mm dpns
Yarn ~ Mission Falls cotton

The current project on the needles is another moebius scarf. I just have to cast off and there will be one more finished project around here!

The yarn sorting has been on hold the last couple of nights but I will be back at it tonight. I am armed with three more totes. Hopefully this will hold the last of it.

Tonight is the Knitting Goddesses guild meeting. It will be a fun night as always!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Owl



Baby gift in progress...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Organizing

This is what I have been doing the last couple of days. In order to get the Christmas knitting in full swing I had to find all of the yarn I needed. This led me to sorting out my stash.















This is what is left after 2 days of sorting. I have found all kinds of interesting things. Some I had forgotten about and some I just didn't know where to find it. So far, I still have not come across the yarn for my son's afghan. I still have a couple of boxes I haven't looked in yet and there is some more yarn upstairs to go through as well. It has to be here somewhere!














My family has made the odd comment about the amount of yarn scattered around the house. My husband commented on the "large selection" that I had and was there any that I didn't like any more. Silly question. Of course there are some (ok, a lot) of odd balls of acrylic that I have been collecting for years that I wouldn't use to make a sweater but I am planning on knitting some cat blankets to donate to the local animal shelter. So no I don't have any balls that I would like to part with. My son rolled his eyes and asked if I was planning on filling the whole house with yarn. Again a silly question. I would never dream of putting yarn in his room or my husband"s closet (they would just through it away) but the rest of the house is fair game!

Even the cat and dog have had their say. This is what is left of a ball of yarn after the two of them have taken it from the dining room to the kitchen and wrapped it a million times around the kitchen chairs and table and then into the living room. Sorting yarn is hard work.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Long Weekend Knitting



I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and was able to spend time with their family and eat lots of turkey and pumpkin pie!

In between family get togethers, this is what I managed to knit. Two dishcloths for samples of an up coming learn to knit class and I started my second ball of yarn on the shawl. Only a few more inched to go on the shawl!

Last night while reading knitting blogs I found a sweater pattern to knit for a Christmas gift. It is called Abalone. Christmas knitting is starting tonight.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Current Project


This is what I have been working on this week. It is a shawl and it is about half finished. It will take two balls and I am almost finished the first ball. I have already had to pull it out once and restart it when I carelessly pulled my needle out of the stitches. I tried to pick up all of the stitches and thought that I did until I looked closer at it just didn't look right. This is being knit for someone else so I am being very particular; no mistakes allowed in this one!

These two balls came from my stash and even though it is only two balls, it feels good to be using some of the yarn I have had for YEARS.

Yarn - Bernat Matrix
Needle - 5.5mm circular bamboo
Pattern - Cast on 3 sts, *slip first st purlwise, kfb in next st, knit to end*

Super easy pattern, tricky yarn to knit with. I find that I have to watch every stitch so that I don't split the yarn. No TV watching or reading while knitting this.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Streak Has Been Broken



A few of us knitters entered some things in the Ilderton Fair this past weekend. Some of us won and some of us didn't. As we all know, judging at these fairs is some times a bit frustrating if the judge is not a knitter. It has been a standing joke for a few years now that my knitting doesn't ever win. This year I got lucky! I do truly believe that it isn't about the winning. I think the home crafts are the best part of the fair and it is just fun to be able to display our knitting for people to enjoy looking at.




Of course the animals are the next best thing at the fair. Baby lambs are just so cute!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

More Yarn


One of the great things about the cottage is that in the upstairs of the grocery store there is a craft section and they sell yarn. This makes grocery shopping so much more enjoyable!

So, here is my grocery store yarn. The black kroy sock yarn was on sale! The brown kroy was not but I thought it would make good socks for my son. The pink soy yarn was to replace three balls that I had given away to another knitter. Pink is not my colour but I really liked it so I brought it home too. As an added bonus, they were giving away Patons knitting bags when you spent a certain amount on yarn. See, it pays to buy yarn!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

First Stop



The weekend's trip up to the cottage was great! It rained most of the time so we were forced to stay inside and knit. It was so much fun, so relaxing and we all finished projects.

Of course on the drive up we had to stop in Listowel for the traditional yarn shopping. This was all that I bought for myself. Four bags of classic wool and three balls of Regia Softy Color sock yarn. This sock yarn is soooo soft. I think I will knit a pair of socks for my daughter for Christmas.

There was more yarn shopping done on this trip. Those pictures soon. Happy knitting everyone!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Weekend!

I am leaving this morning for the cottage with some knitters for the weekend!! I have my knitting and tatting packed. I am trying to be realistic about which projects to bring so I have a shawl and wool for two cowls. That should do just fine. Oh, and my tatting homework for Wed's class. See you on Monday!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Last Night

My wonderful daughter kept me company at the knitting booth last night. She has no interest in knitting at all so hanging out at a knitting booth on a Friday night with your Mom wouldn't normally be her first choice but she was a good sport. That is until IT happened. What could be the worst thing to happen to a teenager when she is with her Mom, at a knitting booth, winding a ball of yarn?


















Yup, a group of her friends from school walk by, notice her and come over to talk to her. We knitters of course can not imagine why she would be so embarrassed but if there was even the tiniest glimmer of hope that she might learn to like knitting I think it is totally gone now. I am glad I took this picture then I did. I am sure it will be a very long time before she be caught knitting again!


I on the other hand had a great night (except for the ride my daughter made me go on as payback for the incident with her friends). I started a neckwarmer using a ball of my hand dyed wool. I am hoping to have it finished tonight while I am at the fair.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Knitting Goddesses September Meeting

Last night the Knitting Goddesses got together for our September meeting. We got our secret mitten swap partner that we have to knit for and had a guest speaker talk to us about raising Shetland and Jacob sheep.



Jocelyn from Gainford Forest Farm brought out fleece and skeins of wool from both the Jacob and Shetland sheep. What beautiful wool! We bought almost everything she brought for us to look at. Thanks Jocelyn for the informative talk!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Home Away from Home



At least for the next week, this is where I will be spending my free time. This is our set up for the Western Fair. We have had a lot of knitters come by to chat and knit. We have chairs for anyone to sit and knit. So, if you are heading to the fair, bring your knitting along and come join us. If you don't have your knitting with you, you can knit on one of our charity projects.

Last night, there were kids making pom-poms and one young boy challenged me to a game of checkers on the knitted checker board. I lost. One of the coolest stories that I heard yesterday was from a woman who had crocheted a baby blanket for her daughter when she was born. Now the daughter has gone off to university and Mom is wanting to add to the baby blanket to make it large enough to fit a bed so her daughter can have it while she is away at school. Unfortunately, she no longer has the pattern and was looking for some help finding the pattern. As my crotchet skills are terribly lacking, I sent her next door the the Crochet Club of London and the crocheter there was able to help her find what she needed. I think this is such a wonderful story, I am glad one of us could help her.

Tonight is our first meeting to work on ufos I think I will be bringing my afghan and weaving in all of the ends. Sadly, this should fill the two hours.

Friday, September 10, 2010

More Dyeing



This is the last of my dyeing experimenting for now. I am really happy how with Wiltons dye turns out. From left to right the skeins were dyed with violet and yellow (this skein was overdyed is was a light yellow to begin with), violet, black, cornflower, red, juniper, and royal blue.

This is the beginning of a very busy knitting week. The Western Fair has started and I will be at the knitting booth for a good part of the week. This is always a lot of fun! Stop by and see us if you are at the fair, we are in the Canada Building. Monday night is also the fist of our catch up, ufo, beginning Christmas knitting night at Carrie's store. Everyone is welcome to join us for the three Mondays in September. Wednesday is the knitting guild night. We will be having a speaker come to the meeting and she will be bringing wool to sell!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yesterday's Road Trip



Well, I had been avaoiding this for the last couple of weeks and yesterday I finally gave in. I went to the Mary Maxim tent sale. This was all of the yarn that I bought. I think I did very well showing some restraint (normally I would have came home with much, much more!) Eight balls of sock yarn. A knitter can never have too much sock yarn.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Yarn Dyeing Fun!

I have been having fun dyeing wool using koolaid and Wilton cake dyes. This is what I have come up with so far.



The ball on the top left was dyed using Koolaid, 2 packages of orange and 1 package of lime green. The ball on the top right was dyed with Wiltons cake dyes using moss green and lemon yellow.

The ball on the bottom left was dyed using koolaid, 4 packages of strawberry kiwi and half a package of grape. The bottom middle used the Wilton dyes in copper, the bottom right was Wiltons dye, Delphinium.




These two skeins have just been rinsed and will now be hung up to dry. The top one was dyed with Wiltons violet and the bottom was done with black. Both of these gave a wonderful varigated colour.




This is a skein still in the dye pot in wiltons cornflower. I am going to let this skein sit overnight to cool and to absorb the last of the dye.

This is so much fun!

Friday, September 3, 2010

More mail!!

My sock swap package arrived and it came all the way from....Lithuania!



I was very surprised to see how far this package had travelled! Inside there was a wonderful pair of after thought heel socks which are just tube socks that I can add a short row heel to. (She also sent the rest of the sock yarn) They are knit out of Opal sock yarn and I LOVE the colours - yellow, orange and green with some purple and red. There was also a beautiful skein of yarn. It is a dark brown with bits of orange in it. Just my colour! As well, there was a sock knitting bag made from Lithuanian linen, some delicious dark chocolate and a post card of the city Vilnius that my swap partner lives in. Jurga, thank you for a great pair of socks and all of the other knitting goodies!! (I am already using the knitting bag).