Saturday, December 24, 2011

Yarn Swap!

Wednesday was a good night, it was the Knitting Goddesses knitting guild meeting and we had our Christmas party and yarn swap.

There was lots of yummy food...


and we swapped yarn! Anyone that had any yarn or patterns that they no longer needed brought it in, and spread it out and we traded around knitting stuff. It was lots of fun!

Monday, December 19, 2011

It was too small....


I am seriously behind now.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

According to my Calculations....


As as of Sunday morning, this is where I am at with the first sleeve of this never ending sweater - 7 1/2". I have 14" left to knit (total length of 21 1/2").

I timed myself knitting one row - 4 mins. Since I am increasing every 6th row and the sleeve will be getting bigger and for easier figuring, lets increase the time to 5 mins per row.

So every repeat of the 6 row increase will take me 30 mins.
I have to increase 10 more times which will take me 300 mins or 5 hours.

Then I am to continue knitting until sleeve is 21 1/2" long.

My row gauge is 7 rows to the inch.

So, if I go back and count the number of rows I will have already knit while doing the increasing - 60 rows divided by 7 is 8.5"

Plus the 7.5" that I already have knit will be 16" minus the total length of 21.5" will leave me with 5.5" to knit.

5.5" x row gauge of 7 turns out to be 38 more rows to knit.
38 rows to knit at 5 mins per row gives me another 190 mins or 3 1/4 hours of knitting time.

So to recap, I have 5 hours of increasing and 3 1/4 hours of straight knitting to total 8 and a bit hours of wonderful knitting time ahead of me today.

I still have 14 hours left in the day. Subtract the bit of house cleaning (less than an hour), a shopping trip into London (husband is driving so there will be some added knitting time) and a family Christmas this afternoon (I can knit through this) I think I can do this.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It Is Snowing!

I can't believe that I am excited about snow. But it does help to make it feel like Christmas having the snow falling and the Christmas music on while decorating the Christmas tree!

These are some of the Christmas balls I have been knitting. One of these years the Christmas Tree will be decorated with all knitted decorations but that is a few years away yet.

I can see Daisy and I are going to have to have a serious talk about leaving the decorations on the tree!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Next Project

Still knitting away on this sweater....it is getting there but very sllowly. I need to start something that I can get finished so I am moving on to the next project. This is going to be a hat.

How is everyone's Christmas knitting coming along? Is anyone else way behind like I am?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Family Christmas


We had our first family Christmas on Sunday.

It was great to see some family members that we don't see very often and have a chance to spend the day together and of course there was food! Everyone always brings the most amazing dishes that it is impossible not to try a little of everything! Between and the food and visiting the knitters found time to pull out our needles!

My SIL was working on one of those frilly scarves, my Aunt was knitting a Baby Surprise sweater for her new grandbaby out of an alpaca blend wool (beautiful!!) and I was knitting a head band that was intended to be a sample for a learn to knit class in January for a group of young girls but I was using my Niece as my model to check my sizing and she liked it so much that I let her have it and she wore it for the rest of the day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Two Needle Socks

The closer it gets to Christmas the more and more I modify the gifts I still need to knit. This is why these socks are so great; they are simple and quick!

The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn. I am using sock yarn doubled on 4.5mm needles. The sock is knit sideways. You cast on enough sts for the leg and foot, knit in garter st, divide sts for an afterthought heel, continue knitting the leg, knit the foot, knit the heel, knit the ribbing and last but not least knit the toe, fold in half, seam and you have a finished sock! I was able to finish one sock after a full day of knitting. Pretty good for a sock!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Optim Wool

I have the house to myself tonight. After thinking about all the knitting projects I have on the needles right now I picked two to work on tonight (socks and a sweater). Then I got the mail!

For the last two weeks I have been waiting for this skein of handspun Optim merino wool to arrive from A Yarn Above and now it is here! The colours of the skein are much brighter than the picture shows but I just couldn't wait until tomorrow when there would be better lighting to show it to you. It is so soft! I know I need to stick with my planned projects for tonight (Christmas is getting closer every day) so maybe I will just wind it into a ball, sit it on the coffee table in front of me and daydream about what I will knit with it as I knit away on my sweater and socks.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Progress!

Yesterday was a great day! It was Sunday so I was able to spend the day knitting the lace table runner and watching football.

I made good progress. I managed to knit 8" of the lace pattern and then I skipped ahead, found another set of needles and a new ball of yarn and knit the boarder that will be grafted to the live sts of the runner. Once I had the boarder knit I couldn't resist trying out the grafting method for garter stitch so I attached a short section and it worked great! There is no seam and it lies nice and flat.

Now to back track and pull out the grafting and continue with the lace pattern for another 10 inches or until I run out of yarn or Christmas arrives; which ever comes first. Here is hoping the grafting unknits as easily as it knit!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hats

It has been a slow knitting week here but over the last couple of days I have been able to finish a couple of hats.

Yarn - Classic Wool
Pattern - Wildflower Wool Top Down Hat pattern
Needles - 4.5mm using the Magic Loop

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Craft Sale

Sundays here are usually wool dyeing days but not today. Today I packed up a lot of wool and learn to knit kits and headed for a local craft show. What a fun day! There was a lot of interest in knitting lessons and our knitting guild. It was a great way to promote knitting in our community and I am looking forward to going back again next year!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

From the Dye Pot

Sundays at Wildflower Wool are wool dyeing days. I can always count on it to be a fun filled day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It is Christmas knitting time!

Christmas is getting closer. The malls are putting up their Christmas decorations, Christmas commercials are on tv and our Santa Claus parade is this weekend so it just seems fitting that my newest project is a Christmas table runner knit in red sparkley yarn.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

One More Beach Day

It was a beautiful Fall day here today. I couldn't resist heading to the beach for one last afternoon of knitting before the snow arrives. I took the sweater with me to knit and have it up past the arm shaping. It is knitting up quickly!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


The last few days I have been knitting pumpkins, ghosts and a spider. They were a lot of fun to knit and made great halloween decorations. Now it is back to Christmas knitting!!

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween and had lots of treats!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wool or Acrylic???

I sorted through some more totes yesterday and found a bag of knitting that had been given to me a while ago. Inside there was a piece of a sweater already knit and enough yarn to finish the rest of the sweater.

I decided not to save this sweater for a couple of reasons. There wasn't a pattern with the yarn and it has pink in it. Pink isn't my colour.

When I saw this project in the bag, my first thought was I hope this is wool. As I sorted the skeins out and rewound some of the pink, it was fairly soft so I started to think maybe it was just acrylic. But, the yarn was in skeins which, in my experience, usually is wool.

An experiment was in order. I took a ball of the wool from this sweater project and a ball of acrylic from my stash and decided to do the burn test. If you have heard about this you will know that wool will burn only while the flame is against the wool and acrylic will continue to burn even when the flame is removed.

The acrylic from my stash caught fire and burned like crazy, melted the yarn into drops of liquid that hardened onto the sink and had to be scraped off. On the other hand, the yarn from the sweater turned out to be wool and took longer to catch on fire and once the flame was taken away it burned for a couple of seconds and went out. It certainly didn't have a flame anywhere near what the acrylic did and it didn't turn into liquid goo, but it smelt really, really bad.

Now I had all of these skeins of wonderful wool (the pink can be over dyed) to add to my stash but, what to do with the one knitted piece. Throw it out? Unravel it and save the wool? Nope.


I decided to felt it



and cut it up


into coasters. This worked great. Once the piece was felted it cut easily, there was no unraveling and I ended up with something that I can use.

To the knitter who had high hopes for this sweater once upon a time, I promise the rest of the wool won't end up as coasters. It will be knit into something wonderful.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Little Of This, A Little of That

Everyday this week it seems that I have worked on a different project.

Monday was mitts. I finished the green pair and knit the thumb on the blue one.
Tuesday was a dishcloth day.
Wedensday was a sweater knitting day. It was also the day that I forced myself to recheck my gauge to confirm my fear that yes my gauge had changed since knitting my gauge swatch and this sweater is going to be too small. So this gives me 2 options. Continue on and find someone smaller to give it to or modify/add a "design" feature, an extra panel with cables on each side of the sweater and change it from a mans sweater to a ladies sweater and switch from a pullover to a cardigan. Right now I am going to keep knitting up to the arm shaping and hopefully by then I will decided on a game plan.
Thursday I decided to knit a hat.
Today is all about Halloween knitting!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Yarn Story

I did some more stash organization over the weekend and this is what I found - 13 skeins of bulky wool.

I am not even sure where this wool came from. It must have been given to me from someone who was cleaning out their own yarn stash and I was more than willing to add it to mine :)

Want to take a guess how old this wool is? The receipt was in the bag with the wool. It was bought at Madelines Wool Shop in London (I don't remember this shop; does anyone else?) on October 31 (I think it is pretty cool that I found this yarn within a week of its original purchase date) back in 1984. I wonder if the woman who originally bought this wool or the yarn shop owner ever thought that it would take 27 years before this yarn was actually knit into a sweater. Oh, and the price of the yarn, $2.38 per 100g skein.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Binge Hat

I was doing some more stash organization yesterday and look what I found tucked away in the bottom of a bag.


This is the beginning of a fair isle hat that I started a couple of years ago. The ball bands weren't in the bag so I am not sure what wool I am using but it is wool - really nice wool. I knit a round on it last night. It was so much fun to knit. I wonder why I didn't finish it the first time. The pattern is availble free on Ravelry if anyone else wants to knit along with me.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Found Work In Progress

The weekend has been filled with lots of knitting time and it started Friday morning with our knitting group at the Perc.

Most of my time the last couple of days was spent making mitts. No one in this house will have any excuses for cold hands this winter!

When I needed a break from the mitts, I worked on sewing in ends on these afghan squares. These squares were found packed away in a box. I knit them at least ten years ago. At some point they will be put together and a boarder knit to make it into a lap blanket. Hopefully it won't take another ten years to finish!


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Time for Mittens!

Now that Fall is here I have decided that it is mitten knitting time!

I was inspired by a skein of wool that Chris hand dyed at the Knitting Goddess's yarn dyeing workshop back in the summer. This is my attempt to recreate her bright and colourful skein. I am always amazed at how differently the skein looks once it is wound into a ball and again how it looks once it is knit.

I love these bright colours but a few people think they are a bit on the wild/bright side. I guess the first pair of mitts will end up being for me!
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

This has been a great long weekend. The weather has been amazing and I have had lots of knitting time.

Not wanting to miss out on these last warm days I spent an afternoon at the beach. It was perfect. It was quiet except for the sound of the water and the seagulls, the sun was warm and I walked bare foot on the beach and the Fall colours were gorgeous.

I finished another moebius cowl and I am trying to finish the Hitchhicker scarf tonight. (I have a new skein of wool waiting to start a pair of mitts.)
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thank You Sock Knitters!!

I have finally gotten around to sorting out the socks that we displayed at the Western Fair.

We had 44 pairs of socks on loan from knitter's in knitting groups from London and Aylmer. There were socks knit in all sizes and colours. Some were knit toe up, cuff down, diagonally and sideways. There were socks knit with after thought heels, short row heels and heel flaps. There were cable patterns and lace patterns. The yarns varied from cotton to self striping yarn to hand dyed wool. Over 300 people voted for their favourite sock. The top socks are pictured together. From left to right are First place - Chris's orange/yellow socks
Second place - Liz's lace sock
Third place - Rebecca's diagonal ribbed sock
Fourth place - Wanda's purple socks

Congratulations to Chris for knitting the winning socks! Thanks to everyone else for letting me borrow your socks. Everyone who stopped at the booth enjoyed looking at all of your hard work and all the socks got lots of wonderful comments. Great knitting everyone!
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Finished Cowl

I finished the first cowl last night!

As usual, it ended up a bit larger than I was hoping for but I am still happy with it. I was aiming for a nice snug fit around the neck but instead I ended up with a lovely looser fitting cowl that can be pulled up over the head to cover your ears on those cold days which is a nice option to have too.

I am starting the next cowl in a few minutes. This time I will try to be more accurate with my gauge calculations and see what I end up with.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Welcome October!

September was a crazy month. I spent most of the month not feeling well, making trips to the ER, having surgery and recovering. I am finally feeling a lot better and have the energy to knit again!

I started a moebius cowl last night using my new Knit Picks needles, some of my own hand dyed wool in a nice bright yellow and added some pink beads for fun. I love the magic of moebius knitting!

Happy knitting!!
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Naalbinding

Look at this new dvd I was given. "Knit the same way the Vikings did 1000 years ago". It comes with the needle, instructions and patterns. Has anyone done this before? I am looking forward to giving this a try!!
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Sit and Knit

Yesterday was our first annual Sit and Knit at the Western Fair!

I am really happy with how the afternoon went. We knit purple baby hats for charity, had a sock knitting demonstration, gave away some lovely hand dyed sock yarn and just had a great time knitting and chatting with other knitters!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the afternoon and to those of you who me put this all together!

I already have some new ideas for next year!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Western Fair

It is time for the fair! Our knitting booth is all set up and ready to go for tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to meeting new knitters!
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