Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting Ready for the Weekend

Last night I got my knitting projects ready for my weekend knitting.

I cast on this sample dishcloth for my learn to knit class Saturday morning.

I wound these three skeins of wool that I dyed a few weeks ago. The yellow and orange skein is going to be cast on tonight for a moebius cowl and the other two (blue and red) will wait until Sunday when I start a stranded hat.

Then I strung on some beads for a little project that I am using as my practice knitting before I restart my swatches for the master knitters course.

I hope everyone else has lots of knitting planned for this weekend. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

One Unhappy Knitter

It is clear to me now that I have to put together an "emergency" knitting kit in my car. We went to the movies last night and for the second time in not very long I was almost having an anxiety attack about not being able to knit during the movie.

This is how my evening went. We decided that we would drive to the mall for supper and then go to the early movie. Now, I know from past experience that the stores in this mall close at 6 pm on a Saturday night but that the Zellers store stays open longer. So after we finished eating about 6:10 we walked to the other end of the mall to do some shopping before the movie started. They were closed. Apparently they only stayed open after 6:00 for the Christmas rush. So, without any shopping to fill in the extra time we just decide to go get out tickets and wait at the theater. That is when I stop in my tracks and burst out OH NO! The rest of the conversation went something like this.

Hubby - what's wrong??
Me - I don't have any knitting needles (I had the yarn this time - last time I didn't)
Hubby - how did you forget the needles?
Me - glaring at him I reminded him that the dog chewed one of my rosewood needles that morning.
Hubby - oh yeah
Me - And I was going to stop at the yarn shop to replace them before coming to the mall but we ran out of time so I was just going to get whatever was available in Zellers but they are CLOSED!
Hubby - don't you have anything in your car?
Me - NO, because for some crazy reason (to make room for my son in the backseat) I took all my knitting bags into the house!!

At this point I sit down on the nearest bench and take everything out of my purse. At first I an ecstatic to find 2 5.5mm double pointed needles but that was short lived.

Hubby - they are kind of big aren't they?
Me - My moment of happiness gone as he points this out. As I am fuming to myself about the fact that if I had gotten to the store 10 mins earlier I wouldn't be in this perdicament I reply YES, THEY ARE TOO BIG!!!
Hubby - well can't you change what you are knitting. Can't you knit a scarf?
Me - I look at him like he has totally lost his mind out of dishcloth cotton (Yes, this is all over a dishcloth. But knitting is knitting right and I need a sample for my learn to knit class)

I think there were a few more exchanges where he was trying to be helpful and I was being totally unreasonable before

Hubby - throws his hands in the air and says FINE, do what you want
Me - I will

Then I head out into the snow to find my car in the parking lot to search through the backseat and the trunk only to find what I already knew was there. Nothing.

Maybe it was the trek through the heavy falling snow out to my car that helped me get rid of the rest of my frustration over my own stupidity (and maybe a little bit towards the dog for chewing my needle) but by the time I returned to the movie I was in a much better mood. I thought about my situation - I did have yarn and needles, apologized to my husband and cast on for a new pattern I was thinking about using in my learn to knit class.

Yup, it is a scarf in Sugar'n Cream's Hot Pink. It turned out not bad for knitting in the dark where I couldn't keep track of the number of rows in each zig zag.

Through it all, my son wisely kept quiet until the end of the movie when he told me he lost his hat that I had knit for him. Sigh.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Finished Shawl

For the past week I have been helping to knit this shawl when I have not been knitting my vest.

This is for one of our coworkers. Another knitter at work decided to start this shawl and asked two more of us to help knit it.

Pattern - Basic garter stitch with a yo after the first st of each row
Yarn - Bernat Harmony Ultra Pink, 3 balls
Needles - 8mm bamboo circular

I took it to the knitting group this morning where I wove in the tails. Everyone loved it and was eager to model it so I could get a picture of it. Then I delivered it back to the knitter who started to project where we had to get one more picture.

I am sure that the lady it was knit for will love it. It's big, super warm and the colour is so cheery it has to make you smile.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Last Night's Fun

As I was knitting swatches for tonight's knitting guild meeting I decided to dye some skeins of Patons Classic Wool with Wilton dyes.

Left - Terra cotta and yellow
Middle - Royal blue
Right - Red

I was really pleased with how the terra cotta and yellow turned out. The royal blue I had used before so I knew what colour I would end up with but I did try adding a 1/4 tsp more dye to see if it would darken the blue colour. That was a mistake. Colour stayed the same and I am still rinsing out the extra dye. The red turned out more of a coral colour, it is interesting but not my favourite.

I am planning on using the terra cotta and yellow for a neckwarmer and the red and blue for a hat.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Getting Started

There are four of us from our local knitting guild, the Knitting Goddesses, who have joined The Knitting Guild Association and have signed up for the Master Knitters program. Last night we got together armed with our instructions, needles, wool, reference material, and highlighters and started on our first swatch. Let the fun begin!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another Trial Run

I decided that there were still some kinks to work out with my vest pattern so I decided to knit another small version. This one has ribbing added on the bottom and stitches picked up for the shawl collar. Part way through the knitting I decided to add more stitches to the ribbing and I liked the wider ribbing much better. I had intended the collar to be knit in the same ribbing pattern but as I was playing with it I tried garter stitch and I liked it so that was how I left it. I didn't add the button hole on the front band so that will give me something to play around with on the actual vest. Here are pictures of the front and back.

After this vest was knit I cast on for my vest. It is over half knit and seems to be knitting up ok so far. I have the left front and almost all of the back knit. Now to make sure the right sleeve ends up in the right place.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Years Day

This was our last family get together for the holidays. I finished my nephew's hat and was able to give it to him. (My first finished project of the year!!) He didn't want to wear it for a picture so his sister is modeling it for us.

New Knitters in the works.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

This is how we spent New Years Eve; with great friends, going to the movies and of course knitting.

Here we are casting on before the movie. Isn't it interesting to note that the knitters in the picture look happier than the non knitter?

This is what was knitted during the movie. I managed to get 5" of k2,p2 ribbing knit for my nephew's hat. Four year old boys don't sit long enough to have their Aunt take proper measurements so I am guessing it should be ready to start the decreasing. His birthday is tomorrow and I am planning on giving him his hat today. What a great way to start the new year by having my first knitted gift finished on time.

I hope that all of you have a great knitting year and that your stashes are over flowing with wonderful yarns, your gauge is always perfect and you are never half a ball short for any of your projects! Happy New Year!!