Saturday, February 26, 2011

Snowflake Neck Warmer

My knitting time this week has been taken up by this neck warmer. I have lost count how many times I have restarted it.

The first one I knit just didn't turn out at all how I wanted it to look; it was too big and the ribbing didn't sit like I had hoped so it is in the bottom of a knitting bag out of sight. The next few tries were stopped and ripped out for various reasons - still too big, still didn't like the ribbing, messed up the pattern.....

So, I went back to the drawing board. I changed my needles, decided to just go with the snowflake pattern and not the diamonds and I added a hemmed edge instead of the ribbing. This is what I have come up with. I am much happier with how it is looking. Let's hope the fit is ok.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Birthday Knitting

Yay, for me! A knitted birthday gift finished on time! So far I am two for two this year which must be a personal best for me.

This garter stitch cowl was knit using two strands of worsted weight Marble on an 8mm needle. The finished size was approximately 52" long and 9 1/2" wide.

I had almost a full ball left over so I started this hat last night. It is the Parisian Slouch Hat. It should be a quick knit. So far I have 2 1/2" knit. I will fit it in around the other projects on the go...the shawl, the stranded cowl, and the new socks that I need to cast on for another upcoming birthday gift...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sock Yarn

I saved the best for last. This is it; the last of the yarn sorting. Needless to say, I didn't give away any of my sock yarn but it is all paired up and easy to find when I am ready to use it. Any guesses how many pairs of socks I could knit with all of this?? Eighty two pairs.

This is what I learned from sorting all of this yarn:

1. I am glad that I took the time to do it. I feel much more organized and excited about turning this yarn into finished projects.

2. I am glad that it is finished. I want to spend my time actually knitting it now!

3. I don't have to worry about running out of sock yarn any time soon.

4. Without exaggerating I have enough dishcloth cotton to make dishcloths for the rest of my life.

5. I found some really exciting stuff. A skein of Buffalo yarn, 2 skeins of llama yarn, a skein of camel and silk yarn, a sweater kit, and enough Rowan yarn to make 2 sweaters.

The new shawl has a few more rows completed. I plan on spending the weekend working on the shawl and my next sample for the Master Knitter's course.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cotton and Bamboo

Another night of sorting. This time it is cotton and bamboo. Thankfully, there are not as many boxes to go through. I have given up on the idea that I am actually going to get rid of anything. I am just organizing what I have.

When I went through the boxes of wool the other night I think I got rid of 6 balls. The rest was resorted and labeled and put right back where it came from.

These are some of the fun yarns I rediscovered. They are putting me in the mood to start knitting summer tanks and shawls.

Speaking of shawls, here is the start of The Knitting Goddesses KAL. It is the Girly Shawl.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Sorting Continues

I managed to sort through all 30+ boxes of acrylic. I found one tote of "novelty" yarn. I found these orange balls. I have a feeling it is going to look like a orange shag rug when knit but I kept it anyways. The purple is yarn made from a banana plant. I must have planned to make a scarf with it at one time. There are 16 balls of Patons Evita. I bought this to make a summer sweater or tank. I may still do that so I kept it as well.

These are the boxes and bags of acrylic yarn that I am parting with. I ended up getting rid of half of what I started with. Some of them have already made their way to Carrie's store to be donated for the charity knitting projects.

Now on to my stash of wool. This is going to be trickier.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Downsizing the Stash...Hopefully

Is it too early to be doing Spring cleaning? I had this overwhelming urge to sort through my stash last night. I pulled out all the boxes, totes and bag and sorted them into piles of acrylic, wool, cotton, sock yarn and hemp. The largest group is the acrylic so that is where I decided to start sorting first.

Here are the totes in the livingroom.

Here are the boxes in the dining room.

There are just over 30 boxes of acrylic yarn in all weights. I have no idea how many I will cut it down to but some of it has to go. My stash had grown to the point that I couldn't get to some of the totes in the back corner and I found myself buying more yarn because it was easier than trying to get to yarn I already owned.

This is a new hat for myself. The same pattern as the last hat but a new colour. When I need a break from sorting I sit and knit a round or two.

Stay tuned for the results of the downsizing.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

One Finished, One Almost

Here is my finished hat! It took less than one 100g ball of my hand dyed wool.

This hat is the same pattern with the snowflake design added. I needed a smaller hat so I just went down a needle size. It just needs one more ear flap and the icord strings. This will be a birthday gift...for NEXT month. For once I am ahead of schedule (insert a little happy dance here :D)

Next on the needles is a matching stranded cowl.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Knitting

We had a great day yesterday. It was all knitting and football! We went to a Super Bowl party last night to watch the game. Way to go Packers!!

I made good progress on my new hat.

Yarn - Patons Classic wool, Winter White and my own coral hand dyed wool
Needles - 4.5mm
Pattern - stranded snowflake pattern I designed

It is turning out even better than it looked on graph paper!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Snowy Saturday

This was what it was doing outside all afternoon and evening - snowing.

So, I decided to stay inside. I put on the football channel and wound some wool into skeins.

This is what I came up with.

Friday, February 4, 2011

So Far So Good it is after blocking. It looks MUCH better. Pretty great actually. The bumpiness along the left front has almost disappeared and the collar will be covering what is still there.

Now my concern is this. What if the blocking doesn't hold. It is acrylic after all. I have folded it and unfolded it a few times and hung it up for pictures and everything still looks fine; but will it fall back into the original bumpiness with the movement of the fabric once it is being worn??

I guess there is only one way to find that out. I will wear it tomorrow to knitting.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Will It Work?

The sideways knit vest is finished. I am not totally happy with the left front. With all the increases along this side to make the V neck shaping it doesn't lay as flat as I was hoping it would. This wasn't a problem on the two mini versions I knit. I think I may be making some revisions to this pattern. As for this vest it is being blocked. It looks great in the picture; all the bumps are gone and it is laying nice and flat but I knit the vest out of acrylic yarn. I am crossing my fingers that once it is dry the blocking shape holds...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Just In Case

There is a winter storm warning issued. The snow has started but it is just lightly snowing. The worst is to hit us tonight.

I am on my way to work and I packed a knitting bag with 3 projects to take with me. I am hoping to be back home before the worst of the storm arrives but I am not taking any chances of being snowed in somewhere without my knitting.

Finished Weekend Knits

The weekend knitting went quite well and I spent a lot of time knitting. Most of what I had planned to knit was finished.

This is a sample for my learn to knit class.

This is my latest moebius cowl before being blocked. It is knit out of my own hand dyed wool in a simple lace pattern.

After blocking.