Monday, January 24, 2011

Too many projects on the go!

So I am beginning to have too many projects on the go but I did happen to finish one today. On Saturday I started designing a patter for fingerless mitts using that so so soft yarn I got for a steal earlier in the month. So far the pattern is done and one mitt looks fantastic!

I have also been working on my self imposed sock club January Socks; however this is not going as well as planned. I think I might have to do a pair of socks every two months at the rate that I am knitting these. Here is a pic to show my progress.

Also, I have been working on a project for my friend Jenn's new baby that is expected in March. This project is going rather slowly because I am just not liking the yarn that I picked. I am using a 100% cotton yarn and it's really making my fingers hurt from having to grip it so tightly. But this is the progress I have made on that as well,

Lastly, as we were watching the football games last night I was informed that my god daughter has out grown her hat that I had knitted for her when she was born. She is now one month old! and is already in need of a new hat so I casted on for this lovely soft pink hat last night at 9:30 and finished it today at about 8 pm. It is sooo cute,

So hopefully now that I know Abigail's head will be warm I can concentrate on my cold feet and finish these darn socks!

-- A

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Carla's Cowl

Here is a simple quick knit cowl that I made for a co-worker of mine.

- Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn, 1 skien
- 16" Circular Needle US#15 (10.00 mm)
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch Marker

10.5 stitches/ 9 rows to 4"

- CO 61 stitches using long tail cast on
- Round one; p1, k1 to end
- Round two; k1, p1 to end
- Repeat the two rows until peice measures 8 inches in length
- Bind off and sew in ends

-- A

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Abigail's Sweater

So Abigail's sweater has been finished and I absolutely love it! I also made her some new white booties to go with

I have undertook a new challenge for myself and have joined a ravelry self imposed sock club. By joining this group I have signed up to knit a pair of socks every month. Since it is the middle of January all ready and I have yet to learn how to do this I not very optimistic :S Stay tuned for more on this adventure!

Yesterday a made a trip to my local yarn shop, Wool N Things, and picked up some new yarn. I bought some Kertzer 100% Organic Cotton to knit a baby hat for my friend Jenn who is due in March as well as some Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora witch was on sale!

The Debbie Bliss yarn is so soft and a rich dark blue. It does not have a pattern to go with it yet but I am looking. I bought three 50g balls so I'm thinking a nice scarf for myself would be good.

Since it is snowing here today and I have the weekend off I am going to go make myself some tea and cast on a striped baby hat and maybe tackle this sock project.

-- A

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Is knitting addictive??

When I first started knitting this past summer I clearly had no idea what I was getting in to. I did not know that I would become obsessed with buying knitting books and magazines, I did not know that I would become crazy excited about a yarn sale at the local craft store, or that I would carry around knitting in my purse, knit in the car, knit in the coffee shop, and knit at work! I had no idea how much it would devastate me when I dropped a stitch or had one too many at the end of a row and how great it would feel when I project was completed.

Knitting has overtaken my life!

Last week a purchased a knitting book by the Yarn Harlot, Knitting Rules. I thought this would be harmless as I was already teetering on the edge of addiction when it comes to her blog. How was I to know that I would be checking her blog every morning and night just hoping to hear something witty about her adventures in knitting. This book was awesome!

After reading just the first chapter I learned that I was a Level 4 or an Obsessed Knitter. Here is how this person is described, " The knitter spends all of her free time knitting, and the time she considers 'free' is expanding. She is likely now neglecting housework with a vengeance and is dreaming in knitting code. The 'obsessed' knitter stalks other people to stare at their sweaters, and would rather sit on a train where she can knit comfortably, rather than drive. This knitter has discovered books on tape, buys yarn like it's a job, and dreams of a way to make money from knitting so she wouldn't have to waste good knitting time earning a living...."

My yarn stash has gone from 2 or 3 balls of yarn to this full bin!

I have begun a needle collection as well, as you can see I prefer bamboo needles.

P.s. I am expecting a delivery tomorrow with two whole sets of needles that I got with some x-mas money. Oh and I also got a ball winder and a knitting yarn swift. All from Knit Picks.

Thanks mom xo

So as you can see, YES knitting can be addictive! But it is one addiction that is completely healthy :) Well at least I think so

-- A

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Shanda's Cowl is DONE!!

Here is the finished cowl that I have made for my dear friend Shanda!

It is so soft and cuddly that I am sad to have to give it up. I am just going to have make one for myself...when my other projects are finished :(

-- A

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

So the new year is upon us and I am sooo excited to see what it brings. So far the beginning of my year is going to full of wedding things. It is time to get my body in shape for the week I am going to be spending in a bathing suit and trying to stay away form all the treats at the upcoming wedding parties :(

As for my knitting I plan on finishing the baby wrap sweater as well as the cowl I am making for a gift and the one that I promised a coworker. I also would like to complete an awesome baby hat out of sock yarn that I found the pattern for and some cute little booties to match. AND I would like to make something for myself so I can enjoy all my hard work on a project. I am thinking I will soon buy the materials for and start this great sweater from Quince & Co. It will not only be challenging for me but will be super warm for the fall (hopefully it gets done by then). OH and I want to knit a pair of socks and maybe join the Rocking Sock Club!

So I am all ready for this fabulous year! Cannot wait to share all the trials and tribulations with you :)

-- A