Saturday, October 07, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
I did find lots of time to knit, finally decided to just go for it and pick bits nad pieces as I go. It's how I cook and always works, be interesting to see the results. So far so good.
My only panic... for some reason I thought the exchange ended end of November... am knitting faster!
wither this is going t obe a good thing
or I'm fucking MADD AS A HATTER!
They always say that it's a woman's perogative to change her mind, but this is getting extreme. I will start it, I will not frog it, and this will be it!!!! That is my mantra for this weekend!!!!
Feeling really blue
Is This Normal?
I'll have a good knitting evening where I get 4 or 5 repeats done in my available knitting time. The next day somehow I'll mess up one row and end up tinking my whole evening's work. So.Frustrating.
I thought I had plenty of time, but I'm starting to worry that I'm not going to finish in time! Am I getting too far ahead of myself? Maybe this was not the ideal time to try something new...
Scarf is on the way!
Done like Dinner
A change of mind....
Here's my package from Mia, containing this gorgeous cabled Inner Truth scarf, a very cute stuffed rat wearing his own matching scarf, a lovely card, and a package of yummy Jelly Rats.
The scarf is made from wool yarn that Mia handdyed, and it's really quite beautiful, as you can see in these closeups (please forgive the cat tail).
Thank you so much, Mia, you did a wonderful job!
Branching Out is on the way
Here it is blocking. What an impressive process! The scarf measured 5" wide by 42" long before blocking. It blocked out to 7" wide by 65" long. I got 24 repeats using one skein of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in colour 24 Claret.
And this is a modelled shot of it. I love it! I'm gonna make this scarf again and again and again because on a recent trip to my LYS I picked up more Silky Wool in purple (for me), green and pink.
I'm putting it in the mail for you today pal!
I did it
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Leisel is off the needles, blocked and ready to roll!
I'm so happy to say she is blocked! I used the Yarn Harlot's method, with string and pins. The scarf grew 18 inches longer in the blocking process and the leaves definitely show themselves better now! I'm pretty thrilled it is near ready to roll, I think I'll need to pick some pieces of "hay" out of it, there is a lot of schmibble bits in the Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool:) I have to gather some other goodies before I send it off to my pal! Can't wait! And...I heard from my knitter and seems I could have a scarf in my mailbox just about any time now:) Hurray!!
scarf in fleight
thanks to the hostesses.. I loved this :)
changed my mind *again*
sigh.....but notice that this is all what I will do (and not what I have done...except for the spending part!). And so many of you are finished and mailed already! Yikes! Methinks I'd better get a move on!
cross your fingers!
I have recieved my scarf....
my scarf is done and am sending it tommorrow!! Promise!
Liesel is done!
Matthew is Almost done!
My Matthew scarf is almost done! Pictured here is just a glimpse and more photos can be seen on my blog. I have really enjoyed this pattern and once I got past my chart phobia (thanks Cynthia and Bonnie) it really is not hard at all. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend and send it off to my secret pal. I just love all the different scarves I have been seeing on this exchange. It always amazes me how people find the perfect pattern to go with the different yarns. The only problem is I now have a ton of new scarves on my to do list!
The yarn is finally here....
Since I was a bit stupid when initially contacting her, she might just know who I am, so I won't post any pictures here on or my blog of the progress until she has received it.
Until next post, which should tell you it's finished and being blocked.......
Although I had knitted quite a bit already before coming over, I was kind of worried that I might not finish it in time to mail it out to my pal.
Finally the weather turned cooler for the past 3, 4 days, and I knitted up really fast and without any errors. Yeah!!
Little Arrowhead Shawl/Scarf - All I have to do now is to weave in ends and block which will be done when I am back at home next week. Then off to my pal.
I hope my pal is going to like it.
The Scarf I Made
My swap pal emailed me today that she received the scarf that I sent. Boy, I was worried. I mailed it two weeks ago and it was supposed to take six days. So now I can show you all. I used Artful Yarns Jazz which was 50% wool and 50% alpaca. The pattern was Leaf-Patterned Lace from Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns and the edge pattern was adapted from a pattern by Brooke Nelson. I had a little extra yarn so I made Fetching from Knitty also. By the way, she said she loves it.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Am I The Only One
I can't be. Or can I?
My dog ate my scarf...almost
I know I've heard the ...dog ate my homework...statement alot and I never believed it. Until now, that is. I have recently adopted a 17 month old yellow lab who was found this weekend with my project basket turned over, yarn all over the place and a missing, partially chewed crochet hook.
Bad news...crochet hook chewed beyond use, and slobbered yarn. Yuck!
Good news...my scarf exchangee is saved. The scarf was finished and needing only weaving in ends and blocking. It was at the bottom of the bag and therefore left alone by the puppy in favor of my Brittany wood crochet hook and left over yarn.
It did take quite a bit of time to unravel the mess. Phoning several LYS to find a new Brittany hook, I found out that many of them do not carry these anymore. The one I did find is not the same size but will have to do. My yarn projects have all been put in puppy proof plastic zip bags and I am looking into a better storage system than the open baskets and leather carrier that I have been using.
susancrochets....but not when the puppy is around!
Done and on its way!
Craftybernie's progress photo (scarf no 4)
Jennifer did it arrive
Claire has done her project
Down to the last bits
On it's way tomorrow
Craftybernie's back in the saddle again
Should be off to the pal late this week or sometime next week. Probably next week since this week is annual close and the work schedule is a tad skewed.
i'm so bad
i have the yarn and the pattern picked out. i'm currently making the same scarf for someone else in another color. :) i just hope my pal likes it. i'm going to be starting it this week.
but here is a little preview of the other scarf i'm working on now.....just so you have an idea of what the ISE scarf will look like....(in a diff. color of course)
It came, It went, It's gone, look for it
I was all worried before about not even starting.Now , I have chose the colors, picked the pattern. Knit the design. Of course, second guessed myself. Then figured, I was running out of time...
to make the perfect scarf for my pal. So here it is . Sideways, but done. In the box, in the mail, as of today. I hope all goes well and she likes it. It was fun to make. My favorite yarn, a unique cable twist, long and colorful. Maybe, my pal knows it's for her.
Only four or five more repeats to go
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
finished scarf post
and a closeup of the lace pattern, as requested i think the knitting turned out pretty well if i do say so myself :)
pattern: branching out
modifications: knit in two halves and grafted at the neck center.
completed: september 22
It took me 6 days to knit. It probably would have taken me longer except, I brought school with me 3 days in a row and worked on it in all my classes. It turns out, as long as I look up every now and then, my teachers don't really care if I knit in class. Well, except Orchestra, I can't knit through Orchestra.
Here's me hiding behind the shawl as Mom tried to take a picture of me. It's finished but I still need to sew in the ends and block it. I'm waiting to block it because I want to wash it with woolwash when I block it.
Happy advance turkey day to my fellow Canadians!
My ISE Pal, Hila of HPNY KNITS, Rocks!
Hi, this is Holly from HollYarns and My International Scarf Exchange Pal, Hila of HPNY KNITS, ROCKS! The scarf she sent me--made of the super soft and slightly fuzzy Country Alpaca--is soooo gorgeous and so perfect for the suddenly (or so it seems) cold weather:
I HAVE BEEN SPOILED! Thank you, Hila of HPNY KNITS!
Love seeing the pictures of everyone's work in progress. I'm not that technical, so hopefully my secret pal will take a picture of the finished project to post.
Am on the downhill slide to finishing and thinking I need to get more of this wonderful yarn and make one for me!
On its way soon!
Located needles? Check
Downloaded pattern? Check
Stitch markers? Check
Book train tickets? Check
I am headed south this upcoming weekend to spend some time with my parents, as my mom is having surgery. Since I am taking the train, I will have much uninterrupted time to work on my scarf. I am looking forward to the time to work on this, but not looking forward to all the hospital waiting rooms. At least this will be a pleasant project to help pass the time.
Craftybernie: Back to square 1
Firstly, the version of the Hidden Vines Scarf I found is a bit 'floppy' and I didn't feel entirely happy with it. Secondly, although the SnB Scarf is progressing well, I'm having a real problem with the yarn I chose.
It appears I might have an allergy to one of the fibres in the yarn blend (can't say which one as I don't want to give the game away). As soon as I touch the yarn, my face itches and my nose & lips tingle like mad! So, The SnB scarf will have to go on the back burner for now.
I've decided to stick with one of these two scarves from Knitwhits.com. I know my pal will love either one but your input would be appreciated. Help me make my final decision today! Will it be the plaid or the floral? Thanks for your help.
Wish me luck!
My Progress So Far
She requested a long scarf. But, like many others, I don't know how long that really is. Many say the scarf should be as long as the person is tall, 68" in this case. I asked a friend that question who (1) doesn't knit and (2) happened to be in Latvia on vacation. I received this response "I asked a native muscovite (person born and raised in Moscow) since I thought she was best suited to answer cold climate questions. She says if you hang it around your neck, it shouldn't go beyond your knees on either side. (But that's also wearing it euro style where you double it and then poke the end through)" My pal's about the same height as I am, so based on that definition I need to get to 82". We'll see how far the last ball of yarn gets me.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Just about ready to send!!!
I haven't taken any pictures or posted the finished scarf on my blog but will do so soon.
FINI.....ESTONIAN GARDEN WRAP
I have completed Evelyn Clark's Estonian Garden Wrap. The wonderful recipeint lives in a warm climate so I made it using cotton rather than the customary wool. It has a luxurious drape and looks very stunning, if I may say so myself.
However, since the color is not specifically one that she requested, I am hoping that she will not be disappointed. I will be shopping around for a few more surprises to accompany it. So, if you get a package in the mail in about one week..... it might be containing this wrap! I am wishing that you will cherish it, and accept it in the spirit in which it was created.
The Obligatory Stats
Pattern: Evelyn Clark's Estonian Garden Wrap
Yarn: Rowan's Cotton Glace
Yardage: 875 (7 skeins)
Needles: 8 (US)
Late September Update
I've got the blues
I finally finished a blue sweater for my DH and have more time to knit the blue scarf for my pal.
I'm knitting the Midwest Moonlight from Scarf Style in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. I've only knit one repeat so far, but am amazed at how long the one repeat is. The scarf is fun to knit, and seems to go quickly once you get the pattern down. This is my second go at the scarf. After knitting a couple of repeats on the first attempt, I noticed that the slant of one set of openwork was slanting in the wrong direction. I'm hoping the second try will be a success.
Some Call me a Perfectionist :)
FEATHER AND FAN
Multiple of 10 sts plus 1 Repeat of 2 rows. Begin with right-side row.
ROW 1(Right side row): *K1, yo, k3, (sl 1, k2tog,psso), k3, yo,* repeat from * to *, end k1.
ROW 2: P.
Still waiting... for my yarn
It worries me that I have nothing to show as of yet. My yarn has not arrived. First, there was the ordering process. I sent my Mom (lives in another country, where there actually is something called a good LYS) to look at colors. I trust her choice and online you're never sure. So, she picked the color, I already knew which yarn.
Then, there was the search for which online retailer actually had it. When I finally found the one, they accepted my order. And then, nothing. I called after a few days. That color is unfortunately on back order, we didn't have the 6 balls you specified in one dye lot. Finally, on 22 Sept. they tell me it's on the way. And now the post... the post...why do they always take their time when you need something urgently!!!
Well, hopefully I will have a note from the postman in my mailbox once I get home, so that I can pick up the package at the post office.
Thankfully, I have the same yarn quality but completely wrong color at home and have at least knitted a swatch to see how the pattern I chose turns out.... and that, thankfully is great and once the right color arrives it will be.... perfect!!!
In the meantime, I am hard at work plugging away at other things that have a deadline, so that I can then concentrate solely on the scarf for my wonderful pal. She has already posted a finished object for her knittee and I envy the recipient, it is so beautiful.
Back, back, back...
P.S. Can anybody who looked at the Dewdrop pattern please tell me why it's called that? I don't see dewdrops in the pattern or in my swatches, either.
Lace pattern closeup while blocking
Ready to be sent