Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sunshine, Socks and House

Just a quick post today because there's a House Marathon on and I'm going to watch it. I love House and I knit really fast if I'm watching him.

This is a pair of socks that my oldest granddaughter asked me to make. They are not going to be hers however, they are too small. So, I have a new pair of socks and I'm in the process (very slow process) of making her another pair. I'm not a sock knitter, but I'm trying, just for her.

Still working on all the other things from the last post. They're all a little longer but not really much to show.

Have a great weekend and if you live in Georgia, enjoy the abundance of sunshine that is finally upon us!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Scrappy Knitter Knits, Just Not Fast Enough!

We'll call this blog post Catch Up! I've had startitis so bad lately but then I got to thinking. What difference does it make? I have a lot of yarn that I love, lots of time now that we're "empty nesters" and I have no trips planned for atleast 3 more weeks and thanks to Ravelry and all you other bloggers, there's a ton of patterns out there that I want to knit, so, I have bunches started. Every day I feel like doing something different. Today it might be lace, tomorrow something a little thicker, so, I get out whatever calls to me and work on it. Sooner or later I get them done. I've got all the time in the world. So, here's my May Show and Tell!

This is Truly Tasha's Shawl, a free download from Ravelry by Nancy Bush. This is the perfect traveling knit because you don't have to think too hard, just have to remember that first yo. I'm doing it in my pink Knit Picks Shine Sport because eventually something made out of that yarn is going to work.

I just wanted to show you all this. If you ordered a yarn, sight unseen, called Snow Bird, would you automatically assume it was white? I did, and much to my surprise I got this. I think it'll be very pretty knitted up into some type of lace, but I sure was surprised it wasn't white!
A bit of Baltimore came to visit a few weeks ago. There were 2 or 3 pair of them that we got to enjoy on our feeder. This feeder used to hang outside my sunroom window but it broke from the hook and crashed to the ground so we had to replace it. Oh, the bird is a Baltimore Oriole if you don't have them in your area. And next to him is a little gold finch. Lots of those this year.
StringPlay mentioned she hadn't seen this shawl so I thought I'd put up a picture. I think I must have posted a picture while I was working on it but never one when it was finished. I call this my Emerald Bay Shell Diving Shawl. I have little pink beads in it that represent the shells that BTB and I found while on the Gulf Coast this past January. We had so much fun diving for shells and this color is almost exactly what the Gulf waters look like. This was a LYS pattern.
This is the beginning of the first shawl in the book Best of Knitters Shawls and Scarves. It's just called Lace Shawl. I only have 12 skeins of that beautiful teal colored yarn but I'm hoping I can get it done with that. Might have to order some more and interchange the old with the new but I love that shawl. It's the first one I picked out as soon as I got the book.
Triangle, also on Ravelry and also another small shawl/scarf. I love doing these and I have some squishy, gooshy, soft yarn that is so pretty I couldn't wait to start something wtih it. This is Dream in Color Smooshy that I got on the way home from my Boston trip at the not so local yarn shop. When you have a 5 hour ride from your friends house to get home, there's nothing better than finding that LYS to break up the trip.
And this is what I'm trying to keep up with but so far I'm not doing very well. It's the Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl KAL 2009. It's a Faroese shawl done in cashmere. The color is called Watermellon and it's so pretty! I'm supposed to have the first 95 or so rows done by Saturday but dang, life just keeps throwing wrenches in it. I did a knit along last year with the Goddess Knits group and still haven't finished it, but this one was a style I've never done so couldn't pass it up. I'll work really hard tonight and tomorrow and I might make it to the last row of clue 1 before the new clue comes out on Saturday.
First time ever knitting from a spool. This yarn is from ColourMart.
So, yes, I knit, I just knit lots of stuff so it takes lots of time to get something finished. That would drive my Grandma crazy. She always said finish one project and go on to the next. Somewhere in life my brain could never wrap itself around that idea. :o)

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Traveling Scrappy Knitter?

How's that title? My one (and probably only) reader said I should change my name to the TavelingKnitter, so I compromised for this post. I'm embarking on another venture so thought I'd update the blog before I go.

Alot of knitting has been taking place here and I even have an FO! Maybe I'll have a few more next time.

This is the beginning of a pair of simple 3/2 rib socks I'm [trying] to make for my oldest granddaughter. She has really big feet and I hate knitting socks, so the two are not going together nicely. It seems to take forever. She's worth it and I shall prevail! Just for her.

This is the yoke of the February Lady Sweater, a free pattern on Ravelry. I'm just using some Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Candy Blue (Candy Blue is discontinued). I'm determined to use up the yarns that I've had the longest. So far it's been an easy knit, just sometimes it's so easy that I forget what I'm doing and just knit away on it then realize I'm way ahead of myself. Had to rip out about 5 rows after going past my total number of stitches. No hurry for this one, I live in the South. No need for much of anything this time of year.

This is the bottom 4" or so of the Decimal Sweater, free on Knitty. I'm all about those wonderful free patterns. I'm doing this one in Knit Picks Shine Sport in Cherry. Love the pattern, love the yarn and my favorite color is, of course, RED! No hurry for this one either.

Cables. I needed to practice cables for my Mom's sweater, so I made Mr. Greenjeans (from Knitty but that's the Ravelry link). I love this sweater. It took awhile, but it always takes me a long time to make sweaters cause I get bored with them and put them aside. But, it's now done and ready to wear this weekend on my trip. Soon I need to start the Nantucket Jacket (Interweave, Winter 06) for my Mom. She picked the yarn out a long time ago but there's a lot of cables in that sweater and even though I can do cables, it's really hard right now to concentrate on bunches of cables. Hopefully I can start it in July (my goal) so to have it done for Christmas. Hope being the key word there.

And I call it Mr. Maroonjeans, cause, well, it's kind of maroon. Big wooden button was in my button box and was perfect, even fit the buttonhole.

Pattern: Mr. Greenjeans aka Maroonjeans-Ravelry

Color: Candy Apple

Size: M-one thing I love about knitting. It's the ONLY think I wear that is a Medium. :o)

Needle Size: I'm guessing about an 8 but don't remember

There have been a few other projects, mostly just little things, but I don't have time to get them in here. If I don't go pack up that camper we'll have to run around the tournament hungry and.....well, you know, I've got things to do.

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. ~Ambrose Bierce
I hope all you Mom's out there have a wonderful weekend, a Happy Mother's Day and be sure and make time to knit!

Happy Knitting!