Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Pinstripe part well on the way

I was corrected at knit night. apparantly I am knitting a green & purple sock. not a green & pink sock. it's a very pale purple but purple it is. the pinstripe part is very easy. knit 1 stitch pink knit 1 stitch green & so on & so on......... I keep the green on top & the pink underneath & carry both in my left hand. can't knit w/my right hand anymore to save my least not until I practice & practice but why bother.

and just let me say that it is cold in these here parts. in the 50's. that's cold. who says it never gets cold in arizona. I'd like to take them outside & slap them around a bit. that's all for now.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mosaic Sock

getting ready to start the heel....I don't really like to do sox from the cuff down or do sox w/the gusset...I'm partial to short row heels & no picking up of stitches or decreasing or any of that silliness. but as you can see, I'm giving this version another try. I'm just too easy, I tell you!!!
the yarns are green & salmony pink. no idea why, I guess I wanted a gardeny look?? who knows. the mosaic is really fun to do. I'll post the finished sock if I ever finish...I might just get disgusted & rip the whole thing out.

Monday, November 27, 2006

thank you, ladies....

thank you so much for all the nice comments!!! I'd love to just click on you guys to reply but alas, I am illiterate w/certain web stuff...but just know that I thank you all very much!!!!

Holiday Knitting

I really don't have many people that are interested in anything knitted so that's 1 thing I don't have to worry about. getting them to tell me what they want is another. so while I wait, I cast on for a mosaic sock. it's color knitting at it's very best. no worrying about the strands being too just have to remember to do every row twice. maybe I should have done a larger project 1st, like a felted purse, just to get back in the swing of it but I guess it's too late now. I shall post a pic when I've got something you can actually see. that's all for now.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Baby Alpaca Throw

Here are some pics of my throw that I finally finished today....the throw itself was done months ago. it was the edging that has taken me this long to do. that is 1 heavy blankie, lemme tell ya. it's a bulky weight & the edging is worked back & forth so I couldn't even do my knitting back backyards as most of the edging was knit on both sides & I haven't quite mastered purling back backwards so I wasn't gonna take any chances. the edging is pretty tho, & it matches the leaves almost perfectly. it wasn't even part of the pattern. Maggs found the edging in a book somewhere & told me if I didn't put an edging on it after all that work, that I was nuts. she was right as always. no blocking has been done yet. I'll probably have to lay it on the floor on top of a clean sheet, of course. the thought of it on the floor at all makes me cringe. I have issues after all. anyway, it was a fun project & I really like the way it came out. very naturey!!! even with all those damn bobbles.
happy thanksgiving everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Multidirectional Scarf

that Karen Baumer...boy, she really is something. look at Hester now, all dolled up in 1 of the most enjoyable patterns of all time. I hope I did her justice by capturing the colors that her multidirections take...and yes, that's Noro Kureyon in a gorgeous purply/red colorway. I went to a garage sale when I 1st moved here & got the bargain of a lifetime....all for 20 bucks. besides the Noro, there was some Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride & a lovely silk/wool too. most of it has been knitted but I wanted something special for my 3 balls of Noro & this is it.

I've been searching for a penquin stitch pattern so I can knit my son's girlfriend (a penguin fanatic) a scarf or facecloth or something. so if anybody knows of 1 please let me know! now let me get back to my baby alpaca throw....I'm making some mad progress on that edging, by golly!!!!

oh, and I read all my comments...just don't know how to reply in there now that I foolishly signed up for that stinkin beta makes me log in all over the place just to do something simple. anyway, thank you all for your kind comments!!!

Brown Sheep Cap all done

heaven knows I can't just work on 1 thing at a time...oh hell no. but I did manage to get this lil cap finished, blocked & on the way to the giftee who will be using it to ski. it's brown sheep lamb's pride & it was simple but boring. I hope it keeps his lil head toasty while shushing down the slopes.

Friday, November 17, 2006

I'm a thief

stole this from somebody else's blog...there must be a coffee swap going on & nobody told me. ME!!! biggest coffee trollop of all time. ME!!! who drinks NOTHING but coffee from the time I get up until I go to bed.
who is responsible for this outrage, I'd like to know!!!!!!!!!!!??????????

Coffee swap questions

1. Whole bean or ground?
why whole, of course!!! my coffeepots (oh yes, I have many many many) can grind beans themselves, thank you very much.

2. Fully-loaded or decaf?

3. Regular or flavored?
I mix 1/2 columbian and half or 3/4 hazelnut, vanilla, or chocolate.

4. How do you drink your coffee?
1/2 coffee 1/2 whole milk.

5. Favorite coffee ever?
Frangelico. tastes & smells like Nabisco Sugar Wafers. I can't eat the wafers anymore because of my wheat intolerance so Frangelico is just as good.

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do?
not fussy really, as long as they're fresh.

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee?
the coffee by itself IS my treat.

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences?
not that I can think of.

9. What treats do you enjoy with your coffee?
is this a trick question?? see #7.

10. Yarn/fiber you love?
anything new & gorgeous that I see!!!

11. Yarn/fiber you hate?
novelty, acrylic, extremely furry or hairy.

12. What’s on your needles?
a baby alpaca throw that I am STILL doing the edging on....a cap for a friend, 2 pr of sox, a triangular shawl.

13. Favorite colors?
I love all colors. all time fave would be flame colors (red/orange/yellow mixed together) & jewel colors (deep dark purple/royal blue/emerald greens/black)

14. Allergies?
just to gluten as far as I know.

15. Anything you really love, really don’t like, or just need to get off your chest?
I love to watch people knit. I would like to see more dvd's/videos made. I have a hard time learning from the written word so if I can see it done, then I can learn!!

very plain. very gray.

round & round & round..... k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl k1tbl purl and so on & so the grayest shade of gray on & on & on.................................................................but I AM using lamb's pride by brown sheep which is a great choice for warmth & durability. a picture soon, I hope....if I can stay awake.

SP9 pal o mine...I would most definitely knit a hat for you...anytime!

on a lighter softer note....I saw & touched the most awesome yarn the other was Handmaiden sea silk (if I'm not mistaken) & it was luscious!!!!!! the color was lily pond which was pinks & greens but in any color it would be gorgeous..the girl had made a shawl out of it....oh my!!!! I have just the shawl pattern that would befit such an outstanding I just need to save up all my pennies because I have no idea how much it would cost; pricey to be sure, & I would need alot to cover my fluffy self...the site is from canada I do believe....nobody in my area carries it...and they are somehow connected or affiliated w/fleece artist too, more gorgeous yarn!!!!

better check under the couch seats while I'm at it!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

cap sent to florida

well, I ran the elastic around the ribbing, tacked it down so there was no chance of it being seen & sent it off. I'd like to cast on for another cap but this time, just a plain warm wooly one that a friend wants to go skiing in. I have some nice manly wool I could use so I better get started. I had also cast on for the Birch (by Rowan) but already need to look for something else to do in the meantime. I cast on for a cap for caps for the capital, which should take no time at all. and now I plan on having a nice relaxing weekend!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

updated hat all done

I ripped out the white on black hat & reknitted it to become the black on white hat. tomorrow it will be on it's way to my SIL in Florida. I already warned her that it might be a bit too big so maybe she'll have to wear ear muffs underneath!! ha ha ha!!!
Donna, I hope you like it.

I think the ribbing could have been longer, at least 3 inches, but I followed the pattern specifying 1 inch which was a mistake. next time I'll make it longer. I think I love the inside almost as much as the has it's own pattern going on! here are a few pics, hopefully showing all the details, modeled by my dear sweet Hester.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fair Isley-ish Cap

I think I did something awhile ago w/2 colors but it was hard & annoying so I gave up & ripped out.....maybe I put something small around the top of a sock...who can remember. but I thought I would try it again & I am in love! I started it 1 evening & by the 2nd evening (altogether 2 hours TOPS!!!) I had 3/4 done....I'm using my left hand for both colors because it's next to impossible for me to knit w/my right hand anymore; and it is fun!!! I could probably loosen up my strands even more next time, but this is a practice piece & I don't wanna stop. the pattern I'm doing is from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch & it's called Ullared Cap. I'm not following it exactly because I wanted a different pattern look. It's not Fair Isle, it's Swedish actually, but I'm calling it that just so's I can remember what I if you're some kinda fanatic, my humble apologies.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Red Featherweight Shawl

here is the red shawl made of berroco pleasure from the knitter's scarves & shawls book. very easy pattern & here it is being blocked. I think I should have made it longer tho....I might just rip back & add 2 more panels. after I finish the edging on the baby alpaca throw, that is!