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I finally finished the baby blanket I’ve been working on! (sorry for the crappy pics – I plan on getting a real good professional digital camera soon – all pics I take indoors are terrible)
And here is it ready to go to Project Linus (those are little duckies on the ribbon):
Pattern: Big Bad Baby Blanket – Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller
Needles: Addi Turbo Size 9US 32″ Circulars
Yarn: Lion’s Brand Homespun in Williamsburg – a little over 3 skeins
Finished Size: 34″ x 34″
I will say that I will never knit with Homespun again – its just too much of a pain to knit with and I think it ended up being a bit too heavy for the blanket. I like the fact that you can throw it in the washer and dryer, but I think I’ll go with cotton next time around. I realized that a baby blanket is not something that I can work on exclusively. I was so ready to be finished with it that I almost put it aside to finished later…much later.
I started Lelah late last week and think its coming along nicely so far. I’m using Reynold’s Lopi Lite in Navy and I’m a little worried that this may be a bit itchy when worn – we’ll see. I really love the pattern, and given this is my first ever lace pattern, its fun to knit! It’s also my first garment piece, so I was a bit nervous about whether it would fit. I did try it on, and it fit so far. I also plan on adding straps, and possibly turning it into a v-neck rather that tube top (trying to avoid the uni-boob!). Or I might decide to make that mod on another version of Lelah.
I went to my LYS last week to purchase some circular needles for Lelah, and while I was there I picked up some (*gasp!*) yarn. In my defense, I bought yarn for specific projects. For the Brea Bag I picked up Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Cardinal:
I also picked up some sock yarn! I ordered Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch from Amazon and wanted to get some fun but not so expensive yarn to make my first pair of socks. Soooo, I picked up some Luna Park yarn. I really wanted to purchase Colinette Jitterbug, but since I’ve never knitted socks before I wanted something a bit more affordable:
I also joined my first KAL! I’ve seen so many that I really want to join, but since I’m still pretty new to knitting I’m limiting myself to one right now. I joined the Tangled Yoke Cardigan KAL, mainly because I’m always in need of a cardigan in the winter, and i can never find one that I like, so why not make my own! I think I’m going to use Knit Picks Swish DK in Moss.
I am so eager to be on Ravelry after checking out those screenshots, but I feel I’ll be waiting a loooooong time:
- You signed up on August 3, 2007
- You are #22905 on the list.
- 13814 people are ahead of you in line.
- 2792 people are behind you in line.
- 34% of the list has been invited so far
I finished the Adult’s Only Kitty Hat over the weekend. I was going to make the Devil hat, but was feeling a bit more frisky rather than naughty when I got to the ears, so I switched it up 🙂 I started to panic thinking I wasn’t going to have enough yarn, but luckily I squeaked by with just enough! I ended up using some yarn I had frogged and thought I wouldn’t need. I did learn a very valuable lesson – never throw away frogged yarn! Anyway, here she is:
Sorry its so dark…I tried to lighten it up a bit with my photo editor. This was my first attempt at a hat, and using DPN’s, so I thought it turned out pretty cute. It’s also a bit big, and then I remembered that I have a small head, so I’ll have to knit smaller next time. I also mastered continental knitting with this project, which I’m thrilled about. Seed stitch and regular purling and knitting is so much faster with continental. I will say that I find it much harder to k2tog and knit an I-cord with continental, so I’ll stick with regular old English style for that…I haven’t taken a photo of myself in this hat yet cause I look like crap today, but will at some point.
I also cast on the Trio Knit Tote Bag last night. I originally cast onto the size US11 24″ circular needles recommended in the pattern, but found that it was too loose for my liking. I think that’s mainly because I was knitting continental, as that tends to be looser anyway. So I moved down to US10 circs. I also found that the number of cast-on stitches wasn’t enough for me, not sure why exactly, but I was having trouble joining the piece, so I cast on an additional 20 (99 total). Plus I would like a bigger bag for my knitting :-p I think I might make this bag a bit deeper than the pattern calls for, which will of course require a buy more yarn! Trio by Crystal Palace is so much fun to knit with.
Buying yarn off the Internet is addictive. I’ve had to stop myself on several occasions where I have added yarn to my cart, then realized I already have 3 projects in the works, with another 2 ready to go, so I don’t need any more! I’ve decided I’ll buy yarn for a project with every (or every other) paycheck . Now that I have that out of the way, I did order Reynold’s Lopi Light in Navy for Lelah. That will be my first shirt/tank/sweater of any kind to knit for myself, so pray for me. I also wanted to purchase yarn for Sahara, but Tilli Thomas was waaaaay to expensive (but gorgeous!!), so I think I’ll go with Jaggerspun Zephyr DK, like this knitter has done which turned out gorgeous! I’m thinking Ruby, and I’ll probably bead it myself, just to be cost effective.
And last but not least, I bought some fabric to line my Striped bamboo Handle Bag from Joanne’s over the weekend. I found it in the “Fabric Remnant” bin – Basic Classic Twill in an off-white/cream. I’ll try and finish that up this weekend.
So I finished my Noro Entrelac Scarf last night – stayed up until 2:00am furiously knitting so that i could go to bed happy that it was completed! I originally had bound it off about 5-6 inches shorter than it is now but wasn’t happy with the ending color, so away I frogged. I must say that I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Here’s a cheesy pic with me wearing the scarf. It’s hot as hades here in Dallas but I wanted to show it with my pea coat…
I have one more ball of Noro left and I want to knit a matching Entrelac hat, but that’s for later…
And I got mail! I received my Manos del Uruguay yarn in Flame from Jimmy Beans Wool a few days ago and it is as gorgeous as I thought it would be! It’s for the My So Called Scarf, but since I just finished a scarf I’m gonna hold off on knitting it – just for a little while.
Instead, I started the Adult Devil’s Hat in the Stitch ‘N Bitch book. I decided not to use any fancy yarn quite yet as I have never knitting a hat before, but the yarn I do have is Paton’s Merino Wool. The gauge was about 3 stitches off per 4″, so I’m being a brave knitter and attempting to change up the pattern a bit to accommodate for the smaller gauge. Eeek!
Another project that is very close to being finished is the striped bamboo handle bag. I used the pattern for the Chinese Charm Bag in the Stitch ‘N Bitch book (can’t you tell I love that book?!) as inspiration. I still have to go get some fabric to line the bag, which I might try to do this weekend. The bind off is a little tight so I may go back and rework that.
Oh, and I discovered a new knitting store! I have been frequenting Passionknit, which is a great little store and I love to peruse there yarns and patterns. I also discovered The Shabby Sheep, and although their website is not up and running yet (the owner Rhonda said they had someone working on it starting September 1st), the store is great! It might be the only store in Dallas that carries Manos del Uruguay yarn, and their other yarn selection is fabulous. Rhonda was such a great help, chatting with me for over an hour and also tried to help me find out how to knit this scarf by Lorilee Beltman. I will definitely go back!
So I’ve been playing with the different themes on WordPress and this is the end result, although I’m sure it will change again sometime soon as I’m not completely satisfied with it. But I suppose I will be unsatisfied until I teach myself some new tricks, which I’m inclined to do but right now there just aren’t enough hours in the day!
I have been Internet surfing and have found some gems online. As soon as I saw the Manos del Uruguay yarn, I pulled out that credit card and immediately ordered 2 skeins of Flame for the My So Called Scarf. Oh my god I cannot wait to get my hands on that yarn. I also discovered Scout’s Swag colorways and seriously started drooling…the colorways are frickin’ FABULOUS. I’m on a mission to find the perfect pattern for colorways Orchids and Secret (who doesn’t love pink and black??!!). I also loved this needlecase on the Scout’s Swag website (I loved almost everything they offer), which is just oh so fab. And how can you not fall in love with Lorna Laces Shephard Sock Yarn in Rainforest?? I covet thee, and I haven’t even tried to make socks yet!!
I am also trying to teach myself Continental Knitting, and found this Lorille Beltman instructional video on YouTube very helpful. I’m not quite there yet, as I still have issues with tension, but its coming along…
I’m new at blogging…So be nice.
So, I’m really a novice knitter. I started teaching myself to knit I guess late last year after I fell in love with the Stitch ‘N Bitch book by Debbie Stoller. I started knitting the Entrelac Scarf a few days ago and think its coming along nicely. I’m using Noro Silk Garden #211 which I am now totally in love with. I have become obsessed with this scarf! I started working on it Tuesday night after I got the yarn in the mail *happy dance*!! I have never worked Entrelac before so I used throw away yarn at first to make a few rows to make sure I got the gist of it. And I’m glad I did because I had to fiddle with the pattern. Anyway, I stayed up until 2am working on it. However the lack of sleep did not deter me from staying up late last night either.
I love knitting with Noro and have since scoured the Internet for all patterns involving the yarn. I found this scarf by Lorilee Beltman but do not know where to find a pattern for it! If anyone knows please let me know 🙂
I went to my LYS Passion Knits yesterday for several reasons. One was to make sure I was picking up stitches correctly in the above mentioned Entrelac Scarf (and I’m gonna go ahead and pat myself on the back because, yes, I was). The second was to peruse their sale yarns and patterns upstairs, and i spent over an hour just touching everything. i did end up picking up some Berroco Softwist for 40% off:
Happy Knitting everyone 🙂
I’m in way over my head but thought I would start a blog what else…knitting and stuff. More to come…