Friday, February 26, 2010

Another One Down

I just finished one of my WIPs tonight. The Nutkins are done and I can't wait to wear these this weekend. I'll be away from the blog for the next few days and then it will be time to celebrate my blogiversary. Here's the finished Nutkins:Knit on...

Poker Stud Pattern

Just an update on this pattern. I have now chosen to list this as a free Ravelry download and have made the pattern inactive on the Knitting Vault site. You can find the link to the Ravelry pattern page listed to the right sideboard on this blog, or you can just clicky below:

Poker Stud Ravelry Download

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Final Days

We're approaching the final days of knitting and crocheting in the Ravelympics/Knitting Olympics. I finished up another project today, which was a pair of socks for my friend Maggie whose birthday is coming up in March. They're ankle socks since it's warmer where she lives and full on wool socks may kill her feet:And I was sent a group photo from a friend's going away party we had on Tuesday and in it, you can actually see the hat I made him for his going away present. Since I forgot to take a picture, it's the best I can do to prove the knitting for the Ravelympics:And to be perfectly honest, I think I may be done with Olympic knitting. I really want to finish my Nutkin socks and cast on for Evenstar finally and finish up the crochet doily. Since they technically weren't in hibernation mode by January 12, they don't count for the Ravelympics, but I think that 5 projects finished in 17 days is pretty good, even if I could knock out another 1-2 more in the last few days.

Remind me I said that when I randomly cast on for one more Olympic project :oP

Knit on...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Whoops Again

Yep, I made that WW2 Messenger Hat for a guy in town who was leaving to head back to Canada on Tuesday and I completely forgot to get a picture of it. I did however make another hat for a friend of mine who's birthday was yesterday. Here she is, posing nicely for the picture:She wore the hat all night and said she loved it. I'm glad she liked it, especially since if she didn't, I was stealing it back from her! I may still make another one anyways for me :oP

If I get any pictures emailed to me from the going away party for the guy, I'll see if I can find one of him in the hat and will post them later. Kinda need a picture so I can count that as a Ravelympic project!

And on a side not, DF comes back this weekend! I'm just a little excited to get to see him again after a month of him being gone :oP

Knit on...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Golden Again

Well, I never dreamed that the Elenka sundress would knit up so fast, but, um, yeah, I finished it in under two days:So, now I'm on to a third Olympic project. I'm making a quick pair of ankle socks for my friend Maggie since her birthday is coming up in March and I need to get the socks in the mail sometime this week if they're going to get to her. Good news is that at the rate I'm going, the socks will be finished by tomorrow :oP

How is everyone else doing with their Olympic/Ravelympic projects?

Knit on...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Victory, the First

So last night, I accepted my first Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics Gold Medal. I cast on for the Simple Knitted Bodice on Saturday, February 13 and finished last night on February 18. That's right, I made an adult-sized full length sweater in 5 days. My hands were cramped is all I'm saying :oP

Anyways, here's the finished object. Now it's on to Elenka for my second project. Hopefully I'll get a bunch done this weekend.I was trying to find my last Knitting Olympics adventure on my blog and sure enough, it was there. Last Knitting Olympics, 4 years ago, I made my first sweater. It was the purple fuzzy thing that is still in my closet. Funny thing is that it was massive bulky yarn and I still couldn't finish it in the 16 days. It was kind of horrid too. It's nice to see how much improvement can be made in 4 years to your knitting skills. If you want to read my escapades from 4 years ago, here's the post.

Knit on...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Inches Away

Yep, I missed my goal yesterday of finishing the first sleeve by about 2 inches. At least I made some decent progress on the sleeve and I should be done with the first and most of the second by the end of the day today. I'm really hoping to be finished with both of the sleeves so that I can have this sweater ready to wear by the weekend. Anyways, here's the Olympic progress so far:Knit on...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

For Glory!

The Knitting Olympics continues to progress. The athletes contemplate their struggles, their victories, their defeats. Meanwhile, I just keep knitting on the Simple Knitted Bodice. Since Friday, this is how much I've done:The body and neckline is done, and now I just have the sleeves to go. I had sewn up the neckline, but frankly I hated how it looked, so I ripped out the bottom sewing and will work on fixing that today sometime.

For Glory!

Knit on...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Valentine

The love of my life is that for many reasons. It's hard to actually count all the reasons that I do love him, but for simplicity's sake, I will give you four reasons why I love him with all my heart.

Reason Number One: He doesn't flinch when he sees this come home:Reason Number Two: He wears the sometimes silly, sometimes horrid things I have knit for him over the years:Reason Number Three: When I went on a weight loss journey and a quest to run the fastest 5k time I have ever run, he joined me and supported me the entire way (I'll just overlook the fact that he beat me in the race :oP ):Reason Number Four: He loves to travel and so do I. We have seen so many places together, and there are so many more that we can explore together in his world:These are just four reasons. I could go on and on for page upon page of why I love this man. Instead, I think I'll just sum it up with:

I love you, DF! Happy Valentine's Day!

Knit on...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brain Fart

So this week I had a major brain fart. I have been knitting along on a scarf ever since Monday. On Monday we had an auction at the school for the kids to buy things and I put up a hand-made scarf in the color of the kid's choice. Well, my scarf sold the highest of all the items for sale, which made me feel good. The kid chose black as his color and he chose the falling water scarf pattern that we looked up on Ravelry. The pattern is super easy and he wanted a long scarf, so I started knitting on Monday evening. By Tuesday evening I was almost finished, but I was tired, so I went to bed without taking a picture or blogging. On Wednesday afternoon, I finished the scarf and blocked it on Wednesday evening. Thursday morning, I was talking to DF on Skype and ran out the door, forgetting to snap a picture and blog about the scarf. I took the scarf to school to let it finish drying, thinking I would get a picture of the kid with the scarf. The kid picked up the scarf this afternoon, and I completely spaced out and didn't grab a picture. I hope the kid wears his nice scarf to school tomorrow and I can grab a picture...

So insert random black falling water scarf picture that should be here...

In other news, I finished the first Nutkin sock tonight and should have a good chunk of knitting time tomorrow since it's movie day at school. Look, I did get a picture of that:Knit on...

And get ready for the knitting olympics!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Weekend Knitting

This weekend was full of knitting, crocheting, and Wii playing. The first of the knitting was clue 4 of The Enchanted Woods shawl KAL. There's one more clue, which should come out next week, so it should be wrapped up next weekend. Here's the progress on that up to clue 4:I'm still really enjoying everything about this shawl. The colors are gorgeous and there's enough yarn left to find another small project to make.

On Friday, I cast on for a new work project. I decided to make Nutkin out of some Knit Picks Risata sock yarn. Here's the progress I made on Friday:It's a nice, easy pattern and the texture is fascinating to watch progress. I'll hopefully get a sock done this week sometime.

The last thing I worked on this weekend, aside from playing Dragonquest: Swords, was the beginning of a new crochet project. I'm not going to tell you what it is. Instead, I'll let you guess while this progresses this week. Of course if you really want to know what it is, you can always check my Ravelry projects page :oPKnit on...

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Terrible Two's

Recently, each of my projects has been coming in pairs: pairs of socks, pairs of hats, pairs of swatches...

On Wednesday, I finished the second Coronet hat. Here is me modeling mine (and man has my face gotten skinny as I've dropped weight!):And here is my coworker, modeling hers (she liked the hat, so I gave it to her):It really is a lovely pattern all the way around. Super easy, but entertaining enough to keep your interest.

Yesterday was all about swatching. I'm getting ready for the Evenstar KAL which starts next week. I've chosen dark blue malabrigo laceweight for this shawl and the pattern calls for size 3 needles. Here is my swatch with size 3 needles:Ignore the wanky top of the swatch. I didn't bind off loosely like the pattern said, so it's just not going to stretch at all. It's not bad, but it didn't meet the height requirement for the swatch at 4 inches. This one was a full inch off, even if I stretched the hell out of it. So here is my swatch on size 4 needles:This one looks much better all the way around I think. It's the right size and it was easier working with the size 4 zephyr acrylic needles than with harmony or nickel-plated. Those Zephyr acrylic needles are now my favorite ones for lace projects. They have a little bit of flexibility that both the nickel-plated and harmony wood needles lack. If you haven't tried them out yet and are a knit picks fan, please give these a try, especially on your next lace project.

I should get another clue from TEW today, so hopefully I'll either have a finished shawl, or at least a 4/5 finished shawl to show you (if there is a clue number 5).

Knit on...

Monday, February 01, 2010

Clue 3 and Another Coronet

Yesterday I finished clue 3 of the Enchanted Woods KAL. I'm really loving this shawl pattern and the gradience color changes that the Unique Sheep dyes. Here is the shawl so far:I also cast on for another coronet hat yesterday evening, but only got 3 cable repeats done on the band. It's such an easy pattern that I decided to use the last of the Malabrigo for it and give it away as a present to someone. Not sure who will receive the hat, but it'll make a nice, soft present for whoever it is.I'm hoping to finish the coronet hat today. It'll be work knitting and I only have 3 classes today, so should get quite a bit done with it.

Knit on...