Sunday, February 26, 2006

FO- bulky cabled sweater

Yes, the sweater is all done. It was a quick and fun knit but I'm not that happy with the end result. The sweater is well, really bulky. It makes me look like a big muscle woman. I actually feel like the michelin man. DH says maybe the incredible hulk?! I don't think I'll knit anything else in super bulky yarn. I still need to fiddle around with the buttons some more. I did get some pretty cool wooden buttons for it.
I made the smallest size but used 5 skeins of yarn.

Here's a prorgess shot of Charlotte's web. I absolutely love this thing. The colors are not entirely accurate (grey skies). The pattern is written quite poorly, but I found a charlotte's web knitalong group on yahoo and a kind soul uploaded a chart which makes it quite easy to follow. I'm on row 53, almost 100 stitches across. Fun fun fun, I can hardly wait to work on it some more (if only the kiddos will cooperate). Its definitely not something I can knit and entertain them at the same time. You should see me with my counter, and 2 charts, post-its,... Quite a project.

I can't shake this tune out of my head. They played Barry Manilow's Copacabana in my aerobics class yesterday. Darn it... I can't get it out of my head! Its driving me nuts...
"Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there..."

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Charlotte's Web...

I'm going to start on charlotte's web this weekend. The color in the picture is a bit more yellowish.

I'm all done with the Bulky Cabled Cardigan. Just need to pick up some buttons and will post a finished picture probably tomorrow (the last day of the winter olympics).

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Miss Dashwood...

Presenting Miss Dashwood from Woo Hoo, a hat that actually fits dd#2! All the hats I knitted for her so far were all too big and the hats all fit to my 5 year old. That is until Miss Dashwood. I used Debbie Bliss Merino aran and size 6 needles. I purchased the yarn over a year ago for this hat. Somehow I thought thats what the pattern specified, only to find out that its cashmerino not merino aran. Needless to say, I didn't get gauge. I fudged it and knitted a size smaller. Used 2 skeins. A very fast and fun knit. I love the picot edge.

So what is going on with the bulky cabled cardigan? Well... I have everything (all my knitting) packed up for our little trip up to Marin, only to find out that I did not bring the yarn for the cardigan. Lucky for me, I packed Miss Dashwood as well. So back to the bulky cabled cardigan tonight.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Knitting Olympics - progress (kind of)

Okay, so progress shot is a few days old. I'm already done with the body and one sleeve. I love this sweater so far. I tried it on a couple of times. The sleeves feel a little on the snug side, but we'll see. I was hoping to get it done this weekend, but no siree. I guess technically I have Monday as well since we have a long weekend.

Believe it or not, I'm ditching Stitches West and staying home to clean out my closet and crafts room. DH was going to watch the kids for a few hours while I shop for yarn, but I want the time to clean!!!
Next up on my queue: Koigu Charlotte's web
I have the yarn already, but no pattern!! I just hate to pay $5-6 for shipping for just a pattern.
Or, the must have cardigan.
I have always wanted a cabled sweater like this one for oh, 15-20 years. My mom knitted one for herself when I was in my teens, and I'd always wanted one. I thought I'd like a pullover, but the must have well is a must have. I'm thinking about knitting it in Patons Classic Merino in Dark Natural Mix
I'm also thinking about knitting something less intense, soemthing that requires less of my concentration or kids friendly knitting. You know, something with stockinette... But I don't know what yet.

How about this flourless brownie?
I'm back on the band wagon of trying to limit our wheat intake. Recipe can be found here - peanut butter brownies. I'll probably try some of their other recipes as well.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Counterpane Accessories Bag

Finished knitting the couterpane accessories bag from Handknit Holidays.
Jo Sharp Soho Summer, and size 6 needles. Trying to decide whether to use the plain blue liner or the vintage flowery one.

On the cabled sweater front, I'm not getting gauge with the yarn I purchased! I'm getting 12 sts, 19 rows to 4x4" where as the pattern calls for 10sts, 12 rows. What is a girl to do? Run over to the yarn store to get yarn. Well, I just went over to Joann's and got the yarn glampyre used. Will post pics and hopefully I'll get gauge and get started.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Counterpane accessories bag

I'm working on this now from Handknit holidays using stash (Jo Sharp Soho summer in eggplant?).

Monday, February 06, 2006

Baby Bonnet

Originally uploaded by knittyknitknit.
Finished the bonnet for dd#2 from Last Minute Knits. Yarn is from Mystical creations (frogged from knitting Clapotis). The bonnet is a bit big, but we'll see. DD#1 is eyeing it, so she might end up wearing it. What is it with hats anyways? They always end up too big for dd#2 and dd#1 has gazillion wool hats already. Here's a picture of bonnet on doll.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Knitting Olympics

Originally uploaded by knittyknitknit.
I joined yarn harlot's knitting olympics. I'll be doing Glampyre's bulky cabled sweater with the dark forest green bulky aurora 8 I got for this very purpose. I signed up on Friday and later that afternoon heard about the knitting olympics on NPR (the yarn harlot was interviewed too).

Lady Eleanor

Lady Eleanor
Originally uploaded by knittyknitknit.
I finished her last night and I love it. I wore it out today and it was nice and warm. I used Karoke (50% wool, 50% soy silk). The knitting took almost 9 skeins. The fringe used up almost half a skein. I already started on a little hat for dd#2. More than half way done, hopefully I'll get it done in a day or 2.