Monday, March 28, 2005

Busy knitting and (horrors!) crocheting!

I still haven't had any time to get the camera back from DS1. So sorry, still no pictures to post.
but on the flip side, I've been busy. Worked the last 4 days and knitting on an afghan. It's the SARCA afghan from here.
It's an easy to memorize pattern. I'm using up some old leftovers. You hold two colors together as you knit a square. Makes it nice and thick. I'm hoping to take it to all the softball games here in the early spring. It's awful cold sitting there not running the show. This is the first yr in the last 9 that I haven't helped coach in some capacity. I haven't decided yet if I like just watching. But it's definately a lot colder! Spring comes late here in Central PA.
Then I'll have it for the band season in the fall. Maybe I better make it 4x thick!
Also I'm working on an easy granny square afghan with the even smaller leftovers from the SARCA.
I'm also helping a friend at work who is just learning to crochet. She's already finished a baby afghan and is working on another! She's using the granny square pattern. so as soon as I get some pictures, you will all see the current projects.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Too many projects

I've been so busy knitting that I didn't take time to blog.
This week, I've finished a new felted bag, a pair of fooshies, and started a cow hat.
The felted bag is my own pattern, made in spring colors, lt blue,dk and lt greens, yellow, purple and a varigated called Spring Desert. It has pinks and yellows mixed. The bag is currently drying on top of the dryer and the handles are happily felting in the washer. When it's done and assembled, I'll get a pic.
The Fooshies are little felted booties for my GS, Buster. They're dk purple (his mama's favorite color) and lt blue, with a little white cuff with lavendar trim. They're swishing in the washer too. When they're done and dry, I'll post a pic. The pattern is found in Knit Baby Head & Toes. I got the book at AC Moore on Sunday for 40% off. What a great deal! less than I'd have paid on Amazon.
The little cow hat is an experiment to check the gauge of a pattern and yarn. This pattern is found in Dale of Norway #135. That book I got from my wonderful friend Marja at the Yarn Boutique yarn shop. Look for her here!
She's the owner and also a member of Knit and Chat forum on Delphi.
wonderful service. If she doesn't have it, she'll get it. check her out.
That's enough to keep me busy for a while, with all the new books. Now I just need more yarn!

Saturday, March 19, 2005

giftie sweater # 3

Giftie sweater done

Finished the next in the series of giftie sweaters. 3 done, about 5 to go! I'm knitting a second MDD scarf. This one using the sockotta yarn from my orange striped socks on size 10's. It's turning out lacy and looks nice so far.
Today we spent shopping, DD needed a lot of new softball gear for the High School team. We looked in about 6 stores for a mitt that she liked since she blew out the palm of the old one this week at practise. And new cleats, since the ones we got a few weeks ago don't fit really well. Hope this time all the gear is right.
New mitt, cleats, sweat suit (in the right color), palm guard, undershirt, and a new bag to carry it all in!
Geez, I hope she's soon done shopping!
Now, I can spend the evening knitting....yeah!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

MDD Scarf made with Sassy Stripe yarn by Mona Dea

Today's project

All right, I'm a sucker for a good pattern and they've got one on the go at Knit and Chat.
I've been reading all the posts about the Multi Directional Diagonal Scarf Knitalong that they're doing over there. So this morning I cast on with the leftover Sassy Stripe yarn from my sock project. It really knits up quickly on size 7"s with the sock yarn. I finished it this afternoon and it was promptly claimed by my DD#2. She says "cool, it matches my socks!"
So, I guess I have to make another if I expect to actually wear one myself! This pattern is like potato can't make just one!
Go to Knit and Chat and take a look, maybe you'd like to make one yourself....but be careful. You can't make just one!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

the green stripe is my own Trekking Challenger pattern. The blue/red/brown stripe and the blue/purple stripe and the green/pink/red are all Magic Stripe yarn in a variety of patterns.

Sassy stripe socks are the pink/ red stripes. Orange striped ones are Sockotta.

Knitting slowly

I know, I've been slacking. It's been 5 days since I posted. I've been plugging away on a few different projects, but not getting them done very quickly.
I did finish the Sassy socks and I finished the knitting on baby giftie sweater #3. I don't have a picture yet of the giftie. Today, I want to try to get the zippers sewn into the gifties and package them to give away.
I started another pair of socks. This a different pattern from Knitter's 72. It's called Strong Heels socks. The heel isn't really turned like a regular heel. When I get that far, I'll post a pic.
I've been hearing the birdie's singing in the morning so spring can't be far off. I haven't seen any robins yet but I saw daffodils greens poking thru a neighbors ground yesterday. They were about 4 " tall already.
Hurry up spring!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Giftie Sweaters...a series of 7

Well...vacation days are made for knitting. I had to use it or lose it. So I took 2 vacation days this week. Aside from spending 15 timer minutes each day working on the cluttered attic ( see ), I've been working on the next in the giftie sweater series. I'm on #3. This is in a varigated color that has pink/ yellow/green/blue/purple....a real variety yarn. I'm down to the underarms again, with both sleeves done. This color looks girly, so it's a swingy body style. On the boys sweater, I just work down and rib the bottem. I'll probably finish it tomorrow nite or Saturday, then I'll post a pic.
Oh, and the best news of the day....DD made the high school softball team! She's been working so hard at practise and pitching. Today they posted the cut list. YEAH! She's on the team! So we had to celebrate with brownies with M&Ms and vanilla ice cream on top for dessert.
Hard on my weight watchers diet...but well worth it!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

King of the feeder

2nd giftie sweater done

Wild Weather and finished projects

The weather today has been really wild! It started out raining very hard this morning, then it changed to snow. Now the sun is shining. But it got a lot colder. I had some visitors to the birdie feeder. The one big one sits on my feeder then hangs upside down to get some seeds out. He brought 2 other friends but the feeder was his to command! When the others tried to get up on top. He pushed them off. I only got a pic of the King of the feeder. The others ran away when I flashed the camers.
The finished project today is the 2nd giftie sweater. It turned out a little bigger than I planned. But that will allow growing room for the baby to wear it a bit longer. DD who is 15 picked the color. It's quite bright! Now to start giftie sweater #3 or maybe to try to finish those Sassy socks. I worked on them this morning a bit. I'm up to the gussets working them toe up on 2 circulars.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Some days you feel like a nut...somedays you don't

I'm not just a new computer user...but somedays you just feel dumb. First of all...I just can't seem to remember my name and passwords for all these new things that I'm trying to learn at one time. I'm trying to put these really nice pictures on this blog so that everyone can see them. And to do that, I need to learn this new blog program and also the new picture program and the new upload program. I'm usually a fast learner...but then, I usually read the directions too. So maybe that's part of the problem. Since I've been around the computer for a long time and windows programs with all the buttons that are nearly dummy proof....I figured I could wing this and get the pics in the right places without reading all the instructions....WELL...DING DONG! I'm wrong! I finally did get some of my pictures up here. But I guess I better slow down and actually read the instructions so that I can do it easier next time. But then sometimes....the instructions just aren't very clear either! So maybe feeling like a nut really doesn't apply. The instruction writer was the nut....I'm just the chocolate coating!

FCEK Whale sweater with shoulder button band added

baby sweater partial knit during movie King Arthur

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Movie knitting

I'm just not a movie person most of the time. All I have to do to fall asleep is to turn on a movie. They usually don't hold my interest. But put my knitting in my hands.....We watched King Arthur today and I finished both sleeves of the giftie baby sweater. All the way to the cuffs! About 12" of knitting in the round on dpns. I'm using a varigated blue/green/aqua and the hooded zip up back baby sweater. It's worked down to the underarms and now the sleeves are done too. I just need to do the tummy part and it will be ready for the zipper. This is the second of about 7 for church gifts. It seems almost all of the younger couples are having babies this year. I've been knitting this same pattern for about 25 yrs. I made some when my boys were born and the oldest is 24. Everyone seems to like it and it's easy enough to actually watch a movie and not mess it up.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

End of the week update

Well, here it is Saturday nite, let's see what I've done this week. I was sick most of the week with a nasty headcold and sinus junkiness. So while I sat on the couch on my franny, I kept busy knitting.
Finished a baby sweater for my GS: It's the striped whale sweater from FCEK. I changed it a little as usual. I added a button band on the shoulder to make it easier to dress the little darling. And I didn't put the little boat on the front, just the whale and 2 little fishies.
Finished a pair of socks for me. They're Socketta Disco yarn. It's self striping yarn in oranges and black and white color. They fit really well...but the heel is wearing thin after only 2 wearings. I may have to reinforce the heels.
Worked on another baby sweater for a church gift. It seems that about 6 people are having babies between now and September. I have one done and the second worked to the underarms. I'm using a zip up the back hooded sweater pattern. It's knitted in one piece from the hood down.
It's been a busy knitty week.

Friday, March 04, 2005

A Whole New World

I'm taking tiny baby steps into a whole new world of blogging. I've been computer friendly for quite a few years, but never started a blog until now. I'm not sure exactly why. I plan to talk mostly knitting tho I'm sure some other things will sneak in here at times too.
I'm deep into knitting at the moment. I've been knitting for about 30+ years. I do other crafts like crochet, cross stitch and quilting tho at the moment the knitting bug has bitten me.
I like to knit socks and baby items mostly at the moment. I've just finished hosting a Great Sock Adventure to teach others to knit socks on the Delphi Forum, Knit & Chat. We had about 40 knitters sign up and around 15 complete their sock project. I plan to host another sock along near the end of April. If anyone is interested, come over and visit us at Knit & Chat.

The sock that we knit was an internet pattern and there are some of the completed socks on my Yahoo album under Knit and Chat Adventure. Here's the link to the album.