Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Not enough hours in the day

I don't knit nearly as much as I want to. I've been working on some presents recently, took a break to work on something for me, the cap sleeve tunic out of speed knitting, which is going to be very funky since I subbed a slightly furry ribbon yarn for the smoother cotton that was called for. I need to get back to the bigger of the many presents currently on the needles. But I think I am going to have to go purchase more yarn for that one, I way underestimated. Carrying small, ribbed in the round projects, like the gaiters I mentioned before, is still going pretty well, it just means I haven't added anything to my dishcloth collection recently, so I hope I don't suddenly need to put together a bunch of gifty things. I am totally behind on a couple of exchanges. I owe this totally wonderful chic Stacy a headband and I am totally going to get it to her even though its monster late. I need to get all the stuff for the Theatrical Crafters exchange and send it off. The mailing deadline is saturday. Eeek. Maybe I can do that tonight. I need to make myself a to do list. I make them at the office, so I guess it wouldn't be totally out of the question to make one to take home. I don't think I'll commit to any more exchanges any time soon, I just get too far behind and then i feel bad about it.

Ok, I guess I should work to support the yarn habit. And all my other new habits. Ben offered to teach me to throw a pot. Pottery has always appealled to me, so that could be very cool. And I've also been thinking more and more about looking into looms.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Road Trip and Brandi's Big Bad Baby Blanket

Isn't it pretty?  This is the Big Bad Baby Blanket out of the first Stitch N Bitch book except its HUGE and done in single row stripes of the creamy yellow cottontots (used single) and a fingering weight cream with a dk weight white terry clothish  yarn held together.  I did it on size 10 needles and I think it came out just perfect.  The texture of the finished product is awesome, and I'm really big on texture.
A last minute trip up to Illinois for the weekend had me running around going "what am I going to knit?!?!"  Well, this is my beautiful road-trip knitting sitting on the dash.  The blue thing is the second gaiter, all done.  The green is the beginning of a present that I actually don't need for a couple more months, but a head start can't hurt and it was easy car knitting that I didn't have to look at.
And, although not knitting related, this sunset was pretty as we were driving back.

I had thought about starting the summer shift from Speed Knitting while on the trip, if I finished up the present I was working on.  I came close, but didn't quite finish, probably because I napped.  Naps are good though.  So anyway, I cast on for that last night at knitting at my mom's and only got a couple rows done.  It should go pretty quick (hence the name of the book) if I can just get a chance to work on it.  I just needed a quick break from the monster-size project I've been working on the last month.

I guess I better go to work so I can support my yarn habit.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Cashmerino Gaiters

I wanted a quick and easy take-along-in-your-purse type project that wasn't a washcloth.  Don't get me wrong, I do want to keep my stash of washcloths in good working order for all those emergency presents, but I wanted to do something else for a little while.  I had a whole bag of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in the undesignated stash, so I decided to make the super-simple Four Way Gaiter from One Skein Wonders.  There are at least 5 different people I am planning to make them for, maybe more.  The first one only took a couple solid hours of knitting time.  I did have to check my gauge and modify the pattern since it was written for dk weight yarn, but it came out super soft and comfortable.  I cast on 58 stitches on the one I made for me and I will probably do the same for the other girl one.  I cast on 62 stitches on the one I just started and will likely stay at that for all the guy ones.  

I spent last night tucking in ends on the baby blanket I made for my friend Brandi.  Since we are supposed to have lunch this week I'd like to give it back to her to keep this time.  (I gave it to her at the shower but took it away again to finish).  Anyway, I just love the texture of it, so I'll be posting pictures soon!  And I hope to get a picture of her wiggleworm in the blanket after she's born.  I always ask people for pictures of their kids in or with whatever I made, but I rarely seem to get them.  Oh well.  It would just be fun to have them and keep them in an album.  I usually also ask for pictures of the people I make afghans for with their afghans.  I get those more often, but lots of times its because I am standing there to insist.  

Ok, I should be getting ready for work and another lovely 100+ degree day.