Tuesday, July 31, 2007
So - are you all ready for the new contest on the KVVSP blog? It's supposed to be up this weekend and sounds interesting.
Can't wait to find out where I am vacationing!
Monday, July 30, 2007
This is another one of the books I got on sale from the Crafter's Choice Club (they were all under $10.00 ea. by the way). This is a great book for beginners. Each pattern teaches a new skill. At first glance through the book I didn't think there was anything in it that I didn't already have a pattern for someplace else and I would probably be gifting it. But after reading through it I have found some things I would like to make and some new skills I would like to learn! The first project I'm making is the felted patchwork bag. For beginners it teaches slip stitches and beading. I have been wanting to try beading and this was a very easy way to learn, not to mention a great way to use up yarn stash.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
So, why have I stabbed my yarn to death with my dpns? It's really not as bad as it seems. The label on the yarn said size 3 dpns, but it was obvious to me that the stitches were way too lose. I need to either use smaller needles or thicker yarn. So, the sock went to the frog pond. To be continued.............
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Can you see? Those are three needles with two pointy ends- the fourth is empty for now and I have a whole inch done! Now mind you, these are what you call 'vanilla socks' - one inch of ribbing and then just straight knitting around. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! I'm using Patons Kroy self patterning yarn and size 3 dpns. Wish me luck!!!!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
There are quite a few patterns in this book that I don't think I would ever make. But, there are a few cute things I might try. The corkscrew scarf is cute, and so is the octagon purse. But knit a chair cover - I don't think so! The child's ballet t-shirt looks like an easy knit for the kids, and I do want to make the choker collar, but probably not the cuff. The felted tweed hat is cute, but I don't know who I would make that for. I do love the adorable child's earflap hat and the braided neckpiece is very interesting, but the yarn-over steek vest - nah, I don't think so. The basketweave scarf is cute - and of course the loop-d-loop scarf on the cover, for which I suppose the book was named. And, maybe that paisley carpetbag for the next ITEIV swap? I think this book is a keeper!
There was one disappointment though - there was a great knitting bag pictured at the end of the book - but the pattern is not in the book. Then again, it's pretty basic, and I'm sure I could figure it out. What's really cool about it is that the straps are measuring tapes - how handy!
The author adds personal stories about their farm and their sheep and their wonderful yarn, which can of course, be ordered from their website! Oh - and on a completely different note - stop by and visit Donna's blog
and leave a comment by midnight July 25, and you could win a prize!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
You are #17971 on the list.
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I think I can use some of the patterns for embellishments though - and of course I can always handknit the flat pieces and make one of these cute totes. Thank you for your comment on my clutch Dipsy! I'm flattered that you visited me all the way from Austria!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I finished my mobius and didn't realize until it was off the needles that it was twice the diameter it should have been. I did use a different yarn than the pattern called for but I did get the gauge. The only think I can think of is that I must have misunderstood the mobius cast on and CO twice as many stitches as I was supposed to! Oh well, it's a scarf - and I can wrap it around my neck twice if I want too. This was made from a Cat Bordhi pattern that she demonstrated on an episode of Knitty Gritty.
And I finally felted my larger version of Jayne's AP Bag. I put two pockets inside - one on each side of the bag. I really like how this one came out.
Oh - and Hi KVVSP if you are reading this - leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you! Anonymous of course!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
So, what to do - dye some more yarn. I think I came pretty close. Fortunately it's variegated so I think it will blend in okay. Now I have to wait until it's dry to finish the mobius. I love to knit and I love to felt - but it's the finishing that always stalls me.
Here is the 'Clutch You'll Never Give Up" from the One Skein book. It is supposed to have buttons as an embellishment (don't I hate to sew on buttons!) So I found this pin in my jewelry box - and I think it looks great!
And, no I'm not selling cleaning products - but if you have never used "Simple Green" you have to try it - it cleans anything - even kool-aid stains on kitchen counters!
Monday, July 09, 2007
After felting - 8 1/2 x 6 - 4 1/2" flap. The pattern calls for ribbon embroidery on the flap, but I will probably do some needlefelting on it. I need to spend a whole day just working on embellishing my finished bags.
Next OTN - a mobius using a technique I saw on Knitty Gritty today. I'm using some of my Knitpicks kool-aid dyed yarn and I am loving this project!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
My tribbles are multiplying, so I'm going to give myself credit for another skein of yarn! All I need now is a good sale at Bath & Body on shower gel, and I will have all of my co-worker, girlfriend, etc. gifts for Christmas.
I still haven't heard from my upstream partner in the Knitter's Virtual Vacation Swap .....but, curiously, I have been getting e-mails every day advertising vacations all over the world. Do you supposed my pal signed me up?
I've got a nasty cold and we are having nasty summer weather, so I think I'll take this opportunity to read, knit, and watch baseball today. I didn't make it for all 13 innings last night - and it's just as well, since 13 was not lucky for the sox and they ended up losing it 3-2. Jopel, if you are reading this, thanks for your comments. I haven't been able to find your blog or an e-mail to reply to you.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
My ITEIV tote package is ready to mail out. I hope my partner enjoys it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I love the Pursenality Plus book that I won in the last ITE swap so much, I'm sending my pal a copy, along with some other goodies.
And....yes, I've been dyeing with kool-aid again - got to start knitting something with this yarn!
I'm also collecting things for my downstream pal in the Knitters Virtual Vacation Swap. I won't say where she is from, just in case she comes across my blog, but we've been e-mailing back and forth and she's so friendly that I'm having trouble trying to stay anonymous! I haven't heard from my upstram pal yet - so if you are reading this - HI! I'd love to hear from you!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
My daughter, three grandchildren and I drove down to NJ to visit family and friends there. The main reason for our trip was to take 13 year-old Jordyn to her quarterly check-up at the Scoliosis Center in NYC. She is in an innovative new program which uses a soft brace instead of a hard one and involves exercise and chiropractic manipulation to train the spine to straighten, or at least not to curve anymore. This time, her 7 year old sister was examined and her spine is also beginning to curve, so she is now in the program too and wearing a soft brace.
Anyway, since school was out, we took the opportunity to turn the trip into a vacation. We spent a few days at the beautiful Mineral Springs Resort in Vernon NJ
Spent a day with some cousins - and the newest baby in the family
. Visited my sister and brother-in-law at their home on beautiful Lake Hopatcong (New Jersey isn't all shopping centers!)
My sisters and me (yup - I'm in the middle)
Survived a 100 degree day in NYC
Where my sister met Harrison Ford (well, not really, he's a wax statue in Madame Tussauds wax museum, which was absolutely incredible - they all looked so real, and like they were looking right at you. And saw Mary Poppins on Broadway Which was great - amazing special effects!
I didn't do much knitting on this vacation, but did buy some yarn at a Rag Shop that was going out of business- some Moda Dea Sassy Stripes sock yarn and some Patons white yarn (for dying). I also picked up some purse handles, which turned out will be perfect for this "Ms. Poppins Bag" that I found on Knitting Daily. How's that for a coincidence!
Most amazing of all, my DD and I did all this without making one wrong turn - quite an accomplishment for us!