Sunday, October 28, 2007

October 07 Knitting

Hello all, or hello few I should say. I mostly update this blog for myself. I love the combination of knitting, writing, and photos. Recently, I've been in a knitting groove lately. I've made 2 children's sweaters, a matching hat, 2 navy blue shrugs (one short sleeved/one long - no photo YET), a hat with ear flaps, and a pair of mittens. WOW. All this AND from yarn I had in the yarn closet.

I bought a new book, 2 Socks on 2 Circulars. It teaches you how to do just that. Knit 2 socks at the same time on 2 circular needles. No more SSS (second sock syndrome). I say BS, AND WTF. This 'method' is a pain in the butt. I could have made a whole drawer full of socks by now. I was constantly fighting the needles - PITA. I've since moved those socks, yea the dull, boring gray ones to DPNs, the cute little 5 inchers that I bought not too long ago.

The sweaters were for a my friend's niece. I made the first one - oops - too big, and made the next one the next day. The pattern was free off the Internet and easy as pie, and fast. I gave the other to another special one year old on her bday. So they fit a 6-9mo old and a 1 yr old. The hat was from Itty Bitty Hats, basic rolled edge hat with a 'Marly' topper. Super easy.

I made the navy shrugs for Cece and her best friend from school. Cece's was short sleeved and Emma wanted long sleeves. I made them based on the pink/orange sweater construction but made them without a pattern. They're done in LionBrand Thick and Quick - again easy and fast.

Evans hat with ear flaps is made from the same yarn. The pattern for it was from DIY From Knitty Gritty - a fun show to watch while napping!

The mittens are for Biddy's knitting pal. She sent the yarn and "never wanted to see it again". It was in a bit of a...tangle. The pattern that I used was from an old holiday knitting magazine I dug up. They look good from far away. I found some mistakes, but they'll still be warm. They cemented my hatred for 'fu-fu' yarn.

Since I'm rather wordy today, I'll just close by telling what's up next on the needles. I'm going to go into a finishing stage. Finish the gray socks, finish the black underwear? boxers? And then push into the Christmas season, oh the variegated greens and reds...barf.

Maybe a little more sock knitting to come. I figure it's about time I knit up something in the ol' alma mater's colors.

It's almost Halloween so I've also included a few photos of the youngins. Cute huh?

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Sarah E (ala Rosie fame) sent me the PEACE t-shirt. I normally would not post a photo of myself, but I'm throwing caution to the wind, and here it is. Sarah H got her's from Sarah E too and we're sending the photo for a chance to have it posted on Rosie's blog. Here it is. No comment other than that.Except notice the Hawkeye colors! Thank you ALL for remembering this old gal, Dave, Mom/Dad, Biddy, Johanna, Sarah, Kristin, Jane, Sam/Sarah E. I had a great b-day and treated myself to an IPod Touch and some yarn (not a lot). I also had a few celebratory cocktails. Again, thank you.

I have finally finished all of the Cy sweaters. It's been a long time coming and feels great to be done, and to be sending good'ol ISU the bill.

Here's a photo of less than 1/3 of the finished product. Thank you G-Juli for sewing the monograms. Unfortunately, the sewing machine broke and is in need of a repair, sorry.

On to a little knitting . . . I had the pleasure of attending Biddys Knitting Knight. She holds class at her kitchen table (handmade by Rich). Her students have 3-ring binders, come with their homework done, and are an enthusiastic bunch of knitters. Hi Susie. Hi Sherry. You're all on your way to being great knitters! Keep up the good work.
I'm going to make a baby sweater and matching hat, then 2 matching shrugs for Cece and her friend Emma. I'm off now to fold clothes and find the perfect pattern for that perfect yarn.
See ya - and Happy Birthday Lily O.