Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2011 goals

Heather raglan too big, needs another sleeve (might fit Gin)

Kerrera needs some seaming and pockets
Malabrigo yum

Traveling sweater on size 3's

Harmony by Kim Dolce

Goodale in pashmina

delancy Cardigan needs sleeves and collar

Hallets Ledge

Greenfield cardigan

The Xylem Cardigan

Can't remember what this one

The dude sweater atempt #2

Hooray cardigan

Aidez almost done and a current work in progress

Winter sostice also current

Missing pictures for:

The heather hoodie vest ( dont even know where that project is)

The tree jacket pullover I keept in the trunk of my car for emergency knitting then forgot all about it.
So why all the pictures?
I went through my projects page on ravelry and YIKES!! I have never had so many unfinished projects before. Big ones too. So 2011 seriously needs to be about finishing what I have started.
I have what 16 sweaters in progress, and the really sad thing is that none of these pictures are current and many of these sweaters are a back, or a sleeve, or less away from being done.
There are a few here that are going to be way to big for me and thats part of why I havent finished them. Now that I run I am much much smaller then I was before, but I'm thinking my daughter might be able to wear some of them.
So either I finish them or frog them in 2011.
Lets see what the sock situation is. I joined the sock stash knit down for 2011 to use up some sock yarn in 2011. I'm going to finish some socks that are also in various stages of not doneness.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's almost 2011 and the new Twist

My favorites from the new Twist collective. I bought the pattern for the green one. It is called Roheline and it's by one of my favorite designers Suvi Simola. I will be using tosh Dk in a wicked turquiose color. Then I bought Klimova ( the purple pullover) I love the cabled on the sleeves. That one is a Alison Green Will pattern. I was going to use malabrigo rios but it's all wrong for the cables, so I'm going to see if I have some worsted malabrrigo.
The other two are patterns that I thought were really pretty, especially the grey cardigan but it's done on very small needles so I'm going to watch and see if anyone modifies it for more of a light worsted yarn.

The pattern on the end I posted as a reminder that last season it was my favorite and I actually bought it and cast on the same day. It is one of the many Ufo's floating around.

Where did the year go? I completely gave up on blogging. It was too much work to keep up with Ravelry, twitter, facebook and keep a blog. As the year went by I became less and less active on each one. Who has time to work full time, clean the house, keep up on the web and still knit ? Not me. BUT, I did find that blogging was a good way to keep a diary of the projects I really wanted to work on or the inspiration for a project. Lately, because I dont' have the time to finish anything I have been forgetting what I have actually started. Not good. I'm afriad to count up the UFO's that are pilling up here and there.

I also started running this year, I ran a half marathon this month. It helps me to deal with the stress of life. Now that it's dark before I get home from work, and I'm afraid to go run alone in the dark I don't have that outlet for the stress. So I am going to try and knit more. I should focus on finisheing up some projects.

Right now I have Aidez by Cirillia Rose n the needles. It's a Berrocco pattern. I have the sleeves done and the right front. It's super easy to memorize the cable pattern so I can work on it anywhere.
I also have the habitat hat by jared flood on the needles. Not super easy to memorize and very slow to knit. I'm using his shelter yarn though and its very pretty.

A hat for Erica, its folliage from knitty in malabrigo and I should try to finish that today and get it out of the pile.

Then yesterday I started the Hooray cardigan by Vera Valimaki because I have this purple grey malabrigo rios that I wanted to use for Klimova from the new twist but the gauge was too light. So it was a good excuse to start this new cardigan by Vera, I love her patterns.

Also in the bag is a half done handwarmer for Holly.
This is just the list of projects in my current project bag. I'd better get back to knitting.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Garter Yoke Cardigan practically done

I do believe that if I had spent time knitting everyday, and had not swatched for two other sweaters and cast on for a pair of socks, I would have finished the Garter Yoke Cardigan in about a week. Crazy isn't it. It's that fast and easy. I am working on the 2nd sleeve today. I went and bought buttons for it today. I even have the ends woven in.

So next for 2010. I cast on for a pair of spud and Chloe socks. They make good traveling knitting. They also work well for stress knitting.

I also swatched for a couple of sweaters but haven't completly picked my sweater for Ravelympics.

Ginna would like for me to focus my attention on her sweater. I'm not as excited about this as she is though. I did wind the yarn today. That was a big project in itself. Cascade eco wool. I had to divide the hank up to get it to fit on my winding tools. It feels like a lot of yarn.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

feeling guilty

I'm loving, working on the Garter Yoke cardigan. It's going very quickly. I am now on the increases for the hips. The sleeves will slow me down, Sleeves always slow me down. They are like socks.
The problem is that as I spend all this time working on my wonderful Garter Yoke Cardigan I can see my previous favorite project sadly sticking out of my knitting bag. It's the Kerrara sweater from the newest Twist collective. I am using Malibrigo in the stonechat color way. I love how soft it is and the body knit up quickly. Then I started the sleeves. I'm still on the sleeves. I need to finish it but I don't feel like working on the sleeves. I'm sure I will love it when it's done. It's a great pattern, super easy to follow.
So, for now I'm ignoring it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Garter Yoke Cardigan and picking a project for the 2010 Ravelympics

I saw this on Ravelry the other day. It is a Blue sky alpaca pattern.
Here is the current picture of the Garter Yoke Cardigan. Cascade 220.
I was able to seperate the the sleeves from the body and start the plain o plain stockinette stitch body. I don't plan to have much knitting time today. I have a long list of "day off " chores to get done today. It would be great if I managed to get to the waist decreases though.

So Ravelympics is in Feb and I am thinking ahead, and planning a project to work on during that time. I should do socks. Socks are resonable and they travel well and they are small. So why are all these sweater patterns sitting here instaed of sock patterns?

Some ideas: Spoke or Quadrant from the new knitty
Vaila from Twist
Kelmscott from twist
Villane BY suvi found on Ravelry
luminen from twist shortened and without the snowflakes
or the above pattern if I can find it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jan 2010 already?

Last year flew by. I wasn't very productive and I blame the internet for that.( and my full time job) I spent far too much time on Ravelry, Facebook and reading peoples Blogs. I spent hours and hours hunting down the perfect projects and adding them to my" must knit" list. Unfortunately, I spent far less time actually knitting last year. So I added things much faster then I crossed them off.
I could of course make big plans to knit ....15 sweaters and 10 pairs of socks....or any other number of each this year. But I'm not going to. I am simply going to say that this year I would like to spend more time being productive and completing things and less time wasted on facebook and such.

So to start out the new year, on Jan 1st I started a new sweater. Yes, I know I should have worked on finishing something already started but it is my tradition to start a new project on Jan1st.
This year My project is the garter Yoke Cardigan which funny enough, I added to my Ravelry que last January.
Specifics: Garter Yoke Cardigan, Knit 1 winter 2008
Cascade 220 in a plum, aubergene color
I am getting a gauge of 20 sts to the inch on 8s so I am making a size 38 with the idea that it will be close to a size 35-36 when done.
I started on Jan 1st and did most of the yoke, Jan 2nd I started shapping the raglan. Today is the 3rd and I hope to seperate the sleeves from the body.

I also recieved my yarn from webs. I ordered classic elite waterlily to make Spoke ( new knitty) but I'm having 2nd thoughts. I get the same gauge that the ball bands lists but the pattern has a different gauge and I would have to go up a needle size. I don't like the way the fabric looks in that larger needle size. So even though this is the called for yarn I don't think I will use it for that.