Sunday, March 27, 2011

Theme and Goals for April

Test knitting

1. Ruins fingerless gloves by pixelated mushroom.

2. Rotation by Fallmasche

No pictures for you until I'm sure it's ok to post some.

My goals for this month.
1. Finish the spud and chloe hoodie KAL project. (In the Project bag)

2. Finish Rhubarb and Custard by army of knitters. A UFO that needs to be done ( in the project bag)

3. Finish the holden shawl So I can say I knit down some sock yarn stash.

4. Pick a baby blanket pattern for Melissa's new baby boy due in July.

5. Finish the test knits, OBVIOUSLY

6. Empty the project bag.

Organizing project for the other room , I would like to put all the yarn and projects in bags with the pattern and any tools or materials needed with them. Make sure everything is logged on Ravelry and then number then in a finishing order. Post on her as well.

Last try not to fall in love with any new projects before I finish at least 4 UFO's.

Not everyone can walk around with a fish on thier head.

My daughter Ginna was talking about how cool it would be to have a Pokemon hat. A particular pokemon who is a fish. I had downloaded the dead fish hat from knitty way back when it came out, so of course, I was proud to announce " I can Do that" After hunting up the pokemon card for that character and coming up with a sketch She gave me her instructions and I set off knitting this hat. I added whiskers and inserted pipe cleaners in them to help them stay up. I knit the eyes instead of using felt. I also made the fins a bit different. The white is some of my cherished glow in the dark yarn. The supply is getting smaller.

Not nearly as exciting as the hat, I also finished the greenfield cardigan. It's from the new England knits book. It came out way too big. Not sure if I will try to felt it or just go with it. This is # 5 for IntSweMoDo2011.

I really need to design my own garder yoke cardigan because they all seem to have a neck that is way to wide for my small frame. I also want long skinny sleeves.

finished projects update for February

Here we are in March, the end of March even and I'm posting my finished sweaters for February.
These are # 3 and 4 for IntSweMoDo 2011. I don't know why I didn't post them sooner.
This was the crisp and Grey vest from Veera Valimaki. She has some really great patterns. I used spud and chloe otter to make this.
Very fast knit.

This one was the Eternalism vest from Knitscene winter /spring 2011. Also a very fast knit. I love the yarn. Which reminds me, the pattern used about half of what I bought for it.

I guess my theme for February was vests.

I also spent a little time on a UFO that is a vest . Its a rowan pattern and Im using rowan colorscapes. Wish I had finished that one too. It wouldn't have taken any time I just got bored with it.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

weaving love.

I started my 4th weaving project yesterday. It was one of thoes listen to your gut moments. While I was warping the loom I was having some trouble with the yarn and I really should have stopped then and picked another yarn. I didn't. I finished warping and started weaving. I noticed right away that something wasn't right about the tension. Then after wewaving about 1 1/2 inches I noticed my first broken warp thread. It didn't snap it just slowly fell apart. as I looked I watched another one fall apart. The yarn was disintegration. So I pulled it all off the loom and put it in the trash. The yarn just wasn't strong enough to be used as a warp and I was basically pulling it apart. So today I picked a yarn from deep in the stash. It doesn't have any ball bands but I'm pretty sure it was knitpicks stroll in a taupe heather color. Its plenty strong and is holding up much better. I used about 1 3/4 balls of it to warp a 8 inch wide surface on a 12 dent heddle. I am using mini mochi for the warp and even though I only have a few inches I can see that this is going to be a very pretty scarf.

Monday, March 7, 2011

a very sporatic blogger

Im not a very good blogger. Im blaming my new loom, It"s so much fun to weave. I got a 20 inch flip rigid heele loom and I love it. I have been pulling out old stash and weaving away. Life in generally is super stressfull right now and weaving is very calm and mediatative. I think part of it is that I'm so new at it that Im just playing with no exspectations.
In knitting news, I started a small shawl. It's my first shawl ever. Mostly Im trying to use up some sock yarn stash and there was a KAL on the cold sheeping forum so I jumped in.
I finished a hat for Raven at work. She's leaving to move home. She wanted the kitty hat from Stitch and Bitch so I did that. I also finished the dead fish hat for Gin from Knitty. That was an adventure. I changed the pattern to make it look like a pokemon charachter.