Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rain, Rain Go Away for awhile, please?

After a beautiful Saturday, the dreary, rainy days are back.  When will it end.  I guess the best thing about the weather is that I am getting quite a bit of knitting time in.

I had 200 rows on the mystery stole to finish and have completed 50 rows.  It’s all coming back to me now.  I need to knit this in a quiet environment, count out loud, have good lighting (an ott light), and magnifier glasses (I am using 3.0).  The reason is that I am using black lace yarn.  What was I thinking?  I also put in a life line after 50 rows.  So, I’m one quarter complete.  Sounds good, but the rows keep growing by 2 stitches on every other row.  So, I will be up to close to 200 stitches on the needles until I am finished.  Right now I am at 54 stitches.  I will take a picture after I get finished with the next 50 rows.

I did complete the Abstract Fiber sock in the sweet pea color using size 1 needles.  I really, really liked this yarn.  I must get more.

Abstract Fiber - Sweet Pea sock- complete

I also finished the Mid May 2011 Monthly dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is Fruited Plains by Andi Worthy.  I used Peaches in Crème in the mauve color way with size 7 needles.

May 2011 Mid Month KAL

I wasn’t planning on it, but I also picked up the ripple afghan I was working on and started on it again.  Maybe after finishing the mystery stole, I can crochet away on this the rest of the summer.  I just might surprise myself and get this finished yet.  Good thing that the world didn’t end on Saturday.

Well, Numma Numma is back from Mexico and had her last update until September.  So I bought more yarn.  I love her yarn.  I got The Special (a fingering weight yarn) in the WiFi colorway and I got the Usual in Table for Two, Manager’s Choice and Stump Brew.

Numma Numma - May 2011

Off to knit on the Minnie scarf and play Words with Friends.  That is addicting!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Project and it’s not a sock

I finally started a new knitting project that is not a sock.  I am knitting the Minnie scarf (also goes by the name of Bobble scarf) by Jumpers Cable knitting.  I am using Manos Silky Blend in color 300A (a blue color).  I love this yarn.  I am also using a size 7 needle.  The scarf is a sideways scarf and is easy to knit. This is the first time I am using the new version of the Signature Cable needle and I love it.  The cable is really nice and so are the needles.

Minnie Scarf

I finally finished my Chevron Scarf that I started in March of 2007.  I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn in Watermelon Tourmaline and Farmhouse with a size 5 needle.  I have blocked the scarf and it blocked at over 80 inches.  So, it’s a nice size scarf.  I am very happy with this.  I love the colors.

Chevron Scarf Completed

So, I am down to the following old projects that I need to finish:

1. Central Park Hoodie

2. Mystery Stole – which is my next project to finish

3. Olivia Sweater

4. Ripple Afghan

5. Afghan Squares from the Great American Afghan.  - I really only started this in November and only did about 2 or 3 rows on the first square.

The rest of the projects that I have on the needles are newer projects that I have been working on.  I figure that I will finish the Mystery Stole and then start working on the Central Park Hoodie again in September.  I am feeling really good about my goals for 2011.

I have also finished the first Abstract Fiber sock in Sweet Pea and cast on for the second sock.  I am using size 1 needles.  I just love this yarn.

Abstract Fiber Sock One Complete

It’s really nice not working.  I am getting a lot of things done around the house and a lot of knitting done.  I am certainly NOT bored.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The rain is back

It was such a lovely week this week.  The sun was out and it was warm.  Beautiful spring days until Friday when it was overcast all day and now today with the rain.  It makes it cooler outside, so I can’t sit on my porch.  Darn!

I have gotten further with my Abstract Fiber sock.  I really, really like this yarn and the colors.  I will definitely get more of their yarn.  The color is Sweet Pea with size 1 needles.  I am past the heel and on my way to the toe to finish up one sock.

Abstract Fiber - sweet pea sock1 - 2

I also knit on Cat Bordhi Ocean Toes sock.  I really had trouble with this pattern.  I had to rip it back many times, but finally got to the designated rows by Friday.  This week we are taking a break since everyone has not gotten to that point and I am so glad.  I need a break from this sock.  I am using size 3 needles with Crock-O-Dye yarn in color 559 (a seafoam green).   I am not liking the yarn.  It’s nice and soft but is fuzzing up.  Not happy with that.  It isn’t helping that I am having problems with the pattern and I’m not happy with the yarn.  But, I will plod on and finish it.

CB - Ocean Toes Sock

Still working on the Chevron scarf.  I have about 20 inches more to do and hopefully, I will be able to finish it within the next week or two.

I got the Loopy Ewe’s Mother’s Day kit.  The yarn is Studio June’s Super Cash Sock in the color Beach Glass.  Nice yarn!  It also came with a project tote and cute flowered tape measure.

Loopy Ewe 2011 Mother's Day Kit

The Turtlepurl yarn I ordered came.  This is Softshell turtle toes in Kiping at camp and Haeeyyy.  Love the yarn.  I plan on using this for a Daybreak Shawl.

Turtlepurl Softshell Turtle Toes Yarn

And, I finally got another skein of Wollmeise lacegarn in the color Fliederbrusch.  Isn’t it pretty.  Lot’s of yardage on this one.

Wollmeise Lacegarn - Fliederbrush

Off to knit on the chevron scarf.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day.  It was a beautiful day out today.  The sun was out and it was warm out.  I got to sit on my back porch.  Maggie loved it.  She is so happy to be outside again.

Finished my Twisted Limone socks with the afterthought heel.  This worked out well and I’m glad I tried it.  I used Tangy sock in Fruit Salad with size 1 needles.  I will definitely use this heel with other striping sock yarns.

Twisted Limone - Tangy - Fruit Salad Complete

Twisted Limone - Fruit Salad - Afterthought Heel

Then I started a basic sock pattern using Abtract Fiber Supersock in the color Sweet Pea and a size 1 needle.  I really like how this yarn feels and I love the color. It shows up lighter on the picture, but it really is a darker green.

Basic Sock - Abstract Fiber - Sweet Pea

I also finished the Monthly Dishcloth May KAL.  The pattern is Ulysses the Unicorn by Janet Nogle.  I used Peaches and Crème in gold with size 6 needles.

May 2011 KAL

Still working on the chevron scarf and did very little knitting on the Mystery Stole 3.  I’m feeling really good though that I have completed a lot of old projects.

Cast on for a Cat Bordhi sock called Ocean Toes.  Two of my other knitting friends are also working on this sock.  I haven’t gotten very far, so no picture.  We want to have the leg of the first sock completed by Friday so I guess I have to get moving.

Off to knit!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Still finishing old projects

I am so glad to have finished my stuffed mittens.  I had finished the first one years ago and finally started on the second mitten recently.  I used Kraemer’s Summit Hill yarn in blue quartz with size 4 and 6 needles.  Stuffing the mittens was okay, but I don’t think I will make this pattern again.

Thrumbed Mittens - Finished

Also completed this weekend was my third prayer shawl.  I liked the Marble Chunky yarn so much, I had to make another one.  The color is MC 16 (a gold colorway) using size 13 needles.

Prayer Shawl 3


I finished the April Mid Month dishcloth KAL.  I enjoyed this one.  I used Peaches and Crème in Bright Navy and Shades of Spring with size 6 needles.  The pattern is the Stained Glass cloth by Lindy.

April 2011 Mid Month KAL

Still working on my Twisted Limone socks.  I have started the second sock and have placed my yarn for the afterthought heel.  I am using Tangy sock in Fruit Salad with a size 1 needle.

Twisted Limone - Tangy #1 - Second Sock

Note the Chic a bag that is holding the yarn.  I love this bag.  It works great for holding a ball or cake of yarn.  I hope to finish these socks by the end of the week as my friends and I are going to start a Cat Bordhi sock using her new sock book.

Since I finished the prayer shawl and mittens, I dug out the Mystery Stole 3 and Chevron scarf that I started in 2007.  I only have to do the wing on the Mystery Stole, so it shouldn’t take too long to complete, but I am really knitting this slowly so I don’t make a mistake.  I need to knit this at home without any distractions.  I am about a third complete on the Chevron scarf and think that I can finish this pretty soon too.

Chevron Scarf - STR

For the Chevron scarf, I am using Socks that Rock yarn in Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline with size 5 needles.  For some reason I thought I had to knit the scarf until I finished the yarn, but after reading over the directions, I am suppose to make the scarf about 77 inches before finishing it off.  I will definitely have to block this scarf.

Well, I am off to knit.