Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Having a hard time getting in the Xmas mode

I think it’s because the weather is warmer than normal.  The high today was 62.  It’s November 29th!  It’s not suppose to be that warm!  At least I started Christmas shopping.  I bought one present and finished a knitted gift (see below).

I only bought two skeins of yarn since last time.  I got Crofter’s DK by Sirdar (a Fair Isle effect yarn) to make a cool pattern that could either be a cowl or a hat.  Now to just find the time to make it.

Crofter DK -  Fair Isle effect - 0038

I did finish the Basic Sock using Gales Art yarn in Crayon box with a size 1 needle.  I really loved this yarn.  No pooling and I didn’t have to worry about trying to match both socks.

Gales Art Sock Complete

I also completed the November 2011 Mid Month KAL.  The pattern was the Starburst cloth by Dione Reed.  I used Peaches and Crème in Sunrise with a size 7 needle.  This cloth got quite big.  If I knit it again, I would knit it on a smaller needle, but the pattern was easy.

November 2011 Mid Month KAL

I completed a Christmas gift for my great nephew, Carter.  It is a Wooly Wormhead hat called Doodie.  I used Plymouth Dreambaby in a green color (0125) with a size 4 needle.  This was an easy knit.

Doodie Hat for Carter

Now, I need to get knitting on a sweater for Carter.  It’s started and I have about 1/3 rd of it completed.  I also have to knit him a dog puppet, but that shouldn’t take long to do.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Too Much Yarn and too many WIP’s

Yes, I keep buying yarn, but I keep finding projects that I want to make.

I was able to get two skeins of Numma Numma yarn in the last update even though I got there late.  I got Red clay Mocha in Doppio and Baba Ganoush in Toasty.  I couldn’t pass up the name Baba Ganoush, so I had to buy it.

Numma Numma - November 2011

Then I bought more Spud and Chloe Sweater from the Loopy Ewe to make animals by Susan B. Anderson.  I got a green (7502) and blue (7520).  I am going to start with the blue first and make a hippo.

Spud and Chloe Sweater - Loopy Ewe - grn and blu

From the Knitter’s Edge, I got Encore Chunky in green and gray to make a chula hat and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in color 300014 (dark purple) to make a Slouchy hat called North Wind by Sweet Georgia Brown.

Knitter's Edge - Nov 19

I did cast on two projects.  I am knitting a Wooly Wormhead hat called Doodie for my great nephew.  I am using Plymouth Dreambaby in color 0125 (green).  This should match the sweater I am making him.

Wooly Wormhead - Doodie

Here is a picture of the Min Ulla Scarf that I started last week.  I am using Madelinetosh Pashmina in Moorland (green) and Antique Lace.  This is the first time I am knitting a project with two colors of yarn.  Wish me luck. I am using size 4 needles.

Min Ulla Scarf

Now, I have 7 active projects on the needles and plan to cast on three more.  I was doing really good and got caught up on many old projects.  Here I go again, project barf.  I keep having to buy more needles to knit these projects! Hopefully, I will get get quite a few of them completed before the end of the year.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Songs on the Radio?

Can you believe it?  Yesterday, driving to my knitting group, I was listening to Christmas songs on the radio.  I was thinking, nooooooo, it’s too soon.  I haven’t wrapped my brain around Christmas yet.  But, it’s coming soon and I am not nearly ready.

I have worked on some knitting projects this past week.  I finished the November KAL for my dishcloth group.  The pattern is A Peacock for Tunie by Elaine Fitzpatrick.  Silly me thought it was a turkey.  I used Peaches and Crème in teal with a size 6 needle.

November 2011 Dishcloth KAL

I also finished one sock using Gales Art in crayon box using a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.  I love how this sock knit up.

Gales Art - Basic Sock 1 - complete

Then, I worked on a sweater for my great nephew, Carter.  I am using the Buttons Cardigan pattern #606 with Dreambaby yarn in color 0310 (a tweed color in green) with a size 5 needle.

Buttons Cardigan

I also started on a colorwork pattern.  It’s my first one!  Pictures and information coming next week, I hope.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Yarn, Yarn and More Yarn

I have been poking around Ravelry.  While I love Ravelry  but, poking around Ravelry isn’t a good thing because I have been finding more and more projects to knit and more yarn to buy for these projects.

I wanted to get a couple of more skeins of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn, so I broke down and purchased 3 more skeins in the colors: Beachglass, Bronzeage, and Loosey Juicy. I will use these for socks or shawls.

Hazel Knits - Artisan Sock

Then I purchased some yarn from the Loopy Ewe.

Loopy Ewe - November 2011

From top to bottom, I got Alisha Goes Around Tracks of Bison in wine and Panoply of Peacocks in Estuary.  Then I got two skeins of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Grasshopper (the color did not photograph well, it’s more green than yellow).  I plan on using  the Pashmina for the Shaelyn shawl. On the sides, you will see Spud and Chole in gray and white to make some animals designed by Susan B. Anderson.  I signed up for the Wee One’s online class on the Craftsy web site.

Today, when I went to knitting at the Knitter’s Edge, I picked up more yarn.  I got Fantasy Naturale in Color 2550 (marine blue) and 5228 (green) to make some bibs by Laura Treadway.

Fantasy Naturale - yarn for bibs

And, I bought some DK weight baby yarn in Plymouth Dreambaby (color 0125 –green) and Sirdar Crofters (color 0152 – blue) to make a couple of the Doodie hats by Woolly Wormhead.

Yarn for Hats - Carter

Now, I just have to get moving and start to knit.