Friday, April 28, 2006
Pattern: Green Gable
Designers: Rachel Iverson & Sarah Johnson
Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton/20% wool; 215 yards)
3 skeins of CW825 Truffle
Bamboo US 6 (4.0 mm) 16" & 29" Circulars
Bamboo US 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs
Start Date: April 21, 2006
End Date: April 27, 2006
Completed as part of the Green Gable KAL. This is a great pattern, not many alterations were needed. The only modifying I did was to add increases 9" from the underarm. I knit 7, increased and repeated 2 more times.
Monday, April 24, 2006
I've always wondered how other bloggers can get such perfect pics of themselves. Then there are the ones who take the in the mirror shots and forget to turn the flash off (also, forget to clean the mirror). DH laughed while I was attempting my "self-portrait". He says that I spend as much time setting up a photo for the blog as I do knitting.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
me being big-time goofy!
Yarn: Berroco Touche' (50% Cotton/50% Rayon)
16 hanks - Color #7920 - Orange
1 hank - Color #7900 - White
Needles: Addi Turbo US Size 8 (5 mm)
Hook: Size H/8
Start Date: March 25, 2006
End Date: April 18, 2006
No modifications necessary on this one. The recommended yarn for this project is Classic Elite Yarns - Posh. Yeah, about that... this yarn retails for around $32 a hank, 11 hanks were needed... you do the math. I substituted with the Touche. This yarn was very splitty, but it feels wonderful. There were a lot of fibers floating around while I was knitting. At one point I thought I would hack up a fur ball! The tunic has been washed and blocked and no pilling.
If the weather cools down, which I'm sure it will because we are at unseasonable highs this week (today - 90 degrees!), I'll get a chance to wear this before fall.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
- "I use a little fabric glue when I finish them in to avoid their coming back out in the wash"
- "I never spend time weaving in ends because I hold the tail next to the chain I'm working on and crochet right over it. Isn't that what you do when you weave them in? Makes sense to me..."
- "Personally - I'm a knotter. I know many are horrified at the idea of knotting, but I'm more horrified at the idea of actual stitches coming undone in the middle ofmy project!"
There were more, but I felt a migraine coming on from reading them.
Since I brought it up, I know you are wondering how I weave my ends. As daunting as it is, I use a tapestry/yarn needle to weave mine for both crochet and knitting. I have yet to have something unravel. (knock-on wood)
Time to get back to this tunic before it's absolutely to hot for it. I got the sleeves going this morning. This is my first time working with set-in sleeves. I decided to knit them both at once. I had never heard of such a thing until I read Wendy's blog. I love learning new tricks especially when it's time saving.
This evening I have to take Mikaela to a birthday party at the Y. It's an indoor pool party. It's so hot today that it could have almost been an outdoor pool party -- 83 degrees! I hope it's not misconstrued as me being rude, but I'm taking my knitting with me!
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Pattern: Tube Toporini
Designer: Rachel Iverson
Yarn: Kim by King Yarns (55% cotton/45% acrylic, color: Moss Green) -- 4 balls
Needles: Addi Turbo US Size 7 (4.5 mm) & US Size 8 (5 mm) 24" Circulars
Start Date: April 9, 2006
End Date: April 12, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
I managed to finish the front of the tunic, it's starting to look like a real sweater. This is my first time knitting a sweater that has to be assembled, I've gotten a little spoiled from knitting in the round. I'll start the sleeves probably on tomorrow.
The Zip-front Jacket
Remember this? Picked up the hook and did a little crochet on yesterday. Still working on it, haven't forgotten it.
The Tube Toporini
I was dying to use that new, pretty green yarn so I cast-on for the tube toporini. It's working up quite lovely.
Haven't forgotten about the Chevron rib tank, just on the backburner for a while since it's really a summer top.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Some good, some not so good. Some that are buried deep in the back of my closet, that will never, ever see the light of day and some that I wear proudly with my head held high. I look at it as a learning experience. Learning new stitches, shaping techniques, how to "correctly" read patterns and abbreviations. And most of all, the difference in yarn!
Okay, now back to the original question: "Will I ever crochet again?" Of course I will! Crochet is my first fiber lover. No matter how many lovers you have had, you always remember the first! I guess you can say that at this time, I'm just somewhat burned out. And as you can see, I have discovered knitting (my new lover) -- BIG TIME! I am like a kid with a new toy! All of the months I spent harboring knit envy, salivating over the beautiful, endless variety of patterns, wishing I knew what to do with those two sticks. Now I do and I am having a great time. But to the crocheters, I have not given up on the craft, it's just on hiatus!
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
|You Are a Cappuccino|
You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.
However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.
You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.
You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please
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