Sunday, December 30, 2007

Laceweight Yarn -- I have no plans....

Marsha asked if I had plans for this yarn yet. I don't and would love suggestions!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

A LOVELY Yule Swap Gift!


A LOVELY Yule Swap Gift!
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I got a fantastic surprise in the post this afternoon from a friend of mine. I *heart* the laceweight yarn and the photo just doesn't capture the color. It's a heathered brown/green/reddish color and is wonderfully soft.

The doll holding the needles was handcrafted by my friend, Eve-Marie and she's got a pin on the back so that I can carry her around on my knitting bag.

The red bit on the bottom is a gorgeous red wrap that I will get lots of use out of.

I have wonderful friends.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Danica Scarf


Danica Scarf
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This is a *FAST* knit! I just started this last night, worked on it while watching my husband watch The Simpson movie. Took it to YarnArts today and tried to work on it a bit between yip-yaping with Kathleen, Joy, Sophia and everyone else that popped in and out.

This was to be a Yule Swap gift, however, since Yule was on Friday, I totally missed the deadline. However, my lovely swap partner has known that I was going to miss the date and it's all good.

The pattern is well written and moving along quickly. Dirk wants one in the team color for the Wolverhampton Wolves, the English Football team we follow. YarnArts has the *perfect* golden yellow/orange color in Misson Falls wool and I'm excited since I thought it would be an odd shade to try to match up. The second color in the scarf will be black.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Knitting Stash Enhancement


Knitting Stash
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Need I say more?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Project Update

I am about 20 repeats in the green mohair Knitty.com 'Branching Out' scarf for my mother in law and because I am almost to the end, I am trying to resist the urge to cast on a new project.

I started the second fingerless glove for Dirk, but just need to sit down and work on it if I think I'm going to have them done any time soon. The pressure as a holiday gift is off since he knows about them.

Saturday night was my work holiday party and I wore my red cashmere/silk Mystery Stole 2 and it was so lovely over an all black outfit (paired with my red, black and white cowboy boots!). I had a few people ask if I made it and one woman grabbed the end of it and gently tugged me over to her husband to show it to him (blush). Then she foolishly asked if I could make her something "similar but not as complex". I just chuckled as MY husband laughed so loud the cat jumped.

My LYS, YarnArts of Parker, just got in some *divine* handdyed alpaca yarn from a local farm (Lonesome Stone) and it was SO HARD to walk away from it and leave it all by it's 'lonesome' on the shelf.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Entrelac Hat - FINISHED



This is a wacky husband modeling the hat before it was felted.

The pattern was written by a wonderful friend of mine and once I got past the frustration of having NO idea how to knit entrelac, it was fun and fast.

Note: The issues wasn't so much with the pattern but with me. Once I get frustrated with something it takes me a bit to get past not getting it to just sit down and think the pattern through.

We also got a photo of our brindle boy modeling the pre-felted hat...he was not pleased at all and did not see the humor in the photo taking event that we did.

And now onto a photo of the finished hat post-felting!

The hat is a little too big for me and unfortunately are "girly" colors because it fits Dirk perfectly. He's been wearing it around the house the past few days just to tease me that it fits him so well.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Finishing projects, but not the ones I need to be finishing...

(...laugh...)

I finished and felted the test pattern for Sophia's Entrelac hat -- and it's awesome. However the batteries are dead in my camera and Dirk has his camera at work. We did take a photo pre-felting for comparison that I'll post with the finished project photo later this week.

I finished one of Dirk's fingerless gloves. They were supposed to be a surprise, but I really didn't want to find out after I knitted both of them that they didn't fit so I had him try on the first one. His response? "It's like wearing air wrapped around my hand!"

My cross-hatch lace socks are past the ankles about 2 or 3 inches and should be done some time this year. The challenge is that it's a 8 row pattern repeat that I haven't memorized so I have to pay attention to what I'm doing.

The branching out scarf is about 1/2 way done -- and I really should be knitting at least one pattern repeat of that right now instead of just blogging about it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Secret Pal 11 Package


Secret Pal 11 Package
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Check the haul in this *amazing* SP11 package! Those are HANDMADE sock blocks -- handmade just for ME!!! (insert squeeeee! of joy). The Gauge Wizard is the most awesome gadget I've seen in a long time!

Thank you again Maureen, I loved everything and appreciate the time and effort you put into choosing the items.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

To My No Longer a Secret Pal....

I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything in the parcel that came today! I pulled out the beautiful cardboard storage tube and thought -- WOW! A wine bottle carrier! (laugh!) It never occured to me to stick needles in it until I read your note. (snort...)
The sock blockers are fabulous and extra thanks to your husband for helping out with them! woot! I have sock blockers!!
The gloves are adorable, who doesn't love chocolate and I have to make this note short so that I can read through the new sock book.

Thank you again for your generous gifts.

Photos coming soon!

Sophia's Felted Entrelac Hat


Sophia's Felted Entrelac Hat
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's an updated photo of the pattern I am test knitting for my friend, Sophia.

This is my first go at entrelac so there were quite a few curses being thrown around at the start and a tear or two. However, now that I've got my head wrapped around the concept, the hat is zipping along! I'm hoping to have it felted and wearable by this weekend for my birthday!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Knitter's Coffee Swap 3


Knitter's Coffee Swap 3
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Thank you 'wench for a fabulous package! We are brewing a pot to the Guatemala beans this morning!

The laceweight alpaca is gorgeous and is something that I would have chosen for myself but then waffled on buying so it was a *perfect* gift. I'm already thinking about what pattern I want to cast on for it.

Your beans are still at the roaster while the remainder of the package items are patiently waiting in the mailing box.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Knitting Update

I'm still plugging away at the branching out scarf, I'm about 50% of the way done...sigh...well this freakin' scarf EVER be done?

My cross-hatch lace socks are moving along as well. I'm about to the ankle and have switched up one needle size for the leg than I used on the foot and I'm hoping that makes them go a bit quicker.

I also cast on for a pair of fingerless gloves for Dirk with Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in a medium grey color. The yarn is scrumptious!

On Sunday I got a test pattern from a friend for a felted entrelac hat to test knit for her and can you believe I could NOT find any yarn in my stash to make the hat? It was tough, but I had to pick out new yarn....(laugh).

Life has been crazy lately so I wasn't able to teach any classes this month at YarnArts, but I'm definitely planning some for December. I'll try to get it cast on later this week so that I can give the designer feedback.

Well, if I want to get some knitting time in tonight, I better log off!

Monday, October 29, 2007

5 Hour Baby Sweater


5 Hour Baby Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Knitted because I liked the yarn so I made a small baby sweater as a store sample for YarnArts.

Yarn: Universal Yarn 'Belle' and 'Dots'. I loved working with this yarn, it's 100% machine washable acrylic blend, but feels very nice and was nice to work with.

Needles: Denise Interchangeable US 6

Pattern: http://www.fibergypsy.com/patterns/5hrpatt.shtml Since I made this with sportweight yarn not worsted this is sized for a preemie or a newborn.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Knitty.com Branching Out Progress


Knitty.com Branching Out
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's a photo update of the progress on this project. I'm starting to like it more as I've had some practice working with the sticky mohair. I'm also getting excited to see how it's going to look after it is blocked out.

I think before I give it away, I'll leave it at YarnArts for a bit as a store sample. The whole reason I made this is that this yarn had looked so lonely on the store shelf for so long and I wasn't sure how it looked knitted up into something. As a customer, I like being able to see different projects in a variety of yarns - plus as a knitter it is fun to try something new out and share the results!

Coronet Hat


Coronet Hat
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
What an easy one day project! I picked up the yarn on Friday night (Cascade 220) to make a store model, cast on yesterday afternoon and finished up just as the Rockies tanked in Game 3 of the World Series last night.

The only thing I don't like is the turning purl row, on my hat it just looks a little "messy". But I do like how the cable bit turned up to double the warmth around the ears, so when I make a second hat I'll have to sort out how to make the turning row neater.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Project Status

I turned the heel on my crosshatch lace socks in Trekking XXL the other night and now I'm working my way up the leg. It's still the wrong pattern/colorway combination but DAMN! these socks fit well! Husband has requested another pair of socks...ugh...knitting socks for his big feet takes 3 times as long as it does to make my little socks.

I'm trying to make myself knit 1 pattern repeats at least three times a week on the Branching Out scarf. I'll get some photos this weekend to share. It's coming along. Still not crazy about the mohair but I love the color and it is going to be really nice.

Mystery Stole What? Oh, yeah, Mystery Stole 3. It's going the path of MS2 which I let lay in the knitting bag for months and months and months before I just sat down with it. It requires a lot of concentration on both the pattern and the beads that it's hard to carve out time to work on it. It really needs a couple of hours at a stretch. I was invigorated when I saw someone else's completed MS3 earlier this week, it was gorgeous.

Husband has already requested a pair of fingerless gloves. I've never made gloves, but they can't be harder than beaded lace, can they? I found a good pattern, now I need a soft DK weight wool in a heathered grey. I'm also thinking I might want a superwash wool for these, though that isn't essential. I was flipping through the Knitpicks catalog last night, but that is dangerous waters....

Well, off to work!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

SP11 Gift Package


SP11 Gift Package
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's the pile of goodies from my Secret Pal -- I forgot to mention the adorable little tin of Tootsie Rolls in last post!

I spent Friday night at the new location for the LYS where I work and teach classes trying to help get everything set up in the new space. I also spent most of today over there -- it's almost done and it's going to be great once we have it all arranged. Though, we usually move things around at least twice a month so it will take time to get all the yarn in the right place! Especially since I know there are shipments of Rowan, Mission Falls, Berrocco and Encore Worsted on on a truck to us.

P.S. We got almost 6 inches of snow this morning; I guess Winter is on his way.

Friday, October 19, 2007

I got a Secret Pal 11 Package!

Yesterday I got a phone call at work from my husband letting me know that I had Secret Pal package. The afternoon then seemed to d-r-a-g on until it was time for me to head home!
I loved everything in the box. I've never had any of the Debbie Bliss yarn and was thrilled with my pal's choice in material (alpaca silk) and color (a lovely minty green)! Though husband, said it's just not the right color for his new hat.
Believe it or not it was a beautiful lacy (and sage green) cotton washrag that got the most attention. We were upstairs in our bedroom when I opened the box and I tossed the washrag over to my husband to look at where he was lounging on the bed one of our boxer dogs. However, instead of catching the washrag, it landed on her head like a huge yarmulke -- and she never even shook it off. Instead she proudly wore it on her head. :)

Also tucked into the "green theme" box was a bar of lemongrass flavored soap, a pack of adorable sheep cards and some seeds for my garden!

I'll get some pictures to post later this weekend!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Project Update

The mohair scarf (branching out) is still hairy. It's slowly growing on the needles, but that is only because I am forcing myself to knit at least 1 pattern repeat each time I pick it up. Now I just need to pick it up more often.

I'm onto the gusset increases for the Crosshatch Lace socks.

While I was YarnArts this weekend, instead of working on either of these projects I made mitten store sample in Berroco 'Keltic'. I love the yarn and need a pair of mittens made with it for myself.

Mystery Stole 3 is still 'marinating' in the knitting basket.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Knitters' Coffeeswap Three: Q'aire

Here are the questions:
QUESTIONS
1. Whole bean or ground? I usually buy whole bean, unless I stumble across something that is ground but looks really good.

2. Fully-loaded or decaf? FULL CAF!

3. Regular or flavored? Both.

4. How do you drink your coffee? In a mug...laugh...

5. Favorite coffee ever? Currently, it's Daz Bog Coffee

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? I don't think I'm fussy but my husband says I am.

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? Biscotti and scones

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? Nope

9. Yarn/fiber you love? Alpaca, silk and bamboo!

10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Rough cheap yarn

11. What's on your needles? Lace stole and socks

12. Favorite colors? Purple and green

13. Allergies? Citronella

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Huacaya Alpaca Fiber


Huacaya Alpaca Fiber
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This afternoon a wonderful friend of mine spent some time giving me some pointers on plying my handspun (and very crappily handspun I might add) singles into 2 ply.

I was pretty excited about the whole thing.

And I also made a teeny tiny skein of much better spun singles from some Suri alpaca that I plied.

Here's the photo from that bit of adventure:

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Knitty.com Branching Out Scarf


Knitty.com Branching Out Scarf
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
A crappy photo of the scarf from hell. Mohair is fookin' hairy and it's difficult to work with.

All I have to say is that my MIL better freakin' LOVE this scarf.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Stagnant Projects



















Of course I started a new pair of socks as soon as I finished the Purple Splendor Wildfoote ones...Trekking XXL color #163.

The stitch pattern is 'Crosshatch Lace' from C. Schurch's More Sensational Knitted Socks.

In hindsight, not the best yarn and stitch pattern combo to compliment both to their best, but I like my variegated socks to have some kind of texture and I liked the look of this pattern.



I now realize that I have oodles of variegated and self striping sock yarn in my stash and not enough plain colors. (insert magical sound) I predict a shopping splurge with KnitPicks in my future. (exit magical sound)

You can see to the right that my Mystery Stole 3 and my Knitty Branching Out scarf are both stagnant. I'm to the beginning of Clue 4 on MS3, but just haven't been able to put the necessary brain power into working on it. The scarf is just irritating to me, but I'd like to finish it and give it to my mother-in-law for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, I need to think about what I'd like to make for my mom as well. Maybe I'll pick a different lacy scarf -- any suggestions? I'd like the pattern to be fairly simple so that I can get it done quickly.

Well, I better get in to the shower and cleaned up so that when my friend Mardi gets here I am ready to head out to kiss on some alpacas.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Socks: Done


DCP02055
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
1. Yarn used: Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn
2. Needles - size and type: 1 40" US 1 (foot) & US 2 (cuff) Addi Turbo
3. Method: Toe Up, Two at a Time, Magic Loop with gusset heel
4. Size: Women's Small
5. Recipient: Me!
6. Date completed: September 20, 2007

The pattern is my standard sock pattern but I used a mock cable stitch.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Turned the heels on my socks!

I got the heels on my Purple Splendor Wildfoote socks on Thursday night. For me this is the most exciting part of sock knitting.

This morning I printed out information on The Red Scarf Project. I'm going to ask the two other women in my office who knit if they would like to make scarves for the project with me.

Tomorrow I have the first part of my Beginning Knitting Workshop with 6 students. :)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Toe Up Socks - Brown Sheep Wildfoote

Photo of the most recent socks on the needles.

I love Brown Sheep's Wildfoote yarn.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Why I should not hang out at the yarn shop

..sigh...

I am so easily influenced by others.

When I walked into the shop on Saturday a few people were knitting on their neck down raglan sweaters -- and before I knew what was happening I tossed my sweet little in-progress toe up socks to the floor and had 10 skeins of 'Highlander' by Alpaca with a Twist piled in front of me as I mused on how to center a cable on the sleeves of a neck down raglan...

I did however break tradition and did NOT purchase this yarn in the lovely green that was also available.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Cast on yet another pair of socks....

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at YarnArts hanging out. I cast on and ripped out "Branching" from Knitty.com at least three times. I was having a disagreement with both the pattern and the yarn - apparently they were not meant for each other. Instead I sat socializing and teaching a friend how to knit and started her on a garter stitch scarf.

Last night I spent hours pouring through books, patterns and Ravelry before I grabbed two skeins of Brown Sheep Wildfoote (in SY17 Purple Splendor) and cast on a pair of toe up socks. I haven't yet decided on what foot/cuff patterning I'll use if any. That is one thing that I love about toe up socks, I can make it up as I go. Once I get the toes to a good size I can fiddle with the number of stitches to work out a lace or ribbing pattern.

This afternoon I'm heading to a friend's house to sit on her deck and knit. :) Life is good.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Secret Pal 11


Secret Pal 11
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
What a wonderful package to be presented with last night when I got home from work!

It was a "garden" themed package with pressed flower cards, tea bags, a little floral address book, flower stickers, a knitted/felted Gerbera daisy kit and some really cool seeds for my garden!

Thank you SP11. I *love* everything. My husband thought the Gerbera Daisy kit was the best, he brought it up in conversation again this morning at breakfast. :)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Monkey Socks


Monkey Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
One down, one to go. I'm not crazy about the plain stockinette heel and over all the socks are a little too loose on the heel...but I'd rather make one more that is a little loose in the heel that think about ripping this one out...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Almar Farms - Fleur


Almar Farms - Fleur
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This is what a baby alpaca who is only 24 hours looks like.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monkey Socks


Monkey Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Started the monkey socks for a THIRD freaking time...I think it's going well thus far. I went up a needle size to a US2 and things are looking better.

However, I have a confession....I've only ever made one pair of socks cuff down with a gusset heel. I'm a little afraid of picking up the stitches.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Monkey Socks are pissing me off.....

First cast on was frogged when about 6 rows into the ribbing I got distracted and for whatever reason I started knitting in the wrong direction....

Cast on a second time and I'm into repeat two of the lace....and the sock looks too small and doesn't fit right over my heel and leg. And the yarn (Silky Sock) is twisting onto itself off the ball like crazy and it's annoying me.

Going to cast on tomorrow with a larger needle.

If something goes wrong after that, I'm ditching this pattern.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sockotta Socks


Sockotta Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Made for me
Toe Up Two at a Time/Magic Loop
Stockinette foot with ribbed cuff
Sockotta yarn using Addi US 1 40"
"Crazy Heels and Toes" toe up gusset heels

My visit with the alpacas today....


DCP02028
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I stopped by my friend's farm, Almar Farm Alpacas, today to see the little girl that was born yesterday afternoon! That little fluff of white is Fleur and she was so sweet. The black alpaca is Gina, the white one on the right is Yolanda and she is the mom to Fleur. The white one in the background is pregnant and due in the next week or so.

I got to hold Fleur but those photos are on my friend's camera.

I also picked up a skein of yarn from their prize herdsire "Sir Prize" for my secret pal package.

Monday, August 13, 2007

What in the hell is wrong with me?

Every time I log into Ravelry I add another project to my queue. I am now up to 77.

(laugh)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sockotta Socks


Sockotta Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Yesterday I finally finished the gussets and turned the heels on these socks. I've had little time to knit lately and have been so anxious to finish these socks so that I can start a pair of Monkey socks. Since I'm on the "non-thinking" cuffs, I can get these finished in no time. I'm at the perfect spot in the project for working on them on the train on the way into work. Again, I love this Sockotta yarn!

Had a nice small beginner Toe-Up Sock class yesterday at YarnArts and everyone seemed to have a good time. I love teaching classes there and today I have part 1 of a Beginner's Knit Workshop.

Mystery Stole 3 will most likely get some attention this evening. Last week there was a tragic accident that involved a mistake that turned into a disaster when I tried to correct it. I wound up ripping out the first 15 rows of Clue 3.

Well, it's off to the shower and the farmer's market for me.

Monday, August 06, 2007

SP 11 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I love alpaca and other natural fibers. I don't any "fun fur" or 100% acrylic.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

My addi's are in the baggies that they came in. Exciting 'eh?

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I've been knitting around 2 years and I taught myself for the most part. I would consider myself intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Yes, but I'm not sure how to link it from here.

5. What's your favorite scent?

I love earthy scents like patchouli, cedar, sage etc...

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Not too much, though I am swayed by dark chocolate

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I spin terribly, but have been practicing! I love to craft stuff like beaded jewelry, stamping, fun papers etc...

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I love almost anything except Speed Metal and Hard Core Rap. I adore 80's New Wave and the Grateful Dead (what an interesting mix!)

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

Love most colors, don't like orange though.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Married with dogs and cats.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

Yes.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Socks and lace.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Mystery Stole 3 and some socks

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Absolutely!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Straight or circular depends on the project, same with the material.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes, both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Gasp! I don't have any currently!

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween.

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Vintage Fiestawarer

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I subscribe to Interweave Knits and any of the Barbara Walker books of stitch patterns are on my wish list.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

Not that I can think of right now.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

US woman's size 5.5

23. When is your birthday?

November

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?

PixieM

Monday, July 30, 2007

Blocking....


DCP02019
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Whew, that was a ton of work but it appears that it was all worth it. Mystery Stole 2 is now officially completed and I can dedicate more time to Mystery Stole 3.

I had a small disaster last night on MS3 when I realized I was off by two stitches I tinked back two rows -- and promptly dropped 3 to 4 more stitches down a few more rows. I held my breath as I very carefully carried them back up to the needles. Yes, I can see were the accident occured, but there aren't any holes or glaring mistakes, so everything is good to go moving forward.

P.S. The blocking is being done on 12 foam sheets that I got in the craft department of Walmart last night. I was hoping to get some of the thicker snap together thick foam puzzle pieces but couldn't find them in the toy department and trying to find help in Walmart is a losing battle. These sheets will work for now, but they are really too thin.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

WOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Ding, dong the witch is dead! Erhm, I mean, I finally finished 'Scheherazade' -- Mystery Stole 2. This week I will be *carefully, very carefully* and lightly blocking it before I share a finished photos. Knitting time will now be devoted to Mystery Stole 3.

Spent a nice afternoon knitting with old friends and made some new ones! Old friends so kindly whipped out a bottle of wine when I finished Scheherazade, which prevented me from getting any work done on MS3. Instead I did mindless knitting on the Sockotta socks.

Last night was the Stitch and Pitch game and we had a blast. I didn't knit and I didn't watch the ballgame, instead I did what I do best -- drink beer and socialize. :)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sockotta Socks


Sockotta Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Still slogging away at the second bit of edging on MS2. If I'd just sit down and work on it, I know it would be knocked out in about 2-3 hours. But I'm bored with it.

Started a new pair of socks last week at work, then set those aside as well. However, these socks are going to the Stitch 'n Pitch game at Coors Field today. I need to remember to take my notes with me so that I know when to start the gussets for the heels.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

1 edging down, 1 to go....


Mystery Stole 2
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Whew....after a rough start yesterday that resulted in me ripping out two entire edging repeats of 28 rows each, I started and finish the first edging section today!!

Woot!

Just one more edge to complete and then I can block this baby.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

MS2 -- Look at the sidebar!

95%!

I'm on the first 1/2 of the edging and complete 1 repeat of the 7 repeats!

Still have no live batteries in the camera for photos, but check back tomorrow!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Quiet Sunday Knitting

Met up with two friends this afternoon to knit MS3. Well, Kati, knit on MS3. I was still working on Ms2 and Pat worked on an adorable bookmark. Speaking on MS2, this morning I finished up the first 1/2 of clue 5, got started on the second 1/2 and was thrilled that I was done with the clues - only to be devastated when I realized there was a small clue 6 to be completed BEFORE the edging....damn it.

I also got to try using a teeny weeny crochet hook for beading MS3 instead of dental floss. (Thank you, Kati for the lovely gift of said teeny weeny crochet hook.)

My sock yarn addiction also overtook me today and I got two new skeins -- I have more sock yarn than I know what to do with and most likely will continue to get more, only to have it sit in the big wooden chest which requires a very heavy basket of books on top to keep it closed. However, I am unable to cast on for a pair of socks until MS2 is complete.

My digital camera needs new batteries, hence the reason for no photos lately.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mystery Stole 3 - Clue 1


Mystery Stole 3 - Clue 1
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I'm just a few rows into Clue 2, however I am still working hard on getting MS2 finished so that I can dedicate myself to MS3.

This is just a quick dry block, very quick because the camera batteries died just after I snapped this photo.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Just Knitting Along...

Finished Clue 1 for MS3, started Clue 2.

Finished both sides of Clue 4 for MS2, and started the first half of Clue 5.

I really need to finish MS2 because I really want the US3 circular needles for MS3.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Mystery Stole 3


Mystery Stole 3
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Ok, so it's a crappy picture but as soon as I took it the camera batteries died.

The original plan was not to start this until Mystery Stole 2 was completed. However, I justified starting this because I've never worked with beads and starting now gave me the opportunity to ask questions during the knit-along.

Now the challenge will be to focus on MS2 when I *know* how much I like working with this Alpaca with a Twist Yarn. I also need to find a longer pair of needles for this project -- or be patient and wait until I am done with #2 so that I can use the US 3 needles that are on THAT project!

P.S. I have the *perfect* little bowl that I'm using to hold a couple of beads at a time for Mystery Stole 3 -- thank you Rebecca, my Secret Pal 10 spoiler!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Mystery Stole 3 Swatches


Mystery Stole 3 Swatches
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist laceweight in Black

Needle:
* Top Swatch: Addi Turbo US 2
* Bottom Swatch: Clover Bamboo in US 4

I like the look of the top swatch the best, but the thought of knitting this entire stole with dull tipped, slipper Addi in a US 2 makes my head start to hurt.

I'd like to see the swatch on Clover US 3, but unfortunately, those needles still have (ugh) Mystery Stole 2 on them. (laugh). I am however now almost 1/2 way through the first 1/2 of Clue 4 on THAT project. (hum...I think I *might* have a small pair of Clover Bamboo circulars in a US 3.....I'll need to dig around in the knitting bag)

Each swatch does have two beads added in so that I could see how that process worked -- and let me tell you that not having the itty bitty crochet hook makes it a pain in the ass. I had to resort to using mint flavored dental tape. It does make the swatches smell good!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

5 Hour Baby Sweater #2


5 Hour Baby Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I recently got a part time job and I am replacing a girl who is having her first baby. She has been wonderful training me and this is my baby shower gift to her.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cutting it really close...


Whew....
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This small ball of yarn (next to wine cork for reference) is what was left of my second skein when I finished up my Lutea Lace Shouldered Shell.

I tried to get a photo of myself wearing the tank, but it's nearly impossible to take a decent photo of yourself - and more so when I historically look stupid in posed photos.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Lutea Shell - Second Go Round


Lutea Shell - Second Go Round
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Well, here's what the project looks like this morning! I reballed all the yarn from the previous version last night and recast on with the smaller size!

Since I've already made this same project once this week, I'm thinking this will go quickly! However, I am also working more hours this week and have a Pampered Chef commitment on Saturday. My goal is to get this done in the next 7 days.

OH! And I got my Ravelry invite yesterday!! Yippeee!! Look for me under "PixieM"

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Lutea Lace Shouldered Shell


Lutea Lace Shouldered Shell
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
The back is completed, so I thought I would share a photo before I ripped it all out. Yes, I'm ripping it out to start over.

I really should have pulled it on before I got this far....I have a warped sense of my size. I was between sizes so I chose the larger size and should have gone with my gut instinct and chosen the smaller one. It just feels too baggy and would look better more form fitting.

On the upside I am now really familiar with the pattern, have figured out the errors in the lace pattern plus I knitted what I have here fairly quick. I also don't like the curled edge at the bottom and am going to experiment with a turned under hem instead? Or maybe a garter stitch edge?

Estes Park and Lutea Shell Progress

Went up to the Estes Park Wool Fest early yesterday morning and had a grand time. Can you believe all I bought was a Wet Felting Kit for $15.00? Well, I did also stop in at a friend's jewelry store in Estes and brought home a gorgeous Larimar ring with the money I didn't spend on yarn. The highlight of my day was scratching a yak on the nose and having him snuffle in my palm.

On Friday night I finished up the body of the Lutea shell! Woot! I set it aside to start the lace straps and luckily found the errata BEFORE I started. However, what I didn't find is that that errata was missing a key phrase from the designer...causing me much frustration last night that left me almost in tears and hitting the whiskey at 11:30 AM this morning.

And where does one turn in times like this? Googling for other knitting blogs, of course. I want to publicly thank Jeanne of Jeanne Knits, for emailing me back and indulging in my ramblings as I sorted out this pattern in my head even though I'm a complete stranger. I love knitters.

Hit the Farmer's Market this morning and got some new plants for the garden -- green sage, greek basil and rosemary. Also got some homemade dried Thai linguine that is destined for a peanut sauce with shrimp, 4 large cinnamon buns, 2 vanilla lattes and 2 breakfast burritos -- oh! and some blackberry creamed honey from the bee lady. A very good haul this morning. I was bummed that this season we haven't see the guy selling fresh sockeye salmon. I've got some red chard in the fridge that I would like to serve with salmon tonight, so I'll have to head to the grocery this afternoon.

Now that I have the Lutea lace pattern sorted, I'm off to knock out the right-back shoulder strap!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

5 Hour Baby Sweater


5 Hour Baby Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I finished this the other week but had forgotten to get a photo of it and then left it hanging in the shop as a temporary store sample.

I started this on a Friday night and was seaming it up on Sunday afternoon. Yes, it probably did only take me about 5 hours. As soon as I finish up the matching cap and/or booties it will be wrapped up and sent off to the recipient.

Monday, June 11, 2007

SP10 Package Arrived


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I love when the mailbox has a package in it -- and it's the best when it's a Secret Pal box!

This one contained 3 gorgeous skeins of baby alpaca yarn, a lovely ceramic bowl that is going to become my new kitchen salt cellar that sits out on the counter, 1 fun glass fridge magnet and two delicious smelling bars of soap.

Thanks to my Secret Pal!! I hope I get to see you at the Estes Park Wool Fest, check your email for my mobile number so that we can connect!

My Boxer Girl


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I was cleaning up photos on the digital camera and found this one of Allie; so I thought I would share.

Allie does not knit and could care less about knitting or yarn. Because of this she is not accompanying us to the Estes Park Wool Festival this weekend. She may however attend the Denver Knitting Guild Meeting this week because she DOES like to socialize.

If you don't know about Allie, she's my 6 year rescue boxer who came to us at 7 months old and had already been in 4 or 5 homes before being given up to Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue. By the time she got to our house she was people and dog aggressive due to the bouncing around from home to home at such a young age.

We fostered her for about a month, got her into an adoptable frame of mind and she was placed with a very nice family. Once in her new home, she copped an attitude, beat up the other boxer in the house and in general was a complete pain in the ass for couple of weeks that she stayed with that family. She was brought back to our house where she is now in charge of making sure the cushions are held down firmly on the couch for at least 5 hours a day. [Note: The family who brought Allie back to us was extremely nice and a different boxer was adopted by them when Allie was returned to us. They tried very hard to fit Allie in with their family, but apparently she was just meant to be with us.

Allie has been with us for the last 5+ years and has become a wonderful dog. She has passed her AKC CGC certification and is working on the responsibilities of being a therapy dog.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Projects in the Works

Yesterday I cast on for the "Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell" in the Summer 2007 Interview Knits. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in 'Praire Lupine'. Two other women at the shop cast on for the same project yesterday, I can't wait to see how they all turn out!

Speaking of yesterday, I took my pop-up canopy to the shop to set up outside on the patio for WWKIP day and it was a blast. We had salad, brownies, hot dogs, strawberries and beer. We even got a little knitting done.

I also picked up one skein of Alpaca with a Twist Fino in black for Mystery Stole 3. I know, I know, I'm still working on two.....

On the agenda for this afternoon is sitting in the sun room knocking out slipper #2 so that I can felt Dirk's felted clogs.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Finished: Bamboozle Tank Top


Bamboozle Tank Top
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Yarn: 5.5 balls of Bamboozle by Crystal Palace
Needles: US 9 & 7 Denise Interchangables
Pattern: Free from the Crystal Palace site

However instead of knitting in two separate pieces, I knit in the round until I go to the armhole shaping, then knitted each side separately.

Pattern was easy, well written and I love the yarn. I will make this pattern again, but next time I will resist the urge to be finished and make the straps about 2" longer. The tank fits fine, I'd just like a little more ease in the armholes.

Monday, June 04, 2007

I've been tagged...

Ok, we all know how this goes....Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves.

Those who are tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

Except I'll cheat and not tag anyone else...

1) I learned how to drive in a open wheeled formula car (specifically a Lotus 51, an example of which is pictured at the right) and was eligible for an IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) racing license in my very early twenties.

2) Though I very much enjoy fast cars, I have never been on and never plan to be on a motorcycle. They terrify me.

3) I own more shoes and purses than reasonable. I have purses in my closet that I have had since the mid-80's.

4) I type without looking at the keys, which is handy because most of the keys on my laptop have worn off.

5) I feel completely "off" if I am not wearing my watch.

6) I am allergic to various fruits, but I can smell an unpeeled banana and know whether it will cause an allergic reaction or not.

7) I was a "Dead Head" for a number of years following the Grateful Dead around the country.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bamboozle Tank Top

I'm seriously starting to worry that I don't have enough yarn as I'm getting ready to switch from in the round to the back and forth bit at the top to make the arm decreases. I'm also starting to wonder if it was wise to think that I was smarter than the pattern by knitting it in the round instead of following the directions.

What's the worst that will happen? I'll run out of yarn and the pattern will laugh at me. And then I will rip the tank top out, pick out a new pattern while laughing back at the original pattern.

Have an urge to start a new lace project even though I have one in a project bag that really needs to get completed and a pair of felted clogs that I promised my husband I would make for him.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Socketta Socks


Socketta Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Finished my second pair of socks for the month! I *really* liked this yarn, it's got a great feel, lots of stretch and I hope it wears really well.

Size: Women's Small
Needle size used: US 1 Addi Turbo
Yarn: Socketta Cotton Blend Socj Yarn
Method: Toe-Up, Magic Loop, Two at Once
Who the socks are for: ME!
Date finished: Sunday, May 28, 2007

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Playing with Alpacas Again...

Oh my gods, I can't believe I haven't posted yet about the excitement of this past weekend -- we went to a friend's alpaca farm to watch the shearing! It got even more exciting when Dirk was asked to help wrangle the alpacas down to the barn floor -- the big males can be really ornery and can spit pretty nasty stuff. Anyway, it was very cool to see the process.

I just started a new project! What? Of course it's a pair of socks. I *love* the Socketta cotton blend yarn and requested that it be stocked at YarnArts. Photos to come later today. I'm still working away on the Bamboozle tank top, another yarn I LOVE. It drapes very nicely, works up evenly and the stockinette edge isn't rolling! I also need to share a photo of the lace wrap made with Ironstone Yarns "Pizzaz". It's a gorgeous novelty blend yarn that has been enticing me at the shop for the last two years, but at $37/skein I needed to find a good one skein project for it.

My father-in-law got his socks and they fit perfectly (whew). I was so scared about making socks without being able to measure the recipient's foot first, but all was well in the end.

I'm gathering together the items for my final Secret Pal 10 swap package. I can now see why people can get addicted to these swaps -- I love to give gifts and coming up with different fun stuff to include in them!

Well, I have a meeting in about 30 minutes, so I'm off for a fun and exciting day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Knitting Meme

So how does your own list look? If you post this on your blog, put a note in the comments here letting me know to take a look!

THE RULES
  • Bold for stuff you’ve done
  • Italics for stuff you plan to do one day
  • Normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing
THE LIST

Afghan/blanket (baby)
I-cord
Garter stitch
Shawl
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Hat
Moebius band knitting
Sweater
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip-stitch patterns
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Cable-stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Scarf
American/English knitting
Buttonholes
Knitting with alpaca
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday-related knitting
Knitting with cotton
Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Purses/bags
Swatching
Long-tail CO
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegated yarn
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Intarsia
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting a gift
Knitting in public
Teaching a woman to knit
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Participating in a KAL
Drop-stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted-stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two-end knitting
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Teaching a man to knit
Bobbles
Knitting for a living
Dying yarn
Steeks
Knitting with beads
Entrelac
Knitting and purling backwards
Stuffed toys
Darning
Writing a pattern
Gloves
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Pillows
Rug
Thrummed knitting
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Slippers
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on or to be left on the street)
Olympic knitting
Knitting smocking
Knitting art
Machine knitting
Knitting on a loom
Hair accessories

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Knitting Stash May 07


Knitting Stash May 07
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's a photo of my knitting stash storage at the house.

The black trunk was my husband's grandfather's and is stuffed to the brim with yarn. The basket of books on top is all that is keeping the lid from flying open. :)

The big blue bag is my spinning wheel folded up and in it's padded bag.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Who's Secret Pal 10 rocks?

Mine!

I got a wonderful box today with a cheery pink wrapped package -- and what is even funnier is that these are the same colors of tissue paper that I used for my secret pal packages!

The pink package was soft and squishy, it smelled nice and crinkled a little when I squeezed it.

There was even a little card with a sweet sheep on the envelope!

So, do you want to know what was in it?

* 2 skeins of "grape" handspun, hand dyed yarn. I'm already thinking about what a great thick scarf it would make, I'm imagining it with Aran type cables...

* Vanilla "Lip Blam!" With the dry Colorado air, this was a wonderful surprise. I use a lot of lip balm and this one smells really good. I have it on right now!

* A bag of heathered red roving. :) I'm digging right into that tomorrow!



Thank you, SP10!! I love everything!

What's New with Me!


I couldn't live with the jacked-up handles versus bottom on Cotton String Bag #2, so I carefully undid the 3 needle bind-off, changed the bottom to a round bottom with smaller needles so that it is more solid. We tried it out a the farmer's market on Sunday morning and it did a fantastic job of holding 1 lb of pasta and a green chile breakfast burrito. :)

The yarn is Butterfly Cotton and it took one ball plus a bit from a second ball. I did like the heaviness of the Fantasy Naturale of the first bag better, but this was easier to knit with.

I also started a tank top with a center front cable in Crystal Palace Bamboozle in the Strawberry-Lime color.

And because I knit like I cook, patterns are occasionally just "suggestions" - so I am knitting this in the round instead of flat front/back pieces. Why seam if you don't have to? I love this yarn, the color is divine, I love that the stockinette edge at the bottom *doesn't* roll and the drape is fantastic!

I just hope that I have enough yarn and that the damn thing fits me well. I'm thinking it might be wise to pop in another long cable onto my Denise needles so that I can see how it really fits around my torso before I get too far into the body.

Finally, I have my first iris bloom of the season!