Saturday, March 31, 2007

Secret Pal 10 Gift

Secret Pal 10 Gift
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
How lucky am I? Look at the goodies I got in the mail yesterday from my Secret Pal!!

Chocolate, yummy smelling soap, a cute notepad and a delicious hank of hand dyed fingering weight yarn!

I love the colors on the yarn and I'm picturing it as a little lacy wrap/scarf!

You can see the edge of the box that everything came in and it's so pretty I don't want to throw it away. I told my secret pal that I was going to send it to my assigned secret pal with a note telling her where I got and suggesting she use it to send her package to HER secret pal with a note asking her to send it on and so on and so on...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wool Peddler's Shawl

Wool Peddler's Shawl
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
knit, whoops! don't forget the yarn over, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit..and on and on and on.

This shawl is going to be gorgeous. I love the yarn.

And to give you a better idea of the size thus far, here's a quick photo of one of the world's most annoying cats enjoying himself by rolling all over the shawl while I was trying to get a decent photo this morning:

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Wool Peddler's Shawl

Wool Peddler's Shawl
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I've had the book Folk Shawls for about a year and last night I finally started one of the patterns in it. :)

It's the Wool Peddler's Shawl and I'm using a heathered red 100% wool by Galway. This is the first time I've used this yarn, but I recommend it all the time at the shop as so many people really like it. Now, I can confirm that it is wonderful -- it's soft, spun very well and is working up evenly.

Stay tuned for details!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

It's done -- I cut up a fair isle sweater!

Here is the body and sleeves laid out for measurements.

Here's the first armhole for the sleeves cut open.


Here's the the front cut open so that the sweater becomes a cardigan!

In case you are interested in seeing what the sweater looks like inside out

And finally here's the sweater being modeled by my bunny!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Top Down Sweater 03-2007

Top Down Sweater 03-2007
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
99% done and I have just a small bit of yarn left on the current skein.

I hope it's enough to finish the neckline, if not I do have another whole skein of this yarn. I was hoping to not have to use it so that I could return it for something else, but oh well, if I do, right? It's better to have too much yarn than not enough. :) If I do have to use the final skein, I'm also going to unravel the bottom edge and make a turned under hem instead of the ribbing and make it a bit longer.

Ok, I've mentally worked through this sweater via this post....I'll use the last skein so that I CAN make it longer and with a turned under hem.

On Friday I was looking at the little lace socks, decided I couldn't live with the miscount in the lace and pulled both of them off the needles and re-balled the skein. I re-cast on and am almost back at the same point at the picture in the post down a little further on this page. I also started and almost completed the first arm for my bear sweater this morning at the shop, thought it looked to big, pulled it all out and THEN asked Kati's opinion to which she replied that the arm should look big in comparison to the body since teddy bears aren't shaped like people. shit...back to square one.

I stopped at Blockbuster and got three movies, so in about two minutes I'm going to head back out to the sunroom, pop in a movie and crank out two sleeves for the bear sweater before I reward myself with an amazing bottle of wine. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Golf Club Cover - Stripes

Golf Club Cover - Stripes
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here is the version of the Golf Club Cover that I'll actually be using for the class I'm teaching in April. I think it came out really cute! Almost makes me wish I golfed so that I could knit up some fun and funky covers for my clubs...

This week I also got the information for the SecretPal 10 swap. Woo-hooo! I love to make up gift boxes and I've already started a box by my desk of things to send off to my pal as well as making a list of things I need to go get or make. :)

I got up really early this morning, cranked out all my work so that I could curl up on the couch with some knitting, my boxers, my husband and watch a DVD this afternoon. I will sheepishly admit that we are addicted to "Nip/Tuck" which is what is on the DVD agenda today.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Yes, I've been Knitting!

I've gotten a lot done in the past week! Finished the body of my top down sweater and started on the first sleeve in addition to the following projects:

I finished my new felted clogs. My previous pair had to sadly be tossed into the bin after I walked holes into the bottoms of them. :( They will be sorely missed, however, I *LOVE* these hot pink ones! Wool is Cascade 200 and the novelty by diVe is called "Vermicelli". As always, this is a quick and easy pattern to knit up and since my feet are the smallest size, I can crank these out in a weekend.

How could I not have a pair of socks on the needles? These are a lace pattern that I've managed to screw up about 5 rows back and have no intention fixing since it's not life threatening that it's wrong and quite honestly, I'm probably the only person who will ever notice. The yarn is Trekking XXL in colorway 107. I like how they are coming out. The heels will be the Queen Kahauna gusset heel for toe-up socks.

Here is one of the current projects that I am the most proud of! This is my first go at Norwegian steeking, you can see the row of stitches up the front of this fair-isle tube where I will be (gasp!) be cutting this into a cardigan. I then have to cut out sides where the sleeves will be placed. Ok, so it's only teddy bear sized, but none the less I'm jazzed about learning a new technique and am thrilled at how it's come so far. Recognize the Cascade 200 leftovers from my clogs? This actually knit up really fast, I did the whole body yesterday at the shop.

And finally, yesterday at the shop we were brainstorming about new class ideas, so I volunteered to knit up a golf club cover for as a store model for an April class. I still need to duplicate stitch in a number "'3" to mark which club it goes on. This was pretty fast as well, I started last night, got 1/4 of the way through the houndstooth in about 2.5 hours. I finished it today in about another 2 hours.

I've really gotten into colorwork lately and have been working very hard at practicing the tension on two handed stranding!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sweater Update!

I'm at the end of the body!! Woo-hooo!! I can't believe how FAST this sweater went. However, I can't decide how to end it -- ribbing? a hemmed edge? I think I'm going to hold off on this part while I can get the opinion of Sophia at the yarn shop.

Onto the sweater arms this week -- ugh -- which means math to sort out where and how many decreases to get to the cuff. Which I will then have to wait to figure out how I want to finish.

P.S. I'm also wearing my new black & pink felted clogs. :)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

My Sweater is growing!

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's the progress after one week. I'm at the "quick" part now -- round and round and round on the body. This morning I started at where the arms were divided so I got a TON done today while I was at the shop. It's easier for me to mindlessly knit while chatting -- and I had a wonderful afternoon of idle gossip and chatter to keep my needles flying.

I don't really want to do the hem with standard ribbing, so I think I'm going to give whirl at a turned under hem.

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Last night I stopped working my sweater at the armpits so that I could stop in at the shop to get confirmation that I was stopping at the right spot.

And because I can't bear to watch a movie and just sit on the couch, I started new felted slippers! I walked big holes in my first pair and really needed to get moving on these. This is possibly one of the *easiest* and fastest projects around. I started and completed this last night, I do need to make the outer sole and the second slipper, so by Wednesday I imagine you'll see them on my feet.

Yarn: Cascade 200 with 'Vermicelli' novelty yarn in the cuff.