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!

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

Afghan/blanket (baby)
Garter stitch
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Moebius band knitting
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip-stitch patterns
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Cable-stitch patterns
Lace patterns
American/English knitting
Knitting with alpaca
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday-related knitting
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Long-tail CO
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegated yarn
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
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
Knitting for a living
Dying yarn
Knitting with beads
Knitting and purling backwards
Stuffed toys
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Thrummed knitting
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
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?


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!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Herb Garden and screwing up knitting

My herb garden is starting to fill in after a long cold winter!

The soapwort has engulfed it's corner of the garden and is almost as tall as the whiskey barrel pond already in some spots! The skullcap is poking up between the irises and has invaded other parts of the garden where it *knows* it doesn't belong -- the thyme plants hate being crowded by it! The enchincea's spiky leaves are up, valerian is thick and bushy and the rue looks to have tripled in size from last year.

As always the chocolate mint is taking up more room that it was originally allotted, the elfin thyme is getting greener and greener on it's rambling path across the rock wall and the St John's Wort is hiding in the daylilies.

I'm hoping that the tri-colored sage is able to recover from a horrible accident involving my husband and the lawn mower last season and that the lavender continues to fill in the open spot at the end of the driveway.

I finished cotton string bag #2 last night. However, I was paying 0% attention and started the three needle bind off on the bottom about 1/4 of the stitches before I should have. So, the handles go this way, while the bottom of the bag lays flat that way. (laugh). I'm going to have to live with it because I'm not certain I can undo the bind-off, pick up the correct stitches and correct it without making it worse.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Father-in-Law Socks

Father-in-Law Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Size: Men's Medium
Needle size used: US 1 Addi Turbo
Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote in "Tom Cat" color
Method: Toe-Up, Magic Loop, Two at Once
Who the socks are for: My father-in-law
Date finished: Sunday, May 6, 2007

I *HAVE* to get some sock blockers. I hate that my socks look all weird when they are unblocked.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

My Favorite Spring Flower

I got an email this morning from the organizer of the Secret Pal 10 Swap asking about our favorite flowers, so I grabbed the camera to take a photo of some of my favorite flowers - TULIPS!

We've got a selection of pink and pink/white ruffled tulips blooming in the front yard right now. They make me smile everytime I see them! The pink ones in this photo are growing in the patch of chocolate mint. :)

I also found out this week about a Knitter's Coffee Swap, but I missed the deadline to join so I have to remember to check on that again at a later date for a different one!