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: Since I made this with sportweight yarn not worsted this is sized for a preemie or a newborn.

Sunday, October 28, 2007 Branching Out Progress 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:
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 Branching Out Scarf 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.