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...


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!