Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A New Sweater on the Needles


Neck Down Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I started a neck down 'V' neck sweater over the weekend. It's a "non-pattern" pattern - which means I'm making it up as I go.

The yarn is JJ's Handpainted and it's being knit on US 9 needles.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Column of Leaves Scarf - DONE!

It's done and being modeled by one gorgeous boxer boy!




(yes, I'm a photo moron and that's the edge of my sweater sleeve in the upper left corner).

Call me mean, but I'm excited it's going to be cold and snowy this weekend so that I can wear my new scarf. :)







Here's a better shot where you can see the detail of the pattern:

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Toe Up Sock Class

Yesterday I taught my first toe-up sock class and had a really good time, I hope the students taking the class enjoyed it as much as I did! I was excited that everyone got to take home one whole completed sock after the two hour class -- ok, so it was a tiny sock, but it was a sock!

Friday night's Sit 'N Knit had a handful of new people which was really nice. I love to see what everyone else is working on and what they've finished up. I started a pair of socks, but ripped them out yesterday morning when I realized that they were going to be too big for me, but that I didn't have enough yarn to make them into socks for my wonderful husband. Cast on same yarn yesterday afternoon using a provisional cast-on for a short row toe, which I had never done. Unfortunately, again, the socks were going to be too big (I was following a lace pattern that I wasn't sure how to adjust smaller) -- so rip, rip, rip again.... This morning I picked up the SAME yarn again, started the socks and they are going swimmingly. The yarn is Brown Sheep Wildfoote in a navy/hunter green/magenta-ish purple colorway and the pattern is the beaded rib from Sensational Knitted Socks, my favorite sock book!

Photos to come at a later date.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I told my husband not to waste $50+ on roses for me....instead this morning I got a little bag with these inside!

Yippeee!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Oops!


While surfing around on Ebay last week, I "accidently on purpose" picked up two skeins of Lorna's Laces hand dyed Shepard Sock in the 'Hawaii' colorway.

It arrived today. It's gorgeous and it's begging me to get out the ball winder.

However, I will resist as...sigh...I'd like to finish the Column of Leaves scarf before spring. I am about 75% of the way through it and it's going quicker than when I first started. Tonight is a 'sit on the couch, knit and watch Heroes' night, so I hope to make good progress.

I just need to keep my eyes on the goal....finish the scarf, start the socks!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Column of Leaves Scarf


Column of Leaves Scarf
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
The scarf is still in progress. I'm starting to wonder if it will still be cold when it's done.

Otherwise, I'm wearing this freaking scarf in the middle of June.

The spinning is coming along...


Not bad for a beginner!
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Since getting the wheel for my birthday last November, I've been very remiss in spending time with "Anansi" (that's the wheel's name).

Most of what I learned about spinning with a wheel has been through reading books and trial and error, resulting in very mixed (aka pretty crappy) results on the bobbin. Anyway, yesterday I met with a spinner at my local yarn store where she sat with me, watching and giving me some pointers -- the biggest was "stop treadling with the music, you're going too fast!!"

Monday, February 05, 2007

Remember this Project?


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
To refresh your memory, last year I signed up for a "Mystery Stole" KAL online.

I had always admired lace knitting, stoles and wanted to give them both a go. Being me, I jumped with both feet into a project that really tested my inabilities. Never knitted with laceweight yarn? [Nope.] Never used a chart? [Huh? What's a chart?]

In the past two days, 2 different people asked me whatever happened with this project. To both I admitted that it was "resting" in it's project bag, patiently awaiting me to pull it back it out one day.

Today was that day. I pulled out the tote, gently unrolled the work, straightened out the needles and took a good look at it. Are there mistakes? You betcha. Can I live with them? Hell, yes.

All in all, taking a good look what I've already completed, I did really well for not having a good idea what I was doing and just knitting along without a clue. (laugh).

Dirk is working late tonight, so I'm going to sit down with with this project and try to knock out the last 2/3's of side 1 of Chart 3. The black lines are placeholders across the work to section off each of the charts, which start in the middle. On the far left side you can see that I've got quite a few rows of side 1/chart 3 already started.

Secret Pal 10: The Questionnaire

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

I'm a huge fan of sock yarns! I like most types of yarn -- wool, cotton, merino, angora! I get a lot of my yarns through KnitPicks and have not be disappointed with any of them. I'm not a fan of cheap acrylic, I do however like a higher quality acrylic blend like Encore Worsted.

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

My favorite circular sock needles are stored in the little Addi Turbo 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 started knitting just over a year ago. A friend showed me the basics and then I got every book that our local library had on the shelves. I'd rate myself a very adventurous intermediate knitter.

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

I think so.

5. What's your favorite scent?

I love earthy scents like patchouli, sage, ylang ylang. Scents that are too flowery make me sneeze.

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

I *love* Green and Blacks chocolate! And the Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars.

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

I am very much a do-it-yourselfer! Yes, I spin and am a beginner on both the wheel and drop spindle. I would love to have a better drop spindle than the one I am currently using.

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

I've got eclectic musical tastes that range from The Grateful Dead to Joy Division! I have an MP3 player that I love to listen to audio books on!

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

I like purples, silver, greens, browns, rusty reds -- really, I'm not picky about color.

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

Married to the love of my life. Have boxer dogs who lay around on the couch all day and cats who own the place.

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

Yes

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

SOCKS! I'm a sock nut because they are quick, easy and portable!

13. What are you knitting right now?

A lace sampler scarf with laceweight yarn, another lace work patterned scarf but in worsted weight, a pair of socks and would like to start a pinwheel sweater!

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Very much so, they are the best kind.

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

Depends on the project, but I mostly use circular needles in either aluminum or bamboo.

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

Yes, both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Less than a year

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Apparently, yarn and roving...(laugh)

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 Interview Knits. I have a few books on my wish list: Favorite Socks:
Twenty-five of the best sock patterns by Interweave Knits; Knitting Without Tears and Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman


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

I'd like to get better at Fair-Isle and try steeking.

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

Yes, on sock knitting. I wear a size US 5.5 women's regular width.

23. When is your birthday?

November 18