Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pixel's 'Big Penny' Sweater


Pixel's Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Thank you Kristina for picking up this pattern for us!! This was such an easy and fast knit. I started it on Saturday afternoon over and finished it last night during a dismal Monday Night Football game.

Pixel seems to enjoy it.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sleekit Mitts


Sleekit Mitts
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
It's been forever since I've updated this blog, but life keeps getting in the way. This project was uber easy and would have gone more quickly had I not gotten "second mitt syndrome".... I knit the first one over a Sunday of football games, the second one took me two weeks of knitting a few rows at a time.

However, I love them. I love how they fit and I love that I found a use for one lonely small skein of JaWoll sock yarn.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Semi-Dashing Mitts


Semi-Dashing Mitts
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Finally finished the fingerless mitts for Dirk. They are based on the "Dashing" pattern from Knitty.com; the cables are not the same as how the pattern is written.

When making the first mitt I wasn't really reading that pattern so I did not offset the second cable. (oops), so I just made the second mitt to match!

The yarn is Rowan Tweed which was leftover from my Central Park Hoodie sweater. Though this yarn is splity, I love how it feels in the finished project.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

DM's Paton's Kroy Socks


DM's Paton's Kroy Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Socks for my husband
Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time, Magic Loop
Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn
US 3 Needle
My standard plain pattern with ribbed legs.

They look super baggy in the photo because they are on my sock blockers for my small feet! This is an inexpensive superwash yarn from Hobby Lobby that I picked up on impulse. It worked up very nice and I hope it holds up well to wear.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Yet another hanging mitered dish towel

I am currently addicted to making these. The number one reason is that the 1 year old boxer in our house can not remove them from the kitchen and take them outside with him.

The other reason is because they are fun, mindless and easy-peasey.

This one needs the ends woven in and a button sewn on.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pixie's Picovoli


Pixie's Picovoli
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
This pattern has been at the top of Ravelry queue, well, since I set it up. In the spirit of making easy decisions on what to knit next I've been trying to just pick the next project in line but kept skipping around instead. Last week I finally cast this on and after a few false starts I'm well on my way.

Top down raglan knits are possibly one of the most mindless knits in the world for me, but are great for when you don't want a project that you have to constantly think about. This is just knit, knit, knit and knit....

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Arch Shaped Socks - Finished!


Arch Shaped Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
The socks are done. Hurray! I liked the shaping, but in the future would either decrease the number of stitches for the foot during the initial shaping or I would go down a needle size.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Arch Shaped Sock #1


Arch Shaped Sock #1
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Sock #1 finished and sock #2 started. I decided not to knit these two at time because I wasn't sure how exactly the arch shaping worked, but now I know that two at a time using this pattern would be a snap.

I really like how these socks fit and will definitely use this technique in the future.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I got nothin'

nothin' on the needles! the horrors!! I've got sock yarn coming out my ears, so I'm going to go rattle around in my Raverly.com project queue to see what strikes my fancy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cotton String Bag


Cotton String Bag
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Yet another quick and easy project using just a few dollar's worth of yarn. To me this is the ideal project to just have around -- I don't have to think about it, I don't need a pattern yet it keeps me busy.

I love these bags when I'm at the farmer's market because they stretch to hold quite a bit of stuff!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Anastasia Socks


Anastasia Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Finally finished these socks. They took me forever because I started them and then set them aside for two months....

The pattern was really easy to remember though fiddly on the legs because of the spirals. The yarn is Lion Brand Sock Ease and I was pretty pleased with it.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Anastasia Socks


Anastasia Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Woo-hooo! I am almost there! I am in the process of switching up a needle size instead of adjusting the pattern in the calf area. I really like the pattern, it's super easy though fiddling around to move the stitches on and off needles due to the spiral is a bit of a pain the keister.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Open letter to my knitter friends...

Please stop adding projects to your Ravelry queue and favorites....every time you do I add to mine and there is NO WAY I CAN KNIT ALL THESE PROJECTS.

And the more time I spend looking at your queue and favorites is less time than I can actually spend knitting.

Thank you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Twenty minute Simple Skirt Tutorial AND GIVEAWAY!!!!

Twenty minute Simple Skirt Tutorial AND GIVEAWAY!!!!: "For this project you will need"

I always like the idea of sewing stuff, but I hate to measure and cut out fabric, so this project is so up my alley!

Knit Duster Cover in Action


Knit Duster Cover
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Pixel is smitten with this project.

Anastasia Socks - turned the heels!

Last night I got the heels done on both of the socks, so now I'm making my way up the legs! I aiming to make these knee high socks. This would be a first for me. I normally lose interest in the socks about 5 inches up the leg.

Last Friday after knitting a small group of us took a trip to Michaels and all picked up the free "swiffer" cover pattern, so I got one of those knocked out last weekend. It's made with the Sugar 'n Creme cotton and really worked well for picking up dog hair. I think I'll make a couple others just to keep my hands busy while I'm watching movies.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sam the Sheep


DSC01217
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
We went to the Estes Park Wool Festival this weekend and I met the nicest sheep named Sam -- and it turns out that he lives on a farm about 5 miles from our house. :) We also met yak farmers who are nearby who invited us out to the farm to meet more of the animals.

We actually enjoyed the animal tents more than the vendors. There were a lot of nice items in the vendor area but nothing that screamed "take me home", so believe it or not I came home empty handed. Shocking, eh?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Anastasia Socks


Anastasia Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Here they are!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Anastasia Socks - Back in the saddle

I've been carrying these socks around in my knitting bag with the thinking that they might knit themselves. Thus far this hasn't happened.

Since I'd like to wear these socks at some point, I pulled them out last night and started working on them again. I forgot how small a needle I am using (US0) -- and it felt teeny, teeny, tiny after using a US9 for the last two projects!

I'll snap a photo of the sock progress later tonight.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Alpaca Roving and Yarn


Alpaca
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Here is what I picked up at the Farmer's Market this morning!

Alpaca Yarn!


Alpaca Yarn!
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
This year at our farmer's market there is an alpaca farm with a booth -- and their yarn is spectacular!! This morning I got two skeins of natural worsted weight and a bag of black roving.

My husband has already called dibs on the yarn for a new scarf for himself. :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Vintage Look Hand Towels


Vintage Look Hand Towels
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
I can never resist the cheap balls of cotton at Michael's and Hobby Lobby -- and I love this pattern. It's from the 2nd Mason-Dixon knitting book, but it's also online here.

Apparently Pixel likes this pattern as well.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Iris


Iris
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
At the farmer's market last year we picked up some new colors of iris for the front gardens and today we got our first blooms!

I just love iris because I know that I'll be dividing them every few years to share with friends!

Busy Spring!

It's been sometime since I've posted here so I thought I'd drop a note that I'm still alive and well, albeit very busy! Between obedience school twice a week, work, my husband and my friends, I've got a lot going on -- but all in a good way!

On Monday night I attended a local spinning group meetup and got some great pointers. I love my spinning wheel and I so badly want to be better at it, I just don't seem to remember to practice!! One of the women at the meeting very generously gave me some lovely icelandic fiber to experiment with and I'm excited to give it a go.

On the knitting end, I've got my Anatasia socks languishing in the bottom of the knitting bag while I've been knitting up some new market bags (see below) and vintage look hanging dishcloths from the Mason-Dixon book. I can't resist the inexpensive Sugar 'n Creme cotton yarn!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pixel


Pixel
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
I haven't had an update here for a bit and don't have any photos of the current knitting.

So, here's a photo of Pixel.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Baby Gifts


Baby Gifts
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
A co-worker's wife is pregnant with their third child and nothing is more enjoyable (and quick) as baby gifts!

This is some leftover Universal Yarns "Bella Dots" that has been floating around in my stash and it was a great little project to use it up.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Veg Patch


Veg Patch
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
On Sunday we picked up veg plants for the garden and I'm so glad we left them in the house because we got almost 5 inches of unexpected snow overnight!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Knitted Mice


Knitted Mice
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
I finally found something to do with all the little scraps and balls of yarn I have floating around in my stash! Though we no longer have cats as part of our household, I can donate these catnip filled mice to a local cat rescue who can sell them as part of their fundraising.

Last Thursday night I was lucky enough to not only be able to travel back to Ohio to see my parents, but also attend my mom's twice a month knitting group. They are just starting so socks! Since I wear handknit socks almost daily, I had quite the little stack of them with me to share.

It was a ton of fun meeting with another knitting group, though I felt a bit like I was "cheating" on my group. LOL

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Anastasia Socks


Anastasia Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
These socks have been on my "to knit" list for over two years and I'm finally going to make them!

The yarn is Lion Brand Sock Ease, which amazingly knits up quite nice.

Loppem Sweater - Finished


Loppem Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
I'm really not pleased with the location of the buttonholes, but I'm going to have to live with them because I'm not going to rip out the entire yoke just to move two yarn overs.

I steam blocked this project, which was the first time I had used this method and it worked *fabulous*!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

7 Layer Salad


7 Layer Salad
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
I'm not sure this salad is going to make it until tomorrow afternoon's dinner....it looks really good...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Wrap that was a Pair of Socks

Presto! It's done. And in plenty of time. And with yarn left over.

SUCCESS!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Change in Project

When I first began knitting I made a shawl. It was horrible and there were dropped stitches everywhere and it looked like crap. So a few months later I ripped it apart and made what are now one of my favorite pair of socks from the yarn.

On Thursday night I started some socks. There were going along just fine and then last night at Sit 'n Knit I saw an entire row on the sole of both that was weird. I tried fixing it. I dropped all the stitches back. I ripped back and picked up the stitches. I realized I wasn't going to be happy with them.

This morning I ripped the socks out and started a wrap with the yarn. This is now the "Wrap That Was a Pair of Socks" project.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Socks in Two Days?

You bet your sweet cheeks! Yesterday morning I realized I had a knitted gifts I needed to have done, by, oh, Monday.....

I was going to make a wrap with bulky yarn and big ass needles then I realized I can spend less on the yarn and really am much better with socks than most off the cuff (HA!) projects. I picked this yarn up at lunch.

Last night at 7 PM, I plopped myself down under some good light, flicked on the TV to watch the ER special and series finale and the news through the weather forecast and knocked out a LOT of sock. I'm almost done with the gusset increase and am really confident that I'll get these done in just another few hours:


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Loppem Coming Along!

I divided for the sleeves last night and am really hoping that the bottom edge curl will block out. I have never blocked superwash wool....nervous...nervous....

I'm trying to get this sweater done to take with me on a quick weekend trip to visit my parents in a few weeks. It won't be a problem if I'd stop being distracted by other things such as life and work and just work on it. But don't I say that about every project? (laugh)

I also picked out some yarn from my stash to make the Anastasia Socks (Ravelry Link). I have admired these socks for a long time and the pattern keeps resurfacing in front of me, so they are the next on the needle.

My lovely husband also asked when I would be starting the Aran sweater he wants. I told him I knew I didn't have enough yarn in my stash for this. His answer said in an incredulous tone, "what, we can't get yarn?" I love him.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

a kilt AND a tiara!


a kilt AND a tiara!
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
This photo is for my friend Marsha -- enjoy!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Loppem Sweater


Loppem Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Started this last weekend. Lovely husband just asked if this was for him...I don't think a cable front cap sleeved cardi is quite his "look".

Nothing to do with knitting...


Pixel - 03-26-09
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Here's my nutty boxer boy playing in the snow with his big tennis ball.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Casting on for a new project

Since I am pretty much monogomus knitter, I'm excited to be wearing my Pomotomus socks this morning so I can cast on for the Loppem cardi tonight! I'm currently crusing through Ravelry checking for the errata and comments from others who have made this pattern. (Can you tell I've learned my lesson from past frustrations?)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pomatomus Socks - Done


Pomatomus Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
WOO! They are done. This photo does NOT do this gorgeous patten any justice at all and I will have to get some natural light photos. These were taken at half six in the morning laying on a rumpled pillow case on top of Pixel's crate in the half dark den with only the can light on.

Very easy pattern, very well written (though I would expect no less from Cookie A.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pomatomus Sock Update

I'm on the home stretch and if I'd quit screwing around on the internet they'd already be done - I only have the toe on the second sock to finish up. I *will* finish these tonight. Stay tuned for photos!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

We Call Them Pirates Hat


We Call Them Pirates Hat
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Finally sat down and finished this hat. It's not blocked yet.

Fortunately there was a dip in temperature today and we even got some snow, so my husband will be able to wear it tonight. It's a surprise for him and know he's just going to love it. If he doesn't, he'll be buried in it.

I *LOVE* this wool. It's Lana Grossa Cool Wool 2000 and the stitch definition is amazing. I like the "bounce" to it though the twist made using it for fair isle a little challenging at times.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Knitting away on my 2nd Pomatomus Sock!

The night I cast off for the first Pomatomus sock, I cast on for the second one and knocked out the ribbing. I took to work yesterday and worked on it for a bit during my lunch break and last night managed to work on some at Sit 'n Knit.

This afternoon the boxer puppy and I going over to our friend Mardi's house to visit and knit. Mardi was Pixel's foster mom when he first came into rescue and he lived there for 4 months so it's nice that she still gets to visit with him. He loves to play with her boxers and I'll so appreciate how tired he'll be this evening!

I also restarted the We Call Them Pirates hat. I don't have any photos up on my Ravelry page yet. Since this hat is a surprise for my husband, maybe I'll work on that project today at Mardi's and work on the sock while I'm at home tonight.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

KCS4 Package


KCS4 Package
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Just needs the mailing label printed out and dropped at the post office tomorrow!

woo-hoooooo!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

oh for #0*% sake....

It just dawned on me that I have reversed the black and white on the pattern for the We Call Them Pirates hat....it's going to be a white hat with black skull and cross bones.....argh....i'm frogging it. I looked on Ravelry and didn't like the hat I saw with this combo.

But on a happier note, I have started filling a large box with the goodies for my Knitters Coffee Swap 4 pal!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Pomatomus Socks


Pomatomus Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie
Got the heel flap and turn done and then started on the gusset last night. I didn't get as far along as I wanted because I had our older boxer plastered to my side getting snuggles and our 7 month old boxer puppy running laps in the den and stopped every other lap for a quick hug and kiss.

sigh...the things we do to keep our dogs happy.... :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pomatmus...or however it's spelled....

I'm plugging away at sock #1 and am trying to not keep thinking about having to knit a second one -- this is totally the reason I like to knit two socks at one with the Magic Loop. Anyway, I'm just finishing up the heel flap and hopefully will get the heel turned, gussets (ugh) picked up and the foot started this evening. I'll try to share a photo in the morning.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Knitter's Coffee Swap 4

QUESTIONS
1. Whole bean or ground? We are primarily a whole bean family, but have been known to have ground in the house occasionally.

2. Fully-loaded or decaf? Loaded!

3. Regular or flavored? Both, though I don't do anything cinnamon flavored because I'm allergic to the fake cinnamon syrup used in candies and foods.

4. How do you drink your coffee? In a mug....LOL..

5. Favorite coffee ever? The cup I had sitting on the bed in the room where King Henry the VIII stayed in Glastonbury, England!

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? I am not a coffee snob, I like to check out locally owned coffeeshops for their custom beans. I'm not a fan of Starbucks as I prefer to help out the little guys.

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? Biscottis, cookies, cakes, a good book...

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? Nothing that I can think of.

9. Yarn/fiber you love? I like natural fibers.

10. Yarn/fiber you hate? I don't really knit with 100% acrylic or cotton.

11. What's on your needles? socks, socks and some gloves.

12. Favorite colors? Purple, green

13. Allergies? Fake cinnamon flavoring and citronella

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? O love my husband and my boxer dogs. :)

Monday, February 09, 2009

My husband called me on Saturday in between appointments and asked if I would make a pair of pink baby booties for the wife of one of his customers who just had a little girl.

I used a partial ball of Belle from Universal yarns and the 'One Strand Bootie' pattern. The pattern is a bit vague in parts but once I made the first one the second one was a snap. These are such a quick knit for a quick gift!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Get Your Head OUT OF THE PICTURE

This is what happens when I lay a knitted item on the floor to try to take a photo...

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Encore Socks for a Friend

Made for a Friend, woman's size 8
US 6 needles
Magic Loop Two at a Time, Toe Up
Encore Worsted Yarn
Finished on 02-04-2009

SUPER fast - I forgot how quickly socks made with worsted yarn go! I started the heel turn last night around 7 pm and cast off just after 10 pm.

I saw my husband eyeing them up, so I'm going to have to make him some house socks soon!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Soap Socks


Soap Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
On Friday nights my knitting group meets at the local Panera Bread. We are a loud group who can be a handful. Yet, the staff is awesome to us. The manager always stops by to see what we are doing and occasionally brings us brownies and bread on the house. Two of the other staff are also always so friendly, so my friend Kristina suggested we make each of them a little something.

She is making the cotton washcloths/dish rags and I made these little soap bags.

Super quick and easy knit, each of these took about an hour.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dirk's Socks


Dirk's Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
My husband practically skipped out the door on his way to work today to show off his new socks. He loves hand knit socks, but the 100% wool socks make his feet sweat so these are JaWool Cotton blend, so we'll see how these work out for him.

He can't decide if he likes hand knit socks more because they fit his feet so well or because the rest of the guys in the shop are so jealous because he's got custom fit socks on. He thinks it's a tie.

On the agenda today to knock out some little lace cotton soap bags and then work on my Pomatomus socks.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Disaster Struck....

I ripped out the socks. The pattern in this yarn was not working outand I knew that once I got to the heel it was going to be too big even for my husband.

So, into the frog pond goes these socks!

Master Number Tibetan Socks


Master Number Tibetan Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Everything was going great, the toes were perfect for me, I love the yarn then....whoops....I realize that the foot is going to be WAY too long for me.

Crap.

All is not lost though, Dirk tried them on last night and they will fit him great. He loved the swirly part. :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dirk's Socks


Dirk's Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
They are FINALLY done and I didn't run out of yarn so I will be returning the two skeins that my friend Kristina so generously dug out of her stash for me in case there was a short sock emergency.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

White Bella Mittens for Toni


White Bella Mittens for Toni
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This is my second set of these mittens that I've made as gifts, the next pair is going to be MINE!

Super easy and quick pattern

Thursday, January 01, 2009

First Finished Project in 2009


Fish Hat
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I saw this hat on Knitty.com and thought it was hysterical! So, I grabbed up random small balls of yarn from previous projects to get started on it for my husband.

Fun and easy to knit!