Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Farm Shawl

The Boy saw this shawl blocking and said it looked like a farm. A farm with grass, steps and lots of windmills (the pins). All it needed, he said was a barn. I couldn't find a barn but I found a little house.

This is the Calais Shawl by Judy Marples in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Shanny Pants colorway. The yarn is actually a much darker green then the photos show. I followed the pattern but should have done extra border repeats. I'm always surprised at how small these sock yarn shawls end up.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Road Trip Knitting

We're going on a quick road trip up north this weekend. We're leaving tomorrow morning and coming back Sunday. I guess I'm feeling a little frazzled by the spur of the moment nature of the trip. How frazzled? I started a load of laundry and came back upstairs to fold and pack my clean clothes. I looked around. I looked around some more. For some reason I couldn't find my clean clothes. All I could find was a pile of dirty clothes on the floor. The only thing more embarrassing then figuring out what I'd done is how long it took me to figure out what I had done. Needless to say, my clothes will be very clean this weekend.

As per usual, I'm taking way too much knitting. There is a long car trip but it's not that long. Mainly I hope to get a lot done on the green shawl. I'd really like to send it to my aunt early next week.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I missed you old friend

It's been awhile since I've worked on a sock. I've missed their short rows. It doesn't matter how easy a shawl is the rows eventually get really long. It's nice to have something that's easy to put down.

The pattern is Charade by Sandra Park and the yarn is Trekking XXL in #84 colorway from the stash. The pattern was the first easy looking pattern on Ravelry's sock pattern list and the yarn was the first skein of sock yarn I could find. Time will tell if it's a good combo.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Wedding Re-use

Yesterday my good friend Tracy got married. The takeaways were little bags of mints. Little Miss loves to carry bags around so I refashioned one of the goody bags into something she could carry. Success! She loved it. I made another one and put Legos in it. The Boy instantly became interested too. They've been playing with the bags ever since.

The bags won't last long but it'll be a few more days before they'll be recycled.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Finished blanket

After starting so many projects it's nice to actually finish something. It's the Carseat Blanket by Ruth Homrighaus of Ruthless Knitting. The yarn is Knit Picks Swish Bulky in sea foam and fedora. I did a few extra pattern repeats in the body of the blanket. Then I knit the border until I ran out of blue yarn. I probably had enough brown left for another row and bind off but I didn't want to chance it.

I'll be casting on another one of these blankets real soon. I have another friend who is pregnant. She's not due until November so I have a little more time.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Oh. The irony.

I've started ten shawls this year and I don't have one to wear to my friend's wedding on Saturday. If I really pushed it I could probably finish the Little Arrowhead shawl in time. But it's not a priority.

I finally came to my senses about the Little Arrowhead shawl. I was making it for my aunt who started chemo/radiation treatment this week. She lives in SoCal so I didn't want to use wool. Then I realized I can't expect her to take care of a hand wash only shawl, even in the best of time. I looked through my stash, searched Ravelry and last night I cast on yet another shawl. It's the Calais Shawl in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Shanny Pants colorway.

I now have WAY too many works in progress.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

More yarn love

This is my second yarn purchase with my PayPal credit. It's the famous Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in the Farn colorway. The color in the picture isn't very good. It's actually a lot brighter then it looks. I'll be knitting something with this soon after I used my Bugga Skinny.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Bugga Love

I sold some yarn a couple of weeks ago and the credit has been burning a hole in my pocket. There are so many great yarns I want to try. In the end I decided to get something I couldn't get locally. I bought a skein of The Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga in the Lubber Grasshopper colorway.

This yarn is gorgeous! I can't wait to knit with it. I just have to pick a proejct. So many shawls so little time!

I also have a skein of Wollmeise coming but that's another ball of yarn.

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