Monday, November 29, 2004

little knitting

As the holidays approach my RL work schedule becomes even busier and I have little time for knitting. The projects that I knit must be small because I have to take them with me down into the orchestra pit so I can knit during intermission. Here's the latest little project, a small purse knit with recycled silk from Nepal.



And proof that David's Once Again sweater exists, although it's much too bulky to carry with me to knit during orchestra breaks.



In the meantime, it's little knits like scarves, socks and mittens.

How big is your knitting?

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Knitting for Feetsies

I knitted another pair of slippers. For this pair I used Homespun. It is not as "firm" as Wool-Ease Thick & Quick but it's soft, warm, and squishy. They can be worn with cuffs down, or you can fold them up and wear them like booties:



I also knitted some baby booties for a friend who is having a boy. I used Becky's Baby Bootie pattern in the larger size (4" sole) which I slightly modified. I'd like to note that I used the same size needle as called for in the pattern and baby sport weight yarn and the 3" and 4" sole is before you sew it together, at least in my case. At first I did the 3" pattern and the finished bootie had a 1.5" sole.



I also made her an umbilical cord hat, using Homespun baby yarn:



I have a blanket on the needles that I'm slowly making progress on. I'm waiting on some yarn to arrive and I'll be making some more slippers for holiday gift giving.

And, just to stress you out...there are only 33 knitting days until Christmas! Ho ho ho!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

look ma! no fingers!

I devised my own fingerless mitts pattern.
At least, I think it's my own pattern. I just knitted until things looked the way I wanted, but who knows if out there in the Universe my knitting twin has come up with the exact same pattern and has published it already.





I'll attempt to write out the pattern soon - if anyone is interested.

What's on your needles?



Thursday, November 11, 2004

If I can't knit in public, when can I knit?

I took the now 18 year old twins to a lecture last night. (Birthday on Monday) It was extra credit for their senior history class on the holocaust. The lecture was regarding women during the holocaust and especially during the "night of shattered glass." Anyway, I'm going to get these girls graduated and if that takes extra credit, so be it!

Now I don't knit during the lecture part, but I did during the question and answer section. And it was a little, tiny baby hat that I did in my lap. You would have thought my boyfriend was horribly insulted. This is the same man that answered his cell phone during the Q and A part, too. I think we are looking at a long discussion here. The girls, of course, thought it was normal.

Speaking of the hat, it's cute but it's about the fifth one that I have done off this pattern. Getting boring, but the baby shower crept up on me and is not this friday, but the next, and for some reason at work they all expect something knitted! Annoying after awhile.

I finished Judy's poncho though I'm still not happy with it. I would rip it out again if she would let me get my hands back on it. And Becky's "never ending sweater" is still never ending and just might not make it for Hanukkah. Sigh. Such is life because I'm dying to finish that sweater I started for me!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

two minute knitting

My knitting time is decreasing as the hustle and bustle of daily life increases as we head toward the Holidays, and my RL work doesn't allow much free time for needles. I can knit in spurts of 2 minutes, so I've been knitting little projects like scarves and mittens.



I just received the Crystal Palace Daisy needles that I ordered from Fuzzy Galore and knit a CP Splash/Fizz scarf in no time at all. I knit a similar one last winter and have had so many compliments - or are they hints? - that I've knit several more as gifts.

These needles are light and colorful, which makes my knitting even more fun!



Thanks for the reminder, Linh! I'd better make some time for knitting!


Monday, November 08, 2004

Un-Sparkly Hat & Slippers

Yep, I'm still knitting! I feel like I'm monopolizing the blog a bit but I figure I might as well post while I'm still knitting. I'm sure eventually I'll go through a dry spell and then you might not hear from me for a while!

    

For the hat, I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and the Sparkle Hat pattern from Stitch 'n Bitch. I did it without adding sparkles but I think it looks just fine without it. It does look awfullly pointy but it's not THAT pointy once it's on someone's head. This is a going to be a holiday gift. I hope it fits their head!

For the slippers I also used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and the Slippers with Cuffs pattern. It was the pattern that most resembled a pair of existing slippers my mom has had for years (probably like 10-15 years!). I was going to save it to give as a holiday gift but she was just saying how cold it is in her house so I gave them to her already. I'll probably knit her another pair for Christmas. I think after further contemplation and studying I have figured out how to adjust this pattern to make it more like her "old" slippers.

I'm liking the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. It's thick (classified as "super bulky weight") and knits up real fast. The only downside that it only comes with about 100 yards per skein which isn't quite enough for a pair of slippers. I think for the next pair of slippers I might try the Wool-Ease Chunky which comes with about 150 yards.

There are only 46 shopping knitting days until Christmas!!!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Ramblings

I'm quite happy with how productive I've been with my knitting. I can't say that it's helped me whittle down my yarn stash. Why is it that it's more exciting to knit with new yarn rather than yarn that's in your stash...even though at the time you bought the yarn in your stash it was pretty exciting???

I had made one slipper for my mom this summer. Yes just ONE. It turned out too small and while I could have made the matching pair and given it to someone with small feet, I just wasn't that excited about it. Yesterday I went and bought some Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. Thicker yarn, bigger needles and the size is much better. Now I have to make the matching slipper. Someday I would like to learn how to knit things like socks and slippers two at a time. Someday. I have yet to truly master making just ONE sock at a time.

Most skeins are made to be pulled from the center right? Is there some trick to this? I'm only able to find it maybe one out of five times. I usually give up and just pull the yarn from the "outside" which makes it a little more difficult since the skein ends up rolling about while I'm knitting.

Weaving in yarn ends. Is there no better way? This is my least favorite thing to do. (Seaming comes in at a close second). Most of my knits are for gifts and I guess I'm paranoid that something will unravel. I guess I just need someone to hold my hand and tell me it's going to be ok.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Devil Hat - Modified

I've been obsessed with baby hats! I think the ones with ear flaps are so cute. I found a pattern for the Lil' Devil Baby Hat and modified it a bit. I didn't necessarily want the "devil" look but just needed the basic pattern.



See a theme? Winnie the Pooh is my trusty baby knits model!