Last FO of 2006

A stockinet cap for my daughter with a little flower action on the side. I used Encore yarn and have enough yarn left over for maybe matching wristwarmers (?). I cast on a mosaic pattern sweater yesterday while doing a little social knitting at my LYS. I am excited about knitting it. The new skills I will learn with this project are mosaic patterns and steeking. I think it is going to be great fun.


Christmas Gifts received 2006

The case was part of a gift from my parents and looks like a makeup case. I could not think of a use for it (I cannot wear makeup) and thought about letting my daughter use it at school for her theater makeup. Then I saw what a cute knitting case it could be. I like it! I can even prop my pattern up with it. My daughter gave me a knitting book called Hip Graphic Knits (knitting books are always a good gift) and my son got me a beautiful red velvet box of Sees chocolates (a rare treat).

Work In Progress

I started out thinking I was knitting a sock for a knit-along but the image of a mitten kept popping in my head every time I picked it up to work on it. So a mitten it will be. I am following the sock pattern on the top of the mitten and stockinet on the palm. I love the decorative edging on the cuff. I hope the next project wants to be socks.


Yarn Kitty

Pansy is hugging my yarn. I am glad she does not chew it.

Gifted knitting

I drew my brother's name for Christmas gift giving.
The knucks pattern is from Knitty.com, the cap pattern is just a simple stockinet cap.
Yarn is 85% wool and 15% silk, Cleckheaton, 8 ply. I liked this yarn and would use it again.


Merry Christmas!

I Corinthians 13:8,13
Love never fails... And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Squeeze in a scarf

My Babalu modeling her scarf with our Christmas tree. I had the need to put gift knitting on hold and knit her a scarf. Maybe I was just happy to have her home for the holidays.
I used Lion Suede yarn, size 13 needles. A few rows of garter stitch and then a row of yarnovers to create elongated stitches, repeat to your hearts content. It was a fast knit. It is longer than she is tall so she can wrap it a couple of times and still have long tails. Fun.


Just for chuckles

She Shoots Sheep Shots has a joke on her blog that I am borrowing to share here....

A policeman spots a woman driving and knitting at the same time. Driving up beside her, he shouts out the window...

"Pull over!"

"No," she shouts back, "a pair of socks!"

Hee hee
While I have not found a way to knit and drive at the same time, I have noted where the longest traffic lights are. I take my sock knitting in the car so that I can take advantage of every minute while I am at those lights. I am almost disappointed if I do not hit the red light.

Maybe I have subway-knitter envy.



Is anyone else having problems leaving comments on other blogs? It either says my blogger ID is not recognized or my password is incorrect, both of which work just fine when I log into my account, however it seems to be only Blogger blogs that I cannot post to.

Thank you for the kind and helpful comments. I cannot seem to reply to you any other way than this.

Hopefully this is just a hiccup and will be fixed soon.


Good lesson, bad timing

File this one under 'Duh!'. This was going to be a gift sent in the mail. My mistake was that I used wood dpns on the slightly larger one but then used metal dpns on the one that turned out smaller. Same needle size. Good lesson. Bad timing.

Tweedy jacket finished

(The picture is taken with a flash so the color is a deeper red than the picture shows)

Pattern: Simply Knit 2, Tuscana
Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Chunky Tweed in Flaming, 12 balls - approx 1200 yds
Needles: Size 13 Denise.
Modifications: A few. The color scheme is nothing like the pattern, which calls for wide stripes. Mine does not have quite as much ease - a little more tailored looking. I changed the applied edging to single crochet so the edging is not as prominent as in the pattern. I omitted the pockets on the front, again to give it more of a tailored silhouette.

I love the Yorkshire Tweed. Flaming is a deep red with bits of orange, charcoal gray, and bright red in it, which will make it fun to accessorize this jacket. This is going to be my 'car coat', my light weight winter jacket. It is cozy warm!

color wheel

Hi Mr. T. - I am writing a quick note for you and anyone else who is intersted. The color wheel that I bought is called Rainbow Color Selector by EK Success. The information that comes with it is helpful for getting the most use out of the color wheel. Color combinations have taken on a whole new meaning for me. I think I might even try my hand at dyeing yarn after the holidays. The smell of Kool-Aid is addicting!


Tweedy jacket is finished

The Tweedy jacket, aka Tuscana jacket, was finished Saturday just in time for unusually warm weather. The wool is wonderful, not scratchy, and cozy warm. My love for wool continues to grow. Picture soon. Sunday a friend, who I met at my LYS, invited me to her home to show me how to spin. It was a great afternoon filled with spinning and Kool-Aid fumes from dyeing yarn. (Who would have thought that peddling takes so much coordination.) Wow, what fun. This person has developed a sophisticated sense of color and I am often amazed by the way she pulls colors together. I bought a color wheel - gotta start somewhere.


Mrs. Beeton so divine

Pattern: Mrs. Beeton, Knitty.com
Yarn: RY Cashsoft DK and Luxury Mohair by King Cole

: I strung the small beads onto some black sock yarn and did the cast on edge with this, then joined my yarn. I knit a couple of extra rows on the bottom ruffle before joining the top ruffle because I wanted the bottom ruffle to show more.

A fun, easy knit. These are for my daughter. I think these will look really nice on her.


November WIP - Toscana jacket in tweed

The jacket pieces filmed in 2 different rooms of the house. The purplish picture is all natural light by a window. The red, which is more accurate, was filmed with a different background and a mixture of natural light and flash from about 4 feet away.

The jacket is ready for blocking and seaming. After that I will do the "applied edging". I assume this is applied I-cord but it does not specify and there are no instructions in this book. This is new territory for me. What is your favorite applied edging? Any suggestions?