Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I finished the Wingspan. I really like how it turned out. The pattern really shows off the striping of the yarn & the sequins. It was a boring knit after one triangle, though. I still have two balls of this yarn left & am comtemplating either another Hitchhiker or Daybreak.

 This is another shot of the Wingspan lying on the floor. The color is more true in the photo where I'm wearing it.

The Winter Flame scarf is also finished. I love it! Saving it for a special gift. This was made with baby alpaca yarn that I got as a SS gift several years ago.

This is the Oasis Wrap. I'm enjoying the knit although it's a bit more complex than anything I've been working on lately. I'm using Araucania Ruca Multy in colorway 17. This is sugarcane yarn that is oh so soft! Darlene gifted me 2 hanks of it for SS this past year and I bought 3 more.

I've also made 2 more of the silly little frilly scarves. These are made with fabric type yarn called Boutique Sassy by Redheart. Totally fun & cute. I'm planning to give one or both of them to Mom tomorrow.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Catching up with FO's & WIP's.....

Last time I posted was in November & I had the Lace Cardi in progress. I finished it just a few weeks ago. I like it but the bust area is a little large. This is a problem that others who've made it also had. Oh well. It's roomy & I love the color.

While we were spending a couple months down south I made a shrug & a couple of cowls. It was really really really cold this year!! I love this shrug!! I used an acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby...Yarn Bee Fetching in Pewter colorway. It has a little sparkle in it. After I finished the shrug I pressed it lightly with a steam iron over a cloth & it really loosened up the stitches.

I didn't get pictures of the cowls but they were made with acrylic yarn & are sparkly. I made them using the Tunisian Simple Stitch & then seamed the ends together.

The Winter Flame scarf is nearing completion. I have 2 repeats to go. Yay!

Last Monday at HOT, one of the ladies gave me 4 skeins of some really pretty yarn that she'd picked up at Tuesday Morning & then decided that she couldn't handle the small yarn. I loved her description of the color. She said it reminded her of a cup of cappuccino with foam. It's an acrylic wool blend with sequins. I couldn't resist coming straight home & searching Ravelry for the perfect pattern. And I found it. And I cast on. And it's really really fun! Wingspan. And I even bought the pattern! If you know me at all you know that I am frugal...yeah, that's a nice way to say it.

Now, this next one doesn't count as a WIP because:
  1. I haven't added it to Ravelry
  2. It is really just a swatch. Mostly. Really.
  3. It's marinating.

This is Oasis Wrap and I am still deciding if I've screwed up. I got 2 hanks of this lovely yarn from Darlene for Christmas. I knew it was perfect for this wrap. But I needed 3 more. I went to Nan's in Horseshoe Bay & she had the same yarn & colorway. Different dyelot. Yeah. I bought it anyway. She suggested that I use my 2 hanks for the back & the 3 new ones for the front. So...the bottom swatch is with the old yarn. It has some green in it & see those dark specks? The top swatch is the right front using the new yarn. Much lighter colors & no green. What should I do? Thoughts? I'm letting it marinate for awhile while I finish the Winter Flame & the Wingspan.

Ok, that's it for now. Oh yeah. We saw The Lego Movie & it was really great!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I've been a bad blogger. It just seems like too much trouble most of the time. But, here's a little update since August with pictures of the things I've finished.

Hitchhiker was finished in August. I absolutely love it!
Entrelac Scarf
The entrelac scarf was a lot of fun to knit & I love looking at it but it's rather scratchy so I doubt it will get much use. Which is really a shame considering how long it took me to knit it.

Mountain Stream Scarf
 The Mountain Stream scarf  cowl was a fun quick knit & was one of my possible choices for the scarf swap but it is also a bit scratchy.
Daybreak! Awesome!! Loved knitting it although I had lots of angst. I tried several different yarn combinations before find the grey bamboo/wool blend. And then I worried that it would be too heavy used with the fingering weight. I have yarn to make another one for me. This was the one I sent to my scarf swap partner.

Crochet Bag

Fun, fun fun!! Carrie R. made me make this one.

Lace Cardigan
Had some trouble getting going on this lace cardi because the pattern only gives you the first 7 rows but I found someone on Ravelry who sent me her charts. Yippee! I love Ravelry!! I'm doing the bottom edging in 1x1 rib currently then plan to do the front & neck edge with the sleeves last so I can make them as long as possible. I'm trying really hard to stick with this cardigan until it's finished. But, I bought a new outfit yesterday for New Year's Eve & it really really needs a silvery shawl....

Last year I finished almost 30 projects! 2013 will be about half that many.

Oh yeah....yarn that I bought on the yarn crawl...

This yarn is planned for another Daybreak along with some Blue Heron Rayon Metallic.

Mimi Mink
This is going to be Crimson Cashmere Cowl...except it'll be Lime Mink Cowl. There are several patterns from that magazine that I really would love to make. Like the Basic Bolero. I love the fitted look of that bolero.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I'm so excited! 

I have picked out my yarn & pattern for the scarf swap. Now...when is it due? Oh yea...between Oct 15 and Nov 1. The yarn is Fibranatura Yummy. The pattern is a secret.

Also, have chosen my yarn for the Folk Shawls Sampler Shawl KAL which starts Sept 1. I altered the pattern a bit to make it smaller because I keep reading that it comes out like 8' long. I'm going to cast on 247 sts instead of 401. The yarn is from my stash (yay again!). I have a little over 1000 yards of Jaggerspun Maine Line fingering left from the cone I bought years ago & used to make the Girasole. Color is Garnet. Mother will love this shawl. She's been hinting at needing a red shawl. So, I'm planning to get this done for her for Christmas. or her birthday-Jan 27.

Now, I counted & this brings me to 7 UFO's!! Yikes. I'm in a panic over this.

1-So, I am trying really hard to finish the Hitchhiker by Friday. I take Dad back to the cold doctors office that day. I'm going to be monogamous with Hitchhiker until it's finished. I may have to wear a bandaid on my right index finger to keep from poking a hole in it. I think I'm up to about 30 teeth.

2-I would really like to finish the Summer Cardigan before Sept 1 but that's not going to happen. The rows are 260+ sts long now & growing. I'm about 10 rows away from splitting for the underarms. I'm thinking of starting the decreases for the sleeves earlier than the pattern says. Instead of row 12 I think I'll start about row 5. That should take some of the bulk away shouldn't it?

3-The Box Lace Scarf may never get finished. It's rather boring. But, it's beautiful & the yarn is so soft!

4-The Entrelac Scarf is really close to being finished. Maybe 75%. But, it's not an easy knit for me so it doesn't get much time in the rotation.

5-The Tunisian blanket for CASA is a long way from finished. I'm going to run out of yarn & can't find anymore in that color so I have to figure out what to do. Since it's in panels I think I'll find a solid color that coordinates with it & make the remaining panels in that color. That's my plan. I did find it online.

Time for breakfast...aren't y'all glad?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sweater-1, Me-0


Yep, I give up on the sweater design. FAIL!

I think the back turned out good but I just can't get the front to work out & it takes so much focus & concentration that I don't have the time to sit & figure it out. I am bummed. But, I'm not going to frog it. I'll let it sit & maybe next Fall the inspiration will come again. Or not.

Friday, October 05, 2012

I have a lot to say today. With pictures & ever 'thang 

First-I received a lovely donation from Miss Laura T. this week of 2 beautimous lap robes for the Veterans. Pictures don't do them justice! 

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Cozy Comfort Prayer Shawl
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Beth's Little Star Afghan

Next-I have an FO! Wooo!!  Scarf-A-Licious is done. Quick, fun & purdy if I do say so myself! At first I wasn't sure I liked it because the garter stripes seem more modern & the lace edge is definitely not. But, I love me some lace so there! This project made me wonder who started the current trend of garter stitch in stripes? It seems to be very popular & all over everything. Anybody know who was first with this recent trend?

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Lastly-I've been wanting to design a cardigan for myself for awhile now. I have this old ratty cardi that I bought years ago & I want to make a copy of it. I bought the yarn last year & even swatched my design & made some notes. I can't find my swatch though. I know I did one because I have a picture of it.

Wierd, I seem to be losing things! Maybe my size 6 straights are with the swatch in the black hole. 

Anyway, yesterday I decided the time was now. So, I'm using the Sweater Wizard as a base for this sweater. I found a similar leaf motif that I think will work. Here's a picture of what I want to make. My sweater has a large leaf motif on the back & smaller ones on each front. I don't know how to make the pattern that I found larger for the back. If anybody has any ideas, I'd appreciate hearing them!!

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Ratty Old Cardi
OK-that's it! Thanks for "listening"!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The Summer Olympics are in full swing & I've been watching as much as possible. I just finished the USA women's semi-final against Dominican Republic. Whew! We won it! The Ravellenic Games are also in full swing & I'm working on my scarf swap scarf for the games. Not sure if I'll finish by Sunday or not. It'll be close. There's been too much dancing for me to really spend a lot of time on it.

Now...the real reason for this post is a little bragging. You may know that I am the moderator for the Folk Shawls forum on Ravelry. I've been doing this for several years. It's a pretty low activity forum but I try to be conscientious & a good mod by checking in every few days & replying when I can. Cheryl Oberle posts pretty frequently & is great about answering questions there. Last week I got a real shock. A PM from Cheryl thanking me for me dedication to the group & she gave me a pattern for a new shawl that she's written called Faroette. I was so excited & thrilled! I cast on for the shawl on Sunday & I think it's going to be pretty quick & mindless. Which is great!

I am still working on crochet baby things for Market Days in Sept.