Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Finished Objects

Since I'm determined to keep track of what I knit this year, I will post photos when I finish something and also add it to my Flickr set of 2008 knitting. How's that for organization? Now if I could just make a schedule of what's next and stick to it.....The bags of projects are piling up around my knitting chair again.

Here are the fingerless mitts I made for a niece's birthday. I used Cascade 220 Superwash and a size 6 needle; Addi Turbos 32" cable for Magic Loop. I started them two-at-a-time but made a mistake in one so had to separate them, rip one back and then finish. The pattern is Cableback Gloves by A. Karen Alfke.

I also finished a pair of baby socks to send to afghans for Afghans. I used some leftover Regia tweed sock yarn and the Infant Socks pattern by Judy Ellis. These are quick and so cute! I did make both of these at the same time - I started with two circs, got mixed up with the cables, put them on Magic Loop (after separating them to do the heel turns) and finished successfully.

Nothing like learning all sorts of new techniques with one project.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Okay, okay, I know my oldest is 20, but how can it be possible that my baby is 17? Wasn't it just yesterday when I looked like thisand then you looked like this? You always had the most amazing hair. You had more hair than most babies, more hair than most two year olds, and lots more hair than most three year olds.
And then there was the talent! The lovely bunny ballerina who decided that dancing wasn't her thing; the little girl who played the huge piano (and who still plays very well, even after deciding not to pursue it seriously.)

The sports have always been important. Soccer from first grade, basketball from second grade.
We went to a lot of games! It's been great fun watching you play, grow, and change. Buddy was mascot for awhile.
You and your "twin" had lots of fun playing last year.
And we can't forget the year of the track champions. You girls were fast!

Marching band has taken you around Seattle, to Victoria, BC and this year will be Ireland. The St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin. It doesn't get much better than that. You would have to pick a bass drum to carry....

No matter how much they bug or tease you, you're proud of your big bros. We celebrated when they made it through high school! You're next - just one more year.Going to dances? Waiting up for kids to come home is getting harder and harder, but you sure look pretty when you go out.
You are sweet, smart, fun, talented, and beautiful. We are lucky and blessed to have you in our lives. Happy Birthday, Baby. We love you lots.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jumping on the Kauni Bandwagon

2008 is going to be a year of new experiences, knitting-wise. You've probably seen or heard of the beautiful Kauni cardigan, publicized by the Yarn Harlot, among others. I saw that sweater and thought it was just beautiful, but possible for me to do? Probably not. (Aside: I just went back and read some of the Harlot's trials and tribulations with this pattern, and now I'm REALLY concerned about my foolish decision to try it. Oh well, on with the story.) My LYS got the yarn in stock, and since I like to get the things that are not readily available (examples: yarn from Sheri's Sneak-ups, inaugural session of the Yarn Pirate Booty Club) whether I need them or not, I visited the shop immediately and purchased the Kauni in the Rainbow colorway. It comes with a free pattern. The pattern includes all sorts of fun things to do like two-color patterning, sweater knitting in the round, and the best thing - steeks. I haven't done much, if any, of these things, so I asked if there would be a class on Kauni.

Yes! A teacher was obtained, and dates were set. In the meantime, no one signed up, and I proceeded to finish a basic sweater (my second 2008 FO), start a baby blanket for afghans for Afghans, start the Flower Basket Shawl out of my luscious Alpaca with a Twist, and join a Peace Fleece cardigan Knitalong that began January 1. (I think I see a pattern here of joining/starting/signing up for too much stuff.)

Anyway, the Kauni Klub (cute name, huh?) now looks like it will be a go, and it starts next Thursday. Whoa! I wound up my yarn into balls to see how the colors progress, and found that one ball has a color progression in one order for awhile, then it goes backwards for awhile. I don't know what's up with that, since I assumed a constant progression would be there. Luckily, the teacher will talk about color matching, swatching, and two-color ribbing at the first session, so I don't have to get started by myself. I'm really looking forward to this project; just have to push some other stuff out of the way (or maybe finish?)

Second finished object of 2008 is this cardigan I made out of Rowan Plaid that I've had for a long time. I used a free pattern from Berroco, called Gretta. The yarn is great to knit with, and it turned out to be a nice sweater for wearing around the house when it's cold. I think the neckline is a little floppy and I could take it out and make the neckband shorter to see if it would firm up, but it's okay for what I plan to use it for. At least I can wear it - except for a tank top, the other garments I've attempted to make for myself haven't exactly worked out. Progress!

Monday, January 7, 2008

First Finished Object of 2008

Here I go, just as I promised, documenting all knitting of 2008.

This scarf has a bit of a story, as I wasn't planning to make a scarf right now. I participated in ISE5 and volunteered to be an "angel" if needed. An angel knits a scarf for someone whose assigned partner falls down on the job for one reason or another and doesn't come through with a scarf. Anyway, an e-mail went out the other day calling for angels for three scarfless people. I've been fascinated with the book, 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders, and saw a scarf pattern in there that I wanted to try. I had enough yarn (Classic Elite Beatrice, bought on closeout from WEBS) so I decided to get going. It took me only one day to finish the scarf.

Waterfall Scarf, 3 skeins Classic Elite Beatrice yarn, Size 11 needles. I blocked it when I finished, which makes the "holes" show up more than in the photo in the book.

Anyway, back to the story. After I volunteered to make this for a scarfless participant, I was informed that there were enough previously volunteering angels, so I was off the hook. I now have a new scarf, have two skeins left to make fingerless mitts, and have my first 2008 FO documented. Pretty sweet.

Now I need to learn how to take more attractive photos.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year's Knitting Resolution

Documentation of finished objects. Seems simple, right? Finish a project, take a picture. Save the picture to look at forever and ever.

My routine is: finish a project, send it to recipient, charity, etc. Forget to take a picture. Never see it again. Forget exactly what I've made.

2008 routine: Make a folder for 2008 Knitting. Save on my computer and also on Flickr. How many things can I make in one year? We'll see....... Here's something to look at while pondering.
Zen String Bambewe in "Moonshadow". December sock club yarn. Can't wait to use it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

I hope your year started safely and happily. We made it to midnight with a group of friends, toasted with champagne, and tried not to worry too much about our kids who were out. Everyone came home safely, I just got home from the group cast-on for the Peace Fleece Knitalong at my fabulous LYS, and life is good.

I wish happiness, peace, and lots of good knitting for everyone in the new year.