Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Best of Intentions

Really, I started out this year knowing that I would blog here each week.  I knew that I would discuss in detail all my knitting but I didn't deliver on that promise.  Writing isn't my strong suit... anyhow, here I am and I am ready to write the epic January, February and March, Knitting Tell All!

January, the "Something for Me" month.  I finished my Noro afghan.  I started this on my birthday last year and only had the finishing to go but it was a lot of work knitting it together and putting on the edging and finishing in the ends.  It's done, it's for me and I love it.

 February, the wool mittens for Maine month, but I found a need much nearer to home.  A dear friend mentioned to me that she didn't have any hand knit socks and it was her birthday month.  Of all the sad stories I've heard, I just had to put down my mittens and make socks.

Once finished with the socks I went on to make my husband a knit cap.  This is yarn we bought last summer in England and he carried in his bag all the way home.  It's so soft and nice and the colorways are wonderful.  I've got mine on the needles now but have so many other projects distracting me...


March, the Afghans for Afghans month, found me knitting (as I was suppose) to a little vest for A4A.  I enjoyed knitting this thing.  It was a simple design, I scaled it up a bit by using heavier yarn and I made it longer so that it would fit a larger child.  The pattern has no real finishing except sewing the shoulder seam and putting on the buttons, which I got my mom to do...yeah, my mom still helps with my knitting!

Beyond the knitting mentioned herein, I've knit lots of other things but they gone off to be worn before I got pictures.  I also cast on a Nimbus sweater, knit 11" and then decided it might be a few inches shy of fitting around me.  It was then that I decided to find a pattern knit from the neck down and try again.  It's put away right now, to age and allow me to forget the 11" of stockinette that I need to pull out...meanwhile I've cast on anther sweater for me in Denim that might work out.  I'll discuss it in detail if I get it right.  That's about it for now.  I'm looking forward to the next few months.  I love knitting caps so the chemo project will be a breeze.

*All the projects discussed in the blog entry have full details of pattern used, needles and yarn at my site on Ravelry. 


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Yipes! Stripes!

I like striped mittens.

There may be a reason I don't make them more often.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

visual interest coming soon!!

1. I do not have Pat locked away in a cell, away from her knitting and camera. She is well, and knitting, and taking pictures, and will emerge at some point, as soon as the sun gets a little higher in the sky.

2. No pictures from me either. I have a new camera. (The old one is still in hiding. I'll probably find it in a bird's nest in a tree down the street.) Cameras no longer come with convenient little booklets -- they come with the instruction manual on a CD that you read on your computer. So you have to run back and forth between your subject and your computer (or send it to your phone, where you can read it in 3-point type), and it is remarkably frustrating and inefficient. I'm having a little trouble getting settings, color, etc, to work properly, and I don't want to post any more bad pictures. Mastering this lovely little machine is at the top of the list of things that will happen in March.

3. February mitten review. Um. I started the month with two pairs in progress, found a third I'd forgotten about, and cast on two more. That gives me five pairs of mittens in progress. Do not even try to figure out the logic; there is none. March is a wild card month, and I plan to finish all of the February mittens.

4. And -- ta da! -- Pat and I have discovered a very cool project, which supports one of our favorite efforts, the Heifer Project. Thanks to Kaleidoscope Yarns in Vermont; it's their newsletter that led us to this great idea: Hats for Hunger.

Details to be firmed up soon, but Pat and I will do something for this group during the month of March. We thought we'd put the link up right away in case you want to play along.

P.S. The first 3 crocuses opened up yesterday.