26 February 2008

I know......

It's been several days since my last post, but really, I've been busy!
Miss "P" was here for the weekend, so not a lot of knitting was done. We did go to the farm however, to see Nanny & Papa, it was their 50th Anniversary. That just reminds me of how old I'm getting. But anyway "P" took some pictures.
Not bad for a 4 year old.
Any hoo.....I was just reading the Harlot, and it sounds like my stash diet is going better than hers. I'm almost through February. I have to knit two sweaters by April, and I know that is helping me from buying yarn, but I just wish I had time to knit some of the stuff I have waiting in my room, maybe soon!!!!

So first up: I whipped up these a couple of weekends ago for a customer of mine who's having a new grandchild (delivery is Friday). Ruth's perfect baby booties , (the pattern can also be found on Ravelry) and a cabled toque from an old Sirdar leaflet. Knit with Sirdar Snuggly DK Fairisle yarn and 3-3/4mm needles. I used on 50g ball.
Second: This is Julie's Ladies Tulip sweater. Have I said how much I love this yarn? The colours are gorgeous.
And Third: The Shannon pullover using the 100% Alpaca. The pattern is from Canaan Mohair, but I don't believe they have a website anymore.
Oh well, I been sitting here to long, back to knitting.

15 February 2008

Tulips for Women.....

The best part of knitting for Julie is that I get to bring new yarn home, and I'm not adding it to my stash!!!
Up next: Tulips for Women----Dream in Color Classy yarn
Check out these gorgeous colours!

13 February 2008

Isn't she lovely.....

It's done! Tomorrow will be button shopping.
Pattern: Baby Dress (leaflet) size 18 months
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. -- colour 143 Papaya
Needles: 3.25mm
All can be purchased at The Needle Emporium
This was a lovely pattern to knit and it only took me 5 days. The ruffle wasn't so bad (casting on 501 sts) and the body is knit in one piece to the armholes. The shoulders are done with a 3-needle bind off, then the sleeves are picked up with dpn's and knit in the round. Virtually no seams other than sewing the front bands down together. Only the two top buttons are used with buttonholes and rest will be sewn on through both bands and are just decorative. What a concept. I love it.
The Blue Sky Alpaca is lovely to knit with. It almost felt like I was knitting with cotton. I'll post another picture once I have the buttons.

EDIT: How perfect are these? I can't believe I found a colour to match!

12 February 2008

Sick time = knitting time....

There's nothing fun about being sick, except uninterupted knitting time.
Looks like I came down with that yukky virus everyone's getting. So, that means alot of movies and knitting for a couple of days.
First up: Baby dress for Julie. Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. I kept putting off starting this because casting on 501 stitches for the ruffle was not an appealing factor for this project. But once I did that, it was smooth sailing and decreasing. This is how much I have done today. I'll be picking up for the sleeves later today. Second: I dropped off the pullover for Leslie, and she just got in her order of commercially dyed and spun Alpaca. This batch is 100% alpaca and the colour is periwinkle. It's a little on the fine side, about a sport weight, so I'm doing a pullover I made a few years ago. I'll have pictures once I get a little farther.

7 February 2008

Not just a another sock....

Well I did it....I designed my own sock. It wasn't so hard afterall, just finding a pattern I liked.
Pattern: my own
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug-- colour 71 Fire
Needles: 2.5mm

I looked through my pattern books and found the Diamond Drops stitch. Quite simple really, just a yo, K2, psso both the knit stitches, then a plain knit row, then move the slip stitch over two and another knit row. Easy, Peasy! A nice picot edge top and voila! My Dragon Sox!This yarn is very lovely, but just not enough yardage as far as I'm concerned. With this pattern and doing a 6" cuff I thought I would have enough yarn. But no way, I had to break into a second skein, and of course the handpaint colour was a little different than the first one so I had to alternate the two strands so you wouldn't notice the difference. There was no way I was ripping out the first sock and starting over. So, if you want a pair from one skein you'll be making ankle socks. I might try a pair of Monkeys with a short cuff with what I have left!

1 February 2008

Egads....it's nasty outside.....

What do you do after working in this all day? (Please appreciate your mail delivery person today!!)
Sit down with a warm cup of tea, and enjoy knitting from stash! So far I've got through January. This will be my Tuscany Shawl from No Sheep for You, knit with Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn from my stash.Then, I will be perusing through my new book to see what I can knit with my new needles. (Needles and patterns are not included in Knitting from my Stash 2008!)And these were also gifted to me by someone who is supposed to be saving her money to pay for a wedding!!!!!