Thursday, January 13, 2005

Trapped With Too Little Yarn

I have finished a scarf with the yarn I bought over Christmas. I was inspired by a pattern in the new Knit it! magazine. I haven't taken a picture yet, but will post it as soon as I can. This week has been very busy. My daughter has been sick since Sunday night. I took her to the doctor Wednesday and she has a bad infection in both ears. Today she is feeling just well enough to be cranky and I am feeling tired. Not the best combination, but I am trying to keep my patience up. I currently don't have very many projects going. I have a sock that I started a several weeks ago. Its mate is finished, but I haven't felt like picking it up for a while.
I have a couple of projects in mind that I need to get yarn for. I want to make a little poncho for my friend's daughter. She gave me a bunch of her daughter out-grown clothes and so I want to make a thank you gift. I am either going to use the "Downtown Tot" pattern from www.lionbrand.com or "Joanna's Poncho" from http://webpages.charter.net/lgreen/JoannasPonchoPattern.htm. Instead of fringe, I want to knit the border with fun fur. I may use the colorwaves yarn from lionbrand with either pattern. I can't start though because I have no yarn!!! I can't take Grace out and I have been very tired in the evenings. I also want to make a blanket for my sister, who is due in May.
Anyways, enough of my ramblings. I will try to post my picture (and go buy yarn) tomorrow.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Meow - Finally!

I have finished the object that had been on the "to do" pile the longest. I started knitting this sweater almost a year ago. (It was my third project. The first were little leg warmers for Grace's Halloween ballerina costume and the second was the scarf on the cover of January 2004 Knit it!, but I digress.) I made it in the size 2 even though my daughter was wearing 12 months because I knew that it would take a while to knit. Now it is finally complete! Yeah!! If you compare the back of the sweater to the pattern, you will see that I "added a feature". Originally, the stripes on the back were supposed to be symmetric. There would be 5 stripes total with the top two the same as the bottom. when I was about 2/3 of the way up the back, I noticed that I had made the wrong stripes. (I noticed after knitting the pink stripe and then the blue strip.) The pink is hard to unravel and I was feeling a little lazy, so I created a new pattern for the top of the back. I prefer to think of it as a feature, rather than an error.
The sweater is from the January 2004 Knit It! and uses the recommended yarns.

Sweater Front
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Sweater Back
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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Mr. Potato Head models SnB's Umbilical Cord Hat

I currently have several friends who are having babies or just had babies. I have made several little hats for them. The pattern is the Umbilical Cord Hat in Stitch 'n' Bitch and the yarn is Charleston by Stylecraft. It is soft angora-feeling yarn, but is made from acrylic and nylon. The hat is knit on 10.5 needles with 14 stitches cast on. It is a very cute gift. It is also fun to make because it provides instant gratification (o.k. 2-3 hr gratification).

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Monday, January 03, 2005

My first post

Yeah! I figured out how to start a blog. Yes, I know it is not too difficult, but overcoming the inertia was. I probably won't be a daily poster, especially since I am a slow-ish knitter, but I hope to share what I accomplish.


Now I have a knitting opinion question for everyone.
Over Christmas I bought two skeins of beautiful yarn with the plan of making a scarf. It is called Sabrina S. Charles in color 24 (50g, 60 yds, 12 st per 4" using size 10 needles. It is multicolored boucle with pinks and golds. I will post a picture below. My dilemma is this: I have knit about 1/3 of the first skein using 10.5 needles and only have about 4 inches. So, I will not have enough for a scarf. My thought is to add maybe a black wool with it, use larger needles and cast on less stitches. I would like alternate ideas for what to make with the yarn. It was expensive so I don't want to buy any more.
Thanks!
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