Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I completed a UFO sweater this week but I want to wash and block it out before I unveil it. I'm also having a Knit for Dulaan contest over at my blog if y'all wanna use up some stash! ;)
I'm off to the couch to work on a crocheted afghan that I started 2 years ago! Crazy making I tell you, crazy making! Knowing that I need to report progress over here has gone a long way to keeping me honest! :)
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
But maybe that's just me... is anyone having insane thoughts of continuing this after the 15th? I just might! Am I the only one? Please tell me I'm not the only nutjob out there...
I didn't write in on my comment to Amanda, but I have not caved and purchased yarn yet - that is not to say that I haven't been close - or that there's not a list in my head of purchases that I am dying to make on the 16th of April... cuz there is - but in my warped way, I only get to reward myself with the purchases, if I stay strong through the whole bust-a-long!
Monday, February 26, 2007
I am super psyched with how both the jewelry and the display turned out... I made the display, too! I totally love glue guns and faux finish spray paint- two new finds for me!
I also finally joined etsy- check out my store and let me know what you think! alittlesomething.etsy.com
Sunday, February 25, 2007
In terms of busting my stash, I am very pleased to say that I have used four balls of wool from it in the last week! I made a little gifty for my Knitty SP8 partner, and I am making a purse. In terms of busting along my UFOs, well, let's just say, I'm not doing so well on that account. I have completely abandoned my second (well 4th if we're counting totals 'cause it's the 2nd sock of the 2nd pair) hot tamale sock, and poor ol' Samus. What to say about poor ol' Samus. I really do want to get back to it. Honestly I do. I've just somehow lost it to the bottom of the knitting basket. Maybe once my purse is finished, I'll dig it back out and just get it done once and for all!
UPDATE: Ok... it's just 4:00pm... twenty minutes later than my original post and here's what happened. I broke down and ordered Sweet Georgia's lace weight How could I not? It's so pretty. So? Now what? Anyone have any suggestions for a pattern? There's 885 yds I believe. I've never done much with lace (especially using finer wool) so suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Have a great weekend!!
I finished 5 chemo caps and mailed them off to Kathleen today. What a great feeling, to clear out stash for a good cause!
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For me, this is the most dangerous time for the yarn diet. I now want to buy all sorts of yarn, ignoring the fact that one of my knitting friends gave me yarn she didn't want this week, and the fact that I have numerous projects I want to make lurking in the stash. Please let me be able to hang on....
Well, I have good and bad news to report.
The good news is, I was very responsible and set aside a dozen newly started WIPs and swatches so I could concentrate on finishing a baby blanket for my colleague, which he's been patiently awaiting for months. All that needed doing was weaving in the ends on the back, and blocking. I say 'all' - in fact, there are over 400 ends to weave, in total. I think it was the sheer scale of the job that was putting me off. So anyway, I'm feeling dead proud because I've made a start. Here'a photo of the blanket from the wrong side.
This snap shows the amount of weaving-in progress I'd made by Saturday morning last week (most of what you see here was done on the Friday night immediately before). In the week since then, I've managed to do a bit more in the evenings, after work. I'm now exactly half way around the blanket. I am going to be very assiduous this weekend and see if I can finish it off.
That was the good news - a UFO nearly finished.
Now the bad news - I'm afraid I splurged on yarn again. Returning from NY with my gorgeous yarn purchases, I leafed through patterns deciding what to make. I realised that I didn't have enough to make an adult sized sweater sweater out of any of the three new yarns I have (Tilli Tomas silk, Alchemy bamboo, Louet linen). So I ordered more. It wasn't cheap.
Gosh, it's like a confessional in here isn't it. Someone tell me to say a few Hail Marys and absolve me.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Finally, I was itching to do a NEW project after these fixes, so I remembered that the Argosy scarf from the latest Knitty called for exactly the amount of elsebeth lavold's Hempathy that I had left over from a project!
Visit ME to see more deets. Of course, happy knitting and destashing to all of you! I am home this week for February break, which is evidently a Northeastern US phenomenon... I guess it's a chance for us to fly somewhere warmer... instead, I'm at home, knitting and trying to figure out my taxes. Hmm.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Okay, so I look a little deathly ill in the photo, but since I AM deathly ill, it's okay. I'm allowed. (Okay, fine, it's only a cold...) This sweater was one I started just before Christmas, but put it on the back burner because I was scared I was going to run out of yarn. Visit my blog for more details!
I am so excited about Rebekah's Blanket of Hope project! I did a lot of stashbusting (and the best kind - partial skeins and leftovers!) to create 9 "squares" and I hope to finish more! Here's what I sent:
Saturday, February 17, 2007
So far, I have five projects currently being worked on from my stash. Here are just a couple of pictures.
Oh, the shame.
Friday, February 16, 2007
I cast on for a couple of other projects--some glittens, and an earflap hat in a wool/alpaca blend (I have one that I like, but it's knit in Lion Homespun, which doesn't do much against the cold these days).
Well, I've been meeting with my knitting buddies on Wednesday evenings in addition to our usual Saturdays, and I've been dedicating the Wednesday nights to my UFOs. Two weeks ago, this is what the bolero looked like. Last week, I finished the other edging, and this week I attached it. It will need some severe blocking to get the seams at the bottom to flatten out, but overall I think it will look very nice. Now to set in the sleeves, and this UFO will be a FO!
I've also finished a chemo cap and am partway through the second one. I have enough for 4, but I'm not sure I'll finish them all by Feb. 28.
But I've been keeping honest with the yarn diet. The only addition was won as a prize, and I don't think it counts.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
That being said, I have shopped for yarn. I had to. It wasn't for me. Someone tell me I haven't fallen into the trap of serious withdrawl. Here's the scenario:
I am taking part in SP8 on Knitty.com. I had to buy yarn for my partner. It's only right to do so. I am also knitting a tote for the International Tote Exchange III. I didn't have anything in the appropriate colours for my partner's wishes in my stash so I had to buy two skeins for that. Now. I feel that those should not be counted against me. However, (BF) G feels that a) by participating in the SP8, it is pretty much a given that in giving yarn, I am also going to receive yarn so therefore will not be decreasing my stash and in fact am willingly allowing new yarn to come into the fold and b) by purchasing yarn for my partner's tote, then proceeding to knit with it, I was getting a "fix", so... strike two against my goal to not buy myself yarn before April 15th. Can someone clarify that I don't need to check myself into some sort of 12 step program with these purchases?
And may I just take a brief moment to mention that it's almost doing me in not to order up at least one more skein of Sweet Georgia before she goes on hiatus?
In terms of FOs this week... well I don't have any other than the tote to report and it's not completely an FO yet, because it's still in the washing machine being felted.
It's the Trellis Scarf blocking. I am so pleased with this scarf I think it will be gorgeous when dry and I have a happy sense of accomplishment as this is my nominated "I will finish it" project.
The question is - is it an FO now or when I can post pictures of the traditional "wingspan" shot?
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
2nd pair of Monkey socks
Kimono Layette set
John Doe baby sweater
Baby shower gifts- 2 cloths, bib, blanket
4 corners dishcloth
Leftover vest for oldest DD
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I am still working on the grey and black blanket for #2 son which I aim to have finished by the April 15 deadline.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
My partner gifted me with the yarn (Schaeffer Anne I believe, it's super soft) not this last Christmas, but the one before. There's enough for a neck-warmer too I believe - not a full scarf, maybe something that buttons in front.
A few more details are over at my blog!
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Anyway - go here and check out my Waterfall Scarf, and Lenten Rose socks! I'm wearing the socks at work today!
Monday, February 5, 2007
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Friday, February 2, 2007
I used one ball of K1C2 Richesse et Soie in moss...a bargain bin rescue. Another small stash victory! Further deets here. :)
Thursday, February 1, 2007
More details on my blog.