Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
In knitting news: I got new winter hats knit for MB and myself. MG's still has hers from last winter and Hubby still loves his We call em Pirates I made last winter. The gift knitting is almost done. And the muff has been frogged yet again. I just did not like the way it looked so back to the drawing board for that one. The turtle neck warmer pattern is done. I will post it soon.
In shop news: There are some new colors in the shop right now. Go check them out. Please?
Politics: 1 week to go! Make sure you get out and vote. I had a call from Lee Terry(R house NE) last night. he was doing a tell- town hall type thing. I found it very off putting. I hung up only to have them call back and leave 5 minutes worth on my voice mail. The dude will not even say what party he is with. Looks like he may lose next week. The national press is not even talking about Nebraska but I think it could go either way. There are no McCain/Palin signs out but lots of Obama signs. Could NE go blue? Unlikely but I bet Omaha/Lincoln will. I plan to take MB and vote right after I drop the kids at school. I am guessing the lines will be long but I don't care I will wait as long as it takes.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here it is. What do you think? I hate the color on me so this one will be gifted this year but I love the fit and everything else about this project. MG took the picture for me. Not bad eh?
This pattern is my own. I will write it up today and get someone to look it over for me before posting it. Pattern will call for about 350 yards of worsted weight. ( I used Artyarns Supermerino). This yarn seems to stretch quite a bit with blocking but is soft and warm.
2 new patterns in 10 days time. Go Me!
I can not wait for this election to be over. I sure hope my team wins. I worry about what will happen if they don't.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Yarn: color 1: Knit Picks Merino Style, black. any worsted wool will do for both colors.
color 2: Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR Heavyweight. Don't remember the colorway. Leftovers from socks.
A note about the yarn. You can use and 2 worsted wools you have in your stash for these. You could also knit the cuff in the main color. That big lump in the picture is my watch. sorry about that.
Gauge: I knit these at 6 1/2 stitches to the inch over the colorwork.
Needles US size 6 dpn's
With Color 2, Cast on 40 stitches. Join to knit in the round. Knit 10 rounds of K2,P2 rib. Knit one round. Switch to color 1, knit one round.
Next round starts color pattern. ( I have not found a good way to get the charts on the blog. If you need the charts leave me a comment and I will e-mail it to you. I tried to write it out here. Please let me know if you see any problems. )
row 1:* K2 Color 1, K2 color 2* repeat to end of the round
row 2: same as row 1
row 3: *K2 color 2, K2 color 1 *repeat to end of the round
row 4: same as row 3
row 5: same as row 1
row 6: same as row 1
Row 7: knit all stitches in color 1
row 1: *K1 in color 1, K3 in color 2, Knit 2 in color 1* repeat to end of round K1 in color 1
row 2: repeat row 1
row 3: repeat row 1
row 4 K all in color 1
repeat chart 2 twice more
Knit 15 rounds with color 1
thumb: I used the Thumb Trick from Elizabeth Zimmermann. On the thumb set opening round I knit the first 7 stitches on to waste yarn. Then slip those 7 sts back on the needle and knit the round like normal.
Knit 5 more rounds with color 1
Work chart 1
Knit 8 rounds of K2,P2 ribbing.
Bind off all stitches.
Thumb: Pick out the waste yarn at the thumb opening. (You should have 8 stitches on top and 7 on the bottom of the opening)Pick up the live stitches picking up an extra stitch in the gap between the top and bottom rows of live stitches (17 st total) knit 8 rows K1,P1 ribbing. Bind off. Weave in ends and block lightly. If you find any problems with the pattern please let me know. I am new to the whole pattern writing thing.
I am going to knit at least 2 more pairs of these. Bunky wants a pair for herself and I think her teacher might like one too. Best part is you need very little yarn. Yeah stash busting.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
The babysitting scammer had the balls to send me another e-mail asking me to hurry and send my info. I have reported them to everyone I could find including Craig's list and g-mail. I am tempted to write back and ask them just how dumb they think I am.
Knitting: Dad's 2nd sock was almost done until I realized I had made the leg 10 rows longer than the 1st sock. Duh Sandy maybe you should learn how to count. Lucky for me the yarn holds up to frogging well. I will re knit the heel tonight. I finished another of the gift hats too. I put the Red Lady sweater on hold till I get the gift knitting done. I will not fall into the late night Christmas eve knitting like last year.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
In knitting news: After a quick call to Mom last night I was able to finish Dads first sock. Sock #2 will get cast on today. When these are done I will have only 4 more Holiday gift items to knit. WooHoo! and 3 of them are hats. the 4th is yet to be chosen but I still have lots of time. I also want to knit some socks for the MK's. I wonder if I should send Dads socks early. I am pretty sure he knows he is getting socks after Mom went and measured his foot for me. Besides Daddy needs warm feet too. If I keep up this pace with the socks I may have time to get another pair done for Mom too.
I have decided that all my Holiday gifts will be Hand Made this year. Should save us some money, and give the kids plenty of crafting time. I have some great ideas for kid crafts for Christmas. This should be fun.
One other bit of news: I have been working on a product for Happy Housewife. HH is my friend Miss Violet's company. She makes her own perfume oils and soap. Really great stuff. I never wore perfume much before MissV started this, but I really like her stuff. My favorites right now are Dirty Jack, and Apple Crush. OOO I smell so good. We have a few things to work out yet (labels and such) but we should have it up in another week or so. Trust me its going to be good!
One other quick thing: I have added International shipping prices to my shop. So overseas folks won't have to convo for a shipping quote. There is lots of great stuff in the shop now.