Saturday, February 26, 2011

high speed thoughts

Note: Read this at super high speed because that's how my brain is going LOL!

I feel the urge to cast something on.

Ssshh I know there are 8 WIP's and another project about to start in a week or two.

It doesn't matter.

The sun is shining, I've been swimming and apparently I am still riding that early morning exercise high 3 hours later.

Good thing I don't exercise in the early morning more.  I think it might send my family insane.

The boys are outside playing in the freshly mown (Wednesday) backyard, they are happy and we have a little friend being dropped off soon and then afternoon tea with his parents when they come to pick him up later.

Maybe I should set up a knitting station outside under the tree.

I should knit on a WIP.

But I'm not going to.

Time for a shower and then a stash dive.

Maybe I should look for fabric to make the bag for the kinder kid first.

Nah, new knitting project then bag.

Have a great day!

ETA a title!

Monday, February 21, 2011

2011 FO#5 - Kerry's Dragon socks

Made as part of a swap, these were knit from the top down and striped beautifully.  They are nice and stretchy as well due to the nylon content.

Pattern: Simplex (Rav link) by Regina Satta
YarnDrachenwolle Sockenwolle Handgefärbt  (Rav link)
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPro 80cm circular needles with nickel tips.
Started: January 22, 2011
Finished: February 2, 2011
Modifications: None
Verdict: The pattern is designed for people with low arches and these socks look like they fit the bill.  I wouldn't knit this pattern again for me as I have high arches and the fabric stretches quite tautly over the top of my foot.  They were intended for someone else and they do indeed have low arches. The yarn knits up very nicely and the fabric has a stretch to it that I haven't seen previously, I have a skein of this yarn in a rainbow colourway which I will make into a plain pair of socks sometime soon :-)

2011 FO# 4- Soup Monkey socks

There has been a lot of chatter amongst friends about the lovely Wollmeise yarn and how challenging it can be to purchase due to it's popularity, so when I saw this gorgeous yarn on a destash on Ravelry I decided to treat myself and dive right in :-)

Having also knit the Monkey pattern by Cookie A twice now for other people it was high time I had a pair.  The Monkey pattern is quite simple to follow, and now that I've made it three times, it seems to be ingrained into my brain so leaving my pattern behind was never a problem.

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A (A free pattern available from Knitty)
Yarn: Wollmeise Twin in the colourway Gazpacho (Twin is 80% Wool/20% Nylon)
Needles: 2.25mm KnitPro circular needle with Nickel Tips.
Started: November 19, 2010.
Finished: January 29, 2010.
Modifications: None
Verdict:  I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a little with this colour scheme, but oh what a way to go!  Love them :-)

You can find the project page on Ravelry here.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

2011 FO#3 - Arden fingerless gloves

This is the matching fingerless gloves made as part of a set for a friend to go with the hat I finished up at the beginning of the year.  They worked really well, only had to pull one of them back to the thumb once because somehow I ended up with one extra row in there somewhere which showed up at the top of the central large cable.  Had to be done :-)

Shown here with one facing down and one facing up.  The recipient is happy with them as well which is fantastic!

Pattern: Arden fingerless gloves by Mikka Tokuda-Hall.
YarnManos Del Uruguay, Wool Classica
Needles: 5.0mm Knit Pro interchangeables with Nickel tips.
Started: 16 January, 2011
Finished: 22 January, 2011
Mods: Lots!  These were made for a petite friend so in the end used the pattern as a base and her supplied measurements as a guide.  Complete list of mods on the Ravelry project page.
Comments: These are lovely and warm.  The Manos is a really strong single ply yarn which I was pleased to knit with as it didn't feel like it was stretching during the cables at all.  Almost tempted to make a pair for myself.  The pattern itself was very easy to follow and easy to remember as well which is always a bonus :-)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Here and there.

It's funny, well more odd really, I'm finding I'd prefer to knit than blog at the moment so you keep getting finished object posts but no progress reports or shots or anything.  Sorry about that.  Feels a bit disjointed really.  I actually have three more finished projects just waiting to be written up, one was only finished this morning but the others have been done for almost a week and two weeks respectively.  I'll do them next shall I?

So what have I actually been working on recently?

Well I finished my Monkey socks (Rav link) (see above-the week old FO!) in The Wollmeise.  They're lovely and warm and comfy :-)

I'm back to working on the cardy (Rav link) for my niece Miss M who is not so little any more, she turned 1 year old a week ago.  My how time flies! Have finished all of the body with 2 inches of yarn to spare on ball #1 and I have just balled up the second skein so I can do the arms and then all it will need is buttons.  The plan for this garment is to be able to extend the body and arm length as she grows so it lasts a little longer.  We'll see how that goes, she'll probably just end up with another new cardy instead :-)
Oh and it's greener then it looks here, will get better pics once it's done.

Finished a pair of socks (Rav link) this morning for a very busy friend.  The yarn is lovely and the pattern has resulted in a stretchy leg that holds itself up so I'm quite happy with the results.  The pattern doesn't work so well for my high arches but it should be perfect for the intended recipient.

Have had a play with the crochet flowers blanket (Rav link).  The granny squares info gave me an idea of how to join the flowers together so I did a pile of that a week or so ago.  I think after doing that I have realised just how much longer it will take to make a blanket of any real size and may just make it big enough to be used for dolls and pass it on to Miss M for her next Birthday or possibly Christmas.  Very happy with how they are joined, just using slip stitches while doing the last round.  It has meant pulling out the last round on a few flowers to be able to join them together but it's a small price to pay to not have to pull out the needle and thread it up.  Oh except sewing in the ends...they are numerous!  I had big plans for this project, but they have been modified significantly and you know what, I'm happy with how it's turning out :-)

Oh and Zac occasionally reminds me that I have a pair of replacement rainbow socks on the needles for him and shouldn't I be working on them?

I have a couple of thank you's from last year, one from Blogtoberfest time when I was fortunate to win a prize from Megan at Momiji to Mitsukoshi.

I was also lucky enough to win a prize at Christmas time when I won a Mixtape Magazine from Liz at Find, Make, Do.  They were both wonderful prizes from interesting bloggers and I have been very remiss in not mentioning them earlier.

We've been lucky with the rain, it has been quite consistent and constant, nothing too troubling for us, oh except for Hunter who unfortunately left his car window open yesterday and had to dry out his foot well and the seat back in his "seat" in the car this morning...3 soaking wet towels later.  He might listen next time I ask him to shut his window as he gets out of the car, maybe :-)