Tuesday, June 8, 2010

On the Needles

I seem to be suffering from a serious case of unable to finish a project and a failure to blog. I have 4 projects on the needles and 3 waiting for some finishing.

KAL with Zaynab and Jeanie

I was excited to finish this one, it's so soft.and squishy. All I have left to do is block and weave in the ends. After finishing I really missed knitting it so I did the most logical thing, I started another!

Icelandic Sweater

I am working on my first sweater. Jeanie and I recently took an Icelandic Sweater class at Yarn Branch. I wanted to learn Fair Isle techniques but even more exciting was the steeking we got to watch.

Bohus Inspired Hat

Another class at Yarn Branch to learn the technique from Sweden in the 1930's. I haven't worked on this one too much. I love the yarn and the pattern is fun, but the colors just aren't inspiring.

Raven Swirl Socks

I didn't finish the Knitting Olympics. I was disappointed but perhaps next year I will find something a little more mindless so I can watch the Olympics while knitting. They were a fun knit though and all I have left is to kitchner one sock.


Love the yarn, love the colors, the patterns is so-so. I don't think the pattern shows off how pretty this yarn really is.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Knitting Olympics Continue

I have finally finished sock number one! I am about 3 days behind the pace I set for myself to finish this pair, this is a challange.

Casting on sock number 2.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Knitting Olympics

I hoped to update my blog this weekend, I've been spinning, knitting and even dyeing yarn. Friday at the last minute I decided to participate in the Knitting Olympics / Ravelympics.

My goal is to finish a pair of socks before the flame is extinguished at the closing ceremony. 2 days - 4 inches. I need to pick up the pace!

I am knitting Raven Swirl Socks by Cookie A using Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Blackbird colorway. Love the yarn, the pattern is fun!

Back to knitting.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Always learning, or at least trying

It's all about the process, not production. At least that's what I've been telling myself this week. I changed my wheel to double drive and feel like I'm learning to spin all over again. I'm just not consistent yet in double drive. I don't know why I feel like I need to learn double drive, but since my wheel does it I should know how. I've been spinning yards and yards of brown corridale, so I got bored and thought I should try to learn to use my spindle. The spindle is fun and portable, now I can take it along and spin on my spring trip to Washington DC!

Since I've been spinning and practicing on all that beautiful natural colored Corridale and BFL I rewarded myself . I love fiber from Sunset Fiber and bought 2 pounds to dye and a couple of colorways. I also found a new fiber source on Etsy, Freckle Face Fibers. My next goal is to be productive and spin some yarn I will use.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Noro Striped Scarf

Pattern: Jared Flood's Generic 1x1 Ribbed Striped Scarf
Materials: Noro Silk Garden; 45 silk 45 kid mohair 10 lambswool
Amount: 4 balls in total in Shades 252 (2 balls), 273, and 241; Approx. 440yds/200g
Needles: US 6
Dimensions: Approximately 5 inches in width and about 6 feet in length, unblocked
Start Date: December 28 2009
Finish Date: January 3, 2010

The scarf is finally finished! On to the next project, I picked up a UFO and started working on the KAL project I bought in Portland. Zaynab, Jeanie and I picked out the cabled wrap at Knit Purl in September. Zaynab has her project complete, I have one skein of yarn to go, and I think we lost Jeanie's interest in about the middle of the first skein. The yarn is luxurious, but the pattern is very repetitious. I know I need another project on the needles too, so I plan on casting on a hat for Caiti this week. She lost hers somewhere, so it's a perfect excuse for another project.

One of my New Year knitting goals is to knit my first sweater. Jeanie and I signed up last week for a sweater class in March, an Icelandic cardigan knit in the round and steeked. I will learn two color knitting and steeking. Fun!!

Knitting burns 80 calories an hour... I wonder if I can count that towards my exercise goals for the New Year, probably not. :-(

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Knitting Resolutions

1. Knit Daily
2. Be an adventurous knitter
3. Update my Ravelry projects and keep up to date
4. Blog!

I have been in a knitting funk lately and I think the best way to get out of that is to make sure I knit daily. I started an easy Noro Striped Scarf last week and got about half way thru it this weekend. It's a no brainer knit, great for curling up and knitting while watching TV. The Noro does all the work, I like how it's turning out.

The Noro scarf isn't too adventurous, I want to expand my knitting skills and try to knit a sweater for myself this year.

While I wasn't blogging about my knitting I thought I was keeping Ravelry updated with all of my projects but I have found I'm missing quite a few! I'm gathering photos and hope to get that updated soon.

I really hadn't thought much about my knitting blog until my friend Jeanie started her knitting/fiber blog and now I am inspired to update my blog. Thanks Jeanie!

These are my New Year's Knitting Resolutions. I don't know if I will keep all of them, but I know I will be knitting.