Saturday, March 25, 2006

The ups and downs of sock knitting

First the "ups." I finished these socks for my 4 year old daughter! She loves them and would wear them every day if I let her. They are made with Knitpicks simple stripes in 'snapdragon.'
Now for the 'downs.' Remember my Trekking sock I am working on? Last weekend I was able to get a lot of knitting time in and I managed to get the first sock up to the point of shaping the tow. I got up the next morning to find that my three year old had decided to "knit!" He had taken out the needles and unraveled the sock! Almost all of it by the time I caught him!!!!!! I could cry!

Monday, March 13, 2006

A Little Knitting Related Sewing

I had bought some fat quarter bundles a while ago with the plans of making some needle cases for my dpns, crochet hooks and addis, and finally got around to it this past weekend. I wanted logs of pockets so I could add in the needles and hooks I have yet to purchase! I am pretty pleased with how well they turned out.
Here are all the cases I made over the weekend. The wine colored one in the picture above and in this picture is mine. I made the brown one for my mom and the Disney Princess one is for my 5 yo daughters paint brushes. I was surprised at how quickly they were to make. I did all of them in one afternoon.


I finally finished the sleeves to Tubey. Now I need to pick up stitches along the back and underarms to start on the body. This part is a bit tricker than I thought it would be. I have now ripped it out three time!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Look what came in the mail!

Looks like I am on the verge of a new obsession! I have tried crochet a few times. I actually tried to learn crochet before I learned to knit, but I just didn't get it. I loved Debbie Stoller's Stitch N Bitch book when I was first learning how to knit. The way she explains things just seem to make sense even when I couldn't make sense of other "how-to" books. Well that seems to hold true for this book as well. It finally makes sense! And there are some really cute patterns in here! Can't wait to try some!

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Amy Project

I usually say I am a self taught knitter, but that is not entirely true. I was able to complete my first couple projects with a lot of help from Amy Finlay, who has created an amazing with website,KnittingHelp, with tons of fabulous "how-to" videos that were priceless to me in the beginning. For the last few months many of the talented knitters that Amy has "taught" have been secretly planning and organizing a gift of love to thank her. We each made an afghan square that was collected and stitched into queen sized afghan.

This is the square I created. We had so many squares given by so many knitters that we had left overs to make pillows. My square was used in one of the three pillows that was made for her.

All of the squares were collected in Chicago and then seamed together. Dotmom offered up her house for a seaming party and a number of us got together and spent the day buried in afghan squares and yummy food!

The finished afghan was just about the prettiest one I have seen. And huge! This is Amy standing on her sofa to get the entire afghan in the picture!

Thank you, Amy!!!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

And the Gold....