Thursday, January 17, 2008

Look! A place for an armwarmer!

Yeah, so the whole "blogging more" resolution has kinda gone down the toilet (unlike some of Bezzie's stuff), but finishing the Central Park Hoodie is progressing nicely. I have started on the armholes and I am hoping to finish this part this weekend.

I am really liking knitting this pseudo-in-the-round. It is really nice when doing the armhole decreases. One thing I noticed that could be trouble and I wanted to mention. The back is knit longer in the back than the fronts. This could be a problem when you get going, trying to finish. Now, this would not be a problem if, you know, you read the instructions. But that would just be silly......

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I'm hot, I'm cold.......pick one!!

Yeah, so the weather has been playing with me lately....and I am getting a bit annoyed. The weather does change quite a bit in the Fall and Spring in Texas (yes, I have personally seen it snow 18" on day and it be 80 degrees the April). But here in the Lone Star State, I consider it "Winter" on Dec. 26. Usually by that point, the weather has leveled out and stays rather consistent. Boy was I shocked the other day when I woke up to a beautiful 75 degree day. (Apparently, the freakiness went all the way north, cause a lil' birdy told me it was 65 in JANUARY!!) Needless to say, it has dropped 15 degrees since 6:00am, when I got dressed this morning.

But, hey, look.....YARN!This was the final Rockin' Sock Club package and by far, my favorite. Hey, it's blue....what's not to love? This is Socks That Rock Lightweight in Bella Coola. Alright, so here's my take on the sock club. As the year went on, I liked the yarns more and more. The first few I wasn't too hot on, but it got better. The folks at BMFA did a great job, but I don't think I would do it again (even if I could afford it!), but that just my personal choice. I would much rather choose what yarns I was getting, just so I wouldn't get something that I did love.

We won't talk about how not one of these pairs of socks is even remotely done.

Thanks for the comments on my CPH. I have got about 5" left before I spilt off the back and fronts. I really am enjoying the crap out of it and already can't wait to make another. I am a cardi I figure I will have at least three of them in the end. One of them I would like to be in some Kathmandu Aran. This is a yarn I have been LUSTING after and dying to do something with. Come on, a wool/silk/cashmere blend? Who wouldn't?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

FOs (and a WIP) on parade!

Okay, so I know that one of my resolutions was to blog more and it's taken me three days to blog but I have an excuse! Really! I had to hunt down an undocumented FO and get a picture. Yeah, I wanted one, but this has the funniest story!

We had a Secret Santa at work and got the lovely Megan (Interestingly, one of THREE at a store with about 25 employees). She has always appreciated my knitting (as have most of my coworkers) so I decided to knit her a scarf and some Fetchings:Pattern: Fetchings from
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in #142 (Pink)
Needles: US6
Mods: Added extra cable on the knuckle end and subbed regular BO

This was my first venture with this yarn. I am "Meh" about it. I wanted some LB WoolEase, but I couldn't find any in pink, which is her favorite color. The yarn also didn't seem to wear very well. She's had these about a month and they are already very pilly. But the good part is that it means she wears them all the time.....even to Starbucks. Read the linked post....well, scroll down to "Knitspotting) It's hilarious!!!

While I was at it, I knit myself a pair:Pattern: Fetchings from
Yarn: LB WoolEase in Avocado
Needles: US6
Mods: Add cable round at knuckle end and subbed regular BO

When doing these, make sure you do a tight-ish BO. On my other glove, I did a looser BO, like a usually do, but it rolls down the hand a bit. So I did my BO tighter on the other one and liked it much better.

My next resolution was to finish my Central Park Hoodie. It is progressing well and I am not even close to getting tired of knitting it yet!
To eliminate some of the seaming, I am knitting the sweater pseudo-in-the-round and then I will split it off when I get to the armholes. The hardest part is getting the right color of the yarn! It's a bit darker than I have been able to get photographed. Otherwise, I am loving it and MAYBE (fingers crossed) I might finish it before going skiing in February.....but, we'll see.

My favorite tool in this sweater is my row counter bracelet:
Normally, you just push the beads along, counting your rows. But to keep track of what row I was on in the repeat, I put one marker after ten beads (# rows in repeat) so once I got to the marker, I knew to start over again. I added another marker with a claw clasp to snap on in case I needed to stop in the middle of a repeat to keep my place. It works really well....thought I'd share.

Next, we'll have a little yarn pr0n!!