Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Scarf, etc.

I must be on a roll now. I finished a scarf today. I used Moda Dea Tweedle Dee Yarn and the pattern, One Row Scarf, came from Yarn Harlot's designs.

I had made earlier an Urchin Beret, with the same yarn and I would love to get some more for some nice scarfs.

I almost forgot: I kind of finished (last night) a pullover for our grand- daughter. I started that pullover two years ago, and had been looking at it every time it was lurking from behind my other WIPs. I had done the back piece almost to the neck, so it didn't take me long to do the rest last night.

All that is left to do is to sew the seams and the pullover is done.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Batwing Shawl, again

This time with sort of solid color. The yarn has a very subtle change to darker brown, almost black, but you have to have x-ray vision to see it, unless you know it's there. The yarn also has some white speckles, and those you can see easily. Maybe not in the picture, but in the "live" creation.

The yarn is Jo-Anne's Sensation, Rainbow Boucle, in dark brown.

The pattern is from Doni's Work with Me!

The weekend was not as productive as I had hoped. I only got the shawl done. I wanted to finish the mystery socks, another pair of socks and do some household chores. I didn't. Most of my time was spent grocery shopping and sitting by my WIPs feeling overwhelmed. I managed to finish frogging a Jaywalker sock WIP. I was already at the foot part. Call me crazy or insane, but I just didn't like the size of the sock. It looked HUGE, even though I had reduced some stitches already. Blogger does not want me to post a picture of the frogged sock.

Here is a picture of the coworker wearing her shawl on Friday (Nov. 30th)

Friday, November 23, 2007


I did some crazy drawing again. This was done in several days, a little bit at a time.
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Single Glove syndrome

I knitted this glove with Mission Falls yarn, no. 029, I think it's called Rasberry.
It's 100% Merino Superwash wool. I have not quite decided who gets the gloves, but I will make the other one, eventually.

The pattern is from Berroco, and the glove is called Ken. I guess that means the gloves are for men. I used smaller needles than was suggested for the yarn, to make the gloves smaller. It worked. The glove fits me nicely, and I have medium size hands.

Addition (Nov. 26, 2007)

Finished the gloves.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Purple Purl

It was a knitting/crocheting evening at Purple Purl yarn shop. I arrived just after 6 pm. and was lucky to get a parking spot near the store, and besides, after 6 the parking was free. Looking good so far. I was greeted by Sherri and Jennifer and a few knitters, whom I had not met before. One of the girls was knitting beautiful gloves, with delicious green yarn, and of course I had to get yarn to make a pair for my DIL for Christmas. Although, if I get them done soon, they will be a late birthday gift for her.

I drank delicious cappuccino and had some of Sherri's delicious cookies. Still looking good. Then I started knitting. I had Joyella knitting in my bag and got quite a few rows done.
It was a good evening.

These are some pictures I took tonight. By the time Sherri and I left, the shop was full of knitters. I am sure the Tuesday night knitting event is going to be a great success.


This is a view on my way home from work. I could not get a better picture, because traffic started moving.

What have I been doing lately? Knitting, and then knitting, until my fingers and wrists ache. I have knitted socks, specially a mystery sock from Ravelry group. Here is the sock before the heel flap, which is done.

The next clue will be available on Thursday. While I am waiting,

I needed to do some crocheting for a change. I decided to make a lapghan for a Christmas gift, for someone in the family. The problem is that I already have a gift for the person I was thinking of making the blanket for. Never mind, I am still working on the blanket. and here is a picture of two squares I have in my bag. I have done more, but the rest of them are at home.

I used blue and white, because those are the Toronto Maple Leafs team colors, and the person who could get the blanket is a TML nut.

A new yarn shop has opened it's doors. I went for the opening event, last Thursday evening, and was amazed what a charming little shop this Purple Purl is. They have coffee, tea, yarn, books and tools for knitting and crocheting. Anything you need to feel comfortable in a yarn store. On Tuesdays they have an evening to meet your friends to knit/crochet and chat, and have a great time. Unfortunately I have a dentist appointment tonight, so it's doubtful that I will be able to go to spend a fun night with my friends.

Here is a picture, when I am almost at home from work.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Leisure time

I am taking it easy these days. I have erased the guilty feelings of not being able to concentrate on one item at a time. I am just doing what comes next. Be it a sock or sweater, or even just new starts. There is no reason to stress myself for having startitis syndrome. There is no cure for that in my case. The syndrome, after all, brings me some type of excitement in my knitting and crocheting life. Some of the items do get finished, and some not.

I was working on Campanula socks, and if I remember correctly, I had tried several yarns, and every time the sock seemed to be wrong size. I went as low as size 1.75 mm in my needles. Ordered same size circulars from Lacis, and used them just to test. I got to the beginning of the leg part on both socks, and now you are going to gasp: I frogged both of them. The royal blue Campanula socks are gone, forever. Hopefully I will be able to go back and start again, with heavier yarn and larger needles.

The needles were very slippery and the yarn too heavy for the needles, so the needles kept falling off, and if I was in a wrong place on a pattern, I lost the stitch count, and when this happened when I wasn't looking, I lost my spot in the pattern. Finally I got so frustrated and angry that I just frogged and frogged and frogged.

I have always told myself that I am not a sock knitter, and I am starting to believe that. Tell me if I am wrong; I started Jaywalker socks, with Tofutsie yarn, I didn't like the yarn, I changed to Novita Nalle Colori. The sock was too big. I reduced stitches and the leg part looks wonderful. However I have done the heel and heel shaping three times. I have no idea what I am doing wrong, but the sock just doesn't want to behave. I am no finally doing the foot part, and so far without any problems.

Mystery projects have always interested me, and my latest project is a sock, of all the projects. What did I just say...I'm not really a sock knitter. So why did I join the mystery sock project? Because I saw someone's picture of the first clue, and I was sold. This project is going on in Ravelry, and I am on my second clue now. The Mystery sock is also available here.

My fickle nature doesn't allow me to work on one project or even two or three at the same time period, therefore I have been working also on a freeform sweater. It's not really freeformish, I guess, it's just using scrap yarn and not making any design, other that it should be in a shape of a sweater that fits.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

No heads or tails

but this pet monster has both.

My blue Campanula socks are history. I dropped the needles too many times, losing the row where I was. It was frustrating to get back to the right place. I decided to try with bigger needles and different yarn.

Not much of anything else happening, other than socks, and Joyella.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Yarn for Joyella

I received the yarn from my sister, on Tuesday. I started knitting the next hexagon the same day, but have not gotten any further than half of the first, or the fourth piece, if I count the ones I knitted with the yarn I had.

The color is lighter, than my original, which I knew after checking Novita site for their yarns. However, that is not a problem, my sister sent me enough yarn to fool around with the colors and pieces that I already have. Of course the end result is not going to be the same as in the pattern. My yarn is from olive green to forest green (variegated). I am not using Jasper yarn, which was wayyyy too expensive for me. And also too heavy. The winter seems to be milder each year, so I don't want any heavy sweaters hanging in the closet doing nothing.

Before the yarn came, I decided to finish some of the socks I had started: Campanula, Pink cable socks, Jaywalker with Tofutsie yarn and some others, that I had put in the sock yarn box.

I noticed that there were some big holes in the Jaywalker sock, nothing major, but enough for me to stop and stare and swear. The holes were a result of sloppy M1 increases between two needles. I decided then that I really didn't like the yarn for socks, so I FROGGED the 2 inches I had made. No biggie. I started a new sock with Novita Nalle Colori yarn and love the way the sock is coming out. I have started the foot part already on the first sock. I love the way it looks.
The yarn in the picture is slightly darker than it should be.

However, I want to get Joyella done asap, so that is on the front burner right now.
Sorry socks.