Sunday, December 28, 2008

Winter Knitting Goals and a FO

Fall Knitting Goals Wrap-Up

1. Finish other baby gift set. DONE
2. Start my first shawl. (Notice the key word, start) (Forest Canopy Shawl).
3. Purchase yarn and make progress on first sweater. (A February Lady Sweater.) Ended up being my NaKniSweMo sweater. It's not done yet, but more progress than I expected when making these goals at least!
4. Work on more projects that have been OTN for far too long. (Finished Mom's Mitts)
5. Something for Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap (Registration closes Oct. 15th)
Made Stitch Markers instead of knitting, due to NaKniSweMo and due to the fact that I hadn't made any for a while and missed it.

I met all of my goals, if I grant myself a bit of an extension! I got so caught up with finishing my Mom' Mitts that I could not put them down to cast on the shawl. I made more progress than I thought I could at the time I made my Fall goals, on both my February Lady Sweater and Mom's Mitts. This is the first time I met all of my set goals! Now comes that hard part, deciding on my Winter goals!

Here's a peek at my Forest Canopy Shawl WIP:
Winter Knitting Goals
1. Finish
Feb. Lady Sweater.
2. Make progress on my
Forest Canopy Shawl.
3. Attempt to knit jewelry. (
Bijouterie, Winter Knitty)
4. Make something for Hot Cocoa Swap 2 downstream partner. (TBD, Rec: deadline Feb. 15th.) FYI: Registration opens Dec. 28th.
Deadline: March 20th


Mom's Mitts
Pattern: Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Meagher
Weapons: US6 DPN's, and KnitPick's Circular's
Yarn: Cascade 220
Size: Medium cuff, Large once 1/2 way to fingers and for cap. (Recipient has hands similar to mine w/long fingers.)
Started/Finished: Feb. 25th- Dec. 22, 2008.
Recipient: Mom

Comments: Casted on in February (2008) and finished first mitt (without cap) in March. I had started the second cuff with DPN's and then switched to circulars for the body of the mitt, and then switched back to DPN's for the fingers. I casted on second mitt in June, put it down for a while, and picked it back up in December. I knit the second mitt entirely on DPN's and was way more comfortable with them by the time I got to the fingers of the second mitt. I had issues understanding the cap directions, and ended up modifying the flap of the cap myself. I picked up 7 stitches at the top of the cap and then made short rows picking up 2 stitches on each side of the cap. I may add velcro or something once the mitts are used, to keep the cap more tightly shut, if needed.
Overall I liked making these mitts. I got way more comfortable working with DPN's. The fingers, although fiddly, were much easier for me the second time around. If I am to make another convertible mitt, I may try a different pattern next time. I really like the diamond on the top of the mitt and may include that chart on another pair. As most people mentioned, the hand portion of the mitt is a bit big, and next time I would just follow medium instructions. If I had made a medium cap instead of a large, the cap would also fit a bit more snugly.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Some Holiday Cheer and SP13 #2

SP13 #2
Part A:
Are you doing any holiday knitting? Yes. I hadn't planned on it, and then because of my Fall Knitting Goals I started working on a UFO, my Mom's Mitts. The guilt started setting in, they were started right after X-Mas last year.

Part B:
Have you finished? YES!

Next:
1. Update on Fall Knitting Goals coming soon along with new Winter Knitting Goals. I sort of granted myself an extension, after I got so into finishing my lingering WIP.
2. FO pic's coming also!
3. Adorable ETSY purchase.

Here's my cute dog to distract you for now ;) I think I caught her making her X-Mas wishes.
"Santa, can I have some more chew toys? I keep running out. I also want some yummy treats.
Oh, and a new big and comfy bed."

Happy Holidays!

First packge from SP13

WHOA! My SP13 spoiler had contacted me a little while ago and asked if I minded one of my packages being bigger than the others, and of course, I said no. Well she was not kidding about sending a big package! I worked late yesterday, and came home to her package. It had been left in front of a door that we don't use very much, so it had been waiting for 2 days.

I opened the box and found a (mini) Mighty-kite. Then, I found three wrapped packages with instructions.
The first package that I was instructed to open had a Clover Crochet set and beautiful earrings, that she made for me.
Next, I opened a package with a fat quarter of fabric.
Here's a closer look at the crochet hooks, earrings, kite, and fabric.
Then lastly, I opened a big wrapped box, which was a sewing machine! I bet it will be perfect to learn on!Thanks go out to my SP13 spoiler for such an AWESOME package. She knew I'd been itching to get sewing, and she has now helped me to get started. I can't wait!

One close-up for the lady.
She's so pretty, I think she deserves a name.

WIP Update: Mom's Mitts. (Try to ignore my silver thumb ring)
Finished first cap, almost. Followed the pattern but got confused. I think I'm going to graft the back portion of the mitt.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Meme

Spotted this on Mommy+Knitter. Feel free to post this on your blog if you'd like to spread some cheer.
  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Either. It depends on the gift. I like using gift bags when it's several small items, but I also like to wrap something up beautifully in a box.
  2. Real tree or Artificial? Real, when I have my own house. But I'm sure I'll eventually resort to Artificial, it gets messy after a while.
  3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the first weekend of December.
  4. When do you take the tree down? Around New Years.
  5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, especially the adult variety ;)
  6. Favorite gift received as a child? I'm remembering Petster to be a hit...
  7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad.
  8. Easiest person to buy for? My pets. They are easy to please, if it involves toys and/or food.
  9. Do you have a nativity scene? Nope. My mom does.
  10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Prefer snail mail for X-Mas cards.
  11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I can't think of one... I'm sure there is one in there somewhere.
  12. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Used to hate shopping before T-day, and usually started shopping last minute. This year I started was just after T-Day, and have everything that I've bought wrapped already. I have a few things left. It is nice to be almost done well before X-Mas.
  13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes.
  14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Lasagna or Snowball cookies.
  15. Lights on the tree? Yup, white only. Not a fan of colored lights.
  16. Favorite Christmas song: Dominick the Donkey. (Hee Haw, Hee Haw)
  17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay at home. I usually travel to Florida sometime in January to celebrate with my brother and the gang.
  18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yup. Dasher, Dancer, Prance, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blixen.
  19. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One X-Mas Eve, the rest Christmas morning.
  20. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Obnoxious lawn ornaments.
  21. Favorite ornament theme or color? I like a good mix of homemade ornaments and store bought in different colors and variety's.
  22. What do you want for Christmas this year? Upgrades to my golf clubs, contributions toward my entry of Daizzy into a beginner obedience class.
  23. Angel or star on top tree? Angel this year. Sometimes a star.
  24. Favorite meal: Lasagna.

Monday, December 15, 2008

DPN Love, Swap Update, and a Quiz

Last week I said I wanted to put some work towards the rest of my Fall Knitting Goals, and work on Mom's Mitts. I did, and I can't seem to put them down! Strangely, the second mitt was easier. (No OMS apparently.) I knit it entirely on (5" Brittany Birch) DPN's the whole time. For the first mitt, I was uncomfortable and swapped to circulars after the cuff. I think it also helped to be already on DPN's when I reached the fingers. I was way more comfortable using them by the time I reached the fiddly fingers, and I loved the feel of my Brittany DPN's. I also ripped some of the first mitt's fingers and re-knit, but it's still not the neatest knitting I've ever done.
Over the weekend I started the caps.
Swap Update:
SP13 has begun. I'm getting a package ready for my downstream. Cocoa Swap 2 is coming. Registration opens December 28th. Swap by Feb. 15th.

Quiz
I've recently gotten into this show. When I watched the first episode of the first season I did not like it. Now I've been watching last season on my Netflix and catching new episodes weekly. Good thing it's going to be after Grey's soon. Sounds like a good fit to me.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Knitted Gift Ideas AND Entertainment

While catching up on my Google Reader I ran into a few things worth sharing:Dusto may need some new grubs. I mean there is already an 85% chance that he is plotting to kill me, so why not right? Not sure if I could actually get this ON him, but it would be entertaining.
Check out these adorable key cozies.


This picture was taken sometime last week. I've since made more progress.

I worked on my February Lady Sweater over the weekend (I'm finally done with the yoke.) I also worked on Mom's Mitts. I think posting my Fall goals got me itching to work on some more off of my list. Then, of course, I started thinking about these. I am getting close to finishing my goals. If I can just get started on my first shawl before December 21st, I will make all of my Fall goals. I want to make more progress on my Feb. Lady sweater and Mom's Mitts before then also.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap Package Received

I received a great swap package from Frances! The box was bursting with gifts! Inside there was not only one, but two new brands of coffee to try! Boca Java and Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain smells awesome! I also got some M&M's, a super cute "Better latte than never" potholder , dishtowel, and coaster. I also received a pair of beautiful hand knit socks and 5 skeins of Hip-Hop (Berroco) along with two patterns, the Palindrome Hat and Palindrome scarf.
Here's a closer look at the yarn
Here's a close-up on the beautiful and WARM socksThanks Frances for such a lovely package. I love the coffee theme along with all of the gifts!
Thanks again! I can't wait to try the coffee.
The Hip-Hop looks like fun to knit. Also, I've always liked the Palindrome patterns.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fall Knitting Goals, Some Stitch Markers and SP13 #1

Because I haven't checked in for a while with my Fall Knitting Goal Progress:

1. Finish other baby gift set. DONE
2. Start my first shawl. (Notice the key word, start) (Forest Canopy Shawl, Simple Lace Shawl).
3. Purchase yarn and make progress on first sweater. (A February Lady Sweater.) Ended up being my NaKniSweMo sweater. It's not done yet, but more progress than I expected when making these goals at least!
4. Work on more projects that have been OTN for far too long. (Thinking Mom's Mitts?)
5. Something for Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap (Registration closes Oct. 15th)
Made Stitch Markers instead of knitting, due to NaKniSweMo and due to the fact that I hadn't made any for a while and missed it.

Deadline: December 21st

So, I need to continue progress on #3, Feb. Lady Sweater, and #4, work on WIP's, and start #2, Shawl over the next few weeks. Possible? I think so! (Unlike my NaKniSweMo ideas... haha which is STILL proving to be a good motivator!)

Here are some pics of some stitch markers that I made for my Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap downstream partner, who just received her package on Saturday.
And some others that I made with secret intentions:

(Anyone have a clue as to why my pictures keep getting their right sides cropped when I post? I'm posting with photo's uploaded through Flickr. They look normal in my "edit" view, but are cropped in the published version)

SP13 Question #1 Since we've just had Thanksgiving here in the US, I'm wondering what everyone is most thankful for this year. You don't have to be in the US or even celebrate Thanksgiving to answer. Just share with us! :-) I am most thankful for my health, my family, and my friends (the family that you get to choose for yourself), and also my pets. After having some health issues with close family members this year, it is closer on my mind. Luckily my mare's health has improved from this time last year, and for that I am also thankful.

Coming soon, a new WIP pic of Feb. Lady Sweater.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Another NaKniSweMo Update and a Quiz

Here's some another progress shot.  After posting the blob of knitting on my last post, I realized I hadn't posted what it looked like more flat.  Life continued to happen, but I stole time for a row here and there.  Here's a WIP pic from before I knit while watching some Netflix and TV.  (More recent photo coming soon.)  
I'm hoping for more time over the rest of Thanksgiving break.   I won't be making the November deadline for a sweater in the month of November, but I'm hoping to make a lot of progress into my first sweater before December hits!  I've still got some more time to try.

Found this quiz over at Mariknits and I've recently been pondering this exact question.  It just may have confirmed my beliefs.   Dusto has been QUITE friendly lately...

Is your cat plotting to kill you?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gobble Gobble and AACS Q5


Happy Thanksgiving!

Autumn Coffee Swap (Final) Q5
This week is Thanksgiving in the US, and our Canadian friends have already celebrated their day of thanks. So for his week, share a recipe, or tell us about your favorite "Fall" foods.
My favorite fall foods are anything with apple. I love apple crisp, apple cider, and apple pie. this time of year. This fall I had a craving for apple cider doughnuts (and I'm not a doughnut person regularly). I still haven't had one since my craving hit this fall. The best apple cider doughnuts are from a little market near where I went to college out in Western MA. They are especially known for the apple cider doughnuts. They sell them faster than they can get them out of the oven!

And now for a bit of Thanksgiving knit dreaming...
Recently I saw these mitts and thought both options were quite cute. (Rav Link to Toast) Then I saw the Knotions Winter Issue and fell in love with this vest. (Fence Vest by Mara Leigh)


Maybe I should call it knit planning...
I'm loving this vest!
And my mom has been hinting that her Mitts aren't done yet,
and that she could use something in the meantime...


Hoping to have a lot of time to work on my NaKniSweMo sweater during my time off for the Holiday, while it's still November...
Almost past yoke.
Sooo not finishing in November, but I can try to get closer to finished before December hits.
It doesn't hurt to have *more* knits lined up for "next" right?
I like how this his pic shows the reds in this heather Cascade.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Secret is out...

It has been received... NOW I can reveal the secret behind my Secret Square. It started with a brilliant idea from Krista of KnitDeleware upon hearing of a fellow bloggers Mom's passing. First Krista sent an email to a bunch of knitters. Then a collaboration of these knitters sent squares to Krista. She then seamed them into a blanket. Once it was completed, Krista sent the knit hug over to Rachel from Yarn-A-Go-Go.

Can you feel the love? When Knitters efforts are put together, the results are amazing!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Some more NaKniSweMo

Not much knitting, but some progress to report.  Life got in the way again...  Next update I hope to have more visible progress ;)  

After posting about my minor casualty, I emailed KnitPicks and asked about their replacement policy and they mailed out a replacement promptly!  YAY!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

SP13 Questionnaire

SP13 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I would have to say my love right now is Malabrigo, but I also really enjoy mohair and other yarns. I like soft yarn and I like wooly yarn. It depends what I'm making. I do not like 100% acrylic yarn, but I have no problem with a mixture of acrylic. I do not like fun fur or eyelash yarn. I'm always open to trying someone else's favorite.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Knitpicks Options in their own binder/pockets. Straight needles in a roll. (Gifted from Christmas swap)

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for about 3 years. I guess I am somewhere in intermediate. I have done some work with increases/decreases, K2TOG, some cables, and YO's. I always like when I pick a new pattern and it has a few new skills for me to pick up along the way. Thinking about socks sometime soon. Currently knitting my first sweater for NaNiSweMo

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, amazon. (see sidebar)

5. What's your favorite scent? I LOVE lavender. It's sooo relaxing. I also love the smell of fresh roses. I also like "clean" scents.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yes. I like most sweets. Including snickers, dove chocolate, swedish fish, gummi bears etc. I dislike really dark chocolate (over 70%)

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I do not spin. I love making stitch markers. I have also started doing some small sewing projects. I don't mind sewing by hand but I feel that if I buy myself a little machine I'll be sewing a LOT more. I have a lot of ideas. (tote bags, needle organizers, etc.)

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I have a love for most music. I love country, top 20, jazz (esp. miles davis), most everything except really heavy metal. I can listen to MP3's in my car.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I love yellow and blue. I'm also a pink fan. I have something against purple. I still end up wearing it a lot and sometimes I find myself persuaded to use it or buy clothes that are purple.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I am currently living at home (see a previous SP11 response) I have a percheron/thoroughbred horse named Dee. She lives 10 minutes away. I will be moving to a new house/barn sometime soon, in the same area, and Dee will live with me then. I also live with my smooth Collie Daizzy, Daizzy's sister (a rough collie), and my parents cat Dusty.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves and mittens ALL the time in winter. I wear baseball hats a lot and wool hats or headbands in the winter. I don't have a poncho, but I have considered making myself one.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I really enjoyed knitting an amanda hat. I also made a wrap (Wisp) and plan to make a shawl. (Although this one ended up being smaller and more like a scarf.) I have enjoyed making mittens, washcloths, and scarves so far... Thinking about socks sometime soon. I have a few bags on my to-do list. I don't have too many completed projects so I don't feel like I have a "favorite" yet. I really loved making my Wisp. It was my first lace project and I loved the mohair. Even though it was simple, I still enjoyed making it. Liked it so much I have some Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud to make another one. At this point, if I'm willing to make something again, I'd call it a favorite.

13. What are you knitting right now? Currently I'm participating in NaKniSweMo and knitting a February Lady Sweater. I have made some winter goals which include working on my first sweater as well as trying to knock out the high amount of almost finished WIP's that I have hanging around. Want to finish my mom's mitts soon. I just finished a streak of baby bibs and burp cloths.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? YES!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I think each type has it's place. I have a fair amount of bamboo straights in my collection and lately I have been adding both aluminum and plastic circulars to my collection. I am preferring circular over straight these days when I have the option. (Knitpicks options and random others)

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? I recently purchased a winder (YAY for lovely center pull balls) Naturally, I've put a swift on my want list.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Clogs (OCS... one clog syndrome)

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe? It would have to be Christmas. I love finding/making just the right gift for someone.

19. Is there anything that you collect? Yes, I have a fair amount of books ranging from horseback riding/instruction to cooking/baking to animal rights to various "fun" novels and of course Knitting books. I collect Miles Davis books and music. (I became obsessed with him and Jazz when I played flute and trumpet and sang during high school.) I also collect the little shell "animals" that touristy shops sell everywhere. I have probably 6 different animals from my travels. It's sort of an "incidental" collection, I can't stop myself from buying them when I see new animals. I also have a collection of Painted Ponies.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Thanks to Ravelry, my books are mostly posted there. I think there are several missing because they haven't been posted on Rav yet. I am trying to decide which magazine to get. I keep swapping between Knit.1 and Knitscene. As far as patterns that I would like, they are in my sidebar (along with the free patterns that I want to knit.) I noted if I have them or need them.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Off the top of my head: Learning long tail cast on's. Would like to try toe up socks, maybe try two at a time socks now that I have the book.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Not yet, (see #21). In general I am a size 8. Will post measurements soon. (I know I said I'd do it earlier, twice actually. I will, promise!)

23. When is your birthday? June 3rd

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? Ponyknit

NaKniSweMo Update... and AACS Q4

Good progress this weekend, but not nearly as much as I anticipated. Life happens. I've since knit more, will post a newer update soon.

Baby Umbilical Hat Partial Frog
may just become a complete Riiiiiip...

AACS Q4
Check out the blogs of some of the other participants, and find someone you have something in common with - post a little on your blog about the common interests or loves you both share and tell us about them! Don't forget to leave a comment on their blog saying hello!


I stumbled upon Jill's blog and found that she had just recently frogged a completed project too. Her project was MUCH larger than mine. As her blog post says, it did take a lot of courage! Another thing in common, she also enjoys knitting dishcloths.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Final Library Enhancement... for now... and AACS Q3

Playing catch up with this one. Franklin's book arrived the weekend before I went away. I'm sure I can find good use for the free gift bag (Included with pre-order from Interweave) over the holidays!

Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap Question #3
What is it that you love about your first cup of the day? Are you a daily drinker? How do you take yours? Tell us how you love to enjoy your first cup!
I love the aroma while brewing, and then the taste, once I've poured a cup. I'm a daily drinker. I take mine with just a touch of skim milk. Occasionally I will drink a mocha or something, but my daily cup is usually pretty simple with just a touch of skim milk.

Also, a quick update on my Minor Casualty. I emailed KnitPicks and they are replacing my cable! Woot!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

NaKniSweMo

I incidentally* swatched for my February Lady Sweater on November 2nd while on vacation. I had been thinking about joining the madness called NaKniSweMo (Knit a sweater in the month of November), but wasn't sure if I could get enough knitting time to finish before December. I joined, so we'll just have to find out. (*Yes, Moriah, I believe this is partly your fault.)

OTN: February Lady Sweater in Cascade 220 Heathers. Progress pic's coming. Just got in from vacation yesterday. Made good progress past the first button hole on the plane home. Just haven't had time to take a pic yet.

Progress pic of Baby Umbilical Hat before I left for vacation last week.

Finished: Baby Umbilical Hat
Knitted most of the hat while on the plane on my way to vacation. Once I arrived in Florida I saw that I had dropped some stitches and decided to just rip back a bit. Where I picked my stitches back up I managed to twist a few stitches and it resulted in a not so pretty mid section of the hat. I'm considering ripping and knitting backwards (Towards the bottom of the hat, instead of as the pattern is written towards the crown) to relax my OCD. If I only wasn't such a perfectionist! Once I do that, I will post a FO pic ;)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dish Rag Tag The Sequel Finale! AACS Q2

Dish Rag Tag is officially over.  Everyone has finished the race!  I had a fun time again this year, and enjoyed being Captain this time.  Can't wait for next year!
Go team Dishin' It Out!  Not only did we finish, but we got 4th!!!
The lovely dishcloth that I received is from Heidi from TX. 
Thanks Emily, the super swap host, for the awesome tea and adorable card!

Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap Q2
With Halloween coming up this Friday, tell us what you think of when you think of Halloween!  Do you love it?  Hate it?  See it as a sign of Fall?  Are you a total sucker for candy and little kids in cute costumes?
I love fall, so I love Halloween.  I'm not really into dressing up, but if I have a party or something I will go in costume.  On halloween I love seeing kids trick-or-treating and having a good time.  Yes, I am definitely a sucker for candy and little kids in cute costumes.  

Next Post: Knitting evidence, maybe even a FO!

Monday, October 27, 2008

KnitPicks Haul

After last weeks casualty, I needed to order more cables. I'm always running out of my small 24" cables. I also got a pack of 60" cables too. While I was shopping I also found several other items to add to my cart in order to qualify for free shipping.

After filling out this questionnaire I realized I'm always needing more size 6 needles for my KnitPicks Options set. I'm sure I could use even more, but this should help. I also thought that this Lint Shaver would come in handy this winter.

I couldn't resist these Harmony buttons.
I am in love with all things Harmony. The only reason you don't see any Harmony Straights here is because they were sold out in the sizes I wanted when I ordered. (US 6-8's.)
Couldn't resist this Wool of the Andes Bulky in Wine (for a Juliet).
Not a great pic with it still bagged, I'll get better photos once it's opened. With knowing that I still have a February Lady Sweater to start and finish first, I wanted to keep it safe and sealed ;)
The most anticipated purchase, a wool winder! Now I can wind and wind and wind to my hearts content. I just love how it forms perfect yarn cakes every time! I decided I wanted to try my new winder out and wound the Cashmerino for my Umbilical cord hat (from Stitch 'N Bitch) and one skein of Malabrigo lace. I don't know how I survived without one before!
Now that I've got a winder, I've got a swift on my list.

WIP:
I casted on for a Baby Umbilical Hat. My newly acquired Magic Looping skills are coming in handy. (I'll definitely be taking this with me to Florida.)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Minor Casualty, Luxury Library Enhancement, and a FO

I was trying to finish another Baby Genius Burp Cloth and then this happened;
Look a BIT closer
EEK! My cable pulled out from the screw that connects it to my KnitPicks Options needle. I promptly fixed that problem by logging into KnitPicks and ordering some more. I frequently use the small cables and was needed some more anyway. Unfortunately I bought them just over a year so they are not covered under warranty. Stay tuned to see what other goodies I put in my shopping cart. I may have been encouraged by the $50 order free shipping policy, obviously!

Everything worked out in the end. I finished the Burp Cloth. Whew! I just made sure to BO really slowly.
One of the babies that is receiving this burp cloth and my blue bib has already arrived. I will post a pic once it's ready to ship out. I am tempted to cast on an Umbilical Hat before it goes into the mail. I had bought this cashmerino for a Branching Out Scarf but I think it has now spoken, and wants to be something for baby. How can I argue?

Also, another book arrived fresh off of the press! It completes the collection. (I'm such a Geek.)
I loved the scarf in the middle of the pic. I don't have the book with me right now, but I'll add the name if I get the chance later.
I'm taking a vacation next week to Florida to go and see my nephews, niece, and my brother and SIL again. Is it normal to be worrying about what to pack to knit and not have put one thought into what I'm bringing otherwise?

I signed up for SP13. They are offering 3 different price levels this time. I couldn't stay away... Can you? Registration is STILL open!