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!

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.

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.