Saturday, October 6, 2007


The Minimalist Cardigan

Started: Sometime in august....
Finished: October 3rd
Yarn: About 4 1/2 skeins of cascade 220 in a pretty green color
Thoughts?: It turned out great! I learned a lot about seaming and i know my next project will have even better seams. The sleeves are a little long, like everyone has been saying. I really like it!

Sunday, September 16, 2007


I got my invite!!!!! I'm Becky09. I am so happy!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Nothin' but a copycat...

I'll stole this from someone elses' blog. but they stole it from some one else, too.

Bold = have already tried this
Italicized = Plan or want to try this
Unemphasized = Have no desire to try this
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun
Graffiti knitting (what?)
Continental knitting (yours truly is a continental knitter)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book (this is a major want)
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday-related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair (weird... not for me)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Sunday, September 2, 2007

keep on truckin'

Even after the defeat of the Wheat Ear Cabled Yoke Sweater, i'm just going to keep on truckin'. Right now that sweater is in pieces on the table waiting to be wound into hanks to be washed and balled as soon as i get my ball winder and swift. I decided to get that for my birthday, but it might be awhile...

...And i've started some new projects. The minimalist cardigan is chugging along, i'm a little more than half way done with the right (or left...) front. I started this so it can be the 'un-official' first sweater. Seeing as school starts soon (i'm oh so sad) Progress is either going to slow or speed up. I haven't been spending too much time on it seeing as yesterday chico was dropped off at college and i've been wanting to spend lots of time with him. luckily he chose a local college before we started dating and is only thirty minutes away. but seeing as instead of a 5 minute drive on residential streets, it's a 30 minute drive on city freeways (i shouldn't complain, i'm a VERY lucky girl. he was very close to going to a college 4 hours away.) It should go by quickly

I've also got a blanket started. It's going to be for me and chico, it's pink and grey, and i'm about 20 squares in (of 100)

and also a secret project.... i've knit it before. are you clever enough to figure out what it is?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The product...

*warning* this post contains opinions and was written in stream of conscience form. read at your own risk.

There are two types of knitters in the world: product and process. There are shades of grey in everyone, but when it boils down to it, there are only two. I've found myself in the first category. I knit things because i want them. I don't look at something and think "oh, i wanna knit that." i see it and say "oh, i need that!" and then a few days (or weeks, sometimes months, i know some of you have reached years) i have it in my hot little hands. I am a process knitter when it comes to mittens. I think it's because they're why i started knitting. I used to think that process knitters just did it to knit. They didn't really care what they had when it was finished so long as they were knitting. I recently learned that this is not true. Grumperina said that she was no longer going to knit sweaters. I was a little sad because the stuff she comes up with is always perfect. It turns out that process knitters get bored! Some process knitters don't like knitting sweaters! I thought that process knitters were the sweaters knitters because sweaters have a lot of process involved. I guess it's up to us product girls (and guys) to knit the sweaters. I can see it. In the sweater process, unless it's intricate, it's miles of stockinette (if you were to knit a large sweater, you really could knit a mile of stockinette. isn't that cool to think? knitting a mile...) it's just something to think about

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Green With...

...Envy. I think it's appropriate that my current 'main' project is green. I'm so jealous of all the people on ravelry!!! I keep thinking that i'm so far on the list (there are 2466 people ahead of me at this very moment) that ravelry will be open to everyone before i get invited in. They invite so few people a day. How did everyone hear about this before me? I feel like sitting in a corner and pouting...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

What I've learned

I've been such a bad blogger. I've made so many posts but have left them as drafts because i'm too lazy about pictures. I think i'd be better at it if i wasn't over here suffering with dial up because my dad (i'm a young knitter, here) is under the impression that dsl is so expensive he's going to have to sell his kidney to get it.

So what' i've been up to has been sporadic. After giving all (and i mean all.) my attention to wheat ear for about 10 days, it's mayhem. So far I've knit a pair of gloves, have a fair isle mitten OTN, a new sweater, a crochet blanket that's going to be 100 squares of scrap yarn (i know that there will not be enough, but i keep on truckin' anyway), i have wheat ear un-seamed and half unraveled, and a whole bunch of other projects in mind. Like some socks. And i'm also getting a ball winder and swift for my birthday. And i'm getting a work project soon. Once i get that, it's back to project monagomy.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

a bitter-sweet moment

well, mostly bitter. i finished my sweater. it's way too big. i'm thinking of ripping back to the ribbing and finishing up the decreases to the 140 in the pattern. but i really don't want to since it won't fit anywhere. I think my mistake was knitting the medium size. i thought the sweater was supposed to have 2 inches of negative ease everywhere, but since i'm a little busty but i have a narrow waist (38" bust, 33" waist) so the bust had 2" of negative ease, but the waist have about 5".

There will be no picture because i'm mad at the sweater.

Up next i'm going to knit the minimalist cardigan in the fall IWK. i'm going to again use cascade but i'm going to use green. I've noticed that i have a problem with pink. Expect to be seeing pictures and a KAL button soon.

Also, i'm knitting some more Ken Gloves!!! I'm knitting another pair for chico. This is such a clever pattern! I love the increase for the thumb gusset, i think i'm going to work it into my next design.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

So close.... and yet so far

I'm onto the yoke of the sweater!!!! Looking back, i probably should have done this completely in the round, but this is my first sweater and i wanted to seam it to see if i could. The seams look amazing. i did an invisible seam. it is the only way i will seam from now on. One thing that i have noticed is that i will have to do about 18 cabled rounds before the yoke is long enough. i've done seven. luckily every 4 rounds the st. count is decreased by 8. but still. that's a lot of sts.

Project monogamy is starting to get to me. It's been over a week since i started and i haven't touched anything else. I felt like i was cheating if i opened a book! But i have so many projects in mind now.

Projects My Cheatin' Heart Has Been Flirting With:
  • A Raspberry Beret, inspired by the Prince Song, in various colors including Romantic Raspberry, Cool Green, and Sophisticated Black
  • Swedish Mittens of my own design in hand dyed wool
  • Swedish Mittens of a pattern i've had in 'Sour Apple' green and the pink from the cabled mittens
  • Entrelac Hat in Cashsoft DK (be still, my beating heart)
  • The sweater i saw and fell in love with when i was winding the balls for the Wheat Ear sweater....

That and i owe my chico some gloves and i need to start working on christmas stuff!!!!!!! I think i'll have enough left over from my sweater to knit my cousin a sophie bag.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Getting close

I'm onto the right sleeve!!!! This is exciting! i started the sweater almost a week ago and it's nearly done!!!!!

here's a little peak.

i have the front, left sleeve, and back OTN right now. I want to stay up late to finish the right sleeve and do the yoke tomorrow. i'm excited!!!! my own concern right now is seaming. i want to seam it before i do the yoke, but i can't really block it on the circs. i know that i'm going to do an invisible seam but shirley temple only WISHES her hair was as curly as my sweater. I think that i'm going to put all the pieces on seperate needles or yarn and the block and seam.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Checking in

I'm done with the front and the back and i've started one of the sleeves. I started knitting the sleeves at the same time... but i got bored and switched. This sweater is going by quickly and i hope to have it done by the end of the week! I'm amazed. My first sweater and i'm almost done and it hasn't even been a week. I was so nervous to start one because it would take me months to finish! it hasn't even been a week and i'm onto the sleeves!!! I quite like this sweater thing...

Friday, August 10, 2007

BIG mistake (well not really, just letting the drama queen out)

So I totally jinxed myself with the sweater. While knitting it, i thought to myself "wouldn't it be cool if i could knit this sweater without ripping back once? i think that'll be sweet!" yea well...

I was so used to doing m1 inc. for the waist shaping and now that i've started the front it's back to k2togs... I did a make one instead of a k2tog!!!

I've tried to fix my mistake by dropping the three sts. in question (the m1 and the 2 that were supposed to be decreased) and fixing them to how they're supposed to be. it looks like this:


Maybe it'll block out, i doubt it

This is the second thing i tried

I ripped back the stitches i just 'fixed' brought them both up to the current row, did a k2tog and then an ssk. it looks like this

much more likely to block out.

I think that since the back and the front are exactly the same, i might use this as the back. BUT there was a misbehaving cable on the back and i tried fixing it but it's still not completely fixed. I'm so glad i didn't rip back about 1000 sts.
Now i'm off to knit the rest.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Happy Birthday to me and EZ!

It was my birthday on thursday!!!! It was a good day, started with knitting, ended with knitting. My kind of birthday. And it was also Elizabeth Zimmerman's (Wikipedia says the 9th, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee says the 10th. I'm going with the 9th for my reasons.) I take it as a sign that i shall be and stay a knitter for a looong time. I got a lot of knitting done.

See how far i've gotten?

The real life color is lighter, this wasn't taken in natural light.

and this much.

Did i fool you?

this sweater thing is going pretty quickly. but then again i knit all. day. long. (bet you wish you could be me).

i want to have the front done by either tomorrow or saturday. wish me luck!!!!

Now go treat yourself to a cupcake in my honor.

P.S. I feel a little bit more connected to EZ because we both knit continental and a while ago i had to wonder when the last time i cast off was because i was mostly doing projects on DPN's. That and she lived in Wisconsin. I live in Minnesota. Small World.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Plunge

I took it. I cast on for my very first sweater last night. It's not a baby sweater or a children's sweater, either. My first sweater is a full sized adult sweater. Complete with a yoke and lots o' cables. I'm so looking forward to it.

Here she is!
Not much, but it's mine.
Also, Mittens!!!!!
Free Pattern Alert!!!
Easy Peasy Mitten with After Thought Thumb
What you need: One Skein Cascade 220, 5 size 7 double pointed needles, length of similiar weight yarn (mercerized cotton recomended) Tapestry needle
Gauge 4.5stsX6rows for 1 inch. unblocked (blocking your swatch is recommended. just do it.)
CO 36 sts. and join (9sts. on each needle)
Mitten, Make 2:
k2p2 rib for 15 rows
*k8 inc1* rep 3 more times
k for about 2 1/2 inches
After thought thumb:
Needle 1
k2 k6 with small length of yarn, slip the six just knit back onto left hand needle and knit with MC again. k2
k rest of round
K all rnds until the mitten covers up your pinky (test this out by putting the mitten on where you would wear it normally.)
Dec. Rnds:
Rnd 1: *k8 k2tog* rep 3 times (36sts.)
Rnd 2: K
Rnd 3: *k7 k2tog* rep 3 (32sts.)
Rnd 4: k
rnd 5: *k6 k2tog* rep 3 times (28sts.)
rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: *k5 k2tog* rep 3 times (24sts.)
rnd 8: *k4 k2tog* rep 3 times (20sts.)
rnd 9: *k3 k2tog* rep 3times (16sts.)
rnd 10: *k2 k2tog* rep 3 times (12sts.)
rnd 11: *k1 k2tog* rep 3 times (8sts.)
rnd 12: *k2tog* (4sts.)
Break yarn leaving a good sized tail and draw through remaining stitches.
After Thought Thumb:
Pull out the length of yarn. There should be 6 sts. on the bottom and 5 sts. on top. Put the top 5 on one DPN and 3 sts. of bottom stitches on 2 seperate needles. started with the left needle on the bottom sts., k3, pick up and k 2 sts., k5, pick up and knit 2 sts., k 3. K all rnds until you can put the mitten on the the thumb part covers your thumb
k2tog all sts. to last 3 sts. k3tog. break yarn leaving long tail and draw through rem. sts.
weave in all ends and snug up any holes. block. wear with pride
P.S. this hasn't been proof read or test knit, proceed with caution!

Monday, August 6, 2007


So after being shaken by the bridge collapse (it turns out chico was on the bridge about 15 minutes before the collapse. scary stuff) i went away for the weekend. I went with chico and his family to the dells. It rained. But we went on the roller coasters that night anyway. I got some knitting done!

Finished: Mittens (No picture now, they're blocking and need their ends woven in)
Pattern: My own, really simple.
Yarn: Cascade 220
Start: Thursday, August 2nd
Finish: Sunday, August 5th
Thoughts? This pattern is an old stand by. I started it while waiting for my boss at the yarn store. I bought a set of needles and some yarn, did a swatch, and got going. I absolutely LOVE the needles i used for this. I bought a set of Brittany birch needles. Wow. The whole time i was knitting them i said to my chico "FEEL these needles!!! they're so light, yet sturdy! And look, NO LADDERS!!!!" He wasn't as enthusiastic as i was.
I also did a simple scarf out of Moda Dea Ticker Tape. I've wanted to try the yarn forever, but seeing as it was about 7 dollars for one little 67 yard ball, and it was something from Joann fabrics, i just couldn't buy it. But i saw it for 97 cents a ball and i bought 2!

Another project is a Fiber Trends Squirrel. Right now it's the shape of a peanut, but it's going to turn out so cute!

Remember the yarn next to my harry potter book? It's 4 inches of a hat right now. I want to finish it before i start any new projects, and seeing as i recently bought yarn like it was going out of style, and thoughts of a sweater dancing around in my head, it'll be done and sent of to some one in need soon.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Tragedy at home

As some of you already know, a major bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota Collapsed yesterday at around 6 PM. I live in a suburb of the Twin Cities and many of my family members and friends drive that bridge daily. My boyfriend was on the bridge not an hour before it's collapse. It seems right now that no one close to me was on the bridge at the time it collapsed, and i feel extremely lucky. This catastrophe is very real to me, seeing as it took place about 40 minutes from my home, and anyone i know could've been involved. I'm asking you, as a Minnesotan knitter, to help out in anyway you can. Even if you are no where near here, help out in other ways. Don't forget one charity or cause for another. If you can't help out here, help out in your own neighborhood. Knit hats for premies, give blood, donate money. There are still other tragedies that won't go away just because a new one has sprung up.

Thanks for your time. Keep Minneapolis in your heart.

Monday, July 30, 2007

What IS it?

It is the B-4 Bag. I'm knitting it for work. I would not recomend SWTC's karoke for knitting it... the yarn rips easily, the color repeats are not even... it's just frustrating to knit well with. I'm on a bead row but i can't find my F crochet hook. luckily i've found that twisting the stitch between my fingers makes it easy to put the bead on. I'm using glass pony beads. I'm knitting this for work, so i won't get to felt it myself, but the job has a felting machine.

also, i finished the socks!!! i had a job last week that i could just knit away at it, and i finished it! it went from about 7 rows of ribbing to a finished socks in 5 days! wow! my first pair of socks took months, and so did the second. turns out that KNITTING THE PROJECT makes it go FASTER! who could have thunkit?

Finished: Self Striping Socks
Yarn: Clown Sock Yarn (it was a gift i got for christmas 2 years ago... the label is long gone. but it's sweet.)
Pattern: A variation of the Yarn Harlot's
Started: A couple of weeks ago... You'd have to check
Finished: July 27th
Thoughts?: Harlot says stop 3 inches before you've reached the length of your foot for the toe... I think i agree more with Grumperina when she says stop 2 inches less than the length of your foot for the toe. I also think i want to add another inch to my length (i have size ten feet. they're about 11 inches long. I made my foot 7 inches long (1 inch negative ease) so then the foot is only 9 inches. next pair of socks: 9 inch foot, then toe.)

I also went here over the weekened and got some lurvely treats. i bought some malabrigo worsted weight yarn which i'm using to do a variation of the basic cable from stitch and bitch nation. It's deliciously soft. I was tempting to buy the lace weight malabrigo. i don't knit lace. i. want. it. (who's got a birthday coming up? oh yea... ME!) and some plymouth encore dk to knit these. I just need to find my threes and maybe get another pack of size 4 needles. Finally i got some Nashua superwash in a grey for gloves for my chico. He felted his last pair and i want him to be warm and stylin' (but not too stylin', still masculine) well now i'm off to dream about malabrigo.... so soft

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Expecto Knitronus!!!

I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but i just want to say that i didn't really like the last harry potter book. J.K. Rowling seemed to just draw stuff out (i think for length) and the last battle was very very anti climactic... i was disappointed.

But in knitting news, i finished the big surprise (lots of st. st. ...) and i started the hat with the yarn i showed you. it's for the Charmed Knits KAL. I feel bad because it has no wool in it, but i know it'll keep some one a little warm. I'm also glad i found the yarn because it's the University of Minnesota's colors... and i want to go there. Also, i'm getting back to my sock! i finished the first AGES ago and started the second but i got distracted.

(there was a picture... the computer ate it. i'll find it for the next post)

Sunday, July 22, 2007



Thursday, July 12, 2007

No tengo los batteries

do you like my spanglish? i hope so, because i feel awful for not having any batteries in my camera and being too cheap to buy any new ones (yarn stores should start carrying batteries. there are so many knit bloggers, they could make a fortune) but i've made a TON of progress on my socks. i didn't think i was a sock knitter. apparently i'm not a sock knitter for other people. the socks look really good, i'm about half an inch away from the toe shaping on the first sock (!!!) and i hope to finish it later today (famous last words...) and then start on the second! i'm so excited!!!!

also, the hat tuturial requires pictures, so it will be up soon, i hope...

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Super Secret

The stuff that i'm knitting right now (aside from the sock, picture a long tube that's scrunched up at the top) i can't take pictures of. Sorry i had to remove the Chico Pattern, but i think to replace it i'm going to put in a little tutorial on how to design your own hat. I think that my news years resolution for this year (i'm planning a little early so it might be a birthday resolution) is to knit a sweater and instead of looking for a pattern to design everything. It'll be a great learning experience (there'll be a few exceptions. i <3 knitty, for one and there are somethings i don't quite have down to a science yet.) I think another resolution is to knit more gauge swatches. I'm doing better with only buying yarn that has some natural fiber in it. no 100% acrylic has entered my house.

sorry for the ramble, i promise pictures soon!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2007


I actually finished these quite awhile ago... i think maybe like a week or so?

Simple Socks

Pattern: Yarn Harlot's sock recipe, slightly modified
Yarn: Cascade Fixation (1 ball!!!!!!!)
Modifications: I didn't knit a leg, i just did a few rows of ribbing and then went right to the heel
Start: Some time in march?
Finish: June 21st

This was my second pair of socks, the first i gave to my grandma!!! i really like them, i think i'm going to do some socks again sometime soon (what's that lassie, you say there's already some wool on my size one DPN's? it's italian you say? and self striping?)

another finish, three dishcloths a la ann and kay. sorry, no pictures i already gave them away, but i knit 2 ballbands and a ninepatch. i quite like the nine patch. it uses very little yarn, but i've had to rip out quite a few mitered corners...

And the time has come to discuss christmas knitting. first i want to decide who gets what, what i'm going to knit it out of, and how i'm going to pay for it...

my chico: a maroon and gold blanket, crocheted
sister: a hat, knit out of acrylic (she loses stuff easy), but ornate
mom: this
chico's mom: cabled mittens in some fuzzy, white wool. maybe a simple wool with a fuzzy lace weight to add a bit of a
chico's sister: the basic cable from stitch and bitch in a red wool
grandma: that's a tough one. i should crochet her a blanket because i made one for my other grandma. i'll have to tell that story another day
cousin k: i'm going to knit her a sophie bag in cascade 220 quatro in a yellow color. she's the one who moved out to AZ. i might knit her a hat, too
cousin c: last christmas i tried to knit the alligator mittens for her from stitch 'n bitch but they came out huge and i had to give them to an eccentric friend. i'm going to give them another try. that along with maybe a basic cable hat (i <3 that hat)
aunty S: maybe some jaywalkers?
aunty N: she's a knitter, so i'm getting her Knitting Rules! by this lovely lady and maybe some trekking xxl or another sock yarn and some #1 (u.s.) DPN's. louet gems maybe? ooo.

me? what do i want for christmas? oh, a few things...

Monday, June 25, 2007

Where are the batteries!!!!

My camera has died. i kind of want a new one.

But on the knitting front, there is much to share

i knit and finished a hat (but gave it away already, so no pictures, sorry!!!!)

here's the pattern:

EDIT: I have decided to remove the pattern for reasons. If you really want your own, designing hats is easy peasy, take a crack at it!

there are probably going to be some questions about the hat, if anyone finds any problems with the pattern, let me know. i just knit a swatch and did the math and viola! a hat! it took me an evening and part of the following morning to knit this hat. it's really simple and I'm thinking for v 2.o i might add cables. i love cabled hats.

have a question? check here first:

what kind of yarn is Patons decor?
Patons Decor is a wool/acrylic blend that i bought kind of cheap at Joann fabric (i couldn't make it to the LYS and i had a 40% off coupon). The yarn incredibly soft and is just as soft knitted up, but i found it a little itchy against my forehead, but my head has always been a little sensitive to wool. It's a chunky yarn and for mine i used a dark grey color, but the stitches were hard to see in the swatch. If i were to design a hat again with the yarn, i might use a lighter color.

if it's a chunky yarn why did you use size 8's?
I knit this hat for my boyfriend who is going off to college and won't be having a car. He's going to the university of Minnesota, and living here and knowing the weather, it gets cold. I wanted the hat to have a tight gauge so it would trap heat and keep out the cold wind. i don't want my boy freezing to death!

Can i substitute yarn?
of course! i used big box craft store yarn because I'm young, poor, and didn't want my boyfriend to accidentally felt something again (yes, i still love him! wool accidents happen to everyone). I've only knit this hat once with the one yarn, but other chunky yarns that knit up to a similar gauge would work fine! one thing that held me back as a beginner was the thought that a pattern could only be knit with the yarn specified!!! i was a little shocked when people substituted. now i rarely use the yarn called for!

What a great pattern! Can I publish this on my site/sell hats from this pattern at craft shows/claim it as my own?
I'd rather you not. I designed Chico in about 30 minutes. I made a small swatch, took my gauge, and then multiplied the number of stitches per in by the number of inches i wanted my hat. Designing your own stuff is really easy, try it!

enough about the hat, what else are you up to?
good question! right now i have a Ball Band Dishrag in my lap on the needles. my cousin and future cousin in law are moving out of state and i wanted to do something for her before she left. what else could a 20-something moving to a new apartment out of state use? wash cloths! I'm going to try to knit her 2 ball bands and a 9 patch out of just 2 balls of sugar n' cream yarn (super size, yo!) and then go on from there.

also, i finished the socks!!! i had a bout of insomnia one night and just finished them!!! who knew that i could do it!!!! i want to get some koigu and make jaywalkers next. i love Grumperina's blog so much, she's such a perfectionist, so her pattern must be spotless!!!

up next: planning for christmas (in almost july)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Finished, and a sock and a half

Pattern: Ken Gloves

Started: Umm...

Finished: June 19th

Modifications: Yarn, i used Caron Soft and Brite (they are bright) in i rubine red

Thoughts: I love this pattern. I've done it once before and i'm pretty sure that i'm going to do it again. The boy accidentally felted his 100% wool gloves. True, they are really warm now, but they're too small for me even!

In other news, the second sock is coming along great!!!

I'm actually a little farther than what the picture shows. Three inches until toe shaping!!!
I think the next socks i'm going to make are going to have cables to keep things interesting

Monday, June 18, 2007

An update: Slacker Style

Here's what i've got goin'

Going clockwise from the 12 o'clock position: The gloves. I really like the pattern, i've just gotten project ADD. I think i'll be able to finish these today! (how many times have i said that?)
3 o'clock: Thrummed mittens. I believe this is their debut. They're kind of large... i'm going to finish this one and see where it takes me.
9 o'clock: Little Pink Shocks. I finished the first one!!! i took an inch off the length of my foot because i'm using cascade fixation. i really like it and as you can see, i've cast on for the second.
Middle: The Nine Patch. It was fun, my first project with miters!!! I would probably make one again, as soon as i forget how many mitered corners i had to unravel. Shortly after i took this picture i added a crocheted boarder and i think it really makes it look nice. if you don't already know how, learn to crochet. it can make your knitting so much better!

Friday, June 15, 2007


...a sock

i actually started this ages and ages ago but recently dug it up. it's a modification of The Yarn Harlot's sock recipe. instead of doing a long cuff and a leg, i just did five rows of ribbing, a plain round, and then went into the heel flap.

I'm also working on these. These are amazing gloves, i think the thumb is so clever! I'm onto the thumb on the second one. My one complaint is that i'm using a different yarn than specified and it's really slippery on the fingers and thumbs. My goal is to finish these today so maybe a write up tomorrow?

and possibly a stash enhancement picture?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What've i been up to?

Oh, nothing really...

i finished the cabled mittens

They're in need of a severe blocking, though.

I made a few simple accessories

also, although i can't post any pictures, i did a few rounds on the thrummed mittens (which i'm thinking of ripping out, sadly), i'm almost done with the first glove, i made a sweet little crocheted dodo, and i've got a few ideas for a sweater. my first!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm back...

It's been awhile.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Hiatus... *Sigh*

Yes, it's true. I cannot find my digital camera to save the life of me, and i know some people only read blogs for the pictures, and i myself have pictureless blogs. So, i am putting the blog on hiatus until i find the camera. I will keep knitting and keep pictures of everything i've done, but until then.... i'm sorry. please come back, once i find it the posts will be plentiful and full of pictures. here are some things to look forward to

cabled mittens
thrummed mittens
various designs
maybe some patterns?

it'll be all around fun.

see you all later!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

To Do List...

1. Find this
2. Finish these:
3. Finish the thrummed mittens... poor forgotten soul
4. Knit more for work
5. Find out about the new project spectrum colors
6. Get on Christmas knitting (if you're new to knitting, these may seem blasphemous until december 23rd)
7. Buy sun screen and touch of sun so i can sit outside and knit. Why not knit, get a tan, and get cheap highlights?
8. Do homework.
9. Go to zillions of graduation parties
10. Start to enjoy summer by hoping for the new knitty. i love knitty.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Where'd that camera go?

I'm really sorry i can't find the camera, i know a lot of people just look at pictures on blogs...

i've been working on a few things for the job (which never calls and i never get money for...) and i've got more ideas. i think i almost have the beginner projects done for awhile, and maybe a few advanced beginner projects. so far for beginners i've got a swatch, a simple garter stitch wash cloth, a ribbed scarf, and i'm going to design a hat. for the stockinette stitch project i decided on a hat. they can handle simple shaping and seaming. i believe in them. i think for the advanced beginners i'm going to start them with shaping and stockinette for those not familiar with it with either a ribbed hat or a simple stockinette hat. and then mittens, maybe some pattern reading. i think with my group i'll have to assign homework (nothing like do 35 inches in garter stitch... in one color. unless they want to make a short simple scarf) i have no clue what to do for intermediate. the line between intermediate and advanced is a very fine one. my idea is that if you can read a pattern you can do anything. i'd also really like the advanced group to be more of a KAL. i hope the ladies at the store want to go along with my ideas. they're more focused on the business aspect, i'm really focusing on the projects now, and getting the sample patterns knit up, considering i have to knit everything twice, maybe even three times...

in other news: projects!!! the cabled mittens turned out BEAUTIFULLY... that is until i reached the grafting. i hate it when designers use grafting in a pattern because everything turns out square. i do not have square hands. i think when i make these mittens again i'll use my own shaping. grafting is for socks that are going to be heavily blocked and worn...

progress on the thrummed mittens is... slow. but then again i won't need them for quite awhile.

the second ribbed scarf has come to a screeeeeching halt. i cannot find the other needle. any one seen a pink plastic size 13 needle?

i got some cream colored yarn that i hope to use to design a simple hat. part of me wants to whip out the circs but the other part knows that it's for beginners... i'm planning on using knitting in the round for intermediates... maybe advanced beginners

i also need to design another pair of mittens and maybe some fair isle wrist warmers? i already have a pattern for that, i just need to knit a pair with the fair isle i designed (i'm going to design everything for my 'class' because i don't want to deal with copyright laws and all that junk...)

well now i'm just rambling...

i'm off to look for my camera

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Alas, still no camera

My camera is still MIA so you'll have to do with out for awhile... sorry. Well, i've been doing a lot for the job lately, i'm working on the beginner stuff. Right now i've got a swatch, a garter stitch washcloth and a ribbed scarf. What else should i do? I still need a stockinette stitch project and i thought "coaster" but what teenager wants a coaster? I can't do anything in the round because it's a beginner course thing... can't do a hat because it's got shaping... i'll just have to reference my books. In other news, i've gotten farther on my thrummed mittens. They're looking very good, and i'm past the thumb! my one problem: they look huge. so huge they're almost yuge... But i suppose that's for the thrums. Another thing: i think i've got startitis.... i just want to start a new pair of mittens!!!! what's a girl to do... start a crochet project???

it's also hard to find out what to do with all my little balls of scrap yarn. i'm thinking striped hat? striped mittens? the ribbed scarf used up a whole ball of yarn i didn't really like. i like the finished product, though. i think i might use the other ball i have to make a pair of mittens to match for the intermediate group.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New projects!

I'm a good chunk into the first thrummed mitten. I think i'm going to take my liberties with the pattern. almost 5 inches until the thumb?! nuh uh. i would take a picture... but alas, no camera. I was also thinking about my classes and what to have them knit. i think i've got it down. But what to do for the beginner stockinette project? not a hat, too soon for increases and decreases... i'll find something

back to the thrummed mittens: they look interesting... very interesting...

I have some vacation coming up followed by a very big vacation with a boyfriend who has a full time job...

bring on the knitting

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Fin ( a two for one kind of a day)

Yes, two for one. I finished the butterfly discloth in time for mother's day with time to spare. and i started and finished a crocheted hat yesterday

zee butterfly, shee eez fineeshed!

Butterfly Dish Cloth
Free pattern from the knitlist
Materials: Lily's Sugar and cream
Modifications: needles (it called for 7's. i preferre 8's)
Inteded recipient: my mom
uh oh, another quick crochet project that snuck up on me...
"boy beanie" from stitch and bitch 'happy hooker'
Materials: All red heart (i'm trying to get rid of all the plastic stuff...)
Modifications: I only loosely followed the pattern.
Start date: May 11 around 3-ish
Finish: May 11 around 6-ish
i'm in love with the flower. I'm also done with all my project spectrum projects for this part of the CAL (craft along!!!)
To go along with the hat i'm thinking of knitting some mittens and then giving this as a christmas present. one can never start too early. I thought i had a jump on it last year. i was wrong. so wrong.
Today was also the Shepherd's Harvest on the fair grounds and i went with my mom. It was pretty cool, i saw parts of a sheep shearing demonstration but left because people kept standing in front of me. The food smelled pretty good but i didn't eat any because it was really expensive.
I did buy yarn. I got one skein of a very soft wool with the color name of 'sour apple' it's a very, very, very bright green, but you've probably noticed already that i like bright colors.
The other yarn i bought was a very pretty pink from a new line called 'shepherd's wool' from those lovely people. It's very soft. Incredibly soft.
I also bought some roving that i intend to make thrummed mittens with. I've been wanting to make them for a long time, but never could find roving.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Flutter by, butterfly

The butterfly lace cloth is just flying by (hehe)... right now i'm on the 8 repeat of butterflies of 12, so i should finish either later today or tomorrow and then i'll be able to start on another one. This is a really simple lace pattern. 2 repeats is only 4 rows. wow. well, here she is

want a closer look?

See the butterfly?

the most frustrating thing is that i keep screwing up at the BEGINNING of the rows, and since this is a gift and lace, i have to rip back and fix it!!!! grrr!

but it's a score for me because

1) i'm using up yarn that i have

2) it's another project spectrum color (i still need yellow!!!!)

3) i'm learning more lace!!!!

I should probably check up on when the next phase of project spectrum starts... i think the next set has metallics in there. how is one going to find metallic yarn? (a metallic bead purse project??? i could make a cool bag with black yarn and metallic pony beads (lack of money, woe is me!!!)) i can see it now....

for the other wash cloth i'm thinking a multi colored ball band warsh rag... i don't want to buy more yarn, but it gets harder and harder every day not to...

do needles count?

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Finished (quick, i know!!!)

Finished: Fingerless Gloves

Pattern: Fingerless Gloves by Laurie-Ann Schultz

Yarn SWTC Karoke (i used almost the whole skein!!! If you like having things that look similiar, use two balls and start from the same repeat)

Modifications: There were some problems with the pattern, like the hands were reversed and it was written kind of funny... but other than that i did it like i was supposed to.

I don't really like how they're basically two different mittens, but i was just doing them for work (!!!) and just did as i was told. I'll offer to knit another pair so that there will be two matching pairs instead of one mismatched pair. I really like the right hand one, though.

For mother's day, i've decided to knit my mom, grandmas, and aunt wash clothes!!! i know i'm cutting it close seeing that mothers day is in a week and i have about 7 ladies to knit for... but i can do it!! i might have to crochet some... 8 if i knit one for my boyfriend's.... what's a girl to do...

Right now i'm working on the 'Butterfly Lace Dish Cloth' from the knit list. I really hope that i have it finished by this evening....

Saturday, May 5, 2007


The cable purse. I finished it this morning. It sat on my floor for quite a bit because i had a bunch of other stuff going on and i just didn't feel like finishing it, but i came home last night from spider man (it was pretty good. the american flag part was unnecessary...) and was still very awake so i just finished it up. lining and all. so here she is.

Cabled Purse

My own Design

Materials: Red Heart super saver and 2 quilter fabric things...

Alterations: none, it was my pattern

It's already gotten some you. Today me and the boyfriend went to Cinco de Mayo in west Saint Paul.

It was very crowded. And rained. So we went to Boca Chica while the rain was at its worst, and of course once we got home the rain stopped. All in all it was a fun day.

In other news, one soysilk fingerless glove is done!!! The pattern is written strangely and the right and left hand directions are reversed. I'm sure that once they're blocked they'll look great, but right now they're kind of gangly. One left!!! i hope i can finish it tonight

Also, mother's day is in a week or so, so i think i'll start a secret project ....shh

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

I got the Job!!!!

So this job i've been going on about this whole time, I got it!!! Barb was almost overwhelmed by all my stuff and i don't know exactly what my job title is, but it's something along the lines of 'teen knitting club consultant' (that probably gives a little hint to my age) So i'm basically going to be a teacher! I'm really glad i got a teaching job because it'll give me a chance to try it out and see if i could really do it. I'm also getting paid to knit samples. My first project (which i'm NOT going to screw up) is a pair of fingerless gloves. amazing. with 50/50 soy silk and wool. wow. (they're paying me, did i say that!)

In other news: the carrot bag is Finished!!! i'll report on that tomorrow, though

Monday, April 30, 2007


Yep. I always thought that i was a faster knitter than i was a crocheter. This would have taken me about a week to knit.

Springtime clutch

Started April 29
Finished April 30 (another quick one)
Materials: Patons Astra (light pink) Red Heart Sport (dark pink and white) Some DK weight... I think it might have been rowan? (green)
Modifications: Yarn

I really liked this little purse. I knit it because i needed something more for my interview (i really hope i get the job but i know i might not!) that was more compicated and crocheted. I have a lot of knitting, but not a lot of crochet ( i swear i knit more).
Crochet this clutch!!!!

*pssst* while typing up this post i replaced the light pink bobble

New projects!

Because of the job interview, i decided i didn't have enough complicated crochet, thus the hat, and now i've started a little clutch from lion brand that says it's 'intermediate advanced' (i don't think any free sites ever put 'advanced' as a rating, they just want people to buy their yarn, and lots of it...) but so far it's pretty easy, but I am also only on the long rectangle. I should probably mention that contrary to the blogs title, i do crochet! And since i have only done a long pink rectangle, i won't post a picture until i get some lace done (and seeing that crochet goes by quick quick quick, that'll probably be tomorrow, after the interview.)

Because the clutch will be pink, i think i'll join project spectrum and count it for that project. But considering that The others colors are orange and yellow ( i don't really remember to correct me if i'm wrong) i'll still make something for those ('carrot purse' any one? maybe a nice yellow cotton something or other? some one said something to me about cotton the other day... so much yarn, so little time...)
well this is taking away from my valuable crochet time...

in other news, i still need to do another strap for the 'carrot' purse. I did the first one using the cabling with out a cable needle method (it's sweet) and i just need to do a three needle bind off with the other side of the first strap and then i'll start on the other. i think that i'll have just enough yarn to finish the purse.

Sunday, April 29, 2007


No, I did not finish the massive orange bag. I finished a crocheted hat. Didn't even have time to blog about it it went so fast.

'The professional' By Emily Nelson
Started April 29th (around midight) Finished April 29th (a little bit before 2)
Materials Red heart super saver in a gray color (i'm trying to use up all the cheap stuff i have...)
Stuff I changed I added two rows of shells instead of just having four... not such big fan of skull caps...
I did this up for the job interview (they called!!!) I decided that i didn't have enough crocheted stuff and i had seen this hat before and thought 'hey, i can do that'
i don't crochet much and it's one of the best things i've crocheted (the blankets don't count, those are simple repeats of the same thing over and over)
I might do a few sample blocks or something just to show that i know what i'm doing and what not.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The woes of the provisional cast-on

My current project right now is a purse that I really don't want to weave in the ends for. So instead of doing that i've decided to pick up stitches at the bottom and do a three needle bind off where i can. I've decided too late that i should have done a provisional cast-on. I do not know how to do one of those. I think in version 2.0 of the bag, i'll add that. The bag is fairly simple, a different version of my typical bag. I'll get a pattern out once i can figure out how to write it...

In other news, I'm feeling like designing some fair isle. I've dabbled before, but one i finish the bag i think that i'm actually going to try out the pattern. I also think i need to go on a yarn buying hiatus. I know i have some ways to go before i have an actual stash, right now mine could probably be added to some of yours and you wouldn't even know. Also, having only been knitting for about 3 years and being young and not having a lot of money to blow on nice yarns, my stuff is mostly from joann fabric, or left overs from single balls of basic yarn. I did apply for a job at a yarn shop and if (that's a big if, i applied over a week ago and no call yet, I even went in again to see what was up!) i do work there, the yarn diet is possibly off... How can i work there and make money only to be surrounded by stuff that i want, need, have to have! so as of today i won't buy yarn until i have saved up enough money that i deem necessary. I have never, ever saved money in my life. What am i going to do with that money? I'm going to buy something worth while... I think of something expensive that i want.