Thursday, July 31, 2008

I Love this Cotton! and now we wait...

The son has now, I do believe, finished taking the "Bar"....and now we wait to hear the results. And since he's now received his birthday gifts in hand, I can show you what needs to be typed up so you can have a copy of the pattern, too. That might take a few honor of those "Boys in Blue" for the son who loves them...

This has been an 'interesting' knitting experience I tell you. I've knit the towel and dishcloth several times over. The first set came out with a 'mirror' image. I've never done that before! Left me cracking up over myself. So I ripped it out that time, then the next time my daughter and I both felt that the "L" didn't look quite right, after I'd ripped it out a couple of times, and had it all finished, I started the new set, which you see here, once more. So, give me a little time, and I'll have the patterns up for those of you who are also "Boys in Blue' fans.

I've started cousin #2's BSJ but got a 'wee bit' sidetracked when I went to Hobby Lobby the other day. Check out what I found!

That's right Hobby Lobby lovers. 2 new to me (and the stores I was in) yarns! First up, we'll look at 'I Love this Cotton!" yarn. This has GOT to be the softest yarn I've EVER knit up. I made the Butterfly cloth from the Baby Washcloths to Knit book by Leisure Arts. I thought in the Aqua color, it would be nice for Mom to use on her face. And boy oh boy, is it Soft!

I'm also thinking it would be perfect for chemo caps, baby sweaters and hats, anything you want out of 100% cotton that needs to be soft! At $2.99 a skein for 100 g/3.5 oz, I think this is quite affordable.

Then I found their "I Love this Yarn!" in a sport weight yarn. Now, I just picked up a couple of skeins, but they say BSJ sweaters for babies to me! Yes they had more colors that I picked up, but this will give me a good try at this yarn. This is only $1.99 for 70 g/ 2.5 oz for each skein. Can't wait to get some more things off my 'to-do' list so I can give it a go.

Hey...I'm here to help you find your next set of yarns to add to your 'to-do' list. Honest! ehehehe...hey, maybe they can give us group rates at the yarn 'collector's' old folks home some day. But until then, it's my job to let you know of the new stuff I find. I like the company in the check out line! Come and join me! (please bring coupons).

Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm still here!

I'm still here, Knitting away. My son's birthday was last week, hence the latest adorable baby picture, and yes, I'm very biased. Since he's a very big Dodger fan in our family, he got the kitchen set all in Dodger blue. This section, he's already received, so I can show you the pictures. The rest, well, they'll come hopefully in the next week if I can quit ripping them out and get them finished and posted. ULG, why is it that when you want to do something on time, you can't get what's in your head, onto the paper then onto the needles to match what was originally in your head?

One more, this set is from the book, Felted Knits. I love this set and now that all the kids and my Mom have a set, maybe someday, I will too! The oven mitts and the trivet patterns were all knit double stranded with Paton's Classic Wool in "That's Blue!" and "Grey Mix" colors. A total of four skeins (two for each color) were used to knit all five pieces here. And there is a wee bit left over in case I want to add bits of color here and there at some point on hats, etc...

After hitting my frustration limit with the current 'other project' over the weekend I actually knit up a kitchen towel and dishcloth for myself. I used one skein of Lion's Cotton in Americana to make both of these pieces. Since this was a multi-colored skein, it was only 4 oz, so there wasn't any left for for a tribble, and I had to shorten the dishcloth by 5 rows. I'm thinking that next time I should use a cast on of 35 stitches and 20 rows in the body? Not sure, but that's what I'm thinking to get the bind off the way I prefer it. Oh well, it's going to wash up the dishes just as well. Right? Spaghetti dishes don't really care how you cast off, right?

One last thing before I head off to block a piece and reknit (yet again) another...please remember, that as much as I'm thankful my patterns have found homes with you, don't use my pictures when you post them in Ravelry or elsewhere. Each author's text, patterns, and pictures all belong to that author's copyright. Respect the designer's work, be it patterns or craftsmanship and post what you've been able to knit up. Not someone else's pictures, etc...

Thanks! Now, onto more knitting so I can post new patterns shortly.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy 26th Birthday!!!

Safe Driving, and Nail that Bar!

We love you and miss you lots!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another fast knit

This has been the fastest that I've knit up this blanket. 4 days!

Here we are Saturday morning, at the Dentist and what I finished after the numbing went down. Not so much really, but then I didn't feel too well. Mostly I just wanted to sleep.

Sunday, we headed for the beach, where the blanket started to show a few signs of progress.

Monday's progress.

Tuesday morning...

Tuesday early afternoon..all finished!

Particulars...KBB Baby Blanket, pattern over <<<---there. Lion Brand Wool-ease, 4 skeins with this much left over!

Which I found to be quite interesting, since the last time I made this blanket (back in March while at Mom and Dad's), I used up all 4 skeins and ~12 yards into skein #5!

I guess that's proof that skeins are sold by weight, and not by yardage. Another reason to pick up an extra skein when you're planning a big project and want to insure you don't run out of yarn?

While sitting in the sun on the 4th, I was knitting away on my next Sack Sock design. Wanna peek? Here's the beginning and the 'almost' middle. I'd show you the 1/2 way point, but that would really give away the 'picture' in the middle. And since this is another birthday present, I don't want to spoil the surprise too early. Once it's been received, I'll not only show you the finished project, but will post the pattern, too. That means, I've got about 12 days to chart the rest, write it up, finish the whole set, and then type it out! Guess I'd better get back to knitting!

Here's one last hint. Can you guess yet? I'm using a cone of Peaches & Creme, in a special run color called Royal for this.

Friday, July 4, 2008