Thursday, June 28, 2007

Time to Catch up!

I finally got my camera back. I've never missed a piece of technology so much. In honour of my new found love for my camera I've decided to name him. His name is Cameron the Canon Powershot S2 IS.

Now on to my projects. I've gotten a few things done while Cameron was in the hospital. Last time I had anything to show you I had just completed my first cables. Well since then I've been cable crazy.

Here are the cable booties I finished. They knit up pretty quick so I got some more wool to do some for Christmas gifts. They are great because you don't have to know the exact foot size since they fit kind of loosely and were meant to go over socks.

Then I moved on to a cabled neck gaiter. The bottom one is done in a angora wool blend. It's really nice. The top one is done in a 75% cotton 25% acrylic blend. I wanted to see how it would work in this yarn. It's called Ecofil and it's made from recycled material. I wasn't thrilled with the result but in a minute I'll show you a good use I have found for this yarn.

The next thing I did was an asymmetrical hat. I was doing it for my uncle, hence the hunter orange but it looks too feminine so I've decided to give it to my sister in law who was wearing the hunter orange ribbed hat I made for my brother last winter. I may put a pompom on top.

All of these patterns came out of my book - One Skein - 30 quick projects to knit and crochet by Leigh Radford.

My latest project is a hooded sweater for me. It's from the ecofil I spoke of above. I think I have finally found a good use for this yarn. The pattern is a free pattern from Lion Brand. It's my first sweater, that's why I'm making it for myself. If I screw it up, it's only me who has to wear it!

I've also got a potato chip scarf on the needles. These are simple and produce a great end result but I find them a pain to knit. This is my second (remember the first one turned out way too short?!) and I mixed yarns. I'm now worried that I won't have enough to bind off and the multi colour yarn in bling bling by bernat seems to be discontinued. I may have to use a third yarn which will be okay, it's going to be one flashy scarf!

Whew! That's enough for now. I gotta go knit!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

No Camera - No Pics

I have finished a few projects but my camera is currently out for repair. But to keep you entertained I've added a new section - PODCASTS! Fantastic. And you don't need an ipod to download these. You can listen right from your computer, burn on to CD or burn on to any mp3 player. Enjoy!!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Too many knitting projects for me (and not enough for everyone else)

I have been busy finishing up a sock to match one I had already made for myself. It was suppose to be for my mom but the toe knit up too small so I had one for me, made 2 bigger ones for her and then just finished this one for me. Just in time too as it got cold and I needed something warm for my tootsies!
Then I seriously debated what to knit next. I figure it's time to start thinking about Christmas so I should start knitting gifts now. I started with this potato chip scarf. Tanya had started this and found that the 200 stitches the pattern asked for to cast on was a bit much - it would make a 12 foot scarf! So I cast on half thinking that a 6 foot scarf was plenty long. However, I was not using the same alpaca blend and surprise, it is way too short. I like it so I'll keep it for me. So much for getting a few gifts done...
Then I wanted to attempt my first cable so I thought I'd do a quick project for me that would let me cut my teeth on cables. I had some italian cotton I had picked up on sale in Freeport, ME. I only had 2 small skeins so I thought this pattern would work. And this time of year, booties for chilly evenings are a good idea.
So here is my very first cable!! I'm so excited. Tan was right, they are easy. Which is a good thing because I love cables! Aren't they beautiful?!

After this I'm taking my cable skills and knitting a hat for my uncle. I must knit for others, I must knit for others.... Or else I'll be knitting like a mad woman come December!