Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Some Topic Choices and an Update!

So I wanted to start with an update on the progress of my current project!

After Frogging (realizing I had overly confused the YO) I am now ahead of schedule.

If it wasn't for my Knitting Fairy Godmother (and Apple's Facetime) I have no idea where I would be, I am thinking of changing her nickname to Knitting Superwoman? -Let me know what you think?

As an aside I blocked my first project this weekend... Because this has a lacy garter stitch edge I realized I would need some practice blocking. I used the "wet blocking method"  but many of the ladies in my "Knit Night" group use the "steam blocking method"- What is your favorite and why? (I will particularly need advice on the project above.

Which is called sugared-violets by Rose Beck. I think it is a lovely pattern and Kyle thinks it is one of the most youthful looking of all the shawl pattern I considered!

Now to the some topics portion:

I have a couple of topics that I have been thinking about blogging about and would love your input on what the next blog topic should be:

1. Storage: Stash, Current Projects and Finished Projects!
2. Knitting Groups: The one I attend, topics we discuss and how to find one in your area
3. LYS: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In the spirit of the current primaries "Lets take a vote!" Let me know in the comments what you want the next topic to be!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

This and That

I have a very long list of things I want to write about... seeing as it is has been quite some time since my last post I have so many finished projects with pictures that I want to show! There are so many things that I received and have been planning on working on that I want to talk about! I feel like I owe an entire post to my "Knitting Fairy Godmother." Even as I am typing this I am still not entirely sure what this post will be about, I haven't even filled in the "Title" box yet- which is very unusual for me. It makes me wonder, does an author of a book think of the title first and then the story?

Okay- now that my rambling is done I will try to create a good blog that touches on all of the aforementioned topics and maybe some more...

Lets start with the completed projects and pictures!

So the last time I wrote I was working on the scarf for the Special Olympics! Below is a picture of this completed project.

It is on my chair at the office because I shipped it from there. After reading the instructions the project requires you to use both colors so I did add the blue fringe at the ends. After sending it in I received a, "Thank You" back in the mail immediately. What a great organization!

The next project I recently finished are the Mitties for my sister. Yes I am aware that Christmas was about a month ago and that I started them a VERY long time ago but she was in Ireland for the holidays so I told myself they didn't need to be done until after Christmas! Lucky for me my sister is super cool and still needs them not only because she works in, "The City" (NYC, for those not raised in the tri-state area.)  My sister got to wear them while she was in Park City for Sundance. Which makes me feel important even if I don't get to be there with her.

She says she likes them and that the thumbs are a little tight. I used a size larger to bind off the hand and the thumb, any suggestions on how to avoid this one side tighter thing. The side I Cast On in all my projects is ALWAYS much more loose, and I wish they would be closer to even.

So I am in that stage in my life where all my friends are either engaged or pregnant so I have made these adorable booties for one of my friends who is expecting a little girl!

Here's One:

Here's Two:

I love them and I plan on making them for like every newborn. I am currently looking for a pattern for a hat to go with the booties I was thinking of this Baby Amanda Hat! What do you think?

The next project I am making is this shawl, I am a little bit nervous about it because I have never made a shawl before and this is my first attempt at lace. I will be using some of the yarn that I got for Christmas from my, "Knitting Fairy Godmother"

Here it is with the finished Mitties:
Here it is alone:

I am hoping it turns out nice and I will wear it at my friends Wedding reception in April, and possibly my other friends wedding in May!

The last picture I am going to show is a cowl I finished yesterday! It is made with Art Yarns-Silk Rhapsody Glitter This was tough to knit with because of the glitter strand! My "Knitting Fairy Godmother" gave me the yarn, needles, pattern and project bag for Christmas last year. I knitted it for quite some time but got tired of having to untangle the strands. So in the summer we untangled it and rewound it VERY carefully and had no more problems. It was so soft to knit with and feels GREAT!

I used an instagram filter on the picture which makes me feel fancy!

Last but not least, in this extremely long picture filled post, I want to thank my "Knitting Fairy Godmother" without her I would not have the renewed passion in knitting! She continues to take my "Knitting Help Line" Phone calls when I make mistakes or a YouTube video isn't enough to explain the multiple methods of "M1" Thank You I have found something I love doing and writing about!

I think I got almost everything on my mind into this post. I have a list next to the couch of other topics for future posts but I wanted to get all of this out of my head! I promise, I will write more soon!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sorry it has been awhile...

I have been diligently working on my scarves for the Special Olympics!

See below and let me know what you think? Blue Fringe at the end or not?

I promise I will post again soon I will also show a picture of the completed project!