Tuesday, March 31, 2009
(I am watching Grey's Anatomy as I type this - last week's when Izzie has her surgery. Izzie is knitting! That said, I am sure I'm going to be crying. Soon.)
I am in love with this sweater. I've finished the body, and just started the sleeves and they are simply flying! Now to find the perfect buttons. Any suggestions?
Since I'm on a sweater kick and this was on sale last week at WEBS, I just had to pick some up. Yummy Madtosh Worsted. Hmm, what sweater should I pick?
We've been recovering from a crazy Bar Mitzvah last weekend and entertaining the kids since school's out....(Oh no. Here goes Alex....)
We're off to the cabin later this week - birthday dinner for the DH with the whole family. Cross your fingers we get some decent weather.
(Oh...now Owen. Gulp.)
Teen made the JV Lacrosse team so he's been practicing all week. Yay!
(Oh hell, now it's Bailey...criminy. I think I need to go find my box of Kleenex. What was I thinking sitting down without one?)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Pattern: Tropical Mer-tini by Ronni Smith Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock Color: Cordovan Needles: Knitpicks Harmony dpn's US 2.5/3.0 mm Started: March 17, 2009 Completed: March 23, 2009.
Note: It's hard to see the detail in my dark colored sock yarn. If you want to see many, many more pretty Mer-tini socks - check the Flickr group.
Also? This pattern called for an afterthought heel, and I rebelled and did a gusset heel so first round was my DQ round. I am a bad example for my children.
I have some new yarn to show off - hopefully I'll get some sun today to show off the pretty color. Although, it's snowing this morning so my odds are slim.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The second clasp is a little wonky - I've since evened it out.
I love the pleated bottom and the cable down the side.
I left the cable off of the sleeve - with such detailed body - I wanted a sleeker sleeve.
Pattern: Rivulet by Shannon Oakey Yarn: Queensland Collection Llama Seta in colorway #12 Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm Started: January 31, 2009 Completed: March 11, 2009.
Note: Love, love, love this sweater. It knit up so fast and hangs so beautifully. I can hardly wait to see how she finishes up her new pattern - Maize.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Rivulet awaiting her fasteners, and Duotone Cardi awaiting her sleeves. Cherie has been quite accommodating while I cast on for my Sock Madness socks.
Unfortunately I am going to have to cop to being DQ'd right off the bat. I'm going to finish these, but frankly, I was just too cranky to try my first afterthought heel. I took one look at the instructions and went ahead and knit my gusset heel. Yarn is Malabrigo Sock. So I'll be free to hunt down this pattern here. (At least after I finish up the three sweaters I have waiting for completion.)
In the meantime, if you've had the cuticle issues I've had this last two months - check out Target's Boots boutique. (I know you UK gals have had Boots forever, but it's new to us here in the Midwest USA!) A little over $5 the tube and it smells fantastic and feels lovely and velvety.
Do you know what the best thing is about being an "early adopter" of the Kindle? All the free book offers by publishers trying to get their new author in front of readers!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
District Band Festival 2008
So, not only was I watching Hockey last Saturday, I was attending the 2009 District Band Festival. Twice. (Puck at 3:30 and Teen at 7:00). This is last year's finale, but they do this song every year.
Look at this group. Every band student grades 5-12 participates in this concert. They have to do it twice because that is 1400 musicians! Every age group does one or two songs and then they play together in the Finale. Starting with the oldest kids, and then toward the end it slows down (around 3:42) and every darn kid plays in this song. It makes me cry. Every year. There are about a dozen band instructors running around, desperately trying to control the tempo - I love it. What an opportunity for all of these kid to learn to play an instrument!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Guess who is in their own little heaven this week? State Tournaments, WCHA Playoffs, even a little bit of Wild (sad as that's been). I have lived in the Minneapolis Metro area all of my life. My High School faced Edina in many sports, and their hockey "dynasty" is a fact I've known of all my life - and wow! They got beat last night - holy cow! Our high school won their first round game - barely - with a contested goal in overtime. I can hardly wait to watch them play Blaine tonight in the Semi-Final round.
Mini-rant: Okay, so what's up Star Tribune? EP won that game, why is there a huge photo of Hill-Murray? Because the H-M coach had to boot 4 Seniors this year because they misbehaved? Seriously? Why are we giving them so much attention for DOING THE RIGHT THING! Nobody should be surprised, we should expect it. Yea, the remaining kids had to work harder, but they LOST! Where are the pictures of the winners? And the poor kid who had to wait 8 minutes because they were determined to try to make that winning goal not count - sheesh! Also? If it had been EP who had to boot the kids, I guarantee people would be a lot less kind about it. All right, back to my normal cheerful banter...
Lots of knitting going on while I'm watching the games. Remember this pile of yarn?
I've cast on the Duotone Cardi and I already love how it's looking:
This is the collar and the beginning of the back. A very cool looking stitch pattern - no? By the way, the first picture is more accurate for color.
Here is that sock I started last week.
Now that I'm knitting so much on sweaters, the socks are not progressing nearly as quickly. It should be interesting to see what happens to me when NaKniSweMoDo collides directly with Sock Madness. I hope there are no fatalities.
Well, Little Falls is down 0-1 to Breck - I need to go watch some hockey.
Monday, March 09, 2009
The Braided Gem Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn.
Though, technically, this is not handpainted yarn. Mini Mochi in color 104 (I bought it locally, but TLE has it and they call it Fern). Very soft yarn, but it could stand a little twist.
Bulky Boot Socks from The Little Box of Socks, the pattern is by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott.
The yarn is Miss Babs wool - this may've been the first shipment from way back when, when I was in the Woolgirl Sock Yarn club the first time 'round. I'm not sure they even carry this weight any longer. The color is called Waterfall. I had to take the photo quickly because Teen is waiting for these.
And finally, Rivulet has sleeves! Button bands and blocking to finish - we're looking at another incoming snowstorm, so possibly tomorrow! Cherie was glad to have the sweater, she thinks it's rather chilly standing by the window.
Also? I can't believe that there aren't more Rivulet projects on Ravelry (there's only nine right now) - this is one of those sweaters that looks much more complicated than it actually is. Knit top down in one giant piece, sleeves afterwards and you can easily make any changes along the way that you like. There's one on Ravelry that looks about four inches longer than mine - she knit seed instead of garter stitch - I really like what she's done. I wish I'd thought of adding the extra stitches and knitting my button band at the same time - hate doing it afterwards!
Big hockey week coming up - State Tournament and Gopher Playoff hockey gearing up!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
So - remember this cardi I showed you? It's even better than you can see in this picture from the Yarn Forward website. I thought I remembered what Copine meant, but I had to look it up, and it means "friend". So really, I will have two new friends! Mrs. Pao from Mumblings sent Deb and I copies of Yarn Forward (plus some yummy goodies and a couple of perfectly lovely tote bags! I kept the Toile. The return package is in the works as we speak!)
So - don't you think this would make a lovely Copine:
Now I have to go because I am listening to the EP vs Tonka High School Playoff Hockey game....
Monday, March 02, 2009
I promised these pictures a long time ago, but then my mom and sis ordered my new model for my birthday, so I was waiting for her arrival. Isn't she bright and cheery? I'm thinking her name should be Cherry.
Regardless, this is my much-worn Baby Cables and Big Ones Too sweater that I finished back in December.
This sweater is going to be my guideline for fit for all future sweaters. I wear a tee-shirt under neath because it's a (nicely) lightweight knit.
Pattern: Baby Cables and Big Ones Too by Suvi S. (that is a Ravelry link) Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool color is #39 a pink/oatmeal Needles: Knitpicks Harmony dpn's US 6.0/4 mm Started: September 28, 2008 Completed: December 22, 2008.
Note: This turned out much better than I expected. The yarn was a little odd, but I didn't pay much for it so I guess it's hard to complain.
Rivulet is flying along - I have one sleeve and the front ribbing to finish - it's a race to the end of the yarn.
Cherry was happy to help me decide if it was long enough. Knitgrrl actually sent me the pattern on my Kindle, but I will be darned if I can figure out how to access it.
Today I am having a little knitting soiree with Miss T, Miss Think and Miss Tight (Hmmm, I think that makes me Ms. Stairs). Anyway, Miss T excels at showing the piles of knitted blobs, so in the spirit of knitterhood I am sharing my Gathered Pullover. I've reached the shoulder shaping on the back and am hoping this sweater will make me happy like Oh Baby has.