Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Flaps are Flying

The Toddler Earflap Hat is also a finished object.  Such a quick knit!  Since the ultimate recipient lives in Alaska, I am happy that it seems to be quite warm. 
So now I am turning to my Leftover Pi shawl.  It works up quite heavy, it feels almost worsted weight.  It may end up more of a lap robe than a shawl. 
I think it will be great travel knitting for my road trip today.  Easy and still small, it does however make a large totebag of yarn even though I had to repack my leftover sock yarn into two 2 gallon zip bags.  When it was in one 2 1/2 gallon bag, it broke the zipper!
So anyway, it is onward to Stevensville for the delayed help Christy day with road knitting.
Did I mention I'm not driving?

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Finishing Fool

Two more Finished Objects, off the needles.  Yup, I'm just a finishing fool.
The first finished project was the Peek-a-Boo mitts for Sandy.
As you can see in the picture below they are long, to keep you fingers warm.  But the hand on the left shows the ribbing folded down, to give you access to your fingers when you need them.
Now I have to stack dive to find yarn for a pair for myself.  And more on the other project later.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Flaps Down

With the baby sweater for Emmaline done, and saving the Leftover Pi shawl for my road trip I turned to other knitting. 
I finished the Peek-a-Boo fingers mitts for my Boss Lady.  And armed with the new knowledge that Sheila regularly sends care packages to the new grandson in Alaska.  Sheila is the other half of the grannies honored at the granny shower a couple weeks ago.
Since her munchkin is in Alaska, I figured a warm hat would be handy.  A quick search of both Ravelry and the stash yielded pattern and yarn for the Toddler Earflap Hat.
It is zooming right along.  The decreases for the crown has started and maybe I can finish it this in the next night or too.
I love baby knits, they are so fast!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


I started it.  My Leftover Pi shawl.  Only enough to get it off the doublepoint needles and onto a 16 inch needle.  It will rest there for a while until I can finish Sandy's second mitt.  After all, there is a frost advisory tonight
But, just for those yarnie people, I am including a picture off the assorted sock yarn leftovers I am knitting along with a strand of black to make my Leftover Pi shawl.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tra La La

Yogi Berra once said (or was it Casey Stengal?) it ain't over till the fat lady sings.  Well, the button still needs sewn on, but ends are woven in.  So for all intents and purposes, this fat lady is singing.  See the picture below?  Nice and colorful.  Tra la dee la.
And remember the yarn I dug out during my stash toss?  I hope to start winding it tomorrow.  I was looking for my 6 skeins of black Knit Picks Gloss sock yarn.  That is 1350 yards. The plan is to knit  it with a strand of sock yarn remnants into a Pi style circular shawl.  With a 2 gallon Ziploc bag full of sock yarn, I should have plenty.
If I start soon I can get it on the 24 inch needle in time for my road trip next weekend.  It will a great no brainer project.
Once I decide just how I want to do it.  There are way, way too many options.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tossing the Stash

My friends laugh when I use that term.  The picture below is just one side of my wool room.  It gives just a small glimpse of my stash. 
Tossing the stash is what happens when I want a particular yarn or fiber.  I usually know where it was originally put.  But often it will get moved.  Sometimes in a sorting/organizing effort.  Other times it will be moved around in an earlier  stash toss.
At any rate, what I'm looking for isn't where I thought it was.
The wool room underwent such a toss the other day.  As I near the end of the eyelet yoke cardigan, of course my mind turns to the next new project. 
(Never mind the numerous WIPS that surround me.)
I did eventually find what I was diving for.  (More on that another time.). But it occurred to me that it wild be a wise and thrifty thing to consider an extensive stash toss shortly before each each each fiber event where there are items for sale.  I found lots of forgotten items.
Now let me see if I remember next time.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sleeves and Eyelets

Great progress has been made on the Eyelet Yoke Cardigan.  I finished the second sleeve earlier this evening and attached both.
Now I am on the slow part of the yoke.  I have about an inch before the first decrease row so with the sleeves in place the rows seem to be really long.  But with the first eyelet row done, followed by a purl ridge, there has been done excitement.
Now it's just a dash to the finish.  I promised to have it two weeks after the granny shower.  And that would be this  Monday.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Now It Is Stash

I spent a couple hours unsewing (would that be called wesing?) and frogging (not tinking) the partial sweater I was gifted with.  The frogged portion is outside the bag, and the never knit portion is inside the bag in the picture below.
I am leaning toward a top down yoke style sweater, with no sleeves, just the sleeve cap formed by the yoke.  I was studying my Ann Budd top down brook and it looks very doable.  Plus I already have a couple buttons that are perfect.  How lucky is that?
Another item to add to the queue.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Frog Pond Adventures

What, you may be asking, is that project shown below?
It doesn't look familiar.  And no, I haven't been doing any stealth knitting.
At least not with that yarn.
Instead, at church yesterday, a friend gifted me with this.  A gorgeous bulky yarn knit with a brushed mohair.  After knitting a goodly part of the sweater, she decided neither she or her sister would be able to wear the mohair.   And knowing I am a bit of a fiber lover, she thought of me.
So I am frogging my way through the sweater, reclaiming the yarn.
Right now I am thinking vest.  What do you think?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Oh! Did I Forget to Mention?

I just realized I never updated the blog with the fact that Betty's shawl is finished and delivered.
And....hmmm.  I may have promised to do another for her this next winter. 
But to quote Scarlett O'Hara, I'll think about that tomorrow.

The Hub's New Toy

Yeah, he did get one a bit over a year ago at an auction.  But after having some repair work that needed done most of the summer, he decided to give up on it.
So Friday he came home with a brand new Cub Cadet.  Not as fancy as Oldest Son's zero turn job that cost more than his truck, it's true.
But plenty fancy enough for us.

Beeing Good

If you look VERY carefully in the picture below, you will see, just above the brightest cloud, a swarm of bees.
The shared firewall between our history center and the next building has had a hive of bees in it for years.  I never noticed them until the upstairs tenant (who is extremely allergic to bees) pointed them out to me.  There seemed to be two our three openings between bricks.
But a few days ago the city got after the owner.  And this swarm was visited by the exterminator just before I took this picture.
The last few days the sidewalk has been littered with bees.  Today only a few were buzzing above.
Farewell bees.
I wonder how much honey is in the walls?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

We Have Lace

The lace edging/handoff has been started.  As you can see below, it is going well.  When joined out it really opens up.
Now let's see....20 repeats per side, plus a double short-row triangle at the point, and a single at the end.  I would say I still have a bit of knitting to do this weekend.  I hope to get it done by Tuesday.
I wonder if Betty would mind blocking it herself?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Getting Close

Kitty's shawl has grown by leaps and bounds.  I stopped at the end of my last row to take measurements.
The half wingspan, from needle to center neck is about 36 inches.  As is the length from center neck to tip.  Since the lace edge bind off will add another couple inches at least, I guess it is time to count to a multiple of twelve stitches to get ready to start the edging.
Woo hoo!