Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Getting Closer

Sometimes I feel like I knit and knit and knit and don't have
anything to show for it. I've been knitting and knitting and knitting the V-neck Pullover and finally finished on Sunday. Since I now know how to seam, thanks to my extensive research, I hurried up and blocked the front and back today, I'll do the sleeves tomorrow. Then hopefully I can seam it up Thursday night, and possibly wear it next week. I may even be able to wear the blue Cardigan too, it's been so cold and windy this week. I've finished both sleeves and just started the left front. I don't know if it's a good idea to do the sleeves first because I kept thinking I was almost done!

That's the little wombat that Sue sent Noey for her birthday relaxing on my blocking board. It's a Steve Irwin animal, and the proceeds go to his foundation. Pretty cool, huh?

I'm still waiting for my Araucania Patagonia to arrive. I'm itching to start something new.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

I don't know what happened.....

To my pictures below, so here's the Sholero.
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and here's Noey's sweater

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

WIP's, FO's, and such

I feel like I've been gone for so long. Since I couldn't post pictures, I wasn't taking pictures either. Today I gathered everything up, took pictures, and here they all are. (except for the Bell Sleeve V-neck Pullover)

Since the new year I have been trying (keyword: trying) to knit from my stash, have only 2 to 3 projects going at one time, and keep better track of my projects. I'm doing pretty good with numbers 2 and 3.

This is my second WIP. It's a Classic Cardigan using Paton's Shetland Chunky. I've finished the back, as you can see, and one sleeve. This is what is keeping me from spring/summer knitting. I'm determined to finish it, even though I won't be able to wear it until Fall.

In other knitting related news; I have big problems! I have been researching, and reading, and searching the internet on how to make invisible seams, and I finally feel ready to start seaming the Moss Rib Stitch Pullover. Yesterday I got all my pieces together and...........I couldn't find the leftover yarn! It is nowhere to be found. I have searched high and low. I think I probably had so little left over that I just threw it away without thinking. So I guess I'll have to buy a whole skein just for the seaming, but here's my second problem.....I don't have the ball band and I have no idea what colorway it is!

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The Sholero

Here's the official posting of the Sholero. (thanks for all the nice comments about it!)

Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun** Color Grape - less than 1 skein

Pattern: Loosely based on the Anthropologie Capelet by Julsey

Started: March 9, 2007

Finished: March 10, 2007

**I'm not a big fan of the Homespun yarn, however the pattern called for a bulky weight and the Noey called for a purple yarn, so this was it.

Noey's Sweater

One of the things I finished during my absence from Blogger was this sweater for Noey. She picked out the yarn, she picked out the style, and she picked out the buttons, but....she won't wear it!

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Colorway 134 - about 4 skeins

Pattern: Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown Child's Cardigan

Started: January 27, 2007

Finished: February 18, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I figured it out!


I finally figured out how to post pictures! Here's the big 7 year old girl wearing her Sholero.

More pictures to follow!

Thank you Ladies!

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'm going to try to get pictures back on this blog!

Barbara - here is the pattern I used as a guide for Noey's Sholero. On the right hand side, under Free Patterns, it's the Anthropologie Capelet. I scaled it down a bit to fit her.

I came into a little money (tax return) and after using most of it for grown up responsible things (like bills) I used a little bit to order myself some yarn, and a pattern book or two (or four!). I ordered some Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton from Webs to make the Jawbreaker Cardigan. That'll be my next project after I finish the V-neck Pullover - I'm on the homestretch of the sleeves - and the Cardigan - which is taking a very long time and probably won't be worn anytime soon as it was 85 degrees today!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Another Boring Post

Okay, I'm bored with my own blog due to it's lack of pictures. (more on my picture posting problem later, if you're interested)

Noelle turned 7 last Friday. Seven. SEVEN! I can hardly believe it. I'm telling you time just flies!

Joe and I both took the day off - aren't we great parents? - and we brought cupcakes to her school during snack time. That afternoon I picked up Noey, Isabelle, and Sophia and took them to Rite Aid for an ice cream cone. (I had given Noey the choice of Cold Stone - or Stone Cold as Joe likes to call it - or Baskin Robbins, and she chose Rite Aid!) Then as if that wasn't enough sugar for the day, we went to my parents house for the family birthday party and the traditional chocolate bear cake.

We had Noey's official birthday party on Saturday at

Kid Concepts.

It was FABULOUS! Granted, it's very expensive, but they do everything for you. We had a "party hostess" named Mindy (Joe really liked her!) and an "entertainer" named Brian who was great with the kids. Noey's boyfriend, Ethan, came as well as 8 of her closest friends.

I made Noey a cute little shrug/bolero that I like to call the Sholero to wear to her party. (trust me, it's CUTE!) I had seen the little girl from Little Miss Sunshine on the cover of Parade magazine a couple of weeks back wearing this sholero, so I kinda winged it and it turned out great. I ordered a heart clasp from Patternworks and it showed up Friday! Perfect timing.

Other than the Sholero, I made 2 dishclothes for my friend, Shane, and I've been steadily working away on my V-neck Pullover and my Cardigan. Hopefully both will be done soon, and I can start on some Spring and Summer knits


So here's my picture problem. In the past I used Hello/Picasa to post my pictures to my blog. I've never been able to post through Blogger due to speed I think. Anyway, after I switched over to the new Blogger I wasn't able to use Hello/Picasa anymore. I have removed Hello/Picasa from my system, and thought about downloading it again, but haven't had the time.

Does that make sense? Any suggestions?

P.S. A big THANK YOU to Sue for sending Noey a birthday present all the way from Australia! I wish I could show you a picture of the cute little wombat and book she sent.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Happy March!

It is a beautiful, sunny day today. (as was the weekend) Birds are literally chirping right outside my office door. The sun and nice weather are making me happy!

Because this is a knitting blog, I will give you a little summary of what I've been up to. Use your imaginations because I still can't post pictures!

First up I finished a Hooded Cardi for Noey. I used 6 skeins of Noro Kureyon in colorway 134. It is so cute, if I do say so myself. (you'll just have to take my word for it!) The colors are bright and brilliant. Noey chose abalone shell buttons (they all match this time!) and they add just the right touch. It fits her perfectly, but now it's too hot to wear!

I finally blocked the Moss Rib Stitch Pullover. I had to do it in 2 sessions because my blocking board is not big enough to accomodate all the pieces. Now I just need to seam it up.

I started a Cardigan for myself a week or so ago. I'm using Paton's Shetland Chunky Tweed in Sea Ice. I've finished the back and I'm working on the first sleeve. I decided to work on the sleeves before starting the front, as I'm in Sleeve Heck with the V Neck Pullover.

Speaking of the V Neck Pullover, I've been knitting both sleeves at once, a trick I learned from Bron. I guess I'm about half done with both sleeves, but it just seems to be taking FOREVER. I made a mistake, or rather an error in judgement early on, which means the error was made in both sleeves, so I frogged them both and started over. I was trying to make the sleeves longer, but I should've waited until after the decreases and increases. So now I'm back on track, but lingering in sleeve heck!

Noey's birthday is next Friday the 16th. My baby will be 7 years old. I can't believe it! I don't want her to grow up, but I have to say she is so much fun now. She can read anything, and writes me little notes all the time. She has a great sense of humor, and makes up jokes that really make me laugh! She loves to "help" me so grocery shopping and other errands are a lot easier these days. (she reads me the list) It just keeps getting better and better.

The car is doing great. His name is George. I feel like I really earned this new car. We had so much trouble with that, all those trips in tow trucks and such. I'm really not a material girl, I just want a reliable car to transport my child in, but if someone's gonna buy me a cool new car, I'll take it!