Friday, September 21, 2007

The Perfect Purse

So as I got ready for date night this evening I slipped my sock in progress into my bag and showed my sister.

She said I have a problem. I think it is great.
I am going to wedding in two weeks and plan on using the same bag. Now I have to decide if I should finish the sock and get part way through a new pair or save this project to work on then. I have more than enough other projects to keep me busy.
This project was perfect. Neither the skein nor the sock were too big too fit in the bag. Turns out I was able to pull it out and knit two times during the evening while my date was indisposed. I only knit about three rows total which is more than I would have gotten done had I left it home.
What a perfect purse.
Peace and Yarn,

Friday, September 7, 2007

Heather and Jeff's Wedding Blanket

Here is the finished blanket for Heather and Jeff's Wedding Present. It was only two months late. They got married in June but they could not use it in the summer anyway so it wasn't too horrible that it was late.
I got the digits for most of the knitters that Heather and Jeff know (sorry Sarah) from Jeff. They all were excited and made two squares each for the Blanket. I got the yarn at WEBS- with discount score! We used Misty Alpaca Chunky so it knit up quickly. The only rule was the square had to be 12x12 blocked. The ladies chose some beautiful patterns. I bordered it with seed stitch (Heather's favorite) in tan. I have taken lots of pictures so that each square can be seen. If only I had remembered to take a picture of Heather with it She loved it!
Ladies who made it: Can you find your square? I made a chart to go with it in the card for The Happy Couple but did not keep a copy for myself. It was pre-blog. But Heather and Jeff can see who contributed.
At the shower and Wedding we all had to act like we didn't know each other when we met. It was fun. Good thing we are all pretty friendly so The happy Couple didn't suspect a thing.
Here is the only full blanket shot I managed.
Hopefully some day my photos will look as cool as Brooklyntweeds blog shots.
But for now you can at least enjoy the finished project high with me.
Peace and Yarn,

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Three Turtle Sweaters

Here are the turtle sweaters I made this past Christmas.
The next few post will be a walk down knitting memory lane as I post past projects. Who said posts have to be only on current projects?
Peace and Yarn,

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Knitting Camp 2007

Here goes my first Blog.
I don't just knit...I think about knitting, talk about knitting and yes dream about knitting. This blog can serve as an outlet for me so as to spare my family and to share some cool things I make.

If it wasn't obvious from the title and t-shirt I am into knitting in the round and a huge Follower of Elizabeth Zimmermann. This summer I went to Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp. Here I am with Meg. She got a kick out of my Show andTell t-shirt. I learned so much and it was a blast.

This Sweater for Emil is based on Meg's cardigan in Wool Gathering. I picked a different motif but followed the basic plan. I inserted short rows across the back without being told which Meg mentioned in class. I also used a pivot stitch on the back top where the motif comes together. On the front they point to the neck but on the back they meet at he center and share the center (pivot) stitch. I felt like a knitting smart ass.

I also love the detail of knitting the sleeves from the cuff up so that the lice (white specs) stand the correct way. Then pick up stitches from the shoulder and join in a three needle bind-off which matches the shoulder join.

Notice Martha in the background toasting my knitting. I love that!

I learned how to crochet a steek. Very cool. No need to bust out the sewing machine.

Now if I can only get Emil to keep it on...
I love the colors. At camp someone asked if I was Dutch because of the color choice. I am not but Emil happens to be named after out Dutch Friend Emile so the color choice is fitting. Orange Above!

Peace and Yarn,