April 25, 2007 at 11:01 am | Posted in knitting | 3 Comments

The endpaper mitts continue to look more like mitts than just a tube but I haven’t been able to spend much time on them the last several days. Floridians will understand the phenomenon that happens when the weather is just moving into the warmer temperatures. In April the humidity is low and it’s sunny and warm every day, but it’s not hot enough to feel like the inside of your GE oven. Suddenly there is an influx of visitors from the north hoping to get an early taste of summer weather.

This past weekend my husband’s friend from the military came in by bus to spend the weekend. I must admit I was dreading the visit a bit because this visitor was someone I had never met, but it turned out to be a fun weekend with the men hanging out at home while I went shopping and finished putting together my KTE package. I’ll be popping it in the mail today for sure. I hope my treatee likes it, I’m a little nervous about it.

So anyway, Ed, the military friend, left on Sunday and now Chris and I are both off today to re-prepare the house and guest room for his parents and niece who arrive from Tacoma, WA tomorrow. They’ll be staying until Monday and I’m really excited for this visit. We haven’t seen his parents since Chris proposed on our Thanksgiving vacation in Washington 2 years ago. We’re also looking forward to seeing his..oops, now “our” niece, Chyna who suddenly went from 10 year old cutie to 12 year old preteen seemingly overnight. We are known as the “cool” aunt and uncle and there’s a lot of pressure to upholding that title. This weekend should be fun and I’m hoping to squeeze in a little knitting somewhere.


Mitts in Progress

April 19, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Posted in fair isle knitting, knitting | 6 Comments

I am having so much fun knitting the mitts! Here’s what they look like so far…


I’ve finally figured out how to hold the yarn that works well for me and have been able to speed up my knitting. The pattern is really coming together and now I’m already thinking about all of the Norwegian hats, sweaters and mittens I want to knit. I need to move to a cooler climate to make use of the mountains of fair isle sweaters I’m envisioning!

Me-1, Tubular Cast On-0

April 17, 2007 at 8:32 pm | Posted in knitting | 1 Comment

HA! Mr. Italian Tubular Cast On you can’t beat me down! I got you now! I think I frogged the first two rows of the Endpaper Mitts about 97 times over 2 nights but no more! I am now not only past the first 3 rows, I’m past the ribbing and into the colorwork. The only problem right now is that my stranding is SOOO slow! I am trying to figure out how best to hold the yarn and needles so that I’m not putting down each color and picking up the next one with each stitch. I’ve never taught myself English style knitting or “throwing” and have adapted a sort of continental style. I can’t really wrap my brain around holding the yarn with two hands. I’m still working it out and know I’ll get it. I just can’t wait to see the pattern start to emerge. I’ll post a picture in a day or two once I have a few more rows under my belt.

In other news, I got an email from my Treat Exchange Treater and am so excited! I’m having a lot of fun putting together the package for my treatee as well. The exchanges are great fun and even better, what a great way to meet more knitters. I also just joined Sockapalooza 4 with over 800 other knitters. Can you imagine organizing that? I think I’ve already settled on a sock pattern and am anxiously waiting for my match email.

I was also reading Get Stitchy today and came across this pattern which I think will become another new project very soon (in addition to my 3 other WIPS),

Ooh La La

April 14, 2007 at 11:28 am | Posted in knitting, socks | 7 Comments

Yay! One down, one to go.


That’s Lucy modeling her foot in the background. I think she wants a pair too! Now that my needles are free, tonight I’m starting the Endpaper Mitts finally. It will be my first real colorwork project!

Birthdays turned out to be a smashing success! I wish my co-hostess and I had taken pictures. I did end up taking the rice crispy treats to work but only as a joke to show Joli (my co-hostess). I stopped at Publix on the way and picked up a fruit bowl as a second sweet treat. Joli laughed but talked me into putting the crispy treats out anyway since they tasted so good. The funny thing was that the treats were the first things to run out! I alternated them pink/grey/pink/grey on the platter and I really thing it made them look a little less scary. We used packing tape around the outside of the umbrella and attached clear tinsel giving the rain effect, and then the table underneath looked like a picnic spread. Joli made “Picnics on a stick” which were delicious. Overall I think it all worked out pretty well and was worth all the work.


April 10, 2007 at 9:10 pm | Posted in knitting | 5 Comments

All day today I kept thinking about how nice it would be to come home from work, prop up my feet, and finally finish the striped sock I’ve been working on at a snail’s pace. Unfortunately, there could be no knitting for me tonight. Tomorrow at work is “Birthdays”. Once a month we have a little birthday party for all of the people who celebrate that month. Two people host the party each month, and this month I am one of the lucky hostesses. Let me tell you, this year I must admit, I was excited about having gotten April as our month. The theme I’ve been planning for several months is “April Showers Bring May Flowers”, clever, I know. We’re hanging an umbrella (somehow) from the ceiling, over the table where the food will sit and white/clear streamers will be attached to the umbrella (somehow) to look like rain. Then the idea is that the table will be blooming with flowery/colorful picnicky creations.
So I came home from work (oh, about 5 hours ago now) and have only just NOW finished the centerpiece of our tablescape…


They are baked by me, frosted by me and flowered by me and I swear from this moment forward every cupcake I use/eat/give for the rest of my days will be store bought. Why did it take so long? Well, more than one 12 cup muffin pan would have been helpful, I got wayyy too into mixing frosting colors, and I probably could have done without individually cut marshmallow flower petals.

In between batches, for sweet item #2, I thought I would make some nice, colorful rice crispy treats. The melted marshmallow mixture was a lovely shade of pink when I took it off the stove…but by the time I added the crispies….


It had mutated to more of a flesh color. That batch only made about 15 treats (and I must say, they are yummy) so I thought to myself “Hmm..I could make another batch!” This time, since the pink didn’t turn out quite as bright as I hoped, I thought I would try a darker color. The marshmallow in the second batch was a deep ocean blue. Ocean blue that is until I added the crispies…..(do not adjust your monitor)..


Umm..yeah, I’m not quite sure what color that is either. Think I can somehow dress it up with M&M’s? Would you be sad if you got this at your birthday party?

Now I have to clean the kitchen and dream of tomorrow when I can back to finishing this….



April 4, 2007 at 9:06 pm | Posted in knitting, socks | 1 Comment

Sunday evening I had my Endpaper Mitts pattern all printed out and ready to go. I had my new yarn next to me and the Italian Tubular Cast On instructions pulled up on the laptop. I re-read the pattern to make sure I had the right needles in my hand when I had one of those “DOH!” moments. The pattern has you start with smaller DPN’s and then move to the larger size a little ways into the pattern. It was then that I realized that my lovely striped socks were attached to the size 2 needles I needed! So, instead of starting the Mitts, I started cranking away at the sock. I have about 3 inches left on the foot before I can start working the toes, so it shouldn’t be long before I have one sock completed and freed up needles. I’m heading to the LYS on Friday so I can also pick up another set while I’m there. One thing I did do was figure out the tubular cast-on. The tutorial is really easy to follow and the video at the bottom of the page helps a lot too.

Thank you Vicky and Katie for the suggestions on where to learn the mattress stitch for the sweater seams. I’m nearly finished with the sleeves so I will be studying both tutorials very soon.

Sleeves anyone?

April 1, 2007 at 10:37 am | Posted in knitting | 3 Comments

This week I finished the front and back of the baby sweater and am about to start the sleeves. After the sleeves I’ll work on the neck, and then figure out how to sew it all together. (note to self: google “sewing a sweater together”) I’ve decided that since this is really a practice sweater, and I just ran out of the pastel yarn, I’m going to keep chiseling away at my scrap yarn and make the sleeves pink. This project is all about learning construction anyway, and I’ve already learned a lot. I can’t wait to see how the rest of it falls into place.

In other news, I got my yarn yesterday!


The blue and cream are for the Endpaper Mitts, and the gray and hyacinth are for the Anemoi Mittens. I also have all of the needed needles now so this evening I’m hoping to get started on the Mitts. Thanks again Daily Stitches for the link to the tubular cast-on tutorial because that’s the first thing I have to figure out to get started.

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