Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2007 at 8:36 pm | Posted in knitting | 1 Comment

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween today. Chris was off today so when I got home he surprised me with 2 cleaned out pumpkins ready to be carved to display for our Trick-Or-Treaters.

I did the spider..
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And Chris did the witch…
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They came out pretty well I think. Later my sister brought my niece, Sommer, over and Chris and I took her trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. She’s quite the little rock star!
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In knitting news…I finally got some lovely yarn and am halfway down the leg of the harvest swap sock. I should be at the heel by the weekend and hopefully finished by next week.
The Forest Canopy Shawl is at a pivotal point. Do I continue the repeats and make it bigger, or do I add the trim and call it a one skein wonder shoulder shawl? I’m leaning towards making it bigger but I’m at the end of the skein of yarn and my LYS is completely out of it. I’ve also not had much luck finding it for purchase online in the color I need. If anyone has a skein of Lana Grossa Meilenweit in the colorway “Stile” in their stash and want to trade or sell it..please drop me a line! I’m going give it some time and see if I can locate the yarn before I give up and add the trim.
The SotS is still on the needle, still not frogged or fixed. I’m still in limbo about it I think. Though I must say the stole has really turned out pretty. Nautical Knitter did a great job on the design, I just love the bubbles in the middle.

Again, I hope the day was fun for everyone. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next!

Vacationing at the Frog Pond

October 21, 2007 at 10:48 am | Posted in knitalong, knitting, lace | 4 Comments

I have spent so much time frogging and re-frogging projects in the last couple of weeks it’s amazing I still have anything left to blog about! Let’s make a list, shall we?

1. Forest Canopy Shawl – I enlisted the use of lifelines for this shawl but why at various points I’m able to convince myself that I can go further before putting them in, I have no idea. The pattern tells you to work until you are at 195 stitches and then start the border. I started getting really confident in my memorization of the pattern so I decided to skip a lifeline (or two) and ended up frogging back 16 rows because I somehow miscounted and lost a couple of stitches. I tried to fudge it a bit and fix it but I was unhappy with the fixes, so I ripped back to the previous lifeline 16 rows back. Then last night I think I ripped out the same 3 rows about 3 times because I kept getting distracted. Thankfully, I am back on track, very close to finishing the body of the shawl. I think I can finish and start blocking this week.

2. SotS – My stole is currently stalled at row 57. I ended up losing a stitch and am stuck debating taking it to the LYS where the owner kindly offered to help me find it..or just ripping back and restarting. I haven’t had time to make it to the LYS so it’s sitting there on the fireplace hearth staring at me and I know it’s saying “please, fix me!” OH, I’ll mention here that I decided to not use the bamboo needles for fear of breaking the fragile, laceweight yarn, and I purchased my first Addi Turbo needle. NOW I understand why when Brenda Dayne mentions her addi’s in the Cast On podcast she plays the sound effect of a light saber from Star Wars. They really are that good! I have visions of conquering the world of lace knitting..just me and my size 4 Addi-turbo.

3. Harvest Sock Swap – Even though a few people have already received their sock packages, I’m still waiting for the yarn to arrive. I’m hoping to be able to start the socks this week! Have pattern, am ready to knit!

4. Ravelry Scarf Exchange – The scarf is pretty much done. I think I can stop with the length as is. It’s over 5 feet long now so all I need to do is bind off and weave in ends. I’ve got some ideas for a few more treats so it should be in the mail soon.

In addition to those 4 projects, I’ve still got the International Christmas swap to work on, not to mention I am really hoping to make a pair of Anemoi mittens for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I think I’m beginning to feel a little bit overwhelmed with all of the knitting I want to finish before Christmas but I am trying hard not to let it discourage or slow me down. Must keep knitting!

One last thing! For all of you wordpress users out there…has anyone else had problems with highlighting or amending your widgets? All of a sudden I can’t highlight to cut and paste in my widgets. I have a few changes I want to make, including changing some of my buttons and adding to my 50 book challenge, but now I am not able to cut and paste. If anyone has a fix, please let me know.

27 rows to go

October 11, 2007 at 9:03 pm | Posted in knitalong, lace | 5 Comments

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October. It seems like yesterday it was summer and yet this weekend at Lowe’s the Christmas trees were all on display. Where on earth does the time go?

I’ve been spending a lot of my free time knitting..most notably the SotS stole. The first clue was released a week ago along with the first chart. I have to say, this is my first time working solely from a chart, and this is my first try at real lace with laceweight yarn. I’ve been plugging along and learning a lot on the way. The first thing I’ve learned is bamboo straight needles are kind of difficult to work with. The points are perfectly sanded but the needles are very grippy and I’m constantly knitting in fear of breaking the delicate yarn. I’ve also learned how awesome it would be to have one of those nifty magnetic chart readers. My husband made me one out of a Crispix box that’s working ok though. Tomorrow’s clue is about to be released and I’m not quite caught up, but I’m getting there. This is me at row 57:

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The next time I’ll try to take some better pictures of it but this gives you the gyst of how far along 57 rows is. I worked the left point first and then left it on the needles and worked the right point. It’s been fun to knit so far..I’m still really loving the lace.

The other project that I’ve been focused on over the last 2 weeks is the Forest Canopy shawl. I found a really pretty colorway in Lana Grossa fingering weight yarn and thought it would be perfect.

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I also learned the value of lifelines with both of my lace projects…they really are lifesavers!

In other knitting news…I’ve finally decided on what I’m going to make my Christmas swapee and it involved felting and the color red. I hate to give much more away just yet, but I’m happy to have a plan.

I’ll be ordering the sock yarn for the Harvest Sock Swap this weekend. I’m hoping my order will arrive sometime next week so I can get started on the sock.

I’d better get back to knitting. I was trying really hard to get the SotS stole caught up before midnight tonight because that’s when clue #2 is released. I have 2 hours and 27 rows..I can do it!

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