Friday, May 22, 2015

Colossal Week of Finishes for Crazy Sue!

What a week!!  I finished the graduation quilt for my darling niece, McKaela.  Just in time!

We drove to The Woodlands, TX for my IRONMAN TEXAS competition.  Yes, I am one of those crazy people!  I have been training with my running partner for over a year and was so happy to complete the race.  The race was brutal:  2.4 mile lake swim, 112 mile bike ride in the hilly/windy/hot Texas countryside, and 26.2 hot miles.  I spent SO many hours training and am looking forward to using that time now to sew and knit.  It will be nice to have my life back.  Boyfriend agrees.

And---drumroll please!!!  During the drive to Texas and my days of recovery following the race, I have finished The Little Black Shrug!  I have been working on this for the past three springs.  I really didn't understand parts of the instructions.  I think the designer wrote this pattern assuming you had several implied skills, even though this is supposed to be an easy pattern.  I would get to a point I didn't understand and throw it into the basket for another year.  I drug it along on the trip and decided to push through.

I had bought the yarn and didn't want to waste it or leave it sitting around.  And I have several outfits that really needed this shrug, like this sundress.  I am really excited it is finished and fits.  Woohoo!

Friday, May 8, 2015

TGIF Needles Report

Busy knitting week for me.  I was in Nashville for a conference -- woohoo!!  Knitting time!

I am almost finished with the right front for the Little Black Shrug.

I am up to 10" on the Boxy sweater.

And of course I started a new pair of socks:
These will be for my BF.  He has been asking when I would knit a pair for him.  The leg is K4 P2 pattern and I am determined to try the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.

What have you been up to lately??

Friday, May 1, 2015

Return of the Little Black Shrug Part 3

Yes, I am still working on this.  Third year's the charm, right?  It is supposed to be an easy pattern, but for the past two summers I have been frustrated with the instructions and put it back into the knitting basket.

So this year I have the latest set of errata and have finished the left front.  Yay me!  I have started working on the right front, so maybe this will actually happen.  Fingers crossed!

Boxy Sweater is up to 10" now.  I need to knit 16" before I start the sleeves I think.

What are you working on??

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Finish For Friday!

Woohoo!  I finished my Noro Kureyon socks last night.
I picked out a new ball of yarn, pattern and needles last night, but during my long swim this morning I decided I wanted to pull out the Little Black Shrug and see if I can finish it.  I have already knitted the back and one front.  I'll pull it out today and see where I am at on that.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Can't Believe I Did That!

What was I thinking?  I was working on my second Noro sock and was not sure about the color repeats.  I knitted about 4" of the leg, and thought I had too much of the brownish color, so I started again and cut the yarn, trying to match the tan at the beginning of the leg.  Now that I have knit more of it, I see I probably was fine to begin with.  :(  The colors don't really match that well any way.  Oh well.  I knit the heel flap last night.  I have a short trip this weekend and hope to get some serious progress made.
You can see the top part of the sock that I cut off.

Still clicking away on Boxy:  I've knit 8" so far.  Eight more inches and I think I am ready for sleeves or something.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Oh-oh! Empty Sock Needles!

I finished the first sock last night.  I am just itching to cast on the next one.  My sock bag somehow followed me to the office......  ;)

Friday, March 27, 2015

On the Needles Friday

Well, my Boxy sweater is back on track.  After many false starts, I think I've finally got it.  I kept twisting my work somehow, so I tried a suggestion on Ravelry and knitted the first four rows flat and then joined.  Woohoo!  I've knitted three inches this week.  Considering how tired I have been after work and my increased running/training schedule, that is pretty good.
I also made some progress on my Noro socks.  It had been so long since I had knitted on them I forgot what color they were!  We had a four hour webinar on EEO relations at work, so I took the sock.  I think I actually pay attention better when my hands are busy.  I finished the gusset and knitted several inches on the foot.  I have never used Noro sock yarn before.  Does it repeat?  Also, the center pull gave me another big hairball of yarn.  ;(
I do love the colors though.