Thursday, July 30, 2015

Speedy Socks Friday

How fast can I crank out a pair of shorty socks???  I'm trying to find out.  This is the Rose City Roller pattern, but I used the Fish Lips Kiss heel instead of the heel in the pattern.  The yarn is some Knit Picks (Stroll maybe?) in a watermelon colorway.  Been in my stash for years.  I think it is ugly.  The picture really makes the yarn look good.  Much better than in person.  I have another skein too.

I think I have a little over two inches of foot remaining before I begin the toe on the second sock.  I want to finish by the end of the month--yikes!!  Less than 24 hours!!

August 1st I'm casting on Insouciant for Camp Loopy while on a road trip with my running buddies to Shreveport for a sprint triathlon.  Hope to get a lot of quality knitting time in!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Camp Loopy Finish

Ta-da!!  I finished my Camp Loopy July project a week early!!!  Meet Laylow (pattern by Shannon Cook) in Madelinetosh Merino Light in Mare and Kale colorways.
I really enjoyed knitting this.  Next time I will not use wooden point circs.  The yarn would catch and drag when I did the dropped stitches.  The pattern has links for the garter tab cast on and the drop stitch tutorial, which are very helpful.

Last night I took it off the needles and soaked it.  The center section was very full and would not lay flat--I was worried I had too many extra stitches somehow.  I couldn't even use the blocking wires. So, I just flattened it as best I could.  This morning it was dry and flat!  Woohoo!!

I do wish it was a little larger.  I could have knit another repeat or two.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Busy Needles Week

I've been burning it up!  I actually finished Camp Loopy 1 project on time:

Not the best picture, and it still needs to be blocked.  I broke down and bought blocking wires, so I need to give them a try this weekend.  I played yarn chicken and lost!  Completely ran out of yarn 12 stitches from the end of the cast off.  :(  That was including the bits leftover from weaving the ends.  I had to tink the bind off and a row and then knit the bind off, but it is done!

And I finished Kevin's socks!  That Paton's Kroy sock yarn--I had a knot in two of the three skeins, and of course it was on the toe.  ;(
And----I cast on Laylow in MadTosh Merino Light for Camp Loopy 2 last night.  I got the garter tab right on the second try.  I knitted the first repeat of the drop stitch pattern, but something was wrong, so I tinked back a few rows.  Will watch the video again until I get it right.
So far I really like it.  Will be a fun knit.

Have a great Fourth of July weekend!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

They sucked me in again!

You know I love a good challenge.  I'm working on my first two Row By Row kits.  I had to get one from my local quilt shop, Block Therapy.  Then Saturday I ran over to Gulfport and picked up the kit at Coastal Sew N Vac.

I made the first (top) block of the Block Therapy row, which is a lighthouse.

The Coastal row is die cut iron ons, so you would think I could do that, right?  After I finished I realized my angel fish are upside down.  It was hard for me to tell.  Pattern reference would have helped.....;)  My bad.  Hopefully, my marine biologist boyfriend will not laugh at me too much.

I'm thinking of driving to New Orleans Friday to pick up more rows at the NOLA area quilt shops.

Yep, sucked me right in!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shifting Sands Friday

Well, earlier this week I was frustrated with my progress (or lack there of) on my Camp Loopy Shifting Sands Scarf.  Just hit the halfway mark.  Project must be finished by June 30.  I whined.  I threatened to frog.  I stuffed it into the basket of things unfinished.

Then last night I was in the mood to work on it.  Took it to knit night.  Started the second skein.  Knitted when I got home.  Brought it to work for a conference call today.  There may be hope.....

Let you know next Friday if I actually finish in time.  I know you will be on the edge of your chair.  NOT!  ;)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

At least I finished something!

This charity quilt has been on the shelves for a few years.  Finally machine quilted and bound it.  I had spray basted it--will not do that again--the layers shifted while sitting on the shelf folded and I found that I had sewn the backing down with some tucks from where it had been folded.  Had to unsew and resew!  :(

Happy to get SOMETHING finished and off my list.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Needles Report Friday

Clicking along on my Camp Loopy project.  I don't think my Shifting Sands is going to be long enough--may need to order more yarn.
I've used over half the skein of yarn, but it is not much more than 15" long....It is pretty dense, maybe I should have gone up a needle size?  I like it, just concerned about the length.

I did order yarn for the July Camp Loopy project.  Not really sure what I ended up with...I asked the fabulous Julie at the Loopy Ewe to help me select two colors for Laylow shawl.  I think I will like them, but it was hard to tell on the monitor screen.

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