Thursday, February 26, 2015

On the Road Needles Report

WooHoo!!!!  Girls road trip!  Going to Seaside, FL for the weekend with my best running buddies for the Seaside Half Marathon.  We always have a blast!  Rent a cabin, do some great shopping in Destin, run a half marathon and head on home.  Always a good time, and I'm not driving, so I get to knit!!

I decided to use a different mitt pattern for the Madelinetosh.  I like this one much better.  I did make a mistake in the pattern interpretation on the first mitt, and knit too many cable repeats.  The glove was too long, so I was going to just frog a few rows, reload the stitches on my needles and finish.  Well, never do this while the plumber is working at your house!!  I was so mad at them (long story, but they broke more than they fixed).  I couldn't figure out why it was so difficult to frog--just kept picking out stitches one at a time.  Then realized--OMG!!!  I started ripping out the cast on edge, not the cast OFF edge!!!!  Total frog.  I was so ticked.  But the good thing was that it didn't take long to reknit.  I had it figured out.  I actually reknit the pair in less than a week, mostly in the evenings. Finished mitt #2 at knitting last night.  Was cold enough to wear them on the drive to work today.
Excuse the breakfast shot--I was running late this morning.  ;)

Can't wait to start on Boxy using Wollmeise Pure in Mas Jung (I think that is the color--it is gray).

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friday Finish

WooHoo!!!  I finished the Fingerless Mitts for my boyfriend.  I used every bit of a skein of Cascade 220 Superwash--I think I had 15" left.  Whew!  That was close!  I think one of the pinky fingers has an extra row.  Note to self:  Count, don't talk!

I think he likes them.  His office is cold and he wanted to wear them to work on the computer.

Now----what to make next???  I think some mitts for me, but just the finger cuff and thumb, not individual fingers.

And here it is:  Last night I cast on some mitts with leftover Madelinetosh.  It is really cold today.  Wish I could knit faster and wear them now!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Woo Hoo!! Monday on the Design Wall

Busy weekend at Crazy Sue's, but I did manage to get this together!  I had made the string pieced units in a class last fall, but mine were a bit larger than the instructor's and she did not give good instructions (or at least they didn't make sense to me) on how to measure the setting pieces.

So I took a swag and put it together and it worked!  It lays nice and flat.  I would like to enter this in a red and white challenge at a quilt seminar next month.....I hope I can get it together fast enough.  I did decide on an applique' design for the white spaces, and maybe a border design.

I'm really just excited to get this far.  ;)

Friday, February 6, 2015

What would you do?

So last night I was knitting away on the second fingerless mitt and saw a hole!!!!  Can you see it, in the upper right?  When I was knitting, there was a bad spot in the yarn (one of the plies had broken) but I was tired and didn't think it would matter.  Last night reality smacked me in the face! RATS!!

The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash.  Can I mend that place on the back side?  Should I just suck it up and tink, break the yarn on the side of the hand so it doesn't show as much and re-knit??

What would you do?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Needles Report

We have mitt #1!!!
I found a you tube video on knitting the fingers which really helped make sense of the directions.  I have one half row on the ring finger that somehow I turned around and ended up with purl stitches, but it is on the palm side and you won't see it.  He tried it on last night and it fits.  Yay!!  The yarn is more blue than the picture represents.  I cast on mitt #2 last night.  It should go much faster than the first one.

This was my first time to knit fingers, and I was a little confused and intimidated about knitting them, but after the video I realized the instructions were fine and it was just me who needed a little nudging.
I really wish I could stay home and knit tonight, but we are going to a retirement party for a coworker.  Maybe I can knit on the way there.  ;)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sick Day Sewing

Well, I thought I was coming down with my boyfriend's cold, so I stayed home from work yesterday.  I soaked in a steaming tub and got dressed and actually felt ok.  SEW DAY!!!  I had the best sew day I have had in a while.

I am trying to catch up on a guild project, a "Grow Your Own" round robin.  Instead of working on other people's quilts, you work on your own quilt.  I chose to use the big pile of 1930s repro fabrics I had in my stash.  Each month you are given a different border assignment.  I finished the star blocks for border #2:
And assembled the star border:
Border #3 was easy.  It was supposed to be rectangles on 2 sides:
And I even had enough time to start Border #4 (the current border).  I had enough pre-made stem in my box to make a vine around the entire quilt.  I basted in and will applique' flowers and leaves.  I kinda free-form pinned the vine, so I hope it doesn't look sloppy.  I am hoping the applique will hide my crooked vine.
I think I really needed a good sew day!  I feel so much better today!

Friday, January 23, 2015

On the Needles Friday

TGIF!  I have several knitting projects going at once, as usual.

I'm working the crown decreases with this Monster hat, in Noro Kureyon.  I have never used Noro before, and I am enjoying the color changes.  I keep a knitting project in my desk for conference calls and brain breaks.

Current sock in progress is also Noro.  It was half price at The French Knot in Diamondhead.  Score!  I like the colors, but I am worried about the thick and thin spots in the sock.  I hope the thin places will not break during normal wear.

Fingerless mitts for Kevin.  I have knitted the thumb, and am ready to start the fingers.  I was a little puzzled, so I stopped before I knitted myself into a hair ball.  Yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash.