Monday, July 28, 2008

Getting ready for August

I have two projects waiting for the Ravelympics to start. I cast on for a lovely bag designed by Ganiggle, to use some yarn that I inherited from my grandmother. The color really isn't me, but it felt to special not to use, and I felt it wanted to be a cabled bag.

It has a lovely celtic cable in the middle and some mesh pannels on the sides. I doubled the yarn (I think it is dk weight) and am using a slightly larger needle than suggested, I think it makes it ok, maybe not quite as tightly knit as the original. I think I will line it, so that a contrasting color shows through the mesh panels.

Almost done, then I think I will be test knitting another pair of mitts in August, then the ravelympics.

Oh, I did make a pair of children's sized mitts for one of my neighbor's daughters, I should make a pair of mitts for the older one too.

So much to do!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I did finally finish the merletto mitts. I have no idea why a veteran knitter like myself would be stumped with this pattern. They are cute, but I now hate them. I took a picture and put them in the Christmas grab box for the kids to choose their teachers' Christmas gifts later this year.

And I don't think I will ever make them again.....
I purchased this book, a while ago, because the gloves on the front were so cute.

Now I hear that they are offering one of the patterns as a free down load if you make a pair for someone in need.

Monday, July 21, 2008


I havent' fixed those merletto mitts yet. I did finish the fuzzy no hair chemo cap, but discovered that it was probably too small, so I frogged it which isn't easy to do with fun fur. I started over, was half way up the body of the hat when I dropped a stitch, you can't pick up a stitch in fun fur, I had to frog again, and start over. I finally finished, now I worry that it may be too big, as it fits my head. I have a huge head.....

I think I will make another in the small version, maybe two. She can keep whatever fits her and donate the rest to the cancer center, or let her daughters wear them.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Slow knitting

I tried to finish up my merletto mitts. I went an extra repeat on the pattern, so the second glove is bigger. I am going to have to go pluck and frog it to the right size. Not really looking forward to it. They are pretty gloves, but I am not find of the pattern. They are going in my grab box for teacher's gifts. I am making a box for the kids to grab a Christmas gift for their teachers this year. I figure I need to make anywhere from 6-12 mitts. I have 3 pair in it already, I believe.

I started on a chemo cap made from funfur for my neighbor. I feel like I am knitting a wig.

My mitt pattern is fun to watch on Ravelry. I have sold 3 copies already. 19 people have marked it as a favorite (people I don't know), and it is in 8 queues to knit. Very exciting for me. I still have two more designs floating in my head. Hopefully I will get to them sometime.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Putting a pattern for sale

I am officially putting my Nordic snowflake mitt pattern on Ravelry for sale.

wow! What a step for me!


buy now

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I finished something!

It seems I keep casting on, and not finishing too much. I did finish two projects on the 4th of July, which gave me some joy, but other than that, it's been too hot to seriously finish anything, but I guess not to start thing.

So instead of going to a movie yesterday, because i didn't want to leave the kids unattended in the furnace we call a house, I stayed home and finished these
kermitts done

My goal is to make a bunch of fingerless mitts and put them in a box or something, and the kids can pick and choose them for Christmas gifts for their teachers this next year. I think it will very unlikely that we will have any male teachers (since there is only one in 5th grade, and i won't have a 5th grader) and I only suggest a gift for the core teacher in middle school. However, there will be 3 preschool teachers, and the teacher's aides so I figure I need 9-12 pairs of mitts.

So far, I think I have 2 pair, maybe 3.

I am putting these in that box as well as the two toned cabled ones I tested for Knitasaur.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

4th of July lazyness

I decided we would just have a lazy day at home. We didn't drag the kids out to the infatables at the park, we didn't go to any sales, no fun-runs. I sat around and knitted. I finished two projects though.

This hat
chemo pi hat
I went with the green button. I was going to put two dragonflies on, but they didn't look as great as I wanted.

And this summery lace scarf for my mother's birthday.

It's made with Bernat Soy yarn, that I got from Karma Yarn Swap. I hope she likes it. What you do with a scarf in the dead heat of summer I don't know, but it's pretty.

I also started a pair of fingerless mitts for a knit a long. I think I am going to make as many fingerless mitts as I can before Christmas, then the kids can choose from them as gifts for their teachers.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Parasite Pals?

I had never heard of it before, but someone was making DPN (double pointed needle) work in progress holders out of the pencil toppers This started into a discussion on stuff at Archie McPhee's

I am not sure where these weird things originated, but there is a personality test

Zzeezz the Bed Bug
Which P arasite Pal Are You? Take The Quiz.

what all this has to do with knitting, I don't know.... Ok back to it, I guess.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Yarny stuff

I am down to finishing the chemo hat for my neighbor. I am trying to decide on a decorative button


I had originally thought the dragonfly, but am leaning toward the big green one.