Monday, November 30, 2009

What happened?

I did some knitting since Thanksgiving, but somehow I didn't have time to blog.

I finished an old test knit for Ganiggle, and one mitt of a new test knit.

I will post the pic of the old one as it is now live.

November mist
a link if you're on Ravelry

Friday, November 27, 2009

Turkey Day Vs. Knitting

Turkey day won.

I didn't get much knitting done yesterday, in fact not much time to blog either.

I did finish a stocking the day before, so I am taking a break from acrylic for a moment and trying to finish a test knit for Ganiggle.

No pictures yet.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

knitting to do list

I am busily knitting on a stocking trying to at least get to the toe, before I go take a shower.

Here is my knitting to do list:

4 ordered stockings (one finished, one almost finished two more to do)

1 scarf for Robin's shop

1 dog stocking (unofficially ordered, may need to wait)

some knitting that Sinclairchili wanted me to do for her, as she can't knit as well
as she wanted after her accident

reknit twist of elegance in more contemporary and available colors

one more Christmas hat (will knit on Sunday)

finish mitts for Mom if I have time

Oh, I suppose I should knit a stocking for my new nephew, but that is last on my to do list at the moment. He's only a week or so old, he won't mind if he doesn't have one this year.

Anything after this is gravy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Only one left to go

I finished this hat last night right before bed. Ironically the pattern is called "Jesse's Christmas hat" I am giving it to a boy named Daniel though.

Monday, November 23, 2009


I may get a pattern published. I am not sure, and can't share too much about it, so that's all I can say for the moment. Let you know if it happens.

I am one and a half hats away from finishing the great chrismas hat caper. I am in the middle of one for the oldest boy. Will post pics when it's done.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Freakin' huge fake Isle

I usually make hats that are too big for my freakin' huge noggin. This time I did the opposite.

I make the fake Isle hat

I used size 7 needles instead of 6, so it ended up HUGE! I think I am going to frog it, and do it again.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Trying to decide

I am working on a stocking today, but tomorrow I plan on working on a couple hats. Maybe a larger goomba hat in orange, and a navy blue "boyfriend" hat for the 12 yr old boy. That should complete the hats for the family we have for Christmas this year. Throw in a can of Stephen's hot chocolate and call it good, right?

I am trying to decide if I want to make the Vita cloche (previous purple hat) in pink, or grey or brownish grey, or purple again, and what beads would go with it, as I would have to order more beads. Any suggestions?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hat done, it doesn't fit of course.

I finished the hat last night. It is a beautiful hat, I love it.... It doesn't fit me! I think it has turned into a Christmas gift for my aunt who likes purple.

the designer is going to try and figure out how to make it bigger for me, but then that means I need to order new beads...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Red cabbage hat

Actually it's the Vita Cloche by Ninaknits on Ravelry. I am linking the designers photo on Flikr.

I pulled out a skein of Purple mystery, cactus flower and pearl ten from my stash, and decided I could use one of those for the hat. I then had to hunt down beads. The elusive 5/0 seed beads. Not to be found in normal stores, only online apparently.

I ordered one that I thought would work with any of the colors I mentioned. When they arrived I decided, with a little help that they would probably go best with the purple mystery malabrigo.

I wanted to take a break from stockings yesterday, so the day before I started to use my ball winder to wind up my malabrigo. I don't own a swift, so I usually use my second daughter, she is the best substitute swift, however, she was in bed. I was trying to do this task by myself, when my husband started talking to me.

I asked if he wouldn't mind helping me. He seemed to think he would do better winding, rather than holding. The only problem was, he was winding too fast for me to be an effective swift, and he suggested that maybe just laying it on the floor might be better. That didn't work. I then suggested maybe he hold, he was an even worse swift than I was. (rolling my eyes now). He thinks my ball winder is silly, and poo poos the idea of even having to wind yarn. I told him that most of the higher quality yarns don't come in a center pull skein. Some do, but not most. He still thinks they should.

When I finished winding my little cake of purple mystery malabrigo, he said it looked like cabbage yarn. The color reminded him of red cabbage...... Men!

Here is my first progress picture of the hat, I am farther now, but don't have a picture yet.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rav Contest

I couldn't decide if I wanted to share the expereince of trying to wind a ball of Malabrigo with my husband, or if I wanted to share something else. I guess I decided on the something else.

Some of you may know that I am pretty much affiliated with From Robin's Nest Yarn and Crafts. She had me when she said, "Malabrigo", then she started to get in things like Dream in Color, and Zauberball, etc. Such fun yarns. I have to say the Malabrigo has been a big hit. I have more than I ever thought I would.

I have also organized a sock and fingerless mitt club with her, now she also has me running her rav hunt in her Ravelry group. So if you are a member of Ravelry you have to come by and see the weekly rav hunt. If you are a member of her group, and you win...... you get a prize!

Back when I wasn't in charge of it, I won a prize or two. Here's the link.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

knit knit knit

I reached my goal of making two hats this weekend. I actually made 3 because I made one for Hal.

For Hal, he actually requested a seaman's cap without a lump on top like store bought hats. in black....

I think he actually liked it, he was just trying to look like a crusty ol' sailor

The two for my BIL's family are these.

an umbilical cord hat for the new baby boy that was born last week.

a goomba hat for the 2 year old. I am worried that it may be a little small, but don't really care at this point, he can wear a beanie.

I plan to make an orange goomba hat for the 4 year old, and probably either a seamnan's cap or a plain ribbed hat for the 12 year old.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Knit on my friends, Knit on!

I have been knitting for pay instead of pleasure recently. I am not sure how I feel about it. I guess it's still good, I still enjoy knitting, I just need to make sure I don't overextend myself, so that it isn't fun anymore.

I made a bunch of chunky scarves for my Hairdresser's salon, at their open house on the 7th of November. I was also hunted down for Stockings again this year.

I have finished two other stockings and have 4 more to make before Christmas.

I am also working on hats for my husband's brother's family. I have 3 left to do.

I took my friend Sherri to lunch on the 11th and made her this cowl, the day before. I think she liked it.