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WIP Wednesday – Finishing Up

This week I pulled out the blue and yellow baby blanket to finish. I decided it needed to be done before the weather gets warm since it is almost crib size and pretty warm when I am working on it. I only have one yellow row and four blue rows left, then the border. I might get it finished tonight during the hockey game (GO HAWKS!).

blue and yellow blanket 6.3.15

My shawl is coming along great. I’ve started the last section of lace, but of course each row takes quite a while to knit since every other row increases by four stitches. By the time I took the pictures tonight the sun was going down, so the first one of just the top few rows show more of the true colors than the other, but I like the look of the lace in the second pic so I added it. I am excited to finish it because it will be perfect to take with me to the movies and restaurants this summer when the AC is turned down to meat locker temperatures.

6.3.15 possum shawl good color6.3.15 possum shawl color right

The last thing I did this week was repair a sweater for a woman I work with. It was kind of tricky.I couldn’t crochet it because only a small section of stitches unraveled when a piece of the yarn broke. By using a sharp needle, I was able to “crochet” with it by basically doing a chain stitch where the single crochet needed to go, and weaving the thread through the open stitched at the bottom of the shells. The hardest part was weaving the ends as the yarn is fragile and didn’t want to go easily into the backs of the stitches so they would not be seen. I think it turned out pretty good. Hopefully Barb will agree and she’ll be able to wear her sweater again.

Barb's sweater before

You can see the edging off in this picture.

Barb's sweater after

This is the same edge after the repair.

I am thinking about my next project, since I might finish the shawl this week and will finish the baby blanket. The blanket will go in my stash closet to wait for the next baby boy to be born.

Which brings me to my MIP (Mess In Progress) that I call my stash closet. I absolutely need to clean that mess up. Somehow it got way out of control and it is making me crazy. If it rains this weekend, I just might tackle it. If you don’t hear from me next Wednesday, send in the Mounties or at least a St. Bernard with a flask of a nice red wine to rescue me.

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WIP Wednesday – In the Pink!

This week’s projects just might tickle someone pink. The pink baby blanket is finished and hopefully keeping little Shannon warm these cold spring nights.

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I really love the pattern, You can find it here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cp4.html It is called Shell’s Baby Afghan by Beverly A. Qualheim. It is especially cute in pink. Maybe that is because I have three sons so there wasn’t any pink in our laundry basket. 🙂

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The color in this picture is more true than the first picture.


After finishing the afghan, I made a couple of pink polar bear hats for the NICU unit at Central DuPage Hospital. I think they turned out really cute. This is a pattern that I’ve used before, it works up quickly and is really cute.

NICU spring challenge Pink Polar Bear 4.26.15

The only adjustment I made was on the second hat I didn’t knit the entire suggested length of 14 inches, because I didn’t want it to be as large as the pattern calls for. Here is the pattern link, and I highly suggest using the Bernat pipsqueak yarn that is as soft as a cloud and works up beautifully, http://www.yarnspirations.com/li-l-polar-bear-hat.html

NICU spring challenge Pink Polar Bear 4.29.15

Since it is late, I suspect I will take some white Bernat yarn to work tomorrow to work on another baby hat. This weekend I may start a new project. I am itching to make a lace shawl for cool summer nights, but just can’t find a pattern that is what I want. I could finish the second sock – but that can probably wait until our summer trip to see our son and daughter-in-law. The drive is about 10 hours, so it is a good time to work on socks.

I have the sweater started last year calling to be finished, but still am not happy with the sleeves the pattern calls for, and have torn them out twice already. It won’t take long to finish once I sit down and get busy figuring it out, but don’t know if this weekend will allow the time.

I guess the WIP next week will be a surprise for all of us – me included! 🙂

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Projects, lots of projects!!

What a busy, busy year and it is only October!!! I’ve been MIA from my blogs for too much of the year, but life got in the way 🙂 In May I foolishly stated I’d be back to blogging before July. Evidently, I was more confident about the number of waking hours I would have free than I actually did. In addition to our youngest son and his wive’s move we also moved our middle son into his first home and my dad from downstate to a new house really close to us. Between packing and moving and fixing things that need to be done in the three new homes, writing sort of got pushed off my plate. Hopefully I can pick up the pace he last quarter of the year 🙂 Enough  of why I haven’t been posting, on to the projects I’ve been working on between unpacking and painting.

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I finished the dragonfly socks I was working on. Love the way they turned out. (Finished them on the road to our son’s home – it is a long drive 🙂 )

The next project was small, I purchased some fresh lavender from Local Harvest (google them, really grreat stuff available) so I made a really cute little knit sachet out of left over sock yarn. I’m going to sew small sachets out of muslin, fill with the lavender and give for small Christmas gifts. I am currently working on one out of Knit Picks Stroll tonal yarn in oranges. It is left over from the leg warmers my son’s girlfriend asked me to knit for her. she picked the pattern and I just finished adding the buttons today.

Allison's leg warmers

I finished 2 baby blankets for Allison’s cousins’ babies. I found the pattern for the puppy granny square, but made it bigger, added a shell border and thing they turned out really cute. I am thinking of making a kitten one next. Maybe a fish in the future…so many possiblities. They worked up really cute and easy. I used my goto fav yarn for baby blankets, Knit Picks brava. In case you thing they have me on the payroll, I’ve looked around and the Brava yarn is the most economical to use and really works up nice.

DSC_0011 DSC_0012I finished an afghan for a woman at work whose Mother started it several years aga, but steadily forgot how to knit as dementia ravaged her. She had over 1/2 of it done, using an unusual mix of 3 strands of different types yarn used together. After completing the second strip and knitting the third strip, I crocheted them together. My co-worker was extremely happy and was going to surprise her brother with the finished blanket, for whom her mother originally started making it for.

I’ve started on a new Christmas joke vest for my middle son. The crazy snowman vest I made him a few years ago doesn’t fit anymore because he’s lost quite a bit of weight. This one isn’t quite as crazy. I’m just about to begin the pattern rows, so hopefully pictures will follow soon.

20130915_204926Courbette_first section done_adding secondFinally, here is the shawlette I am working on to test the pattern. It is working up so beautifully, I love it. I almost have the second section done, and hope to start the third this weekend.

So much for what I did this summer – how was yours?

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Whatcha Doing Wednesday #5

Knitting and Crocheting goals First Monthly Update

Weekly snipits have giving you an idea to my projects. I decided to pull in my list of goals from the first of the year to help you and mostly me remember where I am and what I have to get working on.

1) I will attempt to complete the Knitting Guild of American’s hand knit masters’s program this year. I’ve already downloaded the new instructions (they change slightly each year) and will make Monday’s blog entry an update day. Master’s Mondays will start to appear the first Monday of January. I’ve completed one swatch – #3 and have done some research to answer the questions associated with this swatch. 

Master's Swatch #3 Seed Stitch

2) I will complete the Fan Throw I began working on Jan 1 for my girlfriend’s birthday on February 1. Originally I was going to make her a shawl, but decided on a throw instead.  Done!!!Nancy's throw (1)

3) Left over projects on my 2012 goal list need to be completed. Namely the alpaca hat and buffalo mittens (which may change to a helix scarf because I would wear that way more than mittens). I would be remiss if I left off the third pair of socks that I didn’t complete last year. I have issues making things for myself. They always get pushed to the end of my lists of things to do. All three of these projects are for me, so hopefully I’ll get them done and you won’t see them on my list of goals for 2014. The mittens became the helix scarf I am working on. I like the way the bison yarn is working up. Should be done before the end of February. The  pair of socks are cast on and ready to travel with me on vacation next week 🙂 hanging buffalo

4) Two baby blankets must be completed by April for the little boy that is dueI’ve ordered the yarn for one of these blankets  and picked out the pattern that I will probably use. 

5) Assorted Christmas projects. I am not sure yet what Christmas projects I want to tackle. One will most likely be an afghan or throw for my cousin. The problem I see is I have 2 cousins so should make them each one this year. This makes the goal even a bit crazier, but what the heck, this is January and I’ve ordered the yarn for one of them already. No progress here 🙂

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Watcha doing Master’s Monday 4

This week was great progress, but not especially what I planned. Master’s Monday turned into triage Tuesday for needlework. I had to set aside the Master’s program this week because on Monday I still had 3 squares to complete on the throw for my girlfriend’s birthday on Saturday. After finishing the squares, I had to finish the fifth strip, then crochet all 5 strips together. That was completed by Wednesday night.

Thursday I started on the border, which was supposed to be six rows. I completed three of them and realized I was living on the edge if an incomplete project because I knew I didn’t have enough yarn to finish. Luckily, my knitting buddy at work mentioned this week that she had one skein of the Knit Picks Brava yarn I was using. I sent her a text and she brought her skein to work on Friday morning.

Only a few hours to work on the Swirling Fan Throw before we were meeting my girlfriend and her hubby for dinner so right after family night dinner I plunked down in my chair to complete the last 3 rows. I worked about 1/2 of row 4 and was not as happy as I wanted to be with the product. So I tore it out and tried 3 more stitches before deciding on a simple single crocheted row. I was going to add a picot edging, but decided the sc edge worked as a last row, balancing the complexity of the pattern with the simplicity of sc was enough. You can check out the pattern on Revelry – I’m writeknit there too 🙂Nancy's throw (1)

Nancy loved the throw and I am ready to begin my next project, even though I am only 1/2 done with my bison helix scarf. That project is the one I’ve been taking to work for breaks and lunch knitting, because I don’t have to pay attention to the pattern  other than remembering which of the three rows in the patter I am working on.

Christmas sock yarnStarting a new project is always fun. This one is going to be a pair of socks. We are going on vacation (my fabulous hubby is taking me on a tropical trip!!!) and I need something portable for the long plane ride. My cousin gave me a gift card that I used to get sock yarn for 2 pairs of socks. I am going to get the purple OTN this afternoon. It is Serenity from Premier Yarns and feels really nice.  It’s a washable Merino, bamboo and nylon blend. The other yarn is Heart & Sole with Aloe from Red Heart. I love the colors and will use that next.

Master’s might be on hold until after I return, but my getaway is sooo worth catching up next month 😛

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Works In Progress – 2012 into 2013

My work in progress update is kind of early this weekend. I don’t have a lot of progress so I thought I’d just get on with it.

I still have nine squares to finish for the snowflake afghan and will get on that hopefully in a week or so. I want to finish the scarf for my daughter-in-law then will go back to it. I am half way done with the scarf. Check out my progress.

Because our kids were here today, I didn’t go down to Culture Stock this week. Next week I am going back to see the progress everyone has made. While we were there last week, my cousin was talking about the washcloth I made for her daughter last Christmas. She said she loved it, and it was her favorite. How can I not add a couple more to my list of Christmas knitting? They only take a couple of hours to make, so I should not have any trouble whipping them up before the holidays.

So for Christmas I will be finishing the scarf, snowflake afghan and washcloths. I should have plenty of time as long as life doesn’t get in the way. If I have a bit of extra time (stop laughing!!) I got a really cool pattern today for knit ribbons. Some of the gifts would look pretty cool with these – but I am not sure I’ll actually have time to do these. Just the thought of tying up those cute little washcloths in a pretty homemade bow sounds like a plan. We’ll see how this best laid plan works out.

That leaves a pair of socks, the alpaca hat and buffalo mittens undone for the year. I don’t feel horribly bad because I’ve made good progress on all the other goals I’ve set.

The biggest short coming (is that an oxymoron??) is my lack of progress on The Knitting Guild of America’s Master’s Program. I’ve completed three of the swatches, but am going to do them over again because I have different yarn to use. It hasn’t even been wound yet, but will be done between Christmas and New Year’s because I have a glorious 10 days off work.

So I am now getting my 2013 list of projects ready. The Master’s program, two baby afghans (prolific parents in our circles!), shawl for my girlfriend’s birthday in March and the three leftover projects from 2012 are on the pre-list list for now 🙂 And possibly learning how to work my awesome knitting machine that I got from my mom.

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WIP Update and Looking At 2013 Projects

Here is it Monday and I didn’t post my progress last week on all the long list of to-dos I have and haven’t done.

(pic from Let’sTalkMagazine.com)

No excuses, no whining, I haven’t worked on my fall mystery shawl, which most in the group have finished. I have to concentrate to work on it and can’t with a house guest. So it can wait for another day and time. It isn’t that important for me to finish it in any specific timeline because it is just for me, not a gift.

I delivered the baby blanket to my new little neighbor’s dad. More specifically his two older sisters that were out playing while dad watched them with one eye while he tidied up his yard. The girls are adorable. Lilly is about 2 and her sister (ok, can’t remember her name, was only told it once) is about 4. The four-year-old told me she would open the gift for her new brother.

Dad told her she could hold it but not open it. It was making that poor kid nuts. She shook it, “fixed” the curly ribbon bow until one of the pieces came out and then had to surrender the box to dad. Ah, I miss having little kids around the house and am so happy they moved next door 🙂

Anyway, mission accomplished. My dance card is wide open and I am excited to start a new project. My list of projects for this year still includes that pair of socks. I made a bet with my friend that I would knit at least 3 pr of socks this year before buying more sock yarn. She said I lost because I actually did buy more sock yarn. But it was on sale… OK, I’ll accept the defeat, but it is a matter of principal that I am going to make the third pair anyway. Hope it is before the end of the year. That will remain to be seen.

I also have the alpaca hat. Also for me. I am seeing a pattern. All projects for me seem to be preempted for more important (read make something for someone else) projects.

 

Progress has been made on the snowflake afghan for my cousin for Christmas. I only have 10 – yes you are reading this correctly! – squares left to make. They are all together in strips so I just have to sew the strips together, then the edging and I will be finished. This is going to be what I work on until I finish it. Then it is knitting until the end of the year. Sort of like eating my veggies before dessert. I like veggies, but would rather just eat dessert. Crocheting is OK, but knitting is so much more relaxing to me.

Because I pretty much have my list of projects completed or queued up, I am thinking about 2013 knitting projects. I am seriously going to start the Master Knitter Program again with the nice new yarn I bought. I’ll post about it once a week to keep me rolling.

My girlfriend’s birthday is the first week in March. I am going to make her a shawl, so have been sort of looking for a pattern that will be a nice fit for her. I am totally positive I have enough yarn in my stash to make several shawls, but am reserving the right to get something new if the spirit moves me. I absolutely will NOT use cotton for the one I made my other girlfriend for her birthday. I loved the pattern but was not crazy about the yarn.

My daughter-in-law’s sister-in-law is pregnant so another baby blanket will be in the works as soon as I hear if she is having a boy or a girl.Either way I am covered with my stash. I have some absolutely yummy yarn for a baby girl. It is mostly white, with small bits of yellow, pink and blue dotting the finished fabric when it is completed. For a boy, I have some wonderfully soft Brava worsted from Knit Picks in solid blue, white and yellow. I used these colors on the last afghan that I made for my little neighbor and they complimented each other perfectly.

That leaves the rest of my year totally open for any projects I feel like casting on.

Maybe I’ll even haul out the fabulous knitting machine that was my mom’s and learn how to make something on it. The instructions are daunting, but I think it will be really fun to use once I figure it out.

That is all I know for now. Keep Calm and Knit On.

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