Sunday, December 31, 2006

quickie post - Christmas goodies

A quickie post as I'm waiting for Jon to get here so we can head to the 'rents house for our traditional NYE. First, a CIC sweater iknit in the round, top down (and now finished, I might add)

Next, because I uploaded the photos out of order, we have Jon's family, including Julie & baby due in March: (yes, I'm the nut wearing the sweater) 

We've got Elizabeth Zimmermann, a stack of used crochet books, some vintage knitting leaflets, a pencil case full of vintage knitting goodies like a gauge (it goes down to size 000, which is fab!), row counters, needles, etc. And of course, Anastasia yarn because I'm Anastacia!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Merry Christmas

Not much knitting is getting done, though I have knocked off a few pairs of towel toppers as gifts. I'm mostly just working and trying to get through the day... and waiting for the crazy hours at work to be over!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Anastacia knits

Just a quickie post... That's me knitting a CIC sweater at the family Christmas party on Sunday...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

quickie update

As always, I need to upload photos but I'm just too tired. Work has been a madhouse, but next week's schedule looks a little better. I've been just trying to get through the day -- and not much else.

My work/carry on project is still CIC mittens - I finished my third pair. I'm mainly plugging on the log cabin afghan when I am actually home, because I'm simply too tired to even think of anything else. And some days, I'm too tired to even knit - I sit with the knitting on my lap, but I just can't pick it up. Now that's tired.

But it other knitting news, I found another coworker who knits - though she's a beginner, and has only knitted scarves up til now.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

alpaca shawl photo

I finished my crocheted alpaca shawl a couple of days ago, but kept forgetting to have hubby help me with some photos. So I finally remembered, and here they are!

In other news, I think I'm down to 5 projects - I believe I mentioned this briefly yesterday (or maybe I just updated the list on the side -->). I'm down so quickly not because I've finished so many things, but because of all the frogging going on.

First, there was the fall EZ sweater -- nice, but coming out 6" too big - talk about Major error in figuring gauge &/or doing the math. Then, there were the Opal socks - I started the gusset an inch too early, so started the heel an inch too early - and so, the feet are an inch too short, even with negative ease. I could have frogged back & just reworked the foot longer, but I was sick of all my WIPs/UFOs so it was easy to frog, frog, frog.
And then there were socks that rock socks - yes, my first pair of socks that rock! Well, I was just about done the heels finally, when I decided that I had better try them on. Well, not only did I start the gusset too early, AGAIN, (can we say I guesstimated the length, instead of actually using an actual ruler??), but the width are too small. I could get them on my feet, but they were really, really tight. I think I was using 48 stitches - using size 1 needles - but my gauge was 8 sts/inch (this is the mediumweight socks that rock, so I was surprised my gauge was that tight). I know I checked my gauge several times making these socks, and I was getting 6 sts/inch every time, I swear. I debated about just finishing them & sending them off to CIC, but since this is the only STR in my stash, and the only STR that I can ever imagine owning, I wanted them for ME, thank you very much. So, a frogging they went.

Three projects frogged in such a quick time, combined with finally finishing the shawl & a couple of design projects, have helped to knock down my WIP pile considerably.

I do have some other photos to share - I have 1 pair of mittens for CIC done, and one more pair finished other than the afterthought thumbs & weaving in the ends. Other than the pair I'll knit on on work breaks, in the car, etc., that'll be it I think for the Mitten Challenge. I still have other design stuff to complete in the next couple of weeks, and sockretpal socks to finish... Christmas gifts to knit & crochet... etc. But hopefully after the holidays, I'll be able to whip off a few more pairs. I'm hoping to do what Marguerite's doing... knit nothing but mittens for CIC - you get a lot done that way!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

log cabin knitting, design socks, and Zorro

 Well, not much knitting on the log cabin afghan - as you can see, I've only added a row or two! Sad, sad.

I did however, manage to finally send off these socks to the editor of For the Love of Yarn, for their next issue on babies. So just a teaser photo...

These are my Nov's Sock a Month 2 socks - the only pair I finished all month, and just in the neck of time, too.

Next we have another teaser... Hopefully they will be in January's Mag Knits. I've attempted to email Kerrie several times over the past month, but due to problems with our modem, I don't think she got any of them. Now we have DSL, I've contacted her to see if she's still interested in them, even though I'm past the deadline. They've actually been finished for a while, but I needed to work on the pattern itself & I have been procrasting a lot.

Last but not least, we have a new Zorro photo, just taken this afternoon (and then the batteries in the camera went dead):