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Sunday, February 24, 2008

The thing about knitting

For me, a fairly new (and I consider still novice) knitter, is that if I'm trying to do a pattern that involves anything beyond your simple garter or stockinette stitch, and if I screw up that pattern somewhere, I can't really un-knit it just back to where the error occurred. I pretty much have to rip it all out and start over. The pattern I'm doing now has a repeat of k4, yo, then in the next row there's a repeat of p2tog twice,k1 and p1 in the yo stitch of the previous row. It's a pretty openwork stitch, but I made a mistake and could not for the life of me figure out how to fix it. So I ripped it out and started over. This is a scarf that I'm trying to knit with some really pretty yarn.

I'm also working on a new pair of socks, and I've started it probably 5 or 6 times because I wanted to try a pattern. I couldn't get the pattern to work out right, no matter what I did, so I tried a different pattern, and that one didn't want to work out either, so I'm back to doing the k2 p2 rib all the way down the leg of the sock instead of trying another pattern (though I really want to). I'm only slightly discouraged at this point. I think I just need to be patient, and that it will come in time and experience. My problems are partly to do with tensions of yarn-overs (too tight). If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

The good news is that I wrapped my first center pull ball of yarn by hand, and it turned out really nice. I'm learning.

I've also been hand-quilting the DWR quilt and I pieced a couple of more blocks on Delaney's Snow Puzzle. We've been dealing with a family illness the past couple of weeks, so with that and the negative progress on my knitting, I have no pictures to share this week. Maybe next one!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Finally a photo



Afternoon Tea, getting ready to go to the quilter... As you can see from it draped over my bed, it is huge. I think I measured it at 95" by 99". I went to Joann's today and found some fabrics I'll be piecing together for the backing. I was originally going to look for some more pink and brown fabric, but decided on something just a little different. I'll probably try do that on Monday, since we get the holiday off, yay!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Second set of wrist warmers

Someone asked where I found the pattern for the wrist warmers. I borrowed Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson from the library.

Here is the second set that I knitted, and yes, I'll definitely be making more of these. :)


I was moving some furniture around yesterday. The desk I moved from one room to another was lighter without the drawers. I turned around and this is what I saw...



The second photo is my new sewing desk. :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Black and White Sampler Block #2


Here's the 2nd block in my Super Second Saturdays quilt this year. I've been thinking about how I will want to finish this quilt (and I'm only the second month into it!) and considering sashing this quilt with stripes www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/1202-sashing-with-stripes.shtml.

Saturday, after piecing my newest block, I finished assembling my Afternoon Tea quilt top! It's about 94 x 99 inches. I also made another set of wrist warmers this weekend, but alas, I have no photos of either one yet - hopefully by this weekend.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A little progress on a big project

Thanks so much for your comments on my wrist warmers - I love them, and they completely serve their purpose - keeping my hands / wrists warm at work, especially since I spend most of the day at the keyboard.

Here's my latest progress on Maidens of the Seasons (finally, enough to take a new progress picture!). I took a wide shot of the whole piece, because it's just so much more ... impressive. It's like 4 projects in 1, and I've been working on it for a little over 3 years now. It really is huge, and it's only now, getting close to the end, that it's getting more difficult to work on it in hand. I'm right-handed, and I'm holding the fabric in my left as I work. I usually try to hold a little from the bottom or top if I can, and I have worked on it upside down some to reduce the strain on my left hand (it's really difficult to roll it up from the left at this point and hold all that fabric without getting a cramp).


It's game night, and I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet, whether I'll play some video games, do some quilting, or watch some tv and stitch or knit. I'm still a little tired from work, so there's just no telling how the evening will go.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Wrist warmers!

That was fast! Of course, the size of the yarn and the size of the project helped. I chose some seafoam Red Heart Soft Yarn (100% acrylic). I love them, and I think I need to make some more very soon.



Friday, February 01, 2008

February?

Holy cow, it's February already? And I can't remember much of the past couple of weeks - it's mostly a blur. I did finish my second sock. I've worked on the Snow Puzzle quilt, the Double Wedding Ring quilt, and the Afternoon Tea quilt here and there, but not enough to take new photos. I've also tried to work just a little on Maidens of the Seasons, but again, not enough to show progress. Today I stopped by the Stitchin Post and bought some more double pointed needles. I found a pattern for wrist warmers that I want to knit in a book I borrowed from the library, so I think I might start them tonight.

Hopefully work will be a little less intense this week (it's been extremely busy the last couple of weeks), and I'll be able to do more than just flop on the sofa when I get home in the afternoon. Whew, I'm SO glad it's the weekend!