Saturday, January 9, 2010

better late ... than never! Hello 2010!

Happy new year to my fellow knitters, noshers, natters, tatters, and passers-by! So far, it's been a full schedule, with only a few bumps in the road. (non knit-wise, mostly) Ohh our new year's day started out with a bang. Or perhaps better described as a "blow out" ... aka a flat tire. And now suddenly, both cars suddenly need fuel filters and other TLC laid on 'em fast. This cold weather is heck on cars! But on to much better stuff! Lets talk WIPs, shall we?

I'd love to know what you're up to! Have you started new projects, or are you working on UFOs from 2009? Have you figured out what your projects will be for the Ravelympics? Are you crazy enough to have plans for 2010 holiday season gifts?! (I admit, I do!) Drop me a note! I love the lurve :)

First up for me, even before the ball dropped in Times Square, I cast on a sock! It's my own design - my way of learning what I like, what I don't and trying to make sock knitting un-monotonous.
it's Socks That Rock fingering weight
I have a feeling that it's partner will be Miss Babs fingering weight, Yet, in a delicious light turquoise ... It's goooorgeous!

Continued from 2009, my Damson. Le sigh, she hates me. But, more on that later ...

Beginning tomorrow, Darcy over at Knotty Knitter, hooked a few of us on a beautiful shawl called Simple Things by Heather @ Rainy Day Goods. I just adore Heather's patterns and knit style so I am really excited to cast on for this knit-a-long!

Darcy's FO! yummy!

I'm also taking part in a Spring Swap with the Got Friends group on Ravelry. It's a fun group to stay in touch with and add to your personal "friends" collection on Rav. Details are still coming in - we haven't been paired up yet but, it's going to be a bit different in that we will be swapping not just yarn but other goodies too!

For the Ravelympics, I still have to choose my projects to work on from the lighting of the Winter Games torch in Vancouver, thru the closing ceremonies. I'm thinking gloves, and possibly Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket. I'm on Team FGF and Team Knitmore! *Join us!*

But, also on my plate, I want to cast on EZ's Tomten! Yep it's a lot like the BSJ, but the Tomten has a hood. I am thinking of either starting a KAL group for it on Ravelry, or maybe I'll just drag a few of my local favorite knitters into the WIP with me!

Adult Tomten Jacket

The Tomten and Baby Surprise Jackets can both be adapted to adult sizes. I'm going to start with Molly sized first, however :)

Also lined up for my 2010 knitting will be, finishing 10 knitting projects in the year (I did 21 in '09 so, that shouldn't be a problem), joining in a dishcloth KAL, and learning how to make fun, funky hats using yarn for kid chemo patients at Children's Hospital in DC.

It's going to be a rewarding year as far as knitting goes. I hope you join us! xoxo

Thursday, January 7, 2010

this space for rent

I've got so many things to say, but it's way too late! See you tomorrow ;) Promise! xoxo

Saturday, December 26, 2009

merry knit-mas!

Happy holidays and merry new year, everyone!

A few last minute knit gifts, hot off my needles ... literally!

The "Easy & Elegant Garter Stitch Tie" from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders
The yarn? Claudia's Hand Painted Yarns - Chocolate Cherry

From - a Fingerstache!

The 'stache way a really fast knit, and even more fun to play with!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Go Go Concord PD!

See the story that goes along with this photo at - a hometown blog that makes me proud to say, "Hey, I'm from there!".

Friday, December 18, 2009

keep your hat on!

Hurrah for hats! I recently polished off the finishing touches on hubby's "holiday gift". A Topi hat made with Cascade 220 *not super wash* wool yarn, in a wonderful gray color.

Topi is a top-down knit. The CO that worked for me was casting on 10 stitches and beginning at row 3. Doing so did create a small hole at the top, but that was easily stitched closed after binding off.

For the brim, I used a piece of card board to work out the best shape and fit. The actual plastic used was taken from one of hubby's old ACU hats and trimmed down. A quick stitch up, and done!
In progress - checking for head coverage
posing with baby girl (who was wearing a hankie that day! LOL)
top of the Topi ... the hole was stitched closed upon finishing
getting the brim just right!
Voila! The happy knitter with her FO!
This was a fun knit! I am definitely going to be making more Topi hats!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

silly quiz - What Kind of Sweater Are You?

You Are an Argyle Sweater

You are contemplative, brainy, and serious.

You don't take much lightly - life is too important for that.

You are a very determined person. You don't let anything stand in your way.

You think out your actions and act deliberately. You don't waste time, money, or resources.