Wednesday, January 13, 2010

the *real* Winter games

Of course I say that with tongue in cheek! There are so many of us excited about the Vancouver games, set to begin in a few short weeks. But there are additional reasons for knitters and crocheters to be doubly anxious! The Ravelympics!

For the few weeks the Olympics are running, from lighting the torch to closing ceremonies, knitters and crocheters on the Ravelry.com site challenge themselves! It's a time to form teams, cast on patterns that we might have been too afraid to work on in the past, use yarns or techniques unfamiliar to us, all in the name of the spirit of fun and friendly competition.

I'm finally figuring out my personal goals and which teams I will commit each WIP to. I have settled on 4 teams. (only!) Team Squeee! (of the Got Friends? group on Rav), Team Sasquatch (a team for podcast fans), Team FGF (Fingerless Glove Fanatics) and Team Knitmore (of the Knitmore Girl's podcast).

My projects lined up so far ...
1- Just Enough Ruffles - for my mom, in 100purewool Chocolate Lace
2- Butterfly Capelet - for Molly, from Interweave Weekend Knits magazine
3- for the WIP category - I plan on finishing my fingerless gloves that have been languishing in my knitting bag for over a month now. They're cashmere too!
4- undecided

I could easily over-commit myself! I want to work on so many things but only having 17 days in which to cast on and hopefully finish each project by the time the closing ceremonies come to an end.

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 Craftster.org - 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 Claycord.com - a hometown blog that makes me proud to say, "Hey, I'm from there!".