Sunday, November 26, 2006

Another FO

The knitting is just rolling along! I finished mom's Online Supersockes this weekend.
Hope she likes them. These will be her first wool socks as well as her first hand knit socks so I'm anxious to hear her opinions. They turned out fairly identical, which I'm very happy about. I'm usually not to fussy about having identical socks, but since they were for someone else and the pattern is very obvious, I thought it was important in this case. I used the Dutch Heel. I'm not sure I like it though. It's very narrow and I'm afraid you may be able to feel it under your heel. Again, will have to hear what the jury says.

I'm back to knitting on the mix 'n mingle kit from Knit Picks. I've made it through one full repeat of all 8 yarns. I think Shamrock is my favorite and Suri Dream my least favorite. I found on the Suri rows I added stitches because I couldn't see or feel the stitches very well, it's just too fuzzy. I've wised up and added markers to mark the double yo's so hopefully I can stay on track now. Loving the Shamrock as much as I do, I'm tempted to order some to knit these stockings. But I'm really trying not to buy any more yarn until I finish the projects I have going (afghan, cardi, kool aid socks). I should have the socks finished by Christmas since I'll have plenty of car & visiting knitting time between now and then. The cardi and afghan are going to take awhile longer.

I took time out to get some of the Christmas decorations up today. I can't believe Christmas is coming so soon! Thanksgiving was great. We had a good meal and watched Miracle on 34th Street. My mom and I went shopping at a big mall on Friday, rather than going to our local stores. Although it was a lot of fun and really great to see the different stores, it was far more crowded than if we had gone local. Thus we missed out on some deals because the lines were just too long. I ended up doing about half my shopping online (gotta love Amazon!) I still have a few gifts to buy, but Chuck and I have a shopping trip planned in a few weeks when I have some time off from work, so we should be able to wrap it up then.

Monday, November 20, 2006

CC Tunic finished!!

YEAH! And it's about time. I looked at my notes and I started this sweater Jan 21! I finished it on Nov 18. Obviously, it was an on again - off again project. But well worth it.

Here are the stats: used 14 balls of Elann Peruvian Sierra Aran in Jasper and 1 ball in Oak. I used a size US 8 needle and got 4.5 st/inch. The sweater is thick and warm. I wore it today and experienced only the very slightest itch (I did where a thin shirt underneath). Despite the fuzziness of the yarn there was almost no pilling or shedding. So far, I truly love this yarn. The color is fabulous and it looks like it will wear like steel. I liked the pattern. It was very easy to follow and the sweater fits well. But I don't think I will knit it again. It's a lot of knitting. Knitting it in one piece is great in that there is no seaming up to do at the end. But toting around the whole sweater as it grows larger and larger made me not want to work on it except on cold days.

I knit a few Christmas gifts this weekend. Just little somethings. One is so awesome (hope the recipient thinks so too), I can't wait to post the picture, but it will have to wait. Now I'm trying to finish mom's socks and my socks. Then I'm planning to work my way down the pile of UFOs. It's not too big a pile. I've got the kitchen rug, the wool-ease cardi and the awesome KnitPicks afghan. The afghan will probably take the lead since it will be nice to have it's warmth on my lap this winter.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Charity knitting

Not much to blog about lately. Vacation was a wonderful week of decompressing. I did a good bit of knitting, we did some antiquing, and mostly just relaxed.

I'm trying to get caught up on reading the huge stack of magazines that has been piling up. The current issue of Vogue Knitting mentioned the Caps to the Capital project and it struck a chord with me for some reason. So last weekend I decided to knit some hats. The first one was made with leftover Opal 6ply and made a darling, soft, warm hat. While at Joann Fabrics, I picked up a skein of Red Heart in a color called Monet (a blend of purple, teal & yellow). The hat turned out really cute, but I really hate this acrylic yarn. It has a terrible hand to it, almost feels like plastic. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I've been spoiled by using good yarns! The third hat was crocheted with Wool Ease in a tan & green color. It had more of a trendy, hip look than the others which looked like traditional baby hats. Unfortunately, I was so excited to have made these little cuties and get them on their way to some needy little kiddies, I forgot to get pictures! I realized it about half an hour after I mailed them. I hate not having pictures of my projects, especially those that are given away.

In other knitting news, I'm nearly finished with the CC Tunic. Hooray! I'm on the homestretch of the second sleeve. With any luck, perhaps a good movie and some uninterrupted knitting time, I might even finish it this weekend. I've been alternating between the tunic and the two sock projects, but no real progress to show on any of them. Till next time, I hope to have pictures of finished projects to share with you.