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Auld Lang Zyne January 12, 2014

Posted by haelybop in Fair Isle, Hats, Leah, Mittens, Queued Up, Socks.
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Happy 2014, one and all. Is it just me who’s completely stumped at how we are almost mid decade here?

What happened to me and my knitting last year? I got stuck in a sock rut. It started with Christmas presents for 2012. I decided to knit all my male relatives a pair of socks. That was 3 pairs all in a row. I finished the first pair in April or something. The second pair in October and the third in December of 2013. Why, when I can usually punch out a knitted object in pretty speedy time, did these socks take me so long? Well let me tell you. When I’m not knitting both socks at the same time, I really simply can’t stand sock knitting. The leg and foot part are just agonizingly slow for me. The heel and toe are really enjoyable but I usually zip through that quickly because I enjoy it. But when I finally cast off the toe of a sock, I realize I have to knit another one. I realize that I’m only half way there. And with the daunting task of knitting 3 pairs (6 socks) in a row, it made me crazy.

The end result of all 3 pairs were well received. This is the peril of knitting socks- they are so, so, SO comfortable. They make amazing gifts and I used a baby alpaca wool blend for all 3 pairs. And now I’ve gone and queued up another pair, for myself, this one with gorgeous fair isle pattern in it. Hoping this pair will be more fun for me to knit because the fair isle will make it more interesting!

I’ve been true to my word on my last post. This Fall, I’ve knit gloves, a hat, and an ear warmer, all for myself! They’ve turned out great, have a look:

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Happy knitting in 2014.

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The Queue and Thrumming January 24, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Leah, Mittens, Queued Up.
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I’m a little slow on the uptake here, but who has heard of thrumming?  Does it really make your mittens a lot warmer?  And just how hard, exactly, is it? Do you end up with a whole bunch of the unspun yarn in the mitten? Do you need to sew in a lining to the underside of the mitten? Discuss.

After a brief ravelry pattern search for mittens, I came across these adorable thrummed mittens and they are really intriguing.  Not sure where in my long queue  I can fit them in but I do believe they should go on the ‘must knit’ list.

Speaking of my queue, it’s baby all the way.  Cast on is an afghan for my home now, but once that’s done I’ll be knitting for the soon to be born little one’s.  Without giving too much away, I’m attempting my 1st fair isle pattern for one friend who is due in February, a heavily cabled garment for another friend due in April and then a little something is in the works for another close friend and fellow knitter, who is expecting in May. Other than that, I have no baby items to knit. 🙂

Until next time, keep knitting and have fun!

p.s. Did any Canadian get that reference to those old “Body Break with Hal Johnson and Johanne McLeod” commercials on local channel stations?

And a Prodigal Son Returns… January 18, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Blankets & Afghans, Leah, Queued Up, Scarves.
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Dear WordPress: I’m sorry I left you!  I’m sorry I started my own blog but grew tiresome and antsy and eventually unsatisfied with it.  Now I’d like to beg forgiveness and ask that you accept me back to us Cool Girls, who still love to knit.

Now enough grovelling.  What have I been up to?  (Knitting-wise, of course)  Here’s some random pictures from my recent FO’s:

A knitted layette for my dear friend who gave birth to a beautiful girl last May.

A lacy cowl for said friend as her Christmas present.

A “Lily of the Valley’ stitch scarf:

And with this same Sirdhar’s Mohair “Blush” yarn, a ruffle scarf:

That one’s not the best picture.  Sorry about that!

I got into this “knitting my stash” funk, and it’s something that I think every knitter goes through.  When you want to desperately to go and buy this gorgeous yarn for this gorgeous pattern, but just can’t reconcile the cost when you have a large drawer full (most of you have a lot better stash than me, I imagine) of stash that’s beckoning you to knit it.  Most of these projects were knit with my stash and while the drawer still seems full, so does my bank account.  Next up, I’ll be knitting another baby gift for another dear friend who is expecting her 2nd.  My first sweater is also in my queue, and I’ll get that cast on in the next few weeks.

Until next time, happy knitting one and all!

Socks and Fair Isle Fun April 7, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Fair Isle, Mittens, Queued Up, Socks.
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Cheryl says… When I started knitting I had absolutely NO interest in making socks, but I’ve since become quite the fanatic.  And how could I not?

Have you seen the gorgeous sock yarns out there?

Loverly.

These beauties were all taken from knitpicks.  I’ll have two in every colour, please.

My Spring Forward Socks are more or less complete (Sock #1 is 100% done, Sock #2 is well on its way). I’m not happy with the way I grafted the toe on Sock #1 but, for a first attempt, it’s OK.

Emily has started a pair of socks in the most beautiful blue yarn. I can’t wait until she finishes them. They’re going to look great!

I’m also working on a pair of Bella’s Mittens. Mitten #1 will be completed tonight. I know Emily’s said it before, but I’ll reiterate: This pattern is a dream. It knits up quickly, it’s easy to follow and the finished product is 100% amazing goodness.

For my next project, I’m going to delve into the world of fair isle knitting. I’ve dabbled in it in the past, and I’ve always loved the effect. I’m going to start with this (relatively) simple pattern.

Behold, a picture of what I will aim to make:

Although I think I will do a bit of modding. I don’t like the long ribbing at the bottom. I may just shorten it, or extend the fair isle pattern. We shall see.

The Neck, Shoulder, Chest and Belly Warmer February 24, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Finished Projects, Leah, Queued Up, Scarves.
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Leah says … Disaster averted: The scarf project is finished. Wool manufacturers breathe sigh of relief after nearing critical shortages…

Ta da! My first knitted item- a scarf- WITH FRINGE is complete. Isn’t that cool? (But it took a long time- it is 50 stitches across! Yowza!) Can I tell everyone how gleeful it was to make fringe? It’s so easy and it gives this scarf so much character. Don’t look too closely, though, or you will see my mistakes. And another gleeful moment: Binding Off. There is something very satisfying in seeing your knitted piece without knitting needles sticking through!

Next on the list is almost finished as well- the camera flash case. I just have to sew on velcro pieces for the flap, et voila. Pictures of that will be next! Also, I started but have not finished a kerchief. This is where I learned to increase stitches. It was my Oscar Night knitting project. It looks great! It is also the first time I have knit 100% cotton yarn and I really like it. Boy does that yarn really grip the aluminum needles, or what? It hangs on for dear life!

My 17 year old cousin called me GRANDMA today because of my new found love of knitting. Guess who is NOT getting a beautiful knitted piece this year for Christmas? I am a Cool Girl Who Knits!

One More For the Queue! February 11, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Patterns, Queued Up, Toys.
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Cheryl says … This one’s going to be a surprise for my boyfriend.  It’s the Sack Boy from Little Big Planet!

On the weekends, Will and I play this game nonstop.  We’ve gotten a couple of friends into it to and we’ll play in shifts until 2 or 3 in the morning. We’ve become so obsessed that once we got all the free goodies in the 1 player sections, we went out and bought another controller. Now, we’re pretty close to getting all the goodies in the 2 player sections and we’re seriously thinking about getting two more controllers so we can tackle the 4 player sections …

Yeah.

We need to get out more.

Anyway, if you’d like to have your very own sack boy, click here to download a pdf pattern.

So Excited !!! February 9, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cardigans, Emily, Pullovers, Queued Up.
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Emily says… So I was checking out raverly, looking for a good spring cardigan pattern when I stumbled upon the new issue of Interweave Knits. This is the Spring 2009 issue and it will be coming out at the end of this month. It has the sweater I am looking for in it!!! I am going to Europe in June and I was looking for a cute cardigan that I could throw over a tanktop or a tshirt and would be cute and casual. I think that the “Whisper sweater” would be amazing! And hopefully it will be a challenging pattern that would keep me occupied for a few weeks.

Also in this issue is a pattern for a zig-zag tunic that looks amazing. The thought of how much the wool would cost is a little mind-boggling, but I’m worth it, right? Maybe I need to start a little “wool fund” for all these projects 🙂 So for now, I have February 24th circled on my calender so I can remember to pick up the new magazine….woo hoo!

Love … February 9, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Pullovers, Queued Up.
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From Knitty:

Cheryl says … I am officially putting this in my knitting queue.  I’m very close to finishing my fingerless gloves and scarf.  After that, I’m going to tackle the Woodland Shawl, (already bought the yarn for it) and then maybe a poncho from Stitch and Bitch Nation.

But rest assured – I will get to this one.  It’s gorgeous.  It also has long sleeves that can be attached.

Click here for the pattern.