Sunday, December 30, 2007

My knitting in 2008

I don't have any knitting resolutions, really. I have ideas about all sorts of projects I want to start (and, I hope, finish!), but I won't know until the last minute which ones will actually end up on my needles.

I do have two plans, though. One is to figure out what I do with the yarn described here. (Any suggestions? I'm thinking of making a sweater or a poncho for a 12" Waldorf doll.) The other is to knit a sweater for myself--a first!

My Knitting Resolutions

I only have three resolutions (one with sub-items):

1. I'll finish the projects I begin in a timely manner.

2. I'll complete two old projects:
a. A Gypsy Shawl begun about a year and a half ago. It's knit in blues from Koigu mill ends and Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn. The knitting is complete; the ends have to be drawn through, the bottom border crocheted, and the tassels cut and added.

b. Quite a few years ago I bought seconds of Nature Spun and Nicky Epstein's White on White Afghan. All of the square are knit, but the embellishments have to be sewn on and the squares sewn together. Unfortunately, the seconds weren't from the same dye lot, so I'm also going to have to figure out the best way to arrange the squares.

3. I'm going to investigate if there is a way to put photos in a blog in the places I want them, not always at the top.

A good and (knitting) fruitful new year to you all.

Ruth S.

Friday, December 28, 2007

My Knitting Resolutions

Elizabeth, I hope I'm not stealing your thunder, but I just finished making bonus at work and I'm playing around and taking a much needed break, which brought me to our blog and made me think about your call for knitting resolutions. It's a ripe time since one of my resolutions is to change my attitude about work and enjoying my life. One of the things I enjoy is knitting and I'm going to do a lot of it in 2008. So --
  • I firmly resolve to work on the Master Knitter program.
  • I firmly resolve to finish my UFOs and begin to knit up my stash.
  • I firmly resolve to start knitting the gifts I planned to give this year so that I can give them next year.
  • I firmly resolve to make knitting a part of my EVERY day life.
  • I firmly resolve to allow the joy I feel when I knit and when I get time to spend with my Knitting Buddies to spill over into every aspect of my life.
  • I firmly resolve to live in joy.

(I also am determined to figure out how to post links and to put pictures in these things.)

Here's to a wonderful 2008 for all of us. Blessings, prosperity, love, and yarn.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Afghans 4 Afghans Part II

I snapped a couple of photos of my afghan strip, it's about 25" long and 8.5" wide. I'd planned on making this one somewhat narrower than the last one but once I start casting on and knitting; it seemed just as quick and easy to knit across 8"-9" as 5"-6"...honestly, turning the knitting while reading a book can be quite tiresome so wider = better? I do love mindless knitting while reading and these strips are proving good for my reading backlog.

An interesting point here: the bright pink strips were a tiny bit of yarn that sat in the bottom of my unspun basket for ages. I kept telling myself to toss that little bit out but it stayed there, with the thought that it might come in handy as a highlight in some sort of knitting looks pretty good in the strip.

I'm knitting these strips with my Knit Picks Harmony Wood interchangeable knitting needles. I'm trying to give these needles a run for thier money and see if they hold up well or wear out and only time will tell.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Twins' Baby Sweater

Here goes a try at a blog. As many of you saw, I knit sweaters for Kate and Adrian. The impetus was to knit Leisure Arts' Daddy's Little Girl pattern for Kate. However, in order for Adrian to have a companion sweater, I eliminated the ruffles and picked up other pattern stitches from the sweater for the bottom ribbing and collar.

By the way, for the ruffled collar, I loved the way the collar was knit separately and then attached to the body of the sweater by knitting two together--one stitch from the collar and one from the sweater body.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Afghans 4 Afghans

One of our knitting buddies has asked that we knit 45" long, garter stitch strips which she will seam together to create baby blankets. These blankets will be donated to the Afghans for Afghans project. I've already knit one strip using odd colors of Cottage Crafts yarn that has been hanging around the house for many years. 45" of garter stitch takes more yarn than I expected but such mindless knitting is a pleasure.

My next baby afghan strip is going to be knit using mainly yarns that I think of as "unspun"; yarns that are very lightly plied and have termendous loft. I have a small basket stuffed full of this yarn; it's not enough of one color for more than a small hat or pair of mittens but just perfect for this strip project. I thought you might enjoy a photo or two of the yarn prior to its being knit.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Now I Have A Question

Ok, so we all know how yarn has different weights and what that means. For instance, worsted-weight is usually labeled a "4" on the package of yarn and usually requires sizes 6-7-8 needles, or thereabouts.

The Elmore-Pisgah webstore sells A LOT more than just Peaches N' Cream yarn. Some of the stuff is to DIE for! Seriously, check out the rayon chenille. DROOL. Anyway, they also sell some other types of cotton yarn, which I think is primarily used in crochet. But the weights are listed differently. So my question is what is a size 5 cotton (or size 10)? I think they get thinner as the numbers get higher. At least it looks that way. But they have a kit where you can knit a back scrubber and a washcloth using this "size 5" cotton (I WANT IT) ! But I just don't know what the deal is with that weight number. Anyone know what this means?


Peaches N' Cream

Hey folks:

Here is the online webstore for the Peaches N' Cream yarn:

If anyone is interested in placing an order, just let me know. Cones are only $6.64!! You can get a 4-pack of the balls (in one colorway) for just $5.08. Single balls are $1.50. Still cheaper than the stores, I think.

Also, here is the site that I mentioned that had a zillion Addi Turbo needle sizes and for cheaper than I've seen anywhere else. Also free shipping!

Ha ha, I'm giving away all my knitting shopping secrets! You guys won't even need me anymore! (sniff, sniff)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I am showing Ruth how to do a link.

I'm entering the 21st Century!

Hi Everyone ~ Just testing this out. I made it through the password process. See you all tonight at B&N. I'm not working on a washcloth this evening! lw

Sunday, October 7, 2007

before everyone freaks out, i guess i'm registered as mellisande on this, despite how marsha set it up. i was messing around a while ago and set up a blog under that name. i guess google remembers. anyway, it's me, ann, mingdom, whatever.
what fun having our own blog.

i started working that lace yarn you gave me, marsha. unfortunately i discovered the pattern is entrelac, which i thought, oh, no problem, i can figure this out. i'm ending up with holes that i don't think are going to get filled in - and they are not part of the lace pattern. does anyone have a suggestion for the best book on entrelac? i'm bound and determined to do this. i think i'm just not figuring out the second step of the process.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Wallaby Issues

Well, here's* the Wonderful Wallaby on Buttons (as I refer to her in my blog) and I'm seeing that the sleeves are farrrrr too long. Hmmph. Any suggestions? I'm thinking I need to cut the knitting at the cuff, rip up and then pick up stitches and knit down in the seed stitch. I think most of you are familiar with the pattern or have at least seen me knitting it long enough to know that it's knit in the round and then the sleeves are added and it's again knit in the round up to the placket. I will need help and moral support as I do this. If y'all say I can, that is. Thoughts?

*Sorry the pics are sideways, but it either that or no pictures. If you go here, they are rotated correctly in my blog.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Hello, everyone! Here is a brand spankin' new blog for us all to share! Enjoy!