Saturday, November 5, 2011


I shopped at Joann's today and bought buttons for two cardigans I knit this year. I came home and promptly lost the bag with the buttons in it. Much laundry will be done tomorrow night. The buttons will be found. The cardigans will be done and wearable.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Rip Roaring Time

Timely advice: Read the pattern ALL the way through.
Eliminate the possibility that you will cast on half the stitches you really need for the baby hat you are knitting.

Luckily, I have time before tomorrow's baby shower. I am this far on the hat tonight.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fishing (cast and recast)

This is the sweater I started knitting again last night on US Size 8 needles. This development follows me ripping out the same sweater on US Size 10 needles that would have been a 12-18 month size rather than the 6-9 month size I wanted. The yarn is Bernat Mosaic in the psychedelic colorway.

Oh, and last night's project, that hat. Did I mention that I was knitting the pattern from the bottom to top instead of top to bottom? And that I read the last paragraph of the pattern that reads "continue to increase in the manner described" until you have DOUBLE the number of stitches I now have on the needles. 3 inches worth of stitches to be ripped out...... And the shower is Saturday night.......Maybe I will just mail the hat and booties for Christmas........

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baby Hat

I started knitting a baby hat last night. The pattern is from Bernat. The yarn is Bernat Baby Stretch. It is mostly acrylic and cotton, but there is some elastic content so it will hug the baby's head. Another friend of mine is pregnant and due in December. We are having a small dinner/shower for her this weekend. Hopefully, I will be able to get this hat and maybe some matching booties finished up by then!

Monday, October 31, 2011

First of Many (early)

I have decided to try and post each day in November for NaBlaPoMo. That is short for National Blog Posting Month. I am working on three pairs of socks, a baby hat, and a Baby Surprise Jacket.

I hope the daily posting will be helpful in my knitting progress.

Monday, July 4, 2011


IMG_0049[1] by knittercny
IMG_0049[1], a photo by knittercny on Flickr.

I am working on the Slinky Ribs pullover by Wendy Bernard from the book Custom Knits. It has very interesting construction. The yarn I am using is Patons Grace (100% cotton).

Monday, June 13, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sock Attack(WIP)

I got done with the Braids Cardigan last night. It fits beautifully after I added about three inches of stitches picked up on the bottom hem. Now, it is tunic length and not waist length. Much better.

I am still exactly at the same point on the WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawlette. That project will get broken out tomorrow probably for WWKIP. I am planning on hitting the gathering at a local yarn shop!

The other WIP that really needs attention is the second sock in Knitpicks Felici sportweight in the Sticks and Stones color way. The first sock is done. The second sock is mostly knit up to the heel.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Scooby Doo Shawl

I am starting the WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawlette. I am using Dream in Color Smooshy in the Strange Harvest colorway that I bought at Finger Lakes Fibers in Watkins Glen, New York about a year and a half ago.

I have already had to rip back two times on Clue 2. It is not the pattern, just me getting used to reading through all the directions carefully.
I bought this yarn originally to make some socks, but it just wasn't going to happen. The color is very odd so I am thinking about over dyeing the finished shawlette with a tea solution to make the green a little darker and less olive toned.

Anyone have any opinions or experience with dyeing with Tea?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cardigan & Shawl

Skacel has some beautiful yarns. The Opus One Cardigan in this video highlights the color change of the yarn. As a bonus, this pattern is available as a free download at Skacel's website.

The Tahki Stacy Charles Warren Two Way Jacket by Irina Poludnenko in the white thick and thin cotton Ripple is lovely. I love the way it looks like monochromatic scribble lace. The announcer tried like heck to hint to the model to turn over the jacket so the audience could see what it would look like that way. The model did not take the hint. The pattern is going to be available in the Urban Collection book.


Two designs from the TNNA Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Show featured ruffles, but yet both were sophisticated.


The first was a dress from Louet designed by Trudy Van Stralen. The dress pattern is called Erica. As of yet, I cannot find it on Louet’s website. The yarn used was Euroflax. A small ruffle was at the lower hem. A three tiered ruffle was knit at the sleeves. The dress itself is beautiful, but what really works is that the ruffles highlight the drape of the linen based yarn.

The second design with ruffles is the Swing Crop Jacket by Andrea Babb. This design will be featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Interweave Knits. Watch the video to see how this garment moves. It’s really a beautiful spring jacket in Universal Yarns Fibra Natura Flax. It’s 100% linen so my guess is someone tried to steam the garment before it was photographed and it looks a little flat in the photos.

Highlights from the TNNA Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Shaw

I started watching the videos posted by the Yarn Group on for the TNNA Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Show. Over the new few posts, I will be highlighting designs and trends I took note of.

The two designs I really enjoyed were the Chris Blysma A Capella Wrap and the Fickle Knitter Shawl. Please note the announcer totally blew matching the description of the wrap and the actual garment on the runway. The pink shawl in the second group is the Fickle Knitter design.
I am linking to the garments below so you can find out where to get the pattern/yarn.

(pattern available at local retailers or on Patternfish)

(list of retailers for Fickle Knitter patterns. For sale in Michelle Miller's store.)