Pat's Knitting and Quilting
February 26 , 2007
I love this picture.....I was 2 hours old. (edit - my Mom corrected me in the comments....I was 19 hours old!) Look at my father - Doesn't he look 12?
We had a great pre-birthday trip to Portland, Maine where the boys spent most of the nights and days in the heated outdoor pool......
and I did very little knitting.....
I DID make a tentative sweater plan....will do a tiny swatch sometime today to see if it will work.
The snow is falling gently outside this morning and Connor and Cam are making my birthday cake .....a nice day!!
February 22 , 2007
I know this will be a well worn sweater - It fits just the way I like it and is my favorite color too...
Does it look suspiciously like that zippered cardi right over there on my sidebar under 2005 knitting?? Well that WAS one of my all time favorite sweaters and I lost it while on vacation less than a year after making it.....very sad !
A close up of the new and improved replacement
That leaves an opening for a sweater ( I never have more than one adult sweater going at a time).....We are heading to Maine today for a few days of R&R and I will bring my 3 ring binder filled with sweater patterns along with my sweater yarn inventory (oops go to cross off that Donegal Tweed) - I'm thinking I should lean toward spring/cotton since it seems to take me forever to complete a sweater!
February 19 , 2007
The Mystery Socks are done.....I had forgotten how quickly worsted weight socks go!
and on my VERY wide feet....
I also finished my square for the Blanket of Hope and sent it off to Rebekah, who is combining all the squares to make a blanket for Sonya's husband, Kevin. As I was knitting this, I kept thinking how pretty a whole blanket would be in this stitch with this yarn! ( Mountain Colors Bearfoot stranded with fingering cranberry wool in the slip-stitch honeycomb pattern from Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns)
In order to really use it all up, I basically have to run out of yarn while knitting or cut it very close...otherwise it stays - I can't throw it out.
Starting today it is All Tweed Sweater All the Time..... I want this done while it is still cold enough to wear it!
February 15 , 2007
And then when I was just getting some projects under control I saw this adorable flap cap pattern designed by Tammy , who blogs at So Now What , and had to make one for Dulaan. Isn't it the cutest hat? I love that nice warm flap covering the ears AND neck and it only took one evening to make!
February 12 , 2007
In addition to the spectrum socks, red hand dyed socks and Swallowtail (yes, I'm still plodding slowly on that - at least 1 row a day so I don't forget what to do) - Here are the brand new things have my attention ...
Susan's mystery socks - She is giving out part of the pattern every few days, which is so compelling to me. I took this picture yesterday - I am now finished with the heel and ready for the next installment. At 40 stitches around with worsted weight wool - they go quite quickly (Are you sure RED isn't part of Project Spectrum?)
Rebekah has started a project called Blanket of Hope for Sonya's husband. She is asking for other knitters to help her by knitting a square (actually any shape, size, color) ). I am making mine out of Mountain Colors Bearfoot and decided on a simple but beautiful slip stitch honeycomb pattern from Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
I am actually doing some quilting too - look Cindy - it's a real quilt!! These pictures show the completed machine quilting and the beginning of sewing the binding on "Paducah 9 Patch" from Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode.
WAHOO!! One more thing JUST HAPPENED as I was getting ready to post this entry*******I won the bonus prize (from the group that had knit at least a pair/month) in the SAM2 KAL . I am so excited...I feel like I just won the lottery! I get to pick any sock kit from Chrissy's online store....Gardiner Yarn Works . I have chosen the Autumn Harvest Sock Kit - Go look ....Isn't it BEAUTIFUL??? Thank you Chrissy for all the time and effort you put in to making this a fun KAL.....Now on to making socks for SAM 3!!
February 8 , 2007
Pattern: Norwegian Star Hat from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch
I made no changes to the pattern - it was perfect! Stranded colorwork hats in worsted weight yarn knit up so quickly and this one was no exception....just a few days of intermittent knitting was all it took. The hem is secured as you knit, so there is no finishing either. This hat is SO warm around the ears with the facing AND the stranded knitting ...and I love the picot edge!
I mailed off my Fun Fur hats today - I want to be sure I don't miss the Feb. 28 deadline!
February 4, 2007
As soon as I finished the mittens, I started this hat. It is " Norwegian Star" from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch. This is my 2nd hat from her book and I know there will be many more in the future.
And here is where I veer off of the grey, white, blue Project Spectrum path.... I decided that I want some "not solid" red socks and all I have in the stash is solid red sock yarn SO.....yesterday while Dave took the boys skating at the pond, I dug out my dye kit that I bought last fall from Adrian at Hello Yarn and with absolutely no experience (other than Kool Aid over dye) I went for it following her excellent directions.
I LOVE this yarn - some kind of beginner's luck because it turned out exactly as I dreamed it might be. I had 4 cups of dye (1 red, 1 red with extra water, 1 red with a bit of blue, 1 red with a bit of black). I just poured them on and squished it around and microwaved for 6 minutes!
I keep fondling it and showing it to anyone who will look.
February 1, 2007
Well this went fast!! I even got a nice sunny morning to take a picture....
Pattern: The Big Sven Sveater by Cottage Creations
1. I will finish some WIPs namely my Blue Tweed Cardigan and Gray Troubador Mittens. The sweater needs 1 1/2 sleeves and the mittens got stalled at the cuff.
2. I found the perfect stash sock yarn (Fortissima Colori Socka Color #9095) that has all 3 colors and started some plain socks last night.
3. I will make a blue and white hat (haven't decided which one yet)from Hat's On by Charlene Schurch.
4. I will make one of the Nancy Bush (KOTR or Vintage Socks) KAL socks for Feb/March in one of the spectrum colors.
anything else is gravy!