Saturday, December 31, 2005

A Look Ahead (or I'm starting another project)

I know that I promised photos because I know the pics are important, but I have an excuse. My battery is dead and I can't find the charger. In addition the camera software doesn't work on this computer, so I have to put them on another computer and copied them over here. Enough, I promise to post photos soon.

FOs - Completed the My Hat of Choice #2, which of course means I've started another project. I've begun We Call them Pirates in child size using Dale of Norway Baby Ull in black and white on #1 Addi turbo needle.

I'm seriously thinking of joining FLAK (Follow the Leader Aran Knitalon) hosted by Janet Szabo of the Aran Knitlist. I don't have my yarn, but I've really wanted to knit an aran sweater.

I’m In – SP7

I signed up for
SP7. I think this should be tons of fun. And since I don’t have to make anything, I should manage to meet the deadlines. I’ve already starting thinking of what fun things I can send.
Of course I won’t give myself away by revealing it here. The deadline to sign up is quickly approaching, January 4th, so sign up if you want in on
Secret Pal 7.

I’ll try to be good about regular posts and pictures of course. I revived by blog so that I could participate in SP7. My intent is to post regularly and share with others. I’m an avid reader of knitting blogs and they are a great resource.

Progress continues on my 2nd My Hat of Choice (for my Mom), in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted. I was worried that this would not get gauge of 4 sts per inch but on my #9 Denise needles I get the same gauge as I did with the Manos. (Obviously, I never bothered to swatch). I guess the Manos is a bit loftier, so it seems thicker. This is one of those hats that if I hadn’t seen it on a person, I probably wouldn’t have knitted it, but I really like it. If you are looking for a quick knit gift hat, this is the one. Thanks to SouleMama for the great pattern.

I love using free patterns. I subscribe to Interweave Knits, Rowan, and Rebecca magazine, but I’ve only made one (uncompleted) sweater from Rebecca and nothing from the others. I guess I’m one of those magazine and catalog people, who reads and looks at them even though I rarely purchase or (in the case of knitting) make anything from them.

On the subject of Rowan Magazine, I was really disappointed with the Rowan 38 and I’ve decided not to subscribe this year. I’d really like the Kid Silk Haze included in the member gift, but with the price increase, I’m just not sure I want to bother. There wasn’t anything in Rowan 38 that I liked and absolutely nothing I would ever actually think of making. I miss Louisa Harding’s patterns, but sadly I haven’t been impressed with her solo offerings.

Life has been a bit crazy with selling our house and not knowing where we plan to move (crazy, I know). At least the holidays are over. My consulting gig continues until the end of January. After that, who knows. They may extend it or not. Anyone looking to hire a Weblogic/Java/C/C++ developer?

On to purchase I ordered a skein of Rowan Calmer in light blue to make Shedir. I’m into arans and cables. Two skeins of Dale Hauk, which has Teflon in the yarn to protect against the weather.
I scored at Personal Threads Sale. Everything is 20% off. So of course I ordered stuff, the harder to find stuff that usually isn’t on sale.

Pondering about Needles

I recently decided to give Bryspun dp needles a try. And … I really like them. I still don’t care for dp needles very much (awkward, and fall off too easily). I like the points. Points are one thing that is missing from my favorite Addi Turbo circular needles. If I had Addi’s in every size, I’d still want a pointer needle for lace knitting and cables. So the needles I like are Addi circs, Aero circs (they have a pointy tip), Bryspun db (have yet to try the circs), and Denise needles. I just order a 12” Addi Turbo circular needle in size #1 for sock knitting. I don’t know if I’ll like this small circumference but I though it would make my sock knitting go faster, so I’ll give it a try. I currently use one 36” or larger circular needle for socks. (Addi or Crystal Place). I haven’t yet tried the Inox express needles. I’m unclear whether you can get a long one in a #0 or #1, the size I usually use for sock knitting. Most place online that I’ve check out don’t carry the small sizes in a long needle.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Holiday Jackpot

After previous year's requests were ignored (for yarn gift certificate), my husband gave me $100 gift certificate to Yeah! I can now feed my habit for more fiber.

I also received a couple of knitting gifts from my sister in Philly. A skein of Artfulyarns Broadway in a purple/plum colorway. It's beautiful yarn and I've already started a mutidirectional diagonal scarf. She also gifted me with "The knitting stitch bible". She must know that she'll be the recipient of more knitted gifts since she feeds my habit.

Despite swearing off making knitted gifts this year, I actually completed 3 gift hats. A My Hat of Choice by SouleMama for my sister, in a green shade of manos yarn that she selected last year.

A basic cabled cap for my daughter in Gedifra striping wool/acrylic yarn in white/pink/blue. I have yet to make the pom-pom that she requested, but I consider it finished.

For my son, Cameron's Cap, a hat with short-row ear flaps, made from the most wonderful yarn - Reynolds Odyessy in dark blue/grey shades of subtly changing stripes in merino wool. This is a yarn I've had my eye on for some time but its expensive so I hadn't purchased any. A child's hat was a good way to try it out. I'll definitely, use this yarn again.

I was sure I would run out of yarn before finishing but I had about 9 yards left over. I was so sure I would run out that I went to the LYS the day before Christmas and bought another skein. I think I'll trade it in for another color or maybe make a matching pair of mittens.

My husband expected to receive his skull cap for Christmas, but I couldn't find it. Of course I waited until Christmas eve to find it (procrastinator that I am). I made it for his birthday and he decided it was too short to cover his ears, so I ripped back and added some more rows. The only thing left is to seam the back. This hat was knitted flat due to the intarsia skull pattern on the front. I've since read about methods of intarsia in the round. I'll have to try this in the future. In the mean time, I'm still looking for his unfinished hat.

Next on my list are the We Call Them Pirates hat, out of Dale baby Ull in black and white and Girl From Auntie's Aran Cap. I'm getting great satisfaction knitting hats. I can finish them in a short time and they don't cost as much to make.