i’m halfway through my blanket! it’s big enough to cover my lap as i knit, and it is so warm. which has been needed, because spring is a long way away for us.
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i didn’t make the “major progress” i was hoping to make on my blanket during my break from school last month. in fact, i don’t think i touched it at all until the last weekend of the break, when i madly knit a whole skein in one night. only 15-1/2 (of 22) skeins to go. hopefully it’ll be done by the start of next winter.
this is my last week of class for the semester. all i have left is to prepare a 4 minute oral presentation for class on friday and then i’m done for about a month! still not sure what the subject of my presentation is… eeeks.
i have been sneaking in some making and knitting here and there, i just haven’t had the time to prepare any posts. i hope to make major progress on my latest blanket over the next few weeks. there’s a nice long backlog of movies i want to watch…
i’ve managed to make a some progress on my new blanket! and no mistakes so far! but will admit that it took a 6 attempts to really get going… 1-1/2 skeins down, 20-1/2 to go!
i started a new knitting project: purl’s double seed stitch blanket. i wanted to knit it after i finished my super easy lap blanket, but the cost of the super soft merino was crazy. i spent a lot of time trying to find a cheaper alternative, but i couldn’t find enough skeins of the correct weight in a color i liked. and then a trip i thought i was going to take was canceled. so i decided to use the money allocated to the hotel and use it for yarn. and now i’m knitting a very expensive blanket.
i’m working on the “throw” size, which is 60×60 inches. only 58-1/2 inches to go!
i’m on color number 5 on my blanket. some days i feel like i’ve frogged more rows than i’ve added. and being that spring weather is long ways off (it was 7 degrees yesterday morning), hibernating under a blanket and knitting late in the evening is still very appealing.
i’ve picked up my knitting needles again, and i’m knitting whit’s knits super easy lap blanket. and it’s for me, for my lap (i swapped out the hot pink for orange). i started this weekend, and hope to finish before the end of february. that’s the plan for the month (along with taking photos of tulips but not much else). postings may be brief and sporadic until the winter blahs go away.
i spent most of august madly knitting the baby blanket pictured above, hoping i would finish it before my sister’s august 30th due date.* knitting confounds me: it takes me at least 10 attempts to get started, but eventually i figure it out and i’m usually ok after the tumultuous beginning. still, i made a few mistakes here and there: too many stitches, too few stitches… and i’d procrastinate for weeks before figuring out how to fix the bigger messes… thankfully, you can’t really see my mistakes once i finally forged forward. the pattern is whit’s knits: chevron baby blanket from the purl bee, and it’s pretty easy for a novice knitter (especially if you’re not prone to numerous false starts like me!).
* i delivered the blanket on august 28th, and my sister delivered her baby on monday night (9/10): i am an aunt to a niece!
i’m picking up my needles after a long break for women’s history month.
when anna posted about the neck gator she knit for her husband, my neck had serious gator envy. i needed one for myself. over the weekend i abandoned my to-do list and i opened a bottle of cheap red wine, popped buffy the vampire slayer into the dvd player, and knit.
and now my neck is toasty warm.
i finally finished knitting my pillow cover! i think i started some time in october. i just knit a long rectangle in stockinette, bungled some button holes for the wonderful handmade buttons marian (florcita) sent me from the netherlands, and lastly, sewed up the sides. since i didn’t want tight little stitches i knew the pillow within would show through the larger stitches, so i bought some rit dye in tangerine and brushed the pillow with it so it’s orange underneath. all in all, it’s pretty amateurish and full of imperfections, but it’s done, and it’s exactly how i hoped it would turn out. and that’s all that matters.
thank you for all of the great cold-busting tips! my sick-ick was enough to be annoying, but not the ass-kicker i was fearing. it was just enough to make me to slow down, rest, and get to my knitting. here’s where i stand:
my sweater: yeah, this is the one i was going to finish by the end of last january. i was about 90% done, and i decided to start over. at this rate, i might be done at the end of next january.
my skirt: this one was easy to take with me while traveling. i made quite a bit of progress during my flights. but the needles are oh-so-tiny, and what i’ve done up to this point wouldn’t even cover my butt. and it’s supposed to be ankle-length. i should be done by spring 2010. or 2011.
my pillow cover! anna suggested i knit a pillow with my yummy orange yarn. i thought it was a great idea! anna sent me some patterns, but i decided to just start knitting. my original thought was to just do a simple stockinette, and that is what i’ve decided to do, only i like the “wrong” side better. it highlights the texture of the yarn. not sure how i’m going to finish it yet… maybe buttons?
and… the winner of the wires t is comment #8, nikki! thank you again for all of the comments. it’s fun to see old friends and meet new ones… i hope to get back onto a regular blog reading schedule soon…
i bought this amazing orange skein of yarn last spring (from briar rose fibers). i’m itching to knit something… something i can wear indoors, so it can’t be a scarf or hat. i’m thinking maybe a cowl? this pattern from copycat looks good. or maybe an oversize scarf, that’s almost a shawl? i’m open to suggestions. i have 250 yards to work with. have any great ideas/patterns?
a couple of weeks ago i had a yard sale, and jenn and cynthia brought over some stuff to sell. i bought a brown 100% wool sweater from jenn and felted it in the wash that night. and as the washer spun, i drew up plans for a cozy (a sweater!) for my iphone.
and really, there wasn’t much to plan: cut 2 pieces, about 1/4th of an inch wider than the iphone on the right/left/bottom edges. find a button. cut a strip from a felted grey cardigan for the top. do a little decorative embroidery. figure out how to put it all together.
i first wanted to do the embroidery stitches in orange, but found that i liked chartreuse much better against the brown.
the wood button was in my button jar, it’s nothing special — i remember buying it at joann’s fabric.
the biggest decision was how to stitch it together: use a sewing machine? wing it and just stitch? blanket stitch? in the end, i decided to try blanket stitch. i didn’t want the stitching to a focus point, so i used regular thread instead of floss, and then i mussed around a bit with surface to hide it even more after i was done.
and now my iphone has a sweater for fall!