Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Nautilus Hat Redux...

Call it my stubborn Leo pride....I just can't let go of that hat. You know, the one from January. http://queendbw.blogspot.com/2008/01/sigh-hat.html I'm compelled to finish it. And thanks to my good friend Nik, nikknits.blogspot.com I can.

Nik had a post last week about Magic Loop with a handy-dandy video!!!! http://youtube.com/watch?v=BtBSmxGomPk&feature=related

Tonite, I'm frogging the hat and tomorrow we begin again....


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Random thoughts about knitting

I am so excited!! I learned a new skill yesterday, thanks to Knitty Gritty. I can now do double-knitting (so that things are reversible)...YAY ME!!!!

I have also made a test swatch of my next project. I will make the ribbed cable pullover from the Holiday issue of Interweave Knits. This is my most ambitious project yet, so wish me luck.

Also, if you could please take a minute and sign this petition, I'd really appreciate it: http://www.petitiononline.com/1234lulu/petition.html

The first knitting show I'd ever seen, Knitty Gritty (on DIY network) has been out of production for quite a while and we're trying to convince them to produce new episodes.

Thanks and have a Happy Easter!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Spring Cleaning

...is my most favorite chore of all (NOT!!) Nevertheless, it must be done. I went through the kids clothes, toys and closets. We'll be making a drop at the Goodwill shortly. Best of all, though, I found a box of yarn (doesn't that sound pathetic) in my closet. Now to explain, we've been in NC for almost two years, but I still had about four boxes in my closet that I'd never unpacked. Three of them were full of books and the last was full of crafting stuff!! YAY ME!!! Now I get to catalog and assign projects for each (cause you KNOW I don't remember what I bought them for...LOL).

We were going to do some yardwork today too. But hubby had a meeting this am and barely beat the rain...maybe tomorrow.
I'm SO glad we're finally letting go of winter!!!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Neckwarmer Button

I have had several people ask me about the button. I love it too!!! I got it from This & That. It's my LYS here in Greensboro, located on Cornwallis Drive.

This button is listed as "#465 Wood Toggle E3028". But they have lots of great ones...I'll be going back, so don't clean them out!!!


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Neckwarmer is done!!

I finished it! I love it!! I almost don't want to give it to my friend!! Thank you, Stacey, the pattern was a breeze; worked up really quickly. And the blocking was nothing to fear, either. Here's a pic of it:

I REALLY like the button!!! Here's a closer look at it:

I would post a pic of me wearing it, but I'm already in my bed clothes and nobody but the hubby should have to see that...LOL!!!! This will definitely be my go-to pattern for when I need a gift in a hurry. I see that some of my stash will be disappearing too!!
Now if I can just decide what to make for Luci's baby girl...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My visitor...

I planned to finish the neckwarmer last night, but I got a visit from Madame Migraine. Sadly, we go waaaaay back. Thankfully, she doesn't visit nearly as often as she used to do.

So, I'll be finishing up tonite, while I watch Idol :D

This project will be another first for me...I've never blocked anything before. All of the larger bags I made were felted, so no blocking required. Thankfully, I have the internet (namely, Ravelry.com) at my disposal.

I'll share the final result tomorrow....


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Quick and Sweet

I started my next project last night. It's actually one of Virtous' faves...the Cashmere neckwarmer. I'm making mine for a friend. It's light green and I'm using Iceland by Crystal Palace (the color is called Seafoam). It's moving very quickly. I'm a little over half done and I've been babysitting. In addition to my two, I've got two of my nieces over. I love them dearly, but it reaffirms that I don't want anymore kids!! ;D

Here are some pix of my work in progress....

On another note, I've introduced the hubby to the joys of fiber. I was explaining to him that since I've started knitting, I've discovered how tactile I am. We were talking about my next projects (yes, plural) last night and he was wondering why I was so excited about certain yarns. So we did a mini fiber lab. I let him feel about four different grades of yarn from my stash. He got it!!!!! His fave was the Noro (my man's got good taste!!!). I also started planting seeds for my stash...... Maybe I'll have some cashmere down the line!! :D

Hopefully, I'll finish the neckwarmer today and block it. My next project will be my co-worker's baby gift...as soon as I decide what that will be.

Till next time,


Sunday, March 2, 2008

I was wrong!

My co-worker is having a girl. Don't know why, but I would've bet money she was having a boy. Either way, I get to make some baby knits!!!! So far, I've been looking at a REALLY cute cardigan and hat set. I've also seen a couple of cute bibs and blankets. And there was one cute diaper cover pattern too!!!! Decisions, decisions, decisions.....

I also planned to make another girlfriend something for her birthday (it was in February too....). I'm leaning toward slippers or a shawl....any suggestions?

Peace and blessings.