Thursday, January 29, 2009

Two more projects done!

I've just finished 2 more projects from my list, I'm so glad they are done! The first one is the yellow baby blanket, I wanted to finish it this week so I could give it as a baby shower gift (among other things) to my son's fiancee for our granddaughter:

I'm also done with the Mystery Stole 4, aka: Serendipity, it's a big relief to have this one done, I had a lot of problems with joining the 2 halves, just couldn't do it the way it was explained so I finally did the Kitchener stitch, if you look really close you can see where it was joined but I figure if you can see it you're too close! This is not the best of pictures and there is some beads in matte gold but you can't really see them.

I'm still working on the "Two Dozen Rosebuds and Sweetheart scarf" I'm done with the first half and I started on the second half, its supposed to have a whole bunch of garter stitch rows in the middle but I thought I would try and just start knitting the chart again, looks good to me.

So, now I have to decide what else I'm going to finish from my UFO list or if I'm going to start on something new?!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A new sweater & a new project

I knitted a baby sweater last week, it's a 5-hour sweater which took me about 6 1/2 hours. I used worsted weight yarn and size 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) needles.
It's a pretty easy pattern to follow, I changed the end of the sleeves, I didn't like the way the regular ribbing looked so I matched the bottom of the sweater, I also added an I-cord to tie in front, I think it looks good.

I also started a new project, it will be a scarf, it's called "Two Dozen Rosebuds and Sweetheart scarf", (thank you Iris) I'm using garner color, laceweight yarn, if you look closely you can see hearts and little rosebuds. It took me 3 tries! I tried fingering weight and that was too big then I tried laceweight and that was too small, then I added 1 repeat width wise and it's turning out just right!

Regarding my New Year's resolution, I also finished my mystery 4 stole, it's blocking right now so hopefully I'll have a picture soon. I'm also working on the yellow baby blanket every morning, it's easy to work on and I don't have to finish a row if I have to put it away quickly. I'm also thinking of canceling a stole I've been working on, seems like a lot of work and I don't particularly like the project, we'll see.

It's been cold around here and we've been getting a fair amount of snow, I have to say that I really do enjoy walking outside this time of year, it's so nice and peaceful.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Busy week!

Well I've had a busy week, I finished 2 of my eleven projects, only 9 to go! I finished Andy's slippers today and he's already wearing them.

and I finished and dyed my 2008 calendar scarf this is the before:

and this is the after:

I really like the way that turned out, exactly the color I wanted, might be too bright for some but I love it! and yes it's as bright as it looks :)

This week I'll be working on Mystery 4 stole, that's almost done, and on the yellow baby blanket, hopefully that's done by next Sunday. I have to get started on Andy's pj's.

I also have to take care of some company business, I also have quite a few errands to run so it'll be another busy week!

We're supposed to have a really cold spell later on this week so I guess I'll have a lot of time to knit.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My knitting and life goals for 2009

I have quite a few projects on the needles and I'm really going to try and finish them before I start anything new (yeah, right!) I also want to knit from my stash before buying any new yarn (yeah, right!) but I will try, so here goes.


First of all I have to finish the following:
1. green lacy cardigan (65% done)
2. Kioto sweater (25% done)
3. 3 scarves (different stages)
4. Mystery stole 4 (95% done)
5. 2008 Swedish Calendar scarf (90% done)
6. St. Brigid sweater (25% done)
7. slippers for Andy (50% done)
8. Casablanca (75% done)
9. blue baby blanket
10. yellow baby blanket
11. and any other one I might find in my craft room ;)

I'm kind of dedicating the month of January to finish a lot of this knitting, no pressure. And I have a gazillion projects I'd like to do :) I'd like to do some sewing too, I made myself a couple pairs of pj's and I bought fabric to make one for Andy, I also want to make myself a few tops for the summer. All this should keep me out of trouble, lol!

Regarding my surgery, everything is healing really well, by this time next year it will be hard to see any scars, which does not bother me in the least! The operation has given me the incentive I needed and I really want to lose 20 pounds, not an easy feat since the only exercise I can do is walking, but I will give it my best shot.