Monday, November 28, 2005

Peaceful Palms update

I've been a slacker on this KAL. Hubby requested Fingerless Gloves in a bright cotton yarn. So first, I had to finish Little Man's Placket Pullover Sweater. Then my size 5 DPNS were tied up with Little Man's Mittens so I had to finish those, too. But wait! Pumpkin Girl requested Mittens after seeing Little Man model his mittens. So now, DPNS are being used on Pumpkin Girl's Mittens.

I finally convinced Hubby that cotton is no-good for Fingerless Gloves because it will stretch out. He wants me to knit from the stash. So I found enough leftovers from Little Man's Mittens. Enough procrastination. I finally cast on last night and ended up using Addi #5 circulars. I just finished 3" of cuff.

Bear: "I hope she's not making me wear that tube.
Should I make a run for it?"

Bear: "Whew! I'm in the clear."

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Irish Hiking Scarf

Overall, our trip to PGH was successful. I got some knitting done. This will be a Christmas gift for FIL. It is safe to post a picture of the FO because they don't read my blog. Hubby picked out the yarn and the color. Unfortunately, grey is a difficult to capture in pictures. Trust me the cables are there.

For my first major cable project, it is a success. Not only did I learn how to knit cables, a few rows into the project I tried knitting without a cable needle. It goes so much faster. I love cables!!!

Irish Hiking Scarf
Pattern: Hello Yarn
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Dark Grey
Needles: Addi Circular in US 8
(November 05 - 26, 2005)

P.S. - Hubby loves the scarf. He wants one in Red.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Black Friday

We braved the weather (high of 25 Celsius) and drove by my old neighborhood. Although it was sad to find out that one of our old favorites Sichuan House has closed. It was great to stumble upon Pittsburgh Knit & Bead. The very gracious owner greeted me at the door. It was overwhelming (since I don't frequent a LYS). Twice they offered to wind up the yarns into balls. But since Hubby and sleeping kids were waiting in the car, I declined the service.

Here's what I snagged.

Noro Cash Iroha #22
Destined to be Hand/Wrist Warmer from LMKG

Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Red
Possibly for another Branching Out

Ebay is great! I had to show you what arrived on Wednesday night while we were packing for our trip.

Noro Kureyon #95 and #153(?)
Destined for Pumpkin Girl's Scarf from LMKG

If my experience with Noro is successful, I have my heart set on Klaralund.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

We're off to see the wizard

the wonderful Wizard of Oz. We leave tomorrow bright and early for ...

Here's a better picture ...

I have some small projects to work on during the trip. The kids (including Mr. Bear) are looking forward to seeing snow. I may get to visit a LYS in my old digs at Squirrel Hill. Can you guess where we're headed???

Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Psst Sandy ... over here!

I keep reading about second sock syndrome. Is there such a thing as second mitt syndrome? I've been dragging my needles on this. However, since we're heading to colder weather for Turkey Day, he'll need his mittens ASAP.

The requests are coming in ... Pumpkin Girl wants green ones to match her new winter jacket and Hubby keeps saying "Where are my driving mitts?!?" I hope to make some Wrist Warmers for me if I can snag some Cash Iroha.

The matching cap was one of my earlier projects back in April/May.

Little Man Mittens
Pattern: Ann Budd
Yarn: LB Wool-Ease in Blue Mist
Needles: DPNS in Size 5
(October 31 - November 20, 2005)

Thursday, November 17, 2005


A quick cable project. Great for those learning to cable! Instant gratification! What more can I ask for?

Pumpkin girl absolutely loves it. It can be worn as a neck warmer or as a headband. She actually wore it to school this morning. See how it matches her hoodie to a tee.

Pattern: Knitty Winter 2003
Yarn: KnitPicks Merino Style in Petal
Needles: Addi Circular in US 5
(November 14-16, 2005)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Happy Birthday Mr. Bear!!!

Our oldest kid turns 9 today. Happy Birthday Copper Bear!!!

We'll celebrate tonight with some cake and ice cream. He also gets a special treat.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Time Out

Molly is in time out. I picked up the 214 stitches for the front band last Sunday and after knitting 1 row it looked wonky to me. I'll need to redo that (no problem). It's the yarn that was giving me a headache. The yarn is so soft and pretty but acrylic makes my fingertips breakout in little blisters.

So while my fingers are trying to heal, I started another teeny pink project. I had this lone ball of KP Merino Style in Petal and found a cute cable project called Nakiska. Actually I was 50% done on the 2nd size last night then I measured it and it was only 12.5". I totally forgot to take into account that the gauge was off so I ripped it all out and started again. This time I'm doing the largest size.

Above picture captures the true color.

Cables show better in this picture.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Child's Placket Pullover

This was a fun pattern/color to knit. Easy-peasy for a beginner like me. The only modification made was to omit the buttons for a more relaxed pullover. It would've been finished earlier but the siren call of lace (Branching Out), cables (Irish Hiking Scarf), mittens and this pink project (Molly) distracted me.

The verdict is still out whether I like the discontinued LB Cotton Ease. It was a little bit rough on my hands during knitting. However, it will be overlooked because of its ease of care (machine wash/dry).

The recipient is really happy with his new sweater. All in all, it was a perfect stashbuster project plus I learned how to knit plackets. Woohoo!

Child's Placket Pullover
Pattern: Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: LB Cotton Ease in Pineapple
Needles: Addi Circulars in US 6
(October 3 - November 12, 2005)

Sunday, November 6, 2005

Irish Hiking Scarf

I took the plunge and tried my hand at cables. It looked simple enough 2 rows of repeating patterns. Then a change on the 8th row. First 7 rows nothing. I was so anxious, ready to rip things out and modify the pattern because my project did not look anything like the picture. Then lo and behold after the 8th row, it happened! Things started to fall into place.

I'm liking it so much that I'm thinking about making wrist warmers for me. Another portable project - Yay!

Friday, November 4, 2005

Must stay focused ...

As a new knitter, I feel like a sponge (NO, not Spongebob!) that wants to absorb everything I can learn about knitting. That being said, I want to try cables. I'm contemplating the Irish Hiking Scarf. I need to start small so that I can eventually knit Blaze. I fell in love with this sweater the first time I laid eyes on it.

Of course when Pumpkin Girl saw Little Man's mitten she asked me to knit her a pair, too. We'll need to make a trip to the LYS so she can pick her colors. Looks like we will have 2 pairs of Warm Hands this winter.

Peaceful Palms update - I will attempt fingerless gloves for the hubby and maybe for myself (if I don't run out of steam).

That plus my current WIPs should keep me busy through the end of the year.

Thursday, November 3, 2005

One Warm Hand

If you're checking up on my Warm Hands progress, I think the picture speaks for itself. One mitten done, one to go.

I think the recipient is very pleased. Notice the other hand is cut off from the picture because it is still bare.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Mr. Bear is confused!

I swear he thinks he's a cat. He drinks milk (started when I craved milk and apples during pregnancy for now 7 year old daughter). I guess he had the sympathy cravings, too. He's got the paw kneading thing on the carpet down pat. He rubs up against the couch or my legs. And this morning, see what I caught him doing ...

Maybe this is a better shot.

So what do you think? Should I break it to him gently???