Saturday, December 31, 2005

Another year has ended

Bear: "It has been a great year here at Bear Knits! I have been getting quality time hanging around Mom. I am looking forward to more quality time in 2006.

Thanks for stopping by!"

Ya'll come back now!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Fingerless Gloves

This may possibly be my last FO for 2005. Introducing my first pair of (fingerless) gloves!

I signed up for Nona's Peaceful Palms KAL way back when. It took me awhile to get started (long story here). Anyway, once needles were available it took off until I had to work the digits. Working the first glove took longer since it involved constant fittings by Hubby. Once I got the necessary numbers, the second one only took 4 evenings.

Hubby can't wait to use his driving gloves. He even indulged me with some photos.

Fingerless Gloves
Pattern: Modified from Ann Budd
Yarn: LB Wool-Ease in Blue Mist
Needles: Addi Circular and DPNS in US 5
(November 27 - December 30, 2005)

Monday, December 26, 2005

Knitting Hiatus over

Boy did the knitting machine really intimidate me. Instead of opening the video to watch it, I picked up my knitting (after a 2 week hiatus) and finished 1 Fingerless Mitten. I'm working on the second one.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas Gifts

Presents from the Hubby:

I received four books to greatly enhance my knitting library. This means I can return the library books now :-)

He also got me a knitting machine. The Ultimate Sweater machine intimidates me. It will simmer in the box until I work up the courage to use it.

Some officemates got me a few knitting goodies, too.

Included in the photo are:
1. a tapestry bag (aka knitting bag)
2. 24" Addi Turbo US #7 circular needles
3. an accoutrement bag (replaces its predecessor - snack size Ziploc bag)
4. an Inox needle sizer
5. a customized pack of 30 labels with my name on it
6. a needle case for straight needles

I really got to get back to my knitting soon.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Stealth Knitting

Friday was a snow day. I ended up staying home with the 2 kiddies ... and guess what I did. I started a bulky sweater. I know I was not supposed to start another project. But I needed an instant gratification project to get me out of the rut.

KP Suri Dream on US #13s make for a quick knit. My shoulder and arms ache from those big honkers. However, by Sunday night while watching Grey's Anatomy I had finished the back piece. Woohoo!

Other project updates:
- 1 Green Mitten DONE.
- Fingerless Mitts has a pinky finger!

Thursday, December 8, 2005

It's been slow around here ...

It seems like I lost some steam after Thanksgiving. I was so excited with some new yarns but did not want to start yet another project until I cleared off some WIPs.

KP Panache and KP Suri Dream

On December 1st, I attended my first Sit-N-Knit in our area. I brought along Ribby Cardi (which I haven't worked on in months). It energized me a little but then came the realization that I'm making things more difficult than it needs to be. WHY in my right mind did I think I could fudge with an already perfect pattern? I've come to the conclusion that I will need to frog whatever I have knit up and just start over (in pieces this time). It will make for a more relaxing knit. I don't need more stress during the holidays.

This past Sunday, I had to drag out the ole sewing machine. Pumpkin Girl played an Army Ant in her 2nd grade musical "BUGZ" and I had to make four appendages to attach to her shirt. All in all, it came out great! While we were waiting for the kiddies to come out, I overheard another parent comment on her costume "That's neat! How'd she do that?" That made my day.

My Little Army Ant

Hubby is tapping his fingers patiently waiting for me to finish his Fingerless Gloves. I'm stalled because my DPNS are on Pumpkin Girl's Mittens. I'm trying to work as fast as I can on her mittens to free up the needles. I know, I'm too cheap to just go out and buy another set of DPNS.

Yes, I know they do not match.

Molly is ON HOLD. The blisters on my fingertips have healed (weird reaction to acrylic) but I don't think I can muster enough courage to pick up acrylic yet.