Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I Spy ... Something Pink

Bear Speaks: "I have something cool to show you. Can you guess what it is?"

A tisket, a tasket ...

... an almost Easter basket.

I just need to knit the i-cord handles and we're off to the wash. It's a cute quick project for Project Spectrum. No major modifications to Susan's Nantasket Basket pattern. I just knit more rows to hopefully get a bigger Easter basket for Pumpkin Girl.

This project is so cool. I let my kids pick out 2 colors each. Pumpkin Girl picked out fuschia/pink while Little Man selected blue/lime green. It took me awhile to get my rhythm going with the 2 colors because the yarn kept getting tangled. Once I figured out knitting with 2 colors - pink yarn on right hand and fuschia yarn on left hand, I was flying.

Next up, another one in blue/green for Little Man.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

To Dye For

Hot of the seaming needles. The verdict - it fits! This knit fulfills 3 KALs: Stashalong, Year of the Sweater and Knit in Red. Finishing it in March can possibly make it qualify for Project Spectrum. It is so soft and fluffy. Me likey! Seaming fluffy yarns hides any seaming flaws but at the same time is difficult to seam.

This definitely counts as a quick knit with those HUGE needles. I knit the back and 1 sleeve last December. Somehow this project got shelved because I did not relish the thought of seaming. Luckily after I finished my first seaming project (Molly), I realized that seaming is not that difficult. I picked it back up the week of March 6th.

To Dye For
Pattern: Martha Lazar
Yarn: 4 skeins KP Suri Dream in Strawberry
Needles: US 13 straight needles
(12/09/05 - 03/10/06)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Sock Update

I made some progress on Little Man's sock last night. He was so excited to do another pictorial so I indulged him.

He's so thrilled, he can't sit still.

Overexposed shot

True colors

I liked the color so much that I ordered the same colorway for my 1st pair of socks. Look what arrived in the mail yesterday. Somehow another colorway managed to make its way into my order.

Sock Yarn for me and a peek at a half seamed sleeve from my To Dye For sweater.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Knitting on TV

Did anyone watch Grey's Anatomy last night? The previews for next week feature the ladies knitting. I loved Bailey's comment "What are you doing? Knitting! This is not the country club!"

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Goodbye Stashalong

I thought long and hard about this. The Peace Fleece coop was ending on March 15th. In the end, I succumbed to the calling of Peace Fleece, Lorna's Laces, Jawoll sock yarn, Cotton Fleece, Cotton Fine and Cascade 220. It was a good 11 or was it 12 weeks on the Stashalong. Thanks Kim! I may join another Stashalong soon since I've hoarded stocked up.

Sock Yarn for Kids

Tank Yarn for me

Yarn for felted baskets and Mom's shawl

P.S. - When the Peace Fleece arrives, I'll post some pictures.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

The infamous hubby hat - take 3

I am done knitting the pieces for To Dye For. I just need to seam it together.

Fluffy sweater screams "Seam me, please!"

I'm trying my best to finish off all those WIPs from 2005. I made a promise not to start a big project until Sweet Heart and Ribby Cardi are done.

In the mean time, I need a small project to keep me busy. Will it be another pair of socks for Pumpkin Girl, Little Man, or myself? I remember promising Hubby a hat. I can knit sweaters, tanks and socks but hats are my downfall. They all seem to come out too big. Well, maybe this is a chance to redeem myself. I have a skein of Beaverslide in Charcoal (Black). All he wants is a plain black hat 'that fits'.

Stashalong: I may not make it to the very end. There's a coop for Peace Fleece that has very good prices. Problem is it ends on March 15th. If I can commit to some color(s) I like, then I may have to bow out of the Stashalong. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Little Man's Socks

My baby has been watching me knit his 1st pair of socks. He would wear the one sock on his foot while watching me knit. In a mad rush while watching 24 last night, I finished the second sock. I slipped it on my sleeping son's foot and whisked him off to bed. He woke up in a fantastic mood this morning when he saw both socks on his feet. He refused to take them off. He proudly stated, "I'm wearing the socks to school today!"

I couldn't separate the boy from his Cheetos.

Little Man's Socks
Pattern: Ann Budd
Yarn: Wildfoote Luxury Sock in Cadet Grey
Needles: Brittany Birch 5" DPNS in US #3
(02/23/06 - 03/06/06)

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Shrug + Tank = Twin Set

I knit Orange Kidlet Tank last Summer. She barely wore it because she had nothing to match. I was looking for a quick fix while regrouping for the next project. OSW fit the bill as a quick fix and a stashalong project. Now she has a twin set for a whopping $1.97. The yarn used was leftover from her tank.

Someone was obviously having fun with the camera. I think she likes it!

One Skein Wonder
Pattern: Stephanie Japel
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites in Mango
Needle: Addi Circular US #5 and 8
(March 1 - 3, 2006)

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Project Spectrum - Red and Pink

Here's the project for this month. You may have seen this on my blog earlier in the year. I am re-knitting Sweet Heart from scratch. After my successful seaming on Molly, I am no longer afraid to knit in pieces and seam it together.

Hubby probably thinks I'm crazy to unravel all the work already knitted up.