Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Knitting Frog Fairy & The Sweater From Hell!

Allow me to preface this post by saying that in fact the sweater didn't come out so bad. The sleeves are too long, not a pattern error, and I will be learning a way to fix that with the help of indigodragonfly who shortened the sleeves on her Susie Hoodie.
I think my dislike for the sweater came when I saw the colorway change to huge circles on my buttocks! Then the decreasing started to give me problems, but I didn't give up. I then had to rip out the collar a few times, but as the Knitting Frog Fairy called to me to start frogging I continued.

I finished it only to find it didn't fit!
In a fit of rage I started to pull on the ribbing along the front and broke some of the yarn! As the Knitting Frog Fairy laughed the ribbing began to fall apart!!
Being the hard head that I am, I fixed it and here it is.

Doesn't look too bad does it?

I made a swatch to practice shortening the sleeves as indigodragonfly said. I just need a break from it for a while. I'm already feeling better about it and think,this time, I will not listen to the Knitting Frog Fairy.
If things change I will post pictures of the frogging just for the Knitting Frog Fairy.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hat and Mitten Kick

It happens to all knitters/crocheters. We find a pattern that is easy and fast so we make them over and over again. I made two of Yarnsticks Kristina's free Earflap Hat pattern.

This size will fit a toddler and I made it out of Lion Brand wool-ease Chunky.

This one is made of Filatura Di Crosa Baby Zarella perfect for a baby.

I then found this free pattern Buggy Mitts from Morehouse Farm Merino Knits.
They aren't buggy but the next pair I make will be very Buggy.

I bought the yarn at Stix-n-Stitches and I love it!

I just finished a pair of mittens from a Classic Elite free pattern.

They were made of Cascade Pastaza. They are very soft, warm and easy to make.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Got My Crochet Groove On!

It feels so good to have a crochet hook in my hands again! I make small short projects and it doesn't stress my hands. I must,again, thank My Photographic Life for posting her crochet cardi.

This baby cardigan was designed by a gifted crocheter Bella Bambina Kelly Kearney who is generous enough to give some of her patterns for free.

I think the vintage buttons are perfect!

The stripes give it a geometric look around the collar.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk and very soft.
Thank you Kelly!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Chalk Dust Knitters Go on another Field Trip

Here are some more of my no face pictures. I'm just funny that way.
We had a great time at stix-n-stitches as always. Lots of yarn, lots of talk of future projects and where we were going to eat!

My daughter Pepper was busy looking for just the right yarn for a scarf. Here she is showing Karen her newest scarf design.

Jackie and Pat are checking out the merchandise.

Marie,Steph, Karen and Pat full of questions.

Here is my daughter Zel wanting to take all the yarn home.

Jackie and Lynn checking out the sock yarn.

Here is Pat's Flame Hat for her grandson well on it's way.

Here is Pat showing off her hat.

We went to Brooklyn Pizza.
We started with a healthy salad and then it all went wrong from there!

Everyone placed their orders and some even shared a meal.
Then I had the great idea to order a pizza as well.
Many of my Chalk Dust friends started looking at me like I was nuts! Way too much food they said!!

It looks to me like maybe it wasn't too much food after all.

We were even able to that food home!

The next Feild Trip will be to Patricia's Yarns in Hoboken. I can't wait to go and get some Rowan yarn!

I am so grateful to know these awesome women and to share knitting,crochet and life with them.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

DPN or Circulars That Is The Question

My blog friend Lena posted about her experience knitting a pair of socks at one time and inspired me to do the same.

So back in March I got the book and was ready to learn how to knit a pair of sock at one time. That has got to be better. Who wants to start that second sock anyway.
Your eyes are not fooling you those are DPNS I was working on. I should have know this wasn't going to go well.

I stopped working on the DPNS and started my pair at one time.
Lookin good!

I needed my DPN fix and put the pair at one time aside.
Yes the old one sock at a time were done in a week or so.

One sock at a time is just fine with me!

I love my DPNS!!!!