Friday, February 26, 2010

Don't think I'll make it.

Here is where I am so far. I've only 2 more days to knit the back and the ribbing. Bloody hell, I don't think I can do it. Just blogging quickly and have to get back to it.

And since I was the first project to log this pattern on Ravelry, I had no one elses to look at for comparison. I now today see that another person has test knit this for knitpicks. And she duplicate stitched the green parts on. Bloody f$#*&&ing hell. I could have saved my sanity and a little time there. No where in the pattern does it say that. I intarsia -ed the larger blocks and fair isle -ed the green bits and let me tell you about the mess on the back. Wait...I'll show you.

The late Doris Saunders once told me of the time when she exhibited some single thread embroidery peices and they were displayed backwards because it was so difficult to tell the back from the front. Her work was that neat!! That won't be a problem with my vest. I'll likely choke myself or at least rip an ear off the first time I wear this thing.

Oh well, off to plug away at the stockingnette. You all know how well I'll do with that. At least the hockey game is on.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Knitting Olympics Update

I'm behind on my Olympic knitting. I had hoped to be at the halfway mark by now since we are into the second half of the real Olympics. I figure I've completed about 1/4 of the vest. I haven't given up yet. I really need to focus and stop being distracted by other projects such as this one. Its another pair of Newfoundland Mittens .

I'm not sure why I'm finding these a distraction. Its not like I haven't knit these before. 6 or 7 times in fact, perhaps more since I didn't document my preravelry knitting too much. I'm just not focused at all. Perhaps its because I've made a few mistakes on the colourwork. In the interest of time, Ive decided to forge ahead and fix the mistakes later with duplicate stitch. I'm pretty certain that the mistakes can be managed with that strategy. We'll see.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I just can't stop!

I have seriously fallen in love with spindle spinning. Ever since I bought Abby Franquemont's new book Respect the Spindle. In the book, Abby says that your productivity will go up and maybe even increase above what you are able to produce on a wheel. I believe it. I'm less likely to haul out my wheel, but I have no hesitation about spindling for 5 minutes here and there. I'm getting better too. My singles are more consistent, and I'm dropping my drop spindle less and less. Though I did drop it - point side down - on Spencer twice in the past half hour - don't say I didn't get the look from him.

Knitting olympic update - vest is progressing nicely. I'm less tangled and my tension is I guess. Well, you be the judge. It looks like argyl doesn't it? Then, I'm happy.

And belated Valentines greetings. Here is my Max enjoying his Vday cupcake. Cutie. Loves him, I do.

I will close this blog post with absolute, concrete proof that we are in the throws of some serious global warming here in Labrador. This is a picture of the mighty Churchill (or Hamilton or Grand depending upon your political views) River.

This was taken yesterday. Now, its not broken up or anything, but I certainly would not venture ou on it on skidoo or anything else for that matter. Its February for crying out loud. Old Man Winter - when I said we needed a break, I didn't mean a permanent break. I want you back okay. I'm not too proud to beg. Remember, we just bought a new Skidoo in November. I've been on it once! Thats what happens when I do something in anticipation of enjoying our cold weather. The same thing happened the year we bought the snow plough. (Not that I consider ploughing snow enjoyment). We didn't get hardly any snow.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Olympic Update

I watched the opening ceremonies last evening. They were gorgeous and moving. My step daughter Aimee was telling me that 'a rumour' was circulating on the internet that Arnold Swartzenager would be the final torch bearer and lighting the cauldron. I knew this was wrong and I insisted there was no way a non Canadian would be bringing in the torch. In my mind, it would have to be a great Canadian - a great Canadia athlete - like Wayne Gretzky, I told her. I was beyond excited and more than a little smug to be right.

As soon as the ceremonies began, I began the knitting olympics. I cast on for my vest. A provisional cast on. Note that I didn't swatch (gasp). I decided to cast on for the largest size and immediately regreted it. It was humungous. I ripped it out and recast on 2 sizes down. I may regret this too, but hey, it'll fit someone right? Besides, I've started a Christmas box. More about that later.

My vest is argyl, knit in peices from the bottom up, with intarsia blocks of colour. What a tangled mess I had after the first hour or so. I immediately went out this morning and bought some little plastic bobbins to wind the yarn onto rather than having whole skeins tangled up. Here is how it looks so far.

So, onto the Christmas gift box idea. I've decided that throughout 2010, I will knit various small projects that appeal to me as a knitter. They will be random projects for no one in particular. Then come next Christmas, I will decide if any of these projects will be appropriate for anyone on my gift list. This probably isnt' the most efficient way of gift knitting, but I like the idea of knitting what I like. So far, I have 3 different things in the Christmas gift box. Here they are, in no particular order.

Hmmm, interesting. Until now, I didn't realize they were all for the neck. This larger shawl thingy was something that has been languishing for over a year now, I think. Its from Knitpicks Suri dream, and was an absolute nightmare to knit. Its a brushed alpaca and it was so hard keeping the stitch count straight on such a hairy yarn.
Here is a rusched cowl. I really enjoyed knitting this, and it just flew off of the needles. The yarn is Merisoft by Punta Yarns. The pattern is a freebie called Tamarind Cowl.

And finally here is a little neck kerchief made with my handspun. The pattern is from Joelle Hoverson's book Knitted Gifts. I own many knitting books. Some would say an alarming number really. I have knit 5 projects from this book! I love this book, alot. Its been in my aresnal for some time now, and I keep going back to it.

And speaking of too many knitting books, Greg gave me an Amazon gift certificate for Christmas. I bought 1 knitting book All New Homespun Knits and spinning book called Respect the Spindle. I really want to be a better spindle spinner. I think with the help of this book, I'll get the hang of it. Here is what I've done so far.
I want to share with you a little prize that I won from entering a blog contest. This little cutie was knitted by this lady. She has an etsy store too. Definitly worth checking out. Her patterns are cute.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Knitting Olympics

The opening ceremonies are about to about 20 minutes. And I will be casting on for this vest. This will be my first Olympics and I'm excited. I also like this vest. I somehow ordered two kits by mistake. Don't know how that happened. It must be the wool fumes. Wish me luck.

I am battling an injury, so I'm not sure that I'll be in peak condition, but I'm sure I'll be able to pull off a spectacular finish. Here's hoping.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Comfy Cardigan

I finished my cardigan. Its from the Knitter's Book of Wool. The yarn is Knitpicks City Tweed, which is a delight to knit. I'm really hoping it will hold up well. I'm not sure I'm over my disappointment in the Knitpicks Swish DK that I knit the Tilted Duster out of a couple of years ago. It pilled like a son of a bitch and I haven't knit a sweater from a knitpicks yarn since. It hasn't turned me off of knitpicks mind you. I still love them - thier prices and service are hard to beat. I do read yarn reviews now, something I didn't really do pre tilted duster days. The City Tweed is a new yarn by knitpicks, so I guess the jury is still out on it.

I bought these buttons at Terry's Tents (a local craft/tenting supply store). Terry told me he just got the buttons in. I love them.

I had debated making buttons from caribou antlers. Kev even brought me back the antlers from his most recent hunt. But I think I'll leave the button making to the experts. These square buttons just suit the cardigan so well.

Overall, I'm happy with the cardigan and I expect it will get plenty of use.