Friday, March 30, 2007

Lacy Fixation Socks

Did you ever have one of those...I just don't get it moments? I wrote initially that I wasn't sure about the direction to put the heel stitches on waste yarn...I've never done that before and kept telling myself to trust in the directions.

Here's what happens when you don't read those directions carefully and jump to conclusions...I picked up the stitches as instructed and distributed them on 3 needles, as instructed. The directions then say to complete the heel as for toe shaping of Seashell shorties, Shape toe, p. 2. I went to page 2 and what do you think I did???? I followed the directions for the heel...after all I was knitting the heel. I was on the gusset before I realized that something was terribly was this going to attach to the foot that had already been knitted?!?! This is when I started to look at this a little closer and went back to read the instructions...RIP, RIP, RIP! After spending last evening on knitting the heel, and this evening ripping out what had been knitted, I'm back on track. I will let you know how this works out.

Why is it that knitting, can at times, be sooooooooooo frustrating???

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Finished Projects

The cable purse is now finished - the handles have been purchased and attached.

The baby sweater is finished!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Belated Project update

Well, time flies when you're really busy. St. Patrick's Day activities are finally behind me and I've been able to get back to my projects. Here's an update!

My top down sweater is coming along...

A project has gotten in the usual. A friend of mine just delivered a baby boy and so I've launched myself into a project I've been wanting to knit. This is a top down sweater designed for Plymouth Encore. The pattern is an older pattern and no longer available. I am knitting it with Knitpicks Swish. A ribbon feeds through the loops at the neck and ties in the front. The bottom of the sweater has the same pattern as the sleeves.
Sock update. My fixation socks are coming along. The heel is placed on waste yarn until you finish the rest of the sock. I'm not sure how it is going to turn out, but I'm following the pattern and trusting...

Belonging to a number of organizations, I use meeting time productively. I always bring a knitting project that is not too complex, so that I can knit and pay attention. I went to 2 meetings this week and took my feather and fan socks with me...quite a bit done!

That's all for now. Happy knitting one and all!

Friday, March 9, 2007

Finished projects

Finally, I have a pair of blue socks! It is always such a good feeling when you get to the end of the second sock. One of these days, I'll learn to knit two at a time...of course, I think it would take just as long!
Socondly, I finished knitting a cable purse for a fundraiser. I have to buy a handle for it and sew it on, but the hard part is done! I'll include a photo of the finished purse once I get the handles.
I also worked on my sweater. It is going pretty fast and I really like top down knitting! The sleeves are on waste yarn and I've got about 2.5 inches of the bodice done.

Monday, March 5, 2007

I've been busy

A week's gone by since my last post...don't think I haven't been working! It has been a productive week. I finally finished knitting the pieces parts of my husband's I have to block and sew together.

I really hate that part of a sweater, so I have cast on the sweater using the Burly Spun yarn. This one is really going to go fast and when I finish knitting, I'll have a sweater I can wear instead of having to sew together!

Then, I couldn't avoid a good deal, and purchased some Cascade Bollicine Maxi (70% Merino and 30% acrylic, machine washable) from Webs ( I was initially going to knit a Wallaby Sweater, but changed my mind after casting on and decided to knit another Knitting Pure and Simple pattern, a hoodie tunic. So I ripped out what I had knit...thankfully, just a few rows, and cast on the hoodie.

I also cast on a pair of socks using my Cascade Fixation. I think I started to long for nice weather, which led me to thinking about summer socks, which led me back to my stash and the Fixation. I cast on a pattern called Garden Partie. They are really turning out to be a nice lacey sock.

Besides these projects, I'm nearly done with the second blue Orchard sock (see previous posts) and have cast on a cable purse out of a bulky yarn. I started this purse for a fundraiser being held at the end of the month.

As you can see, I have been pretty busy. Now I'll get back to knitting and give you an update soon.