Monday, November 19, 2007

Sciatica: Cursed Blessing??

Despite the incredible pain and discomfort of enduring a bout of sciatica, it has increased my crafting productivity. Unable to sit up straight at the computer, frittering away useful hours, I was semi-reclined in bed for most of last week. With no good books to read and nothing good on tv, I spent hours knitting and crocheting.

The Husbeast Socks I am working on for Bob saw some progress. Although I finished the first sock today, I haven't taken a new pic. My last updated pic is just after turning the heel:


Then I got into wool soakers. It was so incredibly easy to whip these out!! I love them!! I made 2 in newborn/small size: plain/pink, skirted and embellished on the butt. I also made one in size medium, just to be prepared. :)
The trim on that last one was done with Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in Natural Violet. My friend Sheila picked me up a skein as a gift. I loved it so much!! I also made the baby hat from the One Skein book using the same skein:


This pattern is so simple, fast and adorable, that I started another one in Bernat Satin Solids:


I finished that one and will add a finished pic later. I decided to try my hand at making up a baby sweater pattern to match it, incorporating the Umbrella pattern from the One Skein hat. We'll see how that goes. If it comes out right, I'll offer that pattern on Ravelry.

I also decided to whip up a Gary the Gobbler dishcloth to gift to my mother-in-law when we go over there for Thanksgiving. I will have to take the time to block it though, looks very crooked here. LOL!


My final update is that I've decided to frog Juliet. I know, I know.... giving up so quickly after my initial excitement. However, I just don't have the patience to redo it. By the time I got to the row where I would be taking the sleeves off, I had a totally messed up stitch count. I'm not 100% sure how it happened. I'm pretty sure that between the head cold I had, the pregnancy brain and a bad weather week with the kids jumping up and down on my last exposed nerve........ well.... No worries, the yarn will not go to waste. I've decided, now that i have the bulky wool in the house, that one of the projects will be the felted clutch from One Skein. Perhaps a felted bowl, too. I also have a couple baby patterns in mind.... I love Ravelry.... full of patterns crying out to me! LOL!

Happy Knitting!!!!

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Trifecta!!!

What a day!! So far today I have received my Blogger invite to Sexy Knitter's Club, my Knit Picks order with my yarn for Juliet and the Winter Edition of Interweave Knits Magazine!! Woo hoo!!





On other fronts, my Molly Sweater is coming along. I'm just into the armhole shaping on the back. If it comes out well, I'll figure out the pattern for a couple other sizes and maybe offer it to others.



My Kipling Baby Sweater is also working up nicely. I had some difficulty with getting the sleeve started, but finally figured it out. Only had to frog the sleeve once. LOL!







After some initial difficulties with the Husbeast Socks pattern, I've got them going now. They will be a Christmas or birthday gift for Bob (his bday is 12/24). I'm knitting them in Paton's Classic Wool in New Denim. I love Ravely!! After my initial frustration, I made a comment on the pattern about the missing directions, asking if anyone had it corrected that they contact me. Well, the designer herself messaged me with the correction! And today when I looked at the pattern online, she had corrected the missing info. That part being corrected makes a big difference, but the combination of pregnancy brain and sinus cold also caused me to mess up right from the cast on. All better now, albeit not far in. :)





Finally, both of my prayer shawls are coming along nicely. I need to get one or both done before November 18th. That Sunday another woman and I will be "showcasing" our Prayer Shawl Ministry in the church lobby. Good thing the fall weather lights a fire under my.... productiveness. :)




So, enough with the blogging already, back to the knitting. Time to cast-on the lovely Juliet. :)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

'Tis the Season

Something about the crisp, cool, autumn weather brings out the crafter in me even more. Getting onto Ravelry has also inspired me to pick up old projects and start new ones. :)

I frogged the Good Guest Dress I was working on for Molly, mainly because I'm pretty sure I was working on a size too small for her. She just turned 8 on October 22, so the 6/7 probably wasn't the best choice. Oops. Anyway, I decided on modifying a basic sweater pattern and came up with my own, appropriately titled : Molly Sweater. Maybe once I see how it works up, I'll work it out for different sizes and offer it to others. Its a half length sleeve, keyhole front with 3 buttons. I was thinking of a simple, single band ribbing collar, but now I'm thinking a longer one might look good, like polo shirt style? We'll see.

Searching Ravelry's pattern database, I found an adorable baby sweater. The Kipling Baby Sweater, in newborn size only, is adorable. Although it called for a "nice" worsted cotton, I decided to go ahead and knit it up with "dishcloth" cotton. I'm using a variegated pink/white yarn. I just cast it on last night and did 4 rows. I'm just now almost at the back armhole shaping. This will be a quick knit. :) I may keep it for the little girl I'm expecting or give it as a gift. Haven't decided yet. Heck, if its that quick a knit, I may make up a few. :)

Not much else going on right now, aside from rampant sickness in the house. Right now I wish I could gouge out my eyes to relieve the sinus pressure. Oh, and moments ago, Molly started vomitting. Thank God she's old enough to get to the bathroom consistently!! I'd rather see my kids bleeding than vomitting. Nice mom, huh?

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Is That a Choir of Angels I Hear??

I got my Ravelry Invite today!!!! Yay!!!!! There were over 36,000 ahead of me when I signed up. :) I think I've made use of the "Antsy" check your status page every day for a while now. LOL! My chosen username is madcraftermom and I can't wait to get started checking it out. I'm a bit under the weather right now, so if anyone were to actually see this today and go check my profile, you'll only find the most basic stuff. But hopefully I'll learn my way around this week. :)

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Friday, October 26, 2007

What a Slacker I Am!!

I can't believe I've let my craft blog slide for so long! Of course, it has been a busy time over the summer with all the kids and such, but still..... shame on me.

I'm sure I can't cover everything in one update, but i'll skim everything that comes to mind.

Sahara

I frogged the whole project. Not sure what I'm going to do with the yarn right now. Why did I do this??



Dishcloth KALs

I've done most of them this year, just need to catch up on my photo taking. I'll post them later. I did participate in my first Quarterly Dishcloth Exchange back in August. I was so thrilled to do so!! This is my package I got:


Exciting New Yarns


I won a "Rent-Me" auction for hand dyed wool on eBay. Basically, I won all the yarn that the seller could hand dye in a 4 hour session, minimum of 10 skeins. You don't get to pick the colors, but I was happy with what I got. Here are the skeins I got and 3 of them after I wound them into center-pull balls:




Sewing Project

I took an old, footless pair of Michael's jammies and made him this cute little bear that he promptly named (big surprise here.....) Jammie Bear! :)


Upcoming Project



A friend of mine pointed me back to the Sexy Knitter's Club, telling me that they had a pattern that would work for me to wear while pregnant. Wow! She was right!! The KAL started on October 15th, but I just downloaded the pattern for Juliet last night and ordered the yarn from Knit Picks. I'll be knitting it in Wool of the Andes Bulky in Sky:


So, that's about it for now. Hopefully I'll be making more updates soon. Of course, there'll probably be baby girl projects galore. LOL!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Mid-April Day 2

The only project I'm updating today is Day 2 of the Mid-April Dishcloth Knit Along.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Trekkin' Thru the Sahara

I am now up to the placement of the waist decrease markers. This sweater is going a bit slower than my Wicked went, but I'm also working on more projects at once. Here is where I am now:

I also completed the Mid-March Monthly Dishcloth KAL. The first picture shows the true color a little bit better. I ajdusted the contrast on the second one to show the stitches better. The color is called "Country Print".

And I started the Mid-April Monthly Dishcloth KAL that just started today. I've adjusted it, too, but sitll have a bit of glare going on in the picture. Here is Day #1:

I am working on the Three Cross design that was the first April KAL dishcloth and I did do the Bunny cloth, but can't seem to find it for a pic. Go figure.


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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Another One Down!!

Happy Easter to Me..... My Simple Knitted Bodice is done! All that is left to do now is block it. This picture shows it unblocked, but I just had to try it on the minute I tucked that last little stray yarn end in. :)


Now I am free to get crack-a-lackin' on my Sahara. I love working with the Shine Worsted. It is incredibly soft to the touch. Not at all the same as working with dishcloth cotton. :)

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Presents and Progress

After my little skiiing (if you can call what I was doing skiing) accident my knitting was curtailed for a bit. I did figure out how to knit without using my right thumb, but it was more exhausting. Anyway, all is well again.

Presents

I was so excited to get my mail the other day! I finally got my late birthday present (birthday was March 1) from Bob. He got me exactly what I asked for PLUS the yarn for my new SKC KAL. :) I got the Knit Picks Options Needle Set: Tips in sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 and 11, 2 - 24" cables and 2 - 32" cables, end caps (to use the cables as stitch holders when you need the tips on another cable) and an awesome carrying case.

And for the new KAL I'm doing Sahara using Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Crocus:

Progress

With my SKB I did have a bit of trouble with the dreaded SSS..... Second Sleeve Syndrome. However, I finally finished that sleeve and have started the neckline. Picking up the stitches along the neckline wasn't as bad as I'd been anticipating. I've picked up edge stitches before, just not that many. I've only done it on baby items. LOL! Here is where I stand as of this morning:

As for Sahara, I've casted on and knit a few rows already. I used the provisional cast-on described on Knit and Tonic and I can't believe how amazingly simple it was! Since I have a Bond USM, I'm familiar with their version of the provisional cast-on: waste yarn. But now that I know this, I may end up using it a lot to avoid shoulder seams and such. Here is where Sahara stands at the moment:

So, that is all I have at the moment. I've been a bit behind on my Monthly Dishcloth KALs, but I'll post about them soon. I did make a huge order (1 each of 62 colors!!) of Sugar n Cream yarn during last week's mispricing on Amazon. Apparently they meant to discount the yarn by $ 0.40 per ball. Instead they PRICED them at $ 0.40 each!! I had no clue it was a misprice, just thought I was getting a bargain. They honored all the orders made. :) Anxiously awaiting delivery now.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Better Late Than Never

I know that the Sexy Knitters Club did the Simple Knitted Bodice long before I joined, but after seeing it I HAD to make one. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am knitting it in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Black Cherry Heather. My picture doesn't do it justice, but here is my progress thus far:


What I am NOT looking forward to is picking up the neckline stitches. I dislike having to pick up large amounts of stitches under the best of circumstances, but having to do the math to figure out HOW MANY I need to pick up is almost unbearable. Almost..... I do want to finsish this soon! At this moment I'm actually about 20 rows further down that first sleeve than in the pic, too.

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Dishcloth-O-Rama

I joined the Monthly Dishcloth Knitalong (see button in right-hand column) last month, after the February KAL had been posted. I went ahead and did that one and the two for January. Well, the first one for January. I ended up frogging the mid-January one as I didn't like the way it looked at all. I subbed a pattern that I found elsewhere. Anyway, I did the mid-February KAL as it came out and it was so much fun! I abolutely love the pattern and will be using it again and again! :) Now I'm working on the March KAL. Today was Day 4. So, now for some pics...

March KAL progress up to Day 4:

Mid February KAL:

February KAL:

January KAL:

Not the best pictures in the world, but the do look great in person and I'm happy with them. I can't locate the one I did for Mid-January right now. Probably fell behind my dresser. My room is a crafter's haven...... AFTER an explosion! LOL!

So, now I'm caught up on my dishcloth postings. I'll try to update those more regularly now.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Package Has Been Delivered!

My friend called today to let me know that her package arrived. That means I can now post pics of the stuff I sent her! The pink baby sweater is one of my own pattern. It was a yoke down sweater, with cables on the front and a cross-over rib pattern on cuffs and collar.

The afghan was a Mile-A-Minute pattern that I got from a book I purchased. I'm happy with how it came out. The darker green one that I'm still working on is of the same pattern.

I also decide to throw in a few surprises. I sent a little toy to each of her other children. Her oldest little girl got the little knitted teddy bear with crocheted dress. It's from the Knitted Teddy Bear pattern book, Snowflake pattern. The dress is of my own creation.

Her son got the little crocheted caterpillar that came (partially, I shortened the body by 2 sections) from a Crochet Gifts To Go pattern book.

Finally, her youngest daughter got a little crocheted ball. I forgot to take a picture, but its just a small ball, maybe 5 inches around, done in single crochet. I did it with a variegated blue Sugar N Cream cotton.

The only one who was left out was her husband. Poor guy was left wondering where his gift was. He wanted to know why I couldn't have even knit him some boxers or something. LOL! Mabye next time! :)