Friday, April 23, 2010

Cashmere = Love

In lieu of flowers the gals at Sweater Club, my weekly knitting group, gave me cashmere.

I love them (and not just because they gave me cashmere)!

Thank you Renay, Tammy, Betsy, Shar, Kathy, Maureen, and Trisha.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaains and More

This is Lorna's Laces Zombie BBQ.

Really, I just thought it was great.

I love the pale moldy skin green, and fake blood red, I love this stuff!

What? What other purchases? No, not me, no I....uh....well, I uh.....oh, alright.

Here's what I got at the annual warehouse sale...

Sock yarn for B. - really! It is NOT mine.

Most of it was one of a kind, so there are no names for the colors.

Shepherd's Sock, Shepherd's Worsted, Glory and a mystery mohair

Different view

Once again.

Thanks Beth, the sale was fabulous as usual!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Aircraft Carriers

These are C#2's new socks.

He wore his other pair of handknit socks so often that I made him another pair right away. He wasn't too sure about the color though, but he seemed pretty happy with them when they were finished.

We took photos the other day, and holy cow!

His feet are as big as aircraft carriers! I better start knitting socks faster, because those feet aren't getting any smaller!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April Showers Bring May Flowers...

...but years of procrastination bring mittens. Finally!

A. and L. have been waiting patiently for their mittens, and they finally have them! I had a specific deadline, and the girls were going skiing in Tahoe, I could not delay any longer.

I wanted them to be bright, and 3-D, and floral. I chose pansies and then I was thinking of other springy flowers, but I finally decided on poppies.

I loved the poppies!

Wouldn't you know it, the girls fought over the pansies!

The mittens are made of Lamb's Pride Superwash worsted, held double on #5 and #7 (US) needles they're dense and very likely waterproof.

I had so much fun knitting these that I was tempted to make another pair for someone else, but my hands were pretty tired from knitting all night so I snapped out of it.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Knitting

Mittens for A. and L.

This might seem like the beginning of a project, but no, not really. I love to make mittens embellished with all kinds of things. I used to make them all the time for kid birthday gifts. My mittens were in demand, and everyone used to want me to make them for them. The creative process for them was very time consuming, add some procrastination in there and slow knitting, and pretty soon it just ground to a halt.

I had not made any of "my" mittens in quite a long time, but I promised, PROMISED, to make them for adorable and sweet A. & L. Poor girls have waited years. The perfect opportunity for an inflexible deadline came up and I knew I had to make them now or that by the time I'd get around to it I'd have to make wedding shawls rather than some little fun mittens.

I have to have an idea and a picture in my head of what I want the finished object to look like, otherwise I can't really start. I have to play with the colors, images and ideas, but I need a clear image in my head or I can't even start to think about the knitting. That pile of stuff up there is the beginning of the knitting which was complicated by the fact that my sketchbook was nowhere to be found. Grrr. I found an old swatch, and based my numbers on that, but I think the swatch lied. Of course, after the first pair was complete I found my sketchbook. Figures.

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