Saturday, November 26, 2011

Isaac's Sweater

Pattern: Keene Toddler Vest
Yarn: Some acrylic in my stash, I think Red Heart Soft.

The yarn isn't the best, but I need kids' stuff to be washable and it is. I made the size for "2 years," SO MANY ENDS TO WEAVE IN. But it's worth it.

I'm done with my Christmas knitting! Woohoo! I have other projects that are in my "if I finish them, they can be Christmas gifts" list, but all of my required Christmas knitting is done! Hooray!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My stocking!

I did it! It's purple.

Now to work on the sweater vest for Isaac. I don't know if I'll finish it before tomorrow because we are very busy today, but I will put some time in on it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Slump

This is not a good time of year to get into a knitting slump. I have not been knitting. I don't know why. I just haven't. I was at the DMV for over an hour yesterday because their computers were offline statewide and did no knitting. What is wrong with me? I ended up rescheduling my appointment so next week, I'll get to try again.

Thanksgiving is in 2 days. I wanted to have my stocking done before Thanksgiving and I'm currently turning the heel! The foot and heel are much faster because the colorwork is simpler and I really think this will go very quickly from here on out. Hooray! I really can't have any more kids because I do NOT want to knit those darn snowflakes again.

I finished the knitting on Margaret's shawl; it needs to be blocked. Then I need to do Isaac's present. I think I want to set the very high goal of finishing the knitting on my stocking and his sweater vest by the end of Thanksgiving. Maybe too high of a goal? Perhaps. But I want to get really serious about designing and patterns won't get written up if I don't knit them up first. Once the Christmas knitting is out of the way, I want to work on a mitten pattern.

I'm on Pinterest, if you want to follow me. I have a board for pretty knitted things. It's inspiring to see what other people knit. I was looking around on Ravelry thinking to myself, "I could make that. I could make that." Why don't I do all that? No idea. I think I will do all that. After all, it's just some string.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Little Turtle

Pattern: Tiny Turtle
Yarn: Some acrylic I had lying around


I worked the pattern in the round instead of flat like directed. This made the feet a little fiddly, but it's better than having to seam!



So the baby shower gifts are finished!


Little update: Now to work on my stocking (ARG- I'm in the section that takes FOREVER). I've been taking Margaret's gift as my travelling knitting when McKay stays home with the kids while I go out in the evening. So that's getting along. Isaac's gift has only gained a row or two.

As far as designing, I was afraid that if I started designing, I wouldn't get any ideas, but this past weekend, a mitten idea came to me. I checked Ravelry to see if there were any similar mittens, but I couldn't find any like the ones I want to design. So that'll be fun once I get some more of the Christmas knitting finished. Look for that soon!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fish!

Pattern: Frida the Fish
Yarn: some scrap acrylic on hand



Like I said last week, I have a double baby shower to go to this weekend. Here's the first gift! I knit it in the round instead of flat like the directions said.

On to working on the second gift!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Entrelac Mitt Pattern

Remember these mitts from earlier this year? I said I'd write up the pattern. Unfortunately, in our move, I lost my knitting notebook with all my pattern notes! Then, this past Monday, we found two boxes that we hadn't opened yet, and ta-da! My pattern book! Along with some of Margaret's knitted toys that I thought we had lost. It was quite the relief.

And the past few days I have spent time re-knitting the mitts into a red version and test-knitting the pattern. And by popular demand, I am actually going to sell it instead of using the Creative Commons license. That was a big jump for me as I really do believe in free patterns, but every time I wear something I knit or someone sees me knitting, I'm told to sell it. So here we go! On Ravelry, you can now download the pattern for $3 USD. Check it out!

This also means I have a new FO:
Pattern: Deena's Mitts
Yarn: Katia Flama in Red

We really need a new camera. The old one is making every picture extremely dark. We tried resetting it to factory settings, but it's still doing it. I had to photoshop a little bit. The first picture is from my phone. Sorry about that!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Here are my works in progress:

Clockwise, starting at the top left.
The blue mass is a pair of longies for Isaac since it is getting cold. I can't work on it until I have some new size 6 dpns, so it's on hold, which makes me sad because his little legs are cold!
The project with a purple skein and white tangled mass is my Christmas stocking. I work on it at home when everyone is awake.
The next purple mass is Margaret's Christmas present. I can only work on it when she's not around, so I knit it after she goes to bed.
The dark green project is the beginning of Isaac's Christmas present. I only work on it when he's napping in the afternoons.
The last rainbow project is something for Talents of Sisters. That is my out-and-about knitting.

I just found out a couple of days ago that there is a double baby shower next week. Need to find projects for that as well.

Keep on knitting!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Sushi!

Pattern:  Sushi (rav link)
Yarn: Red Heart and other acrylic on hand


I didn't knit the pickled ginger or wasabi because I know the kids will lose them. These will be for the play kitchen.

I have a lot of knitting that's on hold: some pants for Isaac because I need to buy more needles, my stocking because I lost one of the dpns, Margaret's Christmas present, and Isaac's Christmas present. Because I can't work on the kids' gifts when they are awake, I need to have a small project to work on when they're around. That's why I made these sushi. I may make a few more small projects during the holidays for the same reason.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Grr Argh.

Pattern: Grr Argh Monster
Yarn: Red Heart Soft from the stash


This is the monster/zombie from Mutant Enemy. 
Grr. Argh.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Red Scarf

Pattern : Pipp's Openwork Eyelet Scarf (Rav link)
Yarn: Dream in Color DK in Poppy (FB link)

The red is really vibrant. I love it.

This scarf is for a lady in our ward. Her favorite color is red, so she gets a red scarf!


I think blocking does this scarf wonders. It's magic!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

FO: McKay's stocking

Pattern: Falling Snow Stocking
Yarn: Encore Worsted

My goal was to finish this before the end of October so I could work on mine and finish it before Thanksgiving. I finished this stocking right on time on Halloween!

My gauge is a lot looser than when I made the kids' stockings last year. McKay's is like 4 inches bigger than Margaret's. Eek. Oh well? Maybe I'll get around to making new stockings in a few years... or not.

More Halloween Craftiness

We carved a pumpkin! This was for FHE the week before Halloween and by the time Saturday came, it was gross and moldy, so we had to compost it before it actually got to be used.

It's a generic jack-o-lantern because that's what Margaret requested.

I carved turnips for Halloween night. We got these from our CSA box, so they are smaller than the ones we did year ago. Because of their size, I couldn't put a face on any except the one on the far left here. But they held up tea lights and glowed spookily for trick or treaters. And because I couldn't stand wasting local organic turnip insides, I froze what I scooped out for a soup this winter.