Friday, February 22, 2008

The hat is done!

I finished the hat that I started 2 days ago and I will have the perfect opportunity to wear it tomorrow out in the cold and snow while we go house shopping...again. I knitted continental method which, in my opinion, is faster than the English method when doing something this easy. This is only the 4Th project I have knitted continental, so I am still learning. I do find continental knitting much quicker when just doing a knit stitch and it is much less movement than the English method. I like the ease of doing the knit and purl stitches with the continental method too. No need to put your yarn in the front and then move it to the back, just one slight adjustment of your needles and the yarn is where it needs to be. Well, I am off to have a nice cuppa tea to help clear my stuffy head. I am hoping this cold goes away soon, because I am really sleep deprived!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Drum roll please....

I finally finished that soaker for C that I started when he was 3 months old! I knitted it in the toddler size, thinking that I would felt it when I was finished, so thank goodness he can still fit into it now! I think that it could be felted a tiny bit, so I'll have to search the net to find out how to do that since I have never felted anything before. After that, it just needs to be lanolized and can be put to good use. C doesn't seem to want to use the potty, so he should get some good use out of it before his diapering is over with. It is a great feeling to have something out of the UFO pile!
To celebrate this, I casted on for a hat for myself. I always seem to knit for everyone else, so I am being a bit selfish and knitting myself a hat that looks better than the ugly department store hat that I have been wearing. I am using the pattern from here because it looked like a quick knit, I like the simple style, and I thought that it would go well with the yarn that I dug out of my stash to knit it with (Berroco ultra alpaca in shade 6287/denim mix). I have made fast progress because I have been up with a cold that W so graciously shared with all of us! I hope to have this hat finished tomorrow, since I probably won't be able to sleep very well tonight either. Just too hard to breath laying down.
This is the heart candy box cloth that we knitted for the beginning of the month KAL at monthlydishcloths. I sent this cloth to my exchange partner at gettingtoknowyoudishclothknitters for the Ferbuary exchange. Unfortunately, I tried to access that group tonight and it looks like the group vanished! I don't know what happened, but I really enjoyed belonging to it and am a bit disappointed to see it go. If anyone out there reading this knows what happened to the group, please send me an email because I'd really like to know. Well, that is all the news in the knitting area for here, so have a great evening!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Pay it Forward

I signed up for this a while ago and just now have found more than a few minutes to adequately post about it on my blog. I read about this on the Pugs, Knitting, and Me blog posted by Amber. She knits and talks about that in her blog. I just visited her site again today and found out that she also belongs to a bag sewing Yahoo group and posted pics of a few bags she made. I and definately a bag addict, so I will be checking out that Yahoo group for myself! Anyways, here is the description of the pay it forward exchange idea which I so lovingly lifted from Amber's blog (thanks Amber for including me in this!):
Let me tell you about it, these are the instructions: "It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
I will now Pay It Forward to you THREE, I wonder who you will be?! Please, be a PIF! You will enjoy it just as much as we do!
And, have 6 months to get your gifts done! Come on, you know you would love to be one of my angels. Then, one day, but you don't know will get a gift that I have made especially for YOU!
Please remember, you don't have to knit or crochet to participate, anyone who can make a nice handmade gift is welcome to join :)

So, that being said, leave a comment and join in on this wonderful exchange idea! It is so rewarding to give a handmade gift and experience the joy it gives the recipient!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

On a roll....

It looks like I am on a roll with this blogging business. I think that I manage to post once a month :-) I have been busy knitting up a storm here. I managed to get that leg cuff knitted for the wool soaker for C, but I have to search the internet to find the directions to the cast off that it requires. I finished knitting the beginning of the month KAL at the monthly dishcloth knitters, finished knitting several cloths for Valentine's Day gifts, and finished knitting a cloth for my exchange partner at getting to know you dishcloth knitters. Now I have a stack of cloths that need the ends woven in. Not the most fun part of knitting, as you all know!

This is my latest yarn score. I found this Patton's Classic Wool at Michael's in a clearance basket for .99 each! Woo hoo! I have been wanting to learn how to felt, so this just may be the perfect yarn for that job. If whatever I make turns out terrible, then I won't be out much. Now to find a project for this yarn....