Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Trying to Finish My WIPs

In the Knitting Help Forum, our December challenge is to finish our 2007 WIPs (works in progress). I have a LOT of them, so it's a good challenge for me to embrace.

Harry Potter "Gryffindor" Scarf
Harry Potter Scarf is growing!

Bulky Alpaca Scarf (to match my hat)
Bulky Pink Hat & Scarf

Wool Baby Sweater
Orange Baby Sweater

Cushy Baby Blanket
Cushy Baby Blanket

Fair Isle Headband
Learning Fair Isle

Baby Raglan Sweater
Baby Sweater - Bernat Softee Baby

Ankle Socks
Josh's Socks - Heel is turned!

Bulky Cardigan
My Nice Thick Sweater in Progress

"Dream by Moonlight" Shawl (almost finished!)
Dream By Moonlight Shawl

Cabled Baby Pullover
Cable Pullover

I know I won't be able to finish everything, but I'm going to do my best!

Friday, November 23, 2007

More Knitting in Progress

I'm still usual. :D

Here's the hat I made in the mountains:
Bulky Pink Hat

Now, I'm making a scarf to go with it.
Bulky Pink Hat & Scarf

The yarn I'm using for those projects is some super bulky alpaca that came in a "Nicky Knits" kit. I got the kit at Hobby Lobby in the clearance aisle for a great price! :)
Nicky Knits Kit

I'm also working on a shawl, using two different yarns in my stash. Lion Brand "Moonlight Mohair" in the color "Northern Lights", and Moda Dea "Dream" in black. They look good together, and make such a lovely shawl. I'm calling this project my "Dream by Moonlight" shawl.
Dream By Moonlight Shawl

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Knitting in the Mountains

This past weekend was my 6th wedding anniversary, so my hubby and I went to the mountains. It was beautiful!

We stayed in a mountain home that belongs to one of my piano students. So gorgeous. We kept wishing that we could live there.

Here's the view from the dining room table.
Dining Table Mountain View Left

And another view from the dining room table:
Dining Table Mountain View Right

I spent quite a bit of time, knitting in this comfy chair.
Knitting Chair in the Mountains

I had everything within easy reach at that spot: A cup of coffee, a fun book, my knitting project, binoculars, a small can of almonds, and my Nintendo DS. I was a happy girl.
All I Need

One day, I decided to sit outside and knit on the porch. The weather was perfect.
Shandeh Knitting on the Porch 2

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yay! I Finished Two Projects!

Woo Hoo! I did it! I finished the helmetliner! I'll mail it out tomorrow. ;)
Helmetliner on Me

I ended up having to use 3 different yarns for the helmetliner, because I kept running out of yarn. I started off with some Berella Muskoka I had in my stash. It's a superwash wool, and is nice and soft. The only problem was that the dye rubbed off on my hands. I ran out of that yarn before I made the top of the hat.

Then, I added on a skein of Pingouin Pure Laine No 5, in a putty color that went well with the Muskoka. I finished the top of the hat, then started to frame the face opening, and ran out of THAT!
Helmetliner - Running Out of Yarn

Next, I looked in my stash of wool yarn, and found a soft brown vintage yarn called "Lady Galt Kroy". It's fingering weight, so I had to hold two strands together to be the same thickness as the worsted weight yarn I was using on the rest of the helmetliner.
Helmetliner - New Yarn

It all worked together perfectly! :D

The other project I finished was a cozy to use for those hot take-out cups of coffee. A fast and easy project. ;)
Coffee Cozy 2

Monday, November 12, 2007

Soldiers and a Yarn Shop

My latest two projects are for a soldier, and my cousin's yarn shop.

The one for a soldier is a helmetliner. One of the girls in the Knitting Help Forum is collecting helmetliners, so I said I would try to make one. I'm right at the deadline now, so I hope I finish in time. If not, I'll just mail it directly to the soldiers.

I'm using Berella Muskoka yarn, in a camouflage color. The only problem with the yarn is that it is not holding the dye very well. Whenever I knit this project, my fingers turn black. :(

Here is how far I've gotten on the helmetliner. It's starting to look like a science project now!
Helmetliner - More Done

Here's a side view:
Helmetliner Side View

The other project I'm working on is another display model for my cousin's yarn shop "Cottage Yarn". I'm using Universal Yarn Deluxe Chunky 100% Wool yarn in a nice periwinkle blue color. The pattern came from the Cascade Yarn website, called "Childs Alternative Cable Pullover". So far, I've almost finished the back.
Cable Pullover

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fair Isle Knitting

This weekend at SAFF, I took a class called "Fair Isle Knitting", which was taught by Nancy Schroyer. She is an AMAZING teacher, and I learned so much! I wish I could sit and knit with her all day long for about a month. I would have a notepad in my hands, writing ideas, and a tape recorder taking down every word she says. I might even hire a photographer to capture her and her knitting. Maybe even a videographer. Ha!

Anyway, here is my feeble attempt at learning Fair Isle for the first time.
Learning Fair Isle

My First Fair-Isle Fair Isle Booklet

Sockintines Socks for Leah22b

Woo Hoo! I finally finished knitting socks for Leah22b. She was a partipant in our Sockintine's Sock Swap (Knitting Help Forum) in February of this year, but she never received socks from her partner. So, I decided to make some socks for her.

Here they are on her feet! They fit! Yay!
Sockintine Socks for Leah22b

Sockintine Socks for Leah22b - View 2

Sunday, October 28, 2007

SAFF 2007 was FUN!

I had a great time yesterday at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

The yarn was GORGEOUS, and I enjoyed taking two knitting classes.

The first class was the "Oops Workshop", where I learn more about correcting mistakes in my knitting. I already knew how to do most of it, but it was still encouraging to work on it some more.

My last class was "Fair Isle Knitting" with Nancy Schroyer. She is an AMAZING instructor, and I learned so much! :) I'm really looking forward to diving into fair-isle knitting now. :D

Here are some photos I took at SAFF this year.
SAFF 2007

Pretty Sock Yarn - SAFF 2007

Yarn and Socks - SAFF 2007

Yarn, Glorious Yarn - SAFF 2007

Yarn at SAFF 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fuzzy Baby Slippers

This morning, I finished making some cute little baby booties for one of my husband's co-workers. She is expecting a little boy soon. The booties are so cute!
Furry Baby Booties Furry Baby Booties - Angle

I used the pattern "Oh Baby! Furry Booties" that is sold by an eBay seller called "Over the Rainbow Designs".

This link won't work forever, but here's where you can buy the pattern:

I didn't have to buy any yarn for the project. I just grabbed some leftover bits of eyelash yarn and a skein of white baby yarn, and got to work. Quick and easy! :D

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I made a baby hat!

Last night, I finished another knitting project - a cute little baby hat.
Lullaby Hat on Doll

Lullaby Hat Front Lullaby Hat Finished

It was fun to make, and only took a couple days, in the midst of my real life.
I used about half a skein of Berroco Lullaby yarn, and the "Ellen's Ruffled Hat" knitting pattern I found online.

Here's the pattern:">

Monday, October 1, 2007

iPod Nano Cozy Finished!

I finished the iPod cozy!
iPod Sleeve Finished iPod Sleeve Finished - Back

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Still Knitting!

I haven't been feeling well for the past week, but I haven't stopped knitting!

Yesterday, I bought myself a dozen roses to help me feel better, and it's working! :)
Roses for Me

Here's a wider view, showing how they look in my craft room:
Roses in Craft Room

I think those roses would make ANYONE feel better, don't you?

So, here are some views of my latest knitting endeavors.

I've started another Oddball blanket in the Knitting Help Forum, using Plymouth Encore for my section. I'm ready to mail it to Canada, so chan58 can knit her part!
Oddball Lapghan #2 - Beginning

Here's an easy baby blanket I've been working on while I was sick. Nice and SUPER SOFT! It was easy to pick up and knit mindlessly while watching TV. I'm using two yarns held together throughout - Red Heart Plush and Lion Brand PolarSpun.
Cushy Baby Blanket

Here's a closer view:
Cushy Baby Blanket up close

I've almost finished making a sleeve for an iPod Nano, for the parent of two of my piano students. I used a free pattern online, and TLC Baby yarn in "Powder Pink Sparkle".
Handknitted iPod Nano Sleeve

And I'm still plugging along on the Sockintine Socks. I finished both heels!
Heel Complete on Sockintine Socks!

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