Project details: Pattern: Braided Ball Yarn: Lily 'n Cream - 95 yards; SWR Cool Cotton - 86 yards Modifications: I ran out of SWR so four rows of one band are knit with Lily 'n Cream. I just moved the band around until those rows were hidden. I did 18 stitches x 68 rows x 6 bands Yardage total 2013: 3588
For one entry: Tell me something I can make for Wiggle (p.s. he's wearing 12-18 month stuff already!) We're in Hawaii and I've been struggling for stuff to knit him (he's usually just in a diaper because it's so hot!)
For a second entry: Blog about my giveaway and come back here and tell me about it. :) I probably already read your blog and will find it, but it'll make the random number generator easier. :)
I will take comments for this post until 11:59 HST (or 2359, should you prefer that), Sunday, November 3rd. I'll pick winners soon after and contact you for your address.
And I'll ship anywhere in the world so come join the fun!
**Updated to tell you to put your comments on this post (not here!). That way you can see the cool prizes** (don't worry Kate, I moved your comment over!)
I was going to write a post last week about my latest WIP.
And then I got some awesome mail.
And then I realized it was a special date this last week. So, here is a compilations of thoughts...
Early in Partner’s and my relationship, we went for a hike. It was a holiday weekend and we got into the parking lot late. We were about 500 yards down the trail when we discovered that neither of us had brought water. We discussed going back but didn’t want to lose any more time. For the first 2 ½ hours, we only saw one other person. It was during this lonely stretch of time that the foolishness of what we’d done by not bringing water struck. Twelve miles and five hours later, our hike was done and boy were we thirsty.
Since then, if one of us (or both of us) is making a bad decision to save time, the other will say, “No, don’t go back for the water.”
This is relevant to knitting because I’m working on a new project. It’s pretty mindless knitting so I’ve livened things up by practicing some techniques that are not required by the project, namely kitchener stitch and provisional cast-ons. Not wanting to wait to start knitting, I decided I “pretty much” knew how to do a crocheted cast on.
After I was done with one segment, I discovered I should have gone back for the water. Fortunately, I only had to untangle an 18 stitch provisional cast-on.
Hopefully I’ll have an FO early next week!
What are you knitting?
I was lamenting my lack of knitting mojo with a friend. All I want to do is knit for Wiggle. But most of the time, it's so hot that he's in a diaper. So sweaters, hats, etc seem kind of stupid. And everything for myself sounds equally stupid. It doesn't help that I mostly have wool, angora, cashmere, et cetera.
Well, my wonderful friend sent me a little something to get my knitting mojo back. It's silk and seacell. The night it showed up, I didn't get the house cleaned or get to bed on time... but I knew what this was destined to become!
Which brings me to my final point! My FOUR year blogiversary snuck up on me this past week! So, let's have a giveaway! I really haven't had time to get down and look in my stash, but let's get started anyway.
For one entry: help me find something fun to knit for Wiggle
For a second entry, blog about this post.
I think I'll leave the giveaway open for two weeks. I have a little compassion for fellow moms that might not get to read blogs each day and thus miss out on giveaways. That also gives me a litle bit to find a good yarn treasure (or two). I'll do another post in a couple days with the cut-off details and maybe I'll have a yarn treat up by then!
So, sweet Rue sent this lovely yarn as a little something for Mama when she sent Wiggle his sweater.
You wouldn't think that I'd have time for lace knitting these days, but now that I'm back at work, I'm pumping 3-4 times a day. So, instead of staring at the wall in the 4x4 closet that's been turned into a nursing mothers room, I'm knitting.
30-40 minutes a day, five days a week and, just under two months later, voila! a shawl!
I pushed for a final repeat and came up just short.
But, since Rue knew me so well, she sent me green and I knew I had a giant cone of green lace weight that I bought my first year of knitting. It's two ply and machine spun, but close enough that for one row and a bind off, it wasn't noticeable.
It took awhile to get FO shots since I was unwilling to pose inside, in the evening with pajamas. This weekend Partner and I snuck out during a nap.
I cast on fewer stitches since the pattern is for more yardage than I had. I'm quite happy that this ended up measuring 15 x 56, so a perfect shawl!
If you look in the picture above, you can see the tops of each leaf. The pattern calls for purl stitches between leaves but another Raveler subbed-in knit stitches and I liked the idea. As a result, the back of the shawl is nearly as beautiful as the front!
Project details: Pattern: Woodland Shawl Yarn: Malabrigo Lace, Verdes colorway; a little bit of unknown green - 503 yards Modifications: In between leafs (vertically) I did not do the purl stitches so the stems flow into each other instead of being separated. Also, I only cast on 67 stitches instead of 89 because I had one skein of yarn and still wanted a wrap. Yardage total 2013: 3407
And it's playoff time here in the U.S. for baseball. My lifelong team is in the playoffs. I'm convinced that they've waited until I gave up my season tickets after ELEVEN YEARS to win this year. My friend who's been a fan even longer sent Wiggle a onesie so he can cheer too!