Sunday, October 22, 2006

Last-Minute Stripes Sweater update

I'm taking a break from the Mitred Jacket sweater to decide if the bottom band should be blue (as I originally intended) or black. I spent last night working on the left sleeve for the Last-Minute Stripes sweater and finished it up this morning. My knitting time today was spent sewing it together. Wow - all those tiny stitches sure take a loooong time to stitch together!

I decided to let the stripes fall where they may, so to speak. The sleeves match amazingly well, probably better than if I had tried to make them match. :)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Border dilemma

ok, what's your opinion?

The last knitted piece to go on this jacket is the band at the bottom of the sweater. Would you do blue (my original plan) or black.

My fear is a blue band at the bottom might make my hips look much W I D E R. The black may make it look odd though since it won't match the button band and collar.

Your thoughts?

Knitting bags

We have had a lively discussion on the KnittingParents yahoo group I'm on. There are so many really nice bags out there I had to share mine. :) There are shots here of my notions bag - this gets moved from bag to bag and includes everything I will need for knitting.

There's a shot of the basket that holds tons and is wonderful to just dump stuff in and go. It was great in the car traveling cross country this summer - contained all the "car" stuff and kept it from rolling around. Sometimes it gets too big however because the men in my life tend to put their things in it too. :)

The last 2 shots are another knitting bag I use. This one is much easier to toss in and go with - it is lighter than the basket and holds a lot in a smaller space. I love the long strap. It has lots of pockets and is crushable where the basket is not. There were 2 skein holder pockets on the bag as well but they stuck out too far and bugged me so I took them off. I haven't regretted it.

How do you transport your knitting?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mitred Jacket update

I need to get rid of this knitting funk and finish this darn jacket! My class was over in September, yet here it sits. I finished the left side last night. The next step is to join the two halves together in the back and then do a border along the front center and bottom with more of the blue Malibrigo yarn.

I am very pleased that the striping seems to match, so I managed to keep that consistent (whew!). I also like the size of the stripes with the black. I'm anxious to see it finished.

I'm a little concerned that the half I just finished seems to be slightly under one inch shorter than the first half - but I'm hoping that's due to it sitting condensed in a plastic bag since early September. The directions say to do the kitchener stitch to join at the back seam but.... it's garter stitch.... I'm going to do the 3 needle bind off. I'll let you know how it turns out! ;)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Thank you!

I received my gift from my one-skein partner tonight and they are gorgeous! So soft and warm and yet absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much Andrea!

I wore them tonight to DS#1's football game and they kept me toasty warm and still let me clap. :)

I tried to get a close up of the twists and turns - let me just say they are MUCH prettier in person than in my silly pictures.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

London Beanie

I managed to squeeze in a couple hours of knitting this weekend. I bought this yarn with my eldest son in mind. The colors are the same as the MN Wild hockey team. I made him the London Beanie. It was too big so I had to pull out the top and re-make it 10 rows smaller. He likes it much better now. ;)

It is made with Katia Tundra color 6705 that is 50% wool, 40% acrylic and 10% viscose so I'm almost certain he can't felt this hat.