Saturday, February 28, 2009
Here is my Casting Spells project (nothing like posting at the very last hour!). Actually, there are two of them. These made me think of the shawl Chloe made, and though they aren't so fine and delicate, they are lacy. They are blocking on my bed, and I guess I'll have to move them, so I can sleep tonight. Hmmmm, now where shall I put them to continue drying, where the cat won't get them?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Socks, it seems to be all about the socks for me. At first I thought it would just be about my Ice Cream Socks, because the colors remind me of ice cream and that did seem to be one of Chloe's comfort foods (and these are comfy socks). These are a Wendy Johnson pattern, toe-up, and I finished them January 2nd.
At that point I was feeling a bit of the "Sock Love" and cast on these Toe-up Thuja, which was a semi-"Wendy"-modification of the original pattern.
Bear with me, because by now I was falling prey to a paraphrase of the tag-line on the cover of the book, "The heart can be ruled by (sock) magic" and I made these Stripe Socks out of Noro Kureyon sock yarn.
I will admit that by now I may have a bit of a sock obsession because then I made these Valentine Socks for my husband, and since I finished those, I have cast two more pairs of socks; one pair is two-at-a-time, toe-up on two circulars, and the other pair is two-at-a-time, cuff down, Magic Loop.
(All of the links go to my posts about them on my personal blog, and you can also find info about them on my Ravelry projects)
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
This ended up 62" long. It is Knitpicks Bare and I really enjoyed doing it. Well, except for the time I had to frog six inches of it.
I think I am going to use this lace pattern to make myself a shawl for my niece's wedding in June. It is going to be an outside wedding and June in Cleveland can get cool in the evenings.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Congratulations Bonnie - your prize will be on it's way to you!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The book opens in chapter one... in Sugar Maple, Vermont So what better to project then a Sugar Maple design.
First I started off with the awesome orange and yellow colors of the leaves in the Fall in the Northeast, their beautiful colors can really cast a spell on you, don't you think?
And then a focus on the leaves themselves, blending with the green, after all Vermont is the Green Mountain State.
And then just a view of the two together. I sewed them together for a double thick padded square. It can be used as a pot holder or a hot pad or a very strong dishcloth. Perfect for scrubbing up the Maple syrup. LOL
Now to cast a spell on Jane so I can win the prize this month, LOL
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Whoduknit Mystery Yarn Ball Swap
Is anyone ready for another swap? This is one of my favorite swaps - and usually does not take a lot of time or money - something we all seem to have very little of these days. We've done this one before. If you are a new member - here is how it works:
You take one skein of yarn, or two if it's a very small skein, and wind or re-wind it up into a ball. As you wind you add little goodies to the yarn ball. Sometimes these balls look more like lumps - but that's okay! After all of the goodies are wound into the ball, you send it off to your pal along with a mystery pattern for your pal to knit with the yarn. As she/he knits the pattern the goodies fall out. Stash yarn is fine to use. The goodies can be anything from stitch markers, row counters, cable needles, handmade items, candy, charms, buttons, stamps, stickers, jokes, to $100 bills (kidding!) Once you start -the ideas will come to you! The only rule is that everything you send to your pal has to be wound up in the yarn ball, except for the pattern. Sometimes things end up sticking out - but as long as they are part of the ball it counts. Then we post photos or descriptions of the ball when we receive it, and the finished project with all the goodies when we finish it. There is no time limit on how soon you have to finish knitting the pattern you receive with your yarn- but....you cannot get all the goodies out until you do! No cheating!
Want to Play? Sign-ups begin now and end Feb. 23. You will receive your pal's name the first week in March. As always, it is up to you whether to remain anonymous or not. For some that is fun - for others it is a hassle - so do what is easiest for you. Deadline for mailing is March 31, but you can certainly mail earlier. And, oh yes, there is one more rule - you have to have fun!
E-mail me (grammieknitsatyahoodotcom) even if I already have this information, it's easier for me if you send it with your reply.
e-mail that you check frequently
blog address if you have one
Do you prefer to mail in the US or international?
Your promise that you will complete the swap!