Monday, November 5, 2007

Bowing to pressure

So, yeah not so much with the updating here, eh? It's not that there's been no knitting, in fact there's been quite a lot. It's the lack of pictures that's the problem. Someday I'll figure out the techmologies enough that I can take my own pictures, however, today is not that day. So, you'll have to settle for what I can yank off the interwebs.

The most recent thing off the needles is a Knitting Pure and Simple's wrap cardigan.I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Black Purl and it's looking pretty good if I do say so myself.

Also off the needles (finally) is the Rectangular Shawl. It still needs the crochet edging, I think I might need to get some help with that though.

Another FO is a Chevron Scarf, the pattern's from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson. It's a nice pattern and a fairly easy knit but, I'd have to say, waiting to the actual last minute to knit this one would be a mistake. Four balls of fingering-weight yarn on 3.75mm needles does not, IMNSHO, a quick knit make. I don't have any pictures of my version, but here are a lot of wonderful ones.

There are more FOs, but I think I've pushed my luck w/the whole techmology thing today (only managed to delete something unintentionally once this time). So, I think I'll leave the rest for another day. Who knows, maybe by the next time I update I'll actually have figured out the picture thing.

Liza {who adds, but don't count on that}

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Summer Knitting

I have been getting nothing but grief for not posting for almost 2 months...yes, I know. I am a bad blogger. I promise I will attempt to get better at it. However, on to the reason for the post. I have been busy knitting this summer and have finally taken a couple of pictures of the items to post.

First off...2 new pair of socks. Both of these socks are made out of Tofutsies in the great pattern that KnittingGrammy started me out on. Indy decided he also needed to be in on the photo.

Next project is a Chevron Scarf made out of Koigu. I still haven't blocked it so you don't get a full picture, just a shot to give you an idea of it.

The next pair of socks a simple version of the 2 socks made out of Tofutsies. I made this pair out of Drops Alpaca. These are going to be going to a very good friend of mine as a little thank you for her support this summer. Hopefully she will like them.

And last but not least, I made a kitten bed for my little fuzzies. I of course had to deviate from the pattern and it did not turn out to be what I wanted at all!! However, from the pictures, both Dega and Indy don't seem to mind that it didn't really turn out. I am going to have to try this pattern again and actually, follow the pattern completely.

I promise I will post in the next couple of days on what is currently on my needles. Until then...peace....out!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Sock Bandwagon

It was a couple of years ago that Liza told me she was going to take a knitting sock class. My reaction, why would you do that? What purpose is there to knit socks? I can get 4 pair for $5.00 at any Walmart or Zellers...why knit them?
Over the last couple of years I have watched Liza and many others knit socks. At M1 SnB I have listened to many talk about the sock yarn they have just gotten, the pattern that they were going to knit on their next pair, the pattern they were designing for knitting socks. Let me tell you, it was overwhelming and frankly, I felt totally out of the loop. I decided I was going to take a classes available at M1 for at least a month. To understand this issue, you need to understand that when I get an idea in my head, it has to happen now....not in a month, not in a week....NOW!! I couldn't wait that long! So, over to the patterns I go to see if there is a pattern that will walk me through the process of knitting socks. Of course this is rather funny considering I suck at reading patterns...why do I think I will be able to actually accomplish this? Because I am desperate....remember I must do it NOW!! Obviously Knitting Grammy heard the desperation in my voice as she offered to meet me at M1 that Friday afternoon to teach me the miracle knitting of socks. So, over the next couple of Friday afternoons Knitting Grammy and I met at M1 and went through the process of knitting a sock....the final outcome....
My first sock made out of Opal Sock yarn. Dega, my oldest cat, checking it out. Yes, I did make the second sock. So I now have a matching pair and I am now hooked on knitting socks. And yes, I now know why people knit socks rather than just buying all at Walmart or Zellers.
My second pair is made out of Tofutsies (picture to come at a later date). My third pair which I casted on last night are again out of Tofutsies. Yes, I know...boring doing it out of the same type of yarn but I was desperate last night to start something new and all my other sock yarn needs to be wound.......hmmm... LIZA!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Well, whadda ya know, actual FOs!

Okay, some are, some not so much. These are. It's a shot of various hats and one scarf all destined for assorted charities. The grey hat and scarf are from Knitting With Balls and while it's a nice pattern that turned out well, I have to say, I won't be doing that scarf again anytime soon. I forgot how much I dislike the fisherman rib type patterns (once did a whole sweater in it, eek!~okay, it was a toddler sweater, but still!). The rest of the hats are just your basic roll-brim hats.

Okay, here we have an almost FO, along with the requisite cute kitty pic. The kitty is Miss Manhattan aka Manny, the only girl in the gang at my house.

The item she's checking out is a finished top for a Halloween quilt featuring, what else, a black kitty. D'ya think Manny recognises the resemblance?

This is the quilt sans Manny. Kinda cute, eh? Even if I do say so myself. It's an original design, or at least as original as one can be with a very basic 4-patch as your basis. And it took much longer than it should have to get this far (how long I'm not saying).

This is another not quite FO. It's the Rectangle Shawl from Blue Sky Alpacas done in their Alpaca Silk (Spring). I love this yarn and the pattern is so pretty, but I'd memorized the pattern after 2 or 3 repeats and now I'm, well, bored. I'll be dragging it with me to knit group at Make One tonite and every Tuesday until I finish it. That's the only way to make sure it gets finished.

And to round out the project content, a picture of a couple of kitty blankets made for the Meow Foundation.
This is an important organization in our household as all four kitties are Meow alumni.

Well, this has taken me longer to do than I ever would have expected (kept doing the same, wrong, thing~arrrggghhh computers!) so that's all for now folks. I leave you with one more kitty pic.

Meet Mustang, the resident Himbo. The boy is cute, but brains? Yeah, not so much. Note, he's checking out the loveseat after all the interesting stuff was packed away.

Liza {who notes, knowing the classic definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results) does not prevent one from indulging in that very thing}

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Two Sisters from Calgary

To stop the harassment of our knitting friends.....we have created a BLOG!!

We will try to keep track of our endeavors and hopefully show pictures of our FOs. We are both knitters but we both also have different other hobbies and interests that we will be posting about. I am sure there will also be pictures of our respective kitties. Heather has 2 and Liza has 4....yes, I said 4.

Heather :o)