Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Anxiously Waiting...

So I am anxiously waiting to start my winter knitalong, Nora's Sweater by Pamela Powers.  The yarn should be in this week and the KAL starts in two weeks.  I'm tired of working on my gloves (teeny-tiny sock yarn that I'm not used to working with), I have a project that needs blocking (would rather have needles in my hand), and I just need to knit something to pass the time. 

Well, I've been promising Zapamundo (my husband's villanous alter-ego) that I'd make him a winter hat and I found a great pattern for which I can use the leftover yarn from the college cozies.  It is the turn a square hat by Jared Flood, which is a free download on ravelry.  It was such a quick knit that I think I might make one for my dad too.  I lent my camera to a friend so until I get it back, here's a picture from my phone.

I need to steam the base of the decrease so it will lay a little better.  Then I'll have Zapamundo model it for me.

What kind of superhero do you want to be?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

TEN for 2010, Part I

TEN for 2010 is an idea I got from my favorite podcast, Stash and Burn.  Jenny and Nicole were talking about it in their January 5th podcast.  It came from a discussion board in Ravelry's Stash and Burn Groupies group.  Basically the idea was to come with 10 new techniques that you want to learn in 2010.  So let's begin...

No. 1 - Cables.  I have yet to learn how to cable. 
No. 2 - Knitted in pleats.  Now, I don't know if this is considered a technique or not but I'm very curious to see how this is done.

I plan to accomplish these first two with Nora's Sweater by Pamela Powers, which is on the cover of the Winter 2009 Interweave Knits.  We're starting this as a knit-along project on 2/11.  I don't think I'd have the courage to try it otherwise...Margaret promises me I can do it.

I am so excited for this project.  We're going to use Lana D'Oro by Cascade Yarns.  I've picked out #1036 which is this gorgeous deep red.  A week or so after I ordered the yarn, I was going through my stash and discovered that I already had one skein of it that I had received as a give-away at the Stitch n Pitch.  Now, I need to find a one-skein accessory to knit that will go with my sweater.  I'm thinking of some type of hat...hmmm...

More on TEN for 2010, as I think of them.

What kind of superhero do you want to be?

Past knitting projects

So, since this is a new blog, let me start out by saying that I'm an accountant, not a writer.  So I apologize upfront for any butchering I do to the English language.  I'm going to use this post to catch you up on past FOs.

This is my latest finished object.  It's the Happy Choices Adult Hat by Plymouth yarn Design Studio.  Of course it's not actually finished in this pic.  (I haven't taken the pictures off my camera yet.)  Notice the buttons on my shoes.  Aren't they awesome?!  The right one, is a little blurry, but it says "Born to Knit."  They're called yarn dots.  I bought them at Bliss Yarns in Brentwood, TN while visiting family over the holidays.

These are felted College Cozies from "Pints and Purls: Portable Projects for the Social Knitter." This is a fun book by Karida Collins & Libby Bruce.  They rate projects by how many adult beverages you can consume and still successfully knit the project.  (IrishClover - don't buy this book.)  I made these for the men in my family this Christmas.  This shows Rams/Blues, Cardinals, and Mizzou.

This Wine Bottle Sweater project is also from Pints and Purls.  I made these for the ladies of the family.  I bought the buttons and Hearthstone Knits.  These are absolutely adorable, but I don't think I'll make anymore of them because the pattern calls for needles that are much smaller than you'd normally use for the yarn.  I think it gave it some stiffness so the sleeves wouldn't just hang down.  But, hey now I can say that I've knit 4 sweaters!

This Spring Bonnet was designed by Georgia Druen.  It was so easy to knit and turned out so adorable and it looks great on the baby.  This was knit in the Summer of 2009 for a friend's baby.  I used the leftover yarn to make the little spiral socks.

I suppose that's it for this post.  I think I'll have another one shortly on a different topic.

What kind of superhero do you want to be?

Friday, January 22, 2010


So I am now infiKnitGirl. I've always wanted to be a superhero, so I just decided to make myself into one.  I want to make a cartoon pic of my superhero alias. 

I am going to attempt to use this to discuss my current knitting projects, maybe I'll even talk about the kiddos.  My last blog had 13 posts in 2006, 1 in 07, 1 in 08 and 1 in 09....Hopefully, this one will do better than that.

Stay tuned for my knitting projects...