Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fitted Knits Knitalong and New Projects

Ok, so now I'm obsessed with everything topdown. I'm getting ready to start reading Barbara Walker's Knitting From the Top Down. I also joined the Fitted Knits Knitalong, since I love Stefanie Japel's work. I picked as my project the Split-Neckline Cap-sleeved tee.

My first observations are that the knitting goes a lot faster, or it seems that way since I'm working in another direction. I casted on last Friday night. By Sunday I had this much done.

Then I had to rip back to here because I think I might have read the pattern wrong. Anyway,

I worked out the problem, which was pretty easy and now I have this much done.

This project also helped me to destash (because I really need to). I'm using Cascade Sierra, color#16, dyelot 3324 (that's the hot pink) and Skacel Meditation, color# 400, dyelot 067 (the multi). I'm not sure if Skacel makes Meditation still, it's been in my stash for at least a year now.

I'm hoping to do some sewing next weekend if I have time. I need a new handbag to carry all my stuff in including my knitting. I also want a new change purse. Maybe I'll knit and felt one by next weekend. I saw one on Lion Brand that was cute.

I finished my second washcloth. I think I'm going to make a whole bunch of them. I used it this morning and love it. The texture is very nice, and the washcloth is very absorbant. Much nicer than the ones you buy in the store.

Last week I bought this yarn

to make two of these for the summer. Let me know what you think. I know it's a nightie, but I think it will look good as a tank top.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Freak Mishaps & Goodies

I know it's been a while. Let me start off by saying, I never thought this would ever happen, but it can. Please be careful if you have loose knitting hanging around. I was grabbing my knitting with my left hand on Saturday getting ready to get out of the car when the next thing I knew, one of the needles was sticking out of my right hand. Two painful days later, I am doing much better. I can actually close my hand without it hurting. I took one day off knitting. I was working on this washcloth for my mother.

I started one for myself and I'm halfway done. My fiance wants one also, and he's requested a much longer one for a hand towel in the kitchen.

Not to change the subject of knitting, but I'm on this big kick of listening to music again since I'm going to be gigging again. I love my new band. I'll tell you more soon, but I have to keep it on the low down since they haven't fired their singer I'm replacing yet. My first gig with them is next month. So, to get back to what I was about to say, because I have the need to put this out there. Let's just call it my Hot Music Tip/Review. If any of you remember the show Growing Pains, then you should remember the guy who played the dad, Alan Thicke. Anyway, He has a son who is in the music industry, Robin Thicke. If you haven't heard his second album, you need to. I have been playing it for the past week. I might have to buy a second album because I'm afraid I'm going to wear this one out. And ladies, let me just say, the man is FINE!!! (I hope my fiance doesn't read this.)

On to my book review. I received in the mail last week Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel from Glampyre Knits . This is her first book. I don't think there is anything in this book I don't like. There is even a Fitted Knits knitalong getting ready to start here. I also bought Barbara Walker's Knitting From the Top Down. If you don't have this book, you have to get it. It is a must have for your knitting library.

Anyway, I have a couple of small things on the needles, I hope to have pictures up soon. I'm gearing up for Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Like I need more yarn. I really need to destash. Who am I kidding. Where there is yarn or roving, I will travel. I am definitely putting myself on a budget. I don't want to spend much. I know when I get there, I'll be like a kid in a candy store. My fiance even said the other day, when we do get married, we'll have to move soon after because I'm coming with too much baggage. Oh well, he'll learn.


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