Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Owen's hat, and the Holden Shawlette

Isn't he the cutest? This is my newest nephew Owen, modeling his "Heartbreakingly Cute Pilot Hat" from Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines.
I also finished the Holden Shawlette this past weekend, and am now anxiously awaiting the arrival of my blocking wires so that I can get this gorgeous (yet currently very smallish) shawlette stretched to the right proportions. . .

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Holden - so far....

I made it through all of the stockinette portion, and began the lace pattern sometime on Saturday. The knitting is fairly easygoing, I only really need to pay attention at the beginning and ending lace sections that magically grow every sixth row (or so)! This picture was taken at about round 20 of the written lace pattern, and this will be done by next weekend, no doubt about that. (note to self: this is not a challenge to complete this project by a certain date)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Holden Shawlette Knit-Along

Yes, I've done it, gone and joined a virtual group of knitters working on the same project. I saw the project first on Stefanie Japel's Craftsy blog, checked out some finished versions on Ravelry, and then grabbed the first skein of Malabrigo Sock that caught my eyes during the Yorkshire Yarns sale last weekend.
I wound the yarn myself at the shop, and as soon as I finished the cardigan (Sunday night) I used the same pair of size 6 needles and cast on for the Shawlette first thing Monday morning. Every Friday Stefanie J. will be posting her progress, and her goal is to be through the stockinette portion by Friday. I will be camping- for my 31st birthday!- this weekend, so I anticipate a little bit of extra knitting time around the campfire...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

someone smack me, please.

ok, I took my own challenge too seriously. I wanted to finish this cardigan so badly that I stayed up until 1130 on Sunday night just to be able to say I finished it this weekend. Now, it's a quarter to midnight and I am posting one pick (just one, wearing the cardigan over my pajamas)
As you can see, I went with the arrow lace pattern around the front bottom edges, picot bind-off on the turned front, and absolutely no blocking has happened at this point. BUT IT'S DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
good night

Friday, August 5, 2011

really still here!

Okay, so this is not necessarily the most flattering photo of any of us, but that is me, my cousin Jenn, and my sister Jenni knitting (and crocheting) together at Mom's house last weekend. I am working on my self-designed cardigan, Jenn was knitting a headband (she already finished it) and Jenni was crocheting a hat (she already finished 4 of them). My project is definitely more labor intensive, but it has been about the only thing I have worked on in the last 3 months with any regularity. Well, the cardigan and my new found need to make a quilt out of all of my scrap's some pictures of my progress:

This has been a true labor of indecision, because I wasn't sure of how I wanted the cardigan to look, exactly, and spent some deciding on the pattern, the lace, and the lace placement. It's almost done, my goal is to finish by next weekend. Cross your fingers for me!