Thursday, August 28, 2008

Knitting here Knitting there Knitting EVERYWHERE!

I finished the Road to Golden well in time! :) But it took 3 days to dry completely and then I forgot to take pictures during the day so did them at night and am only getting around to posting them tonight..
thats the front and this is the back
The yarn came from New Lanark Mills. Its 100% pure wool except for the apricot thats got 10% silk in it.
I LOVE THIS SWEATER!!!! I cant believe it went so quickly as well. Watched the olympics and knitted away and I was able to do both without messing up! :) I was able to hold and carry both yarns (you work with only 2 at a time) at the same time because I am able to knit both by picking and throwing the yarn (same can not be said for my purl stitches!)

A baby sweater for my Auntie Rosemarie well not for her as so much for her and her hubbys little bundle of blue baby joy on its way. I think they already have a name picked out I just cant remember what it is. But that sweater took 2 or was it 3 days to sort out annd finish. :) All I have left is sewing on the buttons and weaving in the ends.

Im deciding if the mittens from Vogue Knitting fall 2008 #3 Green Autumn are going to be knit simple and quick enough to make for Christmas gifts for the ladies this year. So far Im loving this pattern! :) 2 days worth of work here (well thats after knitting the entire cuff before admiting it was just way to big!)

Another picture of the glove with a slightly truer colouring. Really I just like showing off!

and the inside of the hand. No its not really tight on my thumb Im just using a very small saftey pin to hold my stitches because its what I had to hand at the moment.
If these go as fast as I think they should (hopefully meaning Ill have the hand finished tomorrow) then these will be for the ladies and Ill have to find something super quick to knit for the men then.....

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I love colour work!

Can I just say I love when the Olympics are on!! I dont care if they are winter or summer I just love them! :) I couldnt wait for the opening ceremonies to start I made sure I did all my running around before hand. Actually I ended up putting off stuff I wanted to do so that I could make sure I was at home when they started! :) Im so glad I was. As is normal I loved the show thought it was excellent. Weve been watching all the coverage BBC is showing on the telly and enjoying every minute of it.
As Ive mentioned I joined the Ravelympics and started knitting. I cant believe how quick my Road to Golden has gone. Ive finished up to the arm gussets and have started the arms now.
that was after a couple of days knitting on it. And I redid the charts because I changed the colours to make it easier for me to follow I recoloured them in and then added bits of the yarn to the side so I knew what yarn goes with what colour.

The is the finished state from yesterday just sat to the side now until I do the sleeves. I cant believe how quick its gone! Aran weight wool really does knit up quickly!
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Heres a close up of the pattern both the right side and because I always like the way the wrong sides look I added one of those as well. :) Isnt it lovely?!?!?
And then a close up of the gusset stitches.
Id show the arms but theres nothing really to show of them but a few garter stitch rows. Wait till I get more and Ill show then. Knitting both of em at the same time, hope these go as quick as the body did! :)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Productivity is goooooood

So I had a rather productive day on Friday and I managed to finish my PIF for my mom. Oh youd like to see would you? :) Of course Ill show off!
Reversible napkins so depending her mood she can set them how she would like. :)
I like the way these turned out and if I had to do a house warming gift I would make these for them. However I dont know anyone planning on moving any time soon so my sewing machine is safe for the moment.
And like I said I had a productive day on Friday...
4 cushions had covers made for them. They aree a very very pale yellow in colour. All I did was cut out 8 18x18 (the size of the cushions) pieces of fabric and then took two bits for each cover (obviously) and sewed 3 sides together turned right side out ironed the seam out stuffed the pillow inside and then hand sewed the 4th side closed. After talking about it I decided to sew them closed instead of putting a zip or buttons on them. They turned out perfectly good and Ill do this for now on every time I want to change the cushions! :) That way I get the colours I want! oh and they only took 2 meters of fabric. I had left overs, not sure how much but I just bought 2 meters and theres not enough left to do anything major with.
Thats the progress Ive made on my sweater so far. I have one more set of increases for waist shaping to do and then I just have to finish the body start the hem do the arms blah blah blah. So I am knitting its just not going as quick as I would like it to. I suppose thats what you get for knitting witih 2.5 mm needles (or is it 2.75mm?) Anyways they are small and its taking a long time!
Ive decided to join tthe ravelympics very last minute I know. I got a link from a group to a new to me site to buy wool from and Ive finally got enough to make Road To Golden with (thats not who I bought my yarn from). Hopefully the yarn will get here today if it does Ill take pictures and post them up. I cant start it until Friday during opening cermonies so I cant wait! :) My goal is to just get the body of it finished Im not going to go for the arms as well in two weeks but Im going to try to see if I cant get it all in. As this is my first fairisle sweater I dont know how long its going to take me. But I cant wait to try!! :)
Alright Ill hopefully be back sooner rather then later with a good update of how everythings goinig. :)