Tuesday, May 29, 2007

These Hats Are Really Fast...

...to knit. I've just finished another one. Caron Simply Soft in Watermelon and Limelight. I started it at work yesterday and after dinner this is what I worked on. That is the center back, my jogless jog looks pretty good. This one is 86 stitches on US7, it fits on my 22" head but is short (doesn't cover my ears). That makes 6 hats for the Loopy Ewe challenge, I may be done. My hands really don't like the big needles, I'm ready for some size 1's for a while.
Time for bed, Goodnight!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

2 More Hats Off The Needles

Edited on 5/29/07: Ok, make that 3. I finished another hat this morning. I've knit this one in Caron Simply Soft Mango with some Squiggle thrown in with it. This hat is so cute! My co-worker has asked me to knit one for her cousin's new baby boy. I'm thinking lime green with a different Squiggle I have.

I knit another of the Vine Lace Baby Hats in Caron Sport-Thunder Blue. I think I've mastered this pattern and will move on. I knit it exactly like the green one in the previous post.

I also knit this Cable Rib Hat in Wool Ease-Red Sprinkles. Mandy agreed to model it. Relaxed it measures 18" but it stretches out nicely. It's supposed to fit a 2-6 year old but it also fits a 17 year old.

More knitting as it comes off the needles!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Baby Hats! & Socks Too

I'm knitting some baby hats for the Loopy Ewe challenge. I've had some false starts but these 2 have turned out quite nice. Both are knit in the Vine Lace Baby Hat pattern. The pink/yellow hat is knit in Knit Picks Sock Garden-Stargazer Lily and the green hat is Caron Sport that I've had for forever.

The pink hat is being modeled by one of Mandy's Bitty Babies (they have 13" heads). The green one is over a container that shows off the lace details. Both are knit with the 81 stitches; the pink hat was knit on size 3 and the green on size 5 needles. I'm going to knit another one in a bright blue next (the yarn is Caron Sport also and the color is called "Thunder Blue). I love this pattern!

And in sock news (since I have so many empty needles), I started a plain jane sock in one of the Regia Cotton Surf yarns in my stash. The standard 68 stitches on size US1's. I'm almost ready for a heel flap.
So, that's all the knitting news for now. Have a great holiday weekend, I hope you get to knit some.

Rasa Tagged Me

But I reserve the right to NOT tag anyone else. So, here are 7 random things about little ole me...

1.I love old musicals...my favorite is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
2. I'm an Army brat...Dad retired when I finished 4th grade
3. I hate to move...We moved a lot during the Army years Kentucky, Germany, back to Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Colorado, then after retirement, Indiana, Ohio, back to Indiana, and then when I got married back to Ohio.
4. If I could, I would sit and knit all day long.
5. My BFF is my sister Monica
6. I'm the middle child of 7
7. I hate to go on Ferris Wheels and Roller Coasters (Space Mountain just about did me in)

Well, there you have it... if you would like to play, consider yourself tagged. Next post will be knitting, I promise.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Oh, Oh, Oh It's Magic

The Opal Magic 1051 socks are finished! I finished them too late last night to take a picture and post, but the sun is up so here they are.
Opal Magic 1051
68 stitches
2 x 2 rib cuff
3 x 1 rib leg and instep
US1 dpn's
Another magical thing about them is that they match perfectly...again.
So, I have another set of empty needles that need to be filled. I better get busy! Have a great week! More later.
Did I get the song stuck in your brain?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Taking Stock

Added on 5/18/07, 8:45pm

The orange Trekking socks are done (finished at work this afternoon). Stats: Crosshatch Lace pattern from More SKS, 72 stitches on leg on size US0 dpn's, 68 stitches on foot on size US1 dpn's. Oh so pretty and they fit great. Here they are just hanging out in the azalea (and a few thistle).

Deb offered up a challenge yesterday after reading Carole's blog. Kind of a "flash your sock yarn stash" thing. How many pair of socks would you be able to knit from your current stash. I too, am no match for Carole's 80 pair, but I did beat out Deb. As of last night, I could knit42 pair of socks. 2 balls didn't make it into that shot...my ball of STR and Bearfoot. This count does not include the 6 pair I have OTN. I just did some calculating and it seems I have just enough to finish the 52 Pair Plunge (that doesn't mean that I won't be buying more when the budget allows, ;) if you know what I mean). So conduct your own "spring sock yarn inventory" and let us know "what condition your condition is in".

In sock knitting news...the orange Trekking socks are nearing completion (just a few more inches) and the second Opal Magic (turquiose) sock has been started and the leg is almost done. I will post pics of those upon completion. Have a great Thursday. More later!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Busy Doing Nothing

That's how I feel. I did finish Monica's socks for her birthday... she has received them (and the rest of her presents too, she has blogged about it). She loves them and they fit "perfect" she says.

I started a new pair in Opal Magic. I started with a 2 x 2 rib and when I got tired of that I switched to a 3 x 1 rib for the leg and foot. I like it, the colors make me happy. This will be my Socktopia "Yikes Stripes" socks for May.

I'm still working on the test knit for Monica's sock pattern. I'm knitting them in Lorna's Laces Tahoe colorway (that Mandy gave me for my birthday last year). It's very pretty, I'm sorry all I can show you is the heel.

I'm on the second sock of the orange Trekking Crosshatch Lace pair. I had set this aside to finish Monica's socks (and start some new socks too), but I will let them out of their box and put some more inches on them (and hopefully finish) too.

I restarted the Panda Cotton (that I recently won) using Adrienne's pattern. It's a fun pattern to knit and easily memorized. This yarn is so soft but so splitty. I will knit on and not let that defeat me.

Well, that's all I have for now. I hope to have more finished next time... I think I might do a little sewing and/or machine embroidery. I have some things I need to get done for upcoming birthdays. Have a great Friday and weekend!