Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Yarn Stash Rehash

Gina gave me the idea to use a shelf I had from IKEA to neatly store all my yarn. I've been hard at work over the past week.



Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Many Thanks, Secret Pal

Thank you, SP9, for another parcel. You really know how to spoil a person. As if the parcel you sent earlier this month was not enough!

Now I receive a lovely book about your home town, colorful page markers and more chocolate. I'll enjoy learning more about Estonia and I already know that I will use the page markers in the Vogue Knitting book you gave me and in my cookbooks. We all know where the chocolate will go! Again, many thanks, you've been a great Secret Pal.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Red Scarf Project

Finally, I've got a red scarf on needles for The Red Scarf Project. Will it completed by the January 31, 2007 deadline? dunno. But, I'm having fun knitting it now and if it is not ready for 2007, hopefully there will be a 2008 Red Scarf Project and I can send it to them.

Yarn Hog Scarf

start date: 1/24/07
finish date: 3/1/07

finished measurements: 5 " x 59"

yarn: KnitPicks Swish Superwash (3 skeins)
color: Fired Brick
needles: US #6, single point

co 30 sts (or any even number)
rows 1 and 2; K1, P1,
rows 3 and 4; K across
repeat these 4 rows to desired length

update: scarf measures 19.25 inches long after one skein
I purchased 2 skeins and I want the finished scarf length to be at least 60 inches. So, now comes the dilemma: Do I buy I buy 1 or 2 more skeins?

Monday, January 22, 2007

Let It Snow!

Not much snow, but enough for a snowman. Our snowman has raisin eyes.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Toe-Up Socks and a Grab Bag

At our Thursday night knitting group, I was so happy to get my first lesson in knitting socks from the toe up. A member of our group once again volunteered her time to teach us. (By the way, I have not finished the moebius scarf yet, in fact I frogged it.) This toe up sock method is really cool. Once again, I had a great evening of knitting. Some day this week we hope to get together to learn the gussett part.

We also got a splendid surprise during our lesson. One of the seasoned knitters in our group realized she had too much sock yarn. She generously put intact skeins of sock yarn in small brown paper bags, enough in each bag to knit a pair of socks. Then we each reached in for a bag. What fun! Thanks!

Now, I move onto something ALMOST completely unrelated. One semester when I was taking a Fortran programming class, the professor would pass around a brown paper to collect our homework. We would put our floppy disks in the bag. Now that's an odd way to gather homework. At the time of Halloween, when the bag came around, I added a candy bar to the bag. Our professor never mentioned it, but we got a laugh.

This all reminds me of another funny story, but I'll save that one for another post.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Wow, Secret Pal!

Wow - what a package from my SP9! I found surprise after surprise: 2 skeins of yarn, a candle, a bar of soap, a pair of handknit mittens (SP9, did you make them?), a pair of bamboo dp needles, point protectors, a tiny leather notebook and chocolates. Just take a look!

Now for some close-ups. Here is the yarn:

Here are the mittens, needles and point protectors. Aren't they the cutest point protectors you've ever seen? There is one glove and one cap to keep your dp needles together. I don't have anything like it in bag of knitting gadgets. I keep my dp needles tied together with twisties from bread bags.

Look at this lovely little book.

This photo shows a US penny in it for scale.

And last here's the detail of the spine of the book and leather tie to hold it shut. I've got to come up with an idea for some precious notes to keep in here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Two hats to frog

Over the weekend, I completed the half-dome hat for my husband and I whipped up a simple rolled brim hat for T. Both hats were to small for their intended recipients, so I frogged them. Now back to the drawing board, but not until I finish (uh hem, I need to start it too) my red scarf project.