Yarn Cubby

Yarn Cubby

So I've never been the girl with 25 pairs of shoes...but boy did I find a way to fill this puppy up. I'm going to do whatever I possibly can to just keep my yarn in ONE of these and not go and get myself a second one. I best get to knitting! It is a shoe rack I found at Lowe's in an attempt to find some shelving for my store. I stared at it for a bit and realized it would be the most perfect new home for all of my tasty yarn. I love being able to look at it and not have it buried at the bottom of a basket that I must dig through for inspiration. When I placed each skein/hank in its new home yesterday I was thinking about what I might use each of them for...so I've got all kinds of new project ideas up my sleeve. I'm thinking some felting is right around the corner.

Rainbow Blanket

In the meantime however, I'm still plugging away, when I have idle time, on this colorful blanket. I think I've finally decided that indeed it will be a blanket and I don't think it will be much longer before I've used up the entire ball of yarn. My pattern (or lack there of) is just to knit, knit, knit creating a simple garter stitch throughout. I like to throw in some flavor every now and then with a few rows of knit two, purl two (k2, p2) making a ribbed pattern. I don't have much of a rhyme or reason to when I add these "special rows" but I try and fold the blanket over to see if it is time for another row or three of variation.

Hiding

I asked a special someone to cozy up in the blanket this morning for a little photo shoot and this is what I got out of the deal. I was feeling a bit worried that the blanket wasn't going to be wide enough but it seems to be just right for a 3 year old. Gussy asked me if it was for him on Sunday, "Mama is that for me? It is so cute!"

Peek Closed Eyes

He told me the blanket matched his arm warmers this morning. "How did you do that Mama?"

Well Goo - I did it on size 11 single pointed needles with a giant ball of variegated yarn!

Cozy Sock Yarn

I'll leave you with a pretty view of some of the skeins of sock yarn that were gifted to me by my parents this past week when they visited. My collection really skyrocketed when they came to see us. Look at how nicely they fit right in their little cubby. Thanks for my bag full of birthday yarn Dad and Jan! I'm still in the same place with my socks that I was a few weeks ago, I'm the kind of girl that likes to keep my options wide open and I like to have at least 3 knitting projects going at once - I also like to be reading a few books at once to appease whatever mood I might be in.

I hope the next time I share something I'll be done with my blanket and started on a brand new project. I'm close...so I don't doubt it. Happy Knitting!

Side Project

Yarn Ball

This yarn, from Purl, arrived in hanks - as it usually does - but Mama doesn't have a ball winder...or does she...My Ball Winder

Hank

I used my husbands arms and my hands to wind my own ball. Problem solved!

So after I had a ball I started knitting a little gifty for my Sister-in-Law for her birthday. Of course I decided I ought to stick to what I'm good at so I knitted another ribbed hat. Since this yarn is pretty chunky I used size 10.5 circular needles made from bamboo. My collection of needles is growing by the project. I knitted two, purled two the whole way around. I started by casting on 68 stitches (I think). I should always write down exactly what I cast on right when I do it because it immediately exits my brain and since I already gifted the hat I can't count how many I cast on.

lexhat2

Trying it on for size. It isn't quite done yet but I love the colors of this variegated wool. It is called Sheep Number 2, made in Uruguay. It has to be dry cleaned or hand washed in cold water. It is 100% pure wool and it comes in 100g hanks. I got it from Purl when they had their moving sale and I'm happy that I got two hanks of it, even though this project didn't even require one whole ball of yarn. I have a little ball left over and one whole hank for Shane to hold while I wind for another project. I've become a yarn hoarder, I need to do some serious knitting to start diminishing my stash.

The Finished Product

Happy Knitting! Happy Birthday Lex!

Project Slowdown

So I'm not really working very hard on any one project right now, my socks are on hold, I'm still plugging away with that other mystery project, when I need something to do with my hands. Here is about how hard I'm working on it.

StPattysKnit

This was on St. Patty's Day we like to enjoy a beverage with champagne and Guinness combined, I think it is called a Black Velvet but I'm not really sure. I've actually made quite a bit of progress on what I think is going to be a baby blanket, but I don't know whom it is for, and I'm certainly not following a pattern. I'm using size 11 metal needles and I was just told by my Great Aunt Jean (the master knitter) that I should work on an afghan. I was so curious as to how exactly you go about making a big afghan, I mean I felt like I was cramming all I could possibly cram onto the big needles I'm using for this tiny blanket (or as my husband calls them "tiny curtains" - that was when we had NO idea what the project might morph into)? She took my needle and crammed it even further down the needle - welp - I guess you can actually fit quite a bit more on there. See I just need people to show me things like this! So my blanket will probably be long and skinny and for a mystery baby.

The weather has been nice, I'm just finishing a photography class that eats up a lot of my nights (aka knitting time) for about a month, and time is something that I can't make more of. I think I'll be newly inspired when Grandma Jan visits in about a week, although we might be working on some quilt squares instead of knitting...but my big bag of booty (around 40 skeins of yarn) should be arriving with them from WI one week(ish) from today. So exciting!

I'll leave you with one last photo of my mystery project. I'm sure whatever it ends up being I'll like since I love colorful soft variegated yarn - even though it is an acrylic blend!

blankie

Happy Knitting!

Weekend of Inspiration

Great Aunt Jean

We spent our weekend in Coeur D'Alene, ID with my sweet Great Aunt and Uncle. Now here is a master knitter! She's 86 years old so doesn't really do much knitting anymore, it makes her fingers go numb, but she's got a lot of experience under her belt so during our visit I asked questions and wished the entire time that she lived closer (not just for knitting assistance of course). Our visit was sweet, my little boys got to spend some time with who they called Grandpa and Grandma. "I want to go back to Grandpa and Grandma's house." I mean they are Grandma and Grandpa after all, just not ours...but we like to take as many as we can get our hands on.

So I've got a few different projects in my bag these days, Aunt Jean is holding one of them above. She was teaching me how to increase and yo (yarn over). I don't know how to do either of them and I wish I'd had a video camera...maybe I'll have to take a trip back soon for another "lesson." The project above is something - not sure what yet - I'm thinking a baby blanket. That is just a side project though, nothing too challenging just something to keep my hands busy when I want to turn my brain off.

sock start

This is the real project right now. I am attempting some socks for the first time. So here is the start on size 2 dpns (double pointed needles - look at that lingo!) or as Grandma refers to them "toothpicks". This sock yarn is so pretty though. Thanks Jan! It is Premier Yarns, Deborah Norville Collection, Serenity Sock Weight. 50% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Bamboo, and 25% Nylon and so soft.  The color on the label is Indigo and I'm just following the pattern inside the sock yarn label. I'll share when I'm done. It is just a tiny taste of my birthday present that I mentioned previously (40 ish skeins of yarn coming in about 3 weeks).

I wished I'd been to the heel so I could get some assistance, but this is about all the further I made it while we were visiting.  According to Great Aunt Jean the hardest part is the heel, that reinforcement. Hopefully I actually finish this pair of socks, I know now why people buy their socks, and don't knit them.

my first sock

Oh and I knit inside out for some reason? I don't know what the deal is? So the reverse of this sock looks much better, but I didn't take a photo of it for some reason? I'll flip it when I'm ready to do the heel. I'm hoping one day I'll have something that somewhat resembles Great Aunt Jean's socks.

GA Jean's Socks

These are some socks she knitted herself (just one pair of about a million) using variegated yarn. She's made argyles and all different kinds, she had a few examples to show me, along with probably 20 sweaters that she made for her grandchildren years ago (all of them amazingly beautiful)! So we had a really sweet visit and I was definitely inspired.

Oh and we stopped at several thrift shops, and at one hit the jackpot, tons of old knitting pattern books, 25 cents a piece! I am making a sweater next. Aunt Jean told me I should have probably started with a sweater...she thinks that would've been easier than socks.

Sock Close

Hopefully I'll have a photo like this, of a sock I've knitted myself, very soon! Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!