Thursday, April 24, 2008

BAA BAA BLACKSHEEP: I am smitten

I agree with the K3tog. What a pain! I hope you can find a way to salvage the project though. It's pretty!

I love, love, love the swatch. I can't wait to see what becomes of that yarn!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Completed Clapotis and Then Some

I finished my Olympic Clapotis within a week. The Olympic challenge there was maintaining interest long enough to actually get it done! I posted pictures to my blog.

Because I loved the completed Clapotis and felt guilty about fussing that it was a boring pattern, I did more knitting--sort of to pay penance to Clapotis! I completed a Branching Out scarf last night--got it pinned to the blocking board. I also finished a Booga Bag. Photos of the finished BO and Booga are not yet posted, but I do have progress photos on the blog.

Can I have credit for doing 7/8s of a Gioia scarf before deciding I hated the yarn and wripped the whole thing out? I adore that pattern, but the yarn was driving me to drink. No photos exist, either progress photos or otherwise!

Victory!

Finished the sweater yesterday. Pics on the blog soon!

Two-thirds an Olympian

As some of you may recall, I am the one who planned to make three incarnations of the knitty pattern, Coronet. That didn't happen, so, zib, you're not alone in your flakiness. (:

My second Coronet, though, I am happy to report, was completed as the pattern instructs (with a fold-up brim) and looks great. Unfortunately, for me, it, too, is slightly pinky--it's more of a raspberyy color than the first painful pink one. The second will go to my friend in Texas.

The third, which was going to be for me, isn't going to get made right now. I can't bring myself to knit the pattern again. It's a fine pattern, it's just that I just knit it twice and I want to work on something else now. So, no gold for me.

I did start my Tempting, though, so I have some boring k2p2 rib in my immediate future: 14 inches of it before anything else happens! Yikes. It will be nice to have an article of clothing, though.

Congratulations gold knitting medalists! I shall admire your shiny goodness from the corner.

Done

Done and done. I wound up scaling back from my original plan (the proposed recipient of size-13 men's socks didn't want 'em, so plan B was to make them for my brother who has size 10 feet). There's a picture on my blog, and I'll try to post one here later today (or, more likely, sometime this week).

Not done, and not defeated.

Congratulations to all of you sporting shiny medals. Well deserved, well earned, and I'm enjoying seeing the variety of finished projects. Much applause to you all.

I'm still plugging along. Done? No. Surprised? No. Bummed? Actually, no to that as well. I've learned quite a bit, about myself and about my knitting. Tracking this project as compared to others, I've actually accomplished more in this particular short amount of time than ever before. I'll still have a nifty sweater when all is said and done. And I'm pleased to have been part of this effort with such a grand bunch of folks.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Thrill of...

Victory: I finished my Clapotis about four (4) hours ago!!!! It's even almost dry now.

The agony of: No internet connection for the past four (4) hours, and no pictures until tomorrow.

Congratulations to all of my teammates!!! High fives for those who finished, high fives for those who gave it their best, and high fives to all the pets and people who let their Team Knittyboard member knit, rather than attend to them. In my particular case: Jerry, Maxy, Cassidy & Abby.

Rock on, 2006 Winter Olympics Team Knittyboard!!!!

ETA: Pics finally up on my blog!

It's so bright in here...




from the glare of my Gold Medal! Yay! But never again. I'm stiff all over and am going to slather myself in Ben Gay later.

It still needs a proper blocking (it's only been lightly misted and blocked) to force those points out.

I love it.

Congratulations to all who finished and all who tried!

Pictures

I finally got around to posting some pictures of my completed Olympic project on my blog. Check it out!

Hand over the Gold!!

hey all! i finished my lovely sweater and wore it today. full report on my blog.

YAY US!!!

And the medal

for getting utterly distracted by the local at that little cafe in Torino who offered to show me around his paese.



My Olympic project shall be done! Before the World Cup even!

C'mon, I can't be the only flaky Knittyboard team member out there.

Ta Da!

It's Done!

Olympic Cozy

A morning sprint to the finish - GOLD!


Ladies and Gents, may I present EVE! A true palindrome.

Phew! We did it! Congrats to all! More on the blog.

Congrats to everyone who competed! This has been a lot of fun!

According to the ticker on Yarn Harlot's site, I have 2 more hours to finish. I have seven baby hats done. I am happy with that result. And that's all the matters right?

Now I better got play with my dog. :)

Go team knitty!

Theresa shakes a bottle of champagne and sprays it around the room

finished

More pictures, mostly of steeking in progress, on the blog.

Ta Da!!!

Here she is:














Top Down Sweater from Knitting Pure & Simple in Noro Korchoran. Full details are on my blog.

Everyone's projects look fabulous, whether completed yet or not. Yay for Team Knitty Board!!

With 9 hrs left to go.....

I had to withdraw. Fellow Knittyboard teammates....I am unable to finish, due equipment difficulties. Meaning, as you can see, strap is not finished but skein of yarn is. The only color I wasn't worried about running out of...did. I have enjoyed knitting with everyone, it has been fun and congrats to all who competed whether you finished or not. It happens...I am not upset or bummed. Just trying to order new yarn to finish....now if I can't find anymore..I will be upset!! ;)

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Elle sont finies!

Only the thought of Olympic glory motivated me to finish my second sock. I don't know how you all do it normally. They were SO BORING!! I thought socks would be hard, so I intentionally chose a simple pattern. I guess I should have listened to the infinite wisdom of Knittyboard.

Gold Medal Winner!

I finished my blanket yesterday. I love the way it turned out.

BBBB100_0071

Pattern: Big Bad Baby Blanket from Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n Bitch: the Knitter's Handbook

Needles: Size 9 circular Boye needles

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine in Blush (8 skeins) and Cherry (4 1/2 skeins)

Modifications: I worked eighteen rows of seed stitch on the top and bottom borders. If I made this blanket again, I would only do sixteen rows of seed stitch.


I made this blanket for my husband's best friend’s baby, which should be arriving any minute now. They're going to induce labor on Monday if she doesn't arrive this weekend. I'm so excited to visit next month! Can't wait to see the little girl all cozied up in my creation!

It's crunch time.

I've got 5 baby hats done. I need to make 3 more.

I'm trying to decide if I make 3 teeny tiny baby hats, if that would be cheating the olympic gods, and spoil the olympic spirit. I want to do it, but not if I have to cheat to get it done.

Oh... what to do!

Finito!



Falling Leaves are done! I actually finished a couple days ago (as CBear can attest), but didn't have the chance to take a photo. ;) Please don't mind the pasty, white calves. Block them from your mind if you must!

I LOVE this pattern - I made a couple of mistakes, but they weren't terribly difficult nor confusing to fix (or fudge if I needed to). By the end I had the chart memorised, and that second sock really flew!

Go Team Knitty, Go!

Success!

My Top Down Sweater came off the needles Wednesday night. Washed and blocked it Thursday morning - it's taken 2 days to dry! Finally got the ends woven in this afternoon. It fits! It's snuggly, and soft and warm. Pics will follow tomorrow when the houseful of relatives have gone home!

Progress!


I'm not sure I can finish by tomorrow, but I'm knitting steadily anyway. I've finished the back armhole shaping of my vest, using a method I've haven't done before--it's what Jacqueline Fee calls the Finished Armhole: you begin and end each row with S1, P1, S1, P1, resulting in a nice, even, finished-looking edge. And that means you don't have to pick up stitches and knit ribbing around the armholes when you're done! I wasn't sure I'd like how it looks and was prepared to rip back and start again, but I'm pretty happy with it. Thought I'd share a scan, for those of you who might want to try it sometime.

CONGRATS to all our gold medal winners! Your projects look beautiful.

I did it! A Gold Medal!



I did it y'all!! It ain't the most complex project out there but she's all mine. And it fits!

I used a pattern I made up from Sweater Wizard so I'm calling it my---get ready for a moment of out-of-the-box creativity: "Olympic Sweater." Used Knit Picks "Decadence" 100% Superfine Alpaca.

Friday, February 24, 2006

another gold for Team Knittyboard!

Done in right at 2 weeks, the Fir Cone Square Shawl is finished! The yarn is about 4 ounces of 1/14 cashmere from ColourMartUK in "Everglades". The cost of the yarn was about $15 - not much more than Zephyr! I used 3.5mm needles; finished size is, eh, about 50" square. Plenty big.

A couple of quick pictures (click to make 'em big and useful)-

and

Fritty has more fun with it here. I'll try to get a more verbose post on my blog in a day or two.

Knitter Down

Alas, I have withdrawn from the Knitting Olympic due to arm strain, which pre-existed the opening ceremonies and which I foolishly thought would just go away. I did finish the back of my sweater, but have had to put the rest of it on hold for another week, doctor's orders. :-(

Good luck to the rest of Team Knittyboard!

Woohoo! Finished!


I finished my tank top last night, only to discover that it was about 4" wider than I am. Eek! After some much-needed altering this morning, now it's REALLY finished. (Negative ease... should have remembered negative ease.)

Details and all that on the blog.

I'm settling in now for a celebratory viewing of Goonies on AMC. :)

I think I can...

FINALLY, a real update and a backlog of pics. I'm on the last piece of the sweater now. Just hoping to finish the knitting with enough time for seaming and a neckband before the ceremonies!

http://schmern.com/knit/

Mitten Progress

Hi Everyone!

It's been a lot of work but I'm nearly done with my project.
I'm linking to my blog as my first picture messes with the TeamKnitty template. :-)

Olympic Mittens

Woo hoo!

I'm done! I finished I Do last night, and I'm wearing it to work today. I'll have my husband take some pictures of me in it when I get home. For a while there, I didn't think I was going to make it, but I really gained momentum last night. And I somehow survived grafting the two halves together while trying to watch women's figure skating. I'm impressed that I didn't make any major mistakes!

I stumbled too

I ended up having to pull 12 rows out of my project today because I messed up on one row and it threw my pattern off. Oh well!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

sprinting to the finish line!

so. last night in chat, monkee *gasped* because i actually finished my knitting before she did. especially after she got off to that fabulous start. so i blocked it today! ends are already woven, just need to be trimmed. then i can seam, and wear it sunday. here are crap-tastic pictures of sleeves, then body:



Uh oh. Twice stumbled!

So, I got over the first "problem," mismatched sleeves--



but now I'm stuck as to the hood part of my sweater. I've got a twist and I don't know if its part of the pattern or an error on my part... :(



::sigh::

I'm going to take a walk and try to wrap my mind around this before i have to frog twice in 24 hours :) I've got more explanation and more progress pics on my newest blog post. Also larger pics than the ones above. Any advice? I think I should trust the pattern, but it doesn't look "right" to my eye as it stands now.

half-way done...

apologies for not posting more, I have extremely limited internet access (which sucks big time for blogging).

anywho, the project is legwarmers with sparkly mohair yarn. I think I started them about this time last year and frogged. then started towards the end of summer and frogged again. (post frogging #1 shown here. ribbing yarn shown here whole and during frog round #2

we're doing ok so far. I'm sort of making it up as I go along. legwarmer one is as complete as it's going to be for a while - I ran out of colored yarn and I'm not sure how much black there will be for the ribbing at the ankle. so it's on hold until I finish #2 and can divide up the yarn.

I started the ribbing on #2 last night. didn't get too far though. *sigh* that's ok though, cuz my weekend is less busy than last. I can make up the lost knitting time, right? (and it should also go quicker, since I realized #1 is too big. nothing a little elastic can't fix, I hope. if that fails, we'll frog and fix. after it's completed and I get my gold. ;) assuming I finish #2 and get the gold, that is.)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Done!

Today was a good day. The flower Basket shawl is done blocking.
Crazy speed skating Dutch 'Orange' fans go wild!




Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl, IK
yarn: Knitpicks dye your own laceweight Cushings' acid dyed in terra cotta
Notes: Yarn doubled, 9 lower shawl pattern repeats

Withdrawl, er failure

My valiant attempt at the Hallowig has failed. It seems that anything that could go wrong did.

The yarn was too nubby

it was also too floppy

Quite difficult to catch error until several rows past.


and last night when beginning the crown decreases I realized that it was way too big for my head, much less my intended recipient. So rip-it I must.

I'm too heartbroken to frog now, So i've cast-on Tempting in a happy color to cheer me.

Anyhoo, I respectfully withdraw from Team Knittyboard and the Knitting Olympics.