Friday, December 31, 2010
As always I plan to do a lot of knitting. Timber is still time-consuming but is quite a cute Golden fellow so I don't mind too much. Teddy Bear is an angel...and I remember the time I never could imagine describing him like that. He is now 7 and is grown up but loves to play with his 11-month-old Golden brother. Lily is doing well on her thyroid medication, so I'm hoping she continues to ride a steady course.
I will be knitting for myself and others. I knit for a very few selected friends and for charity. It makes my heart feel good to knit a simple hat for a child, teen or adult who otherwise would be cold. The people of Penns Valley are important to me. I have encourage my fellow knitting group members to knit for charity and the people of the Valley. I haven't heard responses yet but I'm hoping they consider giving a little of their time and talents to knit or crochet something for others. Our knitting group has plenty of donated yarn and others of us have niceleftovers that could be knitted into striped hats, scarves, neckwarmers, mittens and gloves. It is horrible to be cold. I'm planning to knit at least a dozen charity items this year and more if possible. I am trying to be realistic and do know my time constraints.
Other charity knitting on my list is fingerless mitts to donate to Golden Retriever Rescue for its sales table. I think they will sell well...at least I hope so. I have nice yarns from Knit Picks for those items.
My mantra for the year will be "Knit From Stash." I have tons of yarns of varying weights, colors and fiber contents. I'm also going to share some stash with others who would love to use a nice skein of hand-dyed yarn but it just isn't in their budget right now.
I am not unrealistic enough to say I won't buy any yarn....heck if I lived in a cave I'd find a way to order on-line! But, my purchases are going to be better thought out, not spur of the moment, and measurable less in volume that the past few years. The two places where I know I will buy yarn of some sort is the upcoming Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA (begins on Jan. 8 for a week). There are a number of vendors with hand-dyed yarns and many with handspun fibers. Really nice. Also, a number of alpaca farmers have booths and their yarns are scrumptious. And of course there is Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in May. I have some specific goals in mind for this show and plan to visit as many booths as possible. Last year I saw less than 15% of the show but this year will be different. It is always an awesome time.
I need to knit myself some more socks. Yes, seriously, I do. But instead of the heavier weight ones that I'm hooked on I must add more fingering weight yarns into my sock knitting. Some heavier ones wont fit into certain shoes so don't get worn often enough.
I resolve to learn to knit a cable. OK, laugh. I'm sure they are as easy as you all say but until I knit one several times I won't be convinced.
I also want to learn to felt, if only to knit slippers for three guys who I know will love them. I have plenty of terrific stash yarns that will work. One thing I want at MDSW is to purchase slipper bottoms for each of them...that will definitely get me knitting and felting.
Hopefully, even if it is just a few rows I will be able to knit almost every evening. It is relaxing before bedtime.
What are your knitting resolutions for 2011?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The fingerless gloves are almost done. Only need to knit one thumb and pull the ends through so that will be a photo soon, too.
The baby sweater is stalled but will be finished. However, the little girl arrived on Friday morning and is well over 9 pounds. So, I'm going to make her socks and save this sweater for a little girl who is smaller when born. Teaches me to knit a minimum of a size 9-month next time.
Also knitting a neckwarmer for my friend to give to her friend. She chose a bright, multi-colored Twist from Mountain Colors. Really fun to knit. I made myself one from this pattern last year and it is basically a quick knit and fun with feather & fan.
Am happy to say that all the knitting is being done from stash yarn. My friend "shopped" in my stash instead of us heading to the yarn shop.
Spent the weekend in PA instead of NJ, so I did more organizing of my yarn. Made good progress and hope to continue the process this weekend. My goal is to have the mess cleaned up and know where things are by the end of 2010 so I can begin the New Year fresh.
Photos in next post...I promise.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
First was the shawlette from Zauberball. Why did I ever think I would wear Halloween colors near my face? Beats me. The yarn will make lovely fun socks and I will enjoy them immensely.
Frogged a pair of socks that were going to be huge for me. They were probably the third pair I knit (one was finished and the second one was about 1/4 complete). I am wearing a pair today that are too loose because of too many stitches. Decided I didn't need another pair falling down around my ankles.
Third was another shawlette from Lorna's Laces sport weight in the Zombie Bar-b-Q colorway. A pretty mix of greens and reds but it doesn't look like Christmas. Can't remember what pattern I was knitting but I decided I didn't like it. So now I have 600 yards of Zombie for something else fun.
Have two shawlettes planned. Both from stash. I'm doing pretty well knitting from stash. I have a long way to go until I get it under control.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Had an interesting conversation with a non-knitting friend who saw this sweater. Took me several tries to explain why the stripes in the self-striping yarn were wider in the sleeves than the body of the sweater. She was not getting fewer and more stitches....I love how it looks. Hope baby and mom do, too.
Friday, September 10, 2010
It is an easy, cute and quick knit in fingering weight yarn. The pattern recommends a size 1.5 needle...ummm...don't have one of those and have never seen one. A size 2 would have been a good second choice. However, I chose to go to a size 3 to make the sweater wearable for just a little longer by growing babies. The designer is kind enough to give directions for two sizes -- 0-3 months and 3-6 months. I'm doing the latter.
I have two skeins of this Trekking yarn. No, I won't need them for one sweater but they will enable me to knit two sweaters. I have two colleagues who are expecting babies this fall...one in a few weeks and the other in late November. I hope they like their surprises when the mailman arrives in a few weeks. I will post a finished photo when the first sweater is complete.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Last Thursday I needed to visit with some downtown business people in Danville, PA which is in Montour County. We were discussing small businesses and I asked if the local yarn shop was still open. One man quickly said, "yes" and that he thought his wife's paycheck was directly deposited into the shop's bank account!
I went around a block and there was a very unassuming one-story brown wooden building that frankly has seen better days. I ventured into Swisher's Yarn Basket at 327 Ferry St. and was pleased with what I saw and the genuine warmth of the greeting I received from the owner. She retired 8 years ago and said she was bored after 3 weeks so opened the yarn shop. She also has a small amount of counter cross-stitch remaining in her inventory and is trying to get rid of all of it since that craft isn't as popular as it was a few years ago.
The shop is welcoming. The middle of the room hosts a large circle of chairs with soft pads on the seats...just inviting customers to sit and knit a bit...which some people were doing. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay that long or I would have joined them.
The selection was well organized, the shop is clean, and she sells a good variety of yarns -- everything from some higher end fingering weight yarns to Galway worsted weight wool to Encore worsted weight acrylic/wool blends. She truly has yarns for all tastes, I think. I will definitely visit the shop again when I'm in town.
Today I headed to Gettysburg in southern PA for our all-staff retreat which begins bright and early in the morning. Most colleagues will be arriving later today. I did some work visits as I traveled along Route 322.
One of my favorite stops during Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival each May in Maryland is the large booth operated by the staff of The Mannings Handweaving School in East Berlin, PA. Now I'm neither a spinner nor a weaver but I know they have lots of yarn and patterns. It was delightful to see their huge store, the beautiful setting and just browse. Well worth the trip if you haven't been there.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I have put all the other fall ones back into their respective slots on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, too. Guess I will knit socks and other patterns I have this fall.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
As you can see this one nicely holds a sock project and shawlette project, with my knitting accessories in the interior pocket and my small box of coilness metal pins in one outside pocket. My Blackberries fit into other pockets as well as a small wallet. Great to take to knitting meetings.
Bags just seem to pop up everywhere...this one at at the Nittany Kennel Club dog show this weekend. The bag is designed for use as a ringside equipment bag for those who show dogs and horses. I saw a lot of people with this particular style and similar ones.
The bag is open at the top so I will have to be careful that Teddy Bear and Timber don't try to knit one more time...yes they have tried in the past but their paws are too large for this hobby.
The bags can be seen here
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I've been really sidetracked with some personal issues that I think/hope are resolving themselves in a positive manner.
Knitting progress has also been slowed by organizing yarn, culling through yarn for what I won't be using, and posting yarn for sale on my Ravelry page. I'm not gouging people but am asking purchase price plus shipping. Wildaboutsocks is my Ravelry name in case anyone wants to browse what I currently have available. I will be adding more this weekend once I get to that stage of organization. I have sold 5 skeins this week. Excellent! I'm sure that was the exception because two of those skeins were Wollmeise which people seem to covet. I just need to move yarns, recoup my money, and regroup. One person said she would "take" yarn I didn't want...ummmm...nice but there was no mention of money and none intended. Sorry, I can't give away skeins of yarn that cost me $30.
It feels good to organize. A lot more to do with the yarn and then I dive into the closets. Have done a bit of that pulling out clothing I don't want to give to the Faith Center for their resale shop. Gives me space and helps them raise much needed money for their community projects. A win-win in my opinion.
More soon with photos I hope.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
Socks are still a favorite to knit but shawlettes are quickly catching up.
The only other things I purchased was two pair of very pointed Signature circulars with 6" needles in sizes 6 and 7 -- for shawlette knitting of course and a set of stitch markers from Ellen's 1/2-Pint Yarn Company. It is one of my very favorite show stops.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Cynthia was having a sweater knitting class. There were two nice ladies and a little boy there. I thought, "oh how nice the one lady brought her son." NOT! This 8-year-old boy was knitting a beautiful rolled neck striped sweater and was finishing the last rows of the neck and then was almost done witht the cast-off when I left. Absolutely gorgeous! His stitches were even and the sweater will be something he can wear for a while...as long as a growth spirt doesn't hit this summer.
He is quite charming and told me his entire class knits. He attends the Friends School in State College. I have heard they offer interesting and unusual classes for the youngsters. I consider knitting to be useful and I love seeing guys knit. I think he loved a new audience (me) because his smile grew larger as I continued to compliment his workmanship.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Today has been a productive knitting day. Ishbel in getting closer to the finish line. No photo to post right now because pretty Ishbel doesn't look any different in a photo than she did in my last post. I have 14 long rows to go and I'm holding my breath more and more. Why? I am hoping/praying I don't run out of yarn. There is no way to get more of this hand-dyed I bought last May at Maryland Sheep and Wool.
I started with 450 yards. Ishbel takes about 360 but I added two extra repeats of the lace. If all else fails I will find a coordinating plain color for the last repeat and cast off row. It won't be as pretty but I'm NOT...repeat NOT ripping back. I have lifelines but not for that purpose. I think I will be OK with little yarn left. I don't care about that. Just want to get finished before Timber arrives two weeks from today. I just can't wait! I know a puppy is a lot of work but he will be worth it.
I will knit but not lace for a while. Will stick with plain vanilla socks, the simple scarf I am knitting (saving that for next post) and Deisy's Dishcloths which I am making for the Golden Retriever Rescue to sell at the merchandise table.
Gotta run..I just heard Ishbel calling me.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
This lace shawlette pattern is fun to knit and an easy lace project. And there are options...I love options! The center stockinette section can be one of two sizes and the number of lace repeats can also be varied. Ishbel 1 uses the smaller stockinette section and the larger number of lace repeats. I think Ishbel 2 will be knitted in the same manner. Not too big but large enough to wear over a suit jacket or a nice sweater for a fun look.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Also came across my bag of leftover sock yarn. Immediately decided that I need to start knitting a leftover sock yarn afghan for my bed. Found the pattern in the Mason & Dixon knitting book and will probably begin the first square this week. Will blog a photo when I have some progress.
Also decided I REALLY am going on a sock yarn diet! Tough to do with Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival a mere 3 months and a handful of days away but this is necessary. And I cannot imagine finding any yarn that is not in a colorway I already own. Just can't fathom it.
I do make gifts for people so I will go stash diving. Am planning to sell some on Ravelry whenever I get the time. Also am going to donate some skeins to groups that do charity knitting...a major win-win.
Am to the toe decreases on a second sock so off to complete it. Photo when finished.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I, like many others, engage in New Year's resolutions each and every year. This year I decided to be reasonable and have 12 resolutions that I consider attainable:
1. Pay off all my credit cards and close the accounts.
2. Save money.
3. Let the problems of work stay there when I leave each day.
4. Either finish or frog unfinished knitting projects.
5. Organize my yarn stash and knitting books.
6. Organize my house and give things I can't use to the needy.
7. Learn something new in knitting even if it is basic such as a new cast-on.
8. Knit more.
9. Knit from stash as much as possible.
10. Cook more, eat out less.
11. Be more patient with others.
12. Get a Golden Retriever puppy.
So far, so good. Oh I know it is mid-month but usually by now I would have broken at least half of my resolutions. All remain on schedule. The puppy depends on whether or not the breeding was successful. Hopefully will have that information later in the month. If it was, then I wait to see if there is a little Golden male for me.