Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I'm Just a Knittin' Fool!

It's finished! My showy shrug made with LionBrand's Mystery yarn is finished! This is for my friend who's a dancer. I don't know if she'll want a button on it or not. It calls for one, but my DD tried it on and it looks nice without one, too. The pattern is from BH&G's Knit It! Spring/Summer 2006 mag.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Off-Shoulder Top Finished

Well, it's done. But if you look at this picture, you'll see that what was supposed to be the same dye lot definitely looks different at the top than at the bottom. I don't understand why, and if someone has any ideas, please share them. I know that every skein was from the same lot, but for some weird reason, it looks much brighter at the top. It was done on circs and the sleeves added later. I also didn't put the novelty yarn around the sleeves like the pattern calls for. I still like it, but I sure don't understand the color change.

Oh, well! Knit on!


I've decided to do the Caps for a Cure project through Yahoo Groups. I've picked this great hat called ODESSA designed by Grumperina that is shown on the Mag Knits website. I love the textured look of it. I won't be doing the beads, since these are for chemo patients, and if they have to sleep in them, those definitely wouldn't be comfortable. I've already frogged it once because of trouble with the yo's. This is another of those projects that I cannot share with television!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Here's what I've been working on lately (though I can't take much credit for the afghan as a friend helped with the majority of it). The main body of the Showy Shrug is done, but now I have to add all the ribbing that will go around the edges. This is the project that has caused my love/hate relationship with knitting; I love it when it's going well, but I hate frogging it over and over. This yarn, Lion Brand Mystery, is horrid to fix because of the super-bulky areas of color. But I do love the effect! On the bright side, I've become extremely adept at UN-knitting. I need to pace myself, though, as I don't want to finish these at the same time and then have nothing to work on! (Gasp!)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


So it's not that I've been ignoring this blog. It's just that I cannot get any photos uploaded for the last week! They said their 'engineers' are looking into it. Uh, yeah. In the meantime, I wanted to post some pictures of my progress on the shrug I've been making and unmaking and making and unmaking -- yeah. It's been that kind of project.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I'm so DMEUMB!

I'm so BUMMED! I was halfway done with that "showy shrug" I've been working on. I laid it out last night just to make sure it wasn't going to be too big. When I compared it to the image on the pattern, I discovered I'D DONE IT BACKWARDS! I was thoroughly confused because it calls for reverse stockinette stitch, so apparently the purl side is the "RS" and the knit side is the "WS."

So now I have to frog it all the way back to the sleeves, which really ticks me off because I've tried so hard to follow this danged pattern carefully. I should have asked more questions.

Oh, well. Live knit and learn.

What can I say? She's the boss of me.

This is Cali, our 14-year-old calico. I've posted photos of her before, but I love this one. She knows my attention is at the keyboard, so that's where she decides to lay. She also does this when I'm trying to knit. She's too old to worry about the ball of yarn; instead she just lays on my lap and watches the yarn move past her feet. I know lots of people aren't "cat people," but there's really something special about them once they finally choose to show their affection. It's true what they say: "Dogs have owners. Cats have staff." And I'm really glad I'm hers.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Third time's a charm.

Woo HOOOOOO!!! It's DONE! FINI! TERMINADO! The third time really was a charm on this dumb thing. And I think I actually LIKE it! This would be a really quick knit-up if you only did it once instead of three times, like me. I may just make another one in a lighter-weight yarn and see how it comes out.

Whew. That was a really long project for me. Glad it's over.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Love this limo!

Well, I'm back! I spent five wonderful days in the sun and warmth north of Houston last week. Loved it! Not that Houston is where I'd necessarily vacation, but they do have some great yarn stores; nothing like here in upstate Michigan where they're few and far between. I visited
Twisted Yarns, a truly beautiful yarn store with very friendly, helpful people and a wonderful selection of yarn. I also ventured into Yarns2Ewe and was just overwhelmed by the size of the store and the quantity of yarns. Beautiful! I told the gal I just didn't know where to start! I found lots of ideas, bought some beautiful yarns, and learned some techniques that were very helpful.

Luckily we were able to spend one day in Galveston. Last time we were there was over 25 years ago. It looks so different! But we walked the beach and got our feet wet and ate ice cream. Very relaxing and well worth the one-hour drive.

So all in all, I had a short but wonderful break from old man winter. I worked on three different knitting projects until I ran out of yarn, but I was able to finally finish the chemo cap (after frogging it three times and finally getting assistance from the wonderful people at Twisted Yarns)!