Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Year end review

It's very early in the morning, the day after my birthday. Too much rich food and not enough water/ibuprofen before bed to off-set the wine, and I'm wide awake. So I thought I would start my review of this year's knitting, just so I can see for myself what I've done this year.

In progress at the beginning of 2009 was my Feather and Fan stole from Folk Shawls:

I started this the summer of 2008, and finished it 7 months later. I well and truly sick of it by the time I had knitted the number of rows indicated in the pattern, so I stopped. But I should have continued on, as I still had plenty of yarn left, and I'm not happy with dimensions. It's not wide enough for the length. I still consider ripping out the cast off and adding more rows.

I'm much happier with my Icarus shawl which I cast on Christmas Day 2008, and finished in February this year. I wear this a lot, as both a neck scarf and a shawl.

So what have I started and finished this year? In socks, I've knit 4 pairs (that's not a lot!); 2 for me

one for Grace

and one for Maria.

Need to knit more socks. Heaven knows I have lots of sock yarn.

In lace, I've done a stole from Victorian Lace Today (given to my MIL when she was diagnosed with cancer; she's doing fine),

a shawlette in yummy Malabrigo,

and the Lily of the Valley scarf from Estonian Lace Knitting (given to a co-worker for Secret Santa).

Other scarves/stoles include a Clapotis (birthday gift for Sharon),

two garter stitch scarves with saw me through the Film Festival this year and were given as Christmas gifts for Sharon and Bruce,

a Scaruffle for Ginny,

and finally the Wool Peddlar's Shawl for me.

I love the shawl and am wearing it constantly. The yarn is wonderfully warn and soft, and the shape of the shawl is perfect.

In the garment category is a vest for me from Fitted Knits (which I wear often)

a dress for Maria from the same book

my February Lady Sweater (which I keep at work, though it's a little too warm, except around the neck which is too open)

this Elizabeth Zimmerman style sweater which I passed on to Maria because it's too warm for me

and adorable Tomten jacket which is Miranda's Christmas present.

I also knit 3 hats

and a pair of mittens for Grace.

In progess right now is the Forest Path Stole, which I started in June and continue to slowly plug away at (over 50% done with the centre rectangle),

my Oblique sweater (from Knitty)

and the Cambridge sweater for Tom in very yummy Galway tweed yarn (so soft and squooshy).

22 projects started and completed in 2009. Is that a lot? Doesn't really seem like it. I really want to do more lace and more socks. And I am determined to knit down my stash before the next Knitter's Frolic.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Boxing Day

Yes, it's time to buy lots of crap you couldn't afford before. Tom has lots of shopping plans for the day. Yuck.

Christmas turned out lovely. We couldn't join our friends in Hamilton because of Maria's mono, so I whipped up a complete turkey dinner, and I actually enjoyed doing it. Amazing!

Maria's actually feeling much better, so we just relaxed and enjoyed the day. Tom and I went to church in the morning, and the service was perfect. Lots of traditional carols and beautiful decorations.

The gift giving was fun, with everyone happy with their gifts. Knitting related gifts I received were this book from the girls:

And this fabulous Hermosa bag by Namaste from Tom:

I love it!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas knitting

Is done!!

Not to hard since I didn't do a lot, and I was stuck at home keeping my mono-stricken daughter company while Tom and daughter B entertained the MIL and hubby. Hours of knitting and TV watching. And more to come. It will be a while before she can do much.

So here is Miranda's Tomten jacket:

And while she was here, I decided to knit the MIL another scaruffle (she lost the one I knit her last year). Two days at home and I was done:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Nothing much to blog about

There's really nothing to blog about. Knitting is going along, but nothing is finished.

Well, one thing to mention is the knitting class I took with Amy Swenson. It was on grafting and it was great! She had some great tips which make it much easier to keep track of where you are (in case someone dares interrupt you while grafting) as well as establishing a nice rhythm. I was actually able to graft and talk at the same time! During the class I grafted the hood of Miranda's Tomten jacket and now I'm rather stuck on the finishing. I think I want to do applied i-cord with hidden button holes, but EZ's directions are a little daunting. I guess I'll go look for some instructional videos.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Football and knitting

Watching Arsenal vs. Chelsea. I imagine co-worker Neil is getting ready to gloat as Chelsea has just scored. Wait, now there's another goal for Chelsea. An own goal!!!Sh*t!

Anyway, in better news, I finished the first sock for Maria: I like it a lot except for the knobby edges of the grafted toe. I need to bring it to my grafting class to get suggestions.

I've also made good progress on my Oblique sweater:

Next task, four squares to bring to the grafting class.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blocked scarf and a new project

I washed and blocked Jill's scarf today. I like it a lot:

I've been working on socks for Maria. Just 3x1 rib. Easy. Portable. The yarn has a lot of flaws in it, however, so I'm not sure how well they'll wear. Anyway, this is just sock number one, but it's coming along nicely.

Finally, Boo has decided his food would be more useful as an art piece:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I did it!

40 minutes of concentrated kitchner stitch produced a pretty succesful join:

It was really hard to maintain my concentration throughout all 63 stitches, but I think it turned out pretty well. I'll post pictures of the finished scarf after I block it.

And here's a lovely shot of the cats acting like they like each other:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Almost done

My Lily of the Valley Scarf is all finished, but for the grafting. Oh dear, the worst part. I don't like Kitchner stitch, and I'm not fully satisfied with any of my attempts at it. I'm taking a class on it, in a few weeks, but I need the needles for my Forest Path Stole, so I'm not sure I want to wait. But since it's a gift I want to do a really good job. What to do?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No knit night for me : (

I'm still trying to recover from a brutal cold, and I have to teach all day tomorrow, so no knit night at the Purl for me.

Of course, I'll still be knitting. I've started the 9th tier of Forest Path, and I'll probably knit some more on Oblique. I finally took a picture of my progress:

There's one big error, but I was over 4 rows beyond it when I saw it. I couldn't fix it easily, and ripping back that far was too disheartening, so it's staying.

Here the sock I started for Maria:

This is my easy traveling knitting.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Purple Purl!

The Purple Purl, my LYS, is celebrating its 2nd birthday today. Congratulations Jen and Miko! It's a great store: lovely yarn, coffee and treats, warm atmosphere, and a great knit night.

So, of course I went by to buy: 25% off all purple yarn. And free purple stitch markers as a giveaway!

I went for some Malabrigo sock (my camera always adds lots of blue to the photos, so the colour is off):

And some kid mohair from Twinkle Handknits (Miko kindly ignored that fact that this yarn is called "Dusty Pink", and accepted my claim it was a shade of purple):

Lots of ladies were there knitting, but I couldn't stay. This evening is a Shape Notes potluck, and I had to get to the grocery store for something to bring (and the week's food for the family).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New sweater project

I cast on for Oblique today. Yes, I wanted to finish all my other projects first (except of course for Forest Path), but I need something to knit on next week during the Synod meeting of the Anglican Toronto diocese. Boring meeting about money, and knitting is definitely called for. But complicated lace charts are not a good idea. So, a sweater is in order.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Knit night

at the Purl was good as usual. But I'm losing my voice, and of course I can't not talk, so it's feeling pretty ragged right now. I'm not sure I'll be able to get through a full day of work tomorrow. Teaching, especially a grammar/vocabulary class, is a bit difficult if you can't talk.

Poor Miko was really being given a hard time for trying to get people to go see New Moon with her. I really want to go, but we're going to see the band Rural Alberta Advantage that night.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

More of our new cutie

Sound asleep on my daughter's tummy. Boo is dead to the world

And here is a shot of my Lillies scarf:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

2 in one day

Just to show these lovely shots of our kitties:

And a great shot of my Forest Path:

I'm back . .

not that anyone cares. It's hard to be a blogger no one reads. It's even harder to blog about things that are tough to write about. Though, it could be easier in some cases, knowing no one reads difficult stuff.

Anyway, my father-in-law died about two months after my last post, and blogging has been a complete non-priority for me. I did miss it. Although my Ravelry page has met my knitting-record needs, other stuff has been completely neglected.

Like the acquisition of our new cat, Boo Radley:

The humans in the house all adore him, but Kisa is still adjusting. There have been some massive battles, but I hope things will work out eventually.

Of course, I've done lots knitting since then. Too much to record here, but here's a summary of what I've finished since then: 4 sweaters, 1 dress, 5 shawls, 3 pairs of socks, 2 hats, 1 pair of mittens. At the beginning of the summer I started the Forest Path Stole:

I'm working on tier 10. Obviously, this is going to take a long time.

I've almost finished the Tomten Jacket for my niece, Miranda. I'll post pictures when it's finished, which won't be until I've taken a class on grafting in December. After I graft the hood, I just have to add the i-cord and maybe a zipper (or buttons).

I'm making the Lilly of the Valley Scarf from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia. This is for my co-worker Jill, who is just too generous for words. Time to give back a little.

I'm finishing the second of two garter stitch scarves made out of Malabrigo worsted. Very yummy to knit. They are gifts for Miranda's parents:

I'm determined to finish all that's current, except for Forest Path, before I start new projects. I have lots of sweaters in my queue I want to begin.

Well, Tom and I are off for a walk by the lake, to enjoy what may be the last nice weekend for a while.
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