Friday, December 28

Gift List for 2008

I have joined along with this fab little group through Ravelry. The idea is to keep track of all the knits that you want to accomplish through out the year and to keep you on top of it all. I am going to keep a running tab of the items that I want to knit on here as well. The pattern browser on Ravelry is dangerous. I keeping adding and adding and adding... So here is what my knit list for the year looks like.

Crystal Birthday - Cable knit bag - pattern undecided

Amy Birthday - Bag - pattern undecided

Pat Birthday - Eye pillow and lavender sachet - IK magazine

Amy Birthday - Sweater

Kim Birthday - Thick scarf

Amber Birthday - undecided

Liz Birthday - book cover ?

All are getting personalized pillows

All are getting wristlet (SNB nation and holiday IK 2007)

Scott - Scarf
Josh - hat
Neil - Hat
Amy - Hat
Liz - Hat or scarf

Random Items I would like to knit throughout the year

A gift for Louise
A gift for Rosie

A blanket or throw for the house.

That is it for now... I will post more later and as I get patterns decided upon I will post the link for them .

Wednesday, December 5

Already out with the old...

I don't normally make new years resolutions. But I have decided that 2008 needs to bring some minor changes in my life. Just simple little things that will help me on my lifes journey.

The first started out of frustation with a friend and as I was figuring something else out this realization came to me.

I have decided to really read up on at least three current events each week and follow them. It is too often that I pass over important news events and end up reading the entertainment sections. So here is the beginning of my newest resolution. I hope that others who read this will be inspired to read more about their world, too.
Here is my first one for the week:

1) For the first time ever girls have swept both the individual and team challenge for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technologythat is held in New York each year. The top individual was for research on bone regrowth on zebra fish. The top prize for the team was for two girls who have done research on possible tuberculosis cures with a focus on drug resistant strands of the disease. A brief article about this can be found here.

And now on to knitting news:

Last Saturday when I went to my 13 year old nephews basketball game my 15 year old neice looked at me and gasped - Aunt Becky - where did you get that hat from?
Why? I asked... She tells me "That is the coolest have I seen I want one." Oh - I tell her - I made it.. She tells me " NO way - your are so cool." Okay - nothing makes you feel better than a 15 year old with it girl that tells you that you are cool. So - this morning - in my horrendous drive to work - while sitting in traffic I cast on for her hat. When completed I will get pics up for you.

I finished my Foliage hat. It turned out quite nicely. I am still trying to decide if I like Malabrigo or not. It is butter soft but it gets a weird haze around it that I have decided if I like or not.

Last night, in a sudden realization, I remembered that I had not made a present for a friend of mines daughter for Hanukkah. Luckily she is only 9 months old so I whipped up a hat for her. We are all meeting for coffee tonight so I had to get it done! It is the ribbon hat pattern from itty bitty hats. I forget who the author is. I only did three rows of ribbon. The pattern is wrong though on the eyelet rounds but after some quick math I was able to just drop down to the size below chart and voila - eyelet rounds complete. Finished it up and ran some ribbons through it and it is so freakin' adorbale. I will try to get her pic in it tonight.

More to come later.
Happy Knitting.

Monday, December 3

Holiday Cheer

Amy and I got a fake tree this year. It is not one that I am too happy about, but I had to give a little, right?

Amy is quite allergic to Pine and has been putting up with it for years. We also go into a "argument" every year about actually getting a tree, then it ensues an "argument" about the price of a tree, then it goes to an "argument" about putting it up and decorating it. I figured that if we got the fake tree, there is nothing that we can argue about, it is already paid for, and it goes together in three easy steps. and I don't mind the decorating. I also found the yummiest of the yummiest pine candle that engulfs my whole house. So, it is a nice compromise. The lovely smell of Christmas but with out the arguing with Amy!

The washcloth knits are coming along uper slowly...After getting a great jump start on them, my hands hurt and I am tired of cotton. I didn't think I would ever say that. I am one of the biggest cotton addicts there is. I just need to give myself a rest on it I think.

The ribbing on the hat is almost complete. It has about 6 more rows to be done. It looks really good.

I headed out at lunch today and grabbed some gifties for my holiday swap pal on Ravelry. I just have 1 more thing to pick up and then I will get the package off. Hopefully I can pick up what I need this evening! But will make no promises!!

More to come later. And I will get photos up... I have just been lazy.

Sunday, December 2

little bits

Just some random knitting postings today. I picked up a skein of yarn for my littlest nephews hat about a month ago, but realized that I should use some basic washable yarn for his hat. So I decided to get to work on a hat of my own... or at least one to give away.

I am not usually one to have to knit the yarn from the pattern. I am more than comfortable with switching out yarns and even refiguring gauge. I decided on this patten from Knitty. Lo and behold, it ended up being the same yarn, just in dark blue. I have seen people write this before and now I totally understand the truth to these words... mmmmm-Malabrigo.

I am going to be knitting a Christmas joke for my eldest nephew. I had knit up some wrist warmers in Kureyon in this color way... and every time he comes over, he asks for my "gauntlets of rock" I can't remember the pattern I used for them, but I am sure I can find one that is fairly similar.

I have more to add, but am feeling lazy. I will try to get some pics up this next post...

Happy Knitting

Monday, November 26

Where has the time gone?

It doesn’t seem like it has been nearly a year since my last post! I fell off the knitting wagon a while back and was not completing anything. But in the last few months I have gotten back into my groove and have been completing things left and right.

So what am I working on right now?
I had this great idea that I am going to knit dishcloths for people for the holidays… It was a few weeks back and I decided that I could knit 36 dishcloths with no problem right!?!?! Well, we will see how that goes. I have 10 done. They are going by much faster than I thought, but it is still a pain in the rear! In the speed of things, I have decided to narrow it down to a few patterns.

The DW washcloth
Grandma’s Favorite.. this is perfect for my mindless knitting
and the Woven dishcloth.

I am also crocheting a few of them.
Just a basic granny square and some plain square cloths. These go by much faster but I am not as fond of the crochet squares as I am of the knitted ones.

I need to make a few hats for the holidays as well. All the boys need hats. Junior, Noah, Steven, Matt and Austin. 2 of them are done and one is half done. Hats don’t take too long and because they are for small heads I should be able to get them done fairly quickly. I have the yarn for them. I just need the time!
Aurora is getting the sheep from a crochet book – I forgot the name though-

I will post pics later! Happy Knitting!

Sunday, January 21

Plethora of pictures and yarny goodness...

I realized I haven't had any pictures up lately and I figured I would share my latest finds...

I have been coveting this book for a long time and finally broke down and picked it up...

I also picked up these on sale at a yarn store by me....

I found this Annie Blatt yarn on sale for $1.00 !!!! I got all six skeins of it!!!!
I know it isn't the greatest picture but it is the best one I could find

This was picked up for my secret pal... The color of the sock is the one that is on the way to her.

I also picked up some Cotton Twist in the green is called Inch Worm...
I don't really know what I am going to knit with it but I love it... This too was only $1.00 a skein!!!!

I picked up 2 skeins of this a while back... the color is called Solar

Then somehow.. this yarn jumped into my hands... I don't really know how it happened but it did. I have 2 skeins of Noro Sakura in color 1.. Maybe a little bag?

Well, that is about it. I will have more to post later. Thought I would share some love with the world!

Happy Knitting

Tuesday, January 16

baby fever

I have hit into full baby fever mode. After knitting a gazillion hats for Christmas presents I have gone into the knitting for baby mode. Luckily a friend of mine is due in march and i have plenty of things to knit for her.

These are the things I have lined up...

1) a little black sweater... it is long standing joke between the two of us. I am a black sweater junkie and prefer those over coats any day. We always talked about when we had kids that we would have to get them little black sweaters and well... She will have one now.

2) two baby blankets - one crochet and one knit.

3) a crocheted sheep

4) washcloths a plenty

5) cotton bibs from Mason Dixon knitting

I have been off of work the last few days. I got a cold this weekend and I sound terrible. I spent the whole day sleeping yesterday. Not a normal thing for me to take naps through out the day, so I figured that it was better for me to stay home today and finish getting better.

More later.

Happy Knitting