Monday, December 17, 2007

See, I have been busy!

See, I have been busy, Knitting at any rate. But not as productive as I could be. I have been searching patterns on Ravelry and the searching and dreaming about yarn to purchase to make all the lovely things.....sigh.

The hat on the left, was too small, so it ended up being gifted to Rachel. The hat on the right was suppposed to be for Edward for Christmas, but when I had Matthew try it on for sizing, he said , "Gee thanks mom." So I ended up having to make a third hat, and that one went to Edward for Christmas.

This is the Reversible Winter Capelet in Red that I made for myself to wear Christmas eve. I first made one in Rose for Rachel, but I haven't taken picture of it yet. I made it with Lion Brand Suede, which probably wasn't the best choice for this project, but it did help me to learn about cardigan construction, and how easy it really is. HOWEVER, my wrists and hands HATE doing that much purling.

Because of the Capelet, I thought I would try to modify the top down raglan and see what kind of different neck line I could do. I like making these sweaters because it is all knit and mindless depending on the pattern, but the neckline makes me crazy. SO I did several rows before connecting in the round. I like the fit and the way it looks, however, for the next one, I will make a deeper V.

This is the first time I've used this yarn, Moda Dea Visions. It is a Wool / Acrylic blend. I like the feel of it, it knits nicely and I already went out and bought some more for the next one. The true test will be the washing.

Speaking of washing, Poor Rachel. She washed her wool socks in the washer and they shrunk and felted..... I felt so bad, I think she wore them twice. The first time I had washed them with mine. So I will be having to make her a pair out of one of my Opal yarns I think in the near future. I will also end up making for her a sweater as she is not shy about dropping hints about what I am making and what she likes! Which, to me is a good thing. I fear I am becoming too attached to that girl though...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

December arrives!

Well, it has been some time since I put anything on this blog. I have to get better at it, but with ravelry I am spending too much time there and not enough here or knitting! Idea's , Idea's.

I have to take some pictures to post of some of the items I have completed for gifts. I made hats. I started out making one for Edward and it was too small for a man's head, so Rachel got that one. The second one I made was much larger, and when Matthew tried it on, he got that one. I made a third one, and finally, that one will be Edwards. So I got his socks and his hat done for his gift.

I have also made a "reversible caplet" for Rachel, though I like it better on the knit side versus the pearl side. I made it out of Lion Brand Suede and I am not sure if I should block it before wrapping it for her. So, now I am in the process of making one for myself and I will experiment on that one.

Poor Rachel, I thought I had told her about her birthday socks and how to wash them....... She got them mixed up with the first pair I made her and so they felted and shrunk! Lion Brand Wool sure does felt nice! But the odd thing was, both were made from the same die lot, but different skeins, and they both felted and faded at different degrees. Learning all the time.

Oh, and that is another thing. ALWAYS check the dye lots. I thought I had when I picked up the yarn for Edwards socks, and sad to say, they are definitely fraternal twins. Didn't even notice til I was done with the second one. They are house socks so it really doesn't matter and such things are done with love, right?

Well, I promise to post photos this week. I got a new memory card for my camera and that is going to help alot.