March 2006

An update on the clapotis!
I’ve started it, two days ago actually, but I’ve only had about 2 hours to work on it over the last three days. Between kids doctors appts (I have two of my four children with pneumonia now) and the kids having yesterday off from school, it doesn’t make much time for knitting. I get a lot of my knitting done in the van while waiting for them all to get out of school (four kids in four different schools letting out at four different times makes for lots of knitting time lol).

Anyway, here’s the clapotis:

It’s curling at the bottom, is that normal? Something that will come out with blocking? Don’t you love my “stitch markers” lol. I don’t have any on hand and didn’t want to wait until I got some…not to mention I can’t fathom spending $5 on 10 little plastic rings! I’d rather make my own pretty ones with beads!! Something else that’s on my “to try” list.

Here’s a close up:

The color doesn’t photograph well, it’s called “winter white”. This yarn is soooo soft! I love it! I think I’m going to go back & get some more for baby sweaters. Or maybe even a sweater for myself ๐Ÿ™‚


So I frogged the Monthly Dishcloth KAL. Both of them. I was doing one in red varigated and solid white that was looking like a Starlight Mint. Why did I frog them? Because the darned pattern requires sewing the darned circle together. I can barely make myself sew together a knitted/crocheted sweater…I sure as heck am not sewing a dishcloth for cripes sake!

I guess if I want to do a round dishcloth, I’ll do the Double Flower which keeps it in the round by using dpns.

This week has been quite the week for building stashes. I won an auction on Ebay for over 30 pairs of knitting needles. Oh my goodness!!! There were ALOT of needles there! I now have a pair of each size from size 0 to size 10 1/2 (US) in straights. In all sizes except size 4, I have both 14″ and 10″ long needles. AND I now have circulars in ALL sizes up to size 10 1/2. There were even enough doubles to give my mom two pairs of each size except size 0 and size 4, as well as a few circulars (sizes 6 and 8) for good measure.

Then my mom mentioned there’s a new store that’s like a dollar store, everything there is $1 or less and they have YARN!! So I went, fully prepared for cheapy novelty yarn…but no! They had nice yarn! Lionbrand Wool-ease, TLC Cara Mia (LOVE this stuff), TCL Cotton Plus, Red Heart in various kinds from baby fingering to the Plush stuff… $1/skein! I bought 11 skeins. Yikes!! I’d really like to go back & gets some more of the TLC Cara Mia stuff. That is sooo soft! I got enough for my clapotis and I’ve already started it! Finally, I’m making something for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve added a list of the knitting podcasts I listen to when I remember/have time. I really need to remember to upload them to my iPod so I can listen to them anywhere rather than try to hear them on the laptop (read: crappy laptop speakers).

We are now halfway through the Monthly Dishcloth KAL and I started a second one. This one I’m alternating varigated red/pink/white with white. It’s so pretty…it reminds me of those Starlight Mints.

Can you see the resemblance?
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I’m working on a dishcloth and loving every minute of it! I’ve been wanting to attempt a round dishcloth but have been a little nervous about it. I guess this is called “short rows”? Either way, it’s turning out wonderfully! I think the next one I will do in alternating varigated and solid panels.
Have a looksee:
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I’m still working on those wristlets. They were kind of boring so I changed it up by adding ribbing with mock cables (T1R). It’s still tedious lol. But my dd wants them, so I’ll keep plugging away.

The crocheted purses are a nice break in the monotony. I’ve made three so far. The baby socks I haven’t picked up at all. They are boring me too.

Maybe I’m in a knitting rut?

OH! I did something a little adventurous! I went to a couple of thrift stores and found some sweaters to dismantle and reuse for other projects. I found a lovely red/orange/pink turtleneck in 100% lambs wool (from The GAP) and two 100% cotton sweaters. So far, the wool sweater seems to be the easiest to dismantle. The cotton is NOT cooperating. One is coming off in little pieces rather than unwinding row by row. Dangit! I really liked that one too, it was kind of a shiny cotton. I was *hoping* it might be enough for a Clapotis. *sigh*

Okay, here is the 5 Hours Boy Sweater, all sewn and ends woven in (my least favorite part). It’s made with Bernat Baby Coordinates in Blue Bon Bon:
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And the Piece of My Heart Dishcloth I finished on Friday, it’s not a very good picture, I think I’ll try to scan it later. It’s done in Lion Cotton Poppy Red:
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I have another item that I’ve finished but it’s a gift so I’ll wait to post it until after she’s received it so I don’t ruin the surprise Image hosting by Photobucket.

Last night I crocheted the cradle purse. I had started a different pattern and didn’t like it much. It was poorly written and full of errors (I’m beginning to wonder if I could make a career out of editing patterns lol). But this one is fabulous! And too cute! It’s done in Caron Wintuk Soft Lilac and scrap white acrylic.

First it’s a purse:
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Then you turn it inside out and it’s a cradle:
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I’ve already started a second one in yellow ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve added some buttons and a Flickr badge with a great deal of my past crochet and knit projects. I’m not very good at getting pictures of works in progress (mostly because I have so many going at once). I’ve recently finished the Quick Baby Sweater which is another version of the 5 Hours Baby Sweater. The QS pattern is pretty full of errors, but I’ve come to expect it from free patterns. I also did one of the Baby Boy 5 Hours Baby Sweater which I liked ALOT better, very well written. I decided to forgo putting the unworked stitches on a stitch marker while working the sleeves and just left them on the needles as instructed in the QS pattern. It was much easier than trying to get the stitches back on the needle. I’d like to try another one with smaller needles…I wonder if it would work if I used needles half as small and just cast on twice as many stitches…hmmmm??? I like the pattern, but I’d like to make it a bit closer knit. I really like knitting it all in one peice because I DETEST sewing the pieces together.

On the needles/hook, I currently have:

  • Piece of my Heart Dishcloth ready to bind off.
  • Cradle Purse (crocheted) which is FULL of errors…the bain of my existance lol.
  • Kat’s Paws WristletsAnd a bajillion patterns I want to make tempting me ๐Ÿ™‚
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