Thursday, July 31, 2008

Whispering Pines

i don't know what happened to my photos but i have been knitting on the Whispering Pines shawl by Ann of Knitspot. it's brilliantly written and i really love knitting this. i've been working on it for my friend Heather to wear to a wedding in 8 days. I've been trying to complete one chart each day and every night i've taken a progress photo, only tonight when i went to download them, i found that the camera is empty. i don't know what happened to my photos!! usually i forget to take them, and this time i've been taking them every day and they're just gone. (sigh)
anyway, tomorrow night i'm going to Fenway with Heather to see a Boston Red Socks game for the first time. they're playing the A's who happen to be my home team so it should be cool. luckily for me i got my schedule changed at work so that for the first time in 12 years, i don't have to work every Saturday anymore. i'm now a monday through friday girl and i only have to work one saturday per month. no saturday's until august 16th! Nice, right? so i don't have to worry about how late i get home from the game tomorrow.
there will be knitting at the game and i'll take some photos to post. hopefully my camera won't eat them.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

current projects

I've been knitting on a pair of cotton socks for my mom. They're turning out really well considering the fact that I'm not in love with the yarn. I got it years ago and never used it, but it actually works up really well. Not a bad color at all. These are my first priority right now and I work on these at work mostly. For this pair, just to keep things fresh, I used a traditional heel flap heel, and worked a short row toe and grafted the top of the foot closed. I hope that they soften up after a good soak because right now I'm not impressed with cotton sock yarn.
As far as my Petticoat socks go, I didn't bother to fully read the pattern and now I know that the size issue I've been battling is that I'm not hitting gauge. I was supposed to be using a 2.75mm needle but I wasn't, so I hope that this next go works out really well.
I talked to my Grandma this week, and I realized that she needs something special knit from me. I've never made her anything and I decided that after a life of such hard work and practicality, she needs something totally impractical for everyday use. So I'm knitting the Zetor Scarf out of my 100% silk Socks That Rock Silk Thread. Grandma is sensitive to most forms of wool and she's living in Nevada now so alpaca is really out of the question. It's a small sacrifice to make for Grandma. I hope this pattern works out because right now it seems a lot looser that I'd like but I'm going to remain hopeful.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

house warming

I've moved my blog. it was on a whim but i decided that i haven't been blogging enough lately to bother paying for a blog anymore, and i really like blogger more anyway so, here i am.

To celebrate my move, i have a brand new finished object. My Central Park Hoodie! I wore it all over yesterday and i LOVE it!! I finished it on Friday night and brought it straight to work to wear in the office. I keep forgetting about the whole "seam allowance" thing and i've realized that I need to knit the next larger size or add on an additional 2-3 stitches on each side to allow for the half inch that I lose every time I seam something. But I finally did a good job with the finishing and it came out really nice for once. I feel like a real knitter now!

As for my Petticoat Socks, I don't think that they're going to work out for me. I've played with the pattern as much I figure I can without changing the whole look of the pattern and it's still to tight. Although, I just now thought of a way to make it I guess it's back to the drawing board again with these. They're just too pretty to give up on. I also have a shawl to knit for me, a new pair of socks for my mom per her request, and a hat for my friend Matt who's a rock-in-roll god. Lead singer of the band Days Unknown, and completely sweet, not to mention hot and SINGLE ladies!! Check out his band.