August 30, 2009
This post, as man of my posts these days is overdue. What can I say? I’m lazy and I ‘m also sharing a computer with “the fam” these days so blogging time is hard to come by.
My second Secret Pal package arrived during the week and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the contents…see, I took pictures and everything!
Post unwrapping. Starting at the bottom right there is a fold up travel pack that I will most likely use for knitting notions. Atonement, the book. I watched the movie just a few weeks ago and loved it. Now I’m going to tackle the book to see which I like better. I’m betting I like the book. The card explaining what everything is and why she chose it for me. A mesh bag of stitch markers, hand made by a friend of hers. Under the stitch markers is a notepad with a ball of yarn, some knitting needles and my name. A stuffed coaster. When you put your mug on it, the heat from the mug releases fragrance from the goodies stuffed inside. A box full of gift tags for my handknit items. There is space to write care instructions, etc. I’m sure I”ll get a lot of use out of these (and there are a LOT of them in that box). Lastly, notecards and envelopes that match the notepad and gift tags. VERY COOL package. Thanks Pal.
Also in Secret Pal news we have a contest going on to post our favorite baby pattern. Well, it just so happens that I have a friend out there who is expecting so I’ve been skimming the pattern browser and have a few cute knits in mind. I’m hoping to make Phazelia’s mitered baby jacket (ravelry pattern), and the 8 hour baby afghan (ravelry pattern) for the little bundle – but my friend reads this blog so that being said – you never know!
In my other craft related news this weekend was a fiber filled as usual. Friday was the Spinners Guild meeting and Saturday there was an impromptu meeting of the Bowie Maryland Knitters Group (ravelry group). I had a great time at both as usual.
I’m working on the Poppy, V-neck pullover and I’m ALMOST FINISHED. I’m putting the final rows on the second sleeve, then I just need to attach the sleeves, sew in the loose yarn and I’ll be finished with my second sweater! AND, Friday evening I purchased the yarn for my third sweater which I thought would be the Whisper Cardigan, but that will be my fourth because my enabler (Jolene) turned me on to the Featherweight Cardigan which is made from Malabrigo Lace. This yarn I might add is only $9.55 a skein at Cloverhill and the pattern calls for 3 skeins. So that’s a sweater for less than $30, which makes it my kind of sweater! The color I chose for this sweater is called Marron Oscuro which is a beautiful reddy brown.
Lastly, I sent out my package for the Knitting Whodunnit Swap. This swap has been a lot of fun so far and I expect that with packages going out and alibis starting to get posted the real fun is still to come. Stay tuned for more on that – for now I’m off to finish that sleeve.
August 13, 2009
Well, here they are – as promised. Pictures of my finished Botanica Medallion Cardigan.
I put the seam under the right arm instead of down the middle of the back. The yarn I used was Berroco Ultra Alpaca.
And this is probably the most unflattering picture of the decade, but I’m putting it out there anyway
So there you have it! My first finished sweater.
And for all you Max fans – here is a picture of the boy cooling off with an ice cold Frosty Paws.
January 29, 2009
Well, the time has finally come. The day that I started a sweater. I swatched and everything so it’s really a go this time! LOL.
Here’s a picture of the swatch for you non believers.
Queensland Collection – Kathmandu DK #402 (merino, silk, cashmere blend)
The pattern here is a 5×1 rib, shown here on the wrong side, because that’s how you wear the sweater. Oh, yeah, the sweater I chose as my very first sweater ever is no longer the Baby Cables and Big Ones Too
as originally planned, it is now the Welt and Rib Raglan.
I know it’s a lot of knitting, but it’s easy knitting I think. I’ll soon find out. I love the pattern.
And I guess you’ve already figured out that my hat, glove, scarf set has been pushed aside…yet again. And yes, I do still have all those other Unfinished Objects, and yes, I did start my Master’s program and this sweater is a way for me to procrastinate and delay the inevitable. Thankfully, it’s a me project and therefore I will be grateful to myself whenever I get it finished. Hey, I’m just thrilled that I finished the swatch! : )
In other news, I leveled up to Master today in Mousehunt AND I finished listening to the Carbohydrate lecture. You know the one that contained the dreaded Kreb’s Cycle. It was long, but it wasn’t all that bad and there wasn’t a whole lot of emphasis on my friend so I’m keeping fingers crossed, but because I’m just not lucky like that, I’ll memorize the thing AGAIN. I should have made a felt puzzle out of the thing back in the 90’s when this thing, first started haunting me.