Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I won I won!!!

Just a quick note to say thanks to yarntini....I won some beautiful yarn for guessing her Halloween costume. Thank you soooooo much. I am so looking forward to using that yarn. I already have a project in mind. I will keep everybody updated. As for Socktoberfest, well lets just say not so good. I finished a total of 0 count them 0 socks...haha but I did cast on two different types. Here is my progress. Hedera from Knitty using Regia Sock Yarn in "Splendid Color" Light blue and tan. And Alison's ankle socks using Bernat Sox Yarn in "Hot Tamale"
I will finish these. I need to they are going to be x-mas presents. They will be a good in-flight project. I leave for California in exactly 14 days and I can't wait!!! Can't talk anymore gotta get the boys ready to trick or treat.
Happy Halloween and Thanks again Yarntini!!!

Update....Had so much fun with the kids tonight here is apicture of them in their costumes. Hope that everyone and a fun and safe night~

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I'm cranking away...

I just wanted to give a quick update on my Christmas projects. I have finished 1 of 3 of the aprons and hot pads. Take a look.
I have all the material cut for the aprons and one hot pad almost done. just needs to be sewn together and tassel put on. They should be done by the end of this week. I am also doing pretty good with the Hedera sock. I will have a picture update of those on the next post. Gotta go now and get some rest. Happy crafting all. Oh yeah and in Honor of Halloween take a look at what my 3 year old painted.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ta Da...It's finally done!!!

Yay...Sadie's quilt is done. I am so very proud of myself! Even though I had some issues with the binding I figured out how to make it work. I think its so pretty. I just hope that my sister thinks so too. So that is one project off my list. I started to aprons but now I'm having issues with those. I followed the directions to the T but I didn't think that they were going to be as long as they are. The ladies in my family aren't the tallest in the world. I am only 5'1'' and my sister, mom and aunt are only right around if not an inch taller then me. So I have to make modifications to the length. Other then that they are coming along really well. They shouldn't take me too long to whip up. Gotta go...have lots to do while the boys are down for a nap. Have a great day!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Sock # 2 for Socktoberfest

Here she is...Hedera.
Cuff done, and 2nd repeat of the patterns. 12 more repeats to go for the leg. I am hoping to be able to knit the heel in the short row method. Any hints on how to do that? I know how to do the short row heel but only when the pattern is written in that way. I don't know how to change the pattern so that I will get the right amount of stitches in the end. Help is greatly appreciated.
I also got my material in the mail today so that I can make aprons and hot pads for all the lovely ladies in my family. I will keep you posted on that progress as time goes on. Only 4 more weeks til I need to have all my sewing done and most of my knitting done. Knitting is not quit as crusial. I can do that while I am in the States I'm not planning on taking my sewing machine with me :) but I guess you never know.
Well I guess I should be going and get some of these projects done.
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Hello Socktoberfest...Sorry I'm so late to join!

Socktoberfest 2006 questionnaire.

*When did you start making socks? February 2006
*Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?I kind of taught myself using the wonderful invention called the "World Wide Web" Thanks to these sites for all your help. Here and Here
*What was your first pair? Just a basic sock using chenille type yarn. Here is a picture. They were a little loose but hey they worked for around the house.

*How have they "held up" over time? So far so good, they wash up well.
*What would you have done differently? I would have used a smaller needle to do the cuff.
*What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? Well I only have a few options around here in Germany. But my favorite here is Wolle Rodel. I am really looking forward to get some Lorna's Lace though.
*Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? I love to use DPNs. When my non-knitting friends see me knitting with them they are so impressed.
*Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) I really like sort row.
*How many pairs have you made? uh...4 pairs so far. Not including the one on the needles now.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Finishing objects

In honor of Socktoberfest I finished my sisters ankle socks. Free pattern here. Really fun and fast to knit. I started them a while ago but though what a perfect month to finish them :)

As for everything else, I don't have much time left. I leave in exactly 30 days and need to have a good chunk of my xmas knitting done so that I can send it on ahead to California. Sadie's pinwheel sweater...well lets just say 2 steps forward and 1 huge step back!!! I ripped the I-cord edge back and started it over again. I was half way there when I decided I didn't like it. It was way to tight. It was warping the whole sweater. Instead of 6 sts to the I-cord I knit 12 and so far so good. Its looking more like a loopy edge then a twisted, tight one.
I have been making good progress on my Kiri shawl I will update pictures of that project next post. I am so addicted to knitting lace shawls now that I started another Kiri in white and am planning on starting a shawl with some sock yarn that I just purchased. I couldn't find anymore free designs that really appealed to me so I am taking a leap and charting my one lace shawl similar to the triangles within triangles shawl. I am trying not to spend anymore money till my trip to the States in November. Wish me luck. Ha Ha.
I also wanted to knit my mom a pair of ankle socks or boot socks I haven't decided yet. We'll see that might be my project on the plane. Seeing as it will take me almost 22 hours in travel time and lay overs. But who knows by then I might have started something completely different.
As for Sadie's blanket....I am have trouble with the binding. It is in the naughty pile for the time being. It needs to come out of time out soon, like I said I don't have much time.

I also have been waiting for some material that I ordered from eBay so that I can make my Sisters,Moms,grandma's and Aunts aprons and matching hot pads hopefully that comes soon. Tick tick tick the count down begins. Well since I have so much to finish I guess I'd better get a move on it. Have a great weekend and Happy Socktober!!