Jan 23, 2009

New Needles!

I just got a great deal on a TON of needles on ebay. All bamboo, straight from china. I expected them to be king of rough and not-so-great quality, but they were remarkably smooth. Some of the points were a little dull, but I would totally recommend them.

I also knitted this, just a burp bib in garter stitch. Peaches and cream 100% cotton on size 6 needles.

Jan 17, 2009

On-going Projects...

I knitted a little hat the other day to match a pair of socks I knitted. It really didn't take me very long. I've really been enjoying the dpn's lately. I just ordered a whole ton of bamboo knitting needles off e-bay as well, and you should be seeing them soon. Anyway here's the hat:

100% acrylic Red Heart baby on size 3 dpn's. I was happy with how fast it was to knit, and I didn't use a pattern. The only thing is that where I started to decrease it bumps out a bit... it's small so, oh well.

I've also been working on another project. Michael's was having a sale on all it's baskets, so I got this little gem for $5.00. It was pretty plain when I got it, so I stained it and made a cloth cover for it with some random fabric I had laying around. I have to say, it's not quite big enough for all my yarn, but just about does it for my "not-so-current projects".

Can anyone spot the Mason-Dixon "warshrag"?

I also made this handy little thing to go along:

With 6 awkwardly hand stitched buttonholes. I'm just glad they aren't running rampant anymore, pulling my yarn every which way. I'm also working on a spit-up bib (nice right?), but I don't have pics to share right this second.


Jan 11, 2009

Sock Obsession

As promised, here are my current projects. The first pair was knitted using size 3 dpn and medium weight 100% cotton "I Love This Cotton". Speaking of, they got softer after I washed them (yay!). The second pair was knitted using fine weight 100% acrylic (the baby version of red heart) on size 0 dpn

Jan 10, 2009

The loss of my blogging virginity
or The Importance of Socks

I never thought the day would come, but low and behold: I have become a blogger. And of course, of all things over-done and trendy, this will be the new home of my knitting (aka: life) and other exploits. I just hope that countless (or useless?) hours won't go to waste, only to be read by my mom (who just so happens to be a way more experienced blogger than any respectable 40-something stay-at-home(school)-mom should be).

Introductions aside, I've been obscenely obsessed with my new found skill, sock knitting! I found out a few weeks ago that an old friend of mine is pregnant with her first, and is due in may. My original intention was to dig up a few simple patterns, a blanket, maybe a hat and some
(most likely) unsuccessful socks and/or booties. WELL, after getting started on the first baby sock and realizing the not quite as terrifying as i thought truths about the black art of turning a heel, I realized how much fun knitting something that isn't based on a really square is! The most amazing part is that my first two socks came out identical (go me!). I've also learned the new skill of picking up (intentional) stitches. I'm working on the second sock of the second pair now, but they're really only taking me about one good solid day of well interrupted knitting per sock. I washed and dried the first pair today (for an initial test drive), so you should see them soon.

Another thing I recently discovered, while attempting to use more natural fibers, is a brand of 100% cotton yarn made by
Hobby Lobby called "I Love This Cotton" (it also comes in standard acrylic "I Love This Yarn" and the ever-so-itchy "I Love This Wool"). I have to say though, I really, really do love this cotton! When first searching out affordable 100% cotton I bought some Peaches and Cream (at the advice of my mason-dixon book), and while the price was right I was sadly disappointed by the uncottony-unsofteness of it. The "I Love This Cotton" is amazingly soft, and because its a knock-off brand it's CHEAP. My respect (not being incredibly high before) for Hobby Lobby and their products has gone way up! My first pair of socks, which you will soon see, was knit with this strong, soft, knot-free yarn.

My next and upcoming venture, once May is out of the way and Erin's little one has been properly showered in hand-knits, will be an attempt at sweaters. Socks have changed me forever and made me realize I've knitted way to many garter-stitch-scarves in my life.