Monday, March 29, 2010

Selfishness and RAK's

I was perusing the projects I've completed this year and it seems I am on a bit of a selfish knitting jag. So far this year I've made myself a scarf, mittens, socks and a sweater. If I knit some pants I'd have a new outfit. Ok, just kidding! My newest project is this:

The Cables and Eyelet Hooded Cardi

I've been taking it everywhere with me trying to get a row in here, there, and where ever possible! I'm hoping I will finish it by the end of the month.

I was searching on Ravelry for something, I don't even remember what now, and came across the group Random Acts of Kindness; actually it was a particular post within that forum that touched me. I sent my hearts off to a fellow Raveler who is having a tough time right now. If you have knitted the hearts and want to offer yours in support, I know a fellow Raveler who would be very comforted by them.

Since then I have offered up two more parcels to members of the group. It has made me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe a little voice inside my head is trying to even out the knitting karma :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

My second First

In my last post I showed you my first sweater, the one I made 17 years ago. Besides the 13 year hiatus from knitting in general, it has been all of those 17 years since I knit another sweater. Enough time, I think, to say that whatever I learned the first time has long since been driven from my brain by the tolls of motherhood!

So it was with an abundance of cheap acrylic yarn lying around that I thought, "why not make another sweater, I mean what else am I going to do with it?"! That wasn't actually my thought process, but we'll go with it because it doesn't contain any profanity.

I made the Nimbus sweater by Berroco. My only change was to knit longer sleeves instead of the short sleeves in the pattern. (Edit: I actually made another change, the garter bands are 3" instead of 4. I forgot about that one.)

On the bad side, it's acrylic. I can practically hear it pilling. And something is going on with the wider than expected collar. Not at all what it appears to be in the pattern. It's not too bad, but remember, tiny head syndrome :).

On the good side, it fits. I made it 5" longer than called for; I probably could have gone another inch but it works. It was inexpensive, downright cheap. To make this in wool would have cost me more than I can afford. Luckily Hubster got me one of those nifty clothes shavers!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Vintage is so cool!

Lookie what I found from Aunt Rita:
At first I thought it was weird and cumbersome. I mean why wouldn't you just write all over the pattern and mark up the margins and every free space you could find to keep track of where you were?
Um, yeah, I gave it a try and it is awesome!!! And apparently they are available all over the place (Amazon, Joann), even though I don't remember ever seeing anything like it. I am thinking about making an updated-magnetic-wallet-type version. You know, in my free time!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My first time

I wanted to share a little bit about my first time:

I did it in the middle of the summer in 1993.

It was the first time I ever did it, and I didn't do it again for 13 years.

Everything was supposed to be big.

I was in college, and I'm sure I had more important things to do.

It is the most amazing color of purple, blue and green.


Yes we are talking about knitting! Get your mind out of the gutter, will ya!

It has been hibernating in my cedar chest for an eternity. I took it out so I could show you a modeled shot. Like I said, everything was supposed to be big back then. It is rather unflattering, isn't it? Although, sporting extra pounds makes me wish sweaters like this were back in style!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Life sorted out

I've been gone for a few weeks, I know. First it was school vacation week with everyone home all the time. There was no time to sneak away and get lost at the computer! Then both kidsters and Hubster had a turn playing with Norovirus. It even managed to work its way through the grandparents but for some reason I was spared. And I was very worried. There is only so much you can avoid when you are cleaning up every half hour and your three year old needs you to be his pillow for 10 hours straight. I think it was Mother Nature's way of making sure everyone else was going to be taken care of!

On the knitting front I do have a few things to report. My socks are done. They fit ok, but I've learned how to make them fit better for the next time. I finished my sweater also, but don't have a good modeled shot of it to show you, so that will have to be another post. I only managed to make one more heart. Valentines Day came and went, so the desire to make more has faded. But I love this pattern and I'll be making more for next year. I officially frogged the Auntie Mitts. That left me with an empty knitting bag. Instead of casting on something new (gasp) I needed to clear out the spare room. I have made it through most of the Aunt Rita yarn and have quite a bit to find a new home for. I have two more big bins to go through so I am sure this pile will only grow!