February 27, 2008

New Design

The new design is coming along. I don't know if anyone else will like it, but from where I sit, it is looking pretty good.
I have the 'hem' done and have gotten out paper and pen to figure out how to fit the design in that I want.
Hopefully the 'unveiling' won't be too far in the future.
It is knit with acrylic, though it could be knit with any ww yarn. I am going for the cheap version until I see what comes out of this mess I have created.
Stay tuned for the unveiling........

February 26, 2008

Finished Cloth

The cloth is done. The pattern is up at the H.O.G. Cloth

I thought that I would go ahead and whip up a few of them since I had the needles flying.

Today I have caught some kind of bug, I don't think it's the flu, but it sure feels like it. My whole body aches, but no runny nose or congestion. Just icky aches and pains.

I don't know if I am going to get any knitting done today or not. Maybe later on this afternoon I will try, I think right now I hear the bed calling me back.

February 23, 2008

Necessity has decided my fate...

Even though this is not what I had in mind when I was trying to decided what to knit next, necessity has decided for me.

Washcloths, baby washcloths to be exact, well, to be more exact, it would be kid wash cloths.

Here in the "House of Grands" we have two boy grandkids, and two girls. Now don't even go thinking the girls stay any cleaner than the boys......a wild misconception.

And every time I have a dirty face or muddy pair of hands to wash down, no damn washcloths, I have to carry my whining, complaining package to the bathroom, fish out a bath cloth and wipe them down. Therefore, the birth of the kid cloth. A tad size bigger than the baby cloth, and much more effective.

The pattern will be posted at The Knittinfree Blog. The Link is in the sidebar.

February 22, 2008

Help! I don't know what iI want to knit..

The scarves have went to the wayside. For now.
I have plenty of time, and I don't feel like knitting a scarf right now.
But now I have a dilemma, usually by the time I am half way through with a project, I know what my next one will be, and I have no clue this time.
I am on a hunt.......what do I want to knit next, dishcloths.....kitchen towels.....socks for my baby sis......hats and sweaters for the grand girls........sleeping shorts for the grand boys........I don't know.
I guess I will scour the Internet and see what strikes my fancy. It's Friday, I will have all four grand babies in a few hours, and I have nothing I want otn. The horror of it all...........please, give me some ideas! leah@knititnfun.com

February 21, 2008

Seamless Baby Kimono Finished

It didn't take long to whip that up at all.

I started it yesterday and I finished it this afternoon. That's in between babies and hubby's and the boy.

It is a great, easy knit, I whipped 90% of it up watching the girls sing on American Idol.
Bella is such a ham.
The Specs:
Peaches N Cream DK weight 100% Cotton
Size 6 Addi Turbo circs
Size 5 dpns for the sleeves.
This was supposed to be for Trin, but it came out bigger than I thought.
Now I am off to make a scarf or two to put up for Christmas this year.

February 19, 2008

The Finished Lillian!!

The Lillian, in all her glory! is finally fini!

Unblocked, I don't care for the neckline, it's a little to 'gappy' for me.
Though I love the lace.

This was actually a fast knit, work wise. And I think this is going to get allot of wear this spring and summer.

The Complete Fabrication: Seamless Baby Kimono

The Lillian is finished!I will be posting pictures later on tonight.
I think this is going to be the next project.
The Complete Fabrication: Seamless Baby Kimono
For baby Triniti, the latest addition to the Grandbabies. She hasn't received anything knitted from MiMi since her baby shower. A wrap sweater with a matching blanket. So she is my next project.I think I am going to do it in a worsted weight size, she is the same size as the dk version, but by the time I get it done, maybe not. She grows so fast!

February 18, 2008

The Lillian, in progress

I have finally gotten to the split for the armholes on the Lillian, now I am at the "42 rows".

I had gotten allot further than I thought I would during the race yesterday. What with a house full of people.

The blue is allot darker in person, I couldn't get a picture to show the realy color.

New Pattern Coming ......

This is the pattern I made up for Desire's fingerless gloves to take to Iraq with her. Since these I have made Cole a pair in black.
This is just a basic pattern, nothing fancy, though I am going to add some embellishments later.
The pattern should be all written up and ready for posting by tonight, early tomorrow at the latest. If I can figure out how to load up a pdf to this blog.
Keep any eye out for it.

February 17, 2008

KnittingHelp.com | Advanced Knitting Techniques

KnittingHelp.com Advanced Knitting Techniques

What a great website! Full of videos for learning new techniques, or just touching up on some old ones.
My next 'learning curve' is going to be two socks on two circs, I just can't seem to get the hang of it. But I will eventually.
I am hoping to get some knitting done today on the Lillian, I haven't picked it up since Thursday. What with the Grandbabies Daddy, and Kendall home,(two events that rarely happen at the same time) I have been busy doing other things.
The Nascar race this afternoon should give me plenty of sit down time to get some work done on it.
Kendall has a rack of ribs on the grill and the baked beans are 'baking away' in the oven and it's almost race time. Nascar Knitting!

February 16, 2008

The Sun, The Sand, The Beach

Ahh... a nice relaxing day at the beach. You can't get much knitting done out here, but the fresh air and company make it all worth it.
Shilo, our two year old German Shepherd loves the water, the sand, and he won't take his eyes off of that ball!

I did finally get him to pose for me once, when Kendall was walking away. He has to know where everyone is, so he was waiting for me to catch up.

The 16 year old, Cole, it was a feat in itself getting him to do anything that didn't include a 360 controller.

Kendall and Cole and Shilo, Sam is hiding in the back

Me and Kendall, yes I was cold!

Knittinstash page now up and running

TIME TO DESTASH! It's getting crowded in here!

It is well past time to get rid of some of the stash. Things I have not used and probably will never use.

It is a work in progress and I will be adding to it daily, or whenever time allows. I have started with the magazines, books and patterns I know I will never use.

It's time for someone to give them the attention they deserve. Plus this makes more room for me to add other stuff to the Stash! ;0)

You can see the page at: http://knittinstash.blogspot.com/

Don't forget to check back often, what's up now is just a bit of what will be up.

February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day From Desire' in Iraq

These were waiting for me when I got home from work.
Desire' sent them to me. She's such a sweetie when she wants to be.
64 more days and she will leave Iraq. I can't wait.

February 12, 2008

Kendall is finally home

Not much knitting today at all.
Kendall has been gone for over a week, and the bad storms today, not much knitting time.
Had to pick the kids up early from daycare, wanted to beat the lightening and the rain.
I did get a few rows of the last set of 20 in before dinner time, but not many.
Hopefully I will get some in tomorrow while I wait for the windshield repair guy. Isaac decided that my windshield would make a good target for throwing rocks. ;0) Our little football player ;0)
The storms have finally passed, the bad stuff anyway. Now I am off to sit down with hubby and watch some Idol.

February 11, 2008

No Knitting Today

I don't know if you can believe this, but it is 7:26 pm and I haven't picked up the needles once today. A very rare day indeed.

The Lillian is coming right along though, I set it down last night about 10 pm and I was just getting ready to start the third set of 20 rows. I really like this pattern allot. I wonder what it would look like with sleeves. Hmmmmmm......... I bet it would make a great looking long sleeved sweater. Maybe the next one will be just that.

The Grandbabies have been keeping me really busy today. As you can see, 'outside' is all they want. So from pick up time at daycare until dinner at 6:30 this is what we do. "Outside"
These are the two that live with me every other week. Isaac and Bella Marie.
This is why the needles are still laying on the couch today.
I wouldn't have it any other way. They keep me young.

February 10, 2008

Lillian Tank.....uh.oh

First I tinked back round 15 twice, then I got really frustrated, thinking somehow I had messed up on rounds 5,7,or 9, and frogged all the way back to the k1p1 ribbing. In other words, almost to the beginning. I redid 5,7, and 9 again, and it came out perfect. Hmmmmmm......... then I went on to rows 15, 17, and 19 and found my problem, tho on the website the rows are correct, on the print out I have the "*" in the wrong place mine shows p1,*: and on the website it says *p1, which is correct.
I don't know what happened with the printout, but it drove me crazy for over two hours while I reknit and thought hard, (yes, now I have a headache).
Funny how 1 little * can change a whole pattern, and not for the better in this case
So if anyone is making the Lillian, check your printed out pattern againest the website.

Not allot of time

I didn't get as far as I wanted to on the Lillian Tank yesterday. Watching four grandkids ranging in age from 3 years to 4 months, by myself kept me pretty busy yesterday. Thankfully it was a great day for them to be outside. Temps here reached up to 78 degrees.
The only knitting time I got in was after nine p.m. when they were all finally in the bed. I did get the cast on and the 1/2" of k1p1 (I didn't get enough with the Tempting II right?) then before my eyelids got so heavy I couldn't hold them up anymore, I did get to round 13 of the first 20.
I plan on having more time to work on it today and get a few pics along the way. I will post progress pics through out the day.

February 8, 2008

Next project in line

I have found my next project. In keeping with my New Years resolution of not starting anything until I am finished with what I am working on. I have become very particular about what I start.
It has been good for me so far. I never have 3 FO's by the 2nd month of a new year. Especially not two sweaters.
So with all of that in mind, I have found my next project
The Lillian Tank
I love this tank, or at least I love the way it looks on her. Hopefully mine will look half that good and we will be doing o.k.
I think I am going to do mine in the LB Cotton Ease once again.
I went a little overboard on Ebay a few months ago, and I have plenty.
I am going to swatch it out tonight and see if it will work. If not, I have a HUGE stash, I am sure I can find something.

February 7, 2008

2nd FO of the 2008

This was the second FO for this year.

The Lucy Cardigan

I absolutely LOVE this sweater and pattern. I wear it every week at least once.

The specs

Knit on size 6 addi's with ICE Inca yarn. An alpaca cashmere blend, this sweater is soooo soft and warm. I get lots of compliments everytime I wear it.

3rd FO for the New Year

8 days of K1P1 ribbing!

It was well worth it. I think this is going to be my favorite short sleeved sweater this year.

I introduce: Tempting II.

My version anyway.

The specs and The Mods

Knit on size 8 Addi Turbos with Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Country Blue

I knit the small size but knit 15" till the sleeves instead of 13.

I did the sleeves and yoke according to the directions until I got to the collar. I didn't like the wide yoke, kept slippin g off of my shoulders, so after three froggings, I finally knit to the decreases and then I knit one more round, then k2tog around. After that I followed the directions for edging, but knit only 5 sts instead of 11 and started the ssk attatchments with the very first row.

I really like the way it fits. I have gotten more compliments on the neckline than I have on the sweater.

Back to Life

Desire' has been in Iraq for seven months now. It has been a long hard journey for all of us. Her DH works out of state week on and a week off. So we have been doing our best to help out with the two grand babies.

Isaac and Isabella have been a huge help for me, when I really miss their Mama. Isaac has his Mama's out going easy go lucky personality. With a little attitude thrown in for good measure.

Bella Marie has all the qualities of her Mother's not so easy going side. They keep me sane as we just wait for her to get back home again. I don't know what we would have done without them around.

Kevin, their Daddy has become like one of our kids, we spend alot of time together because not only has his wife left, his whole family is up north in New Hampshire. We try our best to be there for him and make him feel like he is our family now too.

It's a tough life these kids are having to go through, all of them, Bella was only 8 months old when her Mama left. Kevin had only been home from Iraq himself for a couple of years.

They are all doing good though and getting by the best we all can. But it will be over soon!

The last week in April is when she is due home again. And we can't wait.

Getting back in the groove

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