Thursday, June 24, 2004

Yay for knitting baby clothes!

Because they go so fast, you know? I have completed the yoke of the baby cardigan and am looking forward to the sleeves. I am pretty intimidated by them as I'll be picking up stitches and knitting in the round and the like, which I have never done before. But, better to learn on a small sweater than an adult-sized one, right?

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Project No. 8 Underway

Yes, that is how many works in progress that I now have in total. My problem is that I find a new yarn or some new shiny needles, and must try them out right away. So, I start a project, work a few rows of it, then start another one without finishing the last. I am hereby resolving to finish at least one thing before I start anything else.

So I cast on and knitted the collar for my baby cardi last night. I hope to have progress photos forthcoming on the left sidebar over there. So far, it is going more quickly than I could have ever hoped for- huzzah!

I am hoping for some nice weather this weekend, so that I can experiment with some more yarn dyeing/handpainting. I want to keep it outside so I can really be free and express myself (i.e., make a mess without having to clean up the kitchen). Instead of KoolAid dyeing, I am going to experiment with some food coloring in the hopes that it allows me more freedom to mix colors. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

It all started when...

I walked past a copy of Debbie Stoller's book, "Stitch 'n Bitch" in Barnes and Noble. I had wanted to learn to knit for as long as I can remember, but I never knew any knitters, and had been unable to teach myself from a book. When I saw SnB, I bought it and resolved to find someone to teach me.

I did a Google search to find knitters in my area, and lo and behold, found there were several. I went to the one that was listed through, and the women there graciously and patiently taught me to knit. Almost two weeks to that day, I had produced these:

(that's me on the right- so happy to be knitting!)

That's the "Hot Head" pattern from SnB, in Lion Brand Thick and Quick.

That was followed by:

Made for a friend, it is a modified keyhole pattern provided by my LYS, knit in Manos del Uruguay in the woodland colorway. Followed by:

a gaiter to keep my neck warm at work, in Plymouth Indiecita Alpaca. I found an easy pattern for felted catnip-stuffed mice online and made these for a friend with Brown Sheep Nature Spun and Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool:

I have a few other things in the works, but I unfortunately am a slow knitter and a slow finisher.

Monday, June 07, 2004

First Post!

I can't believe that I am getting into this blogging act. I've always been one of those people who thought that blogs were silly. I mean, who wants to read about what I am thinking, anyway? But, after getting hooked on several knitting blogs [see: fluffa! for knitting inspiration], I thought, why not?

As I am a slow knitter and a poor communicator, I am going to try to update this blog with progress at least once a week, but hopefully more. Thanks for reading!