Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring has Sprung

Its finally something resembling Spring here in New England. Winters seem longer and longer as I get older. I don't have any use for Winter, I don't like to be outside, I don't participate in any Winter sports or activities ... its just cold and dark and wet in my opinion. I'm not a big hat, mittens or scarves person either, so even knitting is not dependant on Winter for me ... plus it gets pretty cold here in Spring and Fall anyway, so plenty of time to wear those things if I did want to knit them!

The baby sweater is coming along. After looking at many different patterns, I think this is more of a 12-18 month size, so I am making the length match the circumference accordingly. Once this one it done I am going to try again to make a 3 month size, with a different pattern and yarn ... let's see if this one is small enough. Usually I make things too small, not too big, LOL!!

I went to a Buffalo Buffet to showcase lace weight yarns from Buffalo Gold last Sunday at my LYS. I have always wanted to try Buffalo yarn, but if you've ever seen it in a store, its quite expensive! So I never did pick any up. Since this was a special event, the yarn was on sale. So I did indeed get a skien, only one, even at sale price it was still $42. I'm not sure what I am going to make, but one of the women at the yarn store made up a pattern for lacy fingerless mitts that was free with purchase, so I will probably do those.

I finished up my Easter cards this week. I've had this stamp in my stash for at least 3 years now, possibly longer. Every year I think to make Easter cards, but too late and then don't have time to get them out by Easter, well not this year. I started them mid March and just finished them the other day.

Once I finish the purple lace socks I am knitting I am going to cast on a plain vanilla pair in Ty-Dy Socks by Knit One Crochet Too ... I've often seen this yarn in the store, but never a color I HAD to have, so one that I REALLY liked while I was there so I grabbed it. Even though I think plain stockinette socks are boring to knit ... I find them extremely comfortable to wear. I have plenty of self striping yarn in my stash that knitting up an ample supply of plain socks isn't a problem. Plus they are great on the go projects, don't even need to bring a pattern!

For me? You don't have to heat it, I'll eat it now!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Whoa! Time Flies ...

I can't believe I haven't posted in two weeks, thought it was just yesterday. Well last weekend kinda got deleted from existence since I had the flu and was in bed from Friday night until Sunday morning, and most of Sunday I was pretty out of it, so that whole weekend was completely lost to me. Feeling fine now and getting back on track.

My work had layoffs this week, so this was a terrible week and I am so glad it is over. I still have a job ... just not entirely sure what it is ... but considering I still have a job, I'm not complaining and I'll just wait until they tell me where to go and what to do. I think my job did get eliminated, because I now work for a different supervisor, whom I worked for before I took a my current (now former existing) position. So not quite sure what they intend for me to do going forward.

I looked back on the blog and saw that the last FO I had was January 14th ... yikes! I am working on a few things and really would like to add some more FOs to the list for this year soon. I always feel like I am starting to drown when the WIPs are overruning me and I am not finishing anything.

Cabled Hoodie - I finished the right sleeve and put the body back on the needles and ripped back one row. I had finished the body and cast off the stitches under the arms, but the body was 2" shorter than the pattern called for. I stopped here because that's where the pattern said to stop on the cable chart, however, the cables continue up the back once the sleeves are attached, so it doesn't matter where I stop on the back, I can just pick up and continue the chart there. I made the sleeves 1 " shorter for now to see how they will be once I attach them. I measured a sweater I wear alot and the sleeves were 2" shorter than the pattern for this sweater, so I compromised by making it 1" shorter (so they wouldn't be too short). I can always make it 1 more inch if it doesn't look OK when I go to attach the sleeves to the body.

Lace Socks - I have 10 more rounds and the toe on the second sock and I'll have another pair. These were socks I started a long time ago, so they are longer than I typically like, but its a fun pattern and I will enjoy wearing them anyway.

Derek's Scarf - Has been sitting for a few weeks. Will be finished for next winter.

Christmas Stocking - I am at the decreases for the toe, maybe this one will be done for next Christmas, LOL!

Baby Yoke Sweater - I cast on for a baby sweater because the kiddo is due in June and I was afraid if I didn't start it soon, then I would miss the boat, which has happened all too often when I try and gift things. I am making size 6 months, so really I have until December, but I wanted to give it at the shower or when the kiddo arrives.