Well I thought that the teddy bear would be finished about a week ago but then things go a little crazy around here trying to get my sister ready so that she could leave for college this morning. We had a million and one things to do and then to top it all off my dad decided last minute to take me and my other sister camping. So the bear is almost done and may even possibly be done in time for the Ravelympics. The little bear which my sister has already named was supposed to go to school with her this morning but will now have to be mailed. My schedule will be getting busier come the beginning of September as well so I will have very little knitting time then so I better get some of my stuff done within the next week. I will be taking a full load of classes this fall and also working three afternoons a week at a preschool in my town so hopefully I will be able to get a little bit of knitting done but it is doubtful. This blog will probably either become a school and work blog this fall or just not have many posts at all. Anyways that’s all I have for today hopefully within the next day I will be able to post pictures of the bear that I made my sister.
Archive for the ‘WIPs’ Category
Sorry for not posting for a while things have still been kind of busy and will probably continue to be pretty busy but I should be able to post once and a while although the Friday Favorites won’t be as consistent as I had hoped.
Anyways onto the good stuff. I was in Cambridge visiting one of the schools that I am thinking of transferring to for after the fall last Saturday and we were in Harvard Square which is right near Woolcott and Co. so I had to check it out since it is quite possible that it will be my yarn shop of choice once I transfer. So I walked in with the mindset that I absolutely wouldn’t buy anything, which usually works for me. Then lo and behold the lady working there comes up to me and my mom and mention that all the yarn was 30% off and all the accessories and books were 25% off. I still had no intention of buying anything until I realized that they carry all types and weights of Malabrigo and then I just had to buy some Malabrigo Lace which I have been dying to try. So I bought 4 skeins of that in the colorway Shocking Pink.
I then realized that I needed some solid colored sock yarn for my next sock project so I ended up buying some Claudia Handpainted Fingering Weight yarn in the colorway mint.
When I got to the register my total was around $42 which is great for that much yarn and the lady told me that if I spent $8 more I could get a free tote so my mom ended up buying some wool wash which she had been thinking about for a while and I got the free tote, which regrettably I don’t have a picture of to show but it is just a large canvas bag with the Woolcott logo on it which will be great to use as a shopping bag when I shop there in the future, which even if I don’t end up going to school in Cambridge or Boston I will definitely go back. The people there were incredibly nice and very approachable and they had a great selection of yarn that I like.
In other knitting news the teddy bear that I am making for my sister is in the process of being sewn up and I should have pictures of it as an FO soon. This also means that I will have finished at least one of my projects for the Ravelympics. Also the Hex Coat I have decided to frog due to the fact that I have lost a ton of weight since I started it and am continuing to lose weight so i will be starting it over once I have gotten down to my target weight.
So my last WIP to show you is my basic self striping ribbed socks that I am making for my mother. They are made out of Knit Picks Felici in the the colorways Risato. You can see the stats on Ravelry here. I am not in love with the colorway but my mom loves it.
I have finished the first one and the second one is moving along slowly. Hopefully they will get done soon.
My mother is a knitter as well and just doesn’t understand why someone would knit socks when they will just get worn out from walking around on them. I felt the same way until I made my first pair just as practice for making a stocking and ended up loving how comfortable they were and wanting more. So now it is my mission to convince my mom to knit socks as well. She seems to love how the first one fits and is excited for them to be finished so that she can wear them so I think she will easily be converted. They haven’t been getting a ton of work done on them however because I am trying to use what little knitting time I have right now to work on my sister’s scarf and teddy bear so that hopefully she will be able to bring them to school with her when she leaves at the end of August. Hopefully I will have some FO’s to show off soon.
Well I have an abundance of WIPs right now. I showed you one of them the other day but I have three more also. The first one is the Hex Coat (ravelry link) which I don’t have any recent pictures of. I finished one half of the front of that and am working on the back at the moment. The next project is the Classic Teddy Bear (ravelry link) from Holiday Interweave Knits 2007. I am making this for my sister who collects teddy bears and at the moment I don’t have any real good pictures of it because it is all in pieces of curled up stockinette. I have one more WIP but I will save it for later this week to talk about beucase I have to leave for class.
Well I am back and hopefully will be able to blog more frequently from now on. I will probably not be blogging a ton still since I am starting school full time in the fall but I will try to update everyone on my projects every now and then. I am taking three 6 week long summer classes at the local community college this summer so even right now the posts will probably be a little infrequent but I am going to try to get back into the swing of things. I will try to continue the Friday Favorites but they may not be put up as consistently as they were in the spring.
Anyways back to knitting content! I have started the Halcyon Scarf (Ravelry link) from Knitty Winter 2007 with the yarn I had been using for the Honeybee Stole and just couldn’t get into the pattern so I frogged that as well and started making the Leaf Lace Scarf (ravelry link) by Janet D. Russel, a free ravelry download and I am loving this pattern. I am hoping to get it finished by the middle of August so that my sister can take it with her to college since it was supposed to be her high school graduation present.
I also started a few other projects which I will continue to talk about over the next couple days. So that I have something to talk about since I don’t have a whole lot of knitting time right now. I have also joined the Ravelympics 2008 on team WIP Wrestling. I am going to try to finish at least two of my WIPs during the Olympics possibly 3 depending on how things go. I am going to try to finish my scarf that I just showed above and my sister’s other graduation gift which I will talk more about in my next post. It is so good to be posting again and I hope I haven’t lost to many readers during my break.
First off I am going to show my progress on my self striping sock. I am still working on the first one. I am in the middle of the heel flap. I plan to work on these some today and at least get through the heel and possibly start the gusset depending on how it goes.
Next up we have the start of the Hex Coat from Knitting Nature (ravelry links). I started this on Friday and got about halfway as far as I am not and realized that I had messed up the stitch pattern and so I had to pull it all out and start over or else I would be quite a bit farther than I am now. I am making a size large which will hopefully fit well. This is the first sweater I have ever made so I am a little concerned about the whole finishing part as I detest even weaving in ends on projects with no seams b ut hopefully the excitement of having a handmade sweater will keep me on track with all of the finishing.
Hopefully later in the week I will have some work done on the Honeybee Stole. RIght now I am somewhat contemplating frogging the Twisted Tulip Socks and doing a differant pattern because they are getting even less done on them than the Honeybee Stole. There are just so many cable twists on the socks that I am constantly looking at the pattern so it is horrible tv knitting and so I haven’t even finished one full repeat fo the pattern yet. The Honeybee Stole needs to get some work done on it since I would like to give it to my sister as a graduation present. I am thinking that is not going to happen though since it is moving to slowly unless I work solely on that project alone. I will decide about that sometime today or tomorrow so that I can start doing some marathon knitting on that and get it done by the first week of June for her graduation. Well thats all for today I will post later this week about what I decide about the Honeybee Stole and depending on that I may not have a ton of knitting content for the next couple weeks because that will end up being the only project I am really working on.
Well I have barely gotten any work done on the Honeybee Stole because I had a slight issue with tangled yarn and had to cut a huge chunk of the yarn out and it is not useable anymore so I am a little concerned that I won’t have enough yarn. I am thinking that I will do one or two less repeats of the first lace pattern so that I will definitly have enough. So there are no photos of that today as I am a little frustrated at the moment with it.
Then we have the Twisted Tulip Socks (ravelry link) which I have come far enough along to get pictures but just barely. You are just starting to be able to see the stitch pattern on them. I haven’t gotten very far with them as there has been very little time to knit without the tv this week.
Then the last WIP I have is the pair of self striping socks that I started in order to have tv knitting. They are coming along well and I am loving seeing the stripes form as I knit. They are just basic top down socks from Getting Started Knitting Socks and I am knitting the ankle in a knit 1 purl 1 ribbing.
Lastly I have given up on the afghan and I am going to make sweaters out of the yarn that I originally bought for it. I think that I have enough to make 2 sweaters out of what I have left since I was doubling up worsted weight yarn for the afghan. So I will soon be casting on the Hex Cardigan (ravelry link) from Knitting Nature with some of the afghan yarn. I just have to go get the right size needles for the pattern either this evening or tomorrow. I think that after I make the Hex Cardigan I am going to make Oblique from Knitty with more of the yarn from the afghan. I believe after that I will have about 12 balls left of the yarn and I am not quite sure what I will do with that. Well thats all for today tomorrow is Friday Favorites so you can look forward to seeing something cool from Etsy then.