Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blocking Party

I finished a whole bunch of projects over the weekend and I was able to wash and block them. I feel like I accomplished a lot. These are all Christmas presents and I am glad to be checking them off the list. 


When they are dry I will be able to get some nice pictures of all the finished projects.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The journey of one sock

I started a new sock project on the train while on my way to visit my family for Thanksgiving. Unlike my last journey with a sock project, this one was way more productive and I was able to get a lot of progress shots of it.
On Friday night on my way to Dorval,  Quebec I casted-on and knit the cuff of the sock (after finishing the toe of another sock ). 


Then Saturday I started on the leg, and got about halfway through. 


 Sunday I was able to finish the leg and turn the heel and finish the gusset.


Monday was my return trip on the train and I was able finish knitting the first sock and I casted-on the second one.


Now I just have to finish the second sock and I have another Christmas present finished.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christmas Knitting

I have just started my Christmas knitting. I am not panicking yet but I am sure that I will start soon.  My sisters gave me quite the wishlist and I hope to get most of it done but I don't think I'll be able to do everything.


Here is the first sock of a pair that I made for my youngest sister. I think that I will have a hard time parting with these socks, they are turning out beautifully.  The pattern is My Cup of Tea socks by Robin Lynn (free Ravelry download!) and I am using my  Couleurs Mouton's Kargil in Souris Rose yarn for this project.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hummingbird Socks



I finished the socks I was making on my train ride to and from my parents house. I did not make much progress on the train ride (you can read about that adventure here) but I did finish them fairly quickly once I got home.


Hummingbird:
Yarn: Snowberry & Lime's Sock Yarn in Faded Lilacs
Needle Size: US 1 (2.25mm) 9" circular needles


The pattern for these socks is simple and well written. I did not memorize it, so I had to keep looking back at the pattern every 2nd row, but it kept me interested.

I like the combination of the yarn and the pattern; they work really well together. 

I am now starting to work on Christmas presents, and I am still not panicking. I am really hoping that since most of the projects are small, I won't have a mental breakdown between now and Christmas.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Train Knitting

I take the VIA Rail train quite a bit (almost every month) to visit my parents. It is about a 4 hour train ride between my station in Oshawa, Ontario and the station where they pick me up/drop me off in Dorval, Qu├ębec. This gives me quite a bit of time to knit and read (and sleep).
I got the idea to mark my progress on my knit project by taking photos at every station from a post by Yarn Harlot (read it here). 
Great idea? Yes, in concept.
In practice it was slightly more difficult.
I left for Dorval station Friday night after a long work week, and I was exhausted. So guess how much knitting I got done... you done guessing? I knit 2 rows... 2 lonely rows. So my first attempt was a complete bust. So instead I told myself that I would knit furiously on the train ride back and have some great progress photos to show off. So here is how my train ride went:

 Just got on the train, take out my project, eager to start making some progress.

 First stop - Cornwall (one hour into the ride). Knitting alone could not keep my attention so I started to read. Then quickly realized that this sock pattern was way too complicated to knit while reading a book that was as interesting as this one was. So I took a break from knitting to read. 

Then I fell asleep and did not get a picture at the next stop (Kingston) and did not make any progress on the sock until the last hour of the train ride.

 Just before my stop in Oshawa.

So not much progress... I did not even finish the leg. Oh well. Does everyone else have as much trouble as I do staying awake while knitting? I need something else to hold my attention while I knit. I need to be watching TV or a movie to stay awake.

I really don't know how she got such crisp pictures of her knitting while sitting in a moving vehicle. Maybe an airplane is steadier than a train, but every time I wanted to take a picture, the train would jolt and it would get blurry.

I am going back on the train next week to visit for Thanksgiving, so maybe I will try this experiment again. This time I plan to bring my portable DVD player to help keep me awake while I knit.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Baby Shower Knits

I wrote this post a few weeks ago, and I have scheduled it so that it will post after these items have already been gifted. My cousin is having a baby and I wanted to make something special for the new little baby boy. I knew that my grand-mother would be knitting something, so I wanted to make a few things that are different from my normal baby blanket gift.


I decided on the cutest baby sweater. As this is the first time I have made a sweater, I chose an easy one that I thought would be great for a baby born in the fall.


Little Old Man Cardigan: 
Yarn: Berroco's Ultra Alpaca in Barley (I used a little over one skein - I needed a second skein to make the second sleeve)
Needle Size: US 6 (4.0mm)
Pattern Source: What To Knit When You're Expecting by Nikki Van De Car

I had to adjust the pattern for the sleeves. If I had knit them the way it was written in the pattern, the sleeves would have been way too long. So I decreased the number of rows knit plain between decreases to shorten the sleeves.

I think this cardigan came out perfect and I cannot wait to see the baby in it!

As a little add-on to include with the cardigan, I made a Baby-Shower Cake. It includes two washcloths and a burp cloth. This is so easy to knit and makes for a nice addition to a baby shower gift. This is the third time I have made this project, and I never tire of the result.


Baby-Shower Cake:
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream
Needle Size: US 7 (4.5mm)
Pattern Source: Baby-Shower Cake by Lainie Hering

I think these two items together make the perfect gift for a baby shower. I will definitely be making another Little Old Man Cardigan for the next baby boy to come along.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Progress?

Sometimes I feel like I am not making enough progress on certain projects. I have not been working on my Super Stripes socks much (I have only done a few rows since I posted about it last time), and my two afghan projects are so long-term that it will definitely be months before they are finished. So in the meantime, I cast-on another pair of socks to keep the tedium away.

 
 


These are some more squares for my Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan KAL.I have now completed all the weeks in the Pretty Pink colourway and have now started the Candy squares. This means I have made 19 out of the 48 squares I need to complete the afghan.

 Hummingbird - This yarn is the Snowberry & Lime's Sock Yarn in Faded Lilacs and I am using the Hummingbird pattern from The Knitter's Book of Socks. This will be my TV knitting as the lace pattern is simple, but I will have to consult it every row. 

It looks like I have been able to add 14 more squares to my Sock Yarn Patchwork Afghan since the last time I posted about it. It is coming along, but I still have a lot more socks to knit before I can finish this one up.