Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Secret Knitting

I am working on my Small Shawlette or Kerchief swap item. I am trying to keep everything a secret for now. I will say that the pattern has some key information missing, like how many times you knit the four row pattern repeat before starting the next chart. But with a little math I figured it out. I am also knitting the Stacy Shawl by Wendy Johnson in Tempted Lovely Grrl colorway renewal. None of my pictures came out very good so I will post on that later. I still have two pairs of socks on the needles. I only have 11 rows and the edging left to knit on the Stacy shawl so I should be able to get back to my socks soon.

I have been spinning quite a bit. I finally finished spinning The Scarlet Letter, and I finished spinning Bloodlust. I am glad I finished them both at the same time, because they are both black and red. The Scarlet Letter is Merino Tencel and the Bloodlust is Merino SW. It will be interesting to see how they look plyed. Maybe I can get that done tonight - if I can drag myself away from the Stacy Shawl. I will prep the rest of the North by Northwest too, I only have 2 ounces left to spin. I am really looking forward to starting the braid of South African top I received as the Jan. shipment of the Crown Mountain Farms fiber club. It is gorgeous. I just joined another Spin Along, more on that later.

In other news - I am going to do my first test knitting ever. Leslie of the KnitGirllls has written a shawl pattern in various yarn weights. I will be test knitting the fingering weight version. I am planning to use Yarn Chef in the colorway Chalcedonny. This picture does not reflect it well, but it is a semi solid.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Two of Eleven

Saturday was the first Sister's day of 2011. My Sister and I went out for the day and had lunch and shopped. We got all caught up on work woes and family gossip. It was a great day.

I have finished spinning the singles of the Cloudlover Polworth fiber in the colorway The Tempest. I am now 2-plying it.
I finished sock 1 of the Twisted Limone Chocolate Mint socks. I love this BFL Sock Yarn so much.

Yay - I have completed two of the eleven projects for 2011. The Jack Stripe socks and the Rudolph socks are done. They came out wonderful.

I spun the first two ounces of the KnittyandColor bump in the colorway Bloodlust. This is a for a spin along I am doing with Phobbs1.

I would have made even more knitting and spinning progress if I did not have so much to do this weekend. I have swapped boxes for cabinets and drawers in the guest room closet. I put all of the movies, audiobooks and books into place. I have two boxes of DVDs that need to be brought into the bedroom to be placed in the new bookcase, and then that task will be complete. I framed the two Patternworks yarn catalog cover posters - but I still need to hang them. I set up my wireless router so I now have high speed internet access in the Craft/Guest room. I got up in the dark on Sunday morning to snag a Phat Fiber Fluffy Sampler box. I am extremely tired. But I am very pleased with my progress in all areas.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

First 11 in 2011

I have chosen 11 of my works in progress that I want to finish in 2011. Details in my Ravelry Projects.

1. Ardeo Socks ** DONE **
2. Chocolate Mint Socks
3. Cobblestone Sweater
4. Drop & Cross Scarf
5. Eiffel Tower Shawl
6. Glenesk Cardigan
7. Lazy Katy Shawl
8. Martini Scarf - Shaken Not Stirred
9. Rudolph Socks ** DONE **
10. Sockolatte Mousse Socks ** DONE **
11. Tweedy Clogs - Felted Clogs

Some of these projects were in hibernation, I have moved them back into the In Progress area of my projects list in Ravelry. The socks are all almost finished except the Chocolate Mint pair, I am still on sock 1. So this list will shrink quickly. The sweaters are mostly 50 % complete and just need some uninterrupted knitting time. The scarves have just been cast on. The shawls are a mixed bag, one barely started and the other progressing quickly.

I have some KALs coming up so there will be other knitting going on, intermittently. Spinning will also be a constant throughout 2011. But come hell or high water, the 11 items listed above will be completed this year. You heard it here first.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Busy Busy Me

I have been spinning up a storm. I have 3 full bobbins. I need to spin the other half of each bump, Scarlet Letter, North by Northwest and The Tempest.

I am also socktastic, I am about to turn the heels on the second socks in Rudolph and Sockolate Mousse. I am ready to turn the heel on sock 1 in Chocolate Mint. I found the second ball of Navy Essentials yarn so I can now finish the second Ardeo sock.

I managed to squeeze in some shawl time as well. I added 20 rows to the Lazy Katy and I am on row 52 of the Eiffel Tower Shawl.

Weirder than weird - I want to work on the Cobblestone. Yep I am in the mood for endless rows of garter stitch.

No pictures of the wips but some random stash enhancement shots.