Saturday, January 26, 2008

Still obsessed

and almost done. I probably won't finish before we leave for the airport tomorrow night, but it may be done before we land in Puerto Rico. I have 2 hours of airport knitting and 6 hours on the plane to work on it. I usually can't sleep when I fly so I plan to knit.
Off to pack now.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I thought my next project would be the Gathered pullover. I started it as soon as I finished the Harmony sweater,I made quite a bit of progress Gathered2
and then I reviewed my Ravelry queue. I was looking for projects to take on our anniversary cruise. You know that agonizing decision, how many projects do I take, big, small, simple, wool or cotton. My thoughts and sights fixed on clapotis. I've wanted to knit it since I first started knitting. 3 years and 1 aborted attempt and now I'm obsessed. Clapotis 1I'm determined to finish it before the cruise so I can wear it and enjoy it. Although we're cruising Southern Caribbean and I know it's expected to be 75-80 degrees, inside on the ship the air is usually so low, I freeze. What better way to stay warm.
Wish me luck, we leave Sunday night. I envision a lot of late night, lunch and early morning knitting....and I still have to decide what knitting to take.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


TA!! DA!!

I met my goal and finished seaming the Harmony sweater last weekend. I'm very happy with the finished results. I've had such a phobia regarding seaming, which led to major avoidance of a lot of great sweater patterns. I can now say, I'm no longer afraid. One thing I did not realize is that it takes so long. I figured an hour or 2, wrong.

Pattern Stats and observations:
Harmony Cardigan Pattern from Trendsetter Yarns
Size 36
12 skeins Trendsetter Harmony Yarn
Size 10 addis.

The pattern was straight forward, however, there are no schematics on the pattern. When I was ready to block, I guess-timated what I thought would work. It worked out, but since it was my first time, I was unsure the whole time it was blocking.Thankfully I read Marie Grace's post on blocking and setting in sleeves the day before, what a confidence booster!
There is no finishing on the neckline so I added a slip stitched crochet edging to finish it off. The biggest problem..they totally overestimated the amt of yardage needed. I had 4 EXTRA skeins left ( actually 6, when I bought the pattern I thought about knitting a bigger size). Now I routinely buy at least 1 extra skein, but 4...I've already returned the extras.

Up next, Gathered pullover.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sundays are for seaming

...after basketball, a trip to Joannes for buttons and a trip to Costco for major grocery shopping, but after all that, Ill seam up my Harmony sweater. It's finally dry and I can't wait, wish me luck, this will be my first major seaming project.


I also finished one sleeve of the hubby sweater. The sleeve looks HUGE, I hope it fits, I really don't want to rip it.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A is for Amber

According to

Amber: A hard translucent yellow, orange, or brownish-yellow fossil resin, used for making jewelry and other ornamental objects.

According to me:

This is my beautiful daughter, my Amber.

I've joined the abc along to help motivate me to post.

Oh, I did complete my goal for Saturday. I sat and knit most of the day. The back and both fronts are blocking now. I should finish to sleeves today. Next goal is to have a completed sweater by the weekend.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Saturdays are for knitting

It's Saturday and raining; must be time to knit.
Goal: 1. Sit on chair ALL day and knit.
2. Cast on sleeves and make a lot of progress.
3. Occasional breaks for meals and biology.

Let's see how well I accomplish these goals.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

It's a new day....

and a new year. Happy New Year to all!!
I haven't been blogging, but I have been knitting.
I'm working on a new sweater for me. I saw the completed version in my LYS and I had to have it. So far, the back and both fronts are done. I plan to knit both sleeves at once, if all goes well, I'll have a new sweater soon.Harmony sweater back

I haven't finished the hubby's sweater, for some reason I have no motivation to finish it, despite some under the breath comments from him. I'm gonna try to work on it and gift it to him on our anniversary cruise later this month.

I don't do resolutions, but my hopes for this new year are to put more of my "free" time into knitting. I'm working on reducing my stash. I've sold some things on ravelry, and I plan to put more goodies up over the next weekend. I also want to slow down on buying until I'm "ready" to start a new project.

Many blessings to all, thanks for sticking with this rare blogger.