Monday, September 22, 2008

Caty's Scarf

Caty's scarf is finally finished.I love this wool from Sanguine Gryphon. The only down side to this project is there just isn't enough. The color is amazing and the fiber feels wonderful next to your skin. But there isn't enough in the skein to make a nice long scarf. She said she loved it anyway and declared it perfect.

Doesn't it look pretty on her?

This last one is the most correct color wise.

And this... (remember from the last post)
has become this...

a cabled chemo cap for one of Catydid's professors.

I am happy with the design but not sure about the yarn. It maybe a little too scratchy for her delicate skin. I think I will put a note in letting her know I am not happy with the yarn and will knit her something softer if this doesn't work.

Almost finished with a pair of Noro Sock yarn socks. Just a simple k3,p1 pattern. Didn't want anything too crazy as the yarn is sooo patterned. I haven't washed the first finished sock so I am counting on all of you who said this yarn softens up when washed, because it is incredibly scratchy and stiff right now. But I love the colors and am working on a design for the second skein which has more blues, greens, purples and pinks. Caty is already calling dibs on this pair.

I have been working on her Fair Isle vest and zeroing in on the shoulders. One more pattern repeat and bob's your uncle.

Then I have two Christmas stockings I agreed to knit by November. What was I thinking? I don't like knitting these things. No, that's too mild, I despise knitting these things. They are intarsia and with acrylic yarn. Need I say more?. I have to learn how to say no. This also brings up the question of what my work is worth. I would love to charge her $90 a piece so I won't ever have to make them again. (She has asked every year for the last 4years, right before Christmas, so I guess we are making progress that she got them to mein September). But I am sure she will choke at this price. I do think my effort is worth this much. I spend the whole time knitting them thinking about all the fun knitting I could be doing. Not too many happy thoughts knit into these suckers.

I am getting too old and life is too short to spend anytime knitting things I don't love.

Have a great day.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Morning Glories

What an amazing shade of blue...and look how the light seems to shine from the center of the bloom.

I love morning glories. They are one of the few flowers that has an absolutely true blue color to it's blossoms.

This is also a shot of my gorgeous new Walpole Woodworks arbor, which was a Mother's Day gift last year. I have planted New Dawn roses on either side and two dark blue, purply clematis. My husband insisted I only plant morning glories because he doesn't want to obscure the beauty of the arbor under rose bushes. I planted the morning glories to appease him this year and I have to admit we have been enjoying them. I hope the roses do well here though because I love roses over an arbor.

There has been jerky knitting as I careen from one idea to another. I love the thought of snuggling in for the Fall with a few big projects so I am hoping to finish up some little ones first.

DD#1 has a young professor who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. When they returned to school in August Catydid was shocked when she walked into studio. She had started chemo and had lost all her hair. Catydid called and asked me to knit her a hat as she didn't seem to have anything to keep her head warm. I found 3 skeins of Plymouth Suri Merino and have begun the following panel of twisted knitting. When this strip is 20" long I will sew the two short ends together and pick up stitches along one long edge for the top of the hat. I am very happy with the design so far. The twisted stitches are laying flat just the way I envisioned them. My only concern now is that the yarn is scratchier than I wanted. I hope it is not too irritating to her delicate skin.

This is a scarf I am making for Catydid out of a wonderful sock yarn from Sanguine Gryphon. Wonderful greens and browns, she loves the colors. I am a little worried that I won't be able to make a long enough scarf as I don't have much yardage left. Will hope for lots of growth in the blocking. and that it will bloom into the lovely lace I am imaging.

Also working on a pair of Noro sock yarn socks, don't know who the recipient will be but they look very nice right now. There is lots of yardage in these skeins which is wonderful for a change.

I am also trying to finish up Catydid's v-neck Fair Isle vest. I have reached the underarms so things should fly soon. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Selma Ensemble

Thought you might like to see the whole Selma Ensemble all finished and ready for mailing. Now I just have to find more Sweet Tarts to gift her mom and dad. Can't keep those things in the house.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sweet Tarts, Anyone?

Doesn't this remind you of Sweet Tarts? This was last month's Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock That Rock Lightweight Sock club offering. They even included Sweet Tarts in the package. Knowing no one in the family would be interested in "Goody Goody" colored socks, I made a baby blanket for a very good friend's first grandchild...Selma Grace, welcome to the world. ( I also included Sweet Tarts in the package for mom and dad, the originals are of course all gone.)

Her blankie took 2.5 skeins of "Goody, Goody" Which was ordered one skein at a time because I was sure I had enough each time. It appears I am a very optimistic girl .

While I waited for the second and then the third skein of STR to arrive I also started my version of Baby Mine with 100% Superwash Merino Heavyweight in Color: Quilla. I loved the one the Yarn Harlot designed for Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I think it was loosely based on EZ's February sweater and so I did my own thing. Knitting it from the bottom up rather than the top down as EZ does. These are shots of it blocking. I also have a hat started to match the little sweater.

The hat should be done tomorrow and then I will have the great reveal of the whole ensemble.

My girls are laughing at me about what their little ones will be sporting if I make all this for a mother I only know peripherally. Actually, she is the older sister of their best friends (yes, sisters are best friends with sisters, and all members of the 4-H... to butcher a great Dixie Chicks song.). She is a baby doll with the most sparkly blue eyes you ever saw. I hope Selma has her mama's eyes.

In other knitting news I began a scarf for DD#1 out of Sanguine Gryphon's wonderful sock yarn. This is an awful picture but the scarf looks lovely. It is actually quite beautiful and DD#1 wants it finished soon.

She is feeling very left out because look what I finished for DD#2.

Tah Dah!!!...Tangled Yoke. I love this sweater and if I continue to lose more weight there will be one in my future. I love the Felted Tweed I used for this and DD#2 was very pleased. Hardly took it off before heading back to college, and there were some very hot days in August before she left. Including the day of the photo shoot. Doesn't she look pretty?

DD#2 also went on a little shopping excursion with me to Knit One in Pittsburgh. I was certain I had taken her there before but from the look in her eyes she obviously was a newbie to the wonders of Knit One. After much ohhing and ahhing, many books perused and yarns petted she stumbled on this little number.

One Skein Wonders gloves from Leigh Radford knit in Noro's Taiyo Yarn # 3. I whipped these babies out within 2 days. And DD#1 was screaming for her own pair. And frankly so was I. So more yarn has been purchased and as soon as the Selma ensemble is complete there will be more gloves. They look very arty to me.

The garden looked like a dust bowl until this morning's rain showers. We also have a very fat, happy and smart ground hog, who has avoided all attempts to bring him in alive. But he is doing so much damage to the garden I hate to look. He also must have put out the alert as it seems the deer have figured out a way to jump over the 5' electrified fence and are munching to their hearts content on all my pole beans, lettuce, and onions. Luckily they are not interested in the tomatoes and there are enough bush beans to share if I pick them quickly. Argh!!!