Google+ Beverly Is Yarn Crazy!: February 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thank You Everyone!

Thank you for the advice you all gave to me, both here in the comments and on Plurk. I have decided not to frog the sock. I will cast off and then cast on the 2nd. I think I will prefer them to be slightly snug for wearing with shoes, and my feet are a bit more swollen than usual, so I should take that into consideration too. I truly appreciate your opinions and how the knitting community in general is so very helpful. Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Free cuppa & Should I Frog?

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Now that you have some coffee, should I or shouldn't I frog? I have only completed 5 pairs of socks in my knitting lifetime. Only one of those pairs did I keep for myself and they are too big, too loosely knit, and they are acrylic. I am currently working on my 2nd pair of toe-up socks which I intend to keep for myself. I turned the heel and I have started ribbing as these are meant to be ankle socks. I attempted to try the sock on and it is just a little snug. I like the gauge and I am using a wonderful yarn, STR lightweight. I would like to know if other, more experienced knitters think that more negative ease or positive ease is better. Which will wear better? Which will be more comfortable? I know that the one pair of acrylic socks that I have bunch up too much if I try to wear them in shoes or boots, so I don't want to make that mistake again. Please give me your opinion, so that I can decide how to proceed. Thank you!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Shelves? What Shelves?

Yeah, we don't have any shelves put together yet. My stash is still a disorganized pile of boxes and bags with yarny bits spilling out. I have failed, again.

We took each part of the first shelving unit out and carefully laid them out. We were sure that we could do this. We had found the tool box and prepared for battle. Then, we read the instructions. YIKES! Nothing was labeled as the instructions indicated that it should be. We were overwhelmed from the start. We just kept staring at the garble on the page like it would suddenly decipher itself and we would become carpenters. Nope, none of that for us. We carefully put everything back in the box and added it to the mountain of stash boxes. Now, we must wait for a kind but overworked family member to take mercy on us.

As for knitting. I have almost completed one ankle sock for the Knitting Purls Toe-Up Sock KAL. My other WIPs are sitting in the pile, waiting for attention.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Time to Catch Up.

Hey, I'm still alive! I have been knitting, and I have some pictures to share with you of three sweaters that I have made. The first two are for my twin nieces who recently turned two years old. The pattern is the Childs Plain Crew Neck Cardigan by Patons in their Upside-Downers Cardigan booklet #718, size 2. The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver, in Bonbon Print and Sunshine Print respectively.
The third sweater is for the twins older brother. It is the same pattern in a size 6, but I modified it to be a pullover instead of a cardigan. The yarn is Patons Canadiana (there wasn't any colorway indicated on the ball band). I must say that for an acrylic yarn, this one is nice.That is all the finished projects for now. I am still working on the mohair scarf/shawl and I am casting on a pair of socks for a Toe-Up Kal in Knitting Purls Ravelry group. She has a Stash-Busting KAL that is still open to sign ups that I will be moderating, so I encourage you to head over and sign up. The theme is not only that you must work from your stash, but we are all doing colorwork techniques to strengthen our skills or, as in my case, learn new skills. There are many there who will be very willing to answer questions.

That is it for now. Ray and I are going to be attempting to put together some shelves in hopes of organizing my stash this afternoon. We are very tired of looking at the piles of boxes and I am frustrated trying to find what I need for new projects. Please wish us luck, as we are not mechanically inclined and we are both disabled.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Some knitting, finally!

Okay, I have dug out the camera and taken some pictures. Perhaps I should have warned you to sit down for that shocking news. I really haven't been knitting that much, or at least not that productively, since the holiday knitting ended. I have been rather fickle about projects, starting and then just frogging the whole thing to start something else. I have no interest in my WIPs at all.

I have finished two projects. The first is a pair of fingerless mitts for.....hold onto your whatevers ....ME! My hands get achy and cold while I knit and crochet, so I decided I need at least one pair of these handy mitts to help me be more comfortable. I may have accidentally discovered a new addiction. Watch out socks, here come the mitts! These are Mirror Twist Mitts designed by Rachel Maxson and made up in Schachenmayr Nomotta Regia Jacquard in the Farbe Partie colorway. The only changes I made to the pattern were to cast on 12 more stitches to accommodate my fat hands(the designer advises adding multiples of 6 stitches to enlarge) and I added matching ribbing to the thumbs.The next project was just easy fun. A cute Starfish Cloth designed by Sew-Funky and made up in Sugar & Cream cotton. Finally, I currently have on my needles a scarf that I am calling Cotton Candy Haze Scarf that I am working up in Berroco Classic Mohair on US size 10.5 needles. What have you been knitting or crocheting? Do you make things mostly for yourself or mostly for others? Do you go through phases in your knitting where, perhaps you only make socks, or only do lace or colorwork? Please share with me in the comments.

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