Sunday, May 21, 2006

Can you call me a blogger??

I guess at this point I really shouldn't say that I blog, well because I haven't been. I update my blogroll, that's about it. But I am definitely reading blogs, and lurking. I just don't think my comments are all that great. But as I develop my knitting more, I think my comment confidence will increase too.

So, here is my attempt to catch up on all of my knitting adventures since I began this journey but a few months ago.

My very first knits. The socks first, then the hat. I followed a pattern for the socks (a free one online). I made the hat as I went along. It fits my 11 lb. cat Sebastian, but a baby? I am not so sure. It's cute nonetheless.

These socks are on two circulars. I went all out, I know. I figured since I conquered the little sock ok, that I should just go big and do them two at a time. The knitting took a few rows to get a hang of, but I have not yet figured out how to keep everything untangled!!! We will see how long these take me.

This is a hangbag/makeup bag/clutch for JTs sister. Her birthday was a few weeks ago, I need to finish it! It is made with Lion Brand Microspun in the fuschia (magenta, I dont know) color. The stich is an alternating knit purl combo (it has a name, but I just cant think of it!)

And the latest!! Which I am growing more and more excited about as I get closer! I joined the Green Gable Knit Along. I have never made a raglan item, a garment, or anything this size or magnitude. It started rocky. I am not great at the magic loop thing so I had to frog it and start over on DPNs. Which went fine. I switched to the circular once there were more stitches than I cared to try to save should a needle come out. The lace pattern was a bit overwhelming and there are mistakes. But I don't care and I am proud of them. They are quite representative of me and my knitting , just a bit quirky! Its Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria. I ordered Terra Cotta to make one for my mom, but we will see if that is what I actually make with it!

A close up of the lace pattern (or my attempt). The first is a truer depiction of the color. I understood the lace pattern about three fourths the way. See it?? Shhhh, don't tell...

I took off the sleeves, knit two rows and tried it on. It was tight under the arm. So I took out the few rows, put the sleeves back on and began a few more rows of increases. I am on the last row, ready to take the sleeves off again and see it take shape. Oh boy!!

This next creation is not knit, but crochet which I learned when I was little. I didn't use a pattern I just went with it and I think it is adorable. This will be a gift to my friend from high school who is due in September with her first little girl, Tacori Lynn! I think I may make a little sweater or jacket to go with it. It is made of Sugar and Cream cotton, which I think is helping it to keep its shape.

And I think I will end with my latest purchases. We were in LA this weekend, for a law school graduation celebration (one of JTs friends from college.) Of course, we had to find a yarn shop near us, I couldn't go home empty handed!! I got Classic Elite pima/tencel in a sea green to make something for my mom. It is absolutely beautiful and softer than soft. I swatched it on bamboo DPNs, but I know it will be slicker than slick on my Susan Bates circulars. (I have been building up the needle inventory slowly, but surely.) Tried to make a needle case, but I like to keep them in their original packaging so I am not sure if I will continue on with that sewing project, we will see.. Back to the loot!

It is so pretty! I know what ever I make, she will love it! The drape is very nice!

I spent a few hours on the drive back reading this Barbara Walker book. I am so excited about creating my own designs and garments that will fit me and those I knit them for! Nothing better than making something that fits!

My "Have knitting, will travel" bag. Not the most elegant, but it works. I want to make a nicer one with pockets for everything, but I can only do so much. I am using plastic bags for each WIP. It is convenient, but you can also see in the pic, I have furry friends. And they have shown great interest in my yarn! So I am keeping it well protected.

NOTE- Please ignore the crappy photos. I am using JTs camera (as I dont have one) and the lighting was the best I could do this time of night inside.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I haven't finished the wrist warmers, but I am going to.

Last night I wanted to knit something else so I started a baby sock! I am one row away from the toe decreases! It is so exciting to be so close to finishing something!! I will definitely post a pic because I am quite proud! (NOTE: there is no baby in my future!)

But I need help! I am an EXTREMELY tight knitter. I have tried to not tug or tighten after my stitches, but I can't seem to knit anything but very tight. When I do rib stitches it seems to be much better, but stockinette is so tight!!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Speaking of guage changing...

Holy cow! I am half way done with the second one and it is a very different size!! Its a good thing it is the first thing I have ever knit and I am not going to give it away. They will get stretched out and no one but me will ever know (ok, and the bloggers who read this, but still)...

I am so ready to move onto something else. I really want to make the Essential Stripe need to order the yarn and just go for it!

I want to finish it tonight and I will try to post a picture! Back to the numbers!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Quick update!

I finished one of the wrist warmers!! I really like it. I heeded the warnings of a tight bind off and made sure to knit/purl it as loose as possible. It came out really well! I have cast the other one on and are about 4 rows into it. One of the cats had a little fun with the ball of yarn while we were eating so my knitting time was a bit shorter than I had hoped it would be.

Going to do a bit of driving tonight and tomorrow (JT and I are going to SF for Valentines Day, a bit early due to work and such) so I should get substantial knitting done. I can already see a difference in my speed after just completing the other one.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

New goodies!

I did a bit of shopping last week and weekend. We went for a drive and I got to stop at a Not-So-LYS, but it was so worth it!!

New YarnThe gray wool is Cascade.
New yarn and needlesThis was picked up from the local craft store, as that is really my only source.

As far as the wrist warmers, I got to the button hole, had a heck of a time with the instructions, finally got it, and the whole was too small. Plus there were gaping holes on each side. So I tried it again. It looked better, but still not as I would have liked it to. (The lady at the LYS said it was probably the way I was casting stitched back on-per the instructions of course!!) So I need to frog it again and try one more time. I really want to finish it so I am only going to give it one more shot!

Time to grocery shop, then hopefully some knitting.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

SP Giftie!!

Look what my SP sent me!!!! I was so excited to come home to a package on the counter!

It contains two balls of the neatest woven 100% merino wool yarn I have ever seen! The card includes a scarf pattern that she says will show off the yarn, but I am not sure I want to use it for that (I like it too much!!). Size 13 needles (which I didn't have!) and really cute knitting note cards! Thank you so much!

I have made some progress on the wrist warmers, hopefully I will finish one tonight and begin on the other one. We are going to the snow tomorrow (my only day off gets spent either doing nothing or something fun, both of which are exactly what I love to do!) so I will have a few hours in the truck to get some knitting done! I will post pics of my progress tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

New project!

Ok, I know.. I should finish one before I start another, but I can't help it. I seem to get bored very easily. I don't have any resolutions to finish one project before starting another, nor have I been knitting long enough for such a resolution to apply. I started Knitty's wrist warmers.

Check out my progress!

I do have to say I think I prefer working on circular needles than multiple DPN's. They can be a bit much, especially for these beginner hands.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Knittin' on the couch

At the advise of my SP, I am knitting a scarf. It will be my first official knitted FO. After about 5 rows I have learned that I knit very, VERY tightly. Any suggestions? I am still finding my hands, so to speak with holding the yarn AND knitting. I will post a picture once I have made more progress.

Forgive me...

...Blogger, for I have sinned. Hi, my name is Erica and I confess, I have been a bad blogger! But I am here to make an earnest attempt to be a good blogger. Especially a good knitting blogger. So expect regular posts!

I gave up on the "silly white acrylic hat." I figured that even if it came out I would never wear it nor find anyone to wear it. I have started another one with Lion Brand Homespun in a black and white, you all know it. I have decided that I want to use up a lot of the Lion Brand I have and make room for some "good stuff." As I am learning there is so much more out there than that!! I found some stuff on eBay. Some of it was a good deal, but not all of it. Its part of crafting I guess.

Needles from eBay
New needles.

100% Worsted Weight Wool

Yummy new yarn to felt!

100% Wool Fingering Weight, Turquoise

Fingering weight, any ideas??

Oh, and I do actually create and finish things!!

I actually made two of these Christmas weekend. One for my mom and another while waiting in the airport to come home.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

SP7 Questionnaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?

Unfortunately I have only Lion Brand. I never knew the vast assortment of yarn available. I have ordered some wool off of eBay to try some felting, but I really have no yarn experience.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I actually learned how to crochet when I was 8. In Latchkey (an afterschool program) the instructor was always crocheting (granny squares, in fact) and she taught me.

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I don't have anything to store my needles. The collection is small, but it is growing. I have looked at some patterns and some for sale on eBay, but that is as far as I have gotten.

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I have just recently taught myself. I am a beginner. I have not actually knitted a complete object, but I am trying!

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

I have both actually. I will post links on my sidebar.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

Anything but vanilla. It makes me gag. I love florals the best, I think.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Unfortunately I am dieting. Plus I have Crohn's Disease. If you would like more information about Crohn's, go here and donate, if you are so inclined. I would love to be "cured" one day.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I enjoy beading and sewing. I just got my own sewing machine for Christmas. I can't wait to use it!

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I like all music. From rock, country, R & B, to oldies. My computer can play MP3s.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

I LOVE anything in the purple family; lavender, lilac, etc... I can live without pink, but it's often hard to avoid.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

As noted in the "About Me" section, I live with boyfriend, we will call him JT and our two cats Buster and Sebastian.

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I love scarves! That is my specialty! I don't wear the others, but wouldn't be opposed to it either.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

Well, like explained in question 1, I have very little yarn experience. I have stuck to Lion Brand mainly, but I am quickly learning there is more to the yarn world than that!

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

None so far!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I really want to complete this hat I have started on circular needles. It will be my first FO!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I am still trying to learn. My favorite item to crochet is a scarf. I can crank one out in an hour or two!

17. What are you knitting right now?

The aforementioned hat! I will explain more about it in my next post.

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Handmade gifts are the best, hands down!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

I think I almost like the circulars better, but let's see what I think after finishing a project on each!

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?


21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

I don't! And I am pretty sure that won't be for long as it seems a dire necessity!

22. How did you learn to knit?

I taught myself! I bought a How-to kit and went at it!

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

Just a couple of weeks.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

I love cats. Not a big animation fan.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

I enjoy Christmas, but birthdays are my favorite.

26. Is there anything that you collect?


27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I don't have any! Sad, I know...

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Any that you can suggest!

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

Pattern reading, if you could call that a technique! Just get a bit confused, but after a time or two I usually get it.

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Nope, but I think it would be so neat to learn! What measurements exactly?

31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

September 27th

Monday, December 19, 2005

Silly white acrylic hat...

Ok, well I bought a how-to knit kit, a few magazines and some needles. I bought 10.5 Clovers x4 (I think 4, maybe 5) and 10.5 circular Clovers to make a hat I really liked. I really don't like to make something and take it apart so I am making the hat in the cheap craft store acrylic white with a strand of something pretty and shiny running through it. I just grabbed the needles and the how to book that came in the kit I bought, and started at it. I am left handed so tried those instructions first. It is very awkward to hold the needles and the yarn as explained. I just focused on holding the needles and let the yarn find a place in my hands on its own. Casting on is easy. I only tried the hand method. The two needle one looked confusing so I didn't bother. I did the stockinette no problem, since its just knitting a row, flipping, then knitting another row. Then I tried to purl, at first it was difficult, but now I think its easier than knitting... I did a few rows of each and said I can do it!

So I switched to the circular needles. Cast on about twenty stitches and realized they were way too tight. Tried again, still too tight.. So I think the third cast on was the winner. I put the stitch marker in and tried to knit to connect. Not as pretty as the rest of the stitches. Oh well. I was trying to do all this while being a passenger in a truck on a three hour trip through mountainous terrain. Not a good idea for those of us that get a bit motion sick. So I picked it up later in the weekend. I am now on row 6 or 7 I think, which is a k2, p2... I can see the pattern! I think I am doing okay so far, but once I get to the decreases I may have an issue since I don't know how yet, but I will learn! More to follow. I will try to take a pic of the progress so far, but we will see when that happens, since its the holidays and all... More baking to do tonight!

Friday, December 16, 2005

A new blog, a new chapter

I have created this blog as a place to post about crafting such as knitting, crocheting, and sewing. I love to make things and give personal gifts as they are always special! It will be a work in progress (WIP) for a bit of time while I work on a format and get all of the linkage established.