Sunday, December 30, 2012

Project bag for Sirkler Cardigan

After much temptation on Ravelry's Stranded group, I am giving in and getting ready to start my cardigan, lol! I dug out my Kauni last night and discovered one of the balls is not the Rainbow, it's yellow and green. So I need to buy another ball next payday to make sure I have enough to knit the sweater on hand. I'm pretty sure I'm going to knit the small size so I don't have too much ease. It's so funny to be considering making a small for me after making large or medium for so long, lol!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

SIL's Basic Mittens done!

SIL's Basic Mittens done! by BlueDragon2
SIL's Basic Mittens done!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Knit in Eco Alpaca in natural white for Christmas 2013. So nice to have a head start on next year's gifts! Two of five done!

Snowflake Fingerless Gloves cast on!

I'm knitting these with Grandpa Walter's steel needles, the ones he used to knit socks for the soldiers in WWI. I've been wanting to use these needles for anothe project and these mitts qualify! They have been on my to-knit list for quite a while and I plan to teach the pattern in an upcoming class.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

SIL's mittens for Christmas 2013.

Knit using Cascade Eco Alpaca in natural brown.

SIL's mittens for Christmas 2013.

Knit using Cascade Eco Alpaca in natural brown.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Brother's Christmas mittens for Christmas 2013.

Cascade Eco Alpaca yarn in natural brown.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

First blanket block done!

First blanket block done! by BlueDragon2
First blanket block done!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

I'm knitting blocks for the blanket project that Sharon from Three Irish Girls is doing for the families who lost a loved one in Newtown, CT. I plan to knit as many as I can from one skein of Cascade 220 Superwash. I'll put the blocks into a Large Priority Flat Rate box and pass it around my local Rav group so others can add their blocks. Then I'll pay for the shipping as part of my donation.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Mittens to Order

Mittens to Order by BlueDragon2
Mittens to Order, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Christmas gift for best friend - done! This pattern is easily customizable, using two peerie patterns on the back of the mitten. I plant to knit a pair in other colors for one of my nieces next.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

End of first skein of yarn - c. 276 yards knit so far.

Stornoway Sunday progress - first skein finished and second skein started. This is definitely going to be a long term project - the tight gauge is hard on my hands after a while. But it's definitely going to be a wonderful sweater when it's finally done.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Squirrelly Swedish Mittens

Mittens drying on rack, not sure why one looks smaller, they are the same size!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mittens to Order

Mittens to Order by BlueDragon2
Mittens to Order, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

First mitten body done, will knit second one before doing thumbs.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stornoway Sunday 11-18-12

Stornoway Sunday 11-18-12 by BlueDragon2
Stornoway Sunday 11-18-12, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Got about five rows knit this afternoon!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

For Staten Island, NY!

For Staten Island, NY! by BlueDragon2
For Staten Island, NY!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Donations from Salem Area Ravelers knitting group for knitters on Staten Island, NY after Hurricane Sandy.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Squirrelly Swedish Mittens

Leaf and Granny Smith in Jamiesons Shetland Spindrift yarns, two skeins of each color to make the pair. Knitting up fast!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Salem Area Ravelers rock!

Salem Area Ravelers rock! by BlueDragon2
Salem Area Ravelers rock!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

This is what we gathered today at knitting, I'm going to package it up and send it to Staten Island, NY for knitters who were slammed by Sandy. They can knit for themselves and their families while they begin to rebuild their lives. It would be wonderful if knitters all over the country did this!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Knitting is done!

Knitting is done! by BlueDragon2
Knitting is done!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Now I have to run ends in before washing and blocking. So happy to have the knitting done! Soon I'll be able to wear it with DH wearing his!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

St. Enda front band picked up.

Picked up 4 of 5 stitches along left front edge for button band. Getting so close to finishing!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Harbour Lights shawl started at knit group last night, almost halfway through set-up charts.

This is going to be a wonderful, gorgeous shawl. I'm looking forward to hours of pleasurable knitting.

Bugga! in color Shelob, a variegated purple.

One of my knitting friends is reducing her stash and I scored this skein! With cashmere in it, I'm thinking scarf or shawl - yumm!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

GAA block #18 by Joan Schrouder

An easy and quick block to knit, just be very careful when you block it to keep the puffy ribs lined up and puffy. Glad I have a 12 inch square marked out on the blocking box I'm using.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Suki shawl #2

Suki shawl #2 by BlueDragon2
Suki shawl #2, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Three skeins of Jamieson's Shetland in Dog Rose and two in Foxglove. I love how the two colors work together. You can either buy the single pattern by download or, the better buy, get the Sock Report book for $16.00 and have all the wonderful patterns. There are two sock patterns and another shawl pattern that I want to knit!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Suki 2 just finished!

Suki 2 just finished! by BlueDragon2
Suki 2 just finished!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Even before washing and blocking, the Shetland yarn shows the beauty of the lace. Can't wait to wear it!

First Suki shawl

First Suki shawl by BlueDragon2
First Suki shawl, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Knit using Tina's Choice Mystery Bag bought at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. I thought I had already posted this but can't find it.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Suki shawl drying in warm fall sun.

I can't wait to wear this to knitting tomorrow night!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Stornoway charts in file folder

Stornoway charts in file folder, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
Charts copied and taped down in order of pattern. Each chart is copied so a complete row is shown. This way, I don't have to worry about forgetting to do a chart or doing them in the wrong order. While each chart has a different number of rows, I just repeat the shorter ones as needed. If I want, I can put a blank piece of paper in the file folder to make hash marks on so I know how many rows I've knit. That way, if I want to recreate this later, say, for my DH, I know how many rows I need to work in my handspun to get a certain length.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Suki shawl by Miriam Pike

Suki shawl by Miriam Pike by BlueDragon2
Suki shawl by Miriam Pike, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Using my Tina's Choice Mystery Bag yarns bought at OFFF 9-23-12. Looks like it will be a fun knit! Tina's color choices are always interesting to watch as I knit. Oh, they are medium weight so I've moved up to a size 6 circular. If I need to, I have left over STR yarns I can use for the bottom edging so I'm not worried about running out of yarn.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ingvold Aran at Marion County Fair.

Won Blue Ribbon and Superintendent's Choice!

Back of Erin on wooly board

Drying on kitchen table.

Erin on wooly board - front

Blocking on the kitchen table.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Kelly's Ingvold Aran cardigan

Won second place in Pro division at 2012 Oregon State Fair. Never did find the first place item.

On the Moors shawl won First place and Reserve Champion at 2012 Oregon State Fair.

Had to have a Fair staff member open the cabinet so I could find out what the second blue ribbon was for. Hope they make some changes for next year!

Connie's shawl.

Connie's shawl. by BlueDragon2
Connie's shawl., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Made for a swap with SIL for a hand made by her shawl pin. She does amazing jewelry and I'm excited to finally own a piece of her artistry!

Salida socks

Salida socks by BlueDragon2
Salida socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Knit with Woolmeise sock yarn on size 1 needles. Now I can finally wear them!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Tying knots and trimming ends inside right Erin sleeve.

I use a surgeon's knot to tie the yarn ends, cut the ends about a quarter inch long, and let the ends felt into the fabric.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Erin is cast off!

Erin is cast off! by BlueDragon2
Erin is cast off!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Now just the finishing and I'll have a new sweater - yahooooo!!!!!!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Front edgings cast off on Erin.

Later today I will do the collar. So close to getting her done now! I found out I need to get a couple more buttons for the front. For some reason I only got ten and it really needs twelve. Hope the fabric shop still has them in stock!

Now I'm going to pick up the body stitches for my St. Enda so I can knit on her while we go visit my Mom at her nursing home. I'm praying she remembers me this time. Have a good holiday everyone!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Buttons for Erin

Buttons for Erin by BlueDragon2
Buttons for Erin, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Brass buttons are front, blue buttons are to back front ones. I sew plain buttons behind fancy ones to take stress off the knitting.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Picking up stitches for front bands.

I like to knit the front bands in one piece, with steeks at the top and bottom. I turn the bottom steeks under to form facings to reinforce the bottom edge. That way, when I tug on the sweater to straighten it, the bottom corner doesn't get stretched out of shape. For Erin I will knit the collar band last, to cover the ends of the top steek. Getting close to finishing this sweater!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dog chart second repeat finished!

This chart has been my nemesis on this pattern and I have now finished the last repeat for the sweater - whee! I'm over the hump on this sweater!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Both sleeves on St. Enda done!

Now I'll set her aside until I finish Erin and then pick her up to finish her in turn. It will be so nice to have two new sweaters to wear this fall!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

July block for afghan

July block for afghan by BlueDragon2
July block for afghan, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Cast on, knit, and cast off Friday night - took about 3 hours to knit. I'm trying to get back on schedule of one block a month. Tour de Fleece and then Ravellenic Games put me behind my schedule, but I made great progress towards my goals! My Erin is on hold right now until the two skeins I need to finish arrive. So yesterday I worked on my St. Enda and got almost four inches done on the second sleeve. That puts me almost halfway on the second sleeve. I might end up with three new Starmores to wear this fall/winter!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Block 8 of Great American Afghan

Used DH's handspun Shetland yarn for this block. Definitely will be using it for the next block as well. Nice to be getting caught up to my schedule for this project!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Down and out of yarn :(

Down and out of yarn :( by BlueDragon2
Down and out of yarn :(, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

That little end of tan yarn? That's the end of my J & S 32 yarn and I have to find a shop with more before I can knit anymore on Erin. But that's okay, because I'm over my procrastination hump! Personally, I'm a winner because I finished the first sleeve and I'm past the halfway point on the second sleeve. Congratulations to all the Ravellenic Games participants - we're all winners for making the effort.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Erin right sleeve finished!

Finished cuff and cast off at knitting today. Now to pick up the second sleeve.