Monday, January 30, 2012

Abalone yarn kit in Jamiesons

Bought from a Raveler destash - gorgeous colors are so tempting!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cuff of left Na Craga sleeve

Changed needle size three times to tighten down the cuff without losing the visual flow of the cables into the ribbing. Started with size 4, did 8 rounds, went to size 3, did 8 rounds, went to size 1.5, did final 4 rounds. Then I cast off in pattern. Looks good!

Monday, January 23, 2012

14 inches on left sleeve

14 inches on left sleeve by BlueDragon2
14 inches on left sleeve, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Need 21-1/2 inches total on sleeve, less 2-3/8 for cuff. 14 inches so far, so 7-1/2 less 2-3/8 to go!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Warm All Winter cowl finished!

So glad to finish this in case we get more snow!

First Lacy Mock Cable sock done

Fits really nice, but not dense enough for a work sock. This will be an off-duty sock.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Warm All Winter cowl

Warm All Winter cowl by BlueDragon2
Warm All Winter cowl, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Doing the crown shaping now, will finish it tomorrow, God willing! DH took the picture for me.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Warm All Winter past halfway done!

I'm doing the front ribbing for the face opening. This is a great pattern, well written and charted, and would be a great item to add to your cold weather wardrobe.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Left sleeve Na Craga

Left sleeve Na Craga by BlueDragon2
Left sleeve Na Craga, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Showing the body rolled and tied with a length of yarn.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Left sleeve of Na Craga

Left sleeve of Na Craga by BlueDragon2
Left sleeve of Na Craga, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Underarm stitches cast on and ready to join into a circle.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Monday, January 09, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

One happy DH!

One happy DH! by BlueDragon2
One happy DH!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Hope everyone had a great New Year and are looking forward to a happy healthy year. I've finished three items so far this year - the mittens I had hoped to finish before midnight for my last FO of 2011 but it was almost 1 am when I got the second thumb finished. 

The afghan is the Great American Afghan, composed of twenty-five 12 inch squares in various stitch patterns. There are several that I won't be making, because I don't like them, and will be subbing in blocks from the Great American Aran Afghan instead. I'm using DH's handspun yarns for the afghan, as he has quite a stash built up over the last few years since he taught himself to spin. He bought the pattern about a year ago when we were down south visiting his family and I've been going to start it ever since. So I set up a KAL with some members of my local Ravelry group to encourage myself and now there will be three of us making this afghan with various yarns. 

I've also cast on for MIL's Na Craga sweater. When we were down visiting in October she asked me to knit her a cardigan to keep her artificial hip warm this winter. When it gets cold she has a lot of pain in it. So the sweater is my fourth KAL project so far. and the second largest one to work on. The other two are done now, the Selbuvott or Not mittens and the Winter Forest Tam. The mittens are for a KAL on the Stranded group on Ravelry and the Tam is for the 12 in 2012 KAL in my local Rav group. Our projects for January are hats and I'm pondering doing a second hat - I bought Cat Bordhi's Warm All Winter cowl pattern when she put it up for sale and now need to decide on what yarn to use for it. I don't normally knit cowls for myself, because they interfere with my hair when I have it up, but this one has so many different ways to wear it that I think it will do just fine. 

I counted up the FOs from last year and I show 28, not a bad count considering some of them are sweaters and shawls. It will be interesting to see what I can get finished this year - hopefully a lot of items I have on the needles already that really need to be finished. Most of those items are cardigans or vests - my St. Enda cardigan, Fulmar cardigan, Erin cardigan, Rosemarkie vest, Allover cardigan, and some are small items like Salida socks, Lacy Mock Cable socks, Pisqu socks, and for the long term the Aran cardigan that I'm spinning the Border Leicester fleece for. 

Our Craft a New Year 2012 event went well at the Ike Box - we raised $186.00 for Isaac's Room charity! I would have liked it to be more but in the middle of a depression I think we did pretty well. I'm planning a Superbowl Sunday Yarn Crawl on Amtrak to go to Portland on February 5th to visit yarn shops on the east side of Portland. They will have to be open on Sundays and 2-3 blocks from Max or TriMet as we're not bringing any cars along. There might be some folks joining us at Union Station from Portland, Vancouver, or surrounding towns, which will make it more fun.

Happy knitting!

Winter Forest Tam done and in use!

Still need to wash and block it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Na Craga back stitches picked up, cast on, and picked up.

I use markers between each pattern because I knit by feel so much.