Monthly Archives: January 2009

A Few FOs and Stuff

Thanks for the birthday wishes for Sweetie Boy. I thought the most exciting part of his birthday would be the new cell phone we got him. He walks about a mile to and from school everyday, so we thought it would be a good idea for him to have one (even though he was one of the last of his 10+ friends to get one). But no, this is what he was most excited about.

That’s right. Sitting in the front seat. He is gleeful with a capital G when he remembers and gets in. And then he loved that he could see so much through the front windshield, pushing all the buttons (remember… 12 or 2?), and playing with the radio. Perhaps there should be a recommended maturity age for front passengers, but then that might put a lot of our spouses and significant others in the back seat. Hmmmmm, might not be a bad thing. Something to think about.

I have some recent FOs to show. First up are the Toasty wristwarmers that were modeled by the lovely Annette. Thanks Annette for being a wonderful model. Toasty was a fl00zy cast on, so this is the first completed fl00zy project. Very proud, I am.

Project: toasty by leslie friend
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Cashmere, 3 skeins in green, leftover scraps in pink
Needles: Knit Picks Options in US size 5, a’la magic loop
Start: January 6
Finish: January 11
Thoughts: I love everything about these. The cashmere feels like velvet after washing, and the color makes me smile and feel all cheery inside. Too bad my daughter likes to swipe them from me and put them on.

Mods: I did a provisional cast on but followed the rest of the pattern. Then, I used up all of the rest of the green cashmere to pick up the stitches at the provisional cast on and Use It All Up. They’re a bit long, but I wear them scrunchy around my wrists. Great pattern. A definite must make, especially in cashmere. But then I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a pair in tweed either.
My quick knit for this weekend was… a pair of socks. Surprise! I haven’t made socks in about a year, I think. Lenores were the last from what I remember. Sweetie Girl and I are going on a Brownie Camping Trip in the mountains where it will be cold cold cold for us Southern Californians. I decided she needed some wool socks, so I whipped up a pair last weekend using some worsted weight yarn. She loves them and I got to practice on a plain vanilla pair, which I hope to do lots of in 2009.
Don’t her feet look big? Well, that’s because they are, but I made these with room to grow too.
Project: Basic Sock Pattern by Ann Budd
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino, 2 skeins in some purpley pink that I’ve had in my stash for over 2 years.
Needles: Knit Picks Options in US sizes 4 and 5, a’la magic loop, with a little bit of dpns thrown in to mix things up a bit
Start: January 24
Finish: January 26

Thoughts: I have sock yarn coming out of my… ears (okay, let’s try to keep this family friendly) and I’m determined to get some sock knitting done this year. However, I’m not ready to start back with size 1 needles (Sorry T. Your Christmas socks might have to wait a bit longer.) I decided I needed to learn a sock recipe, like the Yarn Harlot’s, and not be a slave to the pattern. So I consulted the Yarn Harlot’s Sock Recipe from Knitting Rules and Ann Budd’s Basic Sock Pattern from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and did a bit of both. I’m feeling comfortable enough that I could follow the Harlot’s recipe in the very near future, but I’m also tempted to try the Lifestyle Toe Up Socks – No Swatch Needed by Charisa Martin Cairn. Either way, I’ll use up some of that BMFA Socks that Rock Heavyweight for some house socks.

The only real mod I did was the Eye of Partridge heel which I’m pleased with except you can’t see them really well in this picture. Or maybe I didn’t do them right? Oh well, they’ll be inside boots so I think it’ll be just fine thank you very much. They were fun to do so I will definitely incorporate this heel again.

Lastly, I’m on the last half of the second sleeve of Ingenue. I’m hoping to have it done also in time for the camping trip this weekend and if all goes as planned (although it rarely ever does), I hopefully will be warm in handknits. I’m getting a lot of curl on the edges, so I might have to take the iron to her. Let’s hope she is cooperative and not in need of torture.

Have a great rest of the week!


Or more like 2?

Happy Birthday, Sweetie Boy.

Happy Inauguration Day!

Today was the first of many tough decisions ahead. I decided to skip pilates class in honor of watching the Inauguration. The sacrifices I make… say no more. I’m glad I did. My sister and her family actually attended and here’s a picture she sent.

T, do you mind if I use this picture on my blog? Thanks!
Photo by dimsumknitter’s sister

I’ve been bored bored bored working on the Mistake Rib scarf so I switched to Ingenue. We’re going on a Brownie camping trip in the mountains at the end of the month, so I thought a new wool sweater would make the idea of a it a little less painful. I’m at the final ridge rows at the bottom before binding off. I think the cowl at the top will be too small, so it might be a regular cowl, instead of tacking it down per the pattern.

This weekend began the first of a long series of soccer weekends for tourneys, friendlies, State Cup and Cal Cup. Luckily, Sweetie Boy’s team won their tourney.

We had temps in the high ’80s this weekend, as you can tell from his pink cheeks. I know in other parts of the country temps are in the negatives. Stay warm and safe. Sweetie Boy is definitely due for a haircut. My friend calls it mon chee chee hair after some toy doll in the 80’s, I think. Cracks me up but it’s true, I think. Fingers crossed that Sweetie Girl’s team will put up a good showing at next weekend’s tourney.

Final Day of Fl00zy

Day 7 of our Fl00zy Cast On knitalong has come and gone. I realized I didn’t show you my final official project, so here it is:

Exciting, no? It’s Bianca’s Jacket by Michele Rose Orne and I’m using Berroco Denim Silk which is discontinued but I managed to snatch up in a flurry of frenzied searching on ravelry. Directions for the pattern have you make the back and fronts separately, but I’m going to knit those all at once. Wish me luck, because I know I’ll need it. I’ll also try to wing some other mods, such as lengthening it and knitting the sleeves in the round also.

I managed to finish my first Fl00zy cast on project, Toasty. I’m waiting for the camera battery to charge so I can take a modeled FO picture of it. Pics to come soon! As soon as I bound off on Toasty, I cast on for a Mistake Rib scarf with some Lamb’s Pride Bulky and Noro Kochoran.

This scarf is intended for my brother in law. He came to Christmas Eve at our house sporting his tiny Irish Hiking Scarf I made for him in 2005, I think. It was tiny because, perhaps this sounds familiar, worsted weight wool-ease on size 8 needles goes oh! so! slowly! and I wanted to finish that puppy as quickly as possible. So it came out too short. If nothing else, I have learned that knitting on size 10s with bulky yarn knits up faster. Waaaaay faster.
Have a great week!

Manly Knits

I made manly knits this year as gifties, mostly beanies and one pair of wristwarmers. Of course, I didn’t take pictures of the beanies for the Sweeties’ soccer coaches, but hopefully, I’ll get pictures as soccer gets back into gear.

Project: Hat Fit for a Brother by Stephanie Nicole
Yarn: Kathmandu Aran in dark blue, 1 skein each
Needles: Knit Picks Classic 16″ Circulars in US size 8
Start: The week before Christmas
Finish: The day after Christmas

Thoughts: For my brother and one of my brothers in law, I made them these hats, even though they are far from being my boyfriend. So I had to rename the hats to be called the Hat Fit for a Brother. Creative, aren’t I? The yarn surprisingly has a stringy feeling to it, but it makes such a luxurious fabric. The pattern was easy peasy, 2×2 rib. You know how I love to make beanies. Together, they made a win win!

Since I ran out of time knitting up gifts, I asked another Brother-in-Law what he’d like for his knitted Christmas gift. (You see, if I don’t have enough time to knit up a gift beforehand, you get a gift from me to open on Christmas and a knitted gift hopefully completed that week. He asked for wristwarmers, so I made these for him.

He posed for the FO picture, and when I turned down the cuffs and asked him to pose manly, this is him being a true guy. I loved it!
Project: Axel Mitts by Blue Garter
Yarn: Cascade 109 in Jet, 2 skeins
Needles: Knit Picks Options in US size 9s
Start: December 27
Finish: December 28

Thoughts: An easy pattern, I just bought some olive colored Lamb’s Pride Chunky to make another pair for an East Coast friend. For some reason, I came up with one extra stitch at the thumb gusset on the first pair, but BIL was fine with the design mod. I washed them the morning they were flying out, blocked them onto empty water bottles, and set them out in the sun. When they weren’t quite dry at departure time, we stuck them into a ziploc baggie and they flew home with him. I love how the finger part folds over in a cuff for more freedom, or unfolds for extra warmth. This one is definitely worth making!

Twice in One Week!

New year, new blog post. Whoop de doo! Okay, I’m trying to post more often and this fl00zy knitalong with my knitting group is a hoot. I guess blogging isn’t so painful when you have something to say and show.
When last we were together, we left off at day #3. I’m happy to report that I have continued my reckless casting on of projects to celebrate the new year.
Day 4 – Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson in Misti Alpaca Chunky
Today’s project was brought to you by the letters “R” and “L”. “R” stands for responsible, as in me for casting on a gift for someone. “L” stands for late Christmas gift. Unh.

Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn to finish it up. Argh! Does anybody have any leftovers of Misti Alpaca Chunky in Cream I can buy from them? If all else fails, I can buy another skein, but you know how painful that is, when you only need a few yards or so.

Day 5 – February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne in Dream in Color Classy, Happy Forest. I’m totally diggin’ the green. And the fact that my size in this pattern is extra small. I am SO not an extra small but it’s amusing anyway.

Day 6 – Started with the Scribble Lace Shawl from the Mason Dixon Knitting book but it was a bust. With fingering weight yarn and some super bulky, size 19 needles were too small and the size 35 needles are straights, not circulars as needed. It has already been frogged and tucked away in their sleepy spots.

Toasty by Leslie Friend in Debbie Bliss Pure Cashmere was the second attempt. I wanted to be sure to use up every last bit of this yarn, and edge it with some leftover soft pink from my sister’s Fetchings last year, so I used a provisional cast on. I also put both mitts on a’la magic loop, and it was a hot mess. On top of that, it’s just too big, so I’ve gotta frog and go down a needle size. In a very non fl00zy fashion, I’m going to work on just one mitt at a time. Sanity, I’ve come to realize, is important.

Do you like how the yarn balls and needle make a sad face?
Tomorrow is the last day of the reckless casting on. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m enjoying this immensely. I might continue this lifestyle for a bit more. Stay tuned for day 7’s project. Any guesses? I don’t know what it’s going to be, so your guess is as good as mine!

Happy 2009!

Well, it has been well over a month, since I last posted. Apparently, the old adage, “tempus fugit,” applies around here. What have I been doing since the end of November besides celebrating and preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years? Why, the usual stuff of course. End of season soccer league games, volunteering at school, and the usual bit of knitting. I don’t want to bore you all at once with the FOs, so I’ll drizzle them in a little here and there. (Read: when I can actually get pictures of the FOs that I finished, wrapped up and gifted right away without snapping a pic.)

Let’s focus on the here and now, shall we? Our knitting and ravelry group began our Feel like a Fl00zy cast on. For one whole week, we shall cast on any projects that catches our eye with reckless abandon. Definitely no wip loyalty this week. So far, I have cast on one each day, but I hope to really get my fl00zy on as the days go by. Sadly, I might have to be responsible and work on one late Christmas present, but I’ll think of it as sobering up and falling right back off the wagon.

Here are what Days 1, 2 and 3 look like so far:

Day 1 – Ingenue from Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits book in Needful Yarns London Tweed

Day 2 – Fiddlehead Scarf by Anne Hanson in Sweet Georgia Yarns Cashsilk

What caught my eye originally about this pattern is the unblocked scrunchy version that Anne showed on her blog. Squooshy, soft, cashmere and silk around my neck. Couldn’t get much better.

Day 3 – Clapotis by Kate Gilbert in Handmaiden Sea Silk

I know it looks like a thong, but I Promise you it isn’t.

I’m trying to use this as an opportunity to knit with some of the super special yarn that I have accumulated, as well as start up some sweaters that have accumulated in the queue. I’m trying not to plan too much, which is quite hard for me, and just enjoy each and every moment. Interested in letting go and living like a fl00zy? Give it a try. I promise I won’t tell.