03/26/2008

What I saw today…

Posted in Random Me at 5:31 pm by Jennie

Just a drive by post. Thought this was funny.

Target Cart hanging out

A random Target cart in an open field. Luckily for once I had my camera with me. Hmmm the strange things people do and then leave behind.

03/24/2008

Crochet Dreams…

Posted in Crochet, Knitting at 6:33 pm by Jennie

For some reason I’ve been having these crazy urges to crochet. I kinda want a granny square style afghan. I haven’t really thought about crocheting for a very long time, but I guess I’ve been bit by the bug. I don’t know if I just need to get a little bit of crochet out of my system and then things will get back on track or what. But I’ve already done a few granny squares. hehe.

Granny Squares

I used these youtube videos to help me learn how to crochet the granny squares.
How to Crochet 1
How to Crochet 2
How to Crochet 3

I’ve already picked out a few patterns but I tend to have finishing issues when it comes to knitted items other than socks. So I don’t know. Maybe my crochet obsession will pass.

Anywho, it’s taken me about 2 years but I finally finished my Irish Hiking Scarf by Hello Yarn. See what I was saying? I would only work a few rows and then put it away to hibernate and take it out every once in awhile to do a few more. I guess I became bored with it. Who knows. I used Knit Picks Elegance, a little less than 4 balls (skeins, however it is termed. Down here in Texas I’ve always learned to call those as skeins, just like all the acrylic yarns are skeins too. And balls are actual balls. Yeah I know, totally rambling) in the grass color. Will I be using it? Probably not any time soon since we’ve been getting 80+ degree weather. Over all a really simple cable project. It helped me practice cabling without a cable needle.

Irish Hiking Scarf

Last but definitely not least, a sock. Just one. I hope to be starting it’s partner in crime sometime today. I really like the simplicity of a 4 stitch pattern. And yes, it’s from Sensational Knitted Socks. It doesn’t look so fantastic on the blocker but I really like how the sock looks on my foot.

Woven Stitch

ETA: Opps, forgot to mention it’s the Araucania Multy color 310 that I previously knit up a swatch footie.

Have a great egg salad week!!

03/14/2008

Where'd I go?

Posted in Vacation at 2:20 pm by Jennie

WARNING***No actual knitting content*** WARNING***A lot of photos***

Hi ya’ll! I’m so happy to be back home. I really missed my cozy bed and just the freedom of being home. We went on a 5 day cruise to Mexico. Most of the time was spent on the ship (Carnival Ecstasy) but we did make two stops, Cozumel and Progresso Yucatan. I wish I could say I have tons of knit work to show for all the free time. But I only completed a few more short row heel practices and so far, the Yarn Over style (from these tutorials: Purly Whites and The blue blog) is sort of working for me. I still need more practice. I did rediscover my love of reading. I haven’t really put much time or should I say made time to sit and just enjoy a book. I’m glad to say I spent a lot of time reading an amazingly interesting novel ( The Clan of the Cave Bear) that I had picked up at Half Price Books for only $3 (yay! for bargains).

I don’t like to post without pictures, so here are some vacation photos. If you’re interested there are more in my Flickr set.

Diet coke isn’t diet coke in Mexico it’s called Coca-Cola light. hehehe


ETA: There were pictures here, but I didn’t want to reload the whole bunch since the Flickr fiasco. I’m sorry.

03/07/2008

Obsessed

Posted in Knitting, Socks at 12:06 pm by Jennie

I have been utterly obsessed with learning how to freaking do a nice looking short row heel. This past week has been a long and tedious battle. That I have sadly loss. I have tried all the tutorials I could find on-line. Looked through a few of the sock books that I have and I have yet to complete a short row heel that I am happy with.

Lot of Short Row heel practice

Four short row heels, none are non-hole-y.    They look decent in the photo, but on my feet, you can see all the holes.

I’ve been working with Sockina Cotton and thank goodness I came to my senses and used a life line. I’ve frogged the heel more times than I can remember. I think I’m going to try out the yarn over short row heel next. I can’t seem to do the wrapping ones correctly.

Sockina Cotton 04

The Sockina Cotton is really soft. I love it’s squishiness. It’s made up of cotton, acrylic, and nylon. I would this yarn but it doesn’t seem to bounce back to un-stretched-out mode after I’ve been trying it on my leg like my other woolly yarns do.

I’ll be off on a mini family trip. I hope everyone  has a wonderful weekend. I’ll see ya’ll sometime next week.

03/01/2008

SKS knitting frenzy

Posted in Knitting, Socks at 1:36 am by Jennie

I don’t think I’ve had the chance to just sit and crank out a pair of socks so quickly as I did this past week. Must have been on a knitting high.

Waterfall Rib
Pattern: Waterfall Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
Started: 2-22-08
Finished: 2-27-08
Needle: 32” Knit Picks circ size (2.25mm/ US 1)
CO: 54sts

I am really smitten with this colorway. The pattern was super simple to memorize which made the knitting flow so well. Can you guess what yarn I used? I can be a yarn snob but this yarn was just a steal! It’s Knit Picks Essential. The colorway is Tuscon Multi. It was on sale because the color lot didn’t come out to be as saturated as planned by the company. So this pair only cost me $6 and I have enough left for footies. What a deal!!

One ball equals... Here’s how much I can get out of one 50g ball.

I’ve used the Bare Essential to dye my own socks, remember my Fugly socks? lol. This yarn is really warm and washes up even softer. My kool aid dyed socks have been in and out of the washer and dryer and held up quite well. So these socks are gonna be treated the same. No need to handwash. A definite plus.

Have a wonderful weekend!