Thursday, November 15, 2012

Giving Up the Ghost and a Ghost from Christmas Past

So, you may notice that the hexacomb cardigan and the Tess cardigan are no longer in my WIP sidebar... did I finish them??  ... Yeah right!!  I finally just decided that the finishing of these projects isn't going to happen any time soon and I'm sick of them staring me in the face every time I log in to Ravelry, so I decided to put them in official hibernation status.  And then, while I was down at that end of my project list, I noticed a little fella who is ready to come out of hibernation: the Happy Reindeer!  I started him about three years ago and I really, truly am going to finish him up before Christmas this year!!  ...that is, IF I can find him somewhere in my pile of unfinished projects.  Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

FO: Fan Shawl

My mother recently moved to Southern California where a lot of the time the days are warm but the nights are a bit chilly.  She asked me to make her a fairly heavy weight shawl that she could throw over her shoulders when she was out on chilly nights, so I made her this small lace fan shawl out of DK weight yarn:

The neat thing is that the shawl is a modular knit, which means that I knit each little fan separately and just picked up stitches along the side of a finished fan to start a new one.  It was kind of cool, though this method produces TONS of ends that need to be woven in!  (Which we all know is my favorite thing to do!)

Here is a close-up of the lace pattern because you can't see it very well in the pic above.  It kind of looks like crochet, no?


All said, it's definitely not my favorite thing I have ever knit, but I think it turned out okay.  I would have preferred a lacier look, but my mom specifically requested something made out of a heavier yarn, so her wish was my command.

And now the details:

yarn details
Lion Brand Microspun in Ebony
dye lot 66577
100% Microfiber Acrylic
machine wash cold, tumble dry at any temp, do not iron
70 g / 168 yds @ $4.99 per ball

project details
pattern: "Panda Silk DK Fan Shawl" by Gail Tanquary, free pattern available here.
needles: size 6 nickle plated circs
gauge: I am opposed to measuring gauge on a project such as this...
yarn used: 3.67 skeins (about 617 yards)
finished size: apprx 56'' wide and 17'' at the longest point of the triangle
duration: February 27 - July 7, 2012
cost: about $18

notes
  • This is definitely a project where you want to weave in your ends as you go. Otherwise you will hate life when you are done.  I stopped every few fans to weave ends.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Checking in...

It seems like it's been a while since I have blogged about actual knitting and not just silly other stuff, so here is a quick update on what's going on with my needles (& hook!):

1.  I've been primarily working on the crocheted wine tote that I started two weeks ago.  I'm almost finished with the body of that... I tend to work on it for about half an hour and then get frustrated and put the fiber arts away for the rest of the day, so maybe that's not a good thing.  But it will be finished soon and then I will have a spiffy new wine tote for BYOB parties!

2.  I have been ignoring my brother's scarf because I'm frustrated with the intarsia.  I keep screwing up and it's no fun.  :(

3.  Baby blanket is still where it was last time I checked in.  I'm excited because I'm on the second half now so every row is a decrease - it's like knitting downhill!  I'm not in a huge hurry to finish that up because I have until January and I'm sure I'll have lots of time to work on it during Christmas since I'll be taking a few days off work. (Yay!)

4.  This weekend I am knitting up a special secret project!!

5.  I'm thinking about starting a new pair of socks and trying to pick a pattern.  I may just end up knitting a new pair of jaywalkers.

6.  FO post for the fan shawl is coming your way soon!!

In other news, my kitty is sick.  :(  I took her in for a bunch of diagnostic tests this week to try to find out what is wrong with her, and waiting for the results is killing me!  ... please think good thoughts for us!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Snail Mail Fun!

I participated in the C.R.A.F.T. blog's package pals program last month and it was SO MUCH FUN!  Here's the deal: you sign up to be part of the program, Jamie pairs you up with someone cool, you make gifts for each other, the gifts go in the mail.  How much fun is that?  It combines two of my favorite things: crafting, and getting mail.  Neato!

I was paired up with Lizzie - you should check out her cool paper crafting blog!  I already posted earlier this week about the Hello Kitty Mitts that I made for her.  I also made her some cool buttons of all her favorite things and a nifty box decoupaged with an old sci-fi pulp fiction cover.  Did I take a picture? ....no.  *D'oh!*

But, I took pictures of all the fantastic stuff Lizzie sent me!  It was a whole box jam packed with awesome.... even the box was awesome, check it out:


Why yes, that IS a box covered in glitter!!  I'm sure the mail carrier loved it!

And now, the contents....


Can you believe there was that much awesomeness in this box??  Get a load of all the great Hello Kitty stuff!  And look at the amazing hand made card she made me, sitting on top of the box...  I meant to take a closeup of the card, but apparently I didn't....

Here is the darling necklace she made me, which I wore to work last Friday and got tons of compliments!


I love this gorgeous altered mini composition book she made me:


And guess who doesn't have to buy Christmas cards this year??  Me!  'Cuz the ever-talented Lizzie made me some!

... finally, the BIG present is my very own Smash Book and a ton of supplies to fill it up with - lots of little embellishments, stickers, glitter, the works!



Now I need to study Lizzie's blog very closely to learn how to Smash!  I'm so excited to try it out!

Package Pals was so much fun!  Thank you Jamie for putting this exchange together!  I can't wait to do it next time too!!