We're off to Long Beach for a relaxing week of kite flying, BBQ, sand castles, friends and family. Pictures and a real post when I get back. Enjoy your week I know I will.
My 1st Monkey is done. Yeah! Yippee! Hoary! Take a look.
Now if I only had a replicator. I got to enjoy a few hours of accomplishment last night and today I'd better cast on the second sock. Let's see it took me two months to finish the first and I have two weeks before the deadline, hmm I think some interim goals are in order. So my goal for today is cast on, cuff, and one repeat. Wish me luck and happy children.
Remember how I said no new projects until the socks are done. I'm sticking to it! Ok mostly sticking to it. I haven't started any new knitting projects but I did decide to clean out my office/craft room and organize my stash. Most certainly a project and one I was planning to tackle but not until fall when the kids are back in school. Well then Ravelry entered my life and I developed an urgent need to photograph my stash and post it. I need to know what yarns I can add to the project in my queue, have pictures to post to the stashers forum, and of course show off all my lovely yarn so everyone gets a chance to drool. I don't want to be selfish ya know.
Between sock knitting, stash organizing, and the new Harry Potter book you probably won't hear from me until Monday. Have a great weekend!
Instead of starting something new I actually finished a couple of projects and made progress on a third. I'll pause for a sec while we all recover from the shock.
Here's my finished Cropped Cardigan
I'm pretty pleased with the results and I'm in love with the color. Now I'm looking forward to fall and a chance to wear it. The only modifications I made to the pattern were changing the yarn to Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes, lengthening the stockinette and lengthening the sleeves. A sweater in less then two weeks is pretty cool. I'm thinking of making another one in cotton but my queue is so big who knows if I'll ever get around to it.
My Artfelt piece made it through the dryer and turned out pretty well for a first try. After I try adding a little beading and embroidery I plan to frame it. Next I'll try some flowers or geometric shapes that I can add to bags, put on pins or clips.
Look at that I even made some progress on my Monkey. I don't understand why I'm having so much trouble with it but it has certainly progressed from excitement every time I pick it up to determination. If only my sock pal was like Dobby and enjoyed mismatched socks!
It's happened again. My lust to try all things new and crafty has doomed me to more stash and unfulfilled project dreams. Every trip to a yarn shop is full of so many possibilities and add to that a new star for my fantasies and I'm lost. If you know anything about me I'm sure this is in no way surprising but yesterday I went way off the deep end.
Have you heard of Artfelt?
Attention: stop reading now if you don't want some new fantasies of your own.
It's new, completely cool and I totally enjoyed the class I took for it yesterday. Karin Skacel was at Cultured Pearls in Issaquah to show off some finished projects made with Artfelt and to teach all of us how to make our own. The morning was very inspiring and really got my creative brain working.
Okay, down to the details. Artfelt is a paper that you tack your roving to with a felting needle. The biggest difference between normal needle felting and Artfelt is that you only have to secure your design to the paper not felt it all together. So the project goes tons faster not to mention being easier on the arms. After you secure your design to the paper you wet it with a spray bottle, place some plastic over the whole thing, roll it up and secure it inside a stocking. Once you have your stocking bundle you put it in the dryer until it's felted to your liking. Lastly you rinse the paper off with boiling water and let the piece dry.
Here's what I made in class.
I've tacked it to the paper but not felted it yet. Who knows what it will be but I had a great time playing with all the colors and fibery goodness. Speaking of fibery goodness here's what got added to my stash.
You can buy Artfelt in a kit that comes with a 12" by 8' piece of the paper and plastic, instructional DVD (haven't watched it yet), 2 needles, 1 regular roving and 2 pencil roving. Or you can buy all the pieces expect the DVD separately.
I plan to use it mostly for making extras (like flowers)to add to other things I've knit and a few scarves. I should be able to finish my class project tomorrow and let you know how it goes.
No one is here. The kids are at the park and hubby's at work and I am enjoying a blissful afternoon of quiet. I've spent the last couple of hours perusing Typepad and trying to figure out how to do some of the cool lists and things I've seen on other blogs. Computers are never as simple as I'd like them to be so all I have to show for my time is a finished object photo album that does not show thumbnails on the front page and a works in progress list. I could spend days dinking around checking out all the features and widgets but unless I can get my hands on a time turner I'm going to have to stick with the slow and steady approach to making my blog a little cooler. Maybe by my first anniversary I'll figure out how to put buttons up from the groups I've joined. It's good to dream.
I'm off to spend a little of my precious alone time actually knitting and catching up on some podcasts. I've got class on Skacel's new product artfelt tomorrow so hopefully I'll have a review for ya on Sunday. Enjoy the weekend.
Damn you Ravelry. I'm supposed to be catching up on mail and what am I doing? Checking out all the new groups and even joining a few. Beds are waiting to be made and I am adding projects to my queue. Do I know what I'm making for dinner. Of course not I'm too busy adding all my needles to my notebook. And the worst of all is that I haven't knit anything for two days. I feel an overwhelming urge to dig out all my old projects, take pictures of them and post them. I find myself returning time and time again to check for new posts. I'm afraid to even start adding stash or looking at anyone else's. Curse you and all your knitty goodness Ravelry!
No more time to post I must take more pictures. Pizza and sleeping bags for all!
Our visit went pretty much like it always does. Lots of wonderful family to catch up with, some fun activities, good food and never enough time to spend with everyone culminating in a long flight home and me getting sick (just a cold this time). There was even plenty of knitting but of course it wasn't on any of the projects I planned and packed (more on that later). Here is a sample of some of our adventures last week.
While the trip was exciting it doesn't compare to what was waiting for me when I got home. Everyone has been gushing about it, I have been waiting very impatiently for it and there it was in my inbox for a whole week before I saw it, my invitation to Ravelry. Good thing I didn't check my email when we got in last night or sick or not I never would have gone to bed. I haven't had much time to check it out with all the unpacking, laundry, and mail around here but so far it lives up to all the talk. I see many hours of browsing and entering projects ahead of me. If you're already up on Ravelry my user name is samro.
Now back to the Michigan knitting. First a little background. During our last visit over Thanksgiving I convinced my sister-in-law Ann to try knitting and she loved it. So since then she has been happily knitting scarves and leg warmers but was afraid to try something new without help. I had a lot of built up good will from hubby (a week and cross country flight alone with the kids is a lot of credit) so Ann and I took off for lunch and a visit to The Knitting Room in Birmingham. On the way over I worked on convincing her that she should branch out, try something new. What's the worst that could happen? The shop, which is great by the way, had a Cropped Cardigan pattern by Amy O'Neill Houck and three different Blue Sky Alpaca yarns that would work for it. Ann said she would give it a try if I would knit it with her and if we tried to finish it before I left. How could I resist that? Ann choose Blue Sky Cotton in a soft Orange and I choose Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes in a deep Red. We didn't quite finish but it was tons of fun to do together, very quick, and I'm happy with how it's turning out. It's amazing how different they are. I like them both so much I'm thinking of using some green Blue Sky Cotton I have in my stash to make a cotton one for myself.
Here's mine so far
Way to go Ann! I can't wait to see it completed.
I promise that once I finish the cardigan I won't start anything else until the Sockapalooza4 socks are done. I'm even going to try not to work on my other WIPs but I know better then to make that promise.