Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Roaring Meg

I wanted to share a picture of the Roaring Meg I finished a little bit ago. The weather's now too warm to really get a lot of use out of it, but it will still fit her in the fall when the temperature cools a bit. This is really one of my favorite baby/toddler sweaters so far. This designer has a lot of cute stuff!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cutie Pie Booties

These are the cutest booties I've seen. They are Saartje's Booties made from some miscellaneous sock yarn I adopted from a friend in a swap.

I found a similar pair in crochet I wanted to try, but the pattern costs $5.95! The designer does have another cute pair for the same price that I might actually pay for. We'll see... I may just have to come up with my own.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

No New WIPs!

That was supposed to be my goal for April to allow me time to clear out some of the felted bags and my minimalist cardigan that have been hanging on for a long time. That didn't happen.

My cardigan is nearly finished, with about half of the seaming remaining. The half that is seamed fits perfectly and I love it, so assuming I don't screw up the other half, I should have a lovely sweater at the end of April. Just as the weather warms up here in Columbus.

However, I have not picked up any of the felted bags that are hanging around. I have two stained glass bags to finish for gifts for this Christmas. They were supposed to be gifts for last year, but that didn't happen. One of the them is knit and just needs to be felted more and assembled. The other needs a bottom and strap and felting. It shouldn't take long once I get motivated again. I should probably pick those up before I start on my next sweater. I also have my own entrelac bag that needs to be felted a little more and lined with something. It's too big and needs the lining to add that extra support.

I started and finished a Roaring Meg sweater for Emily, which is so cute. I need to find the camera and take some proper pictures of it this weekend.

I have started and not nearly finished a shawl for my grandma Jeanne up in Michigan. I'm using some hand-dyed purple linen yarn that I bought almost a year ago at Knitter's Connection. It's shedding and a little hard on my hands, but I hear that it soften up quite a bit when you wash it.

I have also started and nearly finished a little baby set out of some leftover sock yarn. The bootees need to be seamed and the hat only needs ties and finishing. I definitely will make it my goal to finish this project in April.

I have also made serious progress on my stash, but more about that at the end of the month. Hopefully, I will have pictures of all these things soon!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Baby Girl's Blanket

I actually completed a significant project yesterday, and I am very proud of it. This is Jodi Euchner's Solas Caomh, published in the Spring 2009 Interweave Crochet. I decided to make the new baby a blanket of her very own, since she's going to be getting so many hand-me-downs from her big sister.

Here is the work-in-progress picture:
And the detail pictures:

I used 7 whole skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, a total of 1,505 yards. I love it, though it is a very heavy blanket. If I made it again, which I might, I would pick something machine washable and maybe a little lighter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Obviously must revise goals...

At the beginning of January, I had 44,107 yards of yarn on hand. Right now, I have 46, 219. Obviously, I need to rework my goals because simply trying to knit up 1,400 yards a month is not getting it done. So, I'm thinking of a revision.

I know that I will want to buy yarn at Knitter's Connection in June, so I need to reward myelf somehow by reaching goals. I plan to limit my spending at Knitter's Connection to one penny per every yard of yarn I knit or destash or sell before then. This starts today, and I have given away three random skeins of yarn for a total of 307 yards, or $3.07.

Think this will work? We shall see!