Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cool Jewelry Finds

During our recent vacation to PA, we spent some time just walking around the town. I was very disappointed to see that my favorite shop had closed. I always loved the little ironworks store. Sadly, it was gone. As was the yarn store.

One of the things I enjoy looking at on vacation is handmade jewelry. You can find some unique pieces for excellent prices. Then, you get home and don't have anybody around you who has the same thing. As my MIL said one time, my jewelry shows my wild side. I tend to take more chances with jewelry than I do with clothes.

This is a metal flower that I got for $6! Stop the show!

Made out of black clay. I think they were $35 for the necklace and earrings.

I purchased the black clay pieces at a little shop named The Spirited Ladies Shop. The lady was so nice. We were chatting and it turned out that she custom made the earrings for my cousin's wedding (the wedding for which we were visiting). Small world. This shop also had knitted and crocheted items for sale. A cute idea to have a store of all handmade items from locals.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Customer Kitchen Sink Blanket

I had a beautiful surprise on Saturday. Sue came into the store with her Kitchen Sink Blanket. It was gorgeous and she did a great job knitting it. We had mapped out some of her yarn and colors and she was able to throw in some additional stash yarn. It is a cozy afghan now and she is making another one already!

It is hard to put into words what it feels like to see people use a pattern that you design. It gives you this feeling of being thrilled and excited. You feel honored and nervous at the same time--at least I do. I worry about making sure that the knitter is happy--even though that is outside of my control at a certain point. I am also amazed that anybody would want to make something that I created. A GREAT amazed. Thanks, Sue, for bringing in the blanket. You did a great job!

If any of you out there in knitting land have made this blanket, I would love to see pictures. I would like to eventually build a gallery of the different creations. I hear that at least one of you is on her third or fourth one already! Thank you to all who have purchased a copy of this pattern.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

G Sig'nits

The Sig'nits have arrived! I first saw these at the trade show this past summer. I thought it was such a unique and cool idea. They are basically little beads that you put into your knitted garment to "sign" your knitting. You can tuck them in to be hidden or you can make them prominent--like a logo.

I HAD to get the G ones. Nobody EVER has a G!!!!

I plan to put them on special garments (making two sweaters for PK for Christmas). I plan to put at least one on something for myself.

We have D, M, sheep, cats, beetles, and a few others at the store. They are selling fast...would make a great gift for friends who are knitters.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Finished Medallion Bags

Nancy finished lining these customer Medallion bags.
They look fantastic!!!!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Knitting Progress from a Short Vacation

On our vacation, I took along six projects for a 5 day trip. Well, I actually got done more than I thought I would, but not as much as I would have liked. Still, good progress...

I made these two hats in the car on the way out. They were gifts for my second cousins.

Pattern: Ribbons Hat from Itty Bitty Hats
Needle: US 7
Size: 1-2 years
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy (partial skein)

Pattern: Big Girl Bonnet
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Wool
Hook: G
Size: 21 inch

The other side of the ribbons hat.

Pattern: Big Girl Bonnet
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy
Hook: G
Size: 22"
Mods: Because this is for an adult, I made the crown area one round larger.
I also added two rounds in the shell area.

I also worked on my new Kitchen Sink Blanket. It is now about 50% done. I hope to have it and the Lacey Temptation Cardigan done this week. I do have to report that I ended up ripping out the crochet newsboy hat for Patrick. I just really hated everything about this hat. The yarn, the pattern, the seaming. I decided I have too many great yarns and patterns to waste the time!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pictures from the Wedding

The Unity Sand

The Cake

The reception was in a barn on the bed & breakfast grounds. So cute!

Father/Daughter dance

Patrick and I pre-wedding

My new dress since I sized down from my others! Yeah!

Money dance with cousin Amy

Money dance with Patrick

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Kitchen Sink Blanket Goes Home

My pattern, The Kitchen Sink Blanket, was originally written when I needed a gift for an upcoming wedding for my cousin Laura. I pulled colors in a hue I thought she would like and then just knitted whatever stitch pattern I felt like doing. I incorporated various techniques I had used on other garments in the past year and a new pattern was born. The blanket is featured on the pattern, and it served as a shop sample for the spring/summer. Well, the blanket traveled out to Pennsylvania to keep Laura and Justen warm.

"You made this?"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Visit to the Mannings

I recently went out to Pennsylvania for a family wedding. My family lives in the Hanover/Gettysburg area and I tracked down a yarn shop in the area about six years ago. In a tiny, tiny town in the middle of the countryside is The Mannings. It is an old HUGE barn. It is primarily a weaving and spinning studio, but they have plenty of yarn for the knitter and crocheter. Over the years, I have acquired many a skein there (including Wool in the Woods, which is lovely).

On my trip this year, I found that they had a very large stock of Candace Eisner-Strick kits. I've drooled over these kits at Stitches Midwest for years, but never found one in the colorways I would wear. Well, this time I found not one, but two! Ugh, I know. The pocketbook is now empty...but the yarn room is full!

The Merging Colors Ode to Joy Short Jacket
I thought all of the pink tones would put this into my color range.
I'm holding off on making this one until my weight is stable.

Merging Colors Feather & Fan Bolero

LOVED the blue and thought this little pattern was too cute!
After my KAL knitting and holiday knitting, this is on deck (along with about six other things for myself that have been waiting and waiting).

The silver button is for the Bolero. The wooden ones...hmmmmm

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Little Advertising

Just got this for my Mac. I needed something to protect my computer from getting beat up, so I thought a little advertising wasn't a bad idea. It turned out well!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Planned Knits for Upcoming Trip

Whenever we go on a trip, I start to mentally plan all the knitting I'm going to get done. Nevermind the fact that I usually get through about 1/10th of what I plan to do. Well, this upcoming trip is no different. I have 6 projects planned for a 5 day trip! Ridiculous, I know, but I'm not backing down. Because, here are my thoughts...

1. Lacey Temptation Cardigan: I MUST get this one done. It is a top priority so that I can have the cheat sheet ready for the KAL when I get back.

2. Ribbons Hat: My cousin Angela has two adorable little girls. She asked me to make them hats, so I am planning on knitting this one for the littlest one. I figured it will be good car knitting for our 9 hour drive. I should be able to knock it out in a few hours.

3. Big Girl Bonnet: The second hat for Angela's girls. This is a crocheted hat that should also work up in a day.

4. Big Girl Bonnet #2: I need to knit up some hats for my sister-in-law, and this is one of at least two that I have planned. Again, a day's work.

5. Patrick's Crochet Newsboy Cap: I have this crocheted an just need to seam it up. I figure this will be a good 30-minute project at the hotel.

6. Kitchen Sink Blanket: The original reason for this design was that I needed a gift for the wedding we are attending on this trip. Therefore, the sample from the shop is traveling to it's permanent home. I want to finish knitting up a new sample for the store. This pattern, although it is a blanket, goes really fast. I hear that one of you out there is on your third one already!!!!!!! This is also a great car project.

Now, as I would guess most knitters do, I worry that this just isn't enough. I have an additional three projects that I would really like to take along (okay, I could easily up that to 8!) We will see how contained I manage to keep myself.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Update on Planned Knits from July

In July I posted what I had planned for the near future. I figured I'd take some stock:
  • Finish afghan for customer--3 LONG rows done--DONE!!!!!
  • Knit Hat for Patrick--actually finished this up this past weekend--DONE
  • Baby item #1 (gift)--75% done--DONE
  • Baby item #2 (gift)--casted on--DONE
  • Boy item #1 (gift)--DONE
  • Boy item #2 (gift)--DONE
  • Make an Emma jacket--DONE
  • Make a Georgette top--DONE
  • Finish Top-Down Pink top--FROGGED--DUE TO WEIGHT LOSS IT NO LONGER FIT--replaced with Bramblewood vest, which is done
  • Finish Monet Rusted Root--FROGGED--DUE TO WEIGHT LOSS IT NO LONGER FIT--replaced with Lacey Temptation Cardigan, which will be done this week
  • Complete Babette Blanket (hibernating)--STILL WAITING ON ME; PLAN TO FINISH BY CHRISTMAS
  • Complete Crayon Box Jacket (hibernating)-FROGGED--DUE TO WEIGHT LOSS
  • Make Patrick's Briar Rose sweater--PLAN TO FINISH BY CHRISTMAS
  • Make another Kitchen Sink blanket--PLAN TO FINISH THIS WEEK
Of course, in the midst of all of these, I added in other projects. SO much to least I'm using the blog to keep me on track!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bramblewood Vest FINISHED!

I love it!!!!!! I can't wait to wear it. The color, the yarn, the pattern...oh my! One of my favorite things I've ever made.

Yarn: Tahki Tweedy Alpaca
Needles: US 6 and 4
Other: Cable Needle; 6 stitch markers
Size: 40"

The applied i-cord around the bottom, neck, and sleeves is a great visual addition to the vest. I worked four complete chart repeats on the front. Such a fun pattern to knit and a great finished product.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Lacey Temptation Cardigan

The last sweater that I am making for the upcoming KAL at the store is the Lacey Temptation Cardigan. This is a top-down, garter stitch sweater with a lacey/cable edging along the neckline. It was very cleverly written to start as a rectangle at the back top of neck. So smart!

Yarn: Vintage Wool
Needle: US 7
Other: Cable Needle; 6 stitch markers
(Note: The color in the photo is WAY off. It is actually a vibrant blue.)

I casted on Friday night and worked the back of the neck. From 2 am to 6 am Saturday morning and a few hours today, I knitted the yoke. I'm almost down to the divide for sleeves. I would suggest that in addition to swatching for gauge as noted in the pattern, you should measure your cable lace rectangle that you make at the beginning of the pattern. Mine came out really tight on a 6 (even though my st st swatch was fine). I changed to a 7 and the sweater is coming out great.

When I checked on the KAL on Saturday, we only had two spots left. The store opens again at 10 am on Tuesday if you want to get signed up!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bramblewood Vest

One of the patterns I'm knitting for the upcoming KAL is the Bramblewood Vest. It is a lot of fun to make and I'm enjoying the cabling. Christina did a beautiful job, as usual! I did make a few alterations to alter fit after trying on the sample at the shop. This losing weight thing is awesome, but it does make for some tricky knitting when figuring out size.

Yarn: Tweedy Alpaca from Tahki
Needle: US 6
Sizing: I am making the 40", but am getting a slightly tighter gauge to make sure fit is good.
Mods: Shortening in the length
Others: I recommend putting markers on each side of the 26 cable stitches
Cable Needle
Pattern is on the site.

Working like a mad woman to finish this up before our vacation so that I can wear it with cropped pants if it is cool enough.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ribbons Hat Part II

A few weeks ago I posted a pix of the Ribbon Hat I made for a baby shower. Here are a few pictures of the proud daddy to be opening the presents. (It was great fun for those involved to do pink everything. Poor guy!)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Georgette Sweater

A few better shots of the Georgette sweater...

Love the buttons, and this is a good shot of the lovely lace...

This yarn, Baby Twist, blossomed so well. It is so luxurious!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

IU Bag Part II

Here is the finished product. I ended up not having enough height to put the IU logo on, so I settled for needlefelting on Indiana. Go Hoosiers!!!!!!!!

The bag is at the shop if you would like a closer look. You can learn how to knit this up in the B4 Bag Workshop. Additionally, if you would like to learn the art of needlefelting, please contact me for a private lesson. It is TONS of fun!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Student Medallion Bags

I love seeing all of the finished Medallion bags from the classes. Here are two more!

Good job, Michelle!

I love this color combination, Denise!

There is one session left of this class (posted to the right on the blog). For all of you who have already made it, I'd love to see more pictures. Don't forget, if you take the class, my DH will cut the bottom peg board for you. Just drop the bag off at the store under my name. Also, if you would like to hire out the seaming work (handles, lining, and zipper), Nancy McGuire at the store is available for hire. She's an excellent seamstress.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm So Glad I Made this for the Dogs...

I knitted a Colinette blanket kit up. It is beautiful. I had the color custom-kitted. Huge deal, right. Well, the dogs insist that it is just for them.