FO Friday: Satisfaction

•September 19, 2014 • 7 Comments

The Cowl is done! I am so pleased with it. The yarn is lovely and the pattern was a pleasure to knit. I can’t recommend both enough. The yarn is The Yarns Of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino in Meet The Parents. The pattern is Sandy (1 ball cowl) by Olga Ivanova.

Now I am off to cast on my second Loopy Academy project. I can’t wait to show it to you.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

A Solution To Part Of The Problem

•September 18, 2014 • 4 Comments

I have complained endlessly about my kitchen. I complain here and in real life. My kitchen is vintage 1948 with late 1990’s updates hold the dishwasher. When The Husband was on vacation, staycation really, I put him to work. I have been eyeing these shelves at Ikea for a couple of years. When we went to Ikea to buy a new mattress on tax-free weekend I put the shelves into the basket and told him we’d figure out how to hang them later. Well that involved some research and a little luck. We have plaster and lathe walls in our house. If you’ve ever had plaster and lathe walls you understand. If not, lucky you! Shelves have to be screwed into studs and finding studs behind plaster and lathe is a challenge. We tried all the usual methods like looking for nails in the baseboard moulding to running a strong magnet across the wall to find nails to drilling tiny test holes along the bottom of the wall. We narrowed the area down to maybe 2 inches and just took a chance and banged a nail into the suspected spot. BINGO! We found it. The Husband spent 3 days getting to this point. It took less than an hour to actually hang the shelves and I love them. The extra storage has allowed me to clear some space on the table and counter. I told him I’d like another shelf over the stove. He just shook his head and walked away.

WIP Wednesday: Loopy Academy Project Number One

•September 17, 2014 • 6 Comments

I had no problem deciding on a first project for Loopy Academy. I picked out Sandy (1 ball cowl). The cowl I made and wore last winter was the same sort of style so I knew I’d get plenty of wear out of it. The yarn I chose is The Yarns Of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino in Meet The Parents. I love the yarn and the pattern looks fantastic.

If you’d like to read more WIP Wednesday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

Tuesday: Let’s Try This Again

•September 16, 2014 • 6 Comments

Honestly I am crappy about getting back here when I say I will. I know this. It really isn’t my fault though I could try harder which is what I now intend to do. I miss having a place to keep track of my knitting. I have been knitting and miss talking about it.

When last we spoke I mentioned that I was going to work on something new. Well I didn’t. I worked on something old. I pulled out a UFO, the purple top down cardigan I started November 2012 according to Ravelry. I worked on it for a week or so and made some progress. BUT when the prospect of a new project popped up I dumped that UFO back into the bin and ordered some new yarn.

See The Loopy Ewe has started Loopy Academy. Read all about it here. I immediately ordered some yarn and picked out my projects. As I’m sure you’ve noticed I am a sucker for this kind of thing. You’ll have to come back tomorrow to see what I started with.

In the what else have I been doing category: I made donuts! I used this recipe to make both chocolate frosted and sugar raised varieties. They were so good, really too good. We devoured them quickly. Be warned! Homemade donuts are addictive.

In other news, at this moment all is well. Everyone is busy and enjoying our new fall schedule. My father is doing OK. He hasn’t broken anything else.

 

FO Friday: What Was I Saying?

•August 29, 2014 • 8 Comments

Oh yeah, I said I’d be back. Sorry to have neglected to return sooner. Things have been wild. The Husband has been working basically double shifts for the past three-four weeks. It seemed like a break when he only had to work 12 hour days this week. I’m still spending hours every day at my parent’s house. Things had been going really well until yesterday when my father fell and broke this wrist. He gets a cast today. N has one more week of summer vacation. He’s looking forward to going back to school. He will be going to the middle school. WOW! How did that happen? H continues to love her job and drive us all crazy.

So I had promised to tell you about my Camp Loopy project 3. The only requirement for this project is that you have to use 800 yards of yarn on one item. I decided to knit the Yellow Brick Road Cardi with Cascade 220 in smoke. It took a couple of swatches to finally get near gauge. Had I been posting regularly I could have told you how well written the pattern is. How I never really had any questions about what was meant. Or how I learned a few interesting things knitting this pattern.

One of those is pleats. I had never knit them before and they were really a lot easier than I thought they would be. I also might have mentioned that I have no idea why exactly you would use them. They do look cool.

I finished the sweater earlier this week and then blocked it. The fit is only OK. I probably would have enjoyed trying it on more if it wasn’t 90 degrees. The only part that I am unhappy about is the neckline. It sits lower than I like. I never know what to wear under a sweater that fits like this. When the temperature is cooler I’ll try it on with a few different shirts and see how I feel about it. The jury is out on the 3/4 length sleeves. I know they are theoretically more flattering stopping at the thinest point of my midsection but I feel like the sleeves make my arms look like sausages and my skinny wrists and tiny hands hang out below. Maybe with a better shirt they would look better too.

I spent a day trying to decide what to knit next. It seems strange to be able to knit whatever I want in whatever yarn. Three months of Camp will do that to a knitter. I had a hard time trying to decide if I would work on a WIP or cast on a new pair of socks. What do you think I did? Maybe you’ll be surprised or maybe you won’t.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

FO On Monday: Quick & Dirty

•July 28, 2014 • 11 Comments

The Little Cable Knee Highs are done. The yarn is Sweet Georgia Yarns tough sock in riptide. I used size 1 1/2 US needles adjusting the pattern to 64sts for foot and ankle and then followed the pattern for the increases. The pattern was easy to follow and fun to knit, the 5 inches of ribbing for the cuffs was soul sucking and took forever. But worth it.

Now I am prepping for my next project. I’m questioning my sanity. I’ll be back soon to tell you about it.

WIP Wednesday: Must-Knit-Faster

•July 9, 2014 • 10 Comments

Or I will not have this pair done by the end of the month. I always thought knee socks were just long regular socks. They aren’t. They are like knitting two pair of socks! I knit for hours and then try them on and I have only got another inch done. The pattern is Little Cable Knee Highs by Purl Soho. The yarn is Sweet Georgia tough love sock in Riptide. The socks are my second Camp Loopy project which is to be knit during the month of July. So far the alterations I have made to the pattern are working out. I am knitting these on 64sts for the main part of the foot and ankle. I am following the prescribed increases for the calf and will adjust the stitch count as needed for the ribbing. As of right now I’m very happy with everything about this sock, except maybe the speed with which I am knitting it. That said, I better get back to it.

If you’d like to read more WIP Wednesday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

 
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