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September 30, 2007

Donation ready to ship to Stitches Club


These are the items collected to date for the Stitches Club at Winters Mill High School in MD. The box of goodies will be shipped early this week. Thank you to all who contributed.

Winters Mill High School
c/o Stitches Club
560 Gorsuch Road
Westminster, MD 21157

September 29, 2007

Van Gogh purchased Friday

I did it... I purchased the Van Gogh yesterday. It will be here in 3 to 5 weeks. I purchased 1,000 yards in a Zephyr Wool/Silk Laceweight. I am going to make this for me: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html

September 27, 2007

Scrap Rug

For the pattern go here: http://www.knit1mag.com/patterns/2007/summer/k1su07_web2.pdf

OK.... I LOVE this rug! What a fabulous way to use up the ends of scrap yarn. I have to get knitting so I can accumulate scrap yarn again. I used up all of my scraps in a project earlier this year so I must make more scraps! :-)

September 26, 2007

WOYNW - 9/26

What's on your needles Wednesday: Here is what is on my needles today:


1. Cobblestone Sweater for Hubby - I have knitted the body to the arms. I have casted on and ripped out the first wrist cuff 3 times. It isn't a fitted cuff but it shouldn't be big enough to go around the neck either. So I am going to keep working at it until I get it right. I have gone down needle sizes twice so far. http://www.interweaveknits.com/











2. Shell using leftover yarn for me - I have finished the back and have casted on the front and worked one row. http://www.berroco.com/189/189_leah.html

3. Bath Mitt for a gift (Kitchener the mitt closed is all that remains) - I have not touched this over the last week. I think I will hold this and kitchener it with the socks I am working on are ready.
http://pensandneedles.blogspot.com/2005/12/moms-bath-mitt-pattern.html

4. Illusion dishcloth for a gift - I have not touched this over the last week.











5. First pair of socks which will be a gift - last night was the final sock class. I am currently working on finishing the second sock of this pair. Then I will have a "graph everything" session.



6. Second pair of socks for Jimmy. I have worked the first sock of a second pair through the heel cup.

7. Super Secret Project. I received the yarn for this project yesterday from knit picks. I won't be able to post details to this blog for at least 6 months. Anyone interested in seeing details on the project and pictures please email me at clbrmba@gmail.com. If you have the appropriate level of clearance I will send update emails. If you don't have appropriate clearance level then you will have to wait for a very special day. Boy you would think this was a CIA case or something. Anyway I have to stop at Heavenly Creations to pick up a circular needle so that I can cast the stitches on for this project. I did cast the stitches on for this project tonight during my knitting group.

What is on your needles today?

September 22, 2007

September 20, 2007

OMG I want this.....


Thinking..... Since I am on a "yarn diet" how am I going to get this VanGogh?
Check out her site. Very pretty stuff:

Progress Pictures


First pair of socks















Shell from leftover yarn


Cobblestone for Jimmy

September 19, 2007

WOYNW

Well it is Wednesday and I have noticed that many knitting folks like to share what they have on the needles on Wednesday. Heres whats on mine today:

1. Cobblestone Sweater for Hubby http://www.interweaveknits.com/

2. Shell using leftover yarn for me http://www.berroco.com/189/189_leah.html

3. Bath Mitt for a gift (Kitchener the mitt closed is all that remains) http://pensandneedles.blogspot.com/2005/12/moms-bath-mitt-pattern.html

4. Illusion dishcloth for a gift http://chickybabe.org/driveby/patterns/chart.html

5. First pair of socks which will be a gift (9/25 is my second and final class to learn the remaining procedures needed to finish the socks) I will post the name of the pattern we are learning from later.

What is on your needles today?

September 17, 2007

Swift, Ball Winder & Sock Book


Jimmy won two auctions on EBay last week: Ball Winder and Swift. I also received this sock book today. I am going to be making custom socks for my husband. Due to a medical condition one of his legs is larger than the other so finding socks that fit him is a challenge.

September 16, 2007

Ravelry - getting closer

Ravelry Update. I just might get my invite before my birthday at the end of October! :-)

You signed up on July 22, 2007
You are #19728 on the list.
6285 people are ahead of you in line.
13396 people are behind you in line.
40% of the list has been invited so far

Status today 9/4/07:
You signed up on July 22, 2007
You are #19728 on the list.
8436 people are ahead of you in line.
11030 people are behind you in line.
36% of the list has been invited so far

Status on 8/18/07
You signed up on July 22, 2007
You are #19728 on the list.
10295 people are ahead of you in line.
6767 people are behind you in line.
34% of the list has been invited so far

September 13, 2007

Pignoli bag & George the Giraffe




Jimmy and I went out for a bite to eat tonight and there was a gentleman making balloon creatures. Also here are the final pictures of the finished Pignoli bag. I bought some extra leather cord to reinforce the strap since I tend to over stuff my bags.

September 10, 2007

Pignoli bag - finished






Bag finished in 9 days from start to finish. The trim I ordered for the bag didn't work out so well. The leather cord was not a complimentary color and the bone embellishments didn't work out. So I went to a local shop and found a complimentary leather cord and I am in search of some new embellishments. Above is a picture of the bag put together before felting. I will put up some felted pics soon.

Cobblestone Pullover for Jimmy

Check out the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits http://www.interweaveknits.com/. I am going to knit the Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood for Jimmy. He isn't a big fan of wool so I ordered a cotton blend:

https://www.knitpicks.com/Shine+Worsted_YD5420140.html in Terra Cotta

Donate to young adults to learn our art!

Do you have unallocated/unused stash or notions? If so here is an opportunity to donate it and help young adults learn our art:

http://stitch.peoplesmeat.com/?p=118

September 7, 2007

Tattoos and Knitting - Article on MSNBC Today

Tattoos and Knitting
Check out this article on trends in America
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20630522/site/newsweek/

Yarn Ends?

Do you weave in your ends as you work through a project or do you wait and weave them in when the project is finished?

I had a "lightbulb" experience during my recent knit outing this week. I realized I am pretty obsessed about ends not woven in. I am not only obsessive about my own ends not being wove in as I go but I get the "unsettled feeling" when I see other ends not woven in that aren't even mine. This is a bit psycho of me I think but hey this is the first step to any 12 step program right? Admitting I have a problem. :-)

So I am wondering how others feel about ends?

September 5, 2007

Labor Day Gathering



Football in the front on Sunday. To see more pics go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11682716@N08/?saved=1

I know there were more pics than what I have put up so far but they were not backed up to my Mirra Backup yet. I will add them later.

September 4, 2007

New project started - Pignoli Bag


The Pignoli bag has officially moved from my "project wish list" to my current projects. I love felting, the few pieces that I have done, and they always seem to come out smaller than I anticipated. I fell in love with this bag a while back:
Last week I was in the Yarn Shop and found some yarn that I thought would be perfect. I am using Ecological Wool from cascade Yarns. I am working the piece in brown and beige.

I have ordered the finishing at MJTrim.com.

http://www.mjtrim.com/

4 yards of 2Mm Round Leather Cord - natural

http://www.mjtrim.com/catalog/product/330/00260/00260.aspx

2 Carved Bone Pipe - natural

http://www.mjtrim.com/catalog/product/122674/15853/15853.aspx

Cameo Cable Pullover finished


This sweater was fun. It went very fast.

Ravelry Status Change - :-)

Woooooohooooo moving closer!

Status today
You signed up on July 22, 2007
You are #19728 on the list.
8436 people are ahead of you in line.
11030 people are behind you in line.
36% of the list has been invited so far

Status on 8/18/07
You signed up on July 22, 2007
You are #19728 on the list.
10295 people are ahead of you in line.
6767 people are behind you in line.
34% of the list has been invited so far

Operation Grass Be Gone!




This week begins phase II of "Operation Grass Be Gone". We have a small courtyard behind our home and earlier this year I removed 1/3 of the grass back there. This week the rest is going! The grass in this picture is what is being eliminated. I am using a combination of pavers and river pebbles. The river pebbles match what I did earlier this year. I will try to find a picture of the earlier project and put it up later. When this is finished there will be an area for our fire pit as well as our two lounge chairs. I am also going to make a little walk way around the herb garden (which can be seen along the fence line in the picture).

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