Monday, June 27, 2011

Finished Shawl!!

I finished my “Wearing Coveralls in the Rainforest” Aestlight Shawl a few days ago but it took me a few days to get outside and take pictures of it.  I am just thrilled with how this one turned out!  What a fun and easy shawl to knit with wonderful Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn.



Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Vampires are Back!!!

Tonight the first episode of True Blood’s Season 4 aired!  With the beginning of each season comes the True Blood Knit Along.  This year we are knitting a shawl called “Vlad”.  I knit this shawl a few weeks ago before it was chosen for the KAL so I am knitting a second one now.

The yarn I chose is True Blood inspired and is Coulorphobia Sookie Sock Yarn in the Fangtastical and Loving It! colorway:


I cast on during the opening scene and managed to knit through 2 body repeats during the episode.  I think I’m going to try to only knit on this one while watching the show.


I also have to share my patriotic nail art in honor of July 4th…


Wish me luck, tomorrow morning I’m having 2 teeth pulled.  One of them has caused me an enormous amount of pain over the last week or so and I will be so happy when I leave the oral surgeon!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Shawl redux….

Perhaps I should have thought about which color to use as the main color before I started knitting.  Once I got to the Bird Eye Lace border and joined the contrasting color I realized that I should have switched the colors.  So yesterday I decided the give the shawl a “do over” and restarted it using the blue tonal as the main color.  I am now to the point of picking up the side stitches to start the lace borders.  I think that I will be much happier with the shawl now Smile


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Couldn’t Wait to Start….

Well I rushed home from work tonight and wound my new yarns so that I could start my new knitting project.  I am totally in love with the Hazel Knit Artisan Sock Yarn that I’m using for this project!  It I sooo soft and squishy and it will feel wonderful around my neck this winter!  I’ve already knit a pretty decent amount of the center triangle.  I should be able to start the openwork lace border this weekend at knitting group.  Gotta love a quick and fun project!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Next Project

I joined a challenge over at my favorite online yarn shop, The Loopy Ewe, called “Camp Loopy”.  This challenge is a series of 3 projects to be made over the summer and the first is to knit a 2 color scarf or shawl.  So I found the yarn and pattern I wanted to use and placed my order on Friday afternoon.  Today my yarn arrived and I am just itching to start knitting my Aestlight Shawl.  I think tomorrow after work I will wind my yarn and might even cast on.  I’m still trying to decide which yarn I want to use for the main body and which will be the openwork lace.  Guess I better hurry up and figure that one out, LOL


Monday, June 13, 2011

Reviving the Blog!

WOW!  I can’t believe I haven’t posted to the ole blog for over a year!  I have been a knitting MACHINE and done very little quilting.  Yarn is overtaking the fabric in my studio LOL.  I know I will return to quilting one day, but for now I’m enjoying a hobby that doesn’t sequester me from other people in a room of my own.  In fact the only time I go into the studio is to put yarn away, wind yarn for a project or blocking a project.  The last quilt I finished was a Tshirt quilt in November for a friend using her late Father in law’s Tshirts.  It turned out lovely and the family was very happy with the result.

Here’s a picture of it:


On the knitting front I’ve finished lots of socks and several scarves and shawls.  At the moment I’m working on a pair of socks using a fun self striping yarn in my favorite colors (pink, green and yellow).  I knit all of my sock using a 2 at a Time Toe Up Magic Loop method.  Here’s the socks in progress:


I’m also working on my first Entrelac piece.  It’s a lovely shawl and the pattern is called “Autumn”.  I’m using Jojoland Rhythm yarn which is a self striping yarn and alot of fun!  I think this shawl will look great with jeans this winter!  Here’s what the finished shawl will look like:

Autumn Shawl

And here’s mine in progress:


I also participated in a Summer Mystery Knit Along host by my favorite sock pattern designer, Wendy Johnson.  The shawl pattern was alot of fun and I used Dream In Color Smooshy yarn in the Into the Mystic colorway.  Here’s a picture of the finished shawl:


I’m happy to be back to blogging and I’ll do my best to keep blogging away!

Happy Knitting and Quilting!