Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More Hats!

Due to a terribly busy schedule as of late, all my knitting projects have been put on hold, but now that the holiday is over and it's back to life as normal, I'm forging ahead. That is, once I get all my yarn that I ordered! I ordered eight skeins of the andean silk from knit picks to make some pretty new things. On Saturday night, when I got home from work, I found three skeins sitting in my mailbox, so I whipped up a hat for my husband. It turned out beautifully but a little.. short. I'm trying to come up with a way to amend the short-ness of it without ripping it all out and starting over, but this is how the hat looks currently.

I can't wait until I get the rest, it better show up soon! I'm still working on the shawl for my mother, but I'm estimating that it will be done at this progress, in about.. ohh.. two years? I've learned that I despise working on size 17 needles, it's too cumbersome for my little hands. Anyway, this is the final total of all the stuff I'm sending to the RSP. I'm sending the package tomorrow (along with my mix-cds, woot) and hope that it will get there in time. I made the one scarf and the hat and my friend from work made two other scarves (crocheted). Hot. I hope they like it! :)

I'm going to order a massive amount of yarn on Friday from knitpicks, everyone I know wants a hat, geez! I even ordered some for myself (in green/cream/orange colors, pretty fancy) so I'm hoping to actually keep something I knit one of these days. We'll see. That's all for now!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

My First Hat

I finished my first ever hat the other day. It turned out really great, I'm very proud of it. I'm sending it as part of my RSP package, so I hope that some kid enjoys it, I even put a big pom pom on it. It's nice and soft and warm. Now I just want to make one for myself. I bought some yarn off of knitpicks today, stuff that I've been looking at for months but never splurged. Also, I bought some to make Scott a hat with, it should be cute.

I used Woolease in "wheat" color for the main part, but for the gray and orange accents I used some of the cheap mohair I bought from Target a few months ago. So soft!

Other than that, I've just been working a lot, which will continue into the next few days. I knit some fingerless gloves/wrist warmer type things today out of this old-as-hell crappy yarn that Delaine found in the storage closet at work. It's variegated red/white/brown and I think it's pretty, but since I just bought new fingerless gloves, I think I may give these ones to someone, but we'll see. The battery on my digicam is dead so I'll take a photo of them tomorrow.

I think that I need some sleep, so that's all for now. Goodnight!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

RSP and More!

I finished my project for the Red Scarf Project, it turned out okay, but I could have done better if I could have actually thought about what I was doing it before I was doing it. If that makes sense. Anyway, I took some photos and wanted to post them. So here goes.

Nothing special, but I used this pretty Riviera Multi yarn that I bought a few months ago. It's the variegated color, obviously, and it knits up beautifully. However I bought like eighteen skeins of it, so I'm trying to trade some of it. I don't see myself using nearly 2000 yards of it anytime soon. Ah well. The scarf itself is just a mix of knit stich, purl stitch, some ribbing sections, etc. I wanted it to be very patchwork looking and I think I accomplished that. Other than that, I've just been working a lot and trying to finish "The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks. Excellent book. Oh and I'm making progress on the shawl I'm making for my mother. Here is how it looks so far...

I'm making it in three different sections and then just seaming the edges together. I'm about halfway done with this panel, so *shrugs* it'll get there. I'm not used to working on such big needles (I think these are size 16, I don't want to get up and look..) so it's hindering my process a little. Okay I think that's all for now. Later!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

First Post

Hi, my name is Mindy and this is my blog dedicated to my knitting and well, this is my first post. I figured for my first post I'd show some photos of the things I've been working on the past few months. But before that, I wanted to share a little bit about me. I'm twenty years old and I've lived in Seattle for the past sixteen months after growing up in Minnesota. I've been knitting for a little over three years, but only within the past few months have I started trying to advance past basic knit stitch on scarves. I don't know anybody else that knits so it's hard to learn some of the more difficult techniques and most are just trial and error while teaching myself. Anyway, without further adieu...

This is a scarf I made for my husband and completed in September. Just basic knit stitch in acrylic blue and white yarn. It took me about 20 hours to complete and finished length was about six feet long by six inches wide.
I knit this for my friend Chantelle for a gift. It's just a basic knit stitch, again, made from who-knows-what yarn that I bought two years ago. Finished dimensions are seven feet long by six inches wide. It only took me about twelve hours to finish, it knit up very fast.
So obviously this isn't knitting. I wanted to share a photo of my cat and myself. This is Stella and well, that's a bad photo of me, but I'm Mindy. Stella is crazy and I'm a single parent to her, so we have our issues (like her suddenly catching fleas last month, ech!), but overall she's a great cat. At least, to me she is.

I have a few projects I'm working on for the red scarf project but I currently don't have photos, I'll try to take those tonight or tomorrow. Well that's all for now. Later.