Monday, July 28, 2008

Finished projects

I've finished several projects since I last checked in.  I made a Hip Hempathy Tank from yarn I got at this year's IWannaKnit Retreat.  It was made on my LK-150 and worked quite well on that machine on Tension 4. Hem and neckline and arm were done on tension 3.5


Above is a picture of the picot hem and below is the neckline and arm.

I also finished a pair of ankle socks for Elmer  by hand and he hasn't had a chance to try them on because I didn't finish until after I'd put him on a plane (again).

Then I also finished the Black Estonian Garden Wrap I had been working on.

And last but not least I whipped out a baby blanket on the LK to go with the BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket) that I had finished earlier.

I think the colors complement the sweater and button combination very well.

I haven't yet finished the blue BSJ that I started.  I'm worried that I may be a little short on yarn so I'm practicing denial and haven't tried to finish yet.  I'll let you know the results when I get the nerve to try to complete it.

I have started the Pacific Northwest Shawl and it's been an easy knit so far.  I'm not sure how I like the colors in the yarn I chose yet.  I love the colors in the hank and I'm trying to see how I like it knit up in this pattern.  So far the colors don't have the punch knit up that they do in the hank.I'll get pics when I get a little further along and see if I can manage some perspective.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Vacations and yarn shopping

I was on vacation recently and stopped by Natchez Needlearts in Natchez, MS.  I bought some lovely Flash yarn by Classic Elite Yarns

I got the last 7 skeins they had in this colorway and I think it's destined to be a tank top for me.  We had a wonderful time staying at Natchez State Park and eating at Main Street Marketplace for breakfast. (I love that place... open air eating, friendly people, charming town... what more could you ask for?  Oh yeah, beignets and cappucinos.  got those too and some wonderful cinnamon rolls.)

After Natchez, we headed for Edwards, MS.  It's pretty much centrally located between Vicksburg and Jackson and you can get to either place easily.  We did both.  There was some history - Petrified Forest, Vicksburg Military Park, and the Agricultural and Forestry Museum -some science too as we visited the Museum of Natural History and then a trip to the zoo.  I also got to visit The Knit Studio in Jackson where I walked out with some Panda Silk that is for socks for me.

Not that I need more socks, but some are bound to wear out eventually.  It was a relaxing and yet busy week where I ate too much and gained back 5 pounds that I'd worked hard to lose.  Back to the drawing board on that part of the program.

I'm off to work on the Estonian Garden Wrap.  I have less than 75 rows to go before it's ready for blocking and wrapping.  I sure hope that the intended recipient likes it when all is said and done.  I also have a pair of socks on needles for Elmer that I need to finish and then I have the yarn and pattern for the Pacific Northwest Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark that I want to make for myself.

So much yarn, so many projects, so little time.