Monday, October 29, 2007

Acrylic de-stash possibilities...

I stopped in a Michael's today to pick up some bamboo needles for my daughter's school project. (I should get these back, but just in case I don't... I'm sure you can understand why I didn't loan out any from my current collection. Anyway...) I didn't even look at the yarn as I am still on that diet. What I did see at check-out was a poster announcing a local Warm Up America event. Donations of 7" x 9" squares are assembled into afghans for the needy. It struck me that this is really doable for me (even though I have quite a number of WIPs at the moment) as this project specifically calls for acrylic and would help me get rid of more of my stash! The two dates are November 11th and November 17th. I'll be heading out of town on the 17th so I am going to try and make some up for the 11th (or maybe I can have someone from my knitting group run these over for me on the 17th). I thinking it will probably be faster to crochet these but we'll see...

Christmas is coming!!!

I saw the first Christmas commercial of the season (for Ross) and it has reminded me, again, of how much time I have or not to finish the Christmas stocking for family... EEEK! I really am trying to stay calm but I'm getting excited too because I love this time of year :)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A simple pleasure...

After working with RH and Fixation recently, I nearly forgot the simple pleasure of knitting with pure wool! Ah the softness :) No more second sock syndrome for me, my dd #2's sock is going to be a breeze to finish :)

...but alas, I will have to follow this project with a UFO (a 2T top in Berroco Cotton Twist) and Christmas Stockings using more from my RH stash.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Woooooooo! Cascade Fixation socks are done!

Originally uploaded by pudmuddles.

I am really thrilled to have finished these. They fit my (4 ft 4 inch) 7 year old daughter really well and there is enough stretch to accommodate her growing feet :) And I think I now love Cascade Fixation though I intend to try Elann Esprit as soon as I get off this Yarn Fast/Yarn Diet!

My first Hallowig...

Originally uploaded by pudmuddles.

It's finished and I'm happy about that. I made some mistakes and so I will be making this again probably in green and using size 7 needles instead of 8s.

The pattern can be found here.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I don't get it...

I going to rant a bit about knitlist on yahoogroups. I appreciate that there are well over 10,000 members on that group and that a team of moderators work to make sure the group rules are followed. I replied to a post regarding the TV show Pushing Daisies and my post was rejected for being a one-liner. Okay... I wasn't going to make a big deal about it and if I had added a short blurb about what was on my needles then it wouldn't have been an issue, right?

So today, I open up my knitlist digest and I read a post from a woman looking for quick knit Halloween costume ideas for babies. This post was followed (on the digest) by another person who had changed the subject line of the original post and added a snarky one line response questioning the value of putting babies in costumes and remarking on the lengths some people will go for free candy. To which I say, WTF!?!

So my innocuous one-liner was rejected and the snarky one-liner was sent through... NICE...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Cascade Fixation Socks... nearly there!

I'm hoping to get these finished by Friday so I can take a different project with me while we are RV'ing this weekend. On the whole, I am fairly pleased with how these are turning out. I got the first sock to the start of the toe decreases then cast on the 2nd. I did this to combat second sock syndrome and to get both socks kitchenered at the same time. I've heard that kitchener is a bit tricky with Cascade Fixation and I only want to do each sock once! Wish me luck!