Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hoppy Easter!!

I love my family!! One reason is that this is the kind of cool stuff I get for holidays...lots of candy (YUM, Thanks Easter Bunny!), funny cards and a diva bunny!! Rock on!!

I have been super busy lately, but squeezing in as much knitting as I can muster. Granted, it's not much, but at least I can keep it going!
Here is my current status on the Phiaro Scarf. It's 7 in long, so I'm about one-third of the way there. I can't wait to see how it comes out!! The color in this pic is a little off, it's a taupe so imagine more brown - less gray....

I'm still trucking along on my HP PoA scarf, although it's kind of my 'down-time'/TV project. I know I won't be able to use it until next winter so I'm not rushing it.

My newest purchase is 20 balls of this red-plum wool for a steal!
I've got about 2200 yards, OH THE POSSIBILITIES! I think I'm going to get brave and try my first sweater, just trying to pick a pattern. Right now in the running is the frontier blues jacket (by Wendy Bernard and featured in the winter 07/spring 08 knitscene) and the clover cardi (by Carrie Bostich Hoge, also from the winter 07/spring 08 knitscene). I haven't scoured through Ravelry yet, but plan to look at more patterns there. I love the 1/2 to 3/4 sleeve cardi look, so if anyone has other recommendations, let's hear it!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Work, work and more work :(

Well the last couple of weeks have been pretty interesting. Unfortunately I have had little time for knitting :( I went to a whirlwind (read: exhausting!) trip for work last week AND time changed. Oh, man, I was hurting for a few days. I'm finally recovered from that but have been totally swamped between work and helping my husband with his dissertation. I'm pretty much his free editor, so this is me this week:

Looks exciting doesn't it?

I did get to cast-on my Phiaro scarf (YIPPEE!!) although I know it will take me quite a while to finish, especially with the serious amount of work on the 'finishing' end of that project, lots of fringe to braid!!

I also bought this little puppy, which I hope will help me fix my stripes on the famous Harry Potter PoA scarf (still much in progress!):

This little guy is chalk full of good tid-bits.
OK, off to grab a coffee and get back to editing ::groan::

Saturday, March 1, 2008

YAY for Saturdays!

Oh my gosh, today has flown by. I had a LONG week at work and did some shopping today, a little cleaning, cooked dinner, and POOF! the day is gone!! Oh well that's what Saturdays are for!

I have a big update! I finished my knitting bag!! Well, mostly anyway. I still have to glue down the stiches to the dowels to keep them in place. I love how it came out!!

OK this pic is a little blurry but you get the idea.
So, my next big project is the phiaro scarf. I got my new yarn in that I ordered for it, YAY! I love it.....but not for this project! It really doesn't have the weight/drape that I wanted. So, I picked up some taupe (good neutral color) in an all cotton yarn that is nice, no fluffiness. I played with it last night and learned the long-tail cast-on (which I LOVE! Never going back to the knitted cast-on!!). Then I made a small swatch and practiced the 'dropped' stitches.
Dropped stitches: the top row (BO row) is a bit wonky. I did a knitwise BO, may need to try purlwise for this.
But, I'm convinced now that I can do this and this yarn will work, so I've cast-on already!!
That's all! Time for a coffee :)