Grace Knits a LOT!

Knitting mostly but other crafts, too (crochet, cross-stitch, scrapbooking) and life in general.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

I think the internets is fixed...

Yay! The cable guy (thank goodness, it was not Larry) came this morning and changed some connectors to make the signal better. So far, so good! I have some wips to show you:
Scarf Detail, Fern Lace
This is the fern lace pattern from Vogue Stitchionary. The yarn is Jade Sapphire Cashmere-silk in Oceana (from Fiddlehead Yarns). It is so soft and nice to knit.

Below you see the Mad Color Weave Sock by Christine Lorin. The yarn is Perchance to Knit Merino Cashmere (more cashmere!) in Roses, Roses (from The Loopy Ewe):
Mad Color Weave Sock
This is the first sock, and, again, this is very soft and nice to knit. Hmmm, cashmere = soft, duh!

And now for something completely different, I give you Child's First Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush:
Child's First Sock
This is different because it has no *gasp* cashmere content in the fiber. It is Crystal Palace Panda Cotton (cotton + bamboo = very nice for spring/summer socks) in Vanilla Creme (also form The Loopy Ewe).

I am still working on tangled yoke-just ribbing and stockinette so far, not really exciting and several other ufos that have stalled a bit. I also have a ton of fabric to turn into skirts and I think I am going to attempt a shirt...well, we'll see how that goes. I also have fabric from generous coworkers that I think I can turn into some cute tote/lunch bags. Maybe I need to get some of that iron on vinyl. I have some plain white linen/cotton dishtowels that I have the itch to embroider. I think I need to look through my embroidery books for some inspiration. Or draw out something. Too many crafts, too much time spent at work to pay that damn mortgage! At least I own and am not renting!

See you on Monday!

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Internets intermittent

I called comcast today cuz my cable modem is not cooperating...sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have someone coming out in two weeks (I am NOT going to be held prisoner during the holiday weekend!). I will post when I can (probably not too many pics). 

In knitting news, I finished one of child's first sock and am working on tangled yoke and beehive shawl. I anticipate being able to knit quite a bit this weekend! Hopefully you will hear from me sooner rather than later!

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Internets not working!

Hey, do you all get calls from your parents asking questions about the computer that they think you will know automatically? Yeah, I do-I am my parents' tech support--mix that with very little computer knowledge and lack of english-that sounds like tech support when I call!

Eh. Anyway, my mom loved the shawl (only 7 months late-shut up!). Don't know if I will be able to blog from home as my modem seems to only work intermittently. Oh, joy, another evening on the phone with comcast!


Monday, May 05, 2008

Bring on Mother's Day!

Yipee!!!!  I finished it! My Mom saw my Icarus (by Miriam Felton) and wanted one for herself. Here it is fresh off the needles:
Finished Icarus before blocking

Here it is blocking:

Icarus Shawl Blocking

Here it is in action:

Icarus Shawl, finished

and here is a beauty shot of the lace edging:

Icarus Shawl, finished

The yarn is Perchance to Knit Lace in Harlot's Peacock/Midnight Rainbow that I purchased from the Loopy Ewe. I think it turned out OK, don't you? Here is a link to my Ravelry entry. I'm putting it in the mail tomorrow; hopefully it will get there by Saturday!

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Scotch and Lace don't mix...

Take this as a warning--I am in the last stages of icarus for moms (supposed to be a birthday christmas mom's day gift) and was enjoying an after dinner drink (mmmmm McCallan's Sherry cask aged 12 yr old) and knitting.  I lost count, luckily near the end of a row and I am in the last chart so there are a billion + stitches to work with dudes!  I was just starting the no yarnover, just knit and purl row when I noticed that the lace pattern was wonky.  I tinked and fixed it but, man, was that scary! I hope to finish it this weekend, wash and block it and still have time to mail it to mom in time for her holiday!

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