Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Winding Down

I've come to the conclusion that I will not have mom's sweater ready in time for Xmas. All this hat knitting has seriously compromised my sweater time. Once again it has cooled down and Skyline is still not ready. I've also managed to knit a hat for almost everyone except me.

The Sideways Spencer is blocking and tomorrow I'll tackle the ribbing. Today at work I realized I was about to make a grave mistake that would prevent the sweater from being ready Christmas day. I forgot that it closes with buttons. Very large buttons.

It's kind of hard to buy buttons without taking the sweater. The spencer should be finished by Sunday and ready to go on the button search. The niece that I knitted this for lives out of town so it's important that I have this finished on Christmas day.

Still working on the hats, haven't gotten much down on Skyline, but I'll attempt to finish it sometime between the day after Christmas and New Year's Eve. I'm already on the hunt for the next project.

Monday, December 10, 2007

O Christmas Tree

Each year I knit a few more ornaments to add to the Christmas tree. Some years I may only have time to knit 1 or 2 and others I may add at least six. We rotate through four color schemes so it never gets boring.

So far I've done 4, including one that was complete with the exception of having the top glued on. It looks like I may complete the Victorian color theme. I've already strung the remaining colors and will take time this weekend to complete the remaining skeins. It takes me about an hour to make one with the pulling and pushing of beads up and down the strand.

Ornaments thus far are:


Double Diamonds


Ups and Downs

This is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas holiday.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Hats Anyone

Hats, hats and more hats. That's my major focus at the moment. I tend to lose focus on the larger projects when the temperature keeps fluctuating as much as it has lately. The heat was on in my section at work today and I had to keep the window open all day. Normally I have to run a small heater because the air is on and it is freezing in my office.

First up a child size beanie from Knit Great Basics by Vicki Square.


Pattern: Sport Fit Beanie
Source: Knit Great Basics by Vicki Square
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Navy and Brick


Pattern: Garter Band Hat
Source: Improvised by me
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Harvest and Royal Purple
Needles: 8 circs and dpn's
Started: November 2, 2007
Finished: December 1, 2007


Pattern: Odessa by Grumperina
Source: Magknits
Yarn: KFI Peru Luxury DK
Needles: Sizes 4 and 6 US 16" circs and 6 US dpn's
Started: December 2, 2007
Finished: December 3, 2007

If you know someone who needs a hat and their hair is on the long side check this pattern out: Hannah. My mom even pronounced it cool. It's next on my now much shorter list.

I haven't completely neglected my other projects. I'm almost finish with the sleeve shaping for Skyline, the first sleeve is completed on the Sideways Spencer and I've finished the back of the Belted Wrap Jacket. Tin Man continues tonight on SciFi along with the season finale of Hero's so I don't predict a very prosperous evening.