Thursday, March 27, 2008

KP 7 = What?

Here is another KP test knit revealed. I found it on their website this morning. Looks familiar? The colors? They call it the Twinkle Sweater, but it was make without the beads that go on the yoke. I really liked that one and the only thing I would have changed, to make it perfect, would be to add a hood, but the pattern didn't come with it. Here is a model shot of my own. This sweater fit my 7-year-old perfect, don't you think? But he was embarrassed about the colors, which is why he is "headless" on those pictures. But he sure strikes a nice girly pose here ;). (Don't tell him I said that, or he'll be mad at me for a while)

Next up would be Elliott. For all of you that strained their eyes, necks or just imaginations to see the dragon in that pile of yarn, here is his on his photo shoot. It's a little hard to do this on your own, because you can only angle your wrist to much, to make him look at you. I had a little problem with the mouth, it just didn't want to shape the way I wanted to, so maybe I'll add some cardboard in it, like what we did to the sock puppet my son had for his Spanish class.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Risata anyone?

Can you use a lot of your imagination and see a dragon emerging from all of that tangled mess? No? Well, unfortunately he is not "pulling" himself together, so you'll have to wait until I get around to it. But he's been patiently waiting.

The reason for his neglect is this:

This is what came in the mail the other day and it the next project for Knit Picks. I've already told you that I'm knitting with their new yarn Risata, but that's all I can really officially give a way. It's really hard to hide what this is going to be. Duh. But the yarn knits up really nice and even. So if you are interested in some summer sock yarn, I'd give this one a try.

But did you notice those needles? Those are the Harmony DPNs I got in Keri's package. I had to try them out. I never used 2.25 mm before and they are shorter than my regular sock needles too. I love them, especially since purple is one of my favorite colors and there is a lot of that in those needles. This project is really flying off the needles, but it doesn't look like I'm going to have much yarn left over this time. It also taught me a forgotten technique, that I might just use more often in the future. Got you interested? Well, don't torture your brain too much.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

I Do still knit, you know

I finally have the Tam done, that was hibernating in my house for a while. The constant purling and the frequent increases made this a slow project. But it's done. I can only show you the blocking picture right now, since I don't have a victim to model it for me. The pattern is from the Holiday 2007 IK and I used some mystery mohair yarn from my stash for this. Now I just have to find a worthy recipient for this one.

Then I've been working on Elliott the Dragon, also from the 2007 IK Holiday issue. I'm knitting it with some handspun yarn I received a while back from Rachel (Have you any Wool). This was the perfect project for this yarn. The color changes make this an interesting dragon. He still needs to be sewn together, before we can show him. He seems to be a little shy. :)

Then I got new Knit Picks yarn in the mail today. It's for the next project and it's their Risata yarn. Hmm, what could that turn into?.....

Happy knitting.

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

No more tidepool

It's done. I can honestly say, that this test knit was the longest one ever. Did you ever knit a whole cardigan in lace weight yarn? Well, I did. That's why it's been kind of boring on this blog, because that's all I did. I had no other projects going on the side, except when I was stuck and got to crochet a couple of diamonds for the baby blanket. I was in a time crunch already, so yesterday I missed the UPS driver for the pick up and today I spent 4 1/2 hours in the ER with my oldest with swollen tonsils, fever and all the other good stuff that goes with it. That was excellent knitting time and by the time I got the prescription for him, I was done with the cast off. I ran home, stuffed it (lovingly) in a box, wished it fair well and brought it to the UPS store to send it off. Unfortunately there was no time to take a picture, so this is what I took two days ago.

Here is also an updated picture of the baby blanket. I would say I'm half way done?

I also got a lovely package in the mail from Keri. As a thank you for the mermaid gloves I knitted for her she dyed some yarn for me. Not only did she send back the yarn I sent to her, but also some extra sock yarn. And to make the package complete, she added two sets of Knitpicks Harmony sock needles in two different sizes. Now what do you say about that? That is so cool. She is such a great friend and always knows how to surprise me. Thanks Keri. I love all the stuff.

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Woohoo, I'm stuck!!!

Usually nobody would be happy about this, but somehow I am. Why? Because all I see is tidepool green lately and now that I'm stuck at the pattern, I have to take a "forced" break, until KP gets back with me on that issue. That means, I get to pick up one of my "old" projects and work on that for a couple of hours, without having to feel guilty. Yes, I could pick up something new, but that wouldn't fit into the no-guilt-concept of mine. So off I go to dig up the baby blanket. Now, I wonder how old that baby is by now? Is he walking yet? Applied for his drivers license? Just kidding. Have a nice Sunday. Pics to follow. Of what? I don't know yet.

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